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San Diego gay pride march to feature active duty military

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – A weekend gay pride parade in San Diego will feature a large contingent of active-duty and retired military personnel, opening service members to possible discipline in the waning days of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” organizers said on Friday. The 350 current and former service members expected…

Vandals slash tires of 51 gay pride parade floats in Chicago

This year, Pride Weekend — celebrated by the LGBT community on the last Sunday in June, as usual — has been extra-festive, owing to New York’s passage of equal marriage rights for same-sex couples. In Chicago, however, vandals tried to dampen the weekend’s celebrations by slashing the tires of 51…

Lady Gaga joins one million people at gay pride parade in Rome

ROME — Lady Gaga hailed gays on Saturday as the “revolutionaries of love” and called for “full equality now” for same-sex couples around the world in a speech in front of hundreds of thousands in Rome. The US pop diva criticised governments in Eastern Europe and the Middle East for…

Hundreds of thousands march for Pride in Rome, await Lady Gaga

ROME (AFP) – Hundreds of thousands of people paraded through central Rome in a gay pride parade on Saturday, with many criticising Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s government for failing to grant same-sex rights. “I want to tell the world, Europe and above all Italy, which is a bit closed, that…

Doomsday leader says gay pride is ‘proof’ the world will end

Harold Camping is predicting the world will end on May 21, and insists that he has proof. “God has given us an enormous amount of proof, like the gay pride movement and the extraordinary amount of wickedness in the world,” the 89-year-old founder of the Family Stations Christian radio network…

‘Unprecedented’ coalition pressing for marriage equality in New York

An alliance of gay rights groups — along with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) — are launching a new effort to legalize same sex marriage in New York by this summer. The Empire State Pride Agenda, the Human Rights Campaign, Freedom to Marry and Marriage Equality New York announced…

Court condemns Moscow gay pride bans

Rights court condemns Russia for allowing Moscow to ban gay pride marches The European Court of Human Rights condemned Russia on Thursday for letting Moscow ban gay pride marches simply because the city’s then-mayor — who famously compared gays to the devil — and other officials disapproved of them. The…

Halloween display with ‘black man’ hanging from noose causes outrage

A Missouri man removed his Halloween decorations Wednesday at the request of the Scott County sheriff because they were suspected of being a public disturbance. A Klu Klux Klan figure and the depiction of a black man being lynched were featured in the display. Rick Hoskins told KFVS that he…

Philly book publisher the BRAAAINS! behind phenom

Philadelphia’s indie publisher Quirk Books is the BRAAAINS! behind zombie mashup phenom The undead have created a whole new life for Quirk Books, the brains — or rather the BRAAAINS! — behind the monster best-seller “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.” Quirk, an independent publisher that started with a series of…

Tens of thousands rally for gay rights in Paris

PARIS — Tens of thousands of people marched and danced through the streets of the French capital Saturday to support gay pride and call for further gay rights. To the thumping beat of techno music, the 80-float parade wound through the city decrying the message: “Enough violence and discrimination! Liberty…

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