Days after U.S. Supreme Court decision a jubilant SF Gay Pride parade marches with sense of unprecedented, historic joy – San Jose Mercury News

SAN FRANCISCO — On the steps of the same city hall where California’s first openly gay politician was once gunned down, an estimated million-strong gathering rocked to red-robed gospel singers belting out “Oh Happy Day” in the now legendary birthplace of the LGBT marriage movement, celebrating the miraculous march of history.

The crowd at the 45th annual SF Pride Celebration and Parade was notably young, confident and still a bit stunned about Friday’s momentous U.S. Supreme Court ruling that brought along a jubilance most could have never imagined. The once-in-a-lifetime significance of this march, on this day, in this city, swelled the crowds and the hearts united in a chant of “Love Wins!”

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Americans exude joy on Gay Pride Day after court ruling

Americans marked Gay Pride Day this year with an extra measure of gusto, turning out en masse at Sunday’s festivities in New York and other cities to celebrate the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across the country.

Two days after the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the U.S. Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry, Governor Andrew Cuomo kicked off the New York City celebration by officiating at the marriage of two men outside of the Stonewall Inn, a Greenwich Village bar that is considered the birthplace of the U.S. gay rights movement.

“I want you to know I’m a little nervous today – it’s my first marriage,” Cuomo joked before marrying a couple in front of a crowd of several dozen onlookers

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New Yorkers mob Gay Pride Parade just days after DOMA’s toss by Supreme Court – NY Daily News

Gays wore their rainbow colors with extra pride Sunday, strutting and dancing down New York’s Fifth Ave. — this time with an extra dose of equality.

The city’s 44th annual Gay Pride Parade was like no other as 84-year-old Edith Windsor led the way — just four days after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a key part of the antigay Defense of Marriage Act.

PHOTOS: NEW YORK CITY GAY PRIDE PARADE 2013

“I don’t know how to describe it. It’s everything. Everything is different,” said Windsor, the parade’s grand marshal and the principal plaintiff in the historic high court case.

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Gay Pride Day Parades Across the U.S. Have Special Feel Because of Supreme Court Win Restoring Same-Sex Marriages; Opponents Try Last-Ditch Effort To Stop Gay Marriages | KpopStarz

Cities across the nation were gearing up Sunday for what were expected to be especially well-attended and exuberant gay pride parades following the U.S. Supreme Court decisions restoring same-sex marriages to California and granting gay couples the federal benefits of marriage they were previously denied.

The 84-year-old New York woman at the center of the U.S. Supreme Court decision granting gay couples federal marriage benefits is a grand marshal of the city’s gay pride march, according to the New York Daily News..

Edith Windsor is among those leading the march down Fifth Avenue. It’s been 44 years since the city held its first pride march. But it’s only days since the Supreme Court used Windsor’s lawsuit to strike down the provision of an act that defined marriage as only between a man and a woman.

Also serving as this year’s grand marshal is musician and activist Harry Belafonte.

The parade stepped off at noon and this year’s theme is titled “Rain to Rainbows.”

The gay pride celebrations scheduled in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Seattle and St. Louis are annual, and in most cases decades-old events whose tones and themes have mirrored the gay rights movement’s greatest victories and defeats. This year’s parades, coming on the heels of the high court’s historic decisions, should be no exception.

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PHOTOS: Europe’s 11 Best Prides for Summer 2013 | GayCities Blog

Summer’s nearly here, which of course means that Pride season is about to return with a bang.

But if you think Prides are pretty much the same everywhere, maybe it’s time to check out one (or more) these European versions, where national differences – and all those gorgeous old buildings as backdrops – add some truly unique flavors to the celebrations.

To jump start you in your travel planning, we’ve picked out the top Prides happening on the European continent this summer. And to give you a taste of what you’re in store for once you get there, we’ve

gathered a bunch of hot Europics from previous years’ events.

So enjoy the view. And Happy Pride.

via PHOTOS: Europe’s 11 Best Prides for Summer 2013 | GayCities Blog.

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Celebrate LGBT History at Key West Pride 2013

Travelers should not overlook Key West Pride, which takes place from June 5 to June 9 —particularly since the city of Key West has made its own contributions to LGBT history.

In New York, it was the 1969 Stonewall Riots that eventually initiated the tradition of gay marches in the U.S; and San Francisco is known for The Castro and Harvey Milk’s political work.

But travelers should not overlook Key West Pride, which takes place from June 5 to June 9 —particularly since the city of Key West has made its own contributions to LGBT history.

