Month: May 2015

INTERVIEW: Not Vlog Standard, Meet Jake, RJ, Will, Miles, Nicola And Ken

There’s a new class. Class of YouTube.

Order of Photo: Jake, RJ, Will, Miles, Nicola and Ken

PHOTOGRAPHY: Monty McKinnen

CREATIVE: Stephen Crowe

WORDS: Jake Hook

YouTubers are some of the hardest working creatives out there.

With a combined (some of them have multiple channels) audience of around 1.2 million, or the same audience figures as a regular programme on a smaller UK broadcaster, we meet six out and proud YouTubers, who aren’t leaving their careers in the hands of some out of touch station programmer or network exec. YouTube blogging, or vlogging, if not the future is definitely about the now.

It seems the world and their video cameras are up on YouTube making videos. The promise of book deals, crossing over to mainstream media and millions upon millions of fans, or subs as I’m told they’re sometimes referred to, seems tantalisingly easy to achieve. After all where’s the talent in turning on a camera and talking for 10 minutes about anything and everything?

In this new age who is now the sieve. In days past network execs, focus groups and critics used to be the sieve, weeding out the crap ideas, the weak scripts and the wooden presenters. There was a system, and much like the music industry of past, those charged with commissioning had control over what, when and how you watched it.

Now YouTubers have put the schedule in your hands. You are the sieve. You are now the casting couch. Hundreds of thousands if not millions of vloggers are vying for your attention. However, in this new world, just like the old fame formula, only a few will make it, but for how long is anyone’s guess.

In amongst the cat and the Charlie-bit-my-thumb videos there are some gems, some really interesting commentators. Activists, psychologists in the making, social commentators and those who would find a perfect home on QVC, but just how influential are YouTubers and in a world of constant, unrelenting distraction, does it pay to lay it all out online? When every second of your life is bared for all to see, every detail pored over by thousands of viewers, what more is there to say?

Six YouTubers, Miles (combined channel subscribers: 600,000), Will and RJ (combined: 350,000) Nicola (combined channels: 532,000), Ken (41,640) and Jake (73,400) cram into our studio for this month’s cover, cameras are out as they enter the building. It becomes clear that we’ve become material for their vlogs. No doubt within the coming days videos will surface of how we roll and that’s okay. We’re down with being hip.

After our “Save By The Bell” inspired shoot, we get to it. I’m dying to know the why, the how and the how much?

You can read the full interview in the latest issue subscribe here

Ken And Nicola (Monty McKinnen/TheGayUK)

RJ On why people are so invested in the lifes of YouTubers

"It’s funny you should mention Friends, because when we’re at a YouTube gathering and I meet parents and the parents are “like why are my kids losing their minds over this?” I’m like, “picture Friends but imagine that Phoebe, Ross, Joey - all of them are all real people and everything you see happening is real and better yet, you can actually directly interact with them on twitter or in the comments on videos. How much more excited would you get to watch each episode?”

JAKE on whether YouTubers will kill YouTube

"I don’t think it’s something we need to worry about it’s more about us being adaptive to anything they change, we need to fall into, which they’ve done many times in the last year without telling us".

NICOLA on "the goal" of being a YouTuber

"When you reach a certain goal you’re always making new goals. I don’t really think there’s an end point. There’s always something new to strive for."

KEN: On oversharing as a YouTuber

"So my penis is somewhere on the Internet."

RJ and Will (Monty McKinnen / TheGayUK)

WILL on Haters commenting on every aspect of life

"I wanted to put blinds and curtains up… my comment section was just filth."

Miles (Monty McKinnen / TheGayUK)

MILES on haters

"F**k em"

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President Obama’s Proclamation for Gay Pride Month

President Obama has released a Presidential Proclamation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, which starts on June 1st. It reads as follows:

From the moment our Nation first came together to declare the fundamental truth that all men are created equal, courageous and dedicated patriots have fought to refine our founding promise and broaden democracy's reach. Over the course of more than two centuries of striving and sacrifice, our country has expanded civil rights and enshrined equal protections into our Constitution. Through struggle and setback, we see a common trajectory toward a more free and just society. But we are also reminded that we are not truly equal until every person is afforded the same rights and opportunities -- that when one of us experiences discrimination, it affects all of us -- and that our journey is not complete until our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law.

