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UKRAINE: Odessa Holds First LGBT Pride March Under The Protection Of Hundreds Of Police [VIDEO]

About 50 brave people participated in Odessa, Ukraine’s first-ever LGBT march this weekend in the face of violent far-right protesters. Compelling video below. NBC News reports: The day before the event, local authorities in Odessa banned the event on the grounds there was a high probability of a conflict, as far-right activists were also scheduled to gather at the same ...

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BRITAIN: Hundreds Stage Kiss-In After Gay Couple Gets Ejected From Supermarket For Holding Hands [VIDEO]

The BBC reports: About 200 people carrying rainbow flags descended on an east London supermarket for a mass “kissathon” after a gay couple were ejected for holding hands. Thomas Rees, 32, and Joshua Bradwell, 25, were in Sainsbury’s on Hackney Road when a guard told them a woman had complained about their behaviour. The protestors danced outside the Hackney Road ...

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President Obama: This Is What A Feminist Looks Like

“It is absolutely men’s responsibility to fight sexism too. And as spouses and partners and boyfriends, we need to work hard and be deliberate about creating truly equal relationships. The good news is that everywhere I go across the country, and around the world, I see people pushing back against dated assumptions about gender roles. From the young men who’ve ...

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New York City To Pay $18M To Protesters Wrongly Arrested At 2004 Republican Convention

The New York Daily News reports: Nearly 10 years after Madison Square Garden hosted the 2004 Republican National Convention, the city has agreed to pay $18 million to settle dozens of lawsuits brought by protesters and bystanders who claim they were wrongly arrested during the event. Lawyers for the plaintiffs, who rallied Wednesday outside City Hall, called the agreement the ...

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PHILADELPHIA: Activists Stage Tug-Of-War With “Pharma Bros” To Protest Hillary On HIV Meds [VIDEO]

Via press release from ACT UP: Over the weekend, the New York and Philadelphia chapters of ACT UP, the AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power, teamed up with allies UAEM (Universities Allied for Essential Medicines) and The Other 98% to stage a tug-of-war with pharma bro’s outside Hillary Clinton’s Philadelphia campaign headquarters ahead of the Democratic National Convention. Activists targeted candidate ...

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TODAY: Massive Protest Planned At Trump Tower

Gays Against Guns, Queer Nation, and other gun control activists groups will stage a join “Stop The Hate, Stop The Guns” protest at 5PM this afternoon outside Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. The protest is designed to coincide with the opening of the GOP convention and your participation is welcomed. Via press release: The GOP has drafted what ...

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K-I-S-S-I-N-G: “End Homophobia” Billboard Near GOP Convention Depicts Trump About To Smooch With Cruz

Attendees of the GOP convention will be confronted by the image of Donald Trump preparing to lay a big wet one on Ted Cruz, courtesy of this billboard erected by Planting Peace, the pro-LGBT group behind the rainbow-hued Equality House across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church. From the Huffington Post: In the eyes of Aaron Jackson, President of ...

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Prince Harry Live-Streams His HIV Test [VIDEO]

The BBC reports: Prince Harry has been tested for HIV in an effort raise awareness about the condition and encourage others to get checked out. The prince walked into a sexual health clinic in Burrell Street, central London to have the finger-prick test – for which he tested negative. The 31-year-old has made raising awareness about HIV and Aids a ...

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ORLANDO: Ten Arrested At Marco Rubio Sit-In

From the Associated Press: Police arrested 10 protesters who were holding a sit-in Monday in the lobby of the building where U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio has his Orlando office on the month anniversary of a massacre at a gay nightclub. The protesters were arrested on misdemeanor trespass charges when the building closed to the public Monday evening, at the request ...

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#SitInForThe49: Activists Launch 49-Hour Gun Control Protest At Marco Rubio’s Orlando Office

From the Florida Democratic Party: Orlando residents have begun a 49 hour sit-in at Marco Rubio’s office to demand an end to the Senator’s opposition to commonsense gun safety measures backed by more than 8 in 10 Floridians. The sit-in will take place from 10:00am today through 11:00am Wednesday, and is using the hashtag #SitInForThe49 to honor the 49 victims ...

