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NYC Pride 2020 canceled, joins global online pride celebration

Heritage of Pride, in partnership with the City of New York, announced today that the NYC Pride 2020 roster of events, originally scheduled for June 14-28, will not take place as planned. Due to the collective concern for the overall safety of the community, the organization has worked closely with the City to arrive at this decision.

“New York City is the birthplace of the modern LGBTQ rights movement. We’ve come a long way since the first Christopher Street Liberation Day March 50 years ago, which is a testament to the bravery and resiliency of LGBTIA+ New Yorkers in the struggle for equality,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

“While this pandemic prevents us from coming together to march, it will in no way stop us from celebrating the indelible contributions that the LGBTIA+ community has made to New York City or from recommitting ourselves to the fight for equal rights.”

"As the days have passed, it has become more and more clear that even with a decline in the spread of COVID-19, large-scale events such as ours are unlikely to happen in the near future,” said Maryanne Roberto Fine, NYC Pride Co-Chair. “We understand that we need to reimagine NYC Pride events - and have already begun to do just that."

“Pride is a staple in New York City, and is oftentimes a safe space for many,” said David A. Correa, Interim Executive Director. “This weighed on our members, board, and staff, knowing that we serve as a haven for vulnerable communities. It was not easy to arrive at the decision to cancel pride as we have come to know it over the years, especially given the financial impact this could have on LGBTQIA+ people and businesses, but our top priority remains the health and well-being of all those that participate with us.”

Aside from the changes in event programming, NYC Pride will continue to focus on initiatives like Pride Gives Back. This grant program was created to support LGBTQIA+ organizations from some of the most marginalized communities to develop much-needed programming. The success of WorldPride | Stonewall 50 made it possible to increase the total number of grants awarded this year. NYC Pride is honored to be able to help sustain these organizations during this time of financial uncertainty and unprecedented
challenges.

“We are a community that thrives when we are united,” added Correa. “We may not fill the streets of New York City this year, but LGBTQIA+ people carry pride with them all year long. I have no doubt that we will be together again soon.”

“WABC Channel 7 will continue to support Heritage of Pride this year by broadcasting a special NYC Pride programming event in June to all communities across the NYC and tri-state area. This virtual event will shine a light on Pride month and the incredible stories of unity and strength by utilizing the powerful reach of ABC-7, the number one station in the market, and the deep connection we have with our viewers and communities,” said Debra O’Connell, WABC-TV President & General Manager.

As a founding member of InterPride, the board and membership of Heritage of Pride have agreed to participate in the virtual Global Pride event on Saturday, June 27, 2020. Additionally, NYC Pride will continue to evaluate the situation and work toward creative ways to celebrate pride.

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NYC Pride updates on COVID19 situation

After celebrating an iconic 50 years of the Stonewall riots last year, 2020 brings a challenge to NYC Pride with the ever-growing coronavirus pandemic affecting areas of New York City.

After the postponement of similar events in America, like LA Pride, we reached out to NYC Pride to see what their position was for the events in June.

The safety of NYC Pride’s members, volunteers, staff, and the community at large is our highest priority when it comes to creating Pride events and programs. Because of this, it is important that we share with you the steps we are taking to ensure your health and safety as the coronavirus situation continues to evolve.

After speaking with our co-chairs and various volunteer directors, we have decided and prepared for all staff to work from home and for meetings to be moved online for the foreseeable future in order to align with the health and safety protocols outlined by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

As of today, March 13, NYC Pride is working on our June 2020 events 100% as planned.

As we do each year, we are in ongoing conversations with the city and state on best practices for all of our programming and will continue to ensure that our 20+ events, including the 50th Anniversary of the NYC Pride March, are healthy, safe, and inclusive for all.

 

Stay tuned to Guidetogay.com for updates on Pride celebrations around the globe.

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LA Pride postponed due to COVID-19

One of America's largest Pride events has announced it's June celebrations will be postponed due to the ever-increasing threat of the Corona Virus.

The organisation today released an announcement on its social channels.

"Due to the concerns of COVID-19 around large public events, CSW will postpone all events related to the 50th Anniversary of LA Pride that were scheduled for June 2020. Organizers are assessing the situation. More information will be provided around the postponement as details become available."

This follows announcements from other Californian based attractions that will be closing, like Disneyland - who will shut its doors of The Magic Kingdom and California Adventure theme parks until the end of this month after the states Governor declared large gatherings to not be preferable in the current health climate.

Guidetogay.com has reached out to other Pride organisers in the USA to see if similar postponements may take place as June is pride month throughout the USA.

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Sydney wins bid for WorldPride 2023

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras has won their bid to host the international marquee Pride event, WorldPride 2023.

 

 Members of the worldwide InterPride network of Pride organisations voted between Sydney, Montreal and Houston as the host city for WorldPride 2023. The final results were Sydney 60%, Montreal 36% and Huston 3% .  The win was announced in Athens, Greece overnight at the annual InterPride AGM.

