Activism

LIVE VIDEO: New York City’s 2022 LGBTQ Pride March

New York City’s ABC News affiliate reports: The theme for this year’s event is ‘Unapologetically Us’ and it will kick off amid new fears about the potential erosion of freedoms won through decades of activism. The annual march takes place just two days after one conservative justice on the Supreme Court signaled, in a ruling striking down the right to …

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Dems And Activists Protest DeSantis At NYC Venue

The New York Post reports: Protestors, including LGBTQ advocates and several Democratic New York politicians, railed against Chelsea Piers over its “dangerous” decision to host a conference featuring Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Sunday. Dozens of demonstrators, including veteran LGBTQ rights activist Allen Roskoff, chanted “Shame!” and “Boycott Chelsea Piers” while hoisting signs that read “Say Gay” and “Not during …

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LIVE VIDEO: March For Our Lives Rally In Washington

NBC News reports: Thousands of demonstrators are expected to take the streets in hundreds of protests across the country Saturday to push lawmakers to take action on gun violence in the wake of recent mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas and Buffalo, New York. Protesters are turning out to more than 450 rallies nationwide, with the largest gathering taking place in …

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170,000 Attend 23rd Annual Tel Aviv Pride [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: Tens of thousands of people attended this year’s Pride Parade in Tel Aviv on Friday, celebrating the LGBTQ community and calling for equality in the largest annual gathering of its kind in the Middle East. The sprawling event in Israel’s seaside metropolis, which resembles a festive block party, returned last year after pandemic restrictions were mostly …

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Massive Crowd Protests Outside NRA Convention

The Associated Press reports: Protesters holding signs and crosses with photos of victims from this week’s Texas elementary school shooting, converged Friday outside the gun lobby National Rifle Association’s annual convention in Houston. Protesters, some shouting “NRA go away,” and “Shame, it could be your kids today,” jeered as thousands of members of the nation’s biggest gun lobby thronged the …

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Maine Teenagers Take Over Small Town’s Pride Event

The Bangor Daily News reports: When no adults would revive the community Pride parade in Belfast, a group of motivated Belfast Area High School students stepped up to make sure that the event — which has been on a pandemic hiatus — happens this year. In Belfast, the city’s first-ever Pride parade and festival took place in 2016, and became …

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TOMORROW: Abortion Rights Rallies Nationwide

USA Today reports: Protests against the Supreme Court’s leaked draft opinion to overturn the nearly 50-year precedent set by Roe v. Wade are set to culminate Saturday with a nationwide “day of action” featuring marches, rallies and speakers in dozens of cities. The “Bans Off Our Bodies” daylong event is organized by groups including Women’s March, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, …

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Protesters Rally Outside Homes Of Kavanaugh, Roberts

Washington DC’s CBS News affiliate reports: Rain did not stop dozens of pro-choice protesters that took to the streets of Chevy Chase, Md. to pay a visit to the homes of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh. “You don’t get to take away my bodily autonomy and get enjoy your Saturday at home. You can do one or …

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Pharma Giant To Pay $11M In Activist Peter Staley’s Anti-Trust Lawsuit Over Blocking Generic HIV Drugs

Fierce Pharma reports: The first of the three pharma juggernauts accused by prominent AIDS and gay rights activist Peter Staley of monopolizing the market for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) drugs is putting its legal woes to bed. Bristol Myers Squibb will hand over up to $11 million to settle a lawsuit claiming it, Gilead Sciences and Johnson & Johnson used …

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Activists To Protest NYC Mayor’s Anti-LGBTQ Hirings

The New York Times reports: On Thursday afternoon, L.G.B.T.Q. groups are planning to gather on the steps of City Hall to protest Mr. Adams’s decision to name Mr. Cabrera and two other men who have voiced opposition to gay marriage to City Hall posts. To gay and lesbian leaders, the appointments feel like a betrayal. The appointments also highlight another …

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Human Rights Campaign Fires Its President

The New York Times reports: Alphonso David, the president of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest L.G.B.T.Q. advocacy organization, was ousted by the group’s board on Monday night over a report revealing that he had advised former Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on how to handle sex harassment allegations. Mr. David, the group’s first Black president, was terminated “for cause” …

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TikTokers Spam Texas Abortion Snitch Line With Porn

The Guardian reports: Pro-choice users on TikTok and Reddit have launched a guerrilla effort to thwart Texas’s extreme new abortion law, flooding an online tip website that encourages people to report violators of the law with false reports, Shrek memes, and porn. Though the site was launched a month ago, the fake reports came flooding in on the eve of …

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Thousands March Against Orban At Budapest Pride, US And European Embassies Show Up To Support [VIDEO]

The Guardian reports: Thousands of Hungarians have joined the annual Budapest Pride march to support LGBTQ people and protest against a law that limits teaching about homosexuality and transgender issues in schools. Hungary’s nationalist prime minister, Viktor Orbán, in power since 2010, has introduced social policies that he says aim to safeguard traditional Christian values from western liberalism, stoking tensions …

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Boston Pride Dissolves Amid Inclusion Criticisms

The Boston Globe reports: Boston Pride, the organization that for decades has organized the city’s annual LGBTQ parade, is dissolving amid a controversy over inclusion, the group’s board of directors said. The announcement, posted to the organization’s website Friday afternoon, came one month after Pride board president Linda DeMarco said she would resign this summer in response to complaints that …

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Jesse Jackson Arrested At Manchin/Filibuster Protest

Religion News Service reports: The Rev. Jesse Jackson and Poor People’s Campaign co-chair the Rev. William Barber II were among several civil rights and religious activists arrested at a protest outside the U.S. Senate on Wednesday (June 23), where demonstrators demanded West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin and other lawmakers abolish the filibuster and pass voting rights legislation. As police began …

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Stonewall Inn To Hold “Public Pour Out” Of Anheuser Busch Beers Over Donations To Anti-Trans Lawmakers

Just in via press release: The Stonewall Inn, widely regarded as the birthplace of the LGBTQ rights movement, will ban Anheuser-Busch products from the bar during NYC Pride weekend, June 25-27, in response to news that the company made political contributions to lawmakers behind bills targeting transgender youth. Community members will join the bar’s owners in a public ‘pour-out’ of …

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Jerusalem Pride Takes Place Under Heavy Security

The Times Of Israel reports: Chanting for equality and holding aloft brightly painted signs supporting LGBT rights, some 7,500 people marched in Jerusalem’s annual pride parade Thursday evening. Over 3,000 police officers secured the highly charged event, six years after a deadly attack on participants. The event demanding LGBT equality began with a ceremonial prayer for Shira Banki, who was …

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US Marshals Used Drones To Surveil BLM Protests In DC

The Intercept reports: The U.S. Marshals Service flew unmanned drones over Washington, D.C., in response to last summer’s Black Lives Matter protests, documents obtained by The Intercept via the Freedom of Information Act show. The documents — two brief, heavily redacted emails — indicate the Marshals flew the drones over Washington on June 5 and 7, when nationwide protests against …

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Greta Thunberg To Testify Before House On Earth Day

Axios reports: Climate activist Greta Thunberg will testify before the House Oversight Subcommittee on the Environment on Thursday, Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), chairman of the panel, announced Tuesday. Why it matters: The Earth Day hearing — titled “The Role of Fossil Fuel Subsidies in Preventing Action on the Climate Crisis” — will coincide with the White House’s climate summit, which …

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Activist David Hogg To Launch MyPillow Competitor

Axios reports: March for Our Lives co-founder David Hogg tweeted on Thursday that he and software developer William LeGate are launching a pillow company to compete against MyPillow, which is led by Trump supporter CEO Mike Lindell. Lindell is one of former President Trump’s most adamant defenders and has repeatedly shared unsubstantiated conspiracy theories about the election since President Biden …

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