Gay Pride Events 2020

Whether you enjoy going to regular pride events or this is your first time, here’s a list of UK gay pride events throughout 2020 to add to your calendar!

January

31stWinter Pride

February

21st – 23rdStudent Pride

March

April

25thHampshire Pride

25th – 26th Bury Pride

May

2ndSwansea Pride

2ndExeter Pride

23rd-24thBirmingham Pride

30thNorthumberland Pride

30thOxford Pride

June

5th – 6thBlackpool Pride

6th – 7thBradford Pride

6thYork Pride

6thEastleigh Pride

13th-14thCoventry Pride

13thEdinburgh Pride

13thColchester Pride

13thSalisbury Pride

20thEssex Pride

27thDublin Pride

20thExmouth Pride

20thThe Pink Picnic (Salford Pride)

20thPride in the Park (Crewe)

27thPride in London

July

4th Fife Pride

11thBristol Pride

11thWorthing Pride

10th-12thSparkle Weekend (Manchester)

14thBarnsley Pride

17th – 19th – Northern Pride (Newcastle)

18thCroydon Pride

18thEastbourne Pride

18thSouthend Pride

18th-19thWeston-Super-Mare Pride

19thChesterfield Pride

20thHappy Valley Pride (Hebden Bridge)

25thPride in Hull

25thNorwich Pride

25thWest Lothian Pride

26thStockport Pride

August

1st – 2nd  – Brighton Pride

2ndLeeds Pride

8thChester Pride

8thPride in Surrey

8thSwindon & Wiltshire Pride

8thMargate Pride

8thWigan Pride

8thDoncaster Pride

9thWakefield Pride

15thTunbridge Wells Pride

22ndWarwickshire Pride

22ndHerts Pride

28th – 31stManchester Pride

28th – 30thPride Cymru

29thCornwall Pride

29thFoyle Pride

September

5thReading Pride

5thBasildon Pride

5thDerby Pride

5thTotnes Pride

12thMilton Keynes Pride

12thPride in Gloucestershire

19thWorcestershire Pride

26thCumbria Pride

October

November

December

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Gay Pride Events 2017

Full list of UK Gay pride events for 2017 to add to your calendar!

January

February

24th-26th Student Pride

25th Hampshire Pride

March

April

24th-30th Digital Pride

May

13th Exeter Pride

27th-28th Birmingham Pride

27th Flintshire Pride

30th Durham Pride

June

3rd Oxford Pride

9th-11th Blackpool Pride

10th Canterbury Pride

10th-11th Coventry Pride

10th York Pride

24th Dublin Pride

24th Essex Pride

30th-2nd July Bourne Free Pride Festival (Bournemouth)

July

1st Exmouth Pride

7th-9th Sparkle – The National Transgender Celebration (Manchester)

8th London Pride

8th Bristol Pride

15th Rotherham Pride

21st-23rd Newcastle Pride

22nd Eastbourne Pride

22nd Hull Pride

26th-30th Queer Spirit

29th-30th Liverpool Pride

29th Sheffield Pride

29th Norwich Pride

29th Weston Super Mare Pride

29th Hereford Pride

28th-6th August Belfast Pride

 

August

4th-6th Brighton Pride

5th – Burnley Pride

5th-6th Leeds Pride

10th-13th Bicon

12th Plymouth Pride

19th Chester Pride

19th Warwickshire Pride

19th Doncaster Pride

25th Manchester Pride

25th-27th Pride Cymru

26th Southampton Pride

September

2nd Totnes Pride

2nd Herts Pride

2nd Reading Pride

22nd The Big Gay Weekender (Pontins, Camber Sands)

October

6th-9th UK Leather Pride (Bristol)

November

  

December

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Twitter faces possible lawsuit over trending anti-gay hashtags

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Twitter faces possible lawsuit over trending anti-gay hashtags:

A French gay rights group says it plans to file a law suit against twitter for violating the country’s hate speech laws following the emergence of the hashtag “#GaysMustDie,” which topped Twitter’s “trending topics” over the weekend.

“This is a completely blatant call for the death and murder of gay people. It is totally unacceptable,” Alexandre Marcel from IDAHO.

“We support free expression, and we understand that there are some people who simply don’t like gay people, but this is a call for the extermination of the gay community,” “Twitter hasn’t deleted a single homophobic tweet, nor removed a single homophobic hashtag from its list of most popular trending terms.” he added.

