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Towleroad Celebrates Miami Beach Gay Pride: PHOTOS


Towleroad was down at Miami Beach Gay Pride yesterday!

Thanks to everyone who stopped by to help us celebrate and have their photo taken, and special thanks to Paul Hunter and Ernesto Espejo for helping us man our photo booth (in exchange for an AIDS Lifecycle Ride donation (help him out here).

Check out some of our favorite shots, AFTER THE JUMP....

Also thanks to Miami Beach Gay Pride's Kristin Klein, and Steven Adkins, President and CEO of the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce. In just six years, they've succeeded in building an exciting, world class event.

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Israel Forbids Soldiers From Wearing Uniforms In Pride Parades

On March 30 Israel Defense Forces Manpower Directorate Commander Major General Orna Barbivai overturned a policy allowing Israeli soldiers to march in uniform in Pride parades.

IsraelisoldiersprideflagSoldiers will now have to march in civilian clothing. No explanation thus far has been given for the policy change.

According to GayAsiaNews:

The new ruling also states that it will allow soldiers to participate in such events provided they receive permission from their commanders.

Soldiers may only attend social protests that are not organized by a political party. They are also forbidden to participate in protests related to the army and its policies, or in anti-Israel protests.

The Israeli military accepts LGBT soldiers. However same-sex marriage is not legal in the country even though they recognize such marriages that occur elsewhere.

(image via Desert Peace Files)

George Takei to Lead Upcoming Seattle Pride Parade as Celebrity Grand Marshal

George takei

Seattle is in for a real treat this June as organizers for the city’s Pride Parade have just announced that gay icon George Takei will serve as Celebrity Grand Marshal. 

Writes Seattle Out & Proud:

George_Takei_Chicago_Gay_&_Lesbian_Pride_2006With a career spanning more than five decades, Takei is known around the world for his founding role in the acclaimed television series Star Trek, in which he played Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the Starship Enterprise.  Takei starred in three seasons of Star Trek and later reprised his iconic role in six movies.  As an actor, social justice activist, social media power, author of “Lions and Tigers and Bears: The Internet Strikes Back” and “Oh Myyy! There Goes the Internet,” and star of upcoming Broadway musical Allegiance, Takei has used his roles and public persona to advance LGBT and human rights around the world. reports Takei is the most-influential person on Facebook, with more than 6.4 million likes. Takei has more than one million followers on Twitter.

The Seattle Pride Parade is scheduled to take place Sunday, June 29 at 11:00am on 4th Avenue, downtown. 

ESPN Poll: 81 Percent Of Pro Baseball Players Believe MLB is Ready For Openly Gay Athlete

MLBpollIn February, Joe Girardi, manager of the New York Yankees, stated that he believed major league baseball is ready for an openly gay player. Now, a poll by ESPN The Magazine helps confirm his suspicions. The informal questionnaire asked a group of players if they agreed with Girardi's statement and a resounding 81% replied affirmatively.

GLAAD reported on a couple of player's responses:

NL All-Star: "We come in here and we're all trying to do the same thing. Who cares what a guy does in his own time?"

NL infielder: "Are there people who are going to give a guy a hard time? Yeah, but not too many. There will be a couple of jerks. But the majority of people are going to be like, 'So what?'"

Now we wait with bated breath for the big day! 

Image via ESPN The Magazine infographic. Check out the rest of it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Bill Donohue Claims NYC Pride Organizers Worry His Bigot Marchers Will 'Overwhelm' Parade: VIDEO


Last week you may recall that pathetic Catholic League whiner Bill Donohue executed an EPIC FAIL after applying to march in the NYC Pride parade behind a "Straight is Great" banner.

Donohue, who was hoping to make a crass point about NYC St. Patrick's Day parade organizers excluding gays by having his application turned down by Pride organizers, basically turned tail and ran when his application was accepted, and used the sorry excuse of having to attend a mandatory information session about the march (which he redubbed a "gay training session") as the reason for his cold feet.

Now Donohue claims that NYC Pride organizers turned him down because they are worried that there would be SO MANY people who would join his bigot contingent of "Straight is Great" marchers that the parade would be overwhelmed.


The "gay training sessions" that Donohue claims take place, are safety and rules sessions required of all participants, according to organizers:

“These trainings address line-up times, check-in locations, our moment of silence, dispersal activity, NYPD safety policies, attire and vehicle/sound permits. It is imperative that group leaders know this information.”

Says Donohue: "Quite frankly, as a straight guy, I don’t go to gay training sessions. I think I’m pretty much an untrainable guy when it comes to this thing."

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San Diego Pride Attendee Arrested for 'Lewd' Gladiator Kilt Speaks Out About Lawsuit: VIDEO

Will Walters

Three years ago San Diego Pride attendee Will Walters was arrested on grounds of public nudity for wearing a costume that consisted of boots, a black leather gladiator kilt, black underwear, and a black leather harness with chrome rings; no formal charges were ever filed. After his arrest, Walters filed a lawsuit against the city of San Diego, alleging violations of the Fourteenth and Fourth Amendments, false arrest, battery, negligence and violation of his civil rights under California's Civil Code.

Walters also alleged discrimination and his lawyers provided photographs from other events such as the Over-The-Line tournament depicting patrons wearing less clothing that Walters had been, but who received no harassment from law enforcement.

Since then, a judge threw out the lawsuit under the ruling that "The Court finds that plaintiff proffers no competent evidence from which a reasonable fact finder could conclude that Walters' arrest was based on his sexual orientation, or that it resulted from an unequal enforcement policy or practice concerning public nudity," and that the arresting officer's actions were legal because "as Walters' [leather] loincloth moved … the wind blew, exposing his buttocks." Walters is now speaking out about the dismissal and will announce next week whether or not he plans to appeal the decision.

You can watch ABC 10 News' segment with Walters AFTER THE JUMP...

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