South Africans attended the country's 33rd Pride celebration on Saturday despite terror warnings while the LGBTQ community and its allies in Taiwan marched through Taipei under the rain.
STORY: Taiwan legalized same-sex marriage in 2019 in a first for Asia and is proud of its reputation as a bastion of LGBTQ+ rights and liberalism.The rainy streets of central Taipei were packed for the annual parade, the 20th since it began and included go-go dancers and drag queens on the back of colorfully decorated trucks. Organizers put the number of attendees at 120,000.“We have to let them know that we are always here speaking up for ourselves, but all we really hope for is to be seen,” said production industry worker Chen Chi-chi.Taiwan's openness on LGBTQ+ issues stands in marked contrast with its giant neighbor China, which has been ramping up military pressure to assert its sovereignty claims over the island. While same sex relations are not illegal in China, same sex marriage is, and the government has been cracking down on depictions of LGBTQ+ people in the media and on the community's use of social media.
Tens of thousands braved downpours in Taiwan on Saturday to celebrate as the island staged its first LGBTQ Pride rally since fully reopening its border.
Amid mounting tensions, police were deployed Saturday in downtown Belgrade where a Pride march was expected to be held despite threats from anti-gay groups and an official earlier ban
Riot police clashed Saturday with soccer hooligans in downtown Belgrade, where a pan-European Pride march was held despite threats from anti-gay groups and an official earlier ban on the march in the traditionally conservative Balkan state. Tensions were high in the Serbian capital as ultranationalist fans hurled stun grenades, stones and flares at a police cordon, which repelled the attack with batons and riot shields. "We need justice and freedom,” said Goran Miletic, one of the Pride event organizers.
Organizers of European LGBTQ events held in Belgrade this week have said they will hold a planned Pride march on the streets of the Serbian capital Saturday despite a police ban and threats from anti-gay groups
Supporters dressed as angels stepped in between people gathered to support Brigham Young University’s queer community and anti-LGBTQ+ protesters
In sweltering temperatures, thousands of Hungarians took part in the annual Budapest Pride march on Saturday, vowing to keep up their fight against government policies on LGBTQ rights that have drawn EU condemnation. The European Commission sued Hungary earlier this month over a law passed last year to limit teaching about homosexuality and transgender issues in schools, the latest anti-LGBTQ measure to be passed by the government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban. The law has been billed by his administration as a way to protect children, but human rights groups said it discriminated against LGBTQ people and it was labelled a "disgrace" by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
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STORY: Reuters journalists saw police pepper spraying activists and dragging them across the ground before handcuffing them and putting them in buses. UniKuir, an Ankara based group of LGBTQ+ activists, said at least 36 people were detained.Last week in Istanbul, police dispersed a larger annual Pride march and detained more than 300 people.Thousands of people used to attend annual Pride marches on Istanbul's main Istiklal Avenue, but in recent years the government led by President Tayyip Erdogan and his Islamist-rooted AK Party, has toughened its stance on gay rights.Homosexuality is not a crime in Turkey, but hostility to it is widespread and police crackdowns on Pride parades have been increasingly tougher over the years.
The Pride in London parade capped off a month of celebrations that painted cities across the world rainbow-colored. Here are some of the best photos.
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The "Heartstopper" cast were all about love - and shutting down protesters - at the Pride in London March on Saturday. Joe Locke, Sebastian Croft, Kit Connor, Tobie Donovan, Kizzy Edgell, Corinna Brown, and Jenny Walser were all on hand to celebrate the march's 50th anniversary. In the process, Locke and Croft ended up blocking protesters using their rainbow flags and a few bars from Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)."
STORY: Headed by some of the veterans of the LGBT+ movement in the UK, who took part in 1972 in the country's first ever Pride, the three hours-long parade retraced part of the original march's route.‘’50th anniversary! I mean, my heavens what a milestone! What a difference in society between then and now," said John Clark, a council worker who watched the parade from the sidelines.After being on hold for over two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's march has attracted a record number of people."We are so excited to be back in the streets of the capital city,” Haven Thorn, head of PR for Pride in London, told Reuters.London's Pride parade is expected to be one of the biggest worldwide with thirty thousand participants and 1.5 million travelers coming to the British capital to witness the milestone anniversary, according to the event's organizers.
The parade, celebrating its 50th anniversary, is led by the Gay Liberation Front, which organised the first UK protest in 1972
London's mayor Sadiq Khan joined the celebrations at Pride in London on Saturday (2 July) as the march celebrated its 50th anniversary. Speaking at the march, Khan said that there was "still a danger" to the LGBT community, referring to the two people killed at a gay bar in Oslo on the day of the city's Pride parade last Saturday (25 June).
Stars of hit Netflix teen drama wrapped themselves in Pride flags and danced to Whitney Houston