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Kremlin puppet issues chilling threats to gay community in occupied Crimea #Homophobia #LGBT #Crimea


Homophobia in Occupied Crimea

Occupied Crimea’s pro-Russian leader has claimed that gays ‘have no chance‘ of living a normal life on the Black Sea peninsula. Sergei Aksyonov said that Crimea ‘did not need such people’ and that police would ‘react’ within minutes to tell them the ‘sexual orientation they should stick to’. 1

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  1. A message to Russia & other bigoted nations: If you do not want gays in your countries, you should stop procreating, The LGBT community ALL came from ‘straight’ parents! Science has shown that the more children you have the higher chance that one or two may be gay. So Mr Putin, Mr Aksyonov and all the rest of you bigots do us all a favour and stop procreating now!!! 

Brighton Pride 2014: Freedom To Live #FreedomToLive


Brighton LGBT Pride

Get your glad rags on, the day we’ve all been waiting for all year has finally arrive, its Brighton (& Hove) Pride, a celebration of love and life.

Brighton Rainbow Rooms

The Rainbow Rooms at New Steine Gardens will be an oasis of calm in a sea of celebrations over the Brighton Pride and Village Party weekend.

Situated in the heart of the Gay Village, The Rainbow Rooms will give local residents and Pride guests a chance to eat, enjoy Fine wines and champagne or a pint of Harvey’s real Ale, and relax in a unique space dedicated to the chill at Pride that respects the ambience of the gardens and AID’s memorial.

Take a ride on the vintage ferris wheel or enjoy a soundtrack of chilled out grooves, and special performances, The Rainbow Rooms will be a must-visit location to grab a little downtime with Pride.

Village Party Pledgbands will be required during Village party hours.

Sunday evening from 9pm the community will celebrates Pride with friends and love ones thats are here in spirit.
Please see details here of the Celebration of Love and life with Pride,

The Rainbow Rooms
New Steine Gardens
Friday 1st August -Sunday 3rd August
12noon-midnight.

Profits from the Rainbow rooms will go towards Pride’s community fundraising effort for the Rainbow Fund, a Brighton and Hove based grant-giving fund for local LGBT and HIV/AIDS organisations.

New Steine Flags Sponsored by the generous hoteliers of the New Steine; Ambassador, Strawberry, Lime House, Urban House, Gullivers & New Steine, Marine View, Cosmopolitan, Sea Spray, Alston House, Five, Square and Hamptons.

The Rainbow Rooms is a much welcome addition to Brighton Pride 2014, perfectly Proud and waiting to greet you.


PRIDE MAIN STAGE LINEUP.

One of the UK’s favourite Pride celebration, Brighton Pride are thrilled to announce this years Preston Park Festival line-ups. Sparkling, spectacular and seaside saucy, you’ll find everything you need to keep you proud on Brighton Pride day.

From the sunshine stars lined up to thrill the Pride Main Stage including Calabro, Martha Wash, Blue, Katy B and a must-see disco finale from Sam Bailey, the incredible array of world class DJs on the decks of the Wild Fruit, Girls Dance Tent, Men’s Zone and Calabash to Legend’s infamous Cabaret Tent via the Alternative Drag tent and the debut of the Q Live Music Stage with headliners Republica, Brighton Pride 2014 has your pride festivities covered.

For one day the world will be a disco, Brighton Pride style.

Main Stage Line-up
12:45 Paul Diello
13:15 Allan Jay
13:45 Ariana and The Rose
14:15 De’Vide
14:45 Osaro
15:05 Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus
15:30 Lascel Wood
16:10 Heather Peace
16:40 Collabro
17:10 Neon Jungle
17:40 Peter Tatchell
18:00 Martha Wash
18:30 Kimberley Wyatt
19:00 Blue
19:35 Frankmusik
20:10 Katy B
20:55 Sam Bailey
21:30 Pride Finale show

Pride Brighton & Hove 2014: Freedom To Live
Pride Festival Preston Park 12noon – 10pm.
Early Bird / Advance Tickets: Sold out.
£20 / £25 on the day.

Pride tickets page.


GAYDAR ‘Q’ STAGE AMAZING LINE-UP

The Q Live Music Stage has to be one of the most anticipated additions to this year’s Brighton Pride Festival in Preston Park. Bringing the very best in live rock, indie, folk electronic and rap to the UK’s favourite Pride celebration, The Q Live Music Stage line-up is a stunning selection of diversity, talent and success and promises to bring something bold, brash and beautiful to Brighton Pride 2014.

Headlining the Q proceedings will be the indie legends that are Republica and their irrepressible front woman Saffron Sprackling whilst the roof raising A-Flop of Lucy Spraggan and her band return for yet another unforgettable performance.

