LGBTQ-Inclusive Groups Celebrated Hong Kong Pride With Parade Marchers

The Hong Kong Pride Parade is underway and we’ve got photos as well as a story of two great groups participating.

While it’s become fairly common to see Christian-based groups openly protesting Pride parades and events, there’s often also Christian groups participating in them too.




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One such group that’s out participating in the parade is an LGBT-inclusive Christian church run by Joe Pang.

Talking to the South China Morning Post before the event, Pang, a Malaysian-Chinese pastor, said that he was looking forward to participating in the parade. Joe Pang will be leading the event’s first worship service and holy communion in the 10 years that the event's been running.




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As for Joe Pang himself, he knows what it’s like to be rejected by religious folk. He was once kicked out of his Kuala Lumpur-based church after coming out as gay. This spurred him on to become a force of love and acceptance in the Christian community.

“All the voices against [LGBT people], they come from religion, they come from the Christian religion. We are the gay Christians, we know how to respond to them and we know why they are so loud,” Pang says. “That’s why we need to be there.”




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Sadly, Hong Kong is still developing when it comes to LGBTQ rights. In fact, there are no anti-discrimination laws concerning LGBTQ people, and Christian-based groups have fought advocacy for such laws at every turn.

“Not all Christians are like that,” says Jason Ho, a representative of the LGBTQ-inclusive Christian coalition called the Covenant of the Rainbow, “That’s why the LGBT-inclusive and affirming groups of Christians must come out and balance [the conservative] voice – because their voice is not the only attitude, their voice is not the only voice of Christians.”

While there is an ongoing fight for LGBTQ-rights in Hong Kong, it’s good to see that there are Christian groups on our side and that they are present during the bad times as well as the good.




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Check Out Loving Photos From This Year's Gay Pride Parade In Taipei

Many LGBTQ people and allies celebrated at Taipei's Gay Pride Parade last week as gay marriage edges closer to reality in the country of Taiwan.

Back in 2017, Taiwan’s highest court ruled that the Civil Code law defining marriage as between a man and a women was unconstitutional. This led to the reality that gay marriage will be coming to the country in 2019 at the latest.

While the slow moving of lawmakers has allowed the religious intolerant to form a referendum against gay marriage, marriage equality is still a happy possibility for the country and its LGBTQ citizens.

With that in mind, the Taipei Gay Pride Parade had a lot to celebrate. Want to see how the festivities went down? Check out the photos below.



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[11/24公投兩好三壞] [Vote for a better Taiwan] - 贊同方提出的平權公投案14、15請投同意 - 反同方用“愛家”兩字包裝的“愛家”公投案10、11、12請投不同意 ====== Whenever I see this photo, I feel very warm that my parents were willing to attend Amei’s concert just because my little brother and I are crazy about her. Since my brother and I are both gay, our parents have been striving to accept our sexual orientation. The pressure and prejudice coming from the society makes it hard to mention the matter to our friends or family. However, we have conquered lots of obstacles and become even closer to each other in the process because deep down, we know that we truly love and care for each other. - In Amei’s concert, called “Utopia”, we were surrounded by many LGBTQ members because @amit_feat_amei is not only a super popular singer but also very supportive for LGBTQ society. At that moment, our family finally let go of the constraints and revealed our true colors, which I hope that every citizen in Taiwan will have in the near future. - Marriage should be a right, not a privilege. In May 2017, Taiwan's Constitutional Court ruled that prohibiting same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and gave the government 2 years to amend existing laws to legalize marriage equality. However, there will be 5 questions related to LGBTQ rights, especially same-sex marriage and LGBTQ education, in the Taiwan’s referendum held on 11/24/2018. The outcomes might affect the future actions taken by Taiwan’s government to deal with the LGBTQ rights. - Hope that people in Taiwan have the wisdom to defend the human rights, which makes Taiwan a humanity beacon in Asia. And wish that Taiwan will become the first in Asia to realize marriage equality. - #referendum #公投 #兩好三壞 #marriageequality #婚姻平權 #utopia #烏托邦 #wearefamily #weareone #lgbtq #instagay #rainbow #humanrights #tapcpr #伴侶盟 #loveislove #taiwanpride

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Georgia Gubernatorial Candidate is First to Attend Pride Parade

Stacey Abrams made history by being the first major candidate for Georgia's governorship to attend and participate in the Atlanta Pride Parade, according to US News.

