Massachusetts high court sides with DA in spat over ‘straight parade’ arrests

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BOSTON (AP) | Massachusetts’ highest court has sided with Boston’s district attorney in a dispute over the prosecution of counterprotesters arrested during a “straight pride” parade in Boston on Labor Day weekend.

A state Supreme Judicial Court justice ruled Sept. 9 that Boston Municipal Court Judge Richard Sinnott had “no authority” to force Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins’ office to prosecute a counterprotester arrested at the parade.

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Pride celebrations in Europe mark 50 years since Stonewall

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MADRID (AP) | European cities celebrated LGBTQ pride on Saturday with colorful parades that also became platforms for political demands and a push back against far-right populist parties.

This year’s events in London, Madrid and Budapest mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Inn uprising in New York against police persecution, a turning point in the modern gay rights movement.

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Rainbow crosswalks installed in Chicago’s ‘Boystown’ area

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CHICAGO (AP) | More than a dozen crosswalks are to be painted rainbow colors in Chicago’s “Boystown” area for June’s LGBTQ Pride activities.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the Northalsted Business Alliance expects the crosswalks to be finished in time for Pride Fest on June 22 and 23 and the Chicago Pride Parade on June 30. The 14 crosswalks are being installed along Halsted Street in the Lakeview neighborhood on the city’s North Side. Alliance officials say their money and donations are funding the $60,000 cost.

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Trump is selling ‘LGBTQ for Trump’ rainbow shirts ahead of Pride month

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It isn’t uncommon to see companies and organizations selling rainbow-clad items leading up to June’s LGBTQ Pride month. Recent stories on Disney, Reebok and Bud Light offering products sporting rainbow colors have appeared on many websites, including this one.

It isn’t even strange to see political candidates selling Pride T-shirts as they attempt to raise campaign funds, but you might expect politicians selling those shirts to have at least publicly supported LGBTQ Pride month.

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Disney releases new rainbow collection ahead of Pride month

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ORLANDO | Disney released a new series of LGBTQ-themed items ahead of Pride month this June.

The items — collectively called the Rainbow Disney Collection — include T-shirts, hats, pins, jewelry, dolls and more featuring rainbow colors along with Disney mascot Mickey Mouse.

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California man suspected of rainbow flag theft, bomb threats

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GUERNEVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Investigators say a 55-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of stealing rainbow flags and threatening bomb attacks against gay people and sheriff’s deputies in a Northern California resort town.

Sonoma County authorities say Vincent O’Sullivan was taken into custody Saturday in Guerneville. He could face charges including making criminal threats, along with hate-crime enhancements. It wasn’t immediately known if O’Sullivan has an attorney.

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Watermark Giveaway: Tickets to see the Orlando Magic on Valentine’s Day

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Looking for something special to do with your sweetie on Valentine’s Day? Watermark is giving away two pairs of ticket to see the Orlando Magic on Pride Night, Feb. 14 at 7pm at the Amway Center! Enjoy the game vs the Charlotte Hornets from Ultimate Seats inside the first seven rows of the court. Show your LGBTQ pride as you listen to the Orlando Gay Chorus at halftime. When you and your date get hungry, order from the available in-seat waiter service or head to the Fields Ultimate Lounge. The exclusive lounge has free beverage service including beer, wine, and soda as well as complimentary meat carving stations and a grab-and-go candy wall.

To enter, comment on this post and tell us the name of your favorite Magic player. More details after the jump.

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LGBTQ Pride assembly at Virginia Beach school postponed

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) – An LGBTQ Pride assembly scheduled to occur at Cox High School in Virginia Beach has been postponed.

Media outlets report that the assembly, planned by the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance, was scheduled to take place Dec. 5.

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In the wake of a weather threat from Hurricane Matthew, Pride reboots for a Nov. 12 do over

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Orlando – It isn’t the first time Mother Nature has dampened the spirits of revelers hoping for a celebration of LGBTQ Pride. Back in 2011, Orlando’s Come Out With Pride board had to postpone its annual festival and parade due to rain. This time, though, things looked a little more serious. With what could have been a direct hit from a Category 5 Hurricane Matthew swirling across television screens and computer forecasts, the board – already reeling from necessary redirection due to the Pulse massacre on June 12 – had to make a decision. And it didn’t have time on its side. Concerns rose early.

“We were certainly concerned in the days leading up to the Oct. 8 event, and even as early as Tuesday at the meeting before the event, we were looking at the weather, and we were saying, ‘Oh, this hurricane!’” Come Out With Pride director of marketing and communications Jeff Prystajko says. “We had several meetings: board meetings, volunteer meetings. In the end, we had some very frank and open conversations as to what would happen.”

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