Across our Nation, tremendous progress has been won by determined individuals who stood up, spoke out, and shared their stories. Earlier this year, because of my landmark Executive Order on LGBT workplace discrimination, protections for Federal contractors went into effect, guarding against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The Federal Government is now leading by example, ensuring that our employees and contractors are judged by the quality of their work, not by who they love. And I will keep calling on the Congress to pass legislation so that all Americans are covered by these protections, no matter where they work.

In communities throughout the country, barriers that limit the potential of LGBT Americans have been torn down, but too many individuals continue to encounter discrimination and unfair treatment. My Administration supports efforts to ban the use of conversion therapy for minors because the overwhelming scientific evidence demonstrates that it can cause substantial harm. We understand the unique challenges faced by sexual and gender minorities -- especially transgender and gender non-conforming individuals -- and are taking steps to address them. And we recognize that families come in many shapes and sizes. Whether biological, foster, or adoptive, family acceptance is an important protective factor against suicide and harm for LGBTQ youth, and mental health experts have created resources to support family communication and involvement.

For countless young people, it is not enough to simply say it gets better; we must take action too. We continue to address bullying and harassment in our classrooms, ensuring every student has a nurturing environment in which to learn and grow. Across the Federal Government, we are working every day to unlock the opportunities all LGBT individuals deserve and the resources and care they need. Too many LGBTQ youth face homelessness and too many older individuals struggle to find welcoming and affordable housing; that is why my Administration is striving to ensure they have equal access to safe and supportive housing throughout life. We are updating our National HIV/AIDS Strategy to better address the disproportionate burden HIV has on communities of gay and bisexual men and transgender women. We continue to extend family and spousal benefits to legally married same-sex couples. And because we know LGBT rights are human rights, we are championing protections and support for LGBT persons around the world.

All people deserve to live with dignity and respect, free from fear and violence, and protected against discrimination, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation. During Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, we celebrate the proud legacy LGBT individuals have woven into the fabric of our Nation, we honor those who have fought to perfect our Union, and we continue our work to build a society where every child grows up knowing that their country supports them, is proud of them, and has a place for them exactly as they are.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2015 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. I call upon the people of the United States to eliminate prejudice everywhere it exists, and to celebrate the great diversity of the American people.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-ninth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand fifteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.

by @RogerWalkerDack

President Obama’s Proclamation for Gay Pride Month

President Obama has released a Presidential Proclamation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, which starts on June 1st. It reads as follows:

From the moment our Nation first came together to declare the fundamental truth that all men are created equal, courageous and dedicated patriots have fought to refine our founding promise and broaden democracy's reach. Over the course of more than two centuries of striving and sacrifice, our country has expanded civil rights and enshrined equal protections into our Constitution. Through struggle and setback, we see a common trajectory toward a more free and just society. But we are also reminded that we are not truly equal until every person is afforded the same rights and opportunities -- that when one of us experiences discrimination, it affects all of us -- and that our journey is not complete until our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law.

Across our Nation, tremendous progress has been won by determined individuals who stood up, spoke out, and shared their stories. Earlier this year, because of my landmark Executive Order on LGBT workplace discrimination, protections for Federal contractors went into effect, guarding against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The Federal Government is now leading by example, ensuring that our employees and contractors are judged by the quality of their work, not by who they love. And I will keep calling on the Congress to pass legislation so that all Americans are covered by these protections, no matter where they work.

In communities throughout the country, barriers that limit the potential of LGBT Americans have been torn down, but too many individuals continue to encounter discrimination and unfair treatment. My Administration supports efforts to ban the use of conversion therapy for minors because the overwhelming scientific evidence demonstrates that it can cause substantial harm. We understand the unique challenges faced by sexual and gender minorities -- especially transgender and gender non-conforming individuals -- and are taking steps to address them. And we recognize that families come in many shapes and sizes. Whether biological, foster, or adoptive, family acceptance is an important protective factor against suicide and harm for LGBTQ youth, and mental health experts have created resources to support family communication and involvement.

For countless young people, it is not enough to simply say it gets better; we must take action too. We continue to address bullying and harassment in our classrooms, ensuring every student has a nurturing environment in which to learn and grow. Across the Federal Government, we are working every day to unlock the opportunities all LGBT individuals deserve and the resources and care they need. Too many LGBTQ youth face homelessness and too many older individuals struggle to find welcoming and affordable housing; that is why my Administration is striving to ensure they have equal access to safe and supportive housing throughout life. We are updating our National HIV/AIDS Strategy to better address the disproportionate burden HIV has on communities of gay and bisexual men and transgender women. We continue to extend family and spousal benefits to legally married same-sex couples. And because we know LGBT rights are human rights, we are championing protections and support for LGBT persons around the world.

