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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Trudeau to be the 1st Canadian Prime Minister to march in Pride Parade

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TORONTO (AP) – Justin Trudeau will become the first Canadian prime minister to participate in Toronto’s annual gay pride march.

Organizers said Feb. 23 Trudeau will march in the parade on July 3.

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Boy Scout performs gay community service for Eagle Scout project

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Chicago (AP) – David Fite had already earned the 21 Boy Scout merit badges needed to earn the coveted rank of Eagle. But he still had to complete a community service project.

Now 16, he’d always been a gung-ho scout, dutiful, polite and committed. But he’d also been disappointed with the organization’s longstanding ban on openly gay scouts and leaders, so much so that he’d considered quitting. “I knew it wasn’t right,” said Fite, who has many family friends who are gay or lesbian – some of them honorary “aunts” and “uncles” who’ve given him money for camp and other scouting projects over the years.

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Gay-themed Festivus Pole coming to the Oklahoma Capitol

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – A Florida man said Dec. 16 his plan has been approved to display in the Oklahoma Capitol rotunda a “Festivus Pole” based on a fictional holiday depicted in the popular 1990s sitcom Seinfeld.

Chaz Stevens, of Jupiter, Florida, will display a “Festivus Pole” Dec. 23 in the building’s first-floor rotunda near an existing display of giant nutcrackers and a gift-laden sleigh.

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Jamaican activist challenges anti-sodomy laws in court

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Kingston, Jamaica (AP) – A Jamaican gay rights activist has brought a rare legal challenge to the Caribbean island’s anti-sodomy laws that criminalize consensual sex between men, according to the Canadian advocacy group he works for.

Gay rights campaigner and attorney Maurice Tomlinson recently filed a claim in Jamaica’s Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of the rarely-used 1864 laws that ban anal sex and anything interpreted as “gross indecency” between men.

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New Delhi Pride celebrates progress while fighting for LGBT rights

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Newq Delhi (AP) – Hundreds of gay rights activists danced to drum beats and held colorful balloons as they marched in a parade in New Delhi, celebrating what they call the diversity of gender and sexuality.

Organizers said that while the gay pride parade celebrated the gains India’s LGBT community has made in recent years, they also wanted to highlight the continuing discrimination it faces.

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