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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Maui Sunseeker LGBT Resort, Kihei, Maui

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

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Hawaii is the number one destination for US and Canadian honeymoon couples, both straight and gay, for very good reason. With its very mild tropical climate and fresh breezes full of exotic flower scents, the island romances you as soon as you step off the plane. The warm Aloha attitude of the native Hawaiian people is so welcoming, they do not judge people. They merely love to share their paradise with all.

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Google Unveils New Rainbow Navbar for Gay Pride Month

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Go to Google and try searching for gay pride, gay, lesbian, transgender, or a handful of other keywords, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised to see a rainbow-colorred background on the page’s navigation bar.

It’s Google’s way of saying “Happy Pride!”

Thanks to Tyler Albertario for tipping us to this!

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Google Celebrates Gay Pride Month

Chile: Thousands March for Marriage Equality

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Chile FlagThey marched for marriage equality (and gay pride) down in Chile this weekend. On Top Magazine reports:

Thousands of people on Saturday marched in Chile’s 13th annual Gay Pride parade. Roughly 10,000 people – 40,000 according to organizers – braved the threat of rain to take to the streets of Santiago, Chile’s capital. The marchers carried a giant rainbow flag as they wound their way through the city to the Paseo Bulnes, where a cultural event was held.

In the last poll we have (August 2012), almost 55% in Chile support marriage equality.

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Russia: Support for Marriage Equality, Gay Pride Drops to New Lows

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

titleSome depressing news out of Russia. While most of the rest of the world grows progressively more gay friendly, support for marriage equality and gay pride seems to have plummeted in Russia, a new poll says. RT.com reports:

Around 85 percent of adult Russians said they were strongly against a law that would allow same-sex marriage, the Levada Public Opinion Center reported; 87 percent said they opposed the idea of holding regular gay pride events in their cities. Researchers claimed that the percent of supporters of same-sex marriage in Russia fell from 14 to just 5 percent over the past three years. The number of those who do not oppose gay pride events is a consistently low 6 percent.

Those numbers are worse than Poland’s.

South Africa: Government Officially Recognizes Country’s Version of the Rainbow Flag

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

South Africa: Government Officially Recognizes Country's Version of the Rainbow FlagThe South African government has announced in the official Government Gazette that Gay Flag of South Africa has been approved and accepted as South Africa’s official gay flag (an adaptation of the international gay flag and the South African national flag).

This makes South Africa the first country in the world to officially recognize a gay flag and probably any official LGBTI symbol. The Department of Arts and Culture through the Bureau of Heraldry designs and registers heraldic representations such as flags and is guided by the Heraldry Act, which governs the use and protection of national symbols which is currently under the authority of the Minister of Arts & Culture.

“The Gay Flag of SA is now officially recognized and protected by the Department of Arts and Culture and the government of South Africa,” said Mava Mothiba from the department.

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Scotland, United Kingdom: Gay Pride Focuses on Marriage Equality

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Edinburgh Gay Pride Focuses on Marriage EqualityThousands of people took to the streets of Edinburgh on Saturday for the city’s annual gay pride march.

Marchers rallied at Edinburgh City Chambers, where members of the Equality Network and SNP MSP Marco Biagi and Green MSP Patrick Harvie spoke in support of same-sex marriage.

The march then set off down the Royal Mile, where it passed the Scottish Parliament and Holyrood Palace, the Queen’s official residence in Edinburgh.

Full Story from Morning Star Online

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Spain: Gay Pride March Focuses on Marriage Equality

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

Spain: Gay Pride March Focuses on Marriage EqualityThousands of people have joined an annual Gay Pride march through central Madrid amid fears Spain’s conservative government may try to scrap a law allowing same-sex marriages.

Spain adopted its gay marriage law when the country was governed by the centre-left Socialist Party.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, leader of the centre-right Popular Party elected late last year, has said he prefers civil unions instead of marriages. His party has challenged the law in the constitutional Court.

Full Story from Canada.com

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Cuba: Gays Demand Rights Before Pride Celebration

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

Cuba Gay RightsThree days before the Pride celebration in Cuba, gay activists presented demands for rights to lawmakers and held a kiss-in demonstration in Havana.

El Nuevo Herald reports on the events that took place Thursday in preparation for the second annual Pride march. Some 50 people, including gay rights activists and dissidents, delivered a petition to the National Assembly of People’s Power calling on the government to comply with international human rights agreements it has signed.

In addition to calls for the government to investigate employment discrimination claims, “The petition also calls on lawmakers to launch an investigation of the Military Units to Aid Production, or UMAPs — hard-labor camps created by Fidel Castro during the 1960s to detain homosexuals and government critics — and requests trials for government officials responsible for the camps,” the Herald reports.

Full Story from The Advocate

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Maryland, USA: Pride Parade Rallies Supporters of Marriage Equality Law

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

Maryland, USA: Pride Parade Rallies Supporters of Marriage Equality LawThe Baltimore Pride Festival was as much political rally as it was party Sunday, with supporters of same-sex marriage galvanizing a base of thousands to attempt to win a looming ballot fight.

Dozens of volunteers for both the Marylanders for Marriage Equality coalition and President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign spread throughout Druid Hill Park on the final day of Baltimore Pride — the annual celebration of the city’s gay and lesbian community — passing out stickers, selling T-shirts, registering voters and enlisting supporters. Their promotional materials were nearly ubiquitous.

“This is about people’s lives,” said Kevin Nix, a marriage equality coalition spokesman. “It’s about people getting married and protecting their kids.”

Full Story from The Baltimore Sun

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Maine, USA: Southern Maine Pride Plugs Marriage Equality

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

The Southern Maine Pride Parade and Festival on Saturday featured major plugs for this fall’s referendum on gay marriage.

Nearly every one of the more than hundreds of marchers making up 50 groups and floats carried banners and posters in support of the November vote. If passed, the vote would make Maine the first state in the nation to pass a popular referendum to make gay marriage legal. Volunteers from Mainers United for Marriage combed the crowds for donations.

“The voters are just as important as the donations,” said volunteer Jaclyn Ashla of Gorham. The colorful parade, in its 26th year, left Monument Square at 12:30 p.m. and took close to an hour to travel up Congress Street, down High Street and into Deering Oaks park for the festival.

Full Story from the kennebec Jopurnal

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