Abrams has been making waves in Georgia and made waves during the pride parade while she rode on top of a white Jeep as people chanted her name. Stacey Abrams, if elected, would be the first black woman in the position of governor.

Her policies include opposition to the religious liberty laws that have become so popular in the US, as she believes (and I do too) that such laws are discriminatory towards LGBTQ individuals and should definitely be opposed. 

Her participation in the pride parade is definitely a good sign, as it shows that politics and politicians are evolving and are becoming more open-minded towards things such as LGBTQ rights. It is my hope that politicians continue to go down this path because it's a good indicator of progress for LGBTQ rights and a sign that our voices are being heard. So get out there and vote!

h/t: USNews

Appeals Court Rules In Favor Of Anti-Gay Priests Who Protested A Nashville Pride Festival

Two anti-gay protesters won an appeals case involving whether or not they should have been moved from their protesting spot.

Back in 2015, Tennessee preachers, John McGlone and Jeremy Peters, were protesting outside of the LGBT Pride Festival in Nashville. The two used amplification equipment to spread their anti-LGBTQ message, according to AP and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Eventually, the priests' protest was deemed loud and disruptive, enough for city police to remove them from their spot. The two men say that their removal was unconstitutional. Now, it seems the U.S. Court of Appeals agrees.

The Tennessean reports that the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals filed a ruling on Wednesday stating the removal of the preachers was in violation of their First Amendments rights.

The 6th Circuit Court stated that the Nashville Police restricted the men’s rights based on the content of their speech itself, which became evident when the city’s defense attorney stated the preachers’ message of intolerance interfered with the festival’s message.

"Nashville’s explanation leaves no doubt that but for the anti-homosexuality message that McGlone and Peters were advancing as they stood on the sidewalk, they would not have been excluded," the order says. "How, then, can Nashville argue that its restriction of the preachers’ speech was not content based?"

In addition, the court ruled that since the protest was separate and did not directly interrupt the festival, the city had no right to remove the two men.

"Unlike, for example, a (Make America Great Again)-hatted man claiming a First Amendment right to stand behind Hillary Clinton at a campaign rally, McGlone and Peters did not insist on entering the Pride Festival, let alone participating in the Pride Festival’s speech," the ruling explained. "They stood outside and expressed a contrary message."

Not every judge on the 6th Circuit Court agreed with this ruling. Circuit Judge Karen Nelson Moore thought that the protest was disruptive enough because of its excessive loudness.

h/t: The San Francisco Chronicle, The Tennessean

Delaware Man Charged With A Hate Crime After Assaulting And Groping Pride Goers

Delaware man Sean Wiley is facing a hate crime charge after he groped and assaulted Gay Pride Festival goers.

On August 11, 31-year-old Wiley was causing trouble at the Delaware Pride Festival, according to Philadelphia’s 6ABC. While drunk, Wiley shouted slurs at festival attendees before groping a 31-year-old man and a 46-year-old woman at the festival.

Wiley then punched a 62-year-old old festival goer in the mouth. Witnesses called over nearby police who discovered the man bleeding. Wiley then tried to punch an officer, and was then quickly arrested.

Initially, Wiley was charged with 3 counts of Offensive Touching, 3rd Degree Assault, Menacing, Disorderly Conduct, Public Intoxication, Trespass 3rd Degree, and a felony charge of Resisting Arrest.

After investigating the situation more, police obtained a warrant on August 16 to add on a Hate Crime charge to Wiley’s case.

