San Diego Pride Considers Donating $170K Worth Of Profits

San Diego Pride’s giving back, and it’s giving back a lot.

San Diego Pride has announced on Thursday that it will be donating more than $170,000 to 59 different LGBTQ-serving charities and organizations around the world.

According to Patch, San Diego Pride has so much money to spend after having a successful 2018 Pride. They now plan to give over that extra money back to LGBTQ people.

"San Diego Pride, its events and year-round programming are made possible by our over 30 LGBTQ-serving nonprofit community partners, 87 sponsors, 5,600 volunteer shifts, 22,000 volunteers hours, 45,000 Festival attendees, and 250,000 Parade attendees," San Diego Pride Executive Director Fernando Lopez said. "It is this collective effort that builds on the legacy of those who came before us that makes this level of philanthropy possible."

"Our giving will have a tangible impact on projects locally, nationally, and globally that support and sustain LGBTQ communities in a myriad of ways," added San Diego Pride's Director of Philanthropy Sarafina Scapicchio. "This year's grants will help create new LGBTQ youth programs, feed and house people living with HIV, fund multiple LGBTQ-focused performing arts projects, provide legal support for LGBTQ victims of sex trafficking, scholarships for transgender students, emergency housing for homeless LGBTQ people and so much more."

As for which organizations San Diego Pride will donate to, some organizations include Accra Pride, Associação de Educação do Homem de Amanhã de Brasília, Being Alive San Diego, Blindspot Collective, Breakthrough Workshop Theatre, Casa Ruby, Inc., and more.

San Diego Pride plans to donate to Pride Community Grants to fund youth programs, sobriety services, LGBTQ arts and culture programs, queer communities of color, transgender community support programs, and health and human services programs.

Check out the official press release for more info and the full list of recipients.

Check Out Loving Photos From This Year's Gay Pride Parade In Taipei

Many LGBTQ people and allies celebrated at Taipei's Gay Pride Parade last week as gay marriage edges closer to reality in the country of Taiwan.

Back in 2017, Taiwan’s highest court ruled that the Civil Code law defining marriage as between a man and a women was unconstitutional. This led to the reality that gay marriage will be coming to the country in 2019 at the latest.

While the slow moving of lawmakers has allowed the religious intolerant to form a referendum against gay marriage, marriage equality is still a happy possibility for the country and its LGBTQ citizens.

With that in mind, the Taipei Gay Pride Parade had a lot to celebrate. Want to see how the festivities went down? Check out the photos below.



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[11/24公投兩好三壞] [Vote for a better Taiwan] - 贊同方提出的平權公投案14、15請投同意 - 反同方用“愛家”兩字包裝的“愛家”公投案10、11、12請投不同意 ====== Whenever I see this photo, I feel very warm that my parents were willing to attend Amei’s concert just because my little brother and I are crazy about her. Since my brother and I are both gay, our parents have been striving to accept our sexual orientation. The pressure and prejudice coming from the society makes it hard to mention the matter to our friends or family. However, we have conquered lots of obstacles and become even closer to each other in the process because deep down, we know that we truly love and care for each other. - In Amei’s concert, called “Utopia”, we were surrounded by many LGBTQ members because @amit_feat_amei is not only a super popular singer but also very supportive for LGBTQ society. At that moment, our family finally let go of the constraints and revealed our true colors, which I hope that every citizen in Taiwan will have in the near future. - Marriage should be a right, not a privilege. In May 2017, Taiwan's Constitutional Court ruled that prohibiting same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and gave the government 2 years to amend existing laws to legalize marriage equality. However, there will be 5 questions related to LGBTQ rights, especially same-sex marriage and LGBTQ education, in the Taiwan’s referendum held on 11/24/2018. The outcomes might affect the future actions taken by Taiwan’s government to deal with the LGBTQ rights. - Hope that people in Taiwan have the wisdom to defend the human rights, which makes Taiwan a humanity beacon in Asia. And wish that Taiwan will become the first in Asia to realize marriage equality. - #referendum #公投 #兩好三壞 #marriageequality #婚姻平權 #utopia #烏托邦 #wearefamily #weareone #lgbtq #instagay #rainbow #humanrights #tapcpr #伴侶盟 #loveislove #taiwanpride

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Virgin Airlines Launches Pride Flight to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots

Very few people enjoy flying in an airplane. It's tedious, boring, and stuffy. Basically, flying is a drag. But what would you say if a flight could be a drag show? Virgin Atlantic will accomplish just that on June 28th, 2019 on their Pride Flight, according to The Guardian to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.

