June 19, 2011 |
SOFIA, Bulgaria - Gays and lesbians marched in several Eastern European capitals Saturday protected by hundreds of riot police after some extremist groups urged members to stop the gay-pride rallies. Nearly 1,000 people joined the fourth Gay Pride rally in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia, organizers said. Twice as many paraded through the Croatian capital of Zagreb under rainbow arches of balloons and banners for that city's 10th Gay Pride March. Hungarian gay-rights activists also took to the streets in Budapest, flanked by police in full riot gear.
June 14, 1993 |
"Pride '93" brought gay and lesbian celebrants out into the streets yesterday, along a parade route that led from Center City to a festival at Penn's Landing. An AIDS memorial service opened the day's events.
June 20, 2003 |
The Trip is a journey into the heart of gay pride. Chronicling two decades of the liberation movement, it focuses on the love affair between an out activist and a closeted journalist who meet in Los Angeles in 1973. When Tommy (Steve Braun) a radical longhair, encounters Alan (Larry Sullivan), a conservative scribe, he's instantly attracted, even though Alan protests that he doesn't swing that way. Before you can say "fern bar," Tommy converts Alan politically and sexually - even though, unbeknownst to the radical, the right-wing Alan had written a homophobic screed before his conversion.
June 16, 1989 |
After a morning of strident speeches attacking and defending homosexuals, City Council yesterday narrowly approved a resolution declaring June as Gay and Lesbian Pride Month in Philadelphia. The 9-8 vote came nearly a year after a similar rhetorical battle over the morality of homosexuality ended with Council rejecting the same resolution in June 1988. "We have to begin showing tolerance," said Councilman Angel Ortiz, who sponsored both the 1988 and 1989 gay pride resolutions.
June 15, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Last summer, gays in the military dared not admit their sexual orientation. This summer, the Pentagon will salute them, marking June as gay pride month just as it has marked other celebrations honoring racial or ethnic groups. In the latest sign of change since the military repealed the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, the Defense Department will soon hold its first event to recognize gay and lesbian troops. It comes nine months after repeal of the policy that had banned gays from serving openly and forced more than 13,500 service members out of the armed forces.
June 16, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta on Friday thanked gay and lesbian military members for their service, as the Pentagon prepares to mark June as gay pride month with an official salute. In a remarkable sign of a cultural change in the U.S. military, Panetta said that with the repeal last year of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law that prohibited gays from serving openly in the military, gays and lesbians can now be proud to be in uniform. "Now you can be proud of serving your country, and be proud of who you are," Panetta said.
June 24, 1988 |
More than 100 gay-rights advocates and anti-gay protesters traded insults on the floor of City Council yesterday as Council members refused to proclaim June gay pride month. "They are moral cowards," said Rita Addessa, executive director of the Philadelphia Lesbian and Gay Task Force. "Council today voted for bigotry, discrimination and violence against lesbian women and gay men. " After Council scrapped the gay pride resolution by an 11-5 vote, gay-rights advocates linked arms and sang "We Shall Overcome" as anti-gay protesters cheered their hero, Councilman Francis Rafferty.
June 7, 2006 |
If you're like most people, you probably don't think about rainbows too often. If you're lucky, you'll spot a few in the sky during your lifetime and point them out to whoever is near. Or, around St. Patrick's Day, your kids might come home with painted pictures of rainbows with big pots of gold at each end. However, if you're a member of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, you might think about rainbows more often than the average person. The six-colored rainbow flag with bright stripes of red, orange, yellow, green, indigo and violet is our community's universal symbol of pride.
June 16, 1989 |
City Council members, after bitter debate over tolerance, yesterday declared June as Lesbian and Gay Pride Month by narrowly approving a resolution similar to one they had squelched last year. On one side was Councilman Francis W. Rafferty, who asked of gays and lesbians, "What is there to be proud of?" On the other was the sponsor of the resolution, Angel L. Ortiz, who said Council "has to begin showing tolerance and setting the example. " And one newly converted supporter of the resolution, Lucien E. Blackwell, said he believed in diversity and acceptance but added that he wished for a "magic potion" to "cure" gays of their homosexuality.
June 11, 2013 |
Sixtysomethings Jewel Haines and Kay Brown had never been to a gay pride parade, but on Sunday, the friends from Philadelphia sat in folding chairs beneath a tree near Fifth and Market Streets as a show of support. It was all for their crochet teacher at the St. Charles Senior Community Center. Somewhere along the 1.3-mile parade route, the seventysomething instructor was riding a float. "In this country, how long have people been biased and prejudiced against us as black people?"