LGBT Pride

LGBT Pride (or gay pride) is the positive stance against discrimination and violence toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people to promote their self-affirmation, dignity, equality rights, increase their visibility as a social group, build community, and celebrate sexual orientation, diversity and gender identity. Pride is the predominant outlook that bolsters most LGBT rights movements throughout the world.

Common symbols of pride are the rainbow pride flag, the lowercase Greek letter lambda (λ), the pink triangle and the black triangle, these latter two reclaimed from use as badges of shame in Nazi concentration camps.

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6th annual gay pride parade takes over Florida’s South Beach

Sunday, April 13, 2014
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- Pride week in south Florida culminated Sunday on the streets of South Beach for the 6th annual Miami Beach Gay Pride parade and festival. [ Read more → ]
Chelsea Manning

Manning regains honor as grand marshal in San Francisco Pride parade

Saturday, April 12, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO — An imprisoned U.S. Army private charged in a massive leak of U.S. secrets to the WikiLeaks website will serve as an honorary grand marshal in this year's San Francisco Pride parade. [ Read more → ]
Bill Donohue

Catholic League president wants to lead ‘Straight is great’ contingent at NYC pride

Thursday, March 20, 2014
Bill Donohue of the Catholic League announced Wednesday that the controversy over the New York St. Patrick’s Day parade’s ban on LGBT groups has inspired him to apply to march at the New York pride parade with a “Straight Is Great” banner. [ Read more → ]
Colin Murphy for LGBTQ NationMetro East Pride festival in Belleville, Ill., in June 2012.

Illinois’ same-sex couples look forward to pride month, celebrating their big day

Saturday, February 22, 2014
BELLEVILLE, Ill. -- While same-sex couples began marrying in Chicago and Illinois' Cook County as a result of a court ruling on Friday, more than a dozen gay and lesbian couples downstate are preparing to celebrate their big day at the 7th annual Metro East PrideFest in Belleville, Ill., on June 21, 2014. [ Read more → ]

Man convicted in attack during last year’s San Francisco Pride

Friday, February 14, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco prosecutors say a man has been found guilty for an attack on a woman during the city's gay pride festivities that was caught on surveillance video. [ Read more → ]

Bulgaria’s main nationalist party proposes ban on gay pride events

Friday, February 7, 2014
SOFIA, Bulgaria –¬ Bulgaria’s right wing party Ataka ("Attack" in Bulgarian) has proposed a draft bill to bans gay pride marches. [ Read more → ]
TwitterParticipants unfurl a rainbow flag a Mumbai pride on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014.

Mumbai sees record turnout for gay pride after India court re-criminalizes gay sex

Sunday, February 2, 2014
MUMBAI, India -- A record crowd estimated at over 5,000 participants turned out for gay pride in Mumbai on Saturday, the first pride event since the country's supreme court reinstated a colonial-era law that criminalizes gay sex. [ Read more → ]

Dozens injured in Montenegro during gay pride march

Sunday, October 20, 2013
PODGORICA, Montenegro -- Police in Montenegro fired tear gas to repel anti-gay extremists who threw rocks and firebombs at officers protecting a gay pride march Sunday, officials said. About 60 people were injured. [ Read more → ]
Brenda Howard

LGBT History Month profile: Activist, ‘Mother of Pride’ Brenda Howard

Saturday, October 19, 2013
Brenda Howard was an LGBT activist. She organized the first Pride parade and is known as the “Mother of Pride.” Born in the Bronx, Howard was raised on Long Island. In the 1960s, she became involved in the anti-war and feminist movements. [ Read more → ]
Felipe Dana, APA man dances, left, as people carry a rainbow flag during the annual Gay Pride Parade at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013.

Gay pride revelers in Brazil pack Copacabana Beach

Sunday, October 13, 2013
RIO DE JANEIRO — Rio de Janeiro's famed Copacabana beach has been packed with tens of thousands of revelers taking part in the city's annual gay pride event. [ Read more → ]
Dmitry Lovetsk, APRiot police detain gay rights activists after a scuffle with anti-gay protesters during an LGBT rally in St. Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013.

‘Coming Out’ rally in St. Petersburg, Russia ends in violence

Saturday, October 12, 2013
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- Sixty-seven people were arrested Saturday at an LGBT event in St. Petersburg, Russia, as anti-gay protesters clashed with LGBT rights advocates, a police official told LGBTQ Nation. [ Read more → ]

Serbia government faces criticism over gay pride ban

Saturday, September 28, 2013
BELGRADE, Serbia — European Union officials have criticized the Serbian government's decision to ban a gay pride march for the third consecutive year because of threats from right-wing groups. [ Read more → ]
Bisexual Pride

‘Invisible majority’ celebrates bisexual pride day worldwide

Monday, September 23, 2013
Bisexual members of the LGBT community on Monday are celebrating the 15th Annual International Celebrate Bisexuality Day -- also referred to as "Bi Pride Day" or "Bi Visibility Day" -- to encourage bisexuals and their allies to be visible and proud of their bi identity. [ Read more → ]
Virginia Gurrola

Calif. town mayor stripped of duties for declaring June LGBT pride month

Thursday, September 19, 2013
PORTERVILLE, Calif. -- An ongoing clash in Porterville, Calif., between the mayor and city council members over a proclamation designating June as LGBT Pride month, has cost the mayor and vice mayor their jobs. [ Read more → ]
Garett Fisbeck, The Dallas Morning News/APMiss Veda Chardonnay, center, rides in a car during the 30th Annual Dallas Gay Pride Parade, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013.

