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Toledo Pride 2015

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Toledo Pride – Last year over 18,000 people joined us during the Toledo Pride weekend to celebrate diversity, acceptance and unity in Promenade Park in Downtown Toledo.  This year, we’re doing it all again from August 28-30 (the weekend before Labor Day) at Promenade Park in Downtown Toledo.  We’re planning a great weekend for you, as well as some events leading up to Pride like the Toledo Pride Pub Crawl. Toledo, OH.

Toledo Pride 2015

Toledo Pride 2015

This year will once again have your favorite events:

  • Toledo Pride Nite Glo 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run, Walk or Roll
  • KISS ‘N’ Drag
  • Toledo Pride Parade
  • Toledo Pride Festival with over 100 vendors and great entertainment all day and night
  • Sunday FUNday

 

EqualityToledo works for equality for all Ohioans regardless of their marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression through education, anti-defamation efforts, and activism.

History

As a response to the passage of Ohio’s Issue 1 amendment in November 2004, which created a constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman, Equality Toledo was formed. The founding members were actively involved in opposing Issue 1 and educating our communities about the harmful consequences of its passage.

Today, members of the community can look for EqualityToledo to become more visible through various communication methods and increased events with Safe Schools, Equality @ Work, and Faith & Fairness programs.

EqualityToledo’s future will include continuing to fight for civil rights and advocacy to ensure LGBT equality, exploring more of what Northwest Ohio has to offer for the LGBT community and expanding the organization.

Community Involvement

Want to become a member of EqualityToledo and become more involved in the fight for equality? Contact Sherry Tripepi, EqualityToledo Executive Director, at info@equalitytoledo.org or visit www.equalitytoledo.org

The Pride of Toledo Foundation was established in 2011 as a registered 501(c)(4) non-profit as the primary host of Toledo Pride- an annual area celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and allied (LGBTQA) community. Last year, the Pride of Toledo Foundation along with many other area sponsors welcomed over 10,000 pride participants who took part in Toledo Pride 2012.

In 2013, Pride of Toledo hosted Opera Ain’t No Drag in coordination with Toledo Opera to bring together the local LGBT and arts communities.  Over 350 people filled the Collingwood Arts Center for a fantastic night of live opera, drag queens and kings.

In the coming years, as the Pride of Toledo Foundation continues to grow, thanks to the support of our community, we aim to financially aid area events, organizations, programs and businesses that support the LGBTQA community. For more information, please contact info@toledopride.com.

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Marriage Equality in Europe

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My name is Maria and I am owner at Maria Assia Photography (http://mariaassia.com/). I regularly write about marriage and I produced this info-graphic attached about the legality of same-sex marriage in Europe.

Marriage Equality in Europe

Following the historic U.S Supreme Court decision to legalize same- sex marriage in the United States, I figured it would be interesting to see where Europe stands on the issue. It was interesting to find out that the Netherlands was the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage, but it was surprising to see that countries like Italy do not recognize same-sex relationships. Support for same sex marriage amongst the public also varies a lot from country to country.

Many countries in Europe only allow registered partnerships but these partnerships do not have the same rights as a marriage. It was interesting to read about the key differences between same-sex marriages and registered partnerships.

Marriage Equality in Europe

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Camp for Long Island and New York City LGBT Families

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August 27, 2015 to August 31, 2015

LGBT Rainbow Mishpacha Family Weekend – The LGBT Network and The Samuel Field Y are excited to announce a historic partnership resulting in the debut of Rainbow Mishpacha (LGBT Families).  In what will become an annual event,Rainbow Mishpacha is an exceptional opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) parents raising children to enjoy a long weekend family camp filled with fun, adventure, friendship and the rich tradition of Jewish summer camping. Queens, NY.

Camp for Long Island and New York City LGBT Families

Camp for Long Island and New York City LGBT Families

In Hebrew Mishpacha means family and our family camp weekend will create exciting family experiences that will last a lifetime by spending a gorgeous 4 days in the Pocono Mountains.

Family camp weekend is open to LGBT-headed households (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) and their families. Come experience the warmth and spirit that has made Samuel Field Y’s Premiere Residential Camp, Camp Poyntelle Lewis Village*, a special place for nearly 70 years!

During the action packed weekend, LGBT Rainbow Mishpacha campers will take part in every activity Poyntelle has to offer.  Events will include: boating and swimming on the 70 acre exclusive lake, playing sports, outdoor adventure, a campfire, traditional Friday Night Shabbat Service, our famous BBQ, and what camp experience would not be complete without….s’mores! 

Space is limited – Registration required by July 27th, 2015!

Registration costs $150/Adult and $125/Children – Payment is required at the time of registration. Once you are fully registered, you will receive a welcome packet via e-mail.