While Wiley initially was sent to the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, he has now been released on $4,400 bond.

He is expected to return for his first court hearing soon.

h/t: 6ABC

The First Official Russian Pride Parade Was Banned Before it Occured

A tiny village known as Yablonevy in Russia was set to hold the nation's first officially approved LGBTQ+ Pride parade but the permission was denied by local authorities. The government of Novoulyanovsk holds jurisdiction over the village so its mayor approved the Pride parade which activists originally wanted to hold in that city's center but then decided against. In order to avoid conflict, they decided to move the parade to Yablonevy, a small town in Russia with 7 residents. However, the city manager overrode the decision to have the parade and claimed their permit was invalid because he had not been consulted before the city change had been made.

The city manager, Gennady Denikayev, said:

"I made a decision, there will be no gay parade. We intend to protect traditional family values and, foremost, our children from the propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations."

That type of "propaganda" was explcitly banned by 2013 Russian law when they stated that any positive mention of LGBTQ+ rights or identity is prohibited. All attempts to hold Pride events in major Russian cities have been banned by the government. However, there was a "rogue" Pride rally held in St. Petersburg in 2017 that was not approved by authorities. Since the city of Moscow issued a ban in 2012, gay Pride parades have been banned for the next hundred years.

h/t: Advocate, ProudOut.com

Trinidad & Tobago Citizens Danced In The Streets At First Pride Parade

The Caribbean countries of Trinidad and Tobago held their first ever Pride Parade.

According to LoopTT, the parade was a high point in a month’s worth of events held by the Trinidad and Tobago Pride Arts Festival. More than a hundred people, decked out in a rainbow of colors, walked down Tragarete Road in Port of Spain and walked all the way to Rust Street, St, St Clair.

“The visibility we share here, today, is going to shine a light on the issues that LGBTI people face, that so many people want to stifle and keep us in the closet and don’t want to deal with to find the kind of solutions we are looking for,” Kennedy Maharaj, chief administrative officer of the Silver Lining Foundation, a Trinidadian advocacy group, told Newsday.

“We have finally reached a point in our country where we can have an open LGBT pride event that speaks to how far we have come as a country, as a society and more so, as a people,” Maharaj added. “That is what we value as success here, the fact that we can be out an open and have this kind of event, that is what we are banking on.”

In addition, Committee Leader Rudy Hanamji spoke to LoopTT about the event:

“It's a moment of sheer joy and appreciation for all the people who came together to make this possible. I feel inspired and happy, and proud that we were able to defy the odds and make this a reality."

"I'm happy as well to know that young people and not-so-young people are feeling equally inspired by this an that they're feeling better about being a member of the LGBTQIA community. We have achieved our objectives and we move forward in strength, onto next year," he said.

Back in April, a high court within the Caribbean islands ruled that the buggery law (criminalizing anal sex and essentially homosexuality) was unconstitutional. Many LGBTQ citizens, on the islands or outside of them, celebrated. This parade is now the most recent celebration.


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h/t: LoopTT, Washington Blade, Newsday,

Thousands Showed Up To Celebrate The Seoul Queer Parade (And Thousands More Showed Up To Ruin It)

The South Korean gay pride parade went wonderfully, despite homophobic protests and petitioners trying to ruin it.

South Korea’s pride month is in full swing with events going on until the end of this week. While the Korea Queer Film Festival starts on the 19th and ends on the 22nd, the Seoul Queer Parade finished this past Saturday.

The event at the country’s capital was joined by around 30,000 people who marched around in colorful clothing, danced on open truck beds, and waved rainbow flags.

The 19th annual event was also joined by 105 organizations including human rights groups, 13 embassies, including U.S. Ambassador Harry Harris, companies, and university clubs that support sexual minorities, according to the Korea Times


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Unfortunately, these parade marchers weren’t alone as about 20,000 anti-gay protestors joined them in several spots along the parade path. Some held signs reading the line, "We will wait. We love you. Come back to us," while others yelled out anti-gay chants.