All people deserve to live with dignity and respect, free from fear and violence, and protected against discrimination, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation. During Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, we celebrate the proud legacy LGBT individuals have woven into the fabric of our Nation, we honor those who have fought to perfect our Union, and we continue our work to build a society where every child grows up knowing that their country supports them, is proud of them, and has a place for them exactly as they are.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2015 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. I call upon the people of the United States to eliminate prejudice everywhere it exists, and to celebrate the great diversity of the American people.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-ninth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand fifteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.

by @RogerWalkerDack

INTERVIEW: Jonny McGovern

New York native, McGovern is part of LGBT technology history. As each new advancement made it possible for gay voices to be heard he’s been at the forefront of it. From taking advantage of a newly introduced iTunes to Podcasting to Vlogging. We sent MARK GOGGIN to find out what the original gay pimp is doing now.

I caught up with the Gay Pimp Jonny McGovern and he spilled the T about his show Hey Qween, his musical past and what Dolce & Gabbana can kiss…


MG: First off, congratulations on the success of Hey Qween! Where did the idea originate?

JMG: The idea for Hey Qween started after I finished shooting Whoa, Dude! which was the first show I did with The Stream studios (co producers of Hey Qween) that celebrated the best intentionally and unintentionally homoerotic content from around the Internet, kind of like The Soup. They asked me what I wanted to do next, and I had an idea for a talk show. The only thing that I really knew about it was that I wanted to call it Hey Qween, I would sit down with a guest and I would say “Hey Qween,” and they would say “Hey Qween,” back and we would have a conversation. That was it, almost like Charlie Rose a very basic interview show. But when it hit me like a lightening bolt to include Lady Red Couture in the mix, it all came together. I knew that if I had her there she would be like my drag Ed McMahon sidekick and we could kiki at the beginning of every show.

MG: Your relationship with Lady Red Couture is hilarious. How did you meet?

JMG: I first saw Lady Red perform at Hamburger Mary’s in West Hollywood where she was part of the Goddess revue hosted by Calpernia Addams and Lady Red stole the show. She did a big gospel number where she wore church robes and started testifying and would run to the back of the club and disappear and then run out of a totally different door. I was in drag love. I asked her to be part of my Dickmatized video where she played a round the way banjee girl. Then I wrote the song Rich White Woman for her and I thought she was so fun and so charismatic that when I started Hey Qween I thought she would be the perfect match. Though we didn’t know each other that well when we stated Hey Qween we are now best friends and spend all the time together and always have a ton of fun. It’s been like a dream working with her, she is a super star.

MG: Is she EVER going to sign up to Drag Race? She'd kill it!

JMG: Yes! That is our dream. We did work on an incredible audition tape for her for Drag Race season 8 and it has been submitted,so may the best woman win! I know she would kill it.

MG: Talking of Drag Race, some great contestants have graced your couch. Who was your favourite to interview? Or at least who were you most excited about meeting?

JMG: RuPaul herself. I’ve been a fan since I was a teenager and though I got to interview him on the phone once for my podcast we had never really gotten a chance to sit down and talk in real life. The show was so fun, and he was so open and inspiring that it was truly a dream come true. As far as the other queens I’ve enjoyed all of them. Our most popular episode was Willam - he’s always a hoot and he bought his own pizza. We also really enjoyed Alaska who came in an amazing garbage bag couture dress. They’re all a lot of fun and come ready to kill. Trixie Mattel was also a highlight for our season 3 premier because she was so funny and honest.

MG: Did anyone turn out to be a bit of a let down?

JMG: No. I think everyone has always been great. Some interviews are harder to edit than others, some people are more ready to spill the T, other people I need to warm up into being comfortable. That sometimes leads to a harder editing job to make the conversation seem as lively and spontaneous as it needs to be. But most of the Drag Race girls come prepared to have fun and we just have a kiki.

MG: Hey Qween! Series 3 is currently underway. How's it going?