Too edgy? Too tame? Gay pride parades spark debate

Monday, September 16, 2013
Initiated as small, defiant, sexually daring protests, gay pride parades have become mainstream spectacles patronized by corporate sponsors and straight politicians as they spread nationwide. For many gays, who prize the events' edginess, the shift is unwelcome - as evidenced by bitter debate preceding Sunday's parade in Dallas. [ Read more → ]

Southern Decadence lures gays to hopeful ‘honeymoon haven’ New Orleans

Saturday, August 31, 2013
NEW ORLEANS -- Thousands of visitors rolled into New Orleans this week for Southern Decadence: five days of celebration of gay culture in a city now being promoted by tourism officials as a honeymoon site for same-sex newlyweds - despite the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage. [ Read more → ]
Niranjan Shrestha, APA participant poses in a Gay Pride rally in Katmandu, Nepal, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013.

Sexual minorities march in Nepal to demand equal rights

Thursday, August 22, 2013
KATMANDU, Nepal — About 1,000 gays, lesbians, transgender people and their supporters, many dressed in colorful clothes and holding banners, marched through Nepal's capital on Thursday to celebrate and demand rights for their community, in what has become an annual festival. [ Read more → ]

Athletes show pride with rainbow fingernails at world championships in Moscow

Thursday, August 15, 2013
MOSCOW At least two Swedish athletes at the world championships in Moscow competed with rainbow-colored fingernails Thursday, showing support for gays and lesbians in contrast to Russia's new anti-gay law. [ Read more → ]
Dan Littauer

Thousands march at Glasgow Pride amid protests over Russia’s anti-gay law

Sunday, August 11, 2013
GLASGOW, Scotland -- More than 7,000 participated in Glasgow's annual LGBT pride on Saturday, making in the largest turnout for a pride event in Scotland's history, according to organizers. [ Read more → ]

Amsterdam floods pink for annual Gay Pride festival

Saturday, August 3, 2013
AMSTERDAM — Rainbow flags are flying from scores of Amsterdam buildings as tens of thousands of festival-goers, many dressed in pink or wearing studded leather, party it up at one of the city's biggest events: the annual Gay Pride celebration. [ Read more → ]
San Francisco, Calif.

Man arrested in attack on woman during San Francisco Pride

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco police have made an arrest in a brutal assault and robbery of a woman during the city's gay pride festivities. [caption id="attachment_105387" align="alignright" width="350"] San Francisco, Calif.[/caption] Police say surveillance video of the June 30 attack shows 23-year-old Oakland resident... [ Read more → ]

Swedish embassy in Moscow refuses to fly rainbow flag during Stockholm Pride

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
MOSCOW -- The Swedish embassy in Moscow rejected calls to raise the rainbow flag during Stockholm Pride week, which started Tuesday. [ Read more → ]
Augustas Didzgalvis, APAn elderly protester shouts at police protecting a gay pride parade in downtown Vilnius, Lithuania on Saturday.

Protesters try to disrupt Lithuania Pride despite enormous police presence

Saturday, July 27, 2013
VILNIUS, Lithuania — A group of protesters tried to disrupt Lithuania's second gay pride parade ever on Saturday, defying an enormous police presence by throwing eggs at marchers and attempting to storm a stage. [ Read more → ]
Risto Bozovic, APA protester throws an object during the first ever gay pride event in the Montenegrin seaside resort of Budva, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Dozens of extremists shouting "Kill the gays" attacked gay activists as they were gathering for the event in staunchly conservative Montenegro. The assailants threw rocks, bottles and various other objects at some 20 gay activists and supporters and at special police securing the event in the coastal town of Budva on Wednesday.

Extremists attack Montenegro’s first gay pride shouting ‘kill the gays’

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
BUDVA, Montenegro -- Several hundred people shouting "Kill the gays" attacked gay activists and clashed with police on Wednesday in a bid to disrupt the first ever pride event in staunchly conservative Montenegro, which is seeking to improve its human rights record as it bids to join the European Union. [ Read more → ]

Gay rights activists arrested after Calif. city rescinds pride month proclamation

Wednesday, July 17, 2013
PORTERVILLE, Calif. -- Three gay rights activists are facing charges Wednesday morning after protesting a city council vote to reject a proclamation passed by the mayor last month that declared June as LGBT Pride month in Porterville. [ Read more → ]
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