If you want your entertainment strictly gothic and industrial then Massive Ego and Death Koolaid will be un-missable as will the homo-hop of the superb Q Boy and London’s spoken word and hip-hop aficionados LC Collective. The spellbinding Bruce Lok and memorising CN Lester will enchant whilst Kit Rice‘s blend of funk, pop and hip hop will ensure the dance is had.

The energetic Brit-pop passion of Departure From Normal and Battle Of You will bring plenty of sunshine beats to proceedings and Echo and the Beats promise a set of punky ska-core fuelled with mod vibes. Brighton Music Award winners Kenelis will be performing an lively set of alt-rock with elements of punk, grunge and hardcore and Brighton Pride favourites Joan Ov Arc return ready to rock the Q Live Stage with their classic rock anthems.

Kenelis front women and Q Stage Coordinator Mel Sanson said “We wanted to bring more live music into the park and music of different genres that don’t always get the opportunity to play at Pride festivals. Supporting new music and local bands is really important to me and we hope they all enjoy the day rocking the stage!”

The Brighton Pride Q Live Stage. It’s going to be one hell of a debut and one we can’t wait to hear. See you at the front.

Gaydar Q Live Stage 2014 in association with Student Pride
12:55 Ben Williams (host)
12:55 Echo & The Beats (Ska-Core)
13:30 Departure from Normal (Brit Pop)
14:05 Adam All (Host)
14:05 Bruce Lok (Alternative)
14:40 CN Lester (Lo-Fit Alt)
15:05 LC Collective (Hip Hop)
15:40 Kit Rice (Funk Pop)
16:15 CN Lester (Host)
16:15 Death Koolaid (Punk)
16:50 Battle Of You (Alt-Pop)
17:25 MC Angel (Host)
17:25 Joan Ov Arc (Classic Rock)
17:55 Q Boy (Rap)
18:30 Kathy Caton (Host)
18:30 Lucy Spraggan (A-Flop)
19:15 Massive Ego (Industrial Gothic)
20.00 Kenelis (Alt-Rock)
20:45 Mel Sanson (Host)
20:45 Republica (Brit Pop Legends)

Pride Brighton & Hove 2014: Freedom To Live
Pride Festival Preston Park 12noon – 10pm.
Early Bird / Advance Tickets: Sold out.
£20 / £25 on the day.

Pride tickets page.


IPHONE & ANDROID APP OUT NOW AND FREE!

The fabulous new Brighton Pride iPhone app is out now… and it’s FREE!

With all the details of the parade route, the park map, the line ups and timings for every stage and so much more, it is your handy guide to everything happening over the Pride weekend.

Download the iPhone App from iTunes here

Download the Android App here

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MESSAGE OF SUPPORT FROM PRIME MINISTER DAVID CAMERON

Prime Minister David Cameron

I am, once again, delighted to offer my support to Pride Brighton & Hove. It is a fantastic celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and its contribution to the diversity and vibrancy of Brighton and Hove.

I am proud of this country’s record of advancing LGBT equality and rights. It was a truly momentous occasion seeing the first same-sex couples getting married on 29 March, including those marriages that took place in Brighton that weekend.

The Pride festival is an excellent opportunity to bring people from different communities together to enjoy not only a colourful and entertaining day out but a whole programme of cultural, social and sporting events. These events are a great way to enhance community dialogue and to remind ourselves of the progress towards equality made in this country. The LGBT Pride events that take place across the UK each year help to show why the UK continues to be recognised as number one in Europe on LGBT equality and rights.

I would like to send my congratulations to the organisers and volunteers for their efforts in co-ordinating Pride Brighton & Hove 2014 and wish everyone attending the very best for a happy and successful event.


MESSAGE OF SUPPORT FROM RT HON ED MILIBAND MP

Labour Leader, Ed Miliband MP


Lots more information can be found here

Have a fabulous Brighton Pride 2014 and stay safe.

UK: #Brighton & Hove City Council best in country for tackling #homophobia


BRIGHTON and Hove City Council best in country for tackling homophobia

BRIGHTON and Hove City Council has been named the top local authority in the country for tackling homophobic and biphobic bullying in schools.

The pressure group Stonewall has put the council in first place in their 2014 Education Equality Index.

Stonewall has described the council as ‘leading the way’ in celebrating difference and supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students.

Councillor Sue Shanks, chairwoman of the council’s children and young people committee, said: “We want all our young people to be proud of who they are and to be able to make the best of their talents without fear or prejudice.

“In our schools young people are active participants in our anti-bullying work.

She added: “This is a proud moment for our city.

Stonewall praised the work the council does jointly with the Allsorts Youth Project charity.

Young people from Allsorts have delivered training to council and school staff and provided anti-homophobic bullying sessions in secondary and primary schools.

Stonewall praised Blatchington Mill School for a Student Equality Conference it held earlier this year that was attended by 60 students from five secondary schools.

St Nicolas’ Primary School was praised for the innovative work it has done on challenging the use of homophobic language in the playground.

