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NFL Players Union Files Grievance On Anthem Policy

Via press release from the NFL Players Association: Our union filed its non-injury grievance today on behalf of all players challenging the NFL’s recently imposed anthem policy. The union’s claim is that this new policy, imposed by the NFL’s governing body without consultation with the NFLPA, is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement and infringes on player rights. In advance ...

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LGBT Activists Display “Hidden Flag” At World Cup

From the Hidden Flag website: When Gilbert Baker designed the rainbow flag in 1978, he did so to create a symbol and an icon for the LGTB community. A symbol, recognisable across the world, that people could use to express their pride. Unfortunately, 40 years later, there are still countries in which homosexuality is persecuted, sometimes even by jail sentences, ...

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DC Bartender Flips Off And Curses At Stephen Miller

The Washington Post reports: After Miller ordered $80 of takeout sushi from a restaurant near his apartment, a bartender followed him into the street and shouted, “Stephen!” When Miller turned around, the bartender raised both middle fingers and cursed at him, according to an account Miller has shared with White House colleagues. Outraged, Miller threw the sushi away, he later ...

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McConnell Confronted By Anti-ICE Protesters [VIDEO]

The Louisville Courier Journal reports: A group of protesters confronted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Bardstown Road in Louisville Saturday, calling out “Abolish ICE” and “No justice, no peace.” The interaction was captured on video and shared with Courier Journal. In it, someone asks McConnell, “Where are the children? Where are the babies, MItch?” — an apparent reference to ...

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Trump To Mostly Avoid London During UK Visit

The Guardian reports: Donald Trump will almost entirely avoid London during his four-day visit to the UK next week, Downing Street has said, unveiling an itinerary likely to prompt accusations the US president is trying to avoid planned protests against him. And while the president is conducting his meetings, the first lady, Melania, will have an agenda of her own, ...

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Woman Who Confronted Scott Pruitt At DC Eatery Trolls Trump: Hey Where Are You Going To Lunch Tomorrow?

The Hill reports: A woman who went viral earlier this week after publicly telling Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt to resign targeted President Trump after the EPA head’s sudden resignation on Thursday. In a posting on Facebook of her encounter with Pruitt, Mink listed off multiple scandals Pruitt has been involved in since becoming EPA chief. “I would ...

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Woman Who Forced Shutdown Of Statue Of Liberty Faces 18 Months In Prison On Three Federal Charges

The New York Post reports: The activist who caused the Statue of Liberty to be evacuated on the Fourth of July has been charged with trespassing, interference with government agency functions and disorderly conduct ​for scaling then icon of freedom. She faces up to a year and a half in prison if convicted. Manhattan federal prosecutors on Thursday ​charged​ Therese ...

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London Mayor Approves “Angry Trump Baby” Blimp

Sky News reports: A giant balloon dubbed “Trump baby” has been given the green light to fly near parliament during the president’s UK visit. London mayor Sadiq Khan’s Greater London Authority has approved a request for the flight after thousands signed a petition and a crowdfunding campaign raised more than £16,000 to get the six-metre inflatable off the ground. Strict ...

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Protester Shuts Down Statue Of Liberty [VIDEO]

AM New York reports: At least a dozen members of the activist group Rise and Resist dressed up in T-shirts emblazoned with the phrase “Abolish ICE” and dropped a flag with the same message from a balcony of the Statue of Liberty on Wednesday, according to photos posted to the group’s Twitter page. The group posed in front of the ...

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TURKEY: Riot Police Disperse Banned LGBT Pride Parade Marchers With Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets, Dogs [VIDEO]

The Telegraph reports: Gay rights groups and activists pressed ahead with the Istanbul Pride parade on Sunday despite Turkish authorities banning the event for a fourth year in a row. Around 1,000 people gathered near the city’s famous Istiklal Avenue and Taksim Square where organisers had wanted to originally hold the parade. The activists unfolded a large rainbow flag while ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Massive Crowds Turn Out In 700+ Cities Nationwide To Protest Trump’s Immigration Policies

USA Today reports: Tens of thousands of people descended on cities from coast-to-coast Saturday in “Families Belong Together” rallies to protest the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy that left more than 2,000 children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. In the nation’s capital, thousands poured into Lafayette Square, across from the White House, to chant “We care” ...

