Cuban lawmaker: Activists ‘paid’ to organize unsanctioned LGBTI march

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A Cuban lawmaker on Saturday suggested independent activists were “paid” to organize an unsanctioned LGBTI march that took place in Havana last week.

“It’s not only religious groups, but also these so-called activists are often times paid to hold this type of event,” said Luis Ángel Adán Roble in response to questions from the Washington Blade during a panel at an LGBTQ Victory Institute conference that is taking place in the Colombian capital of Bogotá. “I am not saying that everyone who went to it were paid or anything.”

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Turkish police disperse LGBTI activists holding banned Pride march

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ISTANBUL (AP) – Turkey’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex activists gathered July 1 for an LGBTI pride march in Istanbul, moving from street to street for an hour as police tried to end an event the local government had banned for the fourth year in a row.

Hundreds of people chanted slogans and waved rainbow flags on side streets along Istiklal Avenue, Istanbul’s main pedestrian thoroughfare. The organizers released a statement saying the city’s ban would not deter them from marching peacefully.

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Hundreds of thousands at Brazil’s massive gay pride parade

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SAO PAULO (AP) – Hundreds of thousands of revelers gathered in Sao Paulo June 18 for one of the world’s largest gay pride parades with this year’s event focusing on the threat of religious fundamentalism to Brazil’s LGBT community.

Under a giant rainbow-colored flag, revelers of all ages, many wearing bright wigs, turned the city’s Paulista avenue into a multicolored sea of people filling more than 10 city blocks. Organizers said they expected 3 million people to participate in Sao Paulo’s 21st annual gay pride parade, though military police did not release a crowd estimate.

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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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Busy year for protests could cost Washington millions

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WASHINGTON (AP)- The major protests in Washington that have greeted President Donald Trump’s first year in office are set to return in force, continuing an already expensive year for city officials who work to keep people safe during mass gatherings.

With polls showing Trump facing unusually strong disapproval of his agenda in the first 100 days of a presidency, organizers are promising spring rallies for a variety of mostly liberal causes including science, climate change, immigrants’ rights, gay rights and arts funding. Last weekend, demonstrators called on Trump to release his tax returns.

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Gays for Trump to rally in D.C. on March 4

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. of the Washington Blade, courtesy of National Gay Media Association
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The North Carolina-based group Gays for Trump is playing a lead role in organizing a rally and march in support of President Donald Trump scheduled to begin at noon on Saturday, March 4, at the Washington Monument in D.C.

Gays for Trump President Peter Boykin said the D.C. event, which will include a short rally at the site of the Washington Monument followed by a march to the White House, is not a specifically gay event but organizers expect many LGBT people to be participating.

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Protesters march in Paris against same-sex marriage

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PARIS (AP) – Tens of thousands of people have marched in Paris to call for the repeal of a law allowing same-sex marriage, six months before France’s next presidential election.

The protesters ended up at Trocadero Plaza, near the Eiffel Tower. Police estimated the crowd at 24,000, while organizers gave a figure of 200,000.

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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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Boston opens parade to LGBT marchers

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LGBT groups marched in Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade for the first time since a ban was imposed more than 2 decades ago.

The gay military veterans of OutVets and Boston Pride, a Massachusetts’ gay rights group, marched alongside the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council and other local organizations in the annual celebration March 15.

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Catholic archdiocese of Cincinnati to tweak contract’s morality clauses

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CINCINNATI (AP) — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati plans to update language in its teachers’ contract following a committee’s suggestions on its morality clauses.
Archdiocese spokesman Dan Andriacco told the Cincinnati Enquirer that the tweaked language in the contract will clarify what is expected of employees. The clarifications come after last year’s contract sparked protests for its language prohibiting “homosexual lifestyles,” abortion, artificial insemination and public support for any of those causes.

The public battle, which included a protest march, online petitions and a dozen opposition billboards, had divided some of the region’s Catholics. But a large majority of the schools’ 2,800 teachers still signed the contract.

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Gay activists march peacefully in conservative Montenegro

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PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) – Protected by hundreds of riot police, about 200 gay activists marched peacefully in Montenegro, a staunchly conservative Balkan country seeking EU membership.

Carrying banners reading “Let’s Love Each Other” or “This is Just Beginning,” gay activists gathered Nov. 2 in the capital, Podgorica, as police deployed heavily, practically blocking the city center.

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