The flight will be hosted by Tituss Burgess, who plays as the campy Titus Andromedon (also known as Ronald Wilkerson, Flouncy Magoo, Cork Rockingham, Murasaki, and Trevor Millionair) in Netflix's hit show Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Anyone who has seen the show knows just how over-the-top and flamboyant Titus is so this flighy should be nothing short of entertaining. The flight will leave from Heathrow in Longford to Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey (The Guardian article says it's in New York but as a New Jersey native I had to set the record straight) to celebrate World Pride in 2019, which, as stated above, marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which are widely regarded as the cornerstone of modern day gay rights movements.

On the eight-hour flight, there will be many colorful, lively, and gay events performed by an entirely LGBTQ staff, such as live performances, drag queen bingo, and a Judy Garland singalong, so while people are flying somewhere over the rainbow they can be entertained, unlike watching the same exact movie multiple times. It's definitely not your average "please fasten your seatbelt and return your tray table to its upright and locked position" kind of flight and it seems exactly like the type of flight that I would want to be on because I always like to keep it gay.

Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Holiday united with the non-profit organization NYC & Company and Alliance for Downtown New York. The tickets for the flight range from £380 (approximately $502) to £699 (approximately $924). Virgin Airlines' executive vice president and global LGBT lead for Virgin Group, Mark Anderson, says that Virgin is dedicated to this flight, saying that Virgin is not "the type of company to mark an occassion like this half-heartedly" and that they "take... commitments to diversity and inclusion seriously but... have a lot of fun along the way."

It's nice to see companies standing in solidarity with LGBTQ people in a world as divisive as this one. The next time I fly, I'll fly Virgin.

Bearded and Burly Men Embrace Their Inner Mermaid to Raise Attention to Violence Prevention

Last year they raised over $300,000 towards mental health research and they're back to raise awareness of violence and to help violence prevention. The Merb'ys of Newfoundland in Canada are a group of burly, bearded men who pose against beautiful Newfoundland landscapes. A genius concept, really, because who doesn't like beautiful men and beautiful nature pictures?

In addition to being great to look at, the Merb'ys are raising awareness of violence in Canada, with proceeds going to Violence Prevention Newfoundland and Labrador. In doing this, the Merb'ys sending out the message that violence will not be tolerated.

The purpose of the 2019 calendar is to challenge traditional masculinity to help curb violence. The photoshoot included men of all shapes and sizes, ethnic backgrounds, and gender identities to showcase that there is beauty in differences. Merb'ys is doing a great public service by donating their money to violence prevention programs while also being all inclusive with a variety of different models. The creator of Merb'ys, Hasan Hai, never expected this concept to make as much money as it did, but judging by last year's profits, it's safe to assume that people love strong, husky men.


h/t: globalnews.ca

Is Stephen Amell's Gay Pride Shirt Tasteless?

Is Stephen Amell's Gay Pride Shirt Tasteless?

Funny Frat Bro Or A Complete Insult?

Ahhh, okay! So, I'm not one to bury an ally of the LGBTQ community, but this mock apparel is truly grinding my gears. On Sunday, Vancouver celebrated its gay pride and it was obviously one of the better hashtags to follow on social media throughout the weekend. The CW's lead actor in ArrowStephen Amell, attended Vancouver Pride and even spent some time with Drag Queens as seen in the photograph below.


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While that is fine and dandy, Amell decided *this* shirt should be his pride outfit. 


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Yes, Amell is wearing one of those horribly tacky, confusing shirts that read "I'm not gay, but $20 is $20." Like, okay? I don't doubt that Amell isn't an ally. He even appeared in two episodes of the silver screen gay Bible, Queer As Folk. But the shirt choice is just, stupid. That shirt is basically saying you'll be gay for (low) pay. I can't believe these shirts are still in circulation! Amell is obviously a stud, but I think this shirt is the only thing that definitely doesn't suit him. Perhaps he should've showed up in the Green Arrow costume.

