California Governor Jerry Brown Signs Bill Legally Declaring June As Pride Month

California has become the first state to legally declare June as LGBTQ+ Pride Month.

The Advocate reports: on Monday, CA Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill, AB 2969into law. It goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2019, and requires the governor to make the proclamation of June as Pride Month every year. The bill was written by California State Assembly member Evan Low. He said in a statement:


“California has the largest LGBT population of any state in the union, and the state is home to over 40 LGBT Pride celebrations each year. I want to thank Governor Brown for adding Pride to the list of celebrations codified in statute.”

The world’s first legally permitted Pride parade was in Los Angeles on June 28, 1970 a year after the Stonewall riots in New York.

Ever since then, Pride gradually become a more widely recognized celebrated occasion—with the glaring, infuriating exception of Trump’s White House failing to recognize it, after Barack Obama’s administration did every year he was in office.

Equality California executive director Rick Zbur said this in a statement:

“In the face of a president who refuses to recognize Pride Month, we're deeply grateful to Governor Brown, Assembly Member Low, and the entire LGBT Caucus for recognizing the LGBTQ community’s role in California and California’s role in the LGBTQ civil rights movement.”

AB 2969 was supported by the Los Angeles LGBT Center and Equality California, and coauthored by all members of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus. Note: California is the first country in the nation with an official caucus of LGBTQ+ legislators. Evan Low, a Democrat from Silicon Valley, is chairman.

h/t: The Advocate 

h/t: History 

Price Adopts To Fight Against The Stigma Of Being A Gay Pro Sports Player. #oneteamonegoal


Mr Gay Wales 2018 was once afraid to come out because of what he did for a living. When you participate in sports, there is well-understood reservations about coming out as LGBTQ+. And that was where Christopher Price was.

The 26-year old Price who fights for Wales and team GB was crowned Mr Gay Wales on June 1 and has stated that a major part of his platform, beside fighting for LGBTQ+ rights, is to work on encouraging other LGBTQ+ sports individuals to come out. His campaign slogan is 'one team, one goal' with the team being the LGBT+ community and the one goal as equal rights.  He wants to highlight all aspects of LGBTQ+ sports players citing in certain countries, if you are born a man and you transition, you have to compete in the men's category even after having a full transition.



With nine world titles "under his belt," Price has been successful at a profession he has been doing since 2007. Some poeple are claiming he only did kickboxing to get close to other men. Well , if he is closer to men and that successful, sounds lie a win-win!

"When I first decided to come out, it was difficult. I didn't know whether to come out as it is such a men dominated environment.  I didn't know what would happen, how it would affect my chances of traveling, as being gay is frowned upon in countries such as Russia. It did worry me. I was also worried the squad would drop me because of that."

Christopher Price didn't just come out yesterday.  Suffering with anxiety and slight depression and 2 years after starting to deal with his attraction to men, he came out at 21 in 2012.  He was already a success with 7 world titles.

Now he will travel to Poland at the beginning of August to compete for the title of Mr Gay Europe 2018.  During his time as Mr Gay Wales, he is also fundraising for two charities; the Jacob Abraham foundation, which raises awareness of mental health and suicide, and a foundation which supports transgender people through their operations.

We wish you the best of luck Christopher!















h/t: walesonline.co.uk

Jodie Foster Talks Pride And Relationships In New Interview

Jodie Foster opened up about her family’s plans for LA Pride.

The notoriously private Hollywood star had an interview with PorterEdit. While the cover story only just released, the conversation was, apparently, held a month ago. During that time, Foster shared what Pride meant to her and her family.

“Every day is gay pride day for me,” says the 55-year-old Hollywood icon.

“Actually, it’s gay pride month the whole of June,” Foster continues. “I didn’t realize until yesterday. We had to figure the whole flag situation, how long the flag [goes] up. My kids will go [to the parade]. My son said, ‘Maybe there will be naked bodies this year.’ I said, ‘You didn’t tell me there were naked bodies last year!’”

Promoting her latest film, Hotel Artemis, Foster also opens up about the #MeToo movement. “This is a transitional period, and it’s just so painful,” she says. “You really have to have a plan for truth and reconciliation. We can’t put every man over 30 in jail. We have to love our brothers and fathers and come to an understanding about how we got here and who we are going to be together.”

Jodie Foster came out in a 2013 Golden Globes speech. She then married Alexandra Hedison in 2014 and they now raise two sons from Foster’s former relationship with Cydney Bernard.