Key West has been home to lesbian and gay writers such as the Pulitzer Prize winning poet Elizabeth Bishop and playwright Tennessee Williams.  It was the first U.S. city to have an openly gay mayor.  It was even the first travel locale to reach out to the gay community. The Key West Business Guild (KWBG) organizes Key West Pride, and was started as a non-profit in 1978 to encourage LGBT travelers to visit the island.

“Key West has always been an accepting island,” said Pete Arnow, Community Liaison of KWBG.  Arnow also noted that same-sex couples have “always been able to hold hands here.”  Furthermore, he spoke about how the LGBT community and straight community have created a sense of togetherness:  “The motto [of Key West] is One Human Family.  And it truly is.”

This year, Key West Pride 2013 stays true to the motto, and celebrates another moment in LGBT history: The 10th Anniversary of the “Sea to Sea Rainbow Flag.”  In 2003, Gilbert Baker, the designer of the Rainbow Flag, created the “World’s Longest Gay Pride Flag” for Key West Pride.  When it was finally displayed, the flag covered the distance of Duval Street, which is located between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.

Baker has been named the Parade Grand Marshall for Key West Pride 2013.  Other featured events for the 10th Anniversary of the “Sea to Sea Rainbow Flag” include a meet and greet with Baker at La Te Da Hotel, and a documentary film screening about the flag, “Key West, City of Colors.” Although there is a cash bar at La Te Da, both events are free.

In fact, Key West Pride has a number of free events.  The 6th Annual Key West Pride Film Fest presents two free films: I Am Divine, a documentary about the star of John Waters’ Pink Flamingoes and Hairspray; and deepsouth, a documentary on the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Southern United States.

The Barefoot Wine Pride Beach Clean-Up is a free event that helps the environment.  Volunteers who are of drinking age will be provided with wine and appetizers afterwards.

Several venues offer events without a cover charge.  Whether it’s a women’s pool party at Lighthouse Court, 70s/80s dance music at Pearl’s and 801 Bourbon Bar, or happy hour at Alexander’s Traffic Light Party — all have no cover.

Families with children can enjoy the Conch Cruisers “Show Your Pride” Bike Ride, the Street Fair, and the Parade.

Other events vary in price from $10 to $50.  Arnow recommends that visitors “get out on our waters.”  Sailing, snorkeling and other water escapades can be found with Venus Charters, Fury’s Key West Pride Ultimate Adventure, as well as other companies on the Key West Pride website.

In the evenings, there are cabaret shows, or comedy and music like The Kinsey Sicks, known as “America’s Favorite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet.”

Key West is “only the size of Central Park in New York,” said Arnow.  “But a lot can happen here…we invite everyone to come to Key West Pride.”

via Celebrate LGBT History at Key West Pride 2013.

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Disney Gay Day Expected To Draw 170,000 Guests

The 23rd annual Disney Gay Day is expected to draw 170,000 guests to the Orlando, Florida, theme park. Walt Disney World has never publicly endorsed the event. However, they have prepared for this weekend’s festivities by stocking up on red and rainbow themed merchandise.

Orlando’s Gay Days started out as “Gay Day” in 1991. Around 3,000 guests representing the GLBT community, and their supporters, were encouraged to visit Disney World on the first Saturday of June. The guests were asked to “Wear Red and Be Seen.”

As explained at GayDays.com, the event has morphed into a week-long celebration in the city of Orlando. The main event remains Gay Day, which is still celebrated at Disney World on the first Saturday every June.

This year Disney Gay Day is expected to draw close to 170,000 guests. In the last 23 years the event has gained international attention and support. Disney expects to make quite a profit from the influx of guests over the weekend.

As reported by the Orlando Sentinel, Disney does not display the word “gay” on any of their merchandise. However, they have stocked up on everything in rainbow and red colors. Disney World spokeswoman Bernadette Davis explains that the colorful merchandise is an attempt to “offer a wide range of merchandise items that appeal to guests of diverse backgrounds.”

Marcus Blake was visiting the park with his partner this week. As they tour the park regularly, he and his partner were surprised to find the rainbow merchandise on display:

“We kind of think it’s funny that Disney doesn’t sponsor Gay Days, but they cater to us. We were here just a couple weeks ago — and they didn’t have that shirt. But they put it out for this weekend.”

The event has sparked criticism and controversy throughout the last 23 years. They have been admonished by Pat Robertson and numerous conservative religious groups. Despite the controversy, the event is now endorsed by Orlando’s Mayor and the Board of County Commissioners.

Walt Disney World may not endorse Disney Gay Day, but they certainly enjoy the additional profits generated by 170,000 guests.

via Disney Gay Day Expected To Draw 170,000 Guests.

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