Allsorts director Jess Wood, MBE, said: “The council and our schools have done amazing work this year and deserve this great recognition.

“We cannot praise the schools highly enough.

“They have taken on the issues and worked tirelessly to change things for the better.

“We all work closely together and this mutual support and enthusiasm has made our schools and our city a safer place for LGBT children and young people.”

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Russia’s ‘#Gay #Propaganda’ Law One Year On Today


By Gabrielle Tétrault-FarberJun. 29 2014 20:54

LGBT rallyEvgeniy Isaev / Flickr: A photo from Moscow LGBT rally taken on June 12, 2012. Since the adoption of “gay propaganda” law, the violent attacks against LGBT people in Russia have increased.

In the year that has passed since Russia adopted a law banning “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors,” the country’s LGBT community has witnessed the erosion of its rights and freedoms, human rights activists said.

Since President Vladimir Putin approved the so-called “gay propaganda” law on June 29, 2013, only four individuals have been fined for violating it, according to Tanya Lokshina, program director and senior researcher at Human Rights Watch Russia. But, Lokshina added, the rarity of the law’s formal enforcement inadequately reflects its broader consequences for Russia’s LGBT community.

“Only a few people were fined throughout the year and this might not seem to be much of a problem,” Lokshina said. “But the fines are not what this law is about. This law is not only contrary to Russia’s international obligations but has also contributed to anti-gay violence and to creating a hostile environment for LGBT people in the country. It has contributed to stigmatizing LGBT individuals as unnatural, perverse and as acceptable targets.”

Putin has distanced himself from the issue of LGBT rights in the country. In January, he said that he was “not prejudiced in any way” and that he even had gay friends. He has also said publicly that gays face no discrimination in Russia.

Since the adoption of the country’s “gay propaganda” law, Human Rights Watch has observed an increase in violent attacks carried out against LGBT people in Russia.

U.S. advocacy group Human Rights Campaign reported that at least two men were killed because of their sexual orientation in Russia in the summer of 2013 alone and that others had been assaulted, pelted with eggs and blinded in air gun attacks in the past year.  Continue reading

#LGBT: Anti-LGBT Backlash Has Grown Since Russian ‘Gay Propaganda’ Law


Anti-LGBT Backlash Has Grown Since Russian ‘Propaganda’ LawA man takes away a rainbow flag as a policeman detains gay rights activists during a May 31 protest in Moscow. A new report claims that Russia’s law banning homosexual “propaganda” has led to increased persecution of gays in the country.

The Russian law that prohibits “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations” to minors has had wide-ranging and devastating effects on the LGBT community, according to a report released by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation Friday.

To mark the law’s one-year-anniversary Monday, the LGBT rights group has collected numerous incidents showing the law’s consequences, including attacks on LGBT night clubs, discrimination against LGBT people in the workplace and an intensification of anti-LGBT rhetoric among Russian leaders.

While only a limited number of Russians have been reported in the English press as having been found guilty of breaking the law, it has spurred numerous investigations resulting in teachers being fired, products being  taken off the shelves , and even a crusade against a ninth-grade student who was turned into authorities after she told classmates she was a lesbian.

Overall, the report states, these investigations have produced a “chilling” effect on Russia’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and its advocates.

“The law is written incredibly vaguely. No one knows what it means to promote propaganda, so people feel like anything they do can be swept into that definition – or that lack of a definition in that broad term,” says Ty Cobb, director of global engagement for the Human Rights Campaign.

The survey found that in addition to the propaganda ban’s legal ramifications, the law has created a climate where crimes against LGBT people have increased while officials turn a blind eye. Cobb blames these crimes on the messages being put out by government officials and church leaders, also detailed in the report.

“When the rhetoric continues to create a tense situation where it looks like it’s OK to discriminate, it’s OK to harass, it’s OK to violently attack LGBT people, it isn’t surprising that groups collect themselves on social media and organize to actually go after LGBT people in a methodical way,” Cobb says.

The law has been regarded as a move by Vladimir Putin’s administration to align his government with the conservative Russian Orthodox Church while using anti-LGBT sentiment as a weapon against the West. White House national security adviser Susan Rice criticized Russia this week for a law she described as “pernicious.”

“With Russia trying to strengthen its sphere of influence, we’re seeing this rhetoric and lies about LGBT people becoming a wedge with former Soviet countries who are making the decision of whether they’re aligning themselves with Western Europe or with Russia,” Cobb says.

Legislation similar to Russia’s propaganda ban is under consideration in Kyrgyzstan , a former Soviet territory, and there has been talk of other anti-LGBT measures in Lithuania , Kazakhstan and elsewhere in the region.

Russian officials also have suggested other proposals aimed at the LGBT community, including the creation of a national morality police, a ban on gay clubs and a constitutional amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman. Meanwhile, Putin told reporters this week that accusations Russia is anti-gay are “fictional.”

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