JMG: It premiered two weeks ago with Trixie Mattel and our latest episode is with Latrice Royale. Next week the legendary Coco Peru comes on, followed by Mathu Andersen, followed by more and more amazing guests! We’ve been working with The Stream who is an incredibly supportive studio and they have given us our own channel Hey Qween TV. Season 3 is bigger than ever and we are having a ton of fun.

MG: You suggested upping the gay ante this series and were helped out by the fans to raise the budget. Did you get enough to support your new ideas?

JMG: Yes we ended up raising almost $13,000 from the fans, which was incredible! We have been able to use it to not only make Hey Qween better but to expand the brand into a whole bunch of other shows that I know our audience is going to love.

MG: Have you bagged any celebrities for season 3 that you've wanted to interview for ages? Who would your dream guest be?

JMG: Mathu Andersen was definitely a dream guest since he’s been creating the RuPaul look the last 20 years. He’s such an incredible artist and mysterious elusive enigma that I was excited to chat with him. My dream guest is one of the surviving cast members from Paris Is Burning, Junior Labeija who was the MC in all of the ballroom scenes. We would love to have him on, he is one of the most iconic figures from that film and to get to talk to him about his experiences and his incredible charisma would make for a legendary Hey Qween show. Of course I would also love to interview Kevin Aviance who is my number one favourite drag queen in the world. Martha Wash who is the voice behind Everybody Dance Now from C+C Music Factory, Black Box and tons of others. I’d also love to interview Miss J from America’s Next Top Model. The list goes on and on.

MG: I definitely think you should consider bringing Hey Qween! to the UK, make it some sort of club tour! Will the season 3 budget stretch to that - possibly?

JMG: We would love to come to the UK! I love London, I went as a teenager several times but I have not gotten to come back as a fully-grown homo. We actually would love to see Hey Qween come on real TV in the UK. I feel that the audience over there and the networks might be more open to putting our show on real TV because you have excellent taste and are less scared of drag and stuff like that than American networks. So hopefully someone in the UK, a producer, will read this and you can send us over. If RuPaul’s Drag Race UK happens maybe we could do a simultaneous Hey Qween season at the same time - that would be dreamy honey.

MG: Outside of Hey Qween you've produced some great music and comedy under the persona The Gay Pimp. Are you dropping any new music soon?

JMG: I had been doing The Gay Pimp stuff for ten years and as much as I love it, I wanted to be able to evolve and do stuff where I wasn’t trying to be the same person I was ten years ago. I am able to reflect who I am and what I do now. So I’ve taken a little break from that but that doesn’t mean I’ve stopped making videos! I have the final video single from my Gayest Of All Time album coming out in the next couple of months. It’s full of sexy guys with Lady Red and some lady back up singers. It’s really fun so that should be coming pretty soon.

MG: Who inspires you as a musician?

JMG: When I was a kid I thought I wanted to be an RnB singer, but then I realised I was a 6’4” gay white man so that was probably going to be a difficult path! I kind of put it aside but when I started to do comedy, doing sort of comedy songs and using my musical skills like that, it really made sense. It is something that I have truly enjoyed and has let me play at being a pop star for many years. My biggest musical inspiration is my co producer Adam Joseph who works with me on all of my records. He is a musical genius and any time I have a seed of an idea he has such incredible musical knowledge that he is able to listen to my vision and create it seemingly instantaneously. He is incredible and if you’ve never heard him sing before he has many of his own albums, I call him the white soul hummingbird because he sounds exactly like your favourite black diva but he’s a little white man.

MG: What's your number one go-to album?

JMG: I currently listen to lots of club music and trap music because I DJ at a party here called Saturday Night Slut in West Hollywood every week. When I’m just listening myself, old Aretha Franklin records from the late 60s and all through the 70s, Martha Wash’s solo album, DJ sets by Junior Vasquez from the 90s and Prince’s Sign ‘O’ The Times is probably one of my favourite all time records.

MG: We heard The Gay Pimp was started because of a homophobic Eminem rant, is there any truth in that?

JMG: Yes… (the)Eminem (album) had come out and though it seemed at first like he was kind of like a modern guy and maybe wasn’t going to be homophobic, as the album rolled out we saw that he was kind of having a lot of homophobic stuff. He was throwing fag around and I felt that the media was giving him a pass on it. I figured the best way to protest would be to write a musical. When you’re an artist you got to protest with your art. So we wrote a hilarious little show called The Wrong Fag To F**k With: The Gay Pimp vs Eminem, which was a parody musical where Gay Pimp was this pop star in an alternate universe who battled Eminem at the MTV Video Music Awards. Needless to say it ended up with Eminem getting f***** up the butt by Gay Pimp - and hilarity ensued. The show became so popular; people started asking me to perform at nightclubs around town. It was the era of Britney and NSync, so I would go with back up dancers and drag queen cheerleaders and we would go to these tiny bars and perform these Gay Pimp songs as if we were doing a stadium show in these tiny little dive bars.