 

Sydney WorldPride will be held over February and March to coincide with Mardi Gras 2023. This will be the first time ever WorldPride has been to the Southern Hemisphere and Asia-Pacific region. This is important as many LGBTQI communities within the Asia Pacific are still denied fundamental human rights.  
 

WorldPride represents a major tourism initiative for Australia. Deloitte have estimated a 25-40% increased growth in visitors, in addition to the 1.094m-1.225m visitors for Mardi Gras. Sydney will be the first stop, and other regional attractions will see visitation pre and post event.

 

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Co-Chair Giovanni Campolo-Arcidiaco, says: “This is a major win for Sydney, Australia and the region more broadly. Bringing WorldPride Down Under means we can celebrate and shine a spotlight on the unique challenges faced by the LGBTQI community in the region.”

 

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Co-Chair Kate Wickett, says: “We’d like to say a huge thank you to our Federal, State and Local governments, corporate and community partners, the extended team at Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras as well as our global community for helping bring WorldPride to Sydney 2023. This has been a truly collaborative pitch.”

 

WorldPride Committee Chair Robyn Kennedy, says: “Interpride has recognised how far Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras has come since 1978, and now the world will march with us down Oxford Street to celebrate our community and support our region,”

 

Federal Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham says: "Sydney has long demonstrated its ability to host spectacular world-class events that attract visitors from right across Australia and around the globe. 

 

"It is absolutely fitting that Australia and particularly Sydney celebrate our diversity through such a symbolic event that will also deliver a huge boost to our tourism industry. 

 

"Congratulations to the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, the wider LGBTQI community and all other supporters on the work they have done to secure the internationally renowned extravaganza that is World Pride 2023. We are proud to have helped secure this win and look forward to promoting an event not to be missed!"

 

NSW Minister for Arts Don Harwin says “I am absolutely delighted that Sydney has been chosen to host this incredible event, which coincides with the 45th anniversary of the first Mardi Gras Parade and the 50th Anniversary of the first Australian Gay Pride Week.

 

“This event will attract thousands of international visitors and put Sydney on the world map as a truly inclusive and united global city.”

 

Michelle Jablko ANZ Chief Financial Officer and Executive Sponsor of ANZ Pride says: “We are so excited that World Pride 2023 is coming to Sydney and what it means for Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. ANZ is proud to have supported this bid not only because of our enduring partnership with Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, but also as a way we can demonstrate our commitment to diversity, inclusion and respect to the community. Congratulations to the team who worked so hard on this bid.”

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NYPD apologises for Stonewall raids 50 years on.

“I think it would be irresponsible to go through World Pride month and not to speak of the events at the Stonewall Inn in June of 1969,” New York City’s police commissioner, James P. O’Neill said Thursday during an LGBTQ police event, according to The New York Times.

“The actions taken by the N.Y.P.D. were wrong, plain and simple,” he continued. “The actions and the laws were discriminatory and oppressive, and for that, I apologize.”

In recent years, multiple commissioners have refused to apologize for the now-documented violence that the LGBTQ community faced at the hands of New York City officers at the Stonewall Inn. In 2017, O’Neill originally declined to apologize, saying “I think that’s been addressed already," before adding, "we’re moving forward."

O'Neill's predecessor, Bill Bratton, acknowledged the year prior that there had been a "terrible experience" at Stonewall that became a "tipping point" and eventually led to "so much good." He added, "An apology, I don’t think so. I don’t think that’s necessary. The apology is all that’s occurred since then."

New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, who is gay, had called for an apology from the NYPD in a Wednesday interview with Juliet Papas of the 1010 WINS radio program. Johnson said the police raid, which took place in the early morning hours of June 29, 1969, said such an act would be a show of "decency."

"The NYPD in the past has apologized for other incidents that have occurred, so I think the NYPD apologizing on this would be a very, very good thing, and it's something they should do,” he said. "I think it's never bad to apologize. One thing that personally I do, is if I think I've made a mistake, I try to say I'm sorry, I was wrong and I learn from that because I don't think there is anything wrong with admitting a mistake. It shows decency to recognize something that you may have done wrong."

Incidents that the NYPD have apologized for in the past include a “long overdue” public apology to a rape survivor whose 1994 complaint was met with skepticism by investigators. “We were wrong then,” O’Neill said in a statement on the police department website in October 2018. “I want us to be right today.”

In 2015, Bratton, New York City's police commissioner at the time, said he personally called James Blake, the former tennis star, to say sorry after Blake was tackled by a police officer after being racially profiled “I spoke to Mr. Blake a short time ago and personally apologized for yesterday’s incident,” a statement read.

Johnson had anticipated a similar apology as the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising neared. Stonewall is credited with being the most important event to spark the modern fight for LGBTQ equality in the United States.