One group even showed up on the path before the event started and locked arms to block the way. They were eventually moved by police who stood ready to keep protestors and parade goers apart while also erecting fences around the Seoul Square outside City Hall.


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While homosexuality is legal in South Korea and attitudes towards it are slowly becoming more inclusive as the country progresses, there is still a great fear of discrimination and social isolation.

"I think the public attitude toward homosexuality has become much more receptive over the past few years", said parade participant Psygay to AFP as he handed out fliers.

"However, hate groups' animosity toward LGBT people has intensified all the more.”

Psygay also shared his story of coming out to his mother and brother three years ago.

"After a while, my mother said she understood me as I am her son anyhow. But my brother still urges me to change", he said.

"My father? Oh, he still doesn't know", said Psygay.

If you want to see more photos from the parade, you can check them out below.


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h/t: Korea Times, AFP, ABS-CBN News

Anti-LGBTQ Fascists Attempted (& Failed) To Stop Budapest Pride Parade

With a crowd of over 10,000 LGBTQ folks attending the Budapest Pride parade this past weekend, a group of black-clad anti-LGBTQ fascist youth attempted to disrupt the parade.

According to Gay Star News, young men belonging to the Sixty-Four Counties Youth Movement stood silently holding a banner, refusing to move blocking the parade path.

In the span of a few minutes, Budapest police appeared and formed a barrier between the two factions. With Pride celebrants chanting, waving rainbow flags and banging drums just feet from the fascists, the police surrounded and removed the protesters.

The crowd erupted in cheers and whistles as the police led the men away from the parade path.

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According to a translation by Facebook, the caption reads:

“The Hungarian Fascists (Hatvannégy County Youth Movement - H) have blocked the Budapest Pride Parade for a short time on and road. The marchers stood up to the fascists quickly and without violence, who seeped through security to surprise peaceful marches. The police in Budapest quickly surrounded them and pushed them out, and the parade continued to Parliament's building a few miles away.”

Conchita Wurst, the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest champion, performed at the closing ceremony for Budapest Pride and hailed the parade participants for their courage and fortitude in peacefully staring down the young racists.

‘It is very important to me to be here today, the rights of the LGBTIQ community are not where they should be,’ Wurst told the crowd.

‘The people who went to the Pride and were on the verge of being attacked by right-wing demonstrators showed great courage, and I want to highlight this situation.’

This weekend marked the 23rd Pride event in the Hungarian capital.

In spite of the brief disruption, Pride celebrants clearly had a great time.

Pride Event Takes Place In Kenya's Kakuma Refugee Camp

Here’s an inspiring story to start off the week with some positivity. This weekend, the first ever LGBTQ+ pride in a refugee camp took place.

Rainbow flags flew and demonstrators marched through Kenya’s Kakuma refugee camp. The organizers of the event were from Refugee Flag Kakuma, and most of the participants were LGBTQ+ refugees who fled from neighboring Uganda.

Homosexuality is illegal in Uganda. The Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Act was passed in Dec. 2013, inciting a punishment of life in prison for “aggravated homosexuality.” Violent and brutal attacks against LGBTQ+ people are common in the country, often carried out by state officials.

Rlwage Eibusone, a Ugandan transgender refugee who marched in the parade, told AFP: “I’m really happy. I feel like I am with my family and I’m very happy for it.”

A statement from Refugee Flag Kakuma read: "The very first pride event, in Kakuma refugee camp, was fabulous…The event was so colourful, with two LGBTIQ friends and comrades from the USA and England.

“We thank everyone, who has helped out in any capacity to see that our event is a success. May the almighty God bless you all, we love you all, thanks for your good heart and support.”

The slogan of the event was “Stop Homophobia.” Crowdfunding raised thousands of dollars for the parade.

Kakuma refugee camp is the third largest of its kind in the world, housing over 185,000 refugees.

h/t: https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2018/06/18/pride-event-takes-place-inside-refugee-camp/