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Pride in London announces lineup including Billy Porter and Drag Race stars

Pride in London have announced the lineup for this year’s celebrations. The annual event, which is set to take place on Saturday 6 July, welcomes millions to England’s capital city to celebrate the LGBTQ community, and this year sounds like it’s going to be better than ever. Over 100 performers and famous faces will entertain Pride-goers across several stages – the Trafalgar Square Stage, the Women’s Stage in Leicester Square, the Cabaret Stage on Dean Street and the brand new World Area stage in Golden Square. Appearing at the Trafalgar Square...
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Penguin Pride: Five LGBTQ authors speak about queer fiction, censorship and visibility | Amplify by GAY TIMES

It is no hyperbole to say that the current literary space we occupy is overflowing with queer potential. Never has the zeitgeist, had, or made such room for us to tell our queer stories, in our own words, and in such a variety of styles and a diversity of voices. I had the opportunity to sit down for a incredibly broad and inspiring discussion with some of Penguin’s magnificent new queer authors, discussing everything from the films and literature that informed their lives and their art today, to sex education...
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YouTuber buys American town and renames it Gay Hell to protest Trump

Gay Hell sounds like a mighty fine place to us. YouTube star Elijah Daniel is no stranger to elaborate schemes and controversies – you may remember his critically-acclaimed, best-selling erotic novel starring Donald Trump – but his latest headline-grabbing act has an important message behind it. Back in 2017, Elijah became Mayor of Hell, a quaint little town in Michigan, and proceeded to ban all straight people. Two years later, he’s bought the whole town and has renamed it Gay Hell in order to celebrate Pride Month and protest Trump’s...
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Pete Buttigieg is “almost certain” there’s been a gay president in the past

Pete Buttigieg says he’s “almost certain” the United States has had a gay president in the past. If the 37-year-old Democratic presidential candidate, a Navy veteran who’s currently serving as mayor of the town of South Bend in Indiana, is voted into the White House in 2020, he’ll become the first openly gay president the country has ever had. But during an interview with Axios on HBO, he said he believes there have been gay presidents before – they just weren’t out. “If you were to win the nomination, they’ll...
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Until we’re all truly free, Pride will always be a protest

June is finally here and celebrations are taking place all over the world to celebrate Pride Month. Millions of people will march and protest through the streets on every continent in support of LGBTQ rights. It’s incredible to see so much solidarity and strength, especially at a time when it feels like we’re under attack on a daily basis. Over the last few months it certainly feels like we’ve taken steps backwards, attacks are on the rise and social media has been a cesspit of hate. The current toxic political...

Wear your pride! Northern Pride launches LGBTQ clothing featuring Angel of the North

If you’re planning your outfit for your trip to Northern Pride Festival this summer, then have we got just the clothing range for you. Northern Pride – the LGBTQ charity that puts on the annual event – have launched a new line of merchandise featuring their updated logo, which is a rainbow version of the iconic Angel of the North. They’ve named the rainbow angel Alex, and the clothing comes adorning a number of different flags from within the LGBTQ community. Angel of the North artist Antony Gormley has given...
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Iranian foreign minister defends death penalty for homosexuals

Iran is one of the few countries in the world where the death penalty for homosexuality is still in force. Although LGBTQ rights are improving in some areas, like in Botswana, which legalised homosexuality earlier this week, the community still faces a lot of issues in many different countries. One of these is in Iran, where LGBTQ rights are non-existent, and the death penalty is still in force and applies to any same-sex couple caught having sex, regardless of whether it was consensual or not. During a press conference earlier...
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The Try Guys star Eugene Lee Yang comes out as gay in dance video

The YouTuber had previously come out as queer on National Coming Out Day. The Try Guys star Eugene Lee Yang has come out as gay in a powerful dance video. The video is titled I’m Gay, and features no lyrics, but has music from ODESZA. The video starts out in a scene familiar to many of us, as Eugene shares happy memories with his family. However, he begins to face rejection from them, including a slap, after he attempts to put on lipstick. The next scene is in a church...
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Nearly 40% of LGBTQ youth in America have contemplated suicide

One of the reasons for the high number was the current political situation in the United States. Nearly 40% of LGBTQ youth in America have contemplated suicide, according to a study performed by the National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health. This number rose to over 50% for trans and “gender-diverse” youth. The study was conducted by The Trevor Project, an LGBTQ organisation which focuses on suicide prevention for young LGBTQ people. The study focused on LGBTQ youth aged 13-24, and asked over 34,000 people. Other worrying results from the...
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Bermuda to hold its first ever Pride parade this summer

The island had a rocky road when it came to marriage equality. The island of Bermuda will be holding its first-ever Pride parade on 31 August later this year. The march was organised by Liz Christopher, David Northcott and Chen Foley and will be sponsored by the LGBTQ organisation, OutBermuda. Speaking to The Royal Gazette, a spokesperson for the group said they were “proud” to be supporting the event. “There is an inherent value in a public celebration of our LGBTQ community in Bermuda as a reminder that we exist...
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