Where to Eat, Sleep & Play During D.C.’s Equality March

On June 11, 2017, the Equality March will mobilize LGBTQ+ communities and our allies to affirm and protect our rights, our safety and our full humanity.

 

Over the past few years, Washington, D.C., has become much more than a staid political town. In 2017, the city even received its first Michelin Red Guide, effectively anointing the destination as a culinary capital as well. This June, head there for the Pride March, dropping anchor in Dupont Circle, the city’s historic gay center, before fanning out east toward the 14th Street Corridor, Logan Circle, and Shaw, then north to discover Adams Morgan and Petworth. Here, we break down the essential stops.

 

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Tail Up Goat: The restaurant’s trio of owners spent years working at local favorites like Little Serow and Komi before opening this now-Michelin-starred neighborhood haunt. Shareable dishes like fatty grilled lamb ribs and house-made pici pasta in a short-rib ragu practically scream for bottles of Old World wine. (TailUpGoat.com)

 

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Trump ignores Pride Month, supports ‘National Homeownership Month’ instead

Trump pledged to support the LGBT+ community in the aftermath of the mass shooting in Orlando last year.

 

Donald Trump’s White House has declined to issue a proclamation in recognition of Pride Month.

Pride Month takes place every June to commemorate the struggles and accomplishments of LGBT+ people the world over.

Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama issued a proclamation for Pride Month during every year of his presidency, but Trump has so far not made any mention of Pride Month.

The White House website lists five proclamations for June:“National Homeownership Month,” “African-American Music Appreciation Month,” “National Caribbean-American Heritage Month,” “National Ocean Month,” and “Great Outdoors Month.” Those last two are particularly ironic considering Trump’s decision to remove the US from the 2016 Paris Agreement to tackle climate change.

Trump pledged to support the LGBT+ community in the aftermath of the mass shooting in Orlando last year, but since his election he has taken a series of steps to remove protections for LGBT+ Americans.

 

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Atlanta Gay Guide: Entertainers Ready to Perform this Weekend

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Pride Weekend is set to indulge every festival goer in the queer village with a high-energy, fierce line up of some of the music industry’s biggest names and iconic legends.
The diverse slate of headliners will have Piedmont Park booming and rocking all weekend long. Atlanta celebrates Pride, National Coming Out Day and all of LGBT Atlanta with daytime activities jam-packed with performances, marches, special programming, and even a few new gems sure to be an annual tradition for years to come.
Check out some of the highlights for this year’s Pride-by-day park festivities.

A Great Big World
New Yorkers Ian Axel and Chad King have pushed the bounds of mainstream music since their debut EP in 2012. Their first single “This is the New Year” broke the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 and was performed by the cast of Glee. Yet it was their inspirational, international hit “Say Something,” a duet collaboration with Christina Aguilera, that cemented their pop-rock status. Returning to Pride this year, the gay-straight “Hold Each Other” crooners will belt out their campaigned message of tolerance and love sure to wash over you from head to toe. A Great Big World plays the Coca-Cola stage on Saturday evening.

Rachel Platten
She’s been in the game for years, but it wasn’t until her breakout anthem “Fight Song” hit the airwaves that this pop sensation skyrocketed to a household name pedestal. The self-affirmation track stylistically runs in the vein of Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift and has cracked the Top 10 around the globe and of course, every gay boy’s workout playlist. Rachel Platten follows A Great Big World on Atlanta Pride’s Coke Stage Saturday, Oct. 10.

R. City
Brothers A.I. and Uptown AP are a musical force with their hands in some of the decade’s biggest singles. Their production fingerprints are on Sean Kingston’s “Take You There,” Miley’s molly lovin’ “We Can’t Stop,” and even Rihanna’s “Pour It Up.” Their latest collab with Adam Levine, “Locked Away,” soared to No. 1 on Billboard’s Pop Song radio airplay chart. R. City rocks the Coca-Cola Stage on Saturday afternoon in Piedmont Park’s Meadow before A Great Big World.

Sister Sledge
Legendary pop group Sister Sledge will be letting us all know, “We Are Family,” sashaying and singing to close out Pride Saturday Night. Any respectable gay will be front and center, getting down with the fearsome foursome and “all their sisters and me,” a fitting finale for a diabolical lineup like no other. Sister Sledge closes out Atlanta Pride’s Saturday night lineup on the Coca-Cola stage.