MG: With that in mind, do you think it is important as a gay male to stand up for LGBT issues? Do you get involved in LGBT debates - the Dolce & Gabbana debacle or Indiana's recent outburst for example?

JMG: Yes I think it is extremely important for all of us to be aware of what is going on as far as civil rights for LGBT people in our countries and around the world. We can’t be ignoring how our brothers and sisters in other countries are being treated and we can’t just be satisfied with sitting around and letting big corporations and the right wing make decisions that affect us. So it’s very important for us all to speak out. As far as the Dolce & Gabbana debacle that makes me think they are completely out of touch and in a self-hating bubble of their own. You know, give me a break Dolce & Gabbana. For them to have any comment about what makes a family real - you can kiss my motherfu**ing ass, fu** yourselves Dolce & Gabbana.

MG: Thank you so much for your time. Where can we visit to get all of our Gay Pimp needs?

JMG: Make sure you subscribe to Hey Qween TV on YouTube - the Look At Huh after show, Hot T, He’s Fit and Judge Lady Red. Plus you can visit my blog everyday gayestofalltime.com for sexy gent pictures, new podcasts, Hey Qween updates and more dirty gay fun. Plus make sure to support me by buying my music on iTunes. Daddy needs to pay rent.


Twitter: @GayPimp

Folsom Street East 2015

June 21, 2015

Folsom Street East – Folsom Street East is the largest fetish block party on the East Coast; this year’s theme is “THE NEW YORK YOU WERE WARNED ABOUT.” FSE is proud to share visual branding illustrated for the 2015 Street Fair by visionary comic book creator Phil Jimenez.

Serving the leather/fetish/kink community, the LGBT community and New York City at large. Our biggest annual event is the Folsom Street East street festival, the largest outdoor fetish street festival on the eastern coast, which brings thousands of sexy kinksters out onto the streets of New York City on a summer afternoon to celebrate sexual diversity and expression. With your support, Folsom Street East has donated more than $250,000 since the first street fair in 1997 to local community organizations. New York, NY.

Folsom Street East 2015

Folsom Street East 2015

“Folsom Street East is a celebration of the rebellious spirit of the New York kink and fetish scene, and our imagery for this year’s fair depicts our community in all its vibrant diversity,” said Paul Harrison Phillips, Communications Manager for Folsom Street East. “We’re immensely grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Phil Jimenez to realize an ass-kicking vision of our modern city that never sleeps.”

“As a New Yorker, a longtime fan of the Folsom Street East street fair, and a supporter of the organization’s mission and community engagement, I jumped at the chance to work with FSE to create the imagery for this year’s event,” said Jimenez.

This year’s Street Fair will directly benefit two NYC-based non-profit organizations serving fetish, kink, and LGBTQ communities: the New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP) and Visual AIDS.

Folsom Street East 2015 will feature live stage entertainment representing the immense talents of the NYC LGBT and kink community, as well as a beer garden hosted by The Eagle NYC. A full line-up of stage entertainment, running from 12 PM to 4 PM, will be announced in the weeks before the event.

“We’re excited to bring Folsom Street East back to 27th Street for another amazing year,” said Street Fair co-producer Gary Martin. “Whether it’s your first Folsom Street East, or your 18th, whether you love to show off in a harness and jock, or just love to socialize with New Yorkers in the sunshine and support our community organizations, we hope you’ll join us!”

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Cologne Christopher Street Day 2015

June 20, 2015toJuly 5, 2015

Cologne CSD – Right in the heart of Cologne the big CSD festival takes place. Three stages offer entertainment and information from Friday 6pm until Sunday late night. The line-up is diverse – you’ll find something for every mood and every taste. Apart from the line-up details on these pages you can find information about “Candlelight against oblivion”, a truly remarkable event taking place at the main stage on Saturday at 10pm. Cologne, Germany.

