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ISRAEL: 2500 Police Protect Jerusalem Pride Parade, Dozens Of Ultra-Orthodox Protesters Arrested [VIDEO]

The Voice Of America reports: Thousands of people marched through the streets of Jerusalem on Thursday in the city’s annual gay pride parade, a festival that exposes deep divisions between Israel’s secular and Jewish ultra-Orthodox camps. Some 10,000 revelers waving rainbow flags joined the carnival-like procession, as over 2,500 police officers in plain clothes, in uniform and on horseback patrolled …

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Fifth Male Teenager Arrested In London Gay Bashing

Via press release from London’s Metropolitan Police: Detectives investigating a homophobic attack and robbery of two women in Camden have made a fifth arrest. A 16-year-old boy was arrested this morning, Saturday, 8 June on suspicion of robbery and aggravated GBH and is currently in custody. Four males aged between 15-18 have been arrested yesterday, Friday, 7 June on suspicion …

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PHILADELPHIA: Gay Sheriff’s Deputy And LGBT Liaison Found Dead At Office Desk Of Self-Inflicted Gunshot

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports: A Philadelphia sheriff’s deputy who was a leader in the city’s gay community, and who a state legislator said “lifted up every room he ever stepped foot in,” was found dead at his desk in his Center City office Friday morning. Deputy Sheriff Dante Austin, 27, was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the office …

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WISCONSIN: Dem Gov Flies Rainbow Flag Over Capitol For First Time, GOP State Rep Rants “This Is Divisive”

Madison’s Capital Times reports: In a gesture that would have been unthinkable a year ago, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers Friday ordered a rainbow flag to fly above the state Capitol for the first time ever to mark Pride Month. One Republican state lawmaker responded with a tweet that appeared to question the move on religious grounds. “Is this any more …

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State Dept Bans Embassies From Flying Rainbow Flag

NBC News reports: The Trump administration is rejecting requests from U.S. embassies to fly the rainbow pride flag on embassy flagpoles during June, LGBT Pride Month, three American diplomats tell NBC News. The U.S. embassies in Israel, Germany, Brazil and Latvia are among those that have requested permission from Trump’s State Department to fly the pride flag on their flagpoles …

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Four Teenage Males Arrested In London Gay Bashing

The Guardian reports: A homophobic assault on two women on a bus that left them needing hospital treatment has been labelled a “disgusting, misogynistic attack” by the London mayor, Sadiq Khan. The attack happened in the early hours of 30 May when Melania Geymonat, 28, boarded a bus with her girlfriend, Chris. The couple said they were attacked after refusing …

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LONDON: Lesbian Couple Bloodied By Gang Of Men On City Bus After Refusing To Kiss For Their Amusement

Newsweek reports: A woman has spoken out about a terrifying ordeal in which she and her girlfriend were attacked by a gang of men on a London bus after they refused to kiss for their entertainment. Uruguay national Melania Geymonat, 28, posted a photo showing the aftermath of the assault in which she and her American girlfriend Chris are covered …

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Brad Pitt Warns Straight Pride: Stop Using My Image

TMZ reports: Brad Pitt is no mascot, but ESPECIALLY not for the notorious upcoming Straight Pride Parade and he’s doing what he can to put a stop to the idiocy. Currently, their website claims this community has adopted Pitt as its mascot, and congratulates him for being “the face of this important civil rights movement.” Sources close to Brad tell …

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BREAKING: New York Police Commissioner Apologizes For 1969 Raid On Stonewall Inn: The NYPD Was Wrong

The New York Times reports: New York’s police commissioner, James P. O’Neill, apologized on Thursday on behalf of the Police Department for officers’ actions during the Stonewall riot, a seminal 1969 clash outside a Greenwich Village club that is widely regarded as a turning point for the modern gay rights movement. “I think it would be irresponsible to go through …

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WASHINGTON: State Supreme Court Upholds Previous Ruling Against Anti-LGBT Florist Barronelle Stutzman

The Associated Press reports:  The Washington State Supreme Court has unanimously upheld its previous ruling that Baronelle Stutzman violated the state’s anti-discrimination laws by refusing to provide flowers for a gay couple’s wedding in 2013. “Washington state law protects same-sex couples from discrimination based on their sexual orientation, the same way it protects Washingtonians from discrimination based on their religion, …

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MISSOURI: Restaurant Refuses Rehearsal Dinner For Lesbian Couple Over Their “Unhealthy Relationship”

CBS News St. Louis reports: A St. Charles County couple says an O’Fallon, Mo. restaurant refused to host their rehearsal dinner after learning of their sexual orientation. Mindy Rackley and Kendall Brown are getting married on June 15. They planned to host a rehearsal dinner two days prior at Madison’s Café. Kendall said she was speaking with someone at the …

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New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson Calls On NYPD To Apologize For 1969 Raid On Stonewall Inn

New York City’s WINS radio reports: It’s been fifty years since police officers raided the Stonewall Inn — the legendary Christopher Street gay bar — and Corey Johnson thinks it’s about time that the NYPD apologize to the LGBTQ community for the raid, which gave birth to the modern-day LGBTQ rights movement. “The NYPD in the past has apologized for …

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YouTube Demonetizes Anti-LGBT Channel (For Now)

The Daily Beast reports: YouTube unleashed massive confusion and satisfied apparently no one with its handling of Steven Crowder’s homophobic campaign against a gay journalist on Wednesday. The company will “demonetize” Crowder, a far-right performer, for harassing Vox reporter Carlos Maza. The announcement was a partial reversal from Tuesday, when YouTube said it would not take action against Crowder. After …

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YouTube Under Fire For Allowing Anti-LGBT Hate Speech

The Washington Post reports: Carlos Maza, a video producer for the news site Vox, said the harassment began about two years ago. Steven Crowder [screenshot above], a right-wing commentator and comedian, had begun to call out Maza’s sexuality and his race — Maza is gay and Latino — in some of his videos on YouTube. And last week, Maza said, …

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Tennessee DA Won’t Enforce Domestic Violence Laws For Same-Sex Couples: There’s No Marriage To Protect

NBC News reports: Craig Northcott, a district attorney in Tennessee’s Coffee County, a rural county between Nashville and Chattanooga, is facing calls to resign for saying he would not enforce domestic violence laws for people in same-sex marriages because he does not believe in same-sex marriage. Northcott said he concluded, based on his own analysis and not on the fact …

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BOSTON: Straight Pride Parade Planned For August

The Washington Post reports: Pride Month kicks off in Boston on Tuesday with a lights event, a paint night — and preparations for a possible “Straight Pride Parade” this summer. The event to celebrate heterosexuality in one of the nation’s most gay-friendly cities is meant to poke fun at the “identity politics” of the political left, organizer Mark Sahady wrote …

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AVAILABLE TODAY: Rainbow Warrior: My Life In Color, The Memoir Of Rainbow Flag Creator Gilbert Baker

Via press release from Chicago Review Press: The bright, exuberant colors on the rainbow flag have long been a symbol of pride and unity for the LGBTQ+ community. From the beginning of its creation, artist Gilbert Baker simply wanted to capture the joyful liberation of sexual identity. Little did he know, the flag would become an internationally recognized symbol that …

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Barbershop Must Pay $75K For Refusing HIV+ Client

Via press release from Lambda Legal: Today, Lambda Legal announced the Central District of California entered judgment for Nikko Briteramos against the owner of a Los Angeles barbershop who refused to cut Briteramos’ hair because he is living with HIV. CUT THE STIGMA, a joint public education campaign launched last year by the Black AIDS Institute and Lambda Legal, will …

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Obama Wishes Happy Pride To Student Whose Rainbow Turban Went Viral: You’re Making The USA More Equal

Reuters reports: Former President Obama on Tuesday praised the graduate student who went viral for his rainbow turban celebrating Pride Month. Obama told Jiwandeep Kohli, a clinical psychology graduate student and former contestant on “The Great American Baking Show,” that he had “a lot to be proud of.” “Thanks for everything you do to make this country a little more …

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Google Unveils “Stonewall Forever” Digital Monument

From Google’s corporate blog: The LGBT Community Center of New York City, with support from Google.org, has worked to preserve LGBTQ+ history for future generations by extending the Stonewall National Monument from its physical location in New York City to a digital experience that can be accessed by everyone, everywhere. Stonewall Forever is the result of the LGBT Community Center’s …

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