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GMO Activists Shower Senate With Dollar Bills [VIDEO]

Roll Call reports: Dollar bills rained onto the Senate floor Wednesday as protesters called on senators to reject a bill relating to labeling products with genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. Alexis Baden-Mayer, political director ofthe Organic Consumers Association, and Adam Eidinger, a local activist and founder of “Occupy Monsanto,”dropped more than $2,000 worth of dollar bills onto the floor around ...

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Nobel Peace Prize Winner Elie Wiesel Dies At 87

The Times Of Israel reports: Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Holocaust survivor and human rights activist Eliezer “Elie” Wiesel died on Saturday at the age of 87 after a prolonged illness. A survivor of the Auschwitz and Buchenwald Nazi death camps, Wiesel dedicated much of his life to Holocaust education and promoting tolerance around the world. The Romanian-born Wiesel authored 57 ...

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MEXICO: 100,000 Celebrate Mexico City Pride [VIDEO]

From Reuters: On the streets of Mexico City, men and women celebrate Gay Pride. Amid the drag queens, and rainbow banners, there’s an undercurrent of anxiety. These festivities comes just two weeks after a gunman killed 49 people at gay nightclub in Orlando, three of them Mexican citizens. Said participant Alex, “Well we have already seen the recent events filled ...

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Gays Against Guns To March In NYC Pride

From openly gay New York City Councilman Corey Johnson: I’d like to announce that I have invited Gays Against Guns, a new grassroots LGBT organization formed in the wake of the June 12 Orlando massacre, to march with our contingent on Sunday in the NYC Pride March. Gays Against Guns will partner with existing gun-control and LGBT groups to leverage ...

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AUSTRALIA: Thousands Rally For Marriage [VIDEO]

Australia’s national election is July 2nd and thousands rallied across the country today to call for the immediate introduction of same-sex marriage legislation. Reuters reports: Conservative Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull supports same-sex marriage and has pledged a public vote on the issue before the end of 2016. The Labor opposition will skip a public vote and introduce a bill ...

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What Other Movements Learned From Obergefell

From USA Today: Gun control advocates lobbying Congress in the wake of the Orlando shootings learned a long time ago: build momentum first in the states. Abortion rights proponents hoping to overturn restrictions on clinics and doctors at the Supreme Court learned the value of telling personal stories. Immigration rights activists still fighting to get undocumented parents the protections already ...

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House Democrats End Gun Control Sit-In

From USA Today: House Democrats ended their sit-in on the floor of the House after more than 24-hours of chants and speeches advocating for stricter gun control measures. Speaker Paul Ryan excoriated Democrats Thursday morning for disrupting the business of the House as the minority party’s sit-in to protest inaction on gun violence moved into its second day. Some Democrats ...

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#RestInPride Campaign Honors Pulse Victims [VIDEO]

Via press release: With the recent tragedy of 49 innocent lives lost at the LGBT nightclub, Pulse, in Orlando, FL on June 12, 2016, the global community was left to mourn those unjustly taken by hate. As we continue to grieve in the wake of the Orlando tragedy, it is important to confront hate face-to-face and let the LGBT community ...

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Todd Starnes Has The Sit-In Sadz

Fox News shrieker Todd Starnes is having a Twitter meltdown over the still-going House gun control sit-in. According to Starnes, Speaker Paul Ryan should order that Democrats be physically dragged from the building. If Todd Starnes is pissed, you know Democrats are doing the right thing.

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LIVE VIDEO: House Gun Control Sit-In Now In 20th Hour, Democrats Continue Live-Streaming Via Phones

CNN reports: Although Republicans leaders shut off House cameras, Democrats were continuing Thursday morning to livestream their activities on the House floor. Rep. Mark Takano plugged his phone into an external power source, set it on top of a chair facing the podium, and was streaming on his Facebook page even though he’d left the chamber to appear on CNN’s ...

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