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June 19, 2011 | By Veselin Toshkov, Associated Press
SOFIA, Bulgaria - Gays and lesbians marched in several Eastern European capitals Saturday protected by hundreds of riot police after some extremist groups urged members to stop the gay-pride rallies. Nearly 1,000 people joined the fourth Gay Pride rally in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia, organizers said. Twice as many paraded through the Croatian capital of Zagreb under rainbow arches of balloons and banners for that city's 10th Gay Pride March. Hungarian gay-rights activists also took to the streets in Budapest, flanked by police in full riot gear.
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June 14, 1993 | MICHAEL MERCANTI/ DAILY NEWS
"Pride '93" brought gay and lesbian celebrants out into the streets yesterday, along a parade route that led from Center City to a festival at Penn's Landing. An AIDS memorial service opened the day's events.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 20, 2003 | By Carrie Rickey INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
The Trip is a journey into the heart of gay pride. Chronicling two decades of the liberation movement, it focuses on the love affair between an out activist and a closeted journalist who meet in Los Angeles in 1973. When Tommy (Steve Braun) a radical longhair, encounters Alan (Larry Sullivan), a conservative scribe, he's instantly attracted, even though Alan protests that he doesn't swing that way. Before you can say "fern bar," Tommy converts Alan politically and sexually - even though, unbeknownst to the radical, the right-wing Alan had written a homophobic screed before his conversion.
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June 16, 1989 | By Jeffrey Taylor, Daily News Staff Writer
After a morning of strident speeches attacking and defending homosexuals, City Council yesterday narrowly approved a resolution declaring June as Gay and Lesbian Pride Month in Philadelphia. The 9-8 vote came nearly a year after a similar rhetorical battle over the morality of homosexuality ended with Council rejecting the same resolution in June 1988. "We have to begin showing tolerance," said Councilman Angel Ortiz, who sponsored both the 1988 and 1989 gay pride resolutions.
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June 15, 2012 | By Pauline Jelinek, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Last summer, gays in the military dared not admit their sexual orientation. This summer, the Pentagon will salute them, marking June as gay pride month just as it has marked other celebrations honoring racial or ethnic groups. In the latest sign of change since the military repealed the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, the Defense Department will soon hold its first event to recognize gay and lesbian troops. It comes nine months after repeal of the policy that had banned gays from serving openly and forced more than 13,500 service members out of the armed forces.
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June 16, 2012 | By Pauline Jelinek, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta on Friday thanked gay and lesbian military members for their service, as the Pentagon prepares to mark June as gay pride month with an official salute. In a remarkable sign of a cultural change in the U.S. military, Panetta said that with the repeal last year of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law that prohibited gays from serving openly in the military, gays and lesbians can now be proud to be in uniform. "Now you can be proud of serving your country, and be proud of who you are," Panetta said.
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June 24, 1988 | By JEFFREY TAYLOR, Daily News Staff Writer
More than 100 gay-rights advocates and anti-gay protesters traded insults on the floor of City Council yesterday as Council members refused to proclaim June gay pride month. "They are moral cowards," said Rita Addessa, executive director of the Philadelphia Lesbian and Gay Task Force. "Council today voted for bigotry, discrimination and violence against lesbian women and gay men. " After Council scrapped the gay pride resolution by an 11-5 vote, gay-rights advocates linked arms and sang "We Shall Overcome" as anti-gay protesters cheered their hero, Councilman Francis Rafferty.
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June 7, 2006 | By Rae Theodore
If you're like most people, you probably don't think about rainbows too often. If you're lucky, you'll spot a few in the sky during your lifetime and point them out to whoever is near. Or, around St. Patrick's Day, your kids might come home with painted pictures of rainbows with big pots of gold at each end. However, if you're a member of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, you might think about rainbows more often than the average person. The six-colored rainbow flag with bright stripes of red, orange, yellow, green, indigo and violet is our community's universal symbol of pride.