In the interview, Foster also opened up about her personal life, her 52 years in the film business, and how she keeps it all together. But to read all that, you'll have to head to the interview.

h/t: PorterEdit, NewNowNext

London's Heathrow Airport Is Flying A Rainbow Flag Made Of Kisses

A London airport is waving a rainbow flag that’s made of kisses.

Heathrow Airport in London is proudly waving a rainbow flag up in the skies. The fun part is that that colors of the flag are made by the kisses of 6,000 former passengers.

In order to celebrate Pride in London this upcoming weekend, the airport offered passengers colorful lipstick. The passengers then applied the rainbow of colors and kissed a large white cloth (or used a stamp if they were worried about germs).

But the fun wasn’t had by only passengers. Some airport staff got a kiss or two in too.

“Many of the LGBT+ community travel into London, to celebrate this incredible festival so we wanted to give them a warm welcome by, quite literally, flying the flag for Pride,” said Carol Hui, Heathrow’s Chief of Staff.

The flag will fly outside Terminal 2 for the rest of the July.

Istanbul Pride Marchers Ran In Tears After Police Violently Dispersed The Crowd

Police officers used tear gas, dogs, and batons to split up people participating in Istanbul’s 16th Anuual Pride March this Sunday.

Despite the march going on for more than a decade, Istanbul’s governor banned the march for the fourth consecutive year. Last year, the governor cited concerns about “public order” and the “security of citizens and tourists” after an ultranationalist group threatened the march.

Related Post: Istanbul Bans Honor Walk For the 4th Year, Organizers Still Call To March Today

That said, it is illegal for the governor to ban the march no matter what his public excuse is.

"The governor has once again committed a crime by discriminating against a specific part of society,” said Amnesty International, “Peacefully gathering and marching are rights under domestic and international laws that the governor of Istanbul must uphold.”

 As such, thousands showed up to the march anyway. Police permitted the reading of a statement by march organizers, which said, “We do not recognize this ban.”


In addition, several march participants chanted, "We do not obey, we do not shut up, we are not afraid.”

Unfortunately, police officers used the earlier mentioned violent methods to push marchers back as they proceeded. Some that were affected by the tear gas washed their faces while others ran into nearby buildings.



While homosexuality is legal in Turkey, there’s still a strong sense of homophobia in the country. In addition, the Turkish government has been ridiculed for not protecting its citizens and updating law to give minorities discrimination protections.


"We Are Family" Theme Helps To Double Dublin, Ireland's Pride Celebration.


I love seeing the pictures of prides around the world.  Viewing how some countries that are further along in and others that are just starting out in the LGBTQ+ equality fight are celebrating their prides is full of emotions. Knowing  that some have such a long way to go, others are doing it better than the US, and knowing that the entire overall theme is L.O.V.E.

The American Pride movement of course started with the riots at Stonewall Inn.  Not all American prides pay homage to that event, but I truly love the fact that the town I live in calls its celebration Wilton Manors Stonewall Pride Festival and Parade.  It bring us back to the core, the center, the catalyst. Many countries point back to Stonewall as THE catalyst for all LGBTQ+ equality fights and make mention of it during their Prides. The Dublin, Ireland Pride celebrants did mention Stonewall in their speeches but Ireland has its own catalyst.

In 1983 after the killing of Declan Flynn by so-called “queer-bashers”, five people were charged in relation to his death. No one went to jail. The march that year is generally seen as the catalyst for the gay rights movement in Ireland.

“There was no tech giant or vodka company there. We were marching for ourselves because a man was killed, brutally beaten to death in a park, and a judge said that killing a man in an area that was known to be a cruising area could never be murder,” said veteran LGBTI+ campaigner Izzy Kamikaze. - irishtimes.com

In Dublin, Ireland yesterday, 60,000 people came to march in the Pride Parade, twice as many as last year.  With the theme of "We Are Family," who wouldn't want to march!

But as many people have noted over the past 5 years here in America and around the globe, pride is becoming more of a festival than a protest, when it should be both equally.

It's also becoming some what of a cash cow with people needing to pay to play.  For the Dublin, Ireland Parade, it costs €500 for a group of 25 to march in the parade, €2,000 for 150 people or more (community groups can go free), and companies like Facebook, Indeed, and Aer Lingus needed to pay up to €5,000 to participate.  Aer Lingus did have a great float and they definitely showed their pride.



For more photos of the Dublin Pride Parade, head over to the Irish Times and view the wonderful photos by Tom Honan.







Before we share videos from the parade, who is Sister Sledge?

