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    The British Army launches rainbow camo sticks

    In the UK, gay soldiers have only been able to serve openly in the Armed forces since 2000, but today The British Army is recognised as a Top 100 Stonewall Employer for diversity and is a long-term supporter of Pride. This year at the Pride in London Parade, 61 serving soldiers will be marching. The Army is also contributing to other Pride events across the UK, such as Pride Brighton and Pride Manchester.

    To coincide with London Pride 2017, the British Army has launched a new recruitment campaign which subverts traditional camoflage colours which soldiers use to keep hidden, swapping these for the celebratory rainbow boldness of Pride.

    Sgt Guy Lowe-Barrow, Secretary of Army LGBT Forum and the Army BAME Network says “We’re proud to be recognised as a top LGBT employer and this campaign is built on a belief that diversity makes us stronger and more effective. We wanted to reflect the participation of so many of our personnel this weekend and demonstrate the diversity we encourage in the Armed Forces.”

    Adam Kean, Executive Creative Director at creative agency Karmarama, the agency behind the campaign, added “The modern Army is proud of its LGBT+ soldiers and we wanted to celebrate that. Camo cream is all about hiding and blending in, but this is a time for standing out and standing proud. So we’re handing out over a thousand rainbow camo creams at the parade, and creating a advertising campaign to support this.”

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    Kesha – Praying

    It’s been a minute, but Kesha has finally released a new track – and it’s been worth the wait.

    The track, and a dramatic video, were released today, alongside news that a whole new album will be with us in a month.

    The star has been involved in an ugly legal battle with Dr. Luke since 2014, when she filed a suit against her producer, alleging sexual assault and battery which he has denied. Kesha hoped to dissolve her contract with Dr. Luke as a result of the suit, and early this year the singer claimed that the partnership has prevented her from releasing new music. No information has been released about what has happened to allow Kesha to release the new track or album.

    The song was co-written by Kesha, Ryan Lewis (of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis fame), Ben Abraham and Andrew Joslyn; Lewis produced the track.

    On the forthcoming album, country icon Dolly Parton guests on a cover of her 1980 country hit Old Flames Can’t Hold a Candle to You. The track was co-written by Kesha’s mother Pebe Sebert, who also has other songwriting credits the album.

    Kesha penned an essay in Lenny about the struggles she’s faced in recent years.

    Well, you almost had me fooled
    Told me that I was nothing without you
    Oh, but after everything you’ve done
    I can thank you for how strong I have become

    ‘Cause you brought the flames and you put me through hell
    I had to learn how to fight for myself
    And we both know all the truth I could tell
    I’ll just say this is I wish you farewell

    I hope you’re somewhere praying, praying
    I hope your soul is changing, changing
    I hope you find your peace
    Falling on your knees, praying

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    Pride in the Park

    Visit Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens for a picnic, live music and spoken word with UK Black Pride.

    Pride in the Park is a community-style event with all kinds of entertainment. There’ll be a cake baking competition, sports events, dog show, music, spoken word and food and drink. All in a relaxed atmosphere that everyone is welcome to be a part of.

    It is the perfect way to relax with friends the day after the Parade.

    Visit Pride in London for more information about the dog show, sports events, Bake with Pride event and spoken word performances.

    Below is the running order for the Pride in the Park stage.

     

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    Pride in London parade details

    This year’s Pride in London parade takes place on Saturday 8 July 2017.

    The parade starts at 1pm, and takes a 1.4-mile (2.3km) route from just north of Oxford Circus on Regent Street, down Regent Street and through Piccadilly Circus. It then heads down Pall Mall towards Trafalgar Square, and finishes in Whitehall at around 4:30pm.

    The parade is set to be the biggest yet, with more than 300 groups marching and more floats taking to London’s streets than ever before. Anyone is welcome to watch and support the parade, but make sure you arrive early to secure your spot behind the barriers along the route.

    Make sure to arrive early to secure your spot behind the barriers along the route, where you’ll be able to watch the parade. Pride in London is the city’s biggest one-day event, so the streets get very busy with people wanting to support and see the parade – follow our guide to staying safe.

    The busiest area tends to be around Oxford Circus, so try and pick a quieter spot such as lower down on Regent Street to get a good view.

    Anyone is welcome to watch and support the parade, but as it gets very busy, under-16s should be accompanied by an adult.

    Plan ahead for the best way to travel to the parade, as some streets will be closed during the event. If you’re travelling by Tube, you should get off one stop before any point along the parade and walk.

    For a list of the groups in the parade visit the Pride in London website.

    From noon, the following stages will feature performances and entertainment throughout the day:

    • Trafalgar Square main stage
    • Cabaret Stage on Dean Street
    • Community Village in Soho Square
    • Family Stage in Golden Square
    • Women’s Stage in Leicester Square.

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    Here’s how to get the Facebook Pride flag reaction

    Everyone and their mother is going Pride crazy on Facebook! The social network has added a new reaction to celebrate Pride month.

    To get it, all you have to do is like the official LGBTQ@Facebook page, the official page to mark LGBTQ groups working at and using Facebook.

    The page announced it by stating:

    We believe in building a platform that supports all communities. So we’re celebrating love and diversity this Pride by giving you a special reaction to use during Pride Month.

    Once you’ve liked the page, just hover over the thumbs up ‘Like’ button as normal, and the flag should be available in the middle. Fabulous!

    Facebook have not stated how long the reaction will be available for, but as it is an additional one rather than a replacement for the existing set, it is believed it will stay attached to posts even after the ability to add new Pride reactions to post has been retired.

  • Pride rainbow Fanbrush

    Whatever the occasion whether it’s a festival, Gay Pride or for a play… add a rainbow face paint feature wherever you want! Do it all with this lightweight, no mess, unique face paint that can be used over and over again. Fanbrush is a quality cosmetic product made of natural and fat-soluble ingredients. Apply on clean dry face. Wipe off easily with makeup remover or soapy water. Do not use in the eye area. Adult supervision recommended. Choking hazard. Small parts. Do not store at high temperatures and/or direct light.

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    SNL takes on RuPaul’s Drag Race

    In a sketch on this weeks episode of Saturday Night Live, host Chris Pine reveals to actors Kenan Thompson, Beck Bennett, Alex Moffat, and Bobby Moynihan his favourite TV show is the same as ours – RuPaul’s Drag Race. Not only that, his favourite queen is Trinity ‘The Tuck’ Taylor. And it turns out, he’s not the only one obsessed with the show.

    RuPaul’s Drag Race airs weekly on Friday nights on VH1 in the US, and is available on Saturday mornings on Netflix in the UK.