Bird’s-Eye: Last week was Pride week in Toronto, which was dominated in the media by the flip-flop on whether Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QAIA) would be allowed to march, (in the end, they were). What a contrast Toronto is to Madrid’s Gay Pride Day, (in which Israelis were banned!), to Budapest’s (in which some police sided with homophobic attacks on marchers) or to Chicago’s (in which hockey’s Stanley Cup was part of the parade )
A delegation of gay residents of Tel Aviv has been banned from joining a gay pride march in Madrid because authorities in the Israeli city have not condemned the recent attack on the Gaza flotilla.
“After what has happened, and as human rights campaigners, it seemed barbaric to us to have them taking part,” explained Antonio Poveda, of Spain’s Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Transexuals and Bisexuals.
* Extreme Right Attack Against Budapest Pride Budapest Pride 2010
A small group of people wearing extremist symbols assaulted several participants of the 15th Budapest Pride festival…Riot police appeared in large numbers, but they surrounded the victim and demanded that he identify himself, while the perpetrators walked away from the scene….
Several organisers of Budapest Pride heard one police officer using impermissible language, saying that the Festival was provoking the extreme right group with our flag, and that: “I’m not calling anyone [for assistance], they should take their faggot flag down” – he said to another police officer, using the most derogatory term in Hungarian, which denotes rape victims in prisons.
* The Stanley Cup comes out NBC Sports
The Chicago Blackhawks organization struck a huge blow for gay and lesbian equality by agreeing to participate in Chicago’s Gay Pride parade on Sunday, June 27. Defenseman Brent Sopel volunteered to represent the team by carrying the Stanley Cup in the parade.