Bear Dance and Queer Your Gender Dance Parties
DJ Robert Ansley brings the hottest gay house music to the Bud Light Stage to celebrate post-parade on Sunday. This new event for Atlanta Pride hopes to start an annual tradition. The Queer Your Gender Dance Party, organized by the Dyke and Trans Marches, is free for all ages and all comers with DJ Canvas on Saturday. Bear Dance is set for Sunday, Oct. 12, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. under the Piedmont Park Pavillion. The Queer Your Gender Dance goes down in the same venue on Saturday, Oct. 11, 6:45 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Atlanta Dyke March & Atlanta Trans March
The Dyke March combines an atmosphere of inclusion and community for “all women loving women (trans-inclusive) of any race, culture, orientation, ability, health, socioeconomic level, family structure, faith, or age.” Allies of every stripe are also encouraged to join the step-off in the name of Pride. Saturday, Oct. 10. Assembly begins at the Charles Allen Gate at 5:30 p.m. and the March kicks off at 6 p.m.
The Trans March celebrates and encourages visibility of the transgender community. All Trans people and Trans allies are welcome to participate. Everyone is encouraged to make and bring signs. Saturday, October 10, 1:45 p.m. Assembly begins at 1:15 p.m. at the Charles Allen Gate.

Atlanta Pride Parade
The most highly anticipated part of any year, Atlanta Pride’s signature event steps down Peachtree and turns onto 10th Street toward the park with hundreds of floats and marchers showing their bright, shiny LGBT love to the world. Keep an eye out for David Atlanta’s entry starring local lovely Violet Chachki and a float full of cuties passing out limited-edition Violet fans. The Atlanta Pride Parade steps off on Sunday, Oct. 11 at 1 p.m. from the Civic Center MARTA Station.

How Boston has been celebrating LGBT pride for 45 years

The first Boston gay pride parade was in 1971. Forty-five years and hundreds of thousands of people later, the celebration still takes over the city every June.



Dick Bourbeau in his South End home.

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“Someone said they’d take me to a gay bar, and I said, ‘Gay bar, what’s that?’” said Dick Bourbeau, recounting his first year in Boston. “They explained it’s a bar where all the customers are gay and I said ‘You’ve got to be kidding me.’”
It was 1970. Bourbeau had just gotten out from a four-year tour with the U.S. Army Security Agency. He went to that bar, and soon became involved in the city’s gay scene. In 1973, he marched in Boston’s third Pride Parade. He hasn’t missed one since.

Bourbeau’s first parade was the first to turn down Charles Street, and he clearly remembers seeing people hanging out their windows and leaning over their roof decks cheering. He didn’t know Beacon Hill was so gay-friendly then.

“It was wild,” Bourbeau said. “I’ve never seen anything like that.”
That support was a far cry from his Army days, where he had to hide his sexuality for fear of receiving a dishonorable discharge.
“That would ruin your life,” he said.
“They explained it’s a bar where all the customers are gay and I said ‘You’ve got to be kidding me.’”
He would wake up hours before his fellow soldiers to shower alone as a way to avoid any embarrassment in the group showers. After the Army, Bourbeau knew he didn’t want to go back to Connecticut; his dad was strongly homophobic. Boston became a safe haven, but even here, in later years, Bourbeau said he had to worry about under cover policemen who would try to entrap gay men in the Boston Public Library bathrooms.
Forty-five years later, he considers Boston his “little niche” and is still showing his pride. This year marks the 45th anniversary of the Boston Pride Parade, and Bourbeau will be there representing the Boston Prime Timers, a “brotherhood of mature gay men,” for which he is an honorary board member and club historian.
“It’s something I look forward to because it’s a very visual bringing together of the community,” Bourbeau said.

“People generally think that we’re about 10 percent of the population—the gay community—but I happen to believe we’re bigger than that.”

Bourbeau admitted that you can’t tell the LGBT population based on parade attendance—many people in the crowd might just be allies—but the parade itself proves that the community demands to be seen.
About 300 people attended the first march in 1971, according to Libby Bouvier, an archiver and board member for the Boston-based LGBT History Project. This year’s Pride Guide, a magazine published by Boston Pride, estimated the 2014 parade as having 25,000 marchers, 150,000 guests, and 400,000 spectators.

The ‘71 event was explicitly political: marchers singled out four locations around the city as platforms to read off their demands. Starting at Jacque’s, a legendary drag bar in the Bay Village, the community raised concerns over the club’s issues with misogyny and treatment toward lesbian patrons.
At Berkeley and Stanhope streets, where Boston police headquarters was previously located, marchers demanded the police provide protection, rather than harassment, in areas surrounding gay bars.
The State House was next, and marchers called for the repeal of laws against sodomy and to enact laws to end discrimination. Last was St. Paul’s Cathedral, which served as a symbol at which to denounce the religious persecution of homosexuals.
Those first few hundred marchers “were people who felt comfortable or able or willing to participate in a public event such as the pride rally,” Bouvier said. “To carry signs and to be with their people who may have been ‘more out.’”