"I would love for it happen this month and I will bring it up to the police commissioner," Johnson said Wednesday. "I will have a conversation with [the NYPD commissioner] about it because I think it would be an important step toward further healing and reconciliation and recognizing what happened in that crucial moment, and not just in American history, but New York history in June of 1969."

Pride's across the world are kicking off, with the launch of the Sydney Pride Festival last night at Sydney's own Stonewall Hotel, and celebrations across America and Europe will go through to August...  with the main festival in NYC for World Pride at the end of June.

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Taiwan becomes first Asian country to legalise Marriage Equality.

Lawmakers in Taiwan have approved a bill legalizing same-sex marriage, a landmark decision that makes the self-ruled island the first place in Asia to pass gay marriage legislation.

The vote came almost two years after the island's Constitutional Court ruled that the existing law - which said marriage was between a man and a woman - was unconstitutional. The panel of judges gave the island's parliament two years to amend or enact new laws.


On Friday - only a week off the two-year deadline - lawmakers in Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed a bill making same-sex marriage a reality. It will go into effect on May 24.

Check out our galleries from Taipei Pride.

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US congress passes Equality Act

The US congress passed legislation Friday that would protect those living in states where it's legal to discriminate based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing and other services as well as access to public accommodations such as restaurants.

The bill, known as the "Equality Act," would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other civil rights laws to include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected characteristics. But critics argue it raises serious concerns for religious communities as well as women's sports.

It passed largely along party lines in the Democratic-controlled House, 236-173, but it's not expected to be taken up in the GOP-led Senate. Eight Republicans supported the bill.

The passage of the bill comes one day after President Donald Trump offered support to Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who's seeking the Democratic presidential nomination and who would be the first married gay US president if elected.

In an interview with Fox News, the President was asked to put aside policy disagreements and weigh in on Buttigieg's status as a married gay man.

"Don't you think it's just great to see the fact that you've got a guy there on the stage with his husband and it's normal?" Fox's Steve Hilton asked.

"I think it's absolutely fine, I do," Trump said.

He agreed with Hilton's assessment that Buttigieg's candidacy is a "sign of great progress," adding, "Yeah, I think it's great. I think that's something that perhaps some people will have a problem with, I have no problem with it whatsoever."

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It's Australia's election day on Saturday - so who was against same sex marriage?

Well, it's that time again for Aussies to head to the polls and decide which party/parties will run the country for the next few years. One major change that happened for our community in the last session of parliament, was the legalisation of Same Sex Marriage. 

Whilst the conservatives were in power when it happened, Australians suffered through a divisive and unnecessary postal survey which would not guarantee the will of the people would be reflected in the vote by parliament.

The current, non-elected Prime Minister, Scott Morrison abstained from the vote. Whilst pressed recently at a press conference, he states he now backs same-sex marriage, but as a confirmed evangelical, he refused to comment on whether he believed LGBTQIA people would go to hell.

When making up your mind this Saturday - if you have not voted already - check out the list of politicians who DID support our community and those that did not.

The ABC has a full list of those who voted for and against or abstained from the marriage equality vote.

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Bobby Goldsmith Foundation announces its annual fundraising Auction, “The Golden Hammer”

Australia’s oldest HIV charity, Bobby Goldsmith Foundation (BGF), today launched its annual Auction fundraiser with a twist, which will be held on Thursday 30th May at the Australian Museum. This year’s auction will be titled “The Golden Hammer”.

 

“We wanted to breathe some new life into an event that has been a staple of our communities’ calendar for many years and we’re aiming for this year’s Auction to be bigger and better than ever before.

 

Every dollar we raise on the night will go towards helping us provide practical, emotional and financial support for our clients living with HIV” said Nick Lawson, BGF’s CEO.

 

The auction will showcase some incredible talent from the LGBTQIA community which will be announced in the coming weeks.

 

“We are holding the event atop the iconic Australian Museum, with panoramic city views and a production that will entertain our guests all evening long, as well some fantastic food and beverages on hand as well!” said Rob Manser, BGF’s Community Fundraising and Events Coordinator.

 

The Auction will be held on

Thursday 30th May

No 1 William, Australian Museum,

1 William Street, Sydney

6.30pm-10.30pm.

 

BGF is calling out to business and service providers in our community to supply items for the auction.  If you have any items or services you would like to donate or you would like to know about sponsorship opportunities for the event, please contact Rob Manser on (02)9283 8666.

 

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BBC TV star to support BGF at Mardi Gras parade

She has topped the charts over multiple decades and is the face of prides across Europe. Now she is heading back home to support Bobby Goldsmith Foundation as they walk up the parade route for the 41st Mardi Gras parade.

With thanks to Bear Bar and BGF, the parade entry will be "GLORIA"ous and holding out for a hero when Kelly take to the stage at the Burdekin Hotel on Parade night. 

You can support BGF by buying a raffle ticket.

 

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