If you have questions regarding The LGBT Rainbow Mishpacha Family Camp, please contact Michelle Raider, Center Family Project Coordinator, by phone: 631.665.2300 or by email: mraider@lgbtnetwork.org 

*Limited electricity is available inside of the cabins.


About The Network: The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Network (LGBT Network) is an association of non-profit organizations that serve Long Island and Queens’ LGBT community throughout the lifespan – Q Center: Queens LGBT Community Center, Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY), The Long Island LGBT Community Center (The Center), and Services and Advocacy for LGBT Elders – Long Island (SAGE-LI)). Together, each organization is working to end homophobia and transphobia, provide a home and a safe space for the LGBT Community and advocate for equality under the law.

About The Samuel Field Y: The Samuel Field Y, known as “The Everybody Place,” is a not for profit, multi-service agency with flagship sites in Little Neck, Forest Hills and 34 additional sites throughout the community that provides a diverse array of programs and services to over 35,000 people. Since our inception, almost 60 years ago, the Samuel Field Y has been dedicated to the core element of our mission – enhancing the quality of individual, family and communal life through service to people of all ages, ability levels, stages of life and backgrounds.

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North Carolina Annual Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2015

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August 14, 2015 to August 22, 2015

North Carolina Annual Gay and Lesbian Film Festival – The North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (NCGLFF) is the second largest gay, lesbian and transgender film festival in the Southeast, attracting thousands of patrons yearly. Since its beginning in 1995, the Festival has featured a diverse array of shorts, documentaries and feature films. The Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau named the NCGLFF a Signature Event for Durham, the highest honor bestowed on a cultural event or attraction by the organization. Durham, NC.

North Carolina Annual Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2015

North Carolina Annual Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2015

NCGLFF Schedule of Events

Thursday, August 13 — 20th Anniversary Kick-Off Party

NCGLFF festival donors and VIPs are invited to help celebrate the kick-off of the 20th NCGLFF at Durham Hotel (315 E. Chapel Hill St.) from 7 – 9 p.m. (Invitation Only)

Saturday, August 15 — Family Day with Free Screening of The Wizard of Oz

Families are welcome to stop by the plaza in front of the theatre for free popcorn and soda, clowns, balloon art, face-painting, activities and a free screening of The Wizard of Oz, which begins at 10:45 a.m. in Cinema 1. (Courtesy of Producer Level-sponsor BASF)

Sunday, August 16  — Free Screenings of Out To Win at Full Frame Theatre 

The Carolina Theatre and LGBTQ Center of Durham co-host two free screenings of Out To Win — a superbly crafted overview and examination of the lives and careers of aspiring and professional gay and lesbian athletes from all over the world — at Full Frame Theater at American Tobacco Campus, Durham from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Sunday, August 23 — LGBTQ Center of Durham Block Party

Expect food trucks & fun as the LGBTQ Center of Durham co-hosts a Block Party with Carolina Theatre/NCGLFF at 114 Hunt St. from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Food Trucks will include Captain Pancho’s Taco Truck, Urban Entrées, The Parlour and Fahsyrah’s Lemonade.

Two decades of leadership
The non-profit Carolina Theatre of Durham, Inc. is one of downtown’s most loved and established arts organizations. Operating the city-owned Carolina Theatre complex for nearly two decades, we are funded by ticket sales, individual and corporate contributions, and an annual management stipend from the City of Durham.

150,000 fans and counting
Each year we present over 60 concerts, daily film and film festivals, serve 15,000 school children with our Arts Discovery educational series, and provide a home for numerous nonprofits and other organizations that utilize the facility – in all attracting more than 150,000 people to downtown.

More than numbers
People who love downtown Durham crave the distinct personality, programming, and atmosphere that we specialize in.  The Carolina Theatre is more than a building, it’s an experience that can only be found in Durham.

Our mission is to serve greater Durham and the Triangle region with vibrant, thought-provoking programs of the performing and cinematic arts in our historic treasure, The Carolina Theatre. We strive to contribute to the cultural and economic vitality of downtown Durham and to delight and educate our children and future leaders.

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Pride Montreal 2015

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August 10, 2015 to August 16, 2015

Fierté Montréal – Montreal Pride reflects this reality by presenting each year the popular Pride Parade and Community Day and five days are devoted to free cultural festival in the Place Émilie-Gamelin. The parade will take place on René-Lévesque Boulevard West, between rue Guy and Sanguinet. Montreal, QC.

Pride Montreal 2015

Pride Montreal 2015

The 2015 Montréal LGBTA Parade is scheduled for Sunday August 16, 2015, beginning at 13:00. The parade will start on the corner of Guy Street and travel east on René-Lévesque Boulevard, culminating on Sanguinet Street and the Village. The crowd will march to Place Émilie-Gamelin where everyone is invited to continue the celebrations during the MEGA T-DANCE until the closing show.

