Is Stephen Amell's Gay Pride Shirt Tasteless?

Is Stephen Amell's Gay Pride Shirt Tasteless?

Funny Frat Bro Or A Complete Insult?

Ahhh, okay! So, I'm not one to bury an ally of the LGBTQ community, but this mock apparel is truly grinding my gears. On Sunday, Vancouver celebrated its gay pride and it was obviously one of the better hashtags to follow on social media throughout the weekend. The CW's lead actor in ArrowStephen Amell, attended Vancouver Pride and even spent some time with Drag Queens as seen in the photograph below.


My favorite weekend.

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While that is fine and dandy, Amell decided *this* shirt should be his pride outfit. 


Happy Pride.

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Yes, Amell is wearing one of those horribly tacky, confusing shirts that read "I'm not gay, but $20 is $20." Like, okay? I don't doubt that Amell isn't an ally. He even appeared in two episodes of the silver screen gay Bible, Queer As Folk. But the shirt choice is just, stupid. That shirt is basically saying you'll be gay for (low) pay. I can't believe these shirts are still in circulation! Amell is obviously a stud, but I think this shirt is the only thing that definitely doesn't suit him. Perhaps he should've showed up in the Green Arrow costume.

Are you giving an eye roll to Amell's pride outfit?  

We Want to Know: What Has Been Your Biggest 'Pride' Moment?

Pride Month is an incredibly important time for the LGBTQ community. It brings us together in ways that no other month does, and is a major reminder of how tight knit we truly are and just how many millions of people out there really do support us.

There is undoubtedly at least one major moment that has happened to each and every single one of us in our community that makes us think of the word "pride" more than any other. Perhaps it was when you came out, or when you marched in your first pride parade, and so on and so forth. 

I polled several of my friends with that particular question: what has been your biggest "pride" moment in your life? Take a look at what they had to say:

"June 26, 2015 - the Obergefell ruling. One of the greatest days ever."

"Holding my husband's hand in the street in the sun during the parade and looking over at him smiling and telling me how much he loved me."

 "Seeing LGBTQA+ and straight allies unite to help those affected by the Pulse massacre." 

"Performing my heart out for my sister that passed away a month prior to pride. Living my life to the fullest and knowing that she loved me for who i was."

"A few years ago...and it wasn't planned...but I ran into like 15 people from an online world/game i was apart of...then back to a bud's place who's roof deck was all forest and landscaped so awesome that you could not tell u was in Manhattan. Had an awesome last minute party with some good food, drinks and peeps."

"The first time that i went to pride parade in Chicago . It was just a few months after I moved from the Middle East. The most amazing feeling seeing the rainbow flag and everyone was happy. That was the first time that I felt it was okay to be gay,"

"Seeing the dykes on bikes at my first pride parade."

"Being in front of Stonewall Inn after the Supreme Court found in favor of Edie Windsor. Maybe one of the best moments of my life."

"In June of 2007 I arranged a meeting at my UU church between a group of LGBT families with our state representative. He had voted against gay marriage multiple times. At our meeting we learned he was changing his vote. That week a vote in the Massachusetts State House to put an anti-gay measure on the ballot lost by six votes - the anti-gay marriage measure was not on the 2008 ballot, and gay marriage in Massachusetts was preserved. On the day of the vote I found myself face-to-face with the head of the Massachusetts Family Association - took a wide stance that blocked his entrance to my state senator's office, and debated him on marriage rights. I was NOT expecting this confrontation, and was a bit overwhelmed facing off in a spontaneous debate with this abhorrent guy, but I had the advantage of having just overheard a secretary whisper in her phone that the senator was changing his vote - to protect gay marriage. I stalled him from entering the office for a few minutes, and, hopefully set him off-guard. Within an hour the vote was taken and gay marriage won the day!"

So Instinct Magazine followers, tell us... what has been your biggest "Pride" moment?

5 Potential Headliners for World Pride in New York City Next Year

As someone who resides in The Big Apple, I can already tell you that the excitement around this city hosting World Pride in 2019 is already building and we haven't even had our own pride yet this year (next weekend). 

Yes, NYC is the first domestic city in the United States to host World Pride. It's extra special as 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, so we sort of feel obliged to make it that much more incredible and best previous cities like Madrid and Toronto in the process (no shade).

This year's NYC pride headliner is Kylie Minogue, which is fabulous and she would be a wonderful addition for next year's should she decide to come back. But let's get down to the brass tax: World Pride 2019 needs several amazing headliners as we want this to be something we truly never forget. One simply isn't enough.

This is also something that people from all around the world will be flying in for, so the international presence will need to be felt on some level with the people who will perform. That being said, here are 5 artists (err, 6) who I think would be an absolute thrill to have at World Pride next June.

Ricky Martin: We've seen one of our own perform at sold out stadiums all over the world, and that heat that he brings in all of his performances can easily translate to the stage that will be World Pride. 

