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Trans Glamoré celebrates 1 year in Sydney

Sydney's fiercest night for the Trans community on the scene celebrates one year of fabulous and inclusive events at the Colombian Hotel this August and Guidetogay.com caught up with the hostess with the most-ess - Miss Victoria Anthony to have a chat about why this night for the Trans community and its allies has been such a smash hit.

12 months ago, you started this monthly event for the Trans community - So what gave you the idea to host Trans Glamoré?

I was approached by fabulous drag queen Maxi Shield and manager Mikey at Colombian Hotel to host the event. I was very excited to say yes!! The idea came about because there aren’t many places that transgender people can go to, perform at and express themselves. This is a safe place/event for the transgender community. It’s also great to see so much support from people outside the community. It just gives trans people somewhere to go. A monthly free party where you can meet other trans people. We need somewhere to go and even in the middle of winter, to be with your community.

What goes on at the event?

There are performers from different backgrounds who are from the transgender community. We have had singers, comedians, dancers, etc. In between the two shows, there is dancing and delicious cocktails at the bar named after famous trans showgirls. Performers are also asked questions about their transition and we learn about the unique journey that some take as transgender individuals.

What have been the highlights over the past year?

It would have to be being able to see other people so supportive and happy. It’s a great place to catch up with everyone to meet once a month. You never know who you’ll bump
into on the dancefloor.

 

  • Meeting a trans girl who came all the way from Wagga Wagga to see the show
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  • Having good laughs with the performers backstage
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  • The smile on the performers faces when they are doing what they love. Giving them a platform to showcase their art. Just giving it a go and having fun.
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    It’s not all about being serious. Yes, we are fighting for acceptance and understanding but we have to have some fun too. I love seeing people smile and I hope to achieve that at the event.

     

  • Being able to meet a lot of people from the community and bringing them together.
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    This fabulous event is open to all people and we definitely recommend coming along and checking it out - the shows are amazing and the drinks devine - come and have a boogie with your T sisters and brothers and enjoy what Oxford Street has to offer!

    The event is on every first Thursday of the month from 8 pm.

    Free Entry. Shows at 9:30 & 10:30pm 

    Cnr Crown and Oxford St, Darlinghurst.

    San Fransisco Drag to bodyslam wrestling's homophobic stereotype

    One might not imagine a strong LGBTQ presence in the testosterone-driven world of professional wrestling. How , Northern California-based Wrestling for Charity and San Francisco drag queen Pollo Del Mar are laying the smack down on that perception! 

     
    “Packed with colorful characters, crazy antics and led by the world's most wrestling-obsessed drag personality, Wrestling for Charity is arguably today's most queer-friendly sports entertainment promotion,” writes The Bay Area Reporter, SF’s most widely-read LGBTQ weekly.
     
    Since joining WFC in 2017, the beloved drag performer has become a central figure in the independent promotion “Where Philanthropy Meets the Mat!” Both publicly and behind-the-scenes, according to The San Francisco Examiner newspaper, she is “trailblazing a path for the LGBT community in a hyper-masculine setting.”
     
    A long-time sports entertainment enthusiast, the 2016 SF Nitey Award-Winning “Drag Queen of the Year” is  rapidly becoming one of the most recognizable faces in the Northern California independent wrestling scene. “Feminine but Amazonian, flamboyant but stylish,” per The Examiner,  Del Mar leads WFC’s “passionate, die-hard” team as it makes inroads in the City By the Bay. 
     
    Only a year into her latest pro wrestling foray, she was promoted both in storyline and reality to head all SF shows from WFC, a “small outfit that packs a big punch.” Just as she “took San Francisco by storm” as a drag entertainer, says The Examiner, Del Mar hopes to do the same with area pro wrestling. 
     
    Known in the industry as “Booking,” Del Mar will lead creative content and promotion of upcoming shows at El Toro Nightclub, 2470 San Bruno Ave. With increased LGBTQ themes, theatrics and characters expected, The Examiner notes Del Mar hopes to “piledrive the idea that professional wrestling is only the domain of the testosterone-fueled.”
     
    “As a drag queen emcee, Del Mar aims to make Wrestling for Charity at El Toro the nation’s most inclusive professional wrestling event,” wrote The San Francisco Chronicle in a glowing review of WFC’s May 2018 outing.
     
