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On the table, 7/19

Boy has it been a weekend!  Let’s get you caught up on some interesting discussions:

  • Our Headliner – WOMEN’S WORLD CUP!!!

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Gay Rights:

  • Julie Watson from The Huffington Post reports, “About 200 active-duty troops and veterans wearing T-shirts advertising their branch of service marched Saturday in San Diego’s gay pride parade with Ameri Firstscan flags and rainbow banners, marking what is believed to be the first time a military contingent has participated in such an event in the U.S…” [Read on]

  • David Siders from The Sacramento Bee reports, “Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation requiring public schools to teach students about the contributions of gay and lesbian people, making California the first state to adopt such a measure…” [Read on]

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I was never really into Harry Potter, but for some of my friends and family members, this is the end of an era.  I, however, can’t wait to share some of these adventures and their heroines and profeminist heroes with my children.

  •  Ms. Magazine – “Hermione Granger and the Fight for Equal Rights” by Amy Borsuk

“Hermione offers much for a generation of girls to admire, beginning with her unmatched, encyclopedic knowledge of spells, potions and magical history, which is crucial to Harry’s survival throughout the series. She also holds her head high in the face of attacks on her appearance (she catches flak for her frizzy hair and her large teeth) and her stigmatized status as a Muggle-born witch (her peers taunt her with the slur “Mudblood”). Her loyalty and devotion to her best friends keep the golden trio–Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and her–together until the very end. It’s no wonder fans have serenaded her as the ‘Coolest Girl in the whole wide world’…” [Read on]

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  • “Banking While Black”

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Pride! GLBT Pride Events Around the World

Spring is here and so are the Pride Parades!  Wouldn’t you like to hit up EVERY pride festival around the world?  I sure would.  Not only to increase awareness of the world’s ever-growing gay communities, but for the partay!  This is a list, compiled by Hostelworld, of the greatest worldwide pride events.  I’ve included some excerpts and pictures, but you can see the complete details here.  I also linked the actual websites for the events listed below.  You might want to check ’em out for fabulous pics and their different flavors.

1. Sao Paulo Pride 2010

VIII Gay Pride in São Paulo, Brazil, June 14, 2004

When? June 3rd – 7th

Founded in 1997, the Sao Paulo Gay Pride Parade is seen as the biggest event of its type in the world. In 2006 it was officially deemed the world’s largest by the Guinness Book of Records who estimated it was attended by 2.5 million people. Each year the festival has a different flavor, with the theme for 2010’s festival being ‘Vote against homophobia: Defend Citizenship!’ The main event is of course the parade which takes place on Sunday June 6th, but other events to look forward to include the LGBT Cultural Fair on June 5th and ‘Gay Day’ on June 9th.  Here is a link to the parade’s website.

2. Dublin LGBTQ Pride Festival 2010

When? June 18th – 26th

Starting with the festival launch night on Friday June 18th and climaxing with the parade on Saturday 26th, Dublin’s LGBTQ Pride Festival aims to offer events for all tastes and age-groups.  This year’s festival boasts Irish céilís, sports days, community street festivals, remembrance ceremonies…and then some!  2010’s festival will also have a dedicated set of arts and cultural events including the 1st Pride Film Shorts competition and more.  Here is a link to the festival’s website.

3. Christopher Street Day, Berlin

BERLIN - JUNE 23: Participants of the Christopher Street Day (CSD) gay and lesbian pride parade celebrate on June 23, 2007 in the streets of Berlin, Germany. Organizers expect around 450,000 visitors for the parade. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

When? June 19th

With approximately 500,000 people pouring on to the streets of Berlin for Christopher Street Day in 2009, the German capital’s annual LGBT festival is one of the biggest festivals of its type in Europe.  This is thanks to the fact that not many rival it when it comes to acceptance of the LGBT community.  And while it is undoubtedly the biggest LGBT event to take place in Berlin, if you can’t catch it you might be able to make the Lesbian and Gay City Festival which takes place on June 12th and 13th.  Here‘s a link to CSD.

4. Pride London Festival Fortnight

When? June 19th – July 3rd

While many ‘Pride’ festivals around the world last merely a weekend, in London they do things in style as this annual event lasts a very healthy two weeks. The highlight of the festival is an outlandish parade on July 3rd when events also take place in the world famous Trafalgar Square and Soho. Prior to that over 100 events will be staged over the two weeks in various locations around the English capital.  Here is a link to the festival’s website.

5. San Francisco Pride

Gay Pride Festival in San Francisco, June 26, 2005

When? June 26th and 27th

Said to be “one of the last remaining pride events that can truly be called a rite of passage”, San Francisco Pride 2010 is guaranteed to be a special one as it is the 40th anniversary of the event. The theme for this year’s event is “40 and Fabulous” and the event is mainly held in the Civic Center of downtown San Francisco. Here you’ll find over 200 parade contingents, 300 exhibitors, and 19 stages and venues, making it America’s largest LGBT gathering.  Here‘s the SFP’s website.

6. PrideFest New York

When? June 27th

New York City’s Pridefest is its annual LGBT street fair and takes place on Hudson St. between Abingdon Sq. & West 14th St. It seeks to bring together local residents and families, community leaders, and area business owners to celebrate in the street. Additionally, the event attracts thousands of out-of-state and overseas visitors and volunteers. 2010’s event is the 18th annual PrideFest here in NYC.  Website for Pridefest.

7. Amsterdam Gay Pride

When? August 5th to 8th

Of all gay pride events to take place around the world, the Dutch capital’s festival has to be one of the most fun of the lot. Street parties take place all weekend long, while there are countless themed club nights too. But the highlight is unquestionably the festival’s parade which, unlike in other cities, takes place on Amsterdam’s celebrated canals rather than on the streets.  Link to the parade’s website.

8. Bangkok Pride Week

When? November (dates TBD)

The Thai capital’s Silom Soi district is the setting for most of the events of Bangkok Pride Week, one of the largest LGBT events to take place in Asia. Everything from art to film are showcased, while there are many sporting events held throughout the week. Other highlights include the ‘Pride in the Park’ which is held in Lumpini Park and the annual ‘Utopia Awards’ which honour gay and lesbian pioneers in South East Asia.  Website for Pride Week here.

9. Cape Town Pride

Capetown Pride Parade 2009

When? February-March 2011

Launched annually with a totally fabulous cocktail party, South Africa’s premier LGBT festival was founded in 1994, coinciding with the implementation of the country’s pivotal ‘freedom of sexual orientation’ clause. Attracting thousands of visitors to the city every year, a host of events take place throughout the festival including fashion shows, sports events, film showcases and more.  Website for CTP here.

10. Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras

When? February-March 2011

As it is the gay capital of the Southern Hemisphere, it will come as no surprise to learn that the largest LGBT festival to take place in that half of the world is in Sydney. Famous the world over, among the most popular events over the 19 days include ‘Fair Day’ which is held in Victoria Park (it attracted 70,000 people in 2010!), ‘Mardi Gras Dinner at the Zoo’ which is a unique evening of culinary and zoological exploration in Sydney’s famed Taronga Zoo, and the extremely famous parade which ends the event.  Link to the parade here.

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