Rainbow flag flies at US monument, but not on federal land

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NEW YORK (AP) – Gay rights activists who worked to get a rainbow flag installed permanently at the newly created Stonewall National Monument are upset the National Park Service says the flag isn’t actually on federal land but on property owned by the city.

The distinction may seem like a minor one because the flag is still flying either way. But to the group that had lobbied for the flag to be added to the site, the Park Service’s surprise announcement that the city, not the federal government, would be maintaining the flag and its pole seemed like a betrayal.

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Egypt arrests 7 for raising rainbow flag at indie rock gig

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CAIRO (AP) – Egyptian authorities have arrested seven people they accuse of being gay and promoting homosexuality for allegedly raising the rainbow flag of the LGBT movement at a concert last week, even though there is no law banning the practices.

The flag was a rare sign of support for highly marginalized homosexuals in conservative Egypt. It took place at a Cairo performance on Friday by popular Lebanese indie rock band Mashrou’ Leila, a jazzy, electro-Arabesque group whose lead singer is openly gay.

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Harry Styles opens solo tour with rainbow flag

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Harry Styles kicked off his first solo tour at the Masonic Auditorium in San Francisco on Tuesday with a nod to the LGBT community.

A fan threw a rainbow flag onstage prompting Styles, 23, to attach it to his mic stand while performing his set.

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The other side of life: Intersections

By : Jason Leclerc
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Over the past year, we’ve tread the intersection of Kaley Street and South Orange Avenue as it’s become a crossroads swollen with mourners, with meaning. It meets the intersection of Christopher and Seventh. It meets the intersection of Pride and unity, where the Rainbow Flag meets an ongoing aggregation of initials. It meets the intersection of politics and partisanship and guns and economic equity.

Even as we make these intersections into hallowed spaces, each carrying the foot traffic of omnipresent ghosts, we are obliged to recognize that history is a gift from the past to the present – another intersection where the crosswalks are overwhelmed by facts and their pedestrian interpretations. The past lives alongside the present.

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NJ high school first to fly rainbow flag for Pride Month

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RIDGEWOOD, N.J. (AP) – A New Jersey high school is flying the LGBTQ community’s gay pride flag for the month, raising it in a short ceremony to spread a message of acceptance for all.

The rainbow flag will fly above Ridgewood High School for the rest of June, LGBTQ Pride Month. Students, teachers and residents were on hand to witness the flag raising ceremony June 1.

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Roy Moore’s Facebook page flooded with rainbow flag emojis

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – U.S. Senate candidate and outspoken same-sex marriage opponent Roy Moore is getting trolled on Facebook with hundreds of rainbow flag emojis.

Critics of the suspended Alabama Supreme Court justice flooded his campaign’s Facebook page with the symbol for gay pride. The rainbow flag reaction emoji was unveiled for LGBTQ pride month in addition to the “like” and other buttons. It was attached to recent posts and comments on his campaign’s Facebook page.

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New font honors rainbow flag designer Gilbert Baker

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Gay activist and rainbow flag designer Gilbert Baker is being honored with a technicolor font.

Baker, who died on March 31, designed the rainbow flag in 1978. It has become a recognized symbol of the LGBT community. The original flag design included pink to represent sex, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sunlight, green for nature, blue for art, indigo for harmony and violet for the human spirit.

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Creator of rainbow flag, a symbol of LGBTQ rights, dies at 65

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NEW YORK (AP) – Gilbert Baker, the creator of the rainbow flag that has become a widely recognized symbol of gay rights has died. He was 65.

Baker was found dead Friday at his New York City home. The city medical examiner’s office said Saturday that he had died of hypertensive heart disease.

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Rainbow flag stomped outside congressman’s office

By : LOU CHIBBARO JR. OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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U.S. Capitol Police are investigating an incident on March 15, in which a visitor to a congressional office building in Washington removed a rainbow flag hanging from the wall beside the door to the office of Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.) and repeatedly stepped on the flag.

The unidentified male visitor acted on his displeasure with the flag minutes after he entered Lowenthal’s office and “angrily exclaimed his belief that the Pride flag outside the office was inappropriate alongside the American flag,” according to a statement released by Lowenthal’s office.

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Commission Impossible: Kevin Beckner raised the flag and our expectations of what we hope for from our politicians

By : Jeremy Williams
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The year 2016 saw the end of an era in Hillsborough County as we bid farewell to District 6 County Commissioner Kevin Beckner.

Beckner was elected for his first term in 2008, and then won reelection in 2012, becoming Hillsborough’s first openly gay commissioner. The county was a very different place then.

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Orlando’s Overheard: Love for Orlando, stick figure stickers and a Thirsty film

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Good morning Baltimore!

It’s great to see the love that continues to come from all over the world. Sometimes that love comes in the form of donations, sometimes it comes in the form of expression by artistic mediums. The Baltimore Love Project completed their “LOVE” hands mural, now on the side of the Kaley Street Einstein Bagels.

The project has taken four months to be completed, raising money to cover the cost of the mural and additional funds will benefit the OnePulse Foundation. We were advised that they have exceeded their goal of $3,000. The new mural will feature giant hands spelling out one word: LOVE. It will feature forty nine Orange Blossoms (the state flower) in honor to those who lost their lives on June 12.

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St. Pete Pride draws huge crowds to celebrate and remember

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St. Pete Pride carried a message of “never forget, always celebrate” as the city of St. Petersburg came together for its annual Pride week June 22-26.

With the events of Orlando only a few weeks behind us, the entire community seemed intent on remembering the victims of the shooting and honoring them while continuing on the tradition of Pride and carrying on the message.

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