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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St. Pete Pride board member Susan McGrath responds to our St. Pete Pride Viewpoint column

By : Billy Manes
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Though we don’t normally do this – not directly, except in our letters section – we’d like to present this rebuttal to one of our Viewpoints. Not everybody is happy with Greg Stemm’s opinion piece in our Viewpoint section about St. Pete Pride. You can read the original here.

This is Pride board member Susan McGrath’s response.

As a St Pete Pride board member and a 19-year homeowner in Historic Kenwood, I cannot express my level of disappointment in opening the “St Pete Pride” Watermark edition to see a page devoted to substantial misinformation and language that is divisive and unproductive for our community.

Let’s begin with the facts.

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Trump tweets ‘never forget’ on one year mark of Pulse shooting

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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On the one-year mark of the Pulse massacre, President Trump tweeted on Monday an image of the 49 individuals killed at the gay nightclub, urging his followers to “never forget” the victims.

“We will NEVER FORGET the victims who lost their lives one year ago today in the horrific #PulseNightClub shooting,” Trump tweeted.

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Pentagon celebrates Pride with LGBT service members

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The U.S. military has entered a new era under the Trump administration as many wonder if the LGBT progress after “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal will remain in place, but one thing that hasn’t changed is the annual reception at the Pentagon recognizing Pride.

The event — coordinated by DOD Pride, the Pentagon affinity group for LGBT service members and civilians — took place on Monday as it has each year after repeal of the military’s gay ban, and now after the rule change allowing transgender people to serve in the armed forces.

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Billboard ranks top 20 LGBT anthems for Pride

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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In celebration of Pride month, Billboard has released its picks for the top 20 LGBT anthems.

The list includes some obvious favorites such as “Born This Way” by Lady Gaga, ‘I’m Coming Out” by Diana Ross and “Vogue” by Madonna. However, some people were wondering why the list missed some other well known gay faves.

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McDonald’s to celebrate D.C. Pride with rainbow fry boxes

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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McDonald’s is celebrating Pride with the LGBT community by selling limited edition rainbow fry boxes at locations following the Capital Pride Parade route from June 9 through June 11.

WTOP reports the boxes will be sold while supplies last at the 1944 14th Street N.W., 1619 17th Street N.W. and 1916 M Street N.W. locations.

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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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Ivanka Trump calls for a ‘joyful’ Pride as dad remains silent

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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Although her father has stayed mute on the occasion, Ivanka Trump has become the sole official in the Trump administration and member of the Trump family to recognize June as Pride month.

Attributing a few days of silence on Twitter to recognition of a Jewish holiday, Ivanka Trump made the comments recognizing Pride Thursday on the first day of June on Thursday using the hashtag #Pride2017.

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Romanians celebrate LGBTQ Pride amid moves to limit rights

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BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) – Some 1,000 people joined an LGBTQ Pride march in the Romanian capital of Bucharest May 20, demanding greater rights amid government moves they say will curtail their rights.

Some 30 ambassadors expressed support for the march and for protecting the rights of the LGBTQ community and U.S. Ambassador Hans G. Klemm was among those taking part, despite the pouring rain.

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Will Trump, gov’t agencies recognize Pride month?

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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Picture it: President Trump enters the East Room of the White House on a warm D.C. day in June to the sound of cheers from adoring members of the LGBT community holding up their iPhones to document the occasion with videos and photos.

With his daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner at his side, Trump welcomes guests and commemorates June as Pride month by recognizing the LGBT community’s accomplishments in recent years.

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Albania LGBTQ rights organizations hold annual Pride ride

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TIRANA, Albania (AP) – LGBTQ rights organizations in Albania have held their annual Pride event without any disturbances, while the country’s political opposition prepared for an unrelated national protest in the capital, Tirana.

Scores of bikers with multi-colored balloons and flags started their mile-long (1.6 kms) ride May 13 passing past a tent pitched by the opposition in front of Prime Minister Edi Rama’s office in downtown Tirana.

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New group defends integrated Israel military

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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A new group seeks to counter growing opposition to LGBTQ and female soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces.

Blue and White Pride describes itself as “a movement of Israelis, men and women, who serve in Israel’s security forces, both as conscripts and in the reserves, and want to maintain the IDF as a meeting point for Israeli society.” The group also seeks to strengthen “the values of the IDF and those serving” against the backdrop of “anti-liberal forces trying to stop” the integration of women, LGBTQ Israelis and other minorities into the military.

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