Are you giving an eye roll to Amell's pride outfit?  

We Want to Know: What Has Been Your Biggest 'Pride' Moment?

Pride Month is an incredibly important time for the LGBTQ community. It brings us together in ways that no other month does, and is a major reminder of how tight knit we truly are and just how many millions of people out there really do support us.

There is undoubtedly at least one major moment that has happened to each and every single one of us in our community that makes us think of the word "pride" more than any other. Perhaps it was when you came out, or when you marched in your first pride parade, and so on and so forth. 

I polled several of my friends with that particular question: what has been your biggest "pride" moment in your life? Take a look at what they had to say:

"June 26, 2015 - the Obergefell ruling. One of the greatest days ever."

"Holding my husband's hand in the street in the sun during the parade and looking over at him smiling and telling me how much he loved me."

 "Seeing LGBTQA+ and straight allies unite to help those affected by the Pulse massacre." 

"Performing my heart out for my sister that passed away a month prior to pride. Living my life to the fullest and knowing that she loved me for who i was."

"A few years ago...and it wasn't planned...but I ran into like 15 people from an online world/game i was apart of...then back to a bud's place who's roof deck was all forest and landscaped so awesome that you could not tell u was in Manhattan. Had an awesome last minute party with some good food, drinks and peeps."

"The first time that i went to pride parade in Chicago . It was just a few months after I moved from the Middle East. The most amazing feeling seeing the rainbow flag and everyone was happy. That was the first time that I felt it was okay to be gay,"

"Seeing the dykes on bikes at my first pride parade."

"Being in front of Stonewall Inn after the Supreme Court found in favor of Edie Windsor. Maybe one of the best moments of my life."

"In June of 2007 I arranged a meeting at my UU church between a group of LGBT families with our state representative. He had voted against gay marriage multiple times. At our meeting we learned he was changing his vote. That week a vote in the Massachusetts State House to put an anti-gay measure on the ballot lost by six votes - the anti-gay marriage measure was not on the 2008 ballot, and gay marriage in Massachusetts was preserved. On the day of the vote I found myself face-to-face with the head of the Massachusetts Family Association - took a wide stance that blocked his entrance to my state senator's office, and debated him on marriage rights. I was NOT expecting this confrontation, and was a bit overwhelmed facing off in a spontaneous debate with this abhorrent guy, but I had the advantage of having just overheard a secretary whisper in her phone that the senator was changing his vote - to protect gay marriage. I stalled him from entering the office for a few minutes, and, hopefully set him off-guard. Within an hour the vote was taken and gay marriage won the day!"

So Instinct Magazine followers, tell us... what has been your biggest "Pride" moment?

5 Potential Headliners for World Pride in New York City Next Year

As someone who resides in The Big Apple, I can already tell you that the excitement around this city hosting World Pride in 2019 is already building and we haven't even had our own pride yet this year (next weekend). 

Yes, NYC is the first domestic city in the United States to host World Pride. It's extra special as 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, so we sort of feel obliged to make it that much more incredible and best previous cities like Madrid and Toronto in the process (no shade).

This year's NYC pride headliner is Kylie Minogue, which is fabulous and she would be a wonderful addition for next year's should she decide to come back. But let's get down to the brass tax: World Pride 2019 needs several amazing headliners as we want this to be something we truly never forget. One simply isn't enough.

This is also something that people from all around the world will be flying in for, so the international presence will need to be felt on some level with the people who will perform. That being said, here are 5 artists (err, 6) who I think would be an absolute thrill to have at World Pride next June.

Ricky Martin: We've seen one of our own perform at sold out stadiums all over the world, and that heat that he brings in all of his performances can easily translate to the stage that will be World Pride. 

Madonna/Lady Gaga: Y'all want a gag? Get these two to perform... separately, and together. Chances are Gaga will more than likely be there, given that she's from New York, but to have both these ladies who are massive LGBTQ icons under one roof would almost be too good to be true. 

Jennifer Lopez: J. Lo, similar to Ricky, knows how to put on a show. She's captivating the minute she hits the stage, and she's adored by the gay community. Just like Gaga, she's a fellow New Yorker, and would make our city proud with one of her fierce performances.

