The month of June turns pink in our world as the planet celebrates Gay Pride with parades, celebrations and partying. Jam packed with color, spectacle and cabaret, the world refused to allow the tragic events in Orlando, Florida to keep them from celebrating LGBT rights.
San Francisco, LA
Orlando was on everyone’s mind across the world when a man opened fire in the Orlando gay nightclub, Pulse killing 49 people and injuring 53 people on June 12. Instead of hiding in fear, the gay community across the globe stood in solidarity with those who lost their lives and loved ones by holding vigils at the Pride Parades taking place that same month.
San Francisco held a tranquil spot where people left tributes and support to those who were killed, creating meaningful art and simply sharing the love. Even though many cities and countries now celebrate gay pride, homosexuality is still criminalized.
According to antigaylaws.org, there are 80 countries that actively persecute gay people. That doesn’t even take into account those who are homophobic in ‘gay friendly’ countries.
Homophobia and feeling like they won’t be accepted affect a lot of LBGTQ people, especially young people. This year, San Francisco Pride attempted to be more inclusive creating a special Youth Space.
The space was drug, alcohol and smoke free with plenty of other stuff to do like get your makeup done, meet QueerYouth Ambassadors and play games as well as more serious stuff like confidential HIV tests and counselling services. GO SAN FRAN PRIDE!
New Orleans, Louisiana
The French Quarter is famous for it’s LBGTQ life and nowhere is more vibrant than New Orleans at Pride. In fact, New Orleans might be one of the best places in the world to experience the canivalesque nature of Pride Parades.
The French Quarter comes alive with color and celebrations 24 hours a day where New Orleanians can eat, drink and be merry. It’s really interesting that New Orleans is such a gay friendly city because Louisiana as a state still has highly discriminatory laws against gay people and the police force have been under heavy scrutiny about their treatment of gay people, especially the trans-community. So it’s really important Pride is visible to raise awareness and share the love!
Loads of Pride-goers love to experiment with Pride style, which often involves a lot of pink or rainbow color. This hair-do is our top favorite look for 2016 Pride!
Absolutely Fabulous, Darling!
The new “Ab Fab” movie has now been released and the camp characters of Eddie and Patsy took the streets to celebrate in true London style. We also love that London chose to fly their flags, which included so many different nations across the world whose people call London their home.
London is one of the most accepting cities in the world but it can still be a scary place for LGBT people. The Pride celebrations show support to everyone who feels like sometimes they need to hide who they are. On Pride day you can be yourself!
San Paulo, Brazil
San Paolo, Brazil stands in close competitions with New Orleans as the best providers of carnival parade. In fact, if you’re going to travel abroad to celebrate Pride, you should go to Brazil.
Love and Kisses
Love, kisses and visibility was even more important in 2016 Istanbul Pride due to last years attacks on Pride-goers by police officers who sprayed them withÂ pepper spray and water. This years events came back stronger than ever!
Istanbul is Turkey’s biggest city and according to gaytravel, is one of the most accepting cities in a Muslim nation. Although the community is less visible in daily life, Pride celebrations are vibrant. It took a lot of strength and bravery for Pride-goers to attend this year in fear that not even their police will protect LGBTQ people from harm. Hopefully, 2016 marks a turning point.
Tel Aviv, Israel
Progress and Limitations
Tel Aviv is one of the more accepting places in Israel for LGBT people but there are many limitations. They celebrated pride here for a whole week which included all-night partying and cultural events.
There are also great beaches at Tel Aviv so it’s become a popular destination for gay travelers and Pride saw thousands of foreign tourists flood into its city for the celebrations. Like Louisiana, Israeli law doesn’t recognize same-sex marriage but the country lifted discriminatory laws against LGBTQ people back in 1988 making it one o the most accepting places in the region.
West Hollywood, LA
All Night Long
The LA Pride Festivities in West Hollywood saw plenty of celebratory events including music and events. However, one of the issues LGBTQ people were facing was the cost of tickets to attend the bulk of the festival. Introducing tickets has also happened in other countries and cities too, like Brighton, UK but organizers often cite the provision of high profile entertainment and security.
Women for Women
West Hollywood is actually one of the most accepting places to live in the entire world for LGBTQ people and women seem to really love it there with 5% of the population identifying as lesbian in WeHo.
Capital City, Washington State
Pride gives you wings
Nearly 15,000 people flock to Capital City for the annual Pride celebrations and it’s one of the best to be yourself and soak in LGBTQ culture. The events center around entertainment but more importantly on bringing people together.
Capital City Pride which takes place in Olympia is the first small-town Pride in the USA. Large-scale LGBTQ events usually take place in the relative safety of big cities but as a gay-friendly town, Olympia set it sights on their own celebrations and have never looked back.
Chics on Motorbikes
It’s all about celebrations of love, friendship and acceptance whatever your sexuality, creed, ethnicity, race, religion or anything else. Olympia Pride is a space to be yourself.
If you are lucky enough to be in a part of the world that embraces your sexuality and the sexualities of others, be thankful. If you live in those parts where LGBTQ lives are not fully safe, then say a prayer and fly the flag for Pride.
Share your allied status with the community and post your #nofilter selfie and join in the campaign to fight homophobia and embrace acceptance. Stand Proud!