Activism

LIVE VIDEO: Massive Boston Crowd Turns Out To Protest White Supremacist “Free Speech” Rally

NBC News reports: Thousands of counter-protesters flooded the streets of Boston on Saturday to confront right-wing “free speech” demonstrators in a display of solidarity after the deadly white nationalist rally in Virginia last weekend. The counter-protesters gathered near Boston’s Malcolm X Boulevard, chanting “Whose streets? Our streets!” and “No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA.” They also held signs that ...

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Michael Moore Buses Audience To Trump Tower

The Associated Press reports: Michael Moore has led the audience of his Broadway play to Trump Tower to protest President Donald Trump’s comments about the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. On Facebook, Moore urged people to join him at the tower following Tuesday night’s performance of his one-man show “The Terms of My Surrender” to “nonviolently express our rage.” After ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: Protesters Topple And Stomp Durham Monument To The Confederacy [VIDEO]

The Durham Herald-Sun reports: Protesters climbed a ladder, looped a rope around a Confederate statue and pulled it to the ground, smashing it, during an ‘Emergency Durham Protest’ on Main Street on Monday night. More than 100 activists from anti-fascist and progressive groups, many who traveled to Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend, held the rally to demand the removal of ...

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Giant Trump Rat Appears Near Trump Tower

The New York Daily News reports: New York City’s rats have gotten much bigger … and blonde. A giant inflatable of President Trump, in the style of labor unions’ blowup rodents, is greeting Midtown residents and tourists Monday afternoon at Fifth Ave. and 59th St. The grotesque model of Trump was claimed by gallery Bravin Lee, who said that the ...

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Your Weekly LGBT Debrief With Matt Baume [VIDEO]

Clip recap: I’m in Reykjavik to cover Iceland Pride! I have updates on Rentboy.com, on a group of heroes fighting back against Trump’s military ban, and on basic rights being put to a vote in the worst possible way. Let’s dive in on a hinsegin dagar edition of Weekly Debrief.

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Giant Trump Chicken Menaces White House

The Washington Examiner reports: A giant chicken in President Trump’s likeness stared menacingly Wednesday outside the White House back lawn. Taran Singh Brar, a documentary filmmaker and organizer, told the Washington Examiner he received his permit on Tuesday from the U.S. National Park Services after he was “slow-walked” by the agency. Brar said he kept showing up until the permit ...

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DENVER: Hundreds Protest Education Sec. Betsy DeVos Ahead Of Speech To Far-Right Legislative Lobby Group

The Denver Post reports: Hundreds of people gathered at the Colorado statehouse Wednesday morning in protest of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and her Denver speech Thursday at the annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council. “This needs to make a statement,” said Suzanne Ethredge, president of the Pueblo Education Association, a teachers union. Ethredge drove up from Pueblo with ...

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SEOUL: Record Crowd Turns Out For Pride Festival Despite Thousands Of Christian Protesters [VIDEO]

The Korea Herald reports: Tens of thousands of people marched through central Seoul on Saturday to stand up for equality for sexual minorities in South Korea’s biggest pride parade, despite vocal opposition from anti-gay protesters. Despite sporadic rain, 85,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their supporters gathered at Seoul Plaza, rally organizers said. It was the largest crowd ...

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Judge Tosses Conviction Of Code Pink Activist Who Laughed During Jeff Sessions’ Confirmation Hearing

The HuffPost reports: A D.C. judge has tossed out a jury’s conviction of a protester who laughed during Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Senate confirmation hearing, finding on Friday that the government had improperly argued during the trial that her laughter was enough to merit a guilty verdict. The judge ordered a new trial in the case, setting a court date ...

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HRC Launches $26M Fund To Battle Trump

Time Magazine reports: The nation’s largest LGBT organization is setting aside $26 million to fund opposition to President Donald Trump’s agenda, the largest grassroots investment in the group’s 37-year history. The Human Rights Campaign’s move, which leaders are set to announce Tuesday, signals the group will ramp up spending on grassroots activism even after going all-in with Hillary Clinton in ...