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BRITAIN: Massive Protests Planned For Trump’s Visit, Giant Inflatable Trump Baby May Float Over Parliament

NBC News reports: A 20-foot-tall inflatable orange baby with the face of President Donald Trump could float over Britain’s parliament next month, one of many acts of protest planned to coincide with Trump’s first visit to the U.K. since taking office. Tens of thousands of demonstrators are expected to march in London, Scotland and elsewhere during his trip, which takes ...

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LIVE VIDEO: New York City Pride March 2018

ABC News New York reports: Don’t miss our live coverage of the march: it begins at 11:00 a.m. here on abc7NY.com , with an hour-long pre-march special. That is followed by Channel 7’s live broadcast of the 2018 NYC Pride March on-air and on digital via abc7NY.com from Noon until 3:00 p.m. The annual civil rights demonstration in New York ...

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Pioneering Gay Rights Activist Dick Leitsch Dies At 83

The Washington Post reports: Dick Leitsch, who became a leading gay rights activist in 1960s New York, where he helped end police entrapment of gays and organized the first major act of civil disobedience by a gay rights group — a boozy sit-in known as the Sip-In — died June 22 at a hospice center in Manhattan. He was 83. ...

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DHS Secretary Jeered Out Of Mexican Restaurant

Mediaite reports: Protesters tied to the Washington, D.C. area chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America heckled Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen out of a Mexican restaurant on Tuesday over her role in separating migrant families at the border. The protesters chanted “shame!” and “abolish ICE!” at Nielsen while she sat at a restaurant table surrounded by security. As can ...

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US House Hispanic Caucus Members Shout At Trump: Mr. President, Don’t You Have Any Kids? [VIDEO]

In his second in-person heckling of the day, Trump was just screamed at by members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus as he left a meeting with GOP House members. Shouted comments included, “Mr. President, don’t you have kids?” and “How is this in the bible?” Rep. Juan Vargas shouted, “We won’t go away! Quit separating the kids, they’re separating the ...

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Heckler Yells “Mr. President, Fuck You!” At Trump

The Hill reports: A heckler hurled an expletive at President Trump as he arrived at the Capitol on Tuesday. “Mr. President, f— you,” the person can be heard yelling in a clip shared by NBC’s Frank Thorp V. The president’s entourage was reportedly en route to House Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) office in the Capitol when the heckler, who has ...

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Watching The Defectives

Gentle readers, I’m rerunning my annual Pride rant for the fourteenth year. I wrote this post in 2005 a couple of days after attending Pride in NYC. In the following years I’ve reposted it in advance of NYC Pride in the hope of encouraging you to attend your local events. Have a wonderful Pride Month. Love each other. Watching The ...

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UKRAINE: Hundreds Of Riot Police Swarm And Teargas Far-Right Extremists At Kiev Pride, 56 Arrested [VIDEO]

Reuters reports: Ukrainian police said they had detained 56 members of far-right radical groups in Kiev on Sunday after scuffles before the capital’s gay pride march. Early in the morning, more than 150 far-right protesters had sought to block off the route of the march through central Kiev. Small clashes broke out when police in riot gear moved to clear ...

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COLUMBUS: Mike Pence Speech Repeatedly Disrupted By Immigration And LGBT Rights Activists [VIDEO]

ABC News reports: Vice President Mike Pence came to Columbus Friday for a speech on the Republican tax reforms but was repeatedly heckled by protesters in the crowd. The event was part of a victory lap tour for the White House organized by America First Policies, a group created by allies of President Trump to promote his agenda. The speech ...

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