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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.

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.

Mardi Gras Parade sparkles in 2020.

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade took place last night, bringing together an estimated 300,000 spectators who lined the streets, balconies and rooftops of Oxford Street to cheer on the 12,600 marchers taking part in the world’s biggest celebration of the LGBTQI community.

Mardi Gras’ 2020 theme was WHAT MATTERS, a motif that built on the legacy of Mardi Gras as a platform for activism and encouraged the public to examine what can be done to build an even more inclusive future. Many of the floats in the Parade used the theme as a call to action, choosing to showcase a diverse array of important issues facing the community.

Reflecting on the Parade, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras CEO Albert Kruger said, ‘Last night was a dazzling display of diversity that brought together people from across the globe to celebrate what truly matters.’

 ‘In total there were 191 floats, representing a spectacular cross section of the community and each bringing their own terrific twist to this year’s theme.’

‘This year we collectively reflected on a number of issues facing our community. From LGBTQI homelessness to the Australian bushfires and climate change, many of this year’s floats had a distinct point of view on the issues that matter most’.

 ‘And of course, having Sam Smith and Dua Lipa join us on the parade route was a fittingly glittering finale to a truly unforgettable night,’ said Albert Kruger.

As the sparkling spectacle came to a close, 12,000 revelers kept the celebration going at the iconic Mardi Gras After Party, which took over Hordern Pavilion and surrounding venues until 8am.

Artists who performed at the Party included international superstars Dua Lipa, Kesha and Sam Smith, as well as Brazilian drag phenomenon Pabllo Vittar.

The electrifying line-up of local and international DJs included: Ayebatonye, Cupids Cut, Charlie Villas, DJ Kilimi, Estée Louder, Kate Doherty, Magda Bytnerowicz, Trinity, Whiskey Houston, DJ Hamo, Kate Monroe, DJ Nate, Atomic Blonde & Dutch Kiss, Dameeeela, Barry Harris (CAN), Midland (UK) and DJ Joelby (UK)

The 2020 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade was proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW.

Ben Platt to perform at 31st Annual GLAAD Awards in NYC

GLAAD, the world’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, today announced that Ben Platt, Tony Award-winning star of Netflix’s The Politician, will perform at the 31st Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York.  GLAAD also announced that special guests comedian and correspondent on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Jaboukie Young-White, the cast of Pose, and Schitt’s Creek star Emily Hampshire will attend the New York ceremony at the Hilton Midtown on Thursday, March 19.

 

GLAAD previously announced that award-winning actress, producer, and activist Judith Light will be honored with the Excellence in Media Award and award-winning screenwriter, producer, and director Ryan Murphy will be honored with the Vito Russo Award at the New York ceremony. Lilly Singh, openly bisexual executive producer and host of NBC’s A Little Late with Lilly Singh, will serve as host of the Awards.

 

The 31st Annual GLAAD Media Awards honor media for fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of LGBTQ people and issues. The 31st Annual GLAAD Media Awards are presented by Delta, Gilead, Hyundai, and Ketel One Family-Made Vodka. GLAAD previously announced over 175 nominees in 30 categories. Taylor Swift will receive the Vanguard Award and Janet Mock will receive the Stephen F. Kolzak Award at the 31st Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles on Thursday, April 16.

 

Award-winning actor, singer, and songwriter Ben Platt is an Atlantic Records recording artist and dropped his critically acclaimed debut album Sing To Me Instead in March 2019. Platt recently performed the album and other songs to a sold out crowd at Radio City Musical Hall, which was filmed for a Netflix special being released this spring.

 

Platt is currently filming season two of the highly popular Netflix series by Ryan Murphy, The Politician, in which he stars and serves as Executive Producer. Platt’s performance in season one earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and the show received a nomination for Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy. The Politicianis also nominated for a GLAAD Media Award this year. In an interview with Pink News in September 2019, Platt commented on the forward-thinking approach to LGBTQ representation in The Politician: “I think it’s really important that Ryan [Murphy] has portrayed this Utopian society that hopefully we’re headed towards, where everybody falls somewhere along the spectrum of sexuality, everyone’s a little bit queer, and no one feels the need to discuss it or label it.”

 

From December 2016 to November 2017, Platt starred as the title role in Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway. Platt won the 2017 Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for his performance as Evan Hansen, as well as the Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance, making him the youngest actor to win the coveted award. Additionally, Dear Evan Hansen won the Tony award for Best Musical and the cast recording took home the Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album.

