June 30, 2014

Gay Pride Monday: This Week’s Top Three Gay News Stories

Sunday's Gay LGBT Pride Parade included the San Francisco Lesbian Gay Freedom Band and Apple, Inc. employees

By Roy Steele

1. GAY LGBT PRIDE - The Morning After In San Francisco


Civic Center Station crowds in the stairwell
San Francisco, California --- Getting around San Francisco can be hard during the best of times. When you add Google I/O, and Gay PRIDE to the mix, forget it. Getting around the city has been a nightmare.
I don’t hang out in bars and clubs, and I try to avoid big events, because I have an aversion to raucous crowds, and I hate the pushing and shoving, and endless search for a familiar face in a sea of strangers.
When nearly two million people descend on your city for a celebration of epic proportions, the last thing you want to do is dive into the middle of it.
Yet that’s exactly what I did, and it was breast-tacular!

June 28, 2014

TV Talk: Critics’ Awards Go To Fargo and Orange Is The New Black

Orange Is The New Black cast members accepting the Best Comedy Series Award.

THREE GAY CHEERS for Jim Parsons, Matt Bomer, Andre Braugher, Laverne Cox, and RuPaul

Los Angeles, California - The Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) handed out their Critics’ Choice awards for the 2013 - 2014 television season last week, and the Netflix hit dramedy series Orange Is The New Black,  and the FX crime drama Fargo,  were the big winners of the night, receiving three awards each.

Allison Janney was honored twice. She won an award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, for the CBS sitcom Mom, and for Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series, for Showtime’s Masters of Sex.

June 24, 2014

LGBTQ Pride Preview: Seattle

Seattle Gay Pride Guide 2014

Pride Guide: LGBT Gay PRIDE Celebration - Seattle - June 26 to June 29, 2014
Seattle Gay Pride Logo
Producer: Seattle PRIDE
Theme: Generations of Pride
Seattle PRIDE welcomes the entire Seattle community and region for the Seattle Pride Parade, presented by T-Mobile and BECU, on June 29 at 11:00am along 4th Avenue, downtown.
Celebrating 40 Years of Seattle Pride, this year’s parade promises to be the best yet, with a long list of prominent community members and organizations participating in this year’s celebration. This year’s parade theme, Generations of Pride, aims to celebrate the history of the Northwest's LGBT rights movement and advance the ongoing progress the LGBT community has made since first coming out in 1974, the year of the inaugural Seattle Pride celebration.

LGBTQ Pride Preview: San Francisco

San Francisco Gay Pride Guide

Pride Guide: LGBT Gay PRIDE Celebration - San Francisco - June 25 to June 29, 2014
The 44th Anniversary of San Francisco Pride
Producer: San Francisco Pride
Theme: Color Our World With Pride

San Francisco Pride has been said to be "one of the last remaining pride events that can truly be called a rite of passage."
The SF Pride Celebration will be held over the weekend of June 28 and 29, 2014, in downtown San Francisco in Civic Center at the foot of San Francisco's historic City Hall where Harvey Milk once stood and addressed Pride-goers more than thirty years ago.

LGBTQ Gay Pride Preview: New York City

New York City Gay Pride Guide 2014


Pride Guide: LGBT Gay PRIDE Celebration - New York City - June 27 to June 29, 2014
New York City Pride Logo
Tagline: “Yesterday’s Struggle is Today’s Heritage”
Theme: “We have won when we’re one.”

In a historic first, New York-area Boy Scouts will be among the groups leading 14,000 people down Manhattan's 5th Avenue on Sunday at the 44th Annual NYC Pride March, where they will speak out against the Boy Scouts of America's discriminatory ban on gay adults.

LGBTQ Gay Pride Preview: Chicago

Chicago Gay Pride Guide 2014

Pride Guide: LGBT Gay PRIDE Celebration - Chicago - June 27 to June 29, 2014
Chicgo Pride Logo
Producer: Chicago Pride GLBT Committee
Theme: Generations Of Pride

Historically, in the 1970's and 1980's, Pride events were concentrated during "Pride Week" in Chicago, as well as other cities nationwide. However, as the communities grew, there was a realization both locally, and nationally, that Chicago Pride Week needed to be expanded to "Pride Month" in order to accommodate the abundance of events. Spacing events over an entire month allows potential participants the choice of selecting events that they want to attend at their leisure.

LGBTQ Gay Pride Preview: Twin Cities

Twin Cities Gay Pride Guide 2014
Pride Guide: LGBT Gay PRIDE Celebration - Minneapolis and St. Paul - June 26 to June 29, 2014

Producer: Twin Cities Pride
Theme: Free To Be

Margaret Cho brings her trademark raunchy, socially relevant, and politically-charged comedy to Orchestra Hall, kicking off the official four-day Twin Cities Pride Celebration weekend. The show is intended for Mature Audiences only.

