Dutch men hold hands in solidarity with beaten gay couple

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AMSTERDAM (AP)- In a simple act of solidarity, same-sex couples and many others across the Netherlands have held hands this week to protest the beating of two gay men- an attack that shook a nation that has long prided itself on its tolerance.

The beating in the eastern city of Arnhem was far from isolated in the Netherlands, long seen as one of the world’s most welcoming to same-sex couples. The city’s mayor conducted the world’s first gay marriages in 2001.

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Fire alarm, protests disrupt ex-pharma exec Shkreli’s talk

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP)- A fire alarm rang out moments before indicted former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli was to speak at Harvard University, briefly delaying an appearance that also was disrupted by student protests.

The former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, who was widely criticized for hiking up the price of a drug used by AIDS and cancer patients to fight parasitic infections, was invited by the Harvard Financial Analysts Club to discuss investing at the Wednesday night event. But a few minutes before it began, someone pulled a fire alarm and police evacuated the building.

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Taiwanese protest for, against same-sex marriage bill

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TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) – Thousands of Taiwanese protested Nov. 17 outside the island’s legislature both for and against a bill that could make Taiwan the first place in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage.

Organizers estimated that more than 20,000 people protested, carried placards, flew flags and chanted slogans as lawmakers deliberated the bill inside.

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Tampa Bay Bucs WR Mike Evans will stand for anthem, not discrimination

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans says he will not continue to protest the election of Donald Trump as president by declining to stand for the national anthem before games.

The third-year pro apologized Nov. 16 to the military and anyone else “truly affected” by him not joining his teammates in standing on the sideline before last week’s game against the Chicago Bears.

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‘Not my president:’ Trump denounced in protests across US

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A day after Donald Trump’s election to the presidency, campaign divisions appeared to widen as many thousands of demonstrators — some with signs with messages declaring “NOT MY PRESIDENT” — flooded streets across the country to protest his surprise triumph.

From New England to heartland cities like Kansas City and along the West Coast, demonstrators bore flags and effigies of the president-elect, disrupting traffic and declaring that they refused to accept Trump’s victory.

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Hundreds protest rape and murder of transgender activist in Istanbul

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ISTANBUL (AP) — Demonstrators gathered in central Istanbul to protest the rape and killing of a transgender woman and LGBT activist.

Hundreds attended the rally Aug. 21, holding signs and chanting slogans for 22-year-old Hande Kader, whose body was found last weekend. Media reports say the body was burned beyond recognition. Opposition MPs also attended the demonstration.

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Report: Donald Trump to join Marco Rubio at anti-LGBT conference in Orlando

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Now things are just getting ridiculous. We’ve all been attempting to erase the footprints in the sand that have led Marco Rubio to Orlando as a means of placating his own poor Christian/Catholic/Cuban-ish heart about the issue of “terrorism” in the wake of the June 12 Pulse massacre. A few weeks ago, we cornered Rubio on the whole “gay” thing as it pertains to the loss of 49 lives, and we were effectively met with a panicked face and a quick exit. Terrorists are bad, he said, because they perpetuate hatred of the various minorities, he said, nothing about gays, he said. Then, we said, “You mean, like the Republican Party?” Cameras shut down, a monster was escorted from a Pulse-adjacent furniture shop, and we walked away. Only later did we hear that he’d be back for another dip in the foam and fomenting of Orlando’s globally recognized tragedy, this time as guest speaker at the Florida Renewal Project/Liberty Counsel/Mat Staver powwow somewhere in Touristan.

So now, based on reports ranging from Bloomberg News, the Washington Blade and various political web portals, we’re hearing that Donald Trump himself will be doing his first private “Pastors and Pews” event – this very same event on Aug. 11-12, just two months after the policies of the GOP have killed or ruined the lives of 102 people – and, frankly, it’s disgusting.

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Anti-gay protest featuring 5,000 naked people for Obama

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Nothing says warm welcome like a bunch of naked protesters.

An anti-gay political party in Kenya has vowed to let it all hang out as a personal greeting to President Obama, who will be visiting June 22-23, according to USA Today.  

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July Fourth events to recall bold 1965 gay rights protest

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) – On the Fourth of July 50 years ago, when homosexuality was considered a mental illness and a same-sex couple’s public declaration of love put their lives and livelihoods at risk, about 40 people took a stand by staging a peaceful protest in front of Independence Hall.

Philadelphia’s Independence Day festivities this year will include the usual concert, fireworks, parade and public reading of the Declaration of Independence, but will also mark the city’s important place in the history of America’s gay rights movement with events billed as the 50th anniversary of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights movement.

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Indiana’s “religious freedom” law faces backlash

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Indiana’s governor is defending a new state law that’s garnered widespread criticism over concerns it could foster discrimination and says it wasn’t a mistake for the state to have enacted it.

Gov. Mike Pence appeared on ABC TV’s “This Week” to discuss the measure he signed on March 26 prohibiting state laws that “substantially burden” a person’s ability to follow his or her religious beliefs.

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25 gay rights activists arrested in Idaho Capitol protest

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Boise, Idaho (AP) – Gay rights activists once again returned to the Idaho Capitol to protest lawmakers’ refusal to pass anti-discrimination protections, this time by refusing to leave the state’s bill-drafting offices.

Idaho State Police made 25 arrests, including six people who were arrested twice, March 16 for trespassing in the Statehouse. Protesters staged three different demonstrations March 16.

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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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