Cologne Christopher Street Day 2015

Cologne Christopher Street Day 2015

The Cologne Christopher Street Day (CSD) is the joint demonstration by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender and intersex people and their girlfriends, friends and all who support them. Our goals remain the full legal equality and full social recognition.

But the Cologne Pride also expresses confidence and joie de vivre.That we act and demonstrate together, makes up the success, the strength and the political and social impact of the CSD.


The power and energy of the Cologne scene, as revealed to Euro Pride 2002 prompted the organizers and promoters, to go one step further, the traditional CSD to expand the facet ColognePride and thus an “umbrella label” to establish. Thus, the Cologne Pride is today the large supporting program (over 100 events), which extends over a period of two weeks, and its highlight is the final CSD weekend. This weekend has been based for several years on four pillars: the solemn Benefit Gala of the AIDS-Hilfe Cologne in the Maritim Hotel, the large Colour Party, the three-day street festival in the heart of Cologne’s Old Town and the final demonstration through the center of Cologne. In addition to the expression of joy and pride of Teilnehmer_innen and Besucher_innen is especially the political message, as expressed, inter alia, in the motto, important. In it each year reflects another pressing issue for further improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender in our society.

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Chicago Pride 2015

June 20, 2015toJune 21, 2015
June 28, 2015

Chicago Pride – 46th Annual Chicago Pride Parade & Pride Weekend. Chicago Pride Weekend consists of a two-day festival and our world-famous parade – The two-day festival takes place along Chicago’s famed Halsted strip on June 20-21. The parade takes place over a four-mile route on Sunday, June 28. Chicago, IL.

Chicago Pride 2015

Chicago Pride 2015

 

The parade kicks off at noon on Sunday, June 28, 2015, at Montrose Avenue and Broadway in Uptown and ends near the intersection of Diversey Parkway and Sheridan Road in Lincoln Park. Pride Month in June is the culmination of Chicago’s vibrant LGBT community. The energy in the city peaks on Pride Weekend, which falls on the last weekend of June each year in commemoration of the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. On Pride Frida and Saturday thousands will gather along Halsted for the two day festival. Stages of music, exhibitors, great food and drinks are available to enjoy. In the evening the revelers will pour into Boystown clubs and party into the wee hours of the night.

On Sunday the roar of the crowd heralds the start of the Pride Parade, a dazzling cavalcade of diversity. The streets are lined 12 people deep as 750,000 people cheer the contingents on and enjoy the show, culture and experience! For the liveliest viewing spots head to the Boystown section of North Halsted Street, between Belmont Avenue and Grace Street. If you are seeking a less crowded area to view the parade, look for your viewing spots near the beginning of the route along Broadway between Montrose Avenue and Sheridan Road or further along Broadway between Belmont Avenue and Diversey Parkway.

When is Chicago Pride?
The Chicago Pride two-day Celebration takes place the weekend before the parade. And the Parade historically takes place during the final weekend in June of each year.

How did Pride begin?
The annual Pride Celebration commemorates the rebellion of LGBT patrons of the Stonewall Inn in New York City’s Greenwich Village in response to a routine police raid on June 27, 1969. The following year, a “Gay-In” that took place on June 27, 1970 that was the early progenitor of the current Pride Celebration. Since 1972, the event has been held every year, Since its modest beginnings, Chicago Pride has grown to be one the largest and most well-known Pride events in the world. Pride has come to symbolize several things: the long history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer dignity, the freedom of all people to meaningfully and proudly express their sexual and gender identities, and the commitment of LGBT people to combating oppression.

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Columbus Urban Pride 2015

June 20, 2015toJune 21, 2015

Columbus Urban Pride provides a series of social and educational events that celebrate racial diversity within the the LGBTQ community. Columbus, OH.

Columbus Urban Pride 2015

Columbus Urban Pride 2015


THE MISSION OF COLUMBUS URBAN PRIDE IS TO PROVIDE A SAFE SPACE FOR THE CELEBRATION OF RACIAL DIVERSITY WHILE EMPOWERING, BUILDING COMMUNITY AND PROVIDING RESOURCES WITHIN LGBTQ COMMUNITIES IN GREATER COLUMBUS.

WE ACCOMPLISH OUR MISSION BY USING FOUR KEY TENANTS:

> BRIDGING GAPS
> OFFERING SUPPORT
> PROVIDING EDUCATION
> FACILITATING STRONG NETWORKING

VISION

A STRONG, STABLE, AND VISIBLE COMMUNITY WHERE EVERY PERSON FEELS LIKE THEY BELONG.