“We always try to capture that Pride is a celebration, but it’s also a concentration of rights.”

Now, Pride is a week of festivities that ends in a huge parade full of floats, vivid costumes, and seemingly endless entertainment. City Councillor Ayanna Pressley tweeted that this year’s pride is “history in the making:” 230 groups are present for 50 events over 10 days.
“It’s interesting because we always try to capture that Pride is a celebration, but it’s also a concentration of rights,” said Sylvain Bruni, president of Boston Pride. “It’s a celebration of who we are out there but also being wicked proud at being physical–still marching, still political, still showing elected officials and decision makers that we’re here and asking for full equality.”
Pride is universal, but this year’s “Wicked Proud” parade theme is inherently Boston. Bruni’s first Pride was in 2004, when the parade coincided with the Commonwealth legalizing same-sex marriage. He came from France to study at MIT, and now, serving as Pride’s president since 2013, he’s become closely tied to both the city and the celebration.
“During the parade, between all of the chaos that’s happening in the background, I always try to take five minutes and watch the crowd,” Bruni said. “To me, that moment is very powerful and emotional.”
Bruni knows the first Pride parade someone attends can change their life. It did for him. Even after 45 years of parades, he said “it’s always someone’s first Pride.”


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Pride Portland: Parade and Festival Information

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Pride Portland ― Parade Theme: “one world one love one family”

Event Detail pages

Forms & Downloads

Registration

  • No registrations will be accepted after June 10, 2015
  • Registrations are not allowed on the day of the event

Pricing

Festival Registration ONLY
  • Non-profit, Non-vendor $60.00
  • Non-profit, vendor $105.00
  • Non-vendor $80.00
  • Merchandise vendor $130.00
  • F&B vendor with Portland FSL $160.00
  • F&B vendor w/out Portland FSL $230.00
Parade Registration Only
  • Non-profit group with float $90.00
  • Non-profit group with vehicle $70.00
  • Non-profit walking group $50.00
  • Group with float $100.00
  • Group with vehicle $75.00
  • Walking group $60.00


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10 Pride Festivals You’ve Never Been To, But Should

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NEWNOWNEXT ― Sure, we all know about Pride in places like New York, London, Chicago, Sydney And L.A.. But what about those Pride Month celebrations that are a little off-the-beaten path?
We’ve rounded up 10 that might not be on your radar, but should be. Each offers something super-special—and super-gay!


1. Portland, Oregon

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June 9 to 14, 2015

Pride Northwest, as one local told us, “is a little bit of everything”—including a nighttime Pride Glow Run, the Trans Rally, Dyke March and a Pride parade with Gov. Kate Brown as Grand Marshall.  Music acts include Martha Wash, Big Dipper and Doug Locke.


2. Shanghai, China

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China’s longest-running gay event, ShanghaiPRIDE, opens with a 6km city run passing through Shanghai’s iconic sites. The weeklong celebration also includes bike rides, art exhibits, film screening, panels and a performance of the Vagina Monologues.


3. Riga, Latvia

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June 15 to 21, 2015

Despite efforts by officials to ban it, Riga, the capital and largest city in Latvia, hosts EuroPride this year. Turpināt karalienes!(That’s “carry on queens” in Latvian)


4. Sitges, Spain

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June 18 to 22, 2015

If Barcelona’s bang is too big for your buck, then hop on the train for a 40-minute ride to Sitges. Last year, 45,000 folks flocked to this quaint Mediterranean city for a beachfront Pride like no other. Highlights include an underwear party, a 5pm Pride parade, a masked ball and tribute acts honoring Beyonce, ABBA, Queen and the Spice Girls.


5. Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
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June 25 to 28, 2015

Lily Tomlin is back in headlines with the success of her new Netflix series, Gracie and Frankie. But she’s also headlining Twin Cities Pride, kicking off the four-day celebration. Also performing that weekend are Deborah Cox and Peaches. Need we say more?


6. St. Petersburg, Florida
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June 24 to 28, 2015

St. Petersburg Pride, Florida’s largest, is a vibrant festival featuring art, music and performances of all kind. Highlights include the Pride parade, a lively spectacle that runs right through the heart of the gayborhood, St. Petersburg’s Grand Central District.
And you don’t have to endure the harsh sun: The procession begins at sunset on Saturday, June 27.


7. Manila, Philippines

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June 27, 2015

Metro Manila Pride, the first in Southeast Asia, is an annual community-driven celebration. Smaller in size, the event is headed up by Task Force Pride, a local group of passionate activists. This year’s parade theme is Fight For Love.


8. Amsterdam, HollandAmsterdam_PrideJuly 25 to August 2, 2015

The only pride parade where the floats actually float, this unique procession takes place on Amsterdam’s famous canals.