June 23, 2014

LGBT GAY PRIDE: Even Vladimir Putin Would Be Welcomed

LGBT Gay Pride Festival Nashville, Tennessee June 14, 2014.

Two weeks ago I was reading someone’s blog post about gay pride and being “politically correct.” [bold emphasis my own]

I believe this nation has had all it can stand where political correctness is concerned.

Correctness? Who came up with that one anyway?

Do you want to know what it was that got me started on this tirade?

Tonight, in my hometown, there’s a Capital Pride Parade.

The “Capital Pride Parade” the writer mentions is in Des Moines, Iowa, and the parade disrupted his evening commute home, which caused him to have a tirade about the event, LGBT people, and gay pride.

Can you imagine a PRIDE parade igniting a tirade in someone? While I’m not a psychiatrist or psychologist, I think his comment would suggest that this man has more issues than just a “gay pride” parade.

Regardless, the comment also highlights that in spite of our success in courtrooms and the political arena, we have lots of work to do. That’s why it’s important for OUR community, or the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities where we live, to come out and support the annual PRIDE Parades and Festivals that organizers work so hard to produce year after year.

I said that “we connect with our friends, our neighbors, our families, our allies, and our acquaintances, to celebrate our LGBT community. This exercise gives us a very public platform to remind the world that we’re here, and we’re not going anywhere.”

LGBT Gay Pride Parade in Paradise - Key West.
What I didn’t write about is the fact that most of the PRIDE celebrations wouldn’t succeed without the support of the entire community, which includes local government and infrastructure, including police, fire, and emergency services personnel.

It’s a collaborative effort between straight and LGBT people alike, that produce these celebrations, we’ve come to know as PRIDE. And there’s a nationwide trend in every city across the country, to make each event more family friendly.

What I’ve come to realize is that these public events aren’t just for us, they are for everyone in our community.

Writer Veronica Valli wrote an excellent blog post about TexAss governor Rick Perry and his ignorant remarks equating alcoholism and homosexuality, and I encourage everyone to read it. [CLICK HERE] She said:

I don’t want to get into a liberal/conservative argument here, but by doing a little Google research it’s evident that alcoholism is in fact a disease and homosexuality is an innate sexual preference.

Neither alcoholism or homosexuality is a ‘choice.’

I was thinking about this when I happened to be in Nashville last weekend. It was their annual gay pride celebration so my husband and I decided to go along. It was a very family friendly event and along with our 2-year-old we had a blast.

Veronica and her family had a blast! Kudos to Nashville PRIDE for producing what looks and sounds like a fantastic event.

We often live in our segregated LGBT world, and “straight” America doesn’t understand or comprehend what PRIDE means, and some find it a threat. If they’d open their eyes and actually look and see, they’d find a small minority community celebrating love with a raucous parade. They would discover a family friendly community festival, with food and drinks and music and local organizations, attended by their friends and neighbors.

Whether you have gaydar or not, you are welcome at every gay PRIDE parade and festival in the country. Even Vladimir Putin would be welcomed (in fact, he needs to go).

I assure you that you’ll cheer, laugh, applaud, and perhaps sneer, and at some point you might find yourself shedding a tear.

It’s those pesky feelings we have that make humans unique, which is why I implore everyone to go take a peek.

GAY LGBT PRIDE PHOTO GALLERIES


Brooklyn LGBT Gay Pride Parade June 14, 2014.
Unless you are on a small screen mobile device, when you’re looking at a PRIDE photo gallery on the pages following this blog post, click on the full screen icon in the upper right hand corner, for the best view and optimum size.

I wanted to post these photo galleries so that everyone could see them, straight and gay alike. 

The PRIDE Photo Galleries are curated from Flickr and Instagram photos of various PRIDE celebrations and parades around the country. 

I know that photos and videos consume a tremendous amount of bandwidth, and that’s why I created separate html5 PRIDE photo galleries for each city, because it cuts down on the load time for each page.

If someone sees a photo of theirs that they want taken down, please contact me and I will honor your request.

I want to extend a special thanks to Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, for allowing me to use some of their photos of Boston PRIDE. I also want to thank photographer Patrick Lentz of Patrick Lentz Photography and Design, for giving me permission to use his PRIDE photos.

Happy PRIDE month! And don’t forget to LIVE OUT LOUD.

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June 21, 2014

Gay LGBT Pride Photo Gallery: Nashville 2014

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