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June 16, 1989 | By Dan Meyers, Inquirer Staff Writer
City Council members, after bitter debate over tolerance, yesterday declared June as Lesbian and Gay Pride Month by narrowly approving a resolution similar to one they had squelched last year. On one side was Councilman Francis W. Rafferty, who asked of gays and lesbians, "What is there to be proud of?" On the other was the sponsor of the resolution, Angel L. Ortiz, who said Council "has to begin showing tolerance and setting the example. " And one newly converted supporter of the resolution, Lucien E. Blackwell, said he believed in diversity and acceptance but added that he wished for a "magic potion" to "cure" gays of their homosexuality.
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June 11, 2013 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sixtysomethings Jewel Haines and Kay Brown had never been to a gay pride parade, but on Sunday, the friends from Philadelphia sat in folding chairs beneath a tree near Fifth and Market Streets as a show of support. It was all for their crochet teacher at the St. Charles Senior Community Center. Somewhere along the 1.3-mile parade route, the seventysomething instructor was riding a float. "In this country, how long have people been biased and prejudiced against us as black people?"
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July 6, 2015 | By Jonathan Takiff, Inquirer Staff Writer
With the ink still wet on the Supreme Court's 5-4 pro-marriage-equality ruling, figures from the LGBT movement joined thousands of others at Independence Hall on Saturday for the National LGBT 50th anniversary ceremony. Fifty years ago, in the same location, a polite protest by 40 gay men and women sparked the movement with its demands for equal rights for gay people. That demonstration is seen by many as the birth of the modern gay-rights movement. "For the gay community, this is identical in meaning to the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom," anniversary chairman and co-emcee Malcolm Lazin said before the celebration.
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June 16, 2015 | By Erin Edinger-Turoff, Inquirer Staff Writer
Beverly Jordan, 70, vividly remembers how upset she was about the murder of University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard in 1998, one of the most notorious hate crimes against gays in American history. "Any kind of injustice, I have to fight," the West Philadelphia resident said Sunday. Jordan helped hold a banner for PFLAG Philadelphia at Philadelphia's 27th PrideDay LGBT Parade & Festival. It was her second year attending the event, as an ally and friend of LGBT people. An uncontainable energy swelled around the parade's starting location at 13th and Locust Streets in an area of the city known as "the Gayborhood.
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June 13, 2015 | By Alexander Kacala, For The Inquirer
There are a lot of reasons to be proud of Philadelphia. The New York Times ranked the city this year third best place to visit in the world, we have a new pop-up garden opening on every corner, and the Huffington Post just shared 21 reasons we are the coolest (please - like we didn't already know). Maybe our sports teams aren't currently the greatest, but that doesn't mean we don't have a lot to celebrate. From gay pride to black pride, we have eight ways you can celebrate your Philly pride this weekend.
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June 10, 2014 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
Violette Carb and Noelia Rivera got married - for the first time - two and a half years ago. "It wasn't legal, obviously," Carb said. But the two Philadelphia women had been together for seven years, and they wanted to commit. At Sunday's Pride Day festival, less than a month after a federal judge struck down Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage, the 24-year-old women tied the knot again. This time, Carb will be covered by Rivera's health insurance. Fourteen couples - who had been together 119 years - were wed on Independence Mall during a glitter-filled parade.
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February 28, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
LAWNSIDEGrowing up gay in Jamaica, Jason Latty-Travis was "one of those boys who were supposed to be beaten. " He's referring to four young men whom fellow Northern Caribbean University students believed to be battyboys and bashed with wooden planks in February 2001. Had he not stopped to talk politics with an acquaintance on the street that night, Latty-Travis recalls, he might have been among the victims. Not long after that incident, which made international headlines, he fled his beloved homeland.
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June 11, 2013 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sixtysomethings Jewel Haines and Kay Brown had never been to a gay pride parade, but on Sunday, the friends from Philadelphia sat in folding chairs beneath a tree near Fifth and Market Streets as a show of support. It was all for their crochet teacher at the St. Charles Senior Community Center. Somewhere along the 1.3-mile parade route, the seventysomething instructor was riding a float. "In this country, how long have people been biased and prejudiced against us as black people?"
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October 4, 2012 | By Dusan Stojanovic, Associated Press
BELGRADE, Serbia - Serbia's police on Wednesday banned a gay-pride march in Belgrade, citing security concerns but also complying with a request from Serbia's Christian Orthodox Church. Police said they were banning the march planned for Saturday because they feared a repeat