Over 250,000 people celebrate Gay Pride at Tel Aviv parade

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TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Ripped men in white underwear, pink bunny ears and black bow ties gyrated through the streets of Tel Aviv along with drag queens and others to loud trance music for the annual Gay Pride Parade on Friday — the biggest event of its kind in the region and drawing people from around the world to party.

The Tel Aviv Municipality said 250,000 people celebrated June 8.

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Phoenix to install rainbow crosswalks to honor gay pride

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ABOVE: Rainbow crosswalks in Tucson. Image from Historic Fourth Avenue Facebook.

PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix city officials have approved turning some crosswalks into a point of gay pride.

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Queerly Beloved: Let’s Not Forget, This Started with a Riot

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As the Tampa Pride celebration approaches, I am readying my family and my congregation for the festivities. Like many other LGBTQ-affirming organizations in the Tampa Bay area, my church is currently collecting our materials for the booth, gathering up beads to throw and buying new matching t-shirts for our contingent to wear in the parade.

I am honored to be one of the grand marshals for Tampa Pride this year. As a clergy person, the significance of holding a public role in Pride is not lost on me. I know that for some, seeing a religious leader at Pride is validating and empowering, but I know that for others it can be triggering and upsetting. As a faith leader, all I can do is offer love and compassion to everyone I encounter, especially at Pride.

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The Kentucky Supreme Court to hear Gay pride T-shirt case

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case regarding a company’s refusal to print T-shirts for a gay-pride festival due to religious beliefs.

News outlets report Kentucky’s highest court issued an order last month saying it would hear the case.

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Come Out With Pride announces 2017 theme

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ORLANDO | Come Out With Pride announced the theme for the 2017 Orlando Pride celebration in a statement Aug. 15.

The theme, “#KeepDancingOrlando,” is a continuation from last year’s rallying cry “Celebrate, Honor, Heal” when the community came together for Pride just four months after Pulse, the worst mass shooting in modern American history.

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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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Across the US, marches and rallies in support of LGBT rights

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WASHINGTON (AP) – In the nation’s capital, and dozens of other cities across the U.S., supporters of LGBT rights gathered for marches and rallies Sunday, celebrating their gains but also angered over threats to those advances.

The centerpiece event, the Equality March in Washington, has been endorsed by virtually every major national advocacy group working on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. Leaders of those groups have been embittered by several actions of President Donald Trump’s administration – including the rollback of federal guidance advising school districts to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms of their choice.

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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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Properties honoring US LGBTQ history, civil rights named among 10 national historic landmarks

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Two Connecticut properties, the James Merrill House in Stonington and the Steward’s House in Cornwall, are among 10 nationwide being designated as historic landmarks.

They were announced Nov.2 by the U.S. Department of the Interior and the National Park Service and are properties recognized as having exceptional value to the nation.

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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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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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Kentucky bill allowing companies to deny services to LGBT people advances

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky businesses could refuse services to gay, lesbian or transgender clients in the name of protecting religious beliefs under a bill advancing in the state Senate.

The bill comes after the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission ordered a Christian T-shirt company to get diversity training for refusing to print shirts for a gay pride festival. A state judge overturned the order, but an appeals court is reviewing the case.

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