Gay Pride

Myanmar Holds First Public LGBT Pride Festival

For the first time ever, the LGBTQ community in Myanmar was able to celebrate a public pride festival. The &PROUD festival took place at Thakin Mya Park in Yangon with over 6,000 people in attendance. In prior years, the celebration had taken place at a private location at the French Institute. Currently, homosexual relations are illegal in the country, but the event organizers were allowed to host the event in a public space.

 

 

You are invited!

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The event was open to all in order to spread awareness of LGBTQ issues as well as celebrate diversity and those who live their lives in fear.

 

 

The event took place over two consecutive weekends with events that included musical performances, a “drag Olympics”, handbag throwing competition, as well as screenings of LGBTQ films and a ‘human library’ where members of the LGBTQ community shared their personal narratives.

Way to show your colors, Myanmar! Congratulations on a beautiful festival—keep celebrating with pride!

 

 

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India Celebrates 10th Annual Pride Despite Being Illegal

November 12th marked the 10th Annual New Delhi Pride, where members of the LGBTQIA community, allies and activists came together to show that love is love. In India, gay sex is still illegal punishable with up to 10 years in prison.

But that didn't stop the hundreds who marched regardless of the danger of persecution.

Reigning RuPaul's Drag Race All-Star champion Alaska Thunderfuck was part of the New Delhi Pride festivities, appearing at the popular Kitty Su nightclub.

Check out these videos and images of how India is celebrating pride.

 

Favorite shot from today. #delhipride

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Hot couple with a hot placard! #delhiqueerpride2017 #quirky #posters #instapicture

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Happy Pride, India!

South Africa Held Its Annual Soweto Gay Pride March In Spite of Increasing Hate Crimes

200 people gathered to participate in Soweto Pride in South Africa.

The Pride parade marched through sections like Meadowlands and Dobsonville in Soweto before eventually settling at Dorothy Nyembe Park, a subsection of Johannesburg in the country of South Africa, to protest the increasing hate crimes against LGBTQ people.

Going along with that goal, the theme of this year’s march was “Reclaiming Our Right To Organize.”

The reason for that theme was not only because of the increase in crimes targeting gay people, but also because 2016's Soweta Pride had to be canceled.

The local police had scaled up the threat level before the event to “medium risk,” which would have caused the pride organizers to pay an additional R146,000 ($10,602) in staging and protection fees.

Later, the Forum for the Empowerment of Women accused the authorities of trying to discourage the event from happening. Whether they meant it or not, that ultimately happened.

Poet Selogadi Mampane also recited a piece about the plight of the black gay community in South Africa and spoke of the many people who have been hurt or killed by recent hate crimes.

"I keep thinking, who are we going to lose next?" she said. "I am alive, we are alive and we should be celebrating that fact."

h/t: allAfrica.com