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Parades in NYC, Other Big Cities All Commemorate This 1969 Event

It's the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, which sparked modern gay-rights movement

(Newser) - As Pride Month comes to a close, New York threw a massive LGBTQ Pride March, as other cities, including San Francisco, Chicago, and Seattle, also hosted parades commemorating the 50th anniversary of the clash between police and gay bar patrons that sparked the modern gay-rights movement. New York's Pride... More »

VP on Pride Flag at Embassies: 'One American Flag Flies'

Mike Pence says keeping pride flag off of embassy flagpoles is 'right'

(Newser) - Mike Pence has no issue with the Trump administration's decision to keep pride flags off flagpoles at US embassies during Pride Month. "We're proud to be able to serve every American," but "when it comes to the American flagpole, and American embassies, and capitals around... More »

Chief Says Neo-Nazis Wanted Another Charlottesville

Officers prevented violence at Detroit gay pride event, Chief James Craig says

(Newser) - Detroit's police chief says officers prevented violence by a neo-Nazi group that wanted to spark "Charlottesville No. 2" during a gay pride festival over the weekend, the AP reports. Chief James Craig said Monday that five people among about 15 white supremacists were legally carrying firearms while they... More »

What Really Happened During Gay Pride Panic

Police say a man threatened someone with a BB gun

(Newser) - A man threatened another person with a BB gun during an LGBTQ pride parade in the nation's capital and set off a panic that sent hundreds of people, who mistakenly believed gunshots were fired, running in fear, police said Sunday, per the AP . Aftabjit Singh, 38, was arrested on... More »

Paraders Thought They Heard Gunshots, Panicked

Man is taken into custody after melee, but no shots fired at DC Capitol Pride Parade

(Newser) - A panic caused by a mistaken belief that a gun had been fired during a pride parade in the nation's capital sent people running through the city's streets, reports the AP . Police said some who fled had minor injuries and seven were taken to hospitals. "As the... More »

US Embassies Denied by the Trump Administration

Longstanding policy of flying rainbow flag in June is scuttled

(Newser) - US embassies wanting to fly rainbow flags have received a stark rebuke from the Trump administration, NBC News reports. Embassies in Latvia, Brazil, Israel, Germany, and other nations sought permission to fly the pride flag in June—LGBTQ Pride Month—and were denied by the State Department, diplomats say. That... More »

'Straight Pride' Parade Idea Not Going Over Well

Would-be organizer says he'd consider merging it with Boston's annual pride parade

(Newser) - Boston's annual Pride parade happens Saturday, and if one man has his way, it will be followed up in a couple months with a Straight Pride parade. John Hugo, president of a group called Super Happy Fun America, says "We want people to be aware that there is... More »

Bishop Tells Catholics to Avoid 'Pride Month' Events

Thomas Tobin faces backlash after tweet

(Newser) - Rhode Island's Roman Catholic bishop on Sunday defended a tweet urging Catholics to not support or attend LGBTQ Pride Month events, saying it was his obligation to teach the faith "clearly and compassionately, even on very difficult and sensitive issues." Diocese of Providence Bishop Thomas Tobin sparked... More »

A Teacher of the Year's Photo With Trump Is Going Viral

Thanks to a rainbow pin and black fan

(Newser) - Rhode Island's Teacher of the Year is drawing attention for his display of LGBT pride in a photo-op with President Trump, the AP reports. The photo from Nikos Giannopoulos' visit to the Oval Office in April shows the teacher wearing a rainbow pin on his suit jacket; he is... More »

Creator of Flag Synonymous With Gay Pride Dies at 65

Artist Gilbert Baker created the Rainbow Flag at the behest of Harvey Milk in 1978

(Newser) - Artist and activist Gilbert Baker has died nearly 40 years after creating the Rainbow Flag that now symbolizes gay pride around the world, ABC 7 reports. Baker's death was first announced by fellow activist Cleve Jones. "Gilbert gave the world the Rainbow Flag; he gave me forty years... More »

Rainbow Flags, Victims' Images at Pride Parades

Marchers recognize pain of Orlando amid merriment

(Newser) - Rainbow flags were held high along with portraits of the dead as thousands of people marched Sunday in gay pride parades tempered by this month's massacre at a Florida gay nightclub, the AP reports. Crowds of onlookers stood a dozen deep along Fifth Avenue for New York City's... More »

Girl Stabbed at Gay Pride Parade Dies

Israeli teen succumbs to knife wounds

(Newser) - A teenage girl seriously wounded after an anti-gay extremist stabbed her and several others in last week's attack on Jerusalem's gay pride parade died yesterday. Shira Banki, 16, succumbed to her wounds, and her organs will be donated, a Hadassah Medical Center spokeswoman says. The girl was among... More »

Cops: Man Stabs People at Gay Pride Parade—Again

Six people are wounded in Jerusalem

(Newser) - An Ultra-Orthodox Jew stabbed six people at a gay pride parade today in Jerusalem, and the suspect turned out to be a familiar face—he'd just gotten out of prison for doing the same thing a decade ago, reports the Jerusalem Post . Police say Yishai Shlissel began randomly stabbing... More »

CNN's 'ISIS Flag' at Pride Parade Was Really, Er, Sex Toys

Network fails to recognize crude drawings on black flag

(Newser) - "Anyway, I seem to be the only person who spotted this, and nobody seems to be raising any questions or pointing it out," went the breathless report today from CNN's Lucy Pawle, who happened across what a CNN anchor called an "unnerving sight" at a London... More »

Taiwan Hosts Asia's Largest Gay Pride Parade

March comes as island considers same-sex marriage

(Newser) - Tens of thousands of people marched in the Taiwanese capital of Taipei today, as part of the city's annual gay pride parade. The largest parade of its kind in Asia, the event doubled as a demonstration in support of same-sex marriage legislation currently being debated by the island's... More »

Gay Pride Has a Momentous Weekend

First green card issued to gay couple as pride parades held, anthem turns hit

(Newser) - Following last week's Supreme Court decisions , it was a big weekend for gay pride. Two days after the court struck down DOMA, a gay Fort Lauderdale couple was able to get a green card, the Miami Herald reports—making them the first same-sex married couple to do so. Music... More »

Russia Passes Anti-Gay Bill, 436-0

Activists beaten, arrested as harsh bill sails through lower house

(Newser) - Today is not a great day to wake up gay in Russia: The country's lower house yesterday passed a bill that stigmatizes gay people and bans giving children any information about homosexuality. How it passed is nearly as notable as what it contains: By a vote of 436-0, with... More »

Troops Win OK to Wear Uniforms in Gay Pride Parade

And first gay wedding held on military base

(Newser) - The military has now repealed the hell out of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." For the first time, American troops will be allowed to march in uniform at a gay pride parade, reports the BBC . The Pentagon—which marked gay pride month in June —says it... More »

Oreo Rainbow Cookie Sparks Facebook Backlash

Let's just say some people were not real happy with the post

(Newser) - Oreo posted a picture of its iconic cookie with rainbow-colored filling to its Facebook feed last night, in honor of Gay Pride Day. A horrified Matt Stopera rounds up some of the ensuing controversy that erupted in the comments, writing on BuzzFeed , "This is the world we live in.... More »

300 Mormons March in Utah Gay Pride Parade

'Love' extended to LGBT members who face excommunication from church

(Newser) - A group of Mormons made history yesterday when the largest number ever marched in Salt Lake City's Gay Pride Parade. The 300-strong group, dressed in their conservative Sunday best, are members of Mormons Building Bridges, and participated to "extend a message of love and support to our brothers... More »

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