Sisters, Debbie, Joni, and Kim (sister Kathy stepped away from the ensemble in 1989), are daughters of entrepreneur/actress Florez Sledge and celebrated Broadway performer Edwin Sledge. Their grandmother, Viola Beatrix Hairston Williams, an accomplished lyric-opera soprano, provided unique master class on vocal training to the siblings early on.

Arranging for her granddaughters to perform at religious events and community functions, the quartet were first presented to the world as "Mrs. Williams Granddaughters.” Before long, they had made a band and with Debbie serving as vocal arranger, Joni as artistic director and Mom, Florez as manager, Sister Sledge was born.

For more about Sister Sledge, head over to their biography/booking page here.

And now, one of their biggest hits, "We Are Family."


Here's also a short 2 minute video of the Dublin Pride Parade followed by the entire parade.



The entire Dublin, Ireland Pride Parade



h/t: irishtimes.com, irishexaminer.com

Istanbul Bans Honor Walk For the 4th Year, Organizers Still Call To March Today

Once again, a Pride Parade will not happen in Istanbul, Turkey, making this the fourth year in a row that their form of a pride parade will be banned.

The Istanbul Honorary Week Committee, the organizers of Turkey's Pride Parade which is called the "Honor Walk," stated that the march was organized in order to 'ensure visibility'. The committee reminded them of the right to peaceful demonstration in the Law on Meetings and Demonstrations, stating that they have been fighting for 26 years in order to 'march to turn into a call from everyone'.

Related Post: LGBT Events Banned In Turkey's Capital (Nov, 2017)

In a statement that was read to the Governor, the committee elaborated:

As long as it is peaceful, it is the right of every citizen to organize all kinds of meetings and marches without prior permission. However, as we do every year, we asked for an interview this year to talk about our march [with the government]. We did not have an obstacle in front of the march because there was no such a situation this year, which was forbidden because the voices we made with the assistant governor corresponded to Ramadan in the previous years, but the last decision was still given by the governor.

Following the meeting, the committee also wrote, "We regret to say that the governor's response actually showed that we cannot take our security and that it is not appropriate to organize the March of Honor by showing the Law on Meetings and Demonstrations, which we should take to protect our protest. "

Related Post: Turkish Pride Canceled Using Water Cannons, Rubber Bullets, Tear Gas, and Police. (June 2015)

The committee also announced that they would march by not recognizing the ban. The walk was announced on 1 July at Istiklal Caddesi in Taksim at 18.00.

Other Related Posts:
No More "Anal Exams" For Gays Seeking Out Of Miltary Service In Turkey. (Nov 2015)

Riot Police Shut Down Istanbul LGBT Rights Rally With Teargas And Rubber Bullets (June 2016)

h/t: diken.com.tr

LGBTQ People Marched For the First Time In The African Country of eSwatini

The small landlocked African country of eSwatini had its first gay pride march.

Yesterday, around 500 people turned up to march in Mbabane, the country’s largest city, while wearing rainbow colors or shirts that said, “God is Love.”

“We are thrilled to see this happening today,” said Lisa Peterson, U.S. Ambassador to eSwatini, to the South China Morning Post.

“Just to refer you to the words spoken by Martin Luther King Jnr that ‘injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere’. Some are afraid to come into the open because they are afraid of these acts of injustice. We are here to make justice for all.” she added.

eSwatini, which was formerly known as Swaziland, is a landlocked country in Southern Africa. The country is the last African nation to still have an absolute monarchy, and unfortunately their king, King Mswati III, thinks homosexuality is “satanic.”

On top of this, the country’s government has anti-sodomy laws, which subsequently ban homosexuality.

That said, government official Percy Simelane insists that the government isn’t homophobic and that anti-sodomy law could be easily removed if citizens “lobby parliamentarians to initiate that law, but not the executive”.

“It would be unfair to view the state as homophobic.” Simelane said.

“If they ask why are we not legalizing it, we tell them it is not the mandate of government but it must be the people of eSwatini to do that, not government.”

With around 500 people gathering to march for visibility, it may be time for officials to recognize that LGBTQ people do exist in eSwatini. Then, (hopefully) they’ll realize it’s time to change the law.

Madonna Sends Out an Adorable Message to the LGBTQ+ Community for Pride Month

On Sunday, The Queen of Pop sent a message out to her gay fans for Pride Month.