9. Austin, Texas

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August 22 to 30, 2015

This year, Austin Pride celebrate its 25th anniversary. Details have yet to be announced, but last year’s theme was The Wizard of Oz. There’s no place like homo!


10. Savannah, Georgia

September 12, 2015
Just because summer’s over doesn’t mean Pride is: This Southern city celebrates the LGBT community in the fall at pristine Forsythe Park, with a family friendly festival featuring local entertainers, food, vendors, carnival games and more. All for just $5.


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Gay Boston Event: Boston Pride Hosts Annual Block Parties in Back Bay and Jamaica Plain

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Boston Pride  45th Anniversary-#WickedProud Week Ends with Thousands of Party-Goers in Back Bay and JP
Boston Pride will host block parties in the Back Bay and Jamaica Plain on Sunday, June 14th in celebration of the 45th Anniversary- #WickedProud Pride Week. The Back Bay Party is from noon to 8pm, at St. James Ave. between Arlington Street and Berkeley Street. In Jamaica Plain, Boston Pride is teaming up again with Dyke Night Productions for the JP block party from 2pm to 8pm on Perkins Street.

“Boston Pride will end our 45th Anniversary Pride Week with a bang with our two annual block parties in the Back Bay and Jamaica Plain,” said Sylvain Bruni, President of Boston Pride. “We have an incredible lineup of entertainment at both parties as we celebrate Pride in Boston’s neighborhoods. We thank the community for its continued support and participation!”
“Dyke Night Productions is thrilled to partner with Boston Pride again this year- especially in celebration of its 45th Anniversary,” said Kristen Porter, founder of Dyke Night Productions. “This year, the JP Block Party will have live music, and of course, Divas, Dogs and Drag Show and Adoption event where our community has shown overwhelming compassion in helping to find homes for rescue dogs.”

The Back Bay Block Party will feature entertainment headlined by EDM sensation DJ Tatiana, will open with DJ Andrea Stamas, include a special performance by American Idol and The Voice alumna singer Frenchie Davis, food, and a cash bar! Tickets for this year’s block party are $15, with $5 going toward the Boston Pride Community Fund. Tickets can be purchased online to avoid the line at the front door.
This year’s Jamaica Plain Block Party will kick off with live music, face painting, food and cash bar. Crys Matthews & Triana Wilson Acoustic Showcase will then perform, leading up to the Divas, Dogs, and Drag Show featuring rescue dogs who are available for adoption. During the show there will also be drag king and queen performances with emcee Sapphira Cristal and headliner Lakia Mondale. Boston’s own DJ LeahV will take over and electrify the stage until closing! There will be a $10 suggested donation at the door before 5pm, and a $15 suggested donation after 5pm, with $5 going toward the Boston Pride Community Fund.

Both Block Parties will take place rain or shine. More information and details for Boston Pride’s 2015 Pride Week can be found at www.bostonpride.org


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Gay Seattle Event: Pride ASIA presents RICE BALL 2015


Seattle Gay News ― The committee of dedicated community members on the board of Pride ASIA, producers of the annual Pride ASIA celebration at Seattle’s Hing Hay Park in the International District, have scheduled their biggest fundraising event of the year, ‘Rice Ball: A Taste of Asia’ for Saturday, May 9, 6 p.m. doors, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. show and dim sum dinner at Neighbours Nightclub (1509 Broadway).
Hosted by Pride ASIA Founder, Aleksa Manila with special performances by Miss Neighbours 2013/14 Anastasia Beaverhausen, International Cabaret Sensation Arnaldo! Drag Chanteuse, Miss UTOPIA 2014 Atasha Manila, Pride Idol Chase Silva, Performance Artist Kince, Miss Neighbours 2012/13 Lady Sahara, Miss UTOPIA 2014/15 Layla Manila, Spoken Word Artist Nic Masangkay, Drag Entertainer Whispurr Majesty, Singer/Director Yee-shin Huang and more, Rice Ball 2015 promises to be an evening of blockbuster entertainment.

‘This is a very special evening full of amazing performances to feast the senses and celebrate the Queer API story,’ said Aleksa Manila.

Tickets are $15 presale at www.riceball2015.brownpapertickets.com or $20 at the door. Price includes entry and dim sum. Proceeds benefit Pride ASIA, a free, all ages Queer and Asian pride celebration June 20 from noon to 4 p.m. at Hing Hay Park (S. King St. & Maynard Ave. S.) Seattle. To RSVP go to

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1470563 or the event’s official Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1411318395844639/.

Founded in 2012, Pride ASIA’s mission is to celebrate, empower and nurture the multi-cultural diversity of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Ally communities through the Asian-Pacific Islander American lens. For more info, please visit www.PrideASIA.org.

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