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Gay Wedding Video of the Day: István and Tamás

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István and Tamás were married last year in a ceremony in Budapest, Hungary, and they have this video, which feels more like an ad for Chanel, to remember it by!

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Court Overrules Police, Orders Budapest Gay Pride to Proceed

As it did last year, the Budapest Municipal Court has overruled police and said that a Gay Pride parade planned for this summer should proceed, the WSJ reports:

BudapestThe Hungarian arm of Amnesty International, civil rights group Hungarian Civil Liberties Union, and organizations of homosexual activists welcomed the court’s decision. The organization expect some 1,500 people to show up at the march on July 7.

Like in recent years, the police refused to grant permission for the Budapest Pride, saying the march would restrict commuters’ right to free movement. The court said, however, that traffic can be diverted from a road that otherwise frequently hosts marathons and bicycle rides.


Will Hungarian Men Achieve Pole Dancing Equality?

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The WSJ looks at competititive pole dancing in Hungary, and a new interest in it from men:

With its roots in strip clubs and bedrooms, pole dancing has been dismissed as a misogynistic playground in which women contort themselves for the viewing pleasure of men. But lately some women have fought to transcend titillation by rebranding it as fitness. Some have even petitioned the International Olympic Committee to make it an Olympic sport.

But a lingering taboo surfaces when men seek to slide onto the pole, too.

"When I tell people what I do, there is shock, 'No! pole dancing is for women," said the "poler" Mr. Shields, who is also a student nurse. "Pole dancing, he says, "can be masculine, too."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Budapest Court Overturns Police Rejection of Gay Pride March

The decision by Budapest, Hungary police to withdraw permission for a Gay Pride march based on a request for an extended parade route that would take the march in front of parliament has been overturned by the Budapest Metropolitan Court.

Budapest AFP reported: "The extension would have taken the march in front of parliament, where marchers planned to protest against Hungary's controversial media law and the upcoming new constitution, both perceived as detrimental to the cause of gay rights, Steigler said.The Rainbow Mission eventually modified its request so that the march would have stopped short of the square, as proposed by police. But by Friday, permission for the entire march had been withdrawn, citing a disproportionate disruption to traffic, Steigler said."

Organizers suspected the rejection was politically motivated.

Human Rights Watch applauded the court's decision:

"The Budapest Metropolitan Court's decision on February 18, 2011, to allow an extended route for a gay pride march was an important victory for freedom of assembly in Hungary, Human Rights Watch said today... 'The court's decision was a victory not only for the  community of lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender people, but for the right of all Hungarians to freedom of assembly,' said Boris Dittrich, acting director of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights program at Human Rights Watch."

The march is scheduled for June 17.


Budapest Pride Application Rejected by Authorities

Authorites have withdrawn their permission for a Gay Pride march in Budapest, Hungary. Organizers claim the rejection of their application is politically motivated.

AFP reports: Budapest

Last week, the organisers of the march applied for an extension to their usual downtown route, which police had earlier accepted.

The extension would have taken the march in front of parliament, where marchers planned to protest against Hungary's controversial media law and the upcoming new constitution, both perceived as detrimental to the cause of gay rights, Steigler said.

The Rainbow Mission eventually modified its request so that the march would have stopped short of the square, as proposed by police.

But by Friday, permission for the entire march had been withdrawn, citing a disproportionate disruption to traffic, Steigler said.

"We suspect that the decision was politically motivated... a lot of things have happened in politics since the last march," he commented.

Budapest Pride has been threatened last year and the year before by right-wing nationalists, but has been spared violence both years by a massive security detail. 


Subway 'Escape' Routes Provided for Budapest Pride Marchers

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Walk With Pride, which has been documenting various Gay Prides around the world, posts its latest feature on Budapest Pride, which took place on Saturday with no serious incidents.

Budapest's Pride, which has seen violence in the past, was spared it last year as well by massive security detail.

They note that groups of extremist anti-gay skinheads, some as young as 16, began showing up early along the parade route.

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Safe escape routes into the subway, which had been blocked off specifically for parade participants by police, were provided at the routes end. Riot police were also stationed at every exit.

Watch some raw video of the parade, AFTER THE JUMP...

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