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East London Gay Pride March Canceled for Fears of Stirring Conflict with Muslim Community

UPDATE: The march has been canceled.

Activists are protesting the announcement of an East End Gay Pride march in London because of concerns that it could increase tension with the area's Muslim community, and because its organizer has been accused of having ties to a far-right anti-Islamist group:

Gayfreezone "The march, to be held on April 2nd, has been organised by six friends as a response to anti-gay stickers plastered around the East End. But opponents say it is an 'emotional reaction' which 'risks antagonising and scapegoating' Muslims. They have also accused organisers of having 'close links' to the English Defence League because some have Facebook friends who appear to be involved in the far-right group."

The stickers, which were plastered around East London in early February, declared the area a "gay-free zone".

OutRage activist Peter Tatchell released a statement saying the group opposed the march:

"OutRage! is not supporting East London Gay Pride, following the revelation of links between some of the organisers and the right-wing English Defence League (EDL). I have also withdrawn my personal support. We fear the march will be exploited and hijacked by the far right to create divisions and stir up intolerance against Muslim people...While defending the right of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and inter-sex (LGBTI) people to protest against homophobia and the 'Gay Free Zone' stickers, it would be best if the march was postponed until a later date and organised by a broad-based grassroots and community coalition, untainted by associations with the EDL. Muslim organisations and speakers should be invited to participate in the rescheduled East London Pride."

Watch: Third Couple Challenges Ban on Gay Marriage in the UK


Activist Peter Tatchell, who is spearheading the Equal Love campaign in the UK, discusses the bid to overturn civil partnership laws, and follows Scott Maloney and Matthew Toreson, a couple of 18 years, as they apply for a marriage license.


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Watch: Lesbian Couple Challenge's UK's Ban on Gay Marriage


Yesterday, a lesbian couple challenged the UK law by applying for a marriage license in England:

Rev Sharon Ferguson and her partner Franka Strietzel were turned away on the grounds that UK law stipulates that marriage partners have to be male and female.

The couple now plan to challenge this restriction in the courts, arguing that the ban on same-sex marriage violates Articles 14 (protection against discrimination), 12 (the right to marry) and 8 (the right to respect for family life) of the Human Rights Act.

Rev. Ferguson is an ordained minister of religion and chief executive of the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement.  Franka Strietzel is a corporate trainer.

Today’s application for a civil by the couple was the first of four that form part of the new ‘Equal Love’ campaign coordinated by human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell and sponsored by the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender human rights organisation OutRage!

There will also be four application by opposite-sex couple for a civil partnership licence.

The Equal Love campaign seeks to end the prohibition on same-sex marriages and opposite-sex civil partnerships.

Watch an interview with the couple and a film of their attempt, AFTER THE JUMP...

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EQUAL LOVE: Activist Peter Tatchell launches campaign for marriage equality in the UK. 

MESSAGE TO OBAMA: Constance McMillen, Ceara Sturgis, Will Phillips, and Robin McGehee record a message for the President.

SCOTT SPARK: His new video for "Fail Like You Mean It".

BEAR CITY: Erin Brown walks the red carpet at the premiere of the new film.

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Watch: Thousands Protest Pope Benedict in London


Thousands turned out in London over the weekend to protest Pope Benedict's visit to the UK.

Watch an excellent video diary on the march, AFTER THE JUMP...

The Press Association reports:

Jesus "Organisers said as many as 20,000 humanists, secularists and human rights campaigners took part in the central London march - ten times the number expected. They gathered to air their opposition to the Pope's teachings on a range of issues from gay rights and women priests to the use of condoms and clerical sex abuse. The demonstration ended with a series of speeches from humanist luminaries, during which eminent scientist Richard Dawkins rounded on the Pontiff as 'an enemy of humanity'. Protesters gathered near Hyde Park Corner for the Protest the Pope rally. Some held aloft banners stating: "The Pope is wrong - put a condom on" and 'Pope protects paedophile priests'. Among those in attendance was human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, who hit out at the use of taxpayers' money being used to fund the visit. He said: 'The Vatican isn't a state, it is not recognised as a country by the UN. To give the Pope head of state status is wrong and to give him immunity against prosecution is wrong - no-one should be above the law.'"

Pink News also has a write-up.

Watch clips of Tatchell and the march, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Ottawa RoadOttawa, Canada's gay village to get specialized signage?

RoadResearching racism on Grindr.

RoadGay activist Peter Tatchell to speak at London debate on Pope's visit: "Speaking in advance of the debate, Peter Tatchell said: "As democrats, we believe the Pope has every right to visit Britain and express his opinions. But we also have a right to protest against his often harsh, extreme views. We have a right to say that he is not welcome."

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RoadWorldNet Daily amps up the anti-gay hate during war with Ann Coulter.

RoadTony Blair gives George W. Bush high marks for integrity.

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