HISTORY

COLUMBUS URBAN PRIDE WAS FOUNDED IN 2012 BY A SMALL GROUP OF LOCAL COMMUNITY LEADERS IN COLUMBUS, OHIO WHO ASSEMBLED TO ORGANIZE EFFORTS AROUND CREATING CULTURALLY COMPETENT SOCIAL AND EDUCATIONAL EVENTS FOR LGBTQ PEOPLE OF COLOR DURING COLUMBUS PRIDE IN JUNE.

AS EFFORTS GREW CUP FORMED A PROMOTIONAL PARTNERSHIP WITH STONEWALL COLUMBUS AND SOLIDIFIED IT’S MISSION, VISION AND PURPOSE. NOW THE ORGANIZATION SEEKS TO PROVIDE A SAFE SPACE FOR CELEBRATION OF RACIAL DIVERSITY WITHIN THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY WELCOME TO ALL PEOPLE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

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Gay Pride Berlin 2015

June 20, 2015toJune 21, 2015

Stadtfest Berlin – Equal Rights for the Unequal! Under that slogan Berlin´s Regenbogenfonds e.V. will present its 23rd annual Lesbian and Gay Festival – Europe’s largest. As usual, it is being held at the traditional gay stomping ground around Nollendorfplatz in Schöneberg.

Gay Pride will take place in the area bounded by Motzstrasse, Eisenacher Strasse, Fuggerstrasse and Kalckreuthstrasse, spreading over 25,000 square meters, and featuring the Worlds of Sports, Radio, Words, Film, AIDS and Politics, as well as other exhibits from a wide range of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender groups. Along with dozens of information booths and market stalls, there will be a varied range of culinary treats. And on both days of the festival, there will be five high-energy performance venues.

On this giant open air amusement every year the LGBT*-scene shows how to have fun with each other. With over 350.000 visitors from all over the world it is truly the biggest event of its kind.

Gay Pride Berlin 2015

Gay Pride Berlin 2015

»Gleiche Rechte für Ungleiche!«

Unter diesem Motto veranstaltet der Regenbogenfonds e.V. jährlich Europas größtes Lesbisch-schwules Stadtfest. Schirmherr und Schirmfrau sind auch in diesem Jahr wieder der Regierende Bürgermeister von Berlin Klaus Wowereit und die ehemalige Bezirksbürgermeisterin von Schöneberg Elisabeth Ziemer.


Weit über 400.000 Besucher_Innen werden auf einer Fläche von 20.000 Quadratmetern erwartet. In der Motz-, Eisenacher-, Fugger- und Kalckreuthstraße präsentieren sich die Stadtfest-Welten: »Filmwelt«, »Politikwelt«, »Positivenwelt«, »Radiowelt«, »Sportwelt«, »Wellness- und Gesundheitswelt« sowie das breite Spektrum lesbischer, schwuler, bisexueller und transidentischer Projekte, Vereine und Organisationen.


Ferner gibt es ein umfangreiches Angebot an Info- und Verkaufsständen, eine Vielzahl gastronomischer Szenebetriebe mit gemütlichen Biergärten, Cocktail- und Sektbars sowie einem abwechslungsreichen kulinarischen Angebot. An beiden Wochen-endtagen wird täglich ab 11 Uhr bis spät in die Nacht die Gegend rund um den Nollendorfplatz wieder einmal Berlins beliebteste Partymeile!

Das Stadtfest ist ein Fest der Liebe. Deshalb haben Diskriminierung und Rassismus bei uns keinen Platz.

Der Regenbogenfonds e.V. begrüßt die Besucher_Innen aus aller Welt und wünscht viel Spaß beim Lesbisch-schwulen Stadtfest Berlin.

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Fantasypride 2015

June 20, 2015

Fantasypride – All popular highlights of Fantasypride as ColognePride – Opening, Wet T-shirt contest, cabaret, great evening show and open-end party, of course it again. Also, of course, all the popular attractions of Phantasialand. Brühl (bei Köln), Germany.

Fantasypride 2015

Take Europe’s best theme park, thousands of screaming and celebrating gays and lesbians, this garnish with a live program which has washed up and give a good shot as icing Party Power at its best obendrau

Fantasypride 2015

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