Madonna/Lady Gaga: Y'all want a gag? Get these two to perform... separately, and together. Chances are Gaga will more than likely be there, given that she's from New York, but to have both these ladies who are massive LGBTQ icons under one roof would almost be too good to be true. 

Jennifer Lopez: J. Lo, similar to Ricky, knows how to put on a show. She's captivating the minute she hits the stage, and she's adored by the gay community. Just like Gaga, she's a fellow New Yorker, and would make our city proud with one of her fierce performances.

Sam Smith: One of our own, is cute, and can sing like no other. He would be perfect for a part during pride where we are waving our lighters back and forth while singing along to "Stay with Me".

Beyonce: Take what she did at Coachella but with an LGBT angle. Think about it. You're welcome.

This was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers when it comes to this subject. 





A Big Gay Dance Party Will Welcome Mike Pence to Columbus, Ohio

On Friday, a big gay dance party will welcome Vice President Mike Pence to Columbus, Ohio.

That afternoon, Pence is scheduled to headline an event hosted by conservative nonprofit America First Policies at the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel.

Sponsored in part by ProgressOhio, the event officially titled Big LGBTQ Dance Party will transpire from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. just outside the hotel, and will feature DJ Moxy, drag queens and more. Nearly 400 people are marked as “attending” the event as of this writing.

Pence is, of course, notoriously anti-LGBTQ+ rights. He has repeatedly voted against anti-hate crime legislation in Congress, and he’s expressed support for amending the Constitution to ban same-sex marriage.

Pence also has allegedly expressed support for conversion therapy in the past, and earlier this year he got into an on-again off-again spat with Olympian Adam Rippon that never ceases to entertain.

Though this dance party sounds like a must for anyone in the Columbus area, it’s far from the first time LGBTQ+ activists have gracefully trolled the VP.

Last year, Werk For Peace attracted 200 people to a dance party at Pence’s rental home in D.C., and last December Pence and his family were greeted by neighbors with “Make America Gay Again” flags on a vacation to Aspen.

h/t: https://www.advocate.com/politics/2018/6/12/lgbt-dance-party-welcome-mike-pence-columbus-ohio

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/202327610490322/

Oversold LA Pride Festival Gets Locked Down, Hundreds Turned Away

Hundreds were turned away from West Hollywood’s Pride Festival on Saturday night, including many people who’d purchased tickets.

Over 100,000 have people turned out for the LA Pride Festival, meant to run before and after Sunday’s Pride Parade,

Saturday’s oversold festival was meant to run from 12 p.m. to 1 a.m. but hit capacity at 10 p.m., causing the fire marshal and local law enforcement to crack down and enforce barriers. People who left the venue and returned were not allowed to come back inside, either.

According to NBC Los Angeles, disturbances broke out around the will call window and in the street, and an LA County Sheriff’s Department officer was assaulted.

Check out the link below for helicopter footage of the scene on Santa Monica Boulevard.

h/t: https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Pride-Festival-in-West-Hollywood-at-Capacity-485060791.html

Kfar Saba Became The Ninth City in Israel To Host A Gay Pride Event

Israel’s Kfar Saba just had its first ever Gay Pride Parade.

While Israel is no stranger to Gay Pride Parades and events, with eight cities including Tel Aviv holding annual events, Kfar Saba is new to the idea. That said, Kfar Saba has now joined the ranks of those other cities and held its first parade.

Over 2,000 citizens and guests got together to take part in the inaugural pride event earlier today. Those who actively participated in the march walked in a circular route that passed the main street of Weizmann without incident.

This successfully event was orchestrated by a group of LGBTQ youth after one of their transgender friends was attacked. They decided to create the event to show how supportive the community is of LGBTQ people.

18-year-old Noga Fishman, who was one of the organizers, told Ynet news, “The first Gay Pride Parade in Kfar Saba is the biggest thing I’ve ever worked on. I’m happy that I managed, along with my second family, to give pleasure to so many people and to make history.”

That said, the event did have a hitch in its planning thanks to the authorities.

Because of the fact that the parade would pass through main streets, the police asked the group to put up six and a half foot tall barricades. The group couldn’t afford to do so however, because they would cost NIS 24,000 (approximately, $6,747.46).

The organizers then petitioned the High Court with the argument that the financial burden of the barricades violated their freedom of expression and protest. In addition, they argued that it was the police’s job to protect and thus their financial burden to bare.

Two days after the petition was presented to the court, the police pulled back their demands and said they would handle the finances for protecting the march participants.

That’s eventually what they did as the inaugural march went on without any problems.

Congratulations to Kfar Saba.


Marching in Kfar Saba's first pride parade #pride #kfarsaba #hotday

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Final Week To Back Kickstarter Of Gay Pride Inspired Pins

Here at Instinct, we try to celebrate and promote independent artists every now and then. And this post fits the bill.