The report added that another hashtag, #TeamHomophobes also appeared over the weekend and on Monday, the hashtag #BrulonsLesGaysSurDu (“Let’s burn gay people)” also appeared to be gaining momentum on the site. Twitter has yet to respond to this latest debacle.

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Gay marriage bill: Lords to debate ‘wrecking amendment’

A “wrecking amendment” which seeks to derail the gay marriage bill will be debated in the House of Lords later.

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales would allow couples, who can currently form civil partnerships, to marry. Religious organisations would have to “opt in” to offering weddings, with the Church of England and Church in Wales being banned in law from doing so.

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Ministers believe that allowing same-sex couples to marry will strengthen marriage as an institution.

Last week, former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey warned same-sex marriage would set a “dangerous precedent” which could lead to sibling marriage or polygamy. In an article for think tank Civitas, he said did not want to be “alarmist”, but said it could logically be extended to “say, two sisters bringing up children together” or “multiple relationships, such as two women and one man”.

“Ultimately, the proposed legalisation of same-sex marriage represents a paradigm shift in our understanding of marriage,” he said.

Mr Cameron hopes the bill will become law soon and that the first ceremonies can take place by next summer.

The Scottish government has confirmed it will introduce a bill shortly to allow same-sex marriage.

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Splits expected as MPs prepare to debate gay marriage

Splits expected as MPs prepare to debate gay marriage;

Plans to legalise same-sex marriage in England and Wales return to the Commons later, amid continuing opposition from some Conservative activists and MPs.

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The Marriage Bill was approved by a 225-vote majority when it was last debated by MPs in February, but nearly half of all Tories voted against it and many party activists remain deeply opposed to it in principle. Some critics have tabled an amendment saying heterosexual couples should be able to have civil partnerships.

But ministers call this a “complicated distraction” which may delay the bill.

David Cameron has said the bill would help build a stronger and fairer society, and the bill also has the backing of the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Labour Leader Ed Miliband.

Far from being a wrecking measure, some of the strongest support for my amendment to extend civil partnerships comes from the biggest supporters of same-sex marriage in the Labour and Lib Dem parties” – Tim Loughton MP

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NBA player Jason Collins comes out as gay

NBA player Jason Collins comes out as gay, the first active male athlete in a major American professional team sport to do so.

 He announced “I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.”

jasonPresident Barack Obama and the sportswear company ‘Nike’ were 2 among many of those expressing public support towards Jason’s news. On Monday, Mr Obama, who last year announced his support for gay marriage, called Collins to tell him he was impressed with his courage and offer his support, the White House said.

His daughter, Chelsea, who knew Collins when they were both students at California’s Stanford University, tweeted: “Very proud of my friend Jason Collins for having the strength and courage to be the first openly gay player in the NBA.”

In the Sports Illustrated article, Collins, who has most recently played for the Washington Wizards and the Boston Celtics, said:

“I didn’t set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I’m happy to start the conversation. I wish I wasn’t the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, ‘I’m different.’ If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I’m raising my hand.”

Collins, who has played 11 seasons in the NBA with six teams and is not currently attached to a team, said he had tried to suppress his feelings through relationships with women.

“When I was younger I dated women. I even got engaged,” he said. “I thought I had to live a certain way. I thought I needed to marry a woman and raise kids with her. I kept telling myself the sky was red, but I always knew it was blue.”

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New Zealand legalises same-sex marriage!

New Zealand’s parliament has legalised same-sex marriage, the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to do so.

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Despite opposition from Christian lobby groups, lawmakers have approved the bill, amending the 1995 marriage act! The bill passed with a huge majority, 77 votes in favour compared to the 44 votes against. Hundreds of gay rights advocates celebrated outside parliament after the bill was passed, they called it a milestone for equality. (The image above shows people gathering in bars and clubs to celebrate the results.)

People watching from the public gallery and some lawmakers immediately broke into song, singing the New Zealand love song “Pokarekare Ana”, AP news agency reported.

Labour MP Louisa Wall, who introduced the legislation, said. – “In our society, the meaning of marriage is universal – it’s a declaration of love and commitment to a special person.” “Nothing could make me more proud to be a New Zealander than passing this bill,” she added.

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