Images of the the 2013 Pride in London parade. It travelled from Baker Street, through Oxford Circus, and down to Trafalgar Square.
Now we're off to the Gay Pride parade in Paris on Saturday. Being just one month to the day since France celebrated its first gay marriage, this year's event was something special. Techno music accompanied the rainbow-decorated parade through the city centre to end at the Place de la Bastille.
The US Supreme Court declared that the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional. Clebrations broke out. Even Sesame Street characters Bud and Ernie joined in. Two men from Florida immediately became the first binational, married, same-sex couple granted a greencard in the wake of DOMA's death this week.
Penny Wong has been elected unopposed as leader of the Australian Senate. It makes her the third most powerful politician in Australia after the prime minister and deputy PM. On 13 September 2010, she was sworn in as Minister for Finance and Deregulation in Julia Gillard’s cabinet. Pictured with her partner below.
After attempting to hold a gay pride rally, many gay rights demonstrators have been arrested in the Russian city of St Petersburg. Authorities claimed that the demonstration had broken a law passed this week. It forbids “homosexual propaganda”, and around 40 people were arrested.
Lustralboy says: As in life, it's often two steps forward and one step back. Maybe we should be proud that in June 2013 it felt more like 10 steps forwards and just one Russian step in the wrong direction.
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