New Orleans police sport ‘Pride Edition Badges’ for festival

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ABOVE: NOPD Pride Edition Badge. (Photo courtesy NOPD)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) | The police department of New Orleans authorized a minor uniform change for an annual festival of gay culture in the French Quarter.

A department news release says that some officers will be sporting “Pride Edition Badges” during Southern Decadence, which began Aug. 29 and runs through the Labor Day weekend.

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NBA All-Star game spotlights LGBT oasis in the South

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) – The city hosting this year’s NBA All-Star game has long enjoyed a reputation as a welcoming place for the gay and lesbian community. New Orleans is home to one of the country’s oldest gay bars, the gay celebration Southern Decadence draws nearly 200,000 people yearly, and gay and lesbian authors flock here for the Saints and Sinners literary festival.

All of that acceptance will be on full display this weekend in a not-so-subtle statement about equality.

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