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Norway: Deadly Pride attack suspect jailed, refuses to talk

Jun. 27, 2022 11:05 AM EDT

OSLO, Norway (AP) — The suspect in a deadly shooting ahead of an LGBTQ festival in the Norwegian capital, which authorities are treating as an Islamist attack, was ordered held Monday in pre-trial detention for four weeks — two of them in solitary confinement. He continued to refuse to be...

Detained LGBTQ activists in Istanbul Pride being released

Jun. 27, 2022 10:32 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Istanbul’s LGBTQ Pride organizers said 373 people detained by police following a ban on all Pride events were being released Monday. Kaos GL, a leading LGBTQ rights association, said all the people detained Sunday were being freed after giving their police...

Spanish government approves new bill on transgender rights

Jun. 27, 2022 08:59 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s Cabinet approved on Monday a new draft of a LGBTQ rights bill that if backed by parliament will allow people as young as 16 to change their gender freely, and those as young as 12 to do so with a judge’s authorization. This version of the bill is very...

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...