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Dallas Gay Pride 2016

Dallas Gay Pride 2016

The Alan Ross Texas Freedom Pride Parade and Festival has steadily grown into one of the biggest and most enthusiastic gay pride celebrations in the southern half of the United States. It’s actually the formal name for Dallas Gay Pride, which this year observes its 31st anniversary (at least in its current form), with its celebration set for September 18, 2016. Dallas actually began holding a Gay Pride celebration in 1972, in solidarity with and commemoration of the 1969 Stonewall Riots that are the basis for many Pride events held around the country in June.

Dallas Gay Pride Parade and Festival in September:

The Dallas Tavern Guild took over the operation of Dallas Pride in 1982, moved it to September, and called it the Texas Freedom Parade. It was later renamed in honor of one of the parade’s key architects, the former Guild director Alan Ross. Since 1983, The Alan Ross Texas Freedom Pride Parade and Festival is held the third Sunday in September – in 2016, it occurs on Sunday, September 18.

Austin Gay Pride 2016

Austin Gay Pride 2016

Not only is Austin the state capital of the Lone Star State, it’s also one of the most progressive and gay-friendly cities in the southern United States. So it’s only fitting that this fast-growing city’s Austin Gay Pride Festival and Parade continues to grow in attendance and popularity.

The event is a combination of what used to be two different but concurrent events, the Pride of Texas Festival and the Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Pride Parade, which combined forces a few years ago to create one all-inclusive, popular event.

Austin Gay Pride takes place at the end of August – the dates of Austin Pride Week are August 20 through August 28, 2016, with the Austin Pride Festival and Parade taking place on August 27, 2016.

GLAAD Announces Media Awards Nominees

Glaad Media Awards 2016 Nominees

(CNN)GLAAD announced the nominees for the 27th annual GLAAD Media Awards on Wednesday, and for the first time, more than 50% of the English-language nominations are trans-inclusive.

Nominees include Oscar-nominated films like “Carol” and popular TV shows such as “Empire” and “Orange is the New Black.” Streaming services earned a record seven nominations (up from three last year), with Netflix bagging five of those.

The nominees for outstanding film (wide release) are “Carol,” “The Danish Girl,” “Dope,” “Freeheld” and “Grandma.” “Arrow,” “Black Sails,” “Empire,” “The Fosters,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Nashville,” “Orphan Black,” “Sense8” and “Shameless” are nominated for outstanding drama series.

Outstanding reality program nominees are “I Am Cait,” “I Am Jazz,” “New Girls on the Block,” “The Prancing Elites Project” and “Transcendent.”

GLAAD — the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender advocacy organization — announced 101 nominees in 20 English-language categories and 46 Spanish-language nominees in 11 categories. Cable networks earned 27 nominations while broadcast networks garnered 18.

“For nearly three decades, the GLAAD Media Awards have propelled inclusion in media and driven LGBT acceptance forward,” GLAAD Chief Executive Officer and President Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement. “This year’s nominees have raised the bar for creating thoughtful and diverse LGBT images and storylines, deepening audiences’ understanding of LGBT people and accelerating acceptance across the world.”

GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies will be April 2 at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles and May 14 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York. For the first time in a decade, the ceremony will be aired on Logo in April.