In order to celebrate Gay Pride Month, a freelance artist by the name of Tifany Gonzalez is creating Gay Pride inspired enamel pins.

The enamel pins will be soft enamel and measure at 1.75 inches with solid black rubber backings.

If you want to back this project and get a pin (or two) of your own, you can donate to the project on Kickstarter.

Right now, you can pay $12 to get one of the six available pins (all of which you can see in the picture above). Or, you can pay $38 to get all six.

Just be wary, because there’s only a week left to back the Kickstarter (as of the date when this post is published).

Again, you can back the project and get yourself a pin by clicking here.

Related: Get Ready To Celebrate Pride With Disney's New "Rainbow Mickey" Apparel

Get Ready To Celebrate Pride With Disney's New "Rainbow Mickey" Apparel

Looks like Disney’s doubling down on Pride this year.

Last month, we shared with you that Disneyland is now selling rainbow Mickey ears, and now Disney has announced that it’s selling Pride merchandise just in time for Pride month.

The “Rainbow Mickey” pride merchandise is on sale now. Even better, the merchandise can be bought online unlike the Mickey ears which are being slowly rolled out across Disney theme parks. Even better, the rainbow shirts, bags, and more are going to be doing great things for the community as well.

Until June 30, every Pride styled Disney item you buy will make money for LGBTQ charity GLSEN (pronounced glisten), which fights to create safe and inclusive schools for LGBTQ youth. Disney has announced that it's willing to donate up to $50,000 and 10% of every purchase will go towards that donation.

Can we all make Disney donate the fill $50,000? If you want to try, go run over to Shop Disney now and get your rainbow sunglasses, t-shirts, hats, and more.

Philadelphia's Pride Parade Is Honoring A Gay Politician Couple

Philadelphia Pride has announced the names for its Grand Marshal panel, and for the first year ever it’s introducing a couple to the mix.

Every year, Philadelphia Pride Presents releases a list of people who will carry the title of grand marshal. Philly likes to celebrate several grand marshals with different titles and categories including youth grand marshals. This years, they’re even including a Grand Marshal Couple.

The couple gaining the inaugural honor are Dante Austin and Robert “Tito” Valdez. Austin is the LGBT liaison to the Sherriff’s Office and Valdez is an assistant city solicitor in the Child Welfare Department.

The two met back in 2016 while participating at the “Future of the Movement” panel during the Democratic National Convention. As they talked about politics and criminal-justice reform, they realized there was a level of respect and understanding forming between them. They then exchanged numbers and became important parts of each other’s lives from that point on.

Speaking to Philadelphia Gay News, the two commented on juggling their relationship and their busy political careers.

“Being in a relationship is work,” said Valdez. “It requires the capacity to prioritize another person’s feelings and needs as a key component of your decision-making. It requires you to be compassionate, to understand that not every day will be sunshine and flowers, and be able to count on your partner to love you.”

“I like to think of it like most things in life — you get out of it what you put into it,” added Austin. “Tito and I live pretty busy lives but we make sure to always make time for one another. It may sound cliché, but he really is my best friend and so much more. Life certainly throws challenges our way, but there’s no doubt in my mind that we can tackle anything.”

The two stated that they were honored to be chosen for the new Grand Marshal category and will try to live up to the title.

Meanwhile, the two will be joined by many other grand marshalls including John James, a Philadelphia citizen who’s participated in the Annual Reminder Days march since the mid-1960s; Heshie Zinman, the co-founder of the AIDS Library;  David Fair, a member of the Elder Initiative; Barbara McLean, a dedicated LGBTQ health advocate who’s worked with Philadelphia FIGHT and the Philadelphia AIDS Consortium; and Deborah Johnson, the visitor-services director at the African-American Museum of Philadelphia.

All of these people and more, like comedian Margaret Cho who's headlining, will be honored and celebrated at Philadelphia’s 30th annual Pride Parade on June 10.

h/t: PGN

5 Phenomenal Queer Couples Who Attended Prom in 2018

For as much hate as millennials get, one thing that they have gotten truly right is their ability to accept others for who they are.  This could not be truer than the vast amount of queer couples who have attended prom this year, as they have been showcasing just how special their night was all over social media.

Going to prom with someone with someone of the same sex or identifies with you as LGBTQ is something that is still somewhat frowned upon, but honestly, we are getting there. This was a non-issue even a decade ago as many of us would never dream of bringing our boyfriends or girlfriends to the prom.  Now, it's becoming more and more normal, and these incredible photos prove that and then some. Take this high school football star who went to prom with his swim team boyfriend.  Truly awesome. 

Here's hoping that this generation continues their compassion and kindness onto the next so homophobia will continue to be a thing of the past.  Glad that all these couples got to experience a one of a kind night with the person they love that will hopefully give them memories they will never, ever forget.



Prom 2k18 was one for the ages

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