The parade will feature floats from hundreds of local sports teams, cultural and community groups as well as other gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender organizations. The parade will also feature both gay and gay-friendly businesses that join us in celebrating the significant contributions of their LGBT employees and clients.

These events honour an important tradition that began in Montréal in 1979. Participating groups and businesses will be encouraged to design their floats incorporating this year’s theme of “Our Flag, Our Energy: YELLOW”

Another exciting addition to these events will be the designation of the Montréal Pride Grand Marshals. The names of these two members of the LGBT community, one selected for his/her contribution to the visibility of the LGBT movement and one for his/her contribution to our community, will be announced in the coming weeks.

Furthermore, the Montréal Pride will be giving a series of special awards for the most exciting, crowd-pleasing and unforgettable floats.

  • Most Crowd-Pleasing Float
  • Best Expression of the 2015 Theme
  • Best Choreography by a group
  • Best Costume and Make-up
  • Community Group Float of the year
  • Corporate Float of the year, as well as special “Jury Prizes” to be awarded at the discretion of our panel of distinguished judges.

Our panel of judges will be unveil in a few weeks.

Join us on René-Lévesque Boulevard West between Guy and Sanguinet Streets on August 16, beginning at 13:00, for the 2015 Montréal Pride Celebrations!

COMMUNITY DAY

Get Involved! Have Fun! The LGBT Community Day will take place on Saturday, August 15, 2015, from 11:00 to 17:00. Kiosks will line Sainte-Catherine Street East, between Saint-Hubert and Papineau streets. This event allows members of both the LGBTA and mainstream communities to discover many exciting organizations, community groups, businesses and sports teams, run by and/or catering to the LGBT community.

This event has as a mandate to involve, educate and entertain.

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Rendezvous Wyoming Equality

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August 5, 2015 to August 9, 2015

Rendezvous – Wyoming Equality seeks to enhance the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in the Equality State by providing: Education, Information, Activities, Support, a Networking System, and an Advocacy System for people impacted by gender and sexual orientation issues. Cheyenne, WY.

Rendezvous Wyoming Equality

Rendezvous Wyoming Equality

Rendezvous | A newcomer’s perspective

Last year I was a “Rendezvous Virgin,” both nervous and excited. Being a Wyoming native I couldn’t wait to finally spend some time around people I could relate to, and when it was all said and done I vowed that I would never miss another Rendezvous – it was truly a life-changing experience.

I was at Pride in Denver this year, passing out Rendezvous flyers in the parade and also spending some time manning our booth in the park. The most common question I got was: “What kind of a camping trip is it?” My response: “Like anything in life, it’s what you make of it.” If you’re looking for a nice quietand relaxing camping trip you can find it here. If you’re looking for a great party you can also find it here; and anything in between. We have old campers, young campers, men, women, families and a nice mix of the LGTB community along with a handful of our straight allies.

I honestly didn’t know what to expect. I’m not much of a camper so I wondered if I would even fit in. Right away I had trouble setting up my tent, thinking to myself I can’t get this put together quickly I’m just going to throw it back in my car and go home. Luckily I almost immediately had help – a passerby came to my rescue and I ended up spending many wonderful hours with him and his friends laughing, telling stories and sharing good food and drink.

Speaking of food, I brought some of my own, but decided to mostly eat the meals that could be purchased at the main campsite. I thought they were very good! All the ingredients were fresh and a nice variety was offered. I met some campers that had brought all of their own food and were kind enough to invite me to one of their “dinner parties.” Keep in mind this is gay camping, so they weren’t grilling burgers and brats – it was more like bacon-wrapped shrimp on rosemary skewers. I had wonderful food the entire time I was there.

The entertainment was great last year, and should be even more impressive this year. For me, the best part was making so many new friends. Some I’ve stayed in touch with over the last year and we’ve actually become very close, and some I’m excited to reconnect with.

So if you’re on the fence about attending or not attending, give it a shot, it might just change your life!

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EuroGames Stockholm 2015

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August 5, 2015 to August 9, 2015

EuroGames 2015, Stockholm – EuroGames Stockholm is a sports, cultural and political event which will take place between 5th to 9th of August 2015. The event encourage participation from everyone — regardless of sexual orientation, race, gender, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, political beliefs, athletic or artistic ability, age, physical challenge or health status. The goal is to offer a safe environment for LGBTQ competitors and participants. With an aim to attract over 5.000 participants and more than 200.000 visitors EuroGames Stockholm invites people not only from Sweden but from all over the world. Stockholm, Sweden.

