Manchester Pride tickets now on sale

manchesterprideTickets for this year’s Manchester Pride went on sale yesterday (1 May). The annual four-day Big Weekend will take place on the August bank holiday weekend (27-30 August 2010). Early bird tickets are now offered at a reduced rate of £12.50 plus booking fee, and will be available until 30 June. From 1 July, tickets will cost £17.50 plus booking fee. 

China lifts HIV travel ban

chinaFollowing the news earlier this year that the United States was lifting its ban on people infected with HIV from entering the country (a change in law U.S. which came into effect in January 2010), the Chinese government has also now announced that it plans to overturn its own ban on foreign nationals with HIV from entering the country. 

Scissor Sisters announce new album

scissorsistersGay favourites Scissor Sisters have announced details about the release of their third album, Night Work, due June 28 on Polydor Records. One of the biggest bands in the UK over the past decade, Scissor Sisters have been hard at work in studios in London, Bahamas and their home town of New York, and are ready to follow up 2006’s number one album Ta-Dah.

Gay couples wanted for kiss-in!

erosDirect action group Outrage is planning to commemorate its 20th anniversary by re-staging its first ever demo. It will be arranging a ‘Kiss-In for Global Queer Freedom’ at 2pm on Sunday 9 May at Piccadilly Circus, and wants hundreds of couples to attend and to simply kiss each other in an open display of same-sex affection. Originally staged to protest against the arrest of same-sex couples for kissing and cuddling, the Kiss-In helped prompt the Metropolitan Police into ceasing to arrest LGBT couples for displays of affection.

Cyndi Lauper to open NYC gay centre

cyndilauperPop singer Cyndi Lauper is planning on opening a shelter in New York City for LGBT young people.

Lauper, 56, has long been a supporter of lesbian and gay equality through her own True Colors Fund. The centre that she plans to open in Harlem will be called the True Colors Residence.

Brum and Bristol Pride details announced

birminghamprideMore details are emerging about some of the Pride festivals taking place around the UK this year. The organisers of Birmingham Pride today announced further information about the city’s festival – due to take place over the weekend of 29-30 May. 

Last year’s Birmingham Pride attracted an estimated 90,000 visitors to Birmingham’s gay village, and organisers are hopeful that this year’s event will prove even more popular.

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