Last August, Madonna moved, along with her six children, to Lisbon, where they reside in a 12-bedroom palace and former boutique hotel. She’s hard at work on a new album with Music and American Life producer Mirwais, but she took some time out for an Insta tribute to the LGBTQ+ as NYC Pride was at its peak:

“Until I can Share MY music… I’m sending Love from Lisbon! …missing NY and the fierceness of the LGBT community that gave me life from the moment I landed there!! For Me, Pride Month is every month! This [Queen] bows down to every Gay Boy that taught me a. New dance, how to dress, how to slay, To stand tall in the face of adversity to not give up hope, to own my inner bitch and to love my flaws! #loveislove #gratitude #pride -Madonna

In the short video, Madonna is singing along with Demi Lovato's track "Solo." The 59-year-old icon puckered up to blow kisses to her fans through a cat filter.

Madonna’s relationship with the LGBTQ+ community goes back to day one. Her first mentor was a gay man named Christopher Flynn, her ballet teacher. He introduced Madonna to the gay community of her native Michigan before encouraging her to walk away from her partial scholarship to the University of Michigan and move to Manhattan to pursue a career.

In a 2010 appearance on Ellen with Ellen DeGeneres, Madonna appeared to talk about bullying, and she said, quite bluntly:

“I wouldn’t have a career if it weren’t for the gay community.”

Check out the adorable Instagram post here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BkarIwIATsY/?utm_source=ig_embed

What Does Each Stripe On The Raibow Flag Mean? Do You Know What You're Changing?

In 1978, Harvey Milk, San Francisco city supervisor and the first openly gay man elected to public office in California, tasked artist and activist Gilbert Baker with creating an emblem of the queer community. The goal was to replace the pink triangle, a symbol that has negative ties to the Nazis an its use to identify homosexuals.

The original flag had eight stripes, however there have been many iterations since. When the rainbow pride flag was unveiled in 1978, its colors were hot pink, red, orange, yellow, green, turquoise, indigo and violet.

Each stripe of the original flag has a meaning.  The colors that are no longer present on the Pride flag and their meanings are:

Hot Pink for sex
Turquoise for magic

We're not sexual and magical anymore? What!?!

After the assassination of gay San Francisco City Supervisor Harvey Milk on November 27, 1978, demand for the rainbow flag greatly increased. To meet demand, the Paramount Flag Company began selling a version of the flag using stock rainbow fabric with seven stripes: red, orange, yellow, green, turquoise, blue, and violet. As Baker ramped up production of his version of the flag, he too dropped the hot pink stripe because of the unavailability of hot-pink fabric. Also, San Francisco-based Paramount Flag Co. began selling a surplus stock of Rainbow Girls flags from its retail store on the southwest corner of Polk and Post, at which Gilbert Baker was an employee.[14]

In 1979 the flag was modified again. When hung vertically from the lamp posts of San Francisco’s Market Street, the center stripe was obscured by the post itself. Changing the flag design to one with an even number of stripes was the easiest way to rectify this, so the turquoise stripe was dropped, which resulted in a six stripe version of the flag — red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet. - Gilbertbaker.com

The remaining colors meanings are: 

Red for life
Orange for healing
Yellow for sunlight
Green for nature
Blue for harmony or serenity
Purple for spirit.

So when it comes to the Pride Flag not representing you, what are you saying? Which one of the colors is not representing you? 

When the transgender flag was triangulated and over the left side of the rainbow flag, didn't it make you think, how are we mixing in the bisexuals, the asexuals, the gender fluids, oh, and hey, the lesbians?  When you add a different color stripe to the flag to signify a race, ethnicity, where are all the others? What about a color for the fats, the femmes, the Asians?

"When you convenience yourself, you inconvenience others." 

It is a motto I live by, it is a motto I share with people that are doing hurtful things, and it is something we all need to hear again. "When you convenience yourself, you inconvenience others." To borrow a lesson learned from the Prodigal Son fable, when you put yourself in the place of honor, know that someone will soon follow that deserves it more than you.  When you start adding this badge and that badge, this stripe and that stripe, please remove the BLUE stripe for you've just degraded its meaning.  To remind you, BLUE stands for harmony. 

This has been the opinion of this writer and former teacher and is not the opinion of the Magazine or the other contributing writers.

And since I was a teacher and am still involved in academia, here's a little homework assignment. See if you can identify all the different subsections our rainbow family has and then develop one flag to represent them all.  Here's a video to help you in your homework. And if you need a sample from a previous student, look at the pic at the beginning of this post.  Test your knowledge over at https://www.myumbrella.org.uk/identities


Once again, this has been the opinion of this writer and is not the opinion of the Magazine or the other contributing writers.