Despite intermittent heavy rainfalls on Saturday THOUSANDS lined the streets for the 20th Anniversary Manchester Gay Pride Parade led by Grand Marshall Sir Ian McKellum in the UK yesterday.
Despite the fact that the LGBT Community in the UK is currently grappling with achieving full marriage equality, the United Kingdom has surpassed the United States on EVERY LEVEL when it comes to providing LGBT American citizens the same human rights, protections and freedoms as it’s other citizens.
Europride the pan-European international event dedicated to LGBT pride, hosted by a different European city each year will today (Saturday) in Warsaw Poland. The landmark gay rights rally in the Polish capital will be the first EuroPride parade ever to take place behind the Cold War Iron Curtain/. Politicians from countries like Great Britain, Sweden and Germany also plan to take part in the rally, which will focus on a call for legal recognition of same-sex partnerships.
The event is facing strong opposition in largely Catholic and conservative Poland; some 55,000 people have signed a petition which describes EuroPride as “an obscene event of filth and perversion.” and counter demonstrations are expected Polish officials are not expected at the rally.
Back2Stonewall would like to wish the Best of Luck to Warsaw Poland today. Hopefully the event will go smoothly and there will be no problems. We stand beside you and are very proud of you.
Full Disclosure, I’m a PROUD GAY Polish American. Send Bobka please!
Songwriter and Singer Vanessa Carlton joined the “Anna Paquin Club” and came out as bisexual while headlining Nashville Pride on Saturday.
Carlton told the audience: “I’ve never said this before, but I am a proud bisexual woman.”
Carlton is a Grammy-nominated vocalist for her hit singles “A Thousand Miles” and “Ordinary Day.” The 29-year-old singer from Pennsylvania has been romantically linked to Third Eye Blind frontman Stephan Jenkins, but the pair split a few years ago. Carlton has dedicated her song “Who’s to Say?” off her second album to her gay fans. The lyrics are a story of forbidden love, including: “And who’s to say that we’re not good enough? / And who’s to say that this is not our love?” She also included a gay male couple in her music video for “Pretty Baby.
Congrats to Vanessa for standing up and being counted.
Take note Queen Latifah, Johnny Weir, and yes even my fantasy husband James Franco. This is how its done.