 

GLAAD recently announced over 175 nominees in 30 categories for the 31st Annual GLAAD Media Awards, including the returning category for Outstanding Broadway Production. The Outstanding Kids & Family Programming category expanded to ten nominees as a result of an increase in LGBTQ images across the kids and family television programming and an increase in GLAAD’s work to advocate for inclusion in this genre. GLAAD also announced Special Recognition honors for Netflix’s Special and for pioneering LGBTQ journalists Karen Ocamb and Mark Segal. For a full list of nominees for the 31st Annual GLAAD Media Awards, click here.

 

To purchase tickets for the 31st Annual GLAAD Media Awards, please visit https://www.glaad.org/mediaawards/31/tickets.

 

Adam Lambert launches foundation for LGBTQIA+ people.

Musician, actor and activist Adam Lambert has launched the Feel Something Foundation (FSF), with the mission to support LGBTQ+ organisations that are moving the needle for communities of all ages and backgrounds.

Founded by Adam in late 2019, the Feel Something Foundation is the result of a career traveling the world, meeting global members of the community, hearing their stories and witnessing first-hand the difficulties LGBTQ+ people continue to face in all areas of life. Having spent time throughout his career engaging in LGBTQ+ activism and as a member of the community himself, the foundation sees Adam’s philanthropy institutionalised into an organisation with the aim to truly make a difference. With the vision to see LGBTQ+ communities of all ages and backgrounds enjoy full human rights within a fully-inclusive society, FSF first aims to ensure support is given to the myriad of issues that continue to disproportionately affect them. This will be achieved through working with charities that have a mission or project directly focussed on impacting the LGBTQ+ community in areas of Education & the Arts; Homelessness; Suicide Prevention & Mental Health. The Feel Something Foundation wants to abolish “coming out” as a term used to define someone simply being themselves.

FSF will build its revenue through the personal charitable contributions of its founder, directors and with public funds raised through fundraising and awareness campaigns, events and initiatives. The first fundraiser will be initiated in the coming weeks with an online clothing auction of some of Adam’s best looks. Initial charities will be chosen based on those Adam has worked with previously and that stand for the positive, progressive messages of the Feel Something Foundation in supporting and empowering LGBTQ+ communities.

Your global Gay guide to NYE 2019/2020

We give you the ultimate list of what's on in queer parties around the globe for New Years Eve to send out the decade in style!

 

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Sydney Australia:
Celebration NYE.
This rooftop party sits above the iconic Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney's Circular Quay and is right in the heart of the massive fireworks display with views of both the opera house and the harbour bridge.
A see of white and silver, join Sydney's gay glitterati as they count down the New Years in the most fabulous spot available for this iconic world-famous NYE celebration. Away from the madding crowds and catered with amazing food and drinks, party till the wee hours and let your New Years go off with a gay old bang!
Limited tickets are available, so get in quick - there are no door sales.


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thicknjuicy

Melbourne Australia:
Thick & Juicy NYD
The day after the night before. Kick off a new decade in furry style with the world's best DJ's all under one roof.
The incomparable Corey Craig (NYC), Dom De Sousa (Syd) and the fabulous Matt Effect (San Diego) plus many more - a line up of gogo boys, fuzzy muscle men and sexy daddies will make you howl for more fun from 4pm. There are inside and outside dance spaces and even a dark room for all you horny guys out there.

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nycnyehotrabbit

New York City USA:

Resolutions by Hot Rabbit

In the world's mega city, where can you have a gay old time on NYE for $30? Hot Rabbit of course! The Bowrey Ballroom is playing host to the gayest NYE in the city that never sleeps.  DJ MITCH FERRINO is on the decks, with performances by VanityQ and special guests. 

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London UK:

PopWorld: Push The Button

Hold on to your knickers, girls - Push The Button is BACK BACK BACK at PopWorld for their New Year’s Eve spectacular! Its one of the best nights for lovers of pop culture and pop music and a must do when in london.

Hosted at the iconic PopWorld with its light-up dance floor, two bars, and kick-ass sound system backstreet boys, material girls and dancing queens will ring in the new year in classic pop style.

From Ariana to Gaga, Lizzo to Little Mix, Rihanna to Loreen and everything in-between. Girl bands, boy bands, scandi-pop, impossible princesses – it’s a glamophonic, electronic, d-d-disco baby!

