The Republic of Ireland voted to legalise same-sex marriage in a historic referendum. A new ruling by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in America means that you can longer be fired for being gay.
High profile celebrities such as Caitlyn Jenner (formerly Bruce Jenner from hit US reality TV show Keeping Up With The Kardashians) and Laverne Cox have shared their stories of transgender struggles and successes, bringing important issues to the mainstream and giving a voice to so many people throughout the world who have been suffering in silence.
Jamaica have announced that they will hold their first gay pride event in the island’s capital, a weeklong event that was previously unthinkable in a Caribbean country long described as one of the globe’s most hostile places towards homosexuality.
Munich shows its support for the LGBT community
All these steps in the right direction mean all the more reason to celebrate, and celebrate you did! Millions of people across the globe have come forward to march or spectate in their cities Pride parade. Pride is an annual event celebrating the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community’s culture and pride. The events usually take place in June to commemorate the Stonewall riots, a pivotal moment in modern LGBT social movements. The parades can also serve as demonstrations for legal rights such as same-sex marriage.
Pride is always a hugely exciting festival of colour, creativity, unity and all round fabulosity bringing people together with music, dance and standing up for what’s right so we thought we’d take a look at some of the highlights of Pride events from across the globe in 2015.
London Pride is one of the worlds biggest LGBT celebrations, last year more than 750,000 people turned up at the event and this year it topped a million for the first time ever. More than 30,000 people in 250 groups took part. Each year London Pride has a theme for the day and this year it was Pride Heroes, a celebration of people and organisations who have contributed to the LGBT community over the years. There was some controversy in the lead up to the event when UKIP, a Eurosceptic Right-wing populist political party, were banned from the festivities by the organisers citing safety concerns. However, the divisive party turned up and marched anyway stating they are a “party that believes in equality” and thankfully their appearance caused no trouble, further demonstrating how inclusive and positive the day really is.
We bought you the scoop back in June
SAN FRANSICO PRIDE
With so much to celebrate at this years Pride events throughout the USA it’s no wonder over one million spectators came to San Francisco, often cited as the gay capital of the world. In an emotional speech, San Fran Mayor Ed Lee said “You can feel the vibrations of hope and the feelings of equality, this is it right here”. Jim Obergefell from Cincinnati was there as a guest of honour after his fight to be recognised as a surviving spouse when his husband sadly passed away got his name included on the historic Supreme Court case. President Barack Obama thanked him personally.
The state manifestation of Gay Pride Madrid took to the streets of the Spanish capital to claim new laws in order to achieve real equality for the LGBT community. A crowd, which organisers estimated at more than a million people, joined the parade of floats by several organisations representing the LGBT community, political parties, businesses and social movements. Members of the community have said it is time to “definitely go for a set of laws and regulations that give a giant step towards achieving real equality that constitutes the ultimate goal of our demands and democratic society that boasts”. They also recalled the socialist leader Pedro Zerolo, who died last June, for his “activism, his struggle and for teaching us to live with Pride”
Barry Parade was only to happy to wish the people of Madrid a wonderful Pride
BRIGHTON PRIDE, UK
This year marked the 25th anniversary of Brighton Pride and the event has grown almost beyond recognition. The very first Pride march was held in Brighton in 1973 when the Sussex Gay Liberation Front organised a small march seven years after the decriminalisation of homosexuality. However, the next event was not held until nearly 20 years later in 1991. Now the event attracts hundreds of thousands of people and boasts musical performances by Fatboy Slim, Boy George, Alison Moyet and Paloma Faith to name but a few. This year also saw the arrival of the Pride Bus a rainbow striped double decker city bus carrying the name of local legendary drag queen Phil Starr
Here at Zoobe we are in full support of the LGBT community and absolutely love it when our users send messages of love using our characters. We even have a couple of members of the community in the Zoobe family…..
Meet Gossip Pig, our live action celebrity columnist-
Here he tells us a bit about himself
And here is Barry Parade, our pet Bassett hound-
It really has been a great year so far but there’s still a long way to go. Let’s hope things keep moving forward towards total acceptance and equality. Let’s do all we can to spread the message of love and unity, and there’s plenty of Zoobe characters for you to choose from!