Sam Smith: One of our own, is cute, and can sing like no other. He would be perfect for a part during pride where we are waving our lighters back and forth while singing along to "Stay with Me".

Beyonce: Take what she did at Coachella but with an LGBT angle. Think about it. You're welcome.

This was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers when it comes to this subject. 





A Big Gay Dance Party Will Welcome Mike Pence to Columbus, Ohio

On Friday, a big gay dance party will welcome Vice President Mike Pence to Columbus, Ohio.

That afternoon, Pence is scheduled to headline an event hosted by conservative nonprofit America First Policies at the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel.

Sponsored in part by ProgressOhio, the event officially titled Big LGBTQ Dance Party will transpire from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. just outside the hotel, and will feature DJ Moxy, drag queens and more. Nearly 400 people are marked as “attending” the event as of this writing.

Pence is, of course, notoriously anti-LGBTQ+ rights. He has repeatedly voted against anti-hate crime legislation in Congress, and he’s expressed support for amending the Constitution to ban same-sex marriage.

Pence also has allegedly expressed support for conversion therapy in the past, and earlier this year he got into an on-again off-again spat with Olympian Adam Rippon that never ceases to entertain.

Though this dance party sounds like a must for anyone in the Columbus area, it’s far from the first time LGBTQ+ activists have gracefully trolled the VP.

Last year, Werk For Peace attracted 200 people to a dance party at Pence’s rental home in D.C., and last December Pence and his family were greeted by neighbors with “Make America Gay Again” flags on a vacation to Aspen.

h/t: https://www.advocate.com/politics/2018/6/12/lgbt-dance-party-welcome-mike-pence-columbus-ohio

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/202327610490322/

Oversold LA Pride Festival Gets Locked Down, Hundreds Turned Away

Hundreds were turned away from West Hollywood’s Pride Festival on Saturday night, including many people who’d purchased tickets.

Over 100,000 have people turned out for the LA Pride Festival, meant to run before and after Sunday’s Pride Parade,

Saturday’s oversold festival was meant to run from 12 p.m. to 1 a.m. but hit capacity at 10 p.m., causing the fire marshal and local law enforcement to crack down and enforce barriers. People who left the venue and returned were not allowed to come back inside, either.

According to NBC Los Angeles, disturbances broke out around the will call window and in the street, and an LA County Sheriff’s Department officer was assaulted.

Check out the link below for helicopter footage of the scene on Santa Monica Boulevard.

h/t: https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Pride-Festival-in-West-Hollywood-at-Capacity-485060791.html

Kfar Saba Became The Ninth City in Israel To Host A Gay Pride Event

Israel’s Kfar Saba just had its first ever Gay Pride Parade.

While Israel is no stranger to Gay Pride Parades and events, with eight cities including Tel Aviv holding annual events, Kfar Saba is new to the idea. That said, Kfar Saba has now joined the ranks of those other cities and held its first parade.

Over 2,000 citizens and guests got together to take part in the inaugural pride event earlier today. Those who actively participated in the march walked in a circular route that passed the main street of Weizmann without incident.

This successfully event was orchestrated by a group of LGBTQ youth after one of their transgender friends was attacked. They decided to create the event to show how supportive the community is of LGBTQ people.

18-year-old Noga Fishman, who was one of the organizers, told Ynet news, “The first Gay Pride Parade in Kfar Saba is the biggest thing I’ve ever worked on. I’m happy that I managed, along with my second family, to give pleasure to so many people and to make history.”

That said, the event did have a hitch in its planning thanks to the authorities.

Because of the fact that the parade would pass through main streets, the police asked the group to put up six and a half foot tall barricades. The group couldn’t afford to do so however, because they would cost NIS 24,000 (approximately, $6,747.46).

The organizers then petitioned the High Court with the argument that the financial burden of the barricades violated their freedom of expression and protest. In addition, they argued that it was the police’s job to protect and thus their financial burden to bare.

Two days after the petition was presented to the court, the police pulled back their demands and said they would handle the finances for protecting the march participants.

That’s eventually what they did as the inaugural march went on without any problems.

Congratulations to Kfar Saba.


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