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Norway: Suspect in Pride Month attack won't talk to police

Jun. 26, 2022 17:39 PM EDT

OSLO, Norway (AP) — The suspect in a mass shooting during an LGBTQ festival in Norway has refused to explain his actions to investigators and will remain in pretrial custody for the next four weeks, police and his defense lawyer said Sunday. The man, whom authorities described as a...

Pride parades march on with new urgency across US

Jun. 26, 2022 17:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Pride parades kicked off in New York City and around the country Sunday with glittering confetti, cheering crowds, fluttering rainbow flags and newfound fears about losing freedoms won through decades of activism. The annual marches in New York, San Francisco,...

Poland's leader rejects West views on transgender issues

Jun. 26, 2022 13:11 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s conservative ruling party leader pushed back Sunday against what he described as Western views on LGBTQ rights. Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the head of the Law and Justice party, described a theoretical situation in which a person named Wladyslaw, which is...

Arrests in Istanbul as LGBTQ marchers try to defy Pride ban

Jun. 26, 2022 12:50 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Dozens of people were detained in central Istanbul after city authorities banned an LGBTQ Pride march, organizers said Sunday. Turkey's largest city has banned the march since 2015, but large crowds nonetheless gather every year to mark the end of Pride Month....

Vermont unveils marker to highlight state's 1st pride parade

Jun. 26, 2022 11:52 AM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The state of Vermont is commemorating Sunday the state’s first lesbian and gay pride parade, which was held in Burlington in 1983. The event in Burlington’s City Hall Park comes as parades celebrating LGBTQ pride are being held in some of America’s...

With war, Kyiv pride parade becomes a peace march in Warsaw

Jun. 25, 2022 15:10 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Ukraine's largest LGBTQ rights event, KyivPride, went ahead Saturday, although not on its native streets or as a celebration. Due to Russia's war in Ukraine, the event normally held in Kyiv took place in conjunction with Warsaw's yearly Equality Parade, the...

After attacks, "huge" police presence at Florida Pride event

Jun. 25, 2022 15:05 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Even before a gunman opened fire Saturday at an annual LGBTQ Pride festival in Norway, police officials in a Florida city that hosts one of the largest Pride celebrations in the southeast U.S. were gearing up for “all hands on deck" to make sure the three days of...

Norway shaken by attack that kills 2 during Pride festival

Jun. 25, 2022 14:05 PM EDT

OSLO, Norway (AP) — A gunman opened fire in Oslo’s nightlife district early Saturday, killing two people and leaving more than 20 wounded in what the Norwegian security service called an "Islamist terror act" during the capital’s annual LGBTQ Pride festival. Investigators said...

Mass same-sex wedding in Mexico challenges discrimination

Jun. 25, 2022 12:25 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Even after five years of living together in the Pacific resort city of Acapulco, something as simple as holding hands or sharing a kiss in public is unthinkable for Dayanny Marcelo and Mayela Villalobos. There is an ever-present fear of being rejected or attacked...

Religious schools may face another hurdle to state tuition

Jun. 25, 2022 11:43 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Religious schools got what they wanted when the Supreme Court allowed them to participate in a state tuition program. But the state attorney general said the ruling will be for naught unless the schools are willing to abide by the same antidiscrimination law...