In Tel Aviv, Neil Patrick Harris says he’s no gay icon

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TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) | This year’s official international ambassador to Tel Aviv’s Gay Pride Parade says he has no interest in being a gay icon.

TV star Neil Patrick Harris arrived in Israel June 12 along with his husband, the chef and actor David Burtka, to headline Tel Aviv’s annual celebration of its famous gay-friendly scene.

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LGBTQ pride parade held in city that initially denied permit

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STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Thousands of people have marched peacefully in the first-ever gay pride parade in a Mississippi city where officials had tried to block the event.

It happened Saturday in Starkville, weeks after the city council initially denied a parade permit. The council later reversed its decision.

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Uganda says police will arrest planners of gay pride parade

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KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) – A Ugandan official says police will arrest organizers who are planning a gay pride parade in the capital, Kampala.

Simon Lokodo, a cabinet minister in charge of ethics and integrity, said in a statement Sept. 21, that the event had not been cleared by the police and would offend the country’s laws.

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Year after attack, thousands march in Jerusalem gay parade

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JERUSALEM (AP) — Thousands of people waving rainbow flags marched through downtown Jerusalem July 21 in the city’s annual gay pride parade in a defiant show of force a year after an extremist ultra-Orthodox Jew stabbed a 16-year-old girl to death at the march.

The heavily guarded event comes against a backdrop of deep divisions in Israel between its secular majority and increasingly powerful nationalist and ultra-Orthodox camps that have spoken out forcefully of late against the LGBT community. The fault lines have been even more pronounced in Jerusalem, the ancient biblical city rich in religious history and tradition, and the gay parade has been an explosive point of contention.

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Israeli police boost security for Jerusalem gay pride parade

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JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say they are stepping up security measures for this week’s gay pride parade in Jerusalem after a deadly attack at last year’s festivities.

Police said July 19 that hundreds of officers will guard the marchers and will conduct security checks at entrances to the parade route. The parade is July 21.

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Canada’s Anglican Church votes against same-sex unions

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TORONTO (AP) — The Anglican Church of Canada narrowly voted against authorizing same-sex marriages July 11 after nearly a week of passionate debates about blessing such unions at the church’s triennial conference.

More than 200 delegates attending the six-day General Synod 2016 north of Toronto narrowly rejected the resolution after more than 60 speakers made their points, with most speaking in support of the resolution.

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Paris celebrates Pride under tight security

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PARIS (AP) – Thousands of people marched July 2 in a gay pride parade in Paris amid tight police security, three weeks after the massacre at a Florida gay nightclub.

Some participants at the Paris parade were wearing black armbands to pay tribute to the Orlando victims.

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Murder conviction for Jerusalem gay pride stabbing

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Jerusalem (AP) – A Jerusalem court convicted an ultra-Orthodox Israeli Jew of murder for fatally stabbing a teenage girl at a gay pride parade last year.

Yishai Schlissel was also convicted April 19 on multiple charges of attempted murder for the people he wounded in the 2015 attack.

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Canadian prime minister stands with LGBT community

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Go Canada! Dreamy Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wants to make sure the LGBT community knows that he is with them. Trudeau will become the first Canadian prime minister to march in Toronto’s annual gay pride parade.

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Florida set to become prime southern wedding destination

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Yulee, Fla. (AP) – With gay marriage now legal in Florida, same-sex couples from around the Deep South crossed the border Jan. 6 as the Sunshine State became a prime regional destination for gay and lesbian weddings still banned back home.

Out-of-state couples lined up outside county courthouses early Tuesday in the Panhandle and northern Florida counties. Some drove for hours to get marriage licenses at the first opportunity.

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Israeli transgender singer in controversial video

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JERUSALEM (AP) – A video promoting Tel Aviv’s Gay Pride Parade has been taken offline after the family of a youngster claimed they did not provide consent to participate.

The video features Israeli transgender star Dana International dancing in a synagogue in the presence of religious children.

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