EuroGames Stockholm 2015

EuroGames Stockholm 2015

 

EuroGames 2015 allows Stockholm, known worldwide as an open and welcoming destination, an opportunity to state as an example and act as an international role model for LGBTQ rights. There are still severe problems for LGBTQ people around the world in politics, culture and sport where EuroGames fulfil its mission as an open for all event. Nationally we also have the possibility to highlight the existing problems for transgender participation as well as inform and prevent the fact that many young LGBTQ people quit or never even begin with organised sport.

Jakob Jansson, President of EuroGames Stockholm


EuroGames was founded in 1992 by EGLSF with the propose to:

1.Offer a high-quality sport event to the LGBTQ community

2.Fight against discrimination on grounds of sexual preference in sports

3.Stimulate integration emancipation of lesbians and gays in sports

4.Support the coming out of gay and lesbian in sports

5.Support the founding of new gay, lesbian, straight and mixed groups

The European Gay and Lesbian Sport Federation (EGLSF) is a sporting body for homosexuals in Europe. The Federation was founded in 1989 by two LGBTQ sport clubs from Germany and The Netherlands inspired by the first Gay Games in San Francisco, United States. Its headquarters are in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Today, EGLSF has more than a hundred LGBT sport clubs from all over Europe as members, representing more than 10.000 European athletes. Since 1992, the EGLSF celebrates a huge European gay sport event once a year: the EuroGames, the European Gay & Lesbian Championships.

EGLSF continuously appoints a hosting city for EuroGames, which is one of the largest LGBTQ events in the world. In this occasion Stockholm was selected as a host city to celebrate EuroGames 2015. Previous host cities have been Barcelona, Paris, Berlin and Antwerp.

Currently the event contains a series of pragrammes with in sport, culture and politics and it is open to everyone who wants to participate, regardless of sexual orientation, race, gender, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, political beliefs, athletic or artistic ability, age, physical challenge or health status.

For more information about the EGLSF visit:

www.eglsf.info

 

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Liverpool Pride 2015

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August 1, 2015

Liverpool Pride – Established in 2010, Liverpool Pride returns for its sixth consecutive year and continues to be one of the city’s most visual and flamboyant events of the Summer. Liverpool, England.

This year marks the 6th anniversary for Liverpool Pride, which was established in 2010 and takes place each year to coincide with the date of murdered gay teenager Michael Causer 7 years ago.

After a poll, the public have spoken and the theme for this year’s Liverpool Pride is Love Is No Crime, with those attending encouraged to come dressed in their most wild and wonderful interpretations of the theme.

Liverpool Pride 2015

Liverpool Pride 2015

Liverpool Pride is an annual festival for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, our friends, families and supporters organised by the charity Liverpool Pride run by a board volunteers Trustees and a number of volunteers. If you want to get involved then contact us at www.liverpoolpride.co.uk/volunteer

The Charity’s objects are to promote equality and diversity, advance education and eliminate discrimination in relation to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (LGBT) across Liverpool and Merseyside for the benefit of the public by raising awareness of issues affecting said persons and in particular by promoting and stating an annual festival.

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GAZE 2015 International LGBT Festival Dublin

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July 30, 2015 to August 3, 2015

Gaze: Dublin Lesbian and Gay Film Festival – Gaze International LGBT Film Festival will take place over the 2015 August Bank Holiday weekend. The festival celebrates LGBT storytelling, with an exciting program of film and events that will engage filmmakers and audiences in a vibrant social experience. Dublin, Ireland.

Program launch on the the 25th of June.

GAZE 2015 International LGBT Festival Dublin

GAZE 2015 International LGBT Festival Dublin

GAZE celebrates Irish and international LGBT film, presenting, exploring and providing a platform for LGBT cinema and filmmakers. At the heart of the LGBT creative and cultural calendar, GAZE represents, connects and reveals the diverse lives of LGBT people.

Making History – GAZE celebrates marriage equality vote in Ireland

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GAZE 2015 International LGBT Festival Dublin

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July 30, 2015 to August 3, 2015

Gaze: Dublin Lesbian and Gay Film Festival – Gaze International LGBT Film Festival will take place over the 2015 August Bank Holiday weekend. The festival celebrates LGBT storytelling, with an exciting program of film and events that will engage filmmakers and audiences in a vibrant social experience. Dublin, Ireland.

Program launch on the the 25th of June.

GAZE 2015 International LGBT Festival Dublin

GAZE 2015 International LGBT Festival Dublin

GAZE celebrates Irish and international LGBT film, presenting, exploring and providing a platform for LGBT cinema and filmmakers. At the heart of the LGBT creative and cultural calendar, GAZE represents, connects and reveals the diverse lives of LGBT people.

Making History – GAZE celebrates marriage equality vote in Ireland

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