Please bear in mind this event ALWAYS SELL OUT so make sure you grab a ticket: early birds £15 / standard £20 / last remaining tickets £25.

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DJ Dan Murphy curates iconic Sydney NYE Fireworks all Aussie soundtrack.

A selection of contemporary and classic songs by Australian artists will ring out as Sydney celebrates 2020 at the world’s best New Year’s Eve party.

Viewers watching at home will be treated to an all-Aussie midnight soundtrack featuring Tina Arena, Crowded House, Peking Duk, Sia, Fisher and more.

2020 will open with a song from Aboriginal Australian duo Electric Fields, who are also creating a bespoke soundtrack for the midnight fireworks to be played online.

The 9pm family fireworks will feature fun and bouncy party tracks by the likes of Calvin Harris, Pink and Vanessa Amorosi.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the eyes and ears of the world will be on Sydney for the midnight fireworks.

“Whether it’s the midnight fireworks, lighting displays, pylon projections or music – we are celebrating all things Australian this New Year’s Eve,” the Lord Mayor said.

“This is our most choreographed event to date, with music synchronised to the fireworks and lighting effects that will create a stunning spectacle.

“There’s something for everyone in the soundtrack that will no doubt have viewers dancing in their living rooms.”

The soundtrack was selected and mixed by Sydney DJ Dan Murphy.

Sydneysiders can tune in to the 2019 Sydney New Year’s Eve soundtrack at 9pm and midnight accompanying the televised coverage on ABC and iview, or simulcast with media partner KIIS-FM 1065.

The event will be livestreamed on sydneynewyearseve.com and ABC TV’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

The Lord Mayor said all of Sydney had been deeply saddened by the tragic impact of the bushfires, and pledged to use New Year’s Eve to help raise money and awareness for those in need.

“Sydney New Year’s Eve unites people from all over the world with a message of hope for the year to come.

“We will harness the enormous power of the event to raise more money for the Australian Red Cross’ Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund.

“We encourage all people who visit our city on New Year’s Eve and those watching at home to donate to the Red Cross disaster relief and recovery fund in our online fundraiser.”

The City of Sydney has already donated $620,000 to drought and bushfire relief, and will provide trucks, staff and other in-kind support to assist emergency services with recovery and clean-up efforts. 

To donate, visit nye.sydney/donate

9pm family fireworks

  1. Sandy B – Make the world go round (Deep Dish Remix) w/- Yothu Yindi – Treaty (acapella)
  2. Calvin Harris, Rag n Bone Man – Giant
  3. Pink, Cash Cash – Can we pretend
  4. Shawn Mendes – If I can’t have you
  5. Sigala, Paloma Faith – Lullaby
  6. Vanessa Amorosi – Absolutely everybody (Latino remix)
  7. Kygo, Whitney Houston – Higher love
  8. Guy Sebastian – Choir
  9. Taylor Swift, Brandon Urie – ME!
  10. Lil Nas, Billy Ray Cyrus – Old Town Road (Remix)
  11. Lady Gaga – Shallow
  12. Carly Rae Jaspen – Cut to the feeling

 

Midnight fireworks

  1. Electric Fields – 2000 and whatever
  2. Pnau – Go Bang
  3. Baker Boy – Cool as hell
  4. Thandi Phoenix & Sigma – Say it
  5. Flight Facilities – Feelin
  6. Tones & I – Dance monkey
  7. Hilltop Hoods, Illy, Ecca, Vandal – Exit sign
  8. Peking Duk – Stranger
  9. Tina Arena – Chains (S&M Remix)
  10. Kate Miller-Heidki – Zero Gravity (7th heaven remix)
  11. Fisher – Losing it
  12. Sneaky Sound System – UFO
  13. Pnau – Solid Gold
  14. Sia – Titanium w/- Crowded House – Don’t dream it’s over (acapella)

 

The City of Sydney New Year’s Eve event times:

7pm                 Fire tug presents its water display on Sydney Harbour

7.30pm            Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony on Sydney

Harbour by the Tribal Warrior Association

8pm                 Air display above Sydney Harbour by flying ace Matt Hall and

Sydney Harbour Bridge pylon projections start

8.30pm            Sydney Harbour Bridge lighting effects start

9pm                 Family fireworks (8 minutes) includes the ABC Design Your Own                           

Firework competition firework display

9.08pm            Calling Country segment honouring Australia’s Indigenous heritage

 

9.15pm      Harbour of Light parade

12am               Midnight fireworks (12 minutes)

2am                 Sydney Harbour Bridge pylon projection and lighting effects ends.

