Activists kept from gathering en masse for Istanbul Pride

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ISTANBUL (AP) – Turkish police stopped activists for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights from gathering in large numbers for an LGBT pride event in Istanbul June 25, but smaller groups made impromptu press statements defying a ban imposed by the governor.

Organizers of the 2017 Istanbul LGBTI+ Pride had vowed to march in central Taksim Square, using a Turkish hashtag for “we march,” despite the ban on gay pride observances ordered by the Istanbul governor’s office for the third year in a row.

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YMCA gets Boy George to sing ‘YMCA’ cover for organization

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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YMCA Australia has tapped Boy George to cover the iconic anthem “YMCA” by the Village People as part of its Why Not? campaign.

The campaign is meant to raise awareness for “issues young people are facing today,” including mental health and Australia’s ongoing battle for marriage equality.

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European court rules Russian propaganda law is discriminatory

By : MICHAEL K. LAVERS of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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The European Court of Human Rights on Wednesday ruled a Russian law that bans so-called gay propaganda to minors is discriminatory and violates freedom of speech.

Three Russian LGBT advocates — Nikolai Bayev, Alexei Kiselyov and Nikolai Alexeyev — challenged the law that President Vladimir Putin signed in 2013.

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Confirmation of Serbia’s first gay Prime Minister thrown into doubt

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BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) – Serbia’s ruling conservatives said June 19 if Prime Minister-designate Ana Brnabic doesn’t get enough votes to be confirmed by parliament as the first openly gay person to head the country’s government, an early general election will be held.

Brnabic, nominated last week by Serbian Present Aleksandar Vucic, could also become the conservative nation’s first female prime minister if she’s selected. But some of Vucic’s coalition partners said they will vote against her because of her sexual orientation.

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China censors gay kiss in ‘Alien: Covenant’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Moviegoers in China will miss out on watching Michael Fassbender make out with himself in “Alien: Covenant.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, cyborgs Walter and David, both played by Fassbender, kiss each other in the latest “Alien” film. China has removed the scene, as well as some gory violent scenes, from its screenings. About six minutes of footage has been cut from the film.

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Thousands attend gay pride march in Ukraine’s capital

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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) – Thousands of people attended a gay pride parade in Ukraine’s capital amid tight security June 18.

A counterdemonstration by a few hundred ultranationalists resulted in scuffles with police in which two officers were injured and six people arrested, Kiev police chief Andrei Krishchenko said.

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FIFA targets gay slurs by Chile, Mexico fans in Russia

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ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — In a bid to rid the World Cup of gay slurs, FIFA will get tough with Latin American fans in Russia.

FIFA has ordered tighter monitoring of offensive incidents at Confederations Cup matches which kicked off June 17, and wants referees to stop play if fans persist.

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Ireland’s new prime minister formally takes power

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LONDON (AP) – Leo Varadkar took office June 14 as Ireland’s youngest Taoiseach, or prime minister. The son of an Indian immigrant, he is the first openly gay politician to serve in that post.

“I’ve been elected to lead but I promise to serve,” the 38-year-old said.

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Over 200,000 at Tel Aviv Gay Pride Parade, region’s biggest

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TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) – Thousands of people from around the world are partying in Tel Aviv at the Gay Pride Parade, the region’s largest.

The Municipality said over 200,000 people celebrated this past Friday. The theme of this year’s parade is “Bisexuality Visibility.”

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Germany starts granting humanitarian visas to Chechen gays

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BERLIN (AP) – Germany has begun granting gays from Chechnya special visas on humanitarian grounds following reports that gay people are being tortured and killed in the Russian republic.

The Foreign Ministry told The Associated Press June 8 that the first man arrived in Germany on June 6 and four other applications for humanitarian visas are being reviewed.

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Malta prime minister pledging to introduce same-sex marriage law

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VALLETTA, Malta (AP) – Joseph Muscat, who was sworn in June 5 for a second term as Malta’s prime minister, is pledging to introduce a same-sex marriage law when Parliament convenes in the next few weeks.

Official results showed his Labour Party won 55 percent of the vote June 3 to the opposition National Force coalition’s 44 percent, the same margin as his first victory in 2013. The National Force is comprised of the Nationalist Party and the Democratic Party.

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Man arrested for planning ‘terror attack’ at Tel Aviv Pride parade

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Israeli police on June 3 arrested a man who allegedly threatened to carry out a “terror attack” during this week’s Tel Aviv Pride parade.

The Times of Israel reported the 20-year-old man from Bnei Brak, a primarily ultra-Orthodox city that is located a few miles east of Tel Aviv, made the threat on his Facebook page. The newspaper said the man wrote in Hebrew, “Who’s coming with me to carry out a terror attack at the Pride march?”

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