    Drawing a crowd combining avid wrestling fans, drag lovers and first-timers there to see what the hype was about, the audience included  uncharacteristic numbers of LGBTQ spectators. In The Chron’s exhuberant report, the Bay Area’s biggest daily newspaper declared: “The spectacle was well-worth the trip.”
     
    WFC returns to El Toro on Thurs., July 26. Local favorites The Berkeley Brawler, tag team champs The Honor Society, Lucha Libre legend Chicano Flame, “The Sexy Swinger” Jheri Gigalo,  “Lovely” Lisa Lace and more will continue their “over-the-top wrestling, complete with rivalries, soap opera antics and prolonged heckling” (per The Chron). However,  Del Mar will be driving the “storylines and schtick.” 
     
    “A love of professional wrestling is not required” to enjoy the show, The Chronicle assures the curious. “Costumes are theatrical, personalities are tongue-in-cheek. In no way does this take itself too seriously.” 
     
    “Thrilling WFC mat action, over-the-top stories and [an] all-inclusive, interactive audience experience,” the BAR raves. “WFC not only allows but encourages fans to be exactly who they are.” 
     
    Perhaps neighborhood-based news outlet Portola Planet best sums up Del Mar’s influence on WFC shows.
     
    “This is more than just pro wrestling,” the website declared, “It is a gender-bending, bone-crushing, only-in-San Francisco theatrical event!”
     
    Follow Wrestling for Charity on Twitter/Instagram: @WFCWrestling
    Follow Pollo Del Mar on Twitter: @TheGlamazonPDM

    Sydney's Midnight Shift bought by hotel group that owns Kinselas.

    It is being reported on leading trade publication PubTic that the iconic Midnight Shift has finally been purchased by hotel group Universal, who own another Oxford St icon - Kinselas.

    The first gay bar in New South Wales, the Midnight Shift closed last year after massive pressures from declining patronage thanks to the states controversial lockout laws.

    “For us, it’s just basically trying to revitalise the area. Darlinghurst is such a massive channel out to the eastern suburbs, for transport and basically everything.”

    Kospetas says they are planning “a new direction” for the famous gay bar, likely offering more of an open-to-everybody approach, and a greater focus on food & bev on street level. The upstairs club space will be suitably gentrified and ‘multi-faceted’ for use as a performance space or functions.

    “Our push is to give each venue a different offering, but also to revitalise the area and bring people back to Oxford Street. It’s such an amazing precinct, so close to the city.

    “Where previously the world was gay venues or not, now you’ve got to be open to everybody. Open it up to what Oxford Street is these days.”

    The slow-burning deal was brokered by Stefan Ippilito and Michael Marano of Oxford Property Group, which specialises in commercial transactions in the area. Marano says the sale was a boon for all involved.

    Sydney's Pride crossing gets a new home

    Years after NSW roads minister Duncan Gay ripped up the rainbow crossing over Sydney's iconic Oxford St, despite massive community objections, the City of Sydney council and the state parliament has approved a new location one block off the strip on the corner of Campbell St and Bourke St.

    The news spread quickly as the location was announced on major TV networks and Sydney's and is a fitting announcement during Sydney's annual Pride festival - which coincides with global pride events every June as well as the Mardi Gras in Feb/March each year.

    Councillor Christine Forster stated on facebook:

    "I have just been notified by the Lord Mayor that the NSW Liberal-National Coalition State Government has approved the installation of a new rainbow crossing at the corner of Bourke and Campbell streets next to Taylor Square.

    I first wrote to the Minister for Roads asking for the installation of this rainbow crossing in July 2016. I’m thrilled to see that finally what I requested 2 years ago will come to fruition in time for the 40th anniversary of the 1st Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras on 24 June.

    I know that the rainbow crossing will become a celebrated and iconic landmark in the heart of Sydney’s LGBTQI community."

    Lord Mayor Clover Moore stated: "It's back!

    I am excited to announce that we have been working with the Roads & Maritime Services to finally bring Sydney a permanent rainbow crossing.

    This permanent pride artwork will be installed at the intersection of Bourke and Campbell streets, near Taylor Square where our rainbow flag has proudly flown since 2015.