The genius of Youtube's Gary C.

With YouTube taking over the world and giving a platform to every tom dick and harry out there - it's rare to stumble across a truly genuine, fun, camp and entertaining channel.

This is where Gary C shines - his love of pop culture, especially Disney and Harry Potter makes this scamp of a Youtuber endear viewers to his charms, wit and humour.

I found Gary C via another Disney Youtuber, Adam Hattan, where both of them gay up the Disney theme parks in Orlando Florida.

These British guys are a hoot and a half and will make your Youtube viewing that extra special.

Gary C also does merch unboxing - and has an OCD obsession with collecting pins. His ability to create a catchphrase is also addictive! (Moo moo sharoo!)

Do yourself a favour and subscribe to Gary's channel and check out his 2019 Harry Potter video below.

It's very rare to find really natural, fun and interesting content on Youtube and the genius format of his presenting makes watching YouTube a real pleasure.

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.”

Courtney Act and Duncan James to host the Inaugural UK Rainbow Honours.

The Rainbow Honours, a celebration of those who have stood out in their support for the LGBTQ+ community will take place on 4th December at Madame Tussauds in London.

Honours will go to the people and organisations who show commitment to equality all year round in categories such as LGBTQ+ Icon, LGBTQ+ Champion and LGBTQ+ Campaigner, and Trans Advocate.

Celebrities, campaigners and organisations who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to equality and diversity will be recognised at the inaugural 2019 Rainbow Honours Awards.

This is a unique evening of celebration to shine a light on those unsung champions who give up their spare time to volunteer, work tirelessly and strive to make the world a better place for the LGBTQ+ community.

There’s no doubt that the LGBTQ+ community has made amazing strides in recent years, yet it’s also true that LGBTQ+ people still face prejudice in the workplace, education and across social media.

That’s why this event will reward those wonderful individuals and organisations who further LGBTQ+ equality and inclusion. We will honour those who dedicate themselves to fairness for all and deserve our accolades – they are, after all, the UK’s Rainbow Heroes.

The star-studded awards ceremony is set to take place on 4 December 2019, in partnership with DIVA, Europe’s leading magazine for lesbians and bisexual women, and The Thomson Reuters Foundation’s LGBT+ digital platform, Openly. The event will also feature LGBT+ community champions who are striving to influence change in the quest for true LGBTQ+ Equality. The charity partner for the event is Queer Britain, the national LGBTQ+ museum.

The public is now being encouraged to vote for their Rainbow Heroes at www.rainbowhonours.com. It’s time to nominate those who you feel further the cause of LGBTQ+ equality and have stood out in their support over the past year.

Duncan James said “I am honoured and proud to be hosting the 2019 Rainbow Honours, where we will celebrate and honour the achievements and accomplishments of the LGBTQ+ community. This is something that is very close to my heart and I look forward to a fun and exciting evening.”

Courtney Act said ‘As our community makes leaps and bounds with acceptance and visibility in the mainstream it’s important to maintain focus on the so too often unsung heroe’s who are doing amazing work. This is our chance to celebrate them, lift them up, and amplify their voices and stories. I’m so honoured to host this special night and celebrate the achievements of our queer community.’

Antonio Zappulla, CEO of the Thomson Reuters Foundation said: “Shedding a light on the untold stories of LGBT+ people around the world is core to the work of Openly, the Foundation’s dedicated LGBT+ digital news platform. We pride ourselves on impartial, authoritative and trustworthy coverage of global issues. Openly provides an alternative source of credible news and in doing so, works to break down global stereotypes or ignorance. For this reason, we are delighted to be supporting the Rainbow Honours to celebrate LGBTQI heroes, networks and allies who do so much to advance LGBT+ equality and inclusion.”

Joseph Galliano, Co-Founder and CEO of Queer Britain, the national LGBTQ+ museum, said: “It is of vital importance to recognise and celebrate the people and organisations working tirelessly to improve the lives of LGBTQ+ people and their families. At Queer Britain, we want to shine a light on these stories, which can inspire and uplift us all. This is why we are proud to be associated with the Rainbow Honours.

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