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Panamanian First Lady Leads Pride Parade [VIDEO]

Critica Panama reports: The music, dances, flags, flashy costumes and slogans of equality of rights and against discrimination were the elements that accompanied thousands of people who participated in gay pride march this Saturday, July 1. The event began at 4:00 pm, led by First Lady Lorena Castillo de Varela, United States Ambassador to Panama John Feeley, Mayor of the ...

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MADRID: Massive Crowd Attends WorldPride [VIDEO]

While city officials say “hundreds of thousands” took part in the parade, organizers estimate that around two million attended yesterday’s WorldPride event in Madrid. Deutsche Welle reports: All of Spain’s major political parties, both left and right, led the parade with a large banner that read “For LGBTI Rights All Over the World.” “For all the people in countries who ...

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BELFAST: Thousands March For Marriage [VIDEO]

The Belfast Telegraph reports: Thousands of people have joined a major parade through Belfast city centre demanding same-sex marriage rights. The demonstration on Saturday afternoon concluded with a rally in front of City Hall. The ban on equal marriage in Northern Ireland is one of several sticking points delaying the formation of a new powersharing government at Stormont. It is ...

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Wayne Besen’s Truth Wins Out Closes Shop After 11 Years Of Shutting Down Ex-Gay Torture Organizations

Via press release: Dear Truth Wins Out Supporters: On our 11th anniversary, it is with a mixture of great sadness and overwhelming pride that I reluctantly announce that Truth Wins Out is closing down. All good things must come to an end – and it is time to say goodbye. Truth Wins Out is closing because we accomplished our major ...

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TURKEY: Riot Police Use Tear Gas And Rubber Bullets Against Banned Istanbul Pride Marchers [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: Activists gathered for gay Pride in Istanbul Sunday in defiance of a ban by authorities, and despite riot police who used tear gas to disperse crowds. Dozens turned up to wave rainbow flags and LGBT banners, watched by much larger numbers of Turkish riot officers as well as far-right protesters. There were more than two dozen arrests, ...

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Resistance Activists Show Force At NYC Pride [VIDEO]

Resistance groups turned out in large numbers at today’s New York City Pride parade, where they were greeted with whistles and roars when they turned the corner onto Christopher Street. Notable among the groups were Gays Against Guns, who chanted “Fuck The NRA!” and ACT UP, which carried black cardboard coffins adorned with signs warning of the death of Medicare ...

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LIVE VIDEO: New York City Pride Parade

From New York City’s ABC affiliate: Thousands are expected to take part in the 48th NYC LGBT Pride March on Sunday. The march in Manhattan, which starts on Fifth Avenue, ends in the West Village. WABC-TV will be its official television partner and broadcast the march. The NYC Pride March started in 1970 as a civil rights demonstration on the ...

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The Foot Wore A Spiked Heel

It was 48 years ago this week that the queer community of New York City finally said “Enough!” As I’ve done for the last few years on this day, I’m reposting the story that the New York Daily News ran one week after the Stonewall Riots. Note how the story drips with condescension and ridicule. We’ve come a long, long ...

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New York City Declares “Laverne Cox Day” [VIDEO]

Mic reports: June 22 is now officially Laverne Cox Day in New York City. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, made the surprise announcement on Thursday when the actress made an appearance at his official residence, Gracie Mansion. “Can you believe that a black transgender woman from Mobile, Alabama, raised by a single mother has a day in New ...

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Resistance Groups To Lead New York City Pride Parade

Back in March, I reported that a coalition of grassroots activists had reached an agreement with New York City Pride for front-of-parade placement. Today we have details about those groups. Via press release: Inspired by the defiant spirit from which NYC Pride was born, 18 diverse LGBT community organizations will march together at the front of this year’s NYC Pride ...

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