    A good news story just in time for the 40th anniversary of Mardi Gras - this Sunday 24 June."

    Sydney celebrates the 40th anniversary this Sunday with a new inflatable art installation at Taylor Square and a party at supporting venue, The Beresford. 

    Stay tuned to Guidetogay.com for photos and video from the festivities if you cannot make it yourself. 

    Heritage of Pride Responds to Community Concerns

    Recently, a group of activists delivered a series of demands to the offices of Heritage of Pride (HOP), related to our operation of the NYC Pride March. After careful consideration and discussion among our leadership with members, stakeholders, and city agency representatives, we would like to take this opportunity to respond, and also share some additional information as to how we run one of the world’s most visible LGBTQIA+ events.

    For most of the millions of people who attend NYC Pride each year, it may be hard to imagine just how events of this size come together. If you are not familiar with how Heritage of Pride functions, here’s a little bit about us:

    In 2018, we will produce directly or in-partnership, a total of 18 different events from June 14–24.
    Structurally, we’re a nonprofit membership organization, with 77 Members, a 13-person Executive Board, and 10 full-time and seasonal staff.
    Our Members are our most dedicated from the nearly 1,000 volunteers we engage annually, committing a great deal of time and energy to committee meetings, work sessions, and staffing our events.
    In addition to producing events, we are committed to supporting the greater LGBTQIA+ community. We do this through financial support for smaller nonprofits, and volunteering at other community events and organizations.
    We strive to be transparent and accessible in how we operate by making all General Membership Meetings and nearly all of our smaller committee-level meetings, open to the public.

    PREPARING THE MARCH FOR STONEWALL 50
    As we get ready for 2019, we’ve been adding new events to our roster, and making some exciting changes to our tentpole events. One of the most significant of those changes is to the NYC Pride March route.

    When we started planning for Stonewall 50 / WorldPride 2019 NYC a few years ago, we knew one of our greatest challenges would be how to handle the record-shattering crowds expected for the 2019 March. The March was already going way over its target time length of 5 hours, and in 2017 it ran 9.5 hours, leaving groups toward the back of the March, like the New York Gay Football League, Las Buenas Amigas, and the Legal Aid Society, marching after dark with sparse crowds on the sidewalks.

    We’ve been instituting small changes in the March operation, but the last three years have made it clear that any solution to the significant time overage would require a change to the March route. Our staff, Executive Board, and March Committee spent nearly a year considering options for new March routes and running those options by the many city agencies that are critical to running this event. We believe that the new route is the best option for a number of reasons, but most importantly:

    It increases the time the March spends on avenues, with significantly wider roads and sidewalks;
    Maintains the Stonewall National Monument as the centerpiece of the procession while adding the NYC AIDS Memorial to the route; and
    Provides a vastly more efficient dispersal area for vehicles and marchers.
    Disparities in the marching group sizes were also identified as a significant driver of time overages. We reviewed several years of data on how many individuals participate in each marching group, and found that nonprofits, which traditionally compose 65–75% of the registered groups, typically attract around 50–100 marchers, with the biggest organizations generally reaching 150–200. The largest marching groups are sponsors and businesses, with some attracting as many as 800 people or more. Ultimately, we determined that 200 marchers per group would be the most equitable. For 2018, that means about 40,000 marchers overall, based on our pre-event registration estimates.

    THE RESISTANCE CONTINGENT
    From an organizing perspective, Heritage of Pride believes that common messages within the March are best delivered when spread throughout the duration of the procession. For this reason, we do not generally group organizations into issue or identity based contingents. Having said that, we also recognize the sincerely held belief among some organizations unified in resisting the policies of the Trump administration that their message is best amplified together. We will be working with two of those organizations, Rise and Resist and ACT UP New York, to assemble a Resistance Contingent, made up of 10 activist organizations, within this year’s March.

    THE ROLE OF POLICE AT PRIDE
    Many of the demands were related to the role of the NYPD in the operation of the NYC Pride March, and as a marching group under the banner of GOAL, a fraternal organization of LGBTQIA+ law enforcement officers.

