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Biden to name Pulse Nightclub a national memorial

Jun. 12, 2021 15:54 PM EDT

President Joe Biden said on the fifth anniversary of a mass shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida, that he will sign a bill naming the site as a national memorial. The deadliest attack on the LGBTQ community in U.S. history left 49 people dead and 53 people...

Birding group helps foster LGBTQ community in the outdoors

Jun. 12, 2021 08:04 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — As folks drank coffee and munched on doughnuts on the patio outside the Jordan River Nature Center, Kylie Jones-Greenwood gave a simple directive. Jones-Greenwood, who uses they/them pronouns, wanted each of the dozen or so guests to introduce themselves, including...

Transgender athletes fight Florida’s new ban

Jun. 12, 2021 03:06 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — They’ve spent months in limbo, anxiously waiting to figure out how they would be able to celebrate Pride Month 2021. They could emerge from more than a year of isolation to celebrate their identities with the rest of their community, free...

First city in South Mississippi recognizes Pride Month

Jun. 12, 2021 00:12 AM EDT

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — For the first time, the City of Ocean Springs has issued a proclamation recognizing June as LGBTQ Pride Month. For LGBTQ people in Ocean Springs who remember the backlash to a pride march back in 1993, which organizers said was...

Acadiana Roller Derby provides safe LGBTQ space in Louisiana

Jun. 12, 2021 00:12 AM EDT

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Sue Plex — the roller derby name of Jamie Wright — started as an alter-ego. “What’s really cool is I use Sue Plex as inspiration of who I want to be as an individual,” Wright said. “Some people do that where their derby name personifies...

In US, Pride Month festivities muted by political setbacks

Jun. 11, 2021 19:31 PM EDT

It’s Pride Month, and gay Americans should have a lot to celebrate: A new president who has pledged to advocate for LGBTQ people, an easing of a pandemic that has disrupted their communal activism, and increasing public acceptance of their basic rights, including record-high support for...

Tire tracks mar rainbow-colored Pride crosswalk in Reno

Jun. 11, 2021 19:20 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — City workers in Reno plan to keep repairing a rainbow-colored Pride Month crosswalk that was marred by tire tracks after it was painted this week under the Reno Arch, while police investigate the damage as a property destruction crime, an elected official said Friday. ...

Exhibit, ceremony mark 5th anniversary of Pulse massacre

Jun. 11, 2021 14:15 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The 49 victims who were massacred at a gay nightclub shooting in Florida are being honored this week with a community run, a museum exhibit, a mass yoga session, a gay chorus performance and a street dance party. The tributes will culminate with a remembrance ceremony...

Hungary: Bill would ban 'promoting' homosexuality to minors

Jun. 11, 2021 13:46 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary’s governing conservative party has prepared new legislation that bans showing pornographic material and any content portraying or promoting sex reassignment or homosexuality to anyone under 18. Fidesz, the party of Prime Minister...

Aberdeen preps for first LGBTQ pride events

Jun. 11, 2021 13:17 PM EDT

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — The city of Aberdeen is preparing for its first LGBTQ pride events on Saturday night. The Aberdeen News reported Thursday that events will include live music and karaoke outside the Red Rooster Coffee House and a drag show...