    In New York City, NYPD has the ultimate responsibility for overseeing the permitting and operation of all marches and parades, and therefore makes the final determinations on how all events like ours are covered, monitored, and secured. At the same time, HOP has worked hard to forge a strong working relationship with the NYPD, a relationship that enables one of the world’s largest LGBTQIA+ events to be as successful as it is. Our contacts at NYPD are open to our suggestions, and we work together to review and improve our processes each and every year.

    On June 5th at the LGBT Center, we invite the community to join Heritage of Pride, the Office of the Mayor, and the NYPD to learn more about the operation of the NYC Pride March.

    While, as Pride organizers, we have now developed a strong relationship with the City and NYPD, we also recognize that our events only exist because our community fought back against city and police sanctioned violence and discrimination, in 1969 and beyond. With Stonewall 50 coming up next year, we think the conversation about a formal apology from the City and NYPD is worth having. We hope that same strong relationship can help move that conversation into a positive result.

    Discussions around the issue of law enforcement groups marching in Pride events are not isolated to New York City. Every Pride organizer operates their events in different ways, based on local laws, social, political, and cultural considerations, and organizational structure. In this city, the NYC Pride March is a free speech platform for the diverse voices of our community and movement. That means:

    That no restrictions are placed on the types of organizations that may register;
    That any organization that registers and follows HOP’s rules and procedures for the NYC Pride March may participate; and
    That no restrictions are placed on how marchers may legally express themselves.
    Our membership voted at our May 12, 2018 General Membership Meeting to reaffirm these principles.

    Aside from the free speech nature of the March, it is also important to note that GOAL had to sue in federal court to secure their right to wear their uniforms, and receive all the honors bestowed on other Department fraternal organizations that participate in parades and marches. That is a touchpoint in the movement, and Heritage of Pride holds that in a place of respect.

    Pride is perhaps the most significant shared experience we have as LGBTQIA+ people. We remember our “first Prides” like they were yesterday, and we look forward to the memories and experiences each June provides with our friends and families. Here in NYC, we have the honor of being the birthplace of Pride, and the opportunity to show the awesome strength in numbers that our community holds. And in 2019, we will come together as New Yorkers, to welcome the world to our amazing city, and celebrate 50 years of Pride and Progress.

    We hope you’ll join us.

    15 great minds to help boost Sydney’s nightlife

    Fifteen experts from the local nightlife and creative sectors have been selected to join the City of Sydney’s new advisory panel, charged with helping reinvigorate the city after dark.

    The experts, who represent the hospitality, live music and performance, theatre, festivals, retail, business and public safety sectors, were selected from 126 applications following a rigorous selection process.

    The nightlife and creative sector advisory panel will give the City advice on how it can best work with industry, business and other government agencies to support a thriving, diverse and safe nightlife.

    It will advise on new initiatives, identify emerging issues and opportunities for Sydney’s night-time economy, and help the City engage with local creative, cultural and nightlife communities.

    Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the panel members have a unique opportunity to help shape Sydney’s night-time economy now and into the future.

    “Sydney has the potential to be one of the world’s great 24-hour cities, with an exciting and diverse nightlife that matches our thriving daytime economy,” the Lord Mayor said.

    “Unfortunately, there’s no escaping the fact that the NSW Government’s lockout laws have put the brakes on Sydney’s nightlife – they were a sledgehammer blow when what we needed was an evidence-based approach to the problems we share with other global cities.

    “While we continue to advocate to the NSW Government to relax lockout laws, provide adequate late-night transport and explore licensing reform to allow well-managed venues to continue to trade, we are doing everything we can as a local government to revitalise Sydney’s nightlife.

    “Since implementing OPEN Sydney in 2012, we have supported the development of a vibrant and safe night-time culture by leading Sydney’s small bar revolution, introducing food trucks, upgrading late-night taxi ranks, improving wayfinding, and increasing CCTV.

    “Our live music action plan, funding for late-night safety ambassadors and grants for businesses to improve or diversify their evening activities all support a more interesting and successful night-time economy.

    “This new advisory panel brings together passionate and experienced industry professionals to help us navigate the challenges and opportunities facing our night-time economy at this most critical time.

    “These experts will advise us on how we can engage with and bring together the creative, cultural, nightlife, private and government sectors to boost our night-time culture, support businesses operating in the night-time economy and help us realise our vision for Sydney as a world-class 24-hour city.”

    The panel will be similar to models already operating in other global cities such as Amsterdam, Berlin, London and New York. It will meet four times per year and be co-chaired by a City of Sydney Councillor.

    The panel members are:

     

    • Justine Baker – representing cafes and restaurants, Justine has 25 years’ experience in hospitality and is currently CEO of the Solotel Group, which includes Aria, Chiswick and the Kings Cross Hotel
    • John Green – representing hotels, John has vast experience in liquor licensing policy, including 26 years with NSW Police and as a director of the Australian Hotels Associations since 2008
    • Greg Turton – representing night clubs, Greg has worked in Kings Cross for 18 years and is currently general manager of The World Bar and chairperson of the Kings Cross Liquor Accord
    • Joshua Green – representing small bars, Joshua has worked in a wide range of licensed premises across Sydney, and is currently general manager of Side Bar in Haymarket
    • Joy Ng – representing small bars, Joy is a member of the Redfern Small Bar Liquor Accord and the owner and licensee of The Bearded Tit, a small bar and alternative contemporary arts venue
    • Kerri Glasscock – representing performance spaces, Kerri has operated Venue 505 in Surry Hills for 14 years and has been festival director and CEO of the Sydney Fringe Festival since 2013
    • Kat Dopper – representing festivals and events, Kat is on the board of directors for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and the founder of Heaps Gay, an event series for LGBTI young people
    • Emily Collins – representing live music producers, Emily has extensive knowledge of the local contemporary music sector and is currently managing director of Music NSW
    • John Ferris – representing electronic dance music producers, John has 30 years’ experience as a club owner and DJ, and is an advisor to the Australasian Performing Rights Association
    • James Winter – representing theatre and performance producers, James is the director of not-for-profit arts organisation Brand X and is on the board of the Darlinghurst Business Partnership
    • Emilya Colliver – representing retailers, Emilya is the founder of Art Pharmacy and Culture Scouts, and a member of the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Young Ambassadors Committee
    • Stephan Gyory – representing retailers, Stephan owns The Record Store in Darlinghurst and is a founding member and the current president of the Darlinghurst Business Partnership
    • Jacob Collier – representing business associations, Jacob is the president of the Glebe Chamber of Commerce and the founder of Bird and Border, a local creative activations consultancy
    • Michael Wynn-Jones – representing building and regulatory frameworks, Michael is a UTS academic, lecturer and consultant with over 25 years’ experience in building regulation
    • Phillip Wadds – representing public safety, Phillip holds a PhD in criminology and cultural studies and has been involved in research on Sydney’s night-time economy for the past 10 years.

     

    All applications were assessed by a panel of City staff based on selection criteria in the advisory panel’s terms of reference.

    Panel members were selected based on their skills and experience, and with the aim of ensuring they represent the diversity of the nightlife and creative sectors, including various age groups and cultural backgrounds.

    ANZ and Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras open applications for national LGBTQI community grants program

    Today, ANZ and Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras announced applications are now open for their national LGBTQI community grants program; ANZ & Sydney Mardi Gras Community Grants.

    Launching on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT), the program will provide grants of up to $10,000 to LGBTQI not-for-profit community organisations, charities and individuals to help support local LGBTQI communities.

    The ANZ & Sydney Mardi Gras Community Grants program will provide financial funding for a wide range of purposes including education and training, community development and creation, arts and culture – anything under the rainbow

    Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras CEO, Terese Casu, said: “This national grants program is important because there’s real grass roots work that needs to be done in Australia for LGBTQI communities, especially in regional Australia where isolation is an issue – and we know these grants will provide much needed support for the important work being done.”

    “Philanthropic and grants funding to LGBTQI specific projects is limited in Australia. There are some fantastic state-based organisations that provide funding, but this grants program has been designed to be national and very diverse.” said Ms Caus.

    While collaboration between ANZ and Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras has spanned over 12 years, the new grants program extends the partnership past official festivities to ensure ongoing support of LGBTQI communities and projects.

    ANZ Chair of the Pride Network, Melissa Tandy said: “As a champion of diversity, inclusion and respect, ANZ is proud to launch this new grants program and help LGBTQI communities and individuals thrive.

    “We’re excited to be able to support a wide array of causes and initiatives working to better the lives of the LGBTQI community and hope these grants will make a real difference to Australian’s far and wide,” she said.

    Applications for ANZ & Sydney Mardi Gras Community Grants are open from today, 17 May until 1 July with successful applicants announced on 16 July.

    For more information please visit www.mardigras.org.au/grants

    PrEP to be added to Australia's PBS slashing costs.

    People at risk of HIV will save hundreds of dollars from next month with the price of a preventative drug slashed.

    Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is a daily drug recently recommended for listing on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

    It is 99 per cent effective in preventing the transmission of HIV among gay and bisexual men, and from April will be available to high-risk general patients for $39.50 a monthly script, with concessional patients to pay $6.40.

    Without the $180 million government subsidy patients would have paid nearly $2500 a year.

    "(The listing) puts Australia in reach of being one of the first countries in the world to end the transmission of HIV," Health Minister Greg Hunt said on Wednesday.

    He says the change will not only benefit gay and bisexual men, but also help drive down HIV rates in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and migrant communities, which have seen increased transmission rates in recent years.

    The Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations says until now access to PrEP has been patchy, prohibitively expensive and mainly accessed through clinical trials.

    "This will drive a substantial reduction in transmission and allow us to turbo-charge the Australian HIV response," federation CEO Darryl O'Donnell said in a statement.

    The federation argues investment in HIV prevention also makes excellent financial sense, with each averted transmission of HIV saving the taxpayer one million dollars in lifetime costs.

    Under the listing, patients will receive a three-month prescription and a sexual health check on each visit to the GP.

    The government is also spending $1.2 million over five years on education and awareness measures for prescribers and affected communities on how to access and use PrEP.

    Ten's Ten's Ten's across the board - Drag Race season 10

    It's back baby! As quick as you can delete a negative social media post from a 16 year old girl, the All Stars Season 3 controversy is swept under the carpet and floor launched into the world's pop culture psyche within a week.

    Mother Ru is fresh from receiving her star on the Hollywood walk of Fame thanks to the legend that is Jane Fonda - and even with that career defining moment - Ru's own cage was rattled thanks to some comments made about Trans performers and Drag Race - which was quickly squashed, explained and apologised for by RuPaul and brought to task by amazing folks like Peppermint... at least it has started a conversation on the issue and should not be more than an exercise in growth, loving your fellow humans and celebrating all forms of drag and performance art.

    But back to Season 10. The snippet of the first episode has been released and we are GAGGING over it. Sooo many New York City Queens are in this season, along with some real superstars of the pageant circuit and some states in the USA that have never before been represented!

    Drag Race is on VH1 in the USA,  STAN in Australia and WOWPresents+ in other territories.

    Check out the teaser below!

     

     

    Irish PM walks with his partner in NYC's St. Patricks Day Parade

    Irish leader Leo Varadkar has marched with his partner Matt in New York St Patrick’s Day Parade – which until recently banned LGBT groups from participating in the event.

    Ireland’s out Taoiseach (prime minister) has been a trip to the US for St Patrick’s Day, already raising LGBT rights with Donald Trump and Mike Pence.

    Due to the strong influence of conservative Catholic groups, the parade had maintained a decades-long ban on LGBT groups. It slowly lifted the rule in 2016 and 2017, under pressure from commercial sponsors.

    Mr Varadkar held hands with his partner Matt Barrett, a doctor who currently lives in the US, as they walked together in the parade.

    Mr Varadkar acknowledged: “It was a real privilege to march with my partner. Only a few years ago people couldn’t march under the rainbow banner, but that has all changed.

    “Ireland has embraced diversity and inclusiveness, and Irish Americans in New York have embraced that too.”

    Ahead of the parade, Mr Varadkar told media: “On a personal level it’s a real privilege to be here in New York, in a city that is so close to Ireland in so many different ways.

    “I had a chance to meet the Mayor [Bill de Blasio] earlier and attend Mass, and I’m going to be able to march in the parade now with my partner which is something that is a sign, I think, of change, a sign of great diversity, not just in Ireland, but in the community here as well.”

    Two gay men as guests of honour sent a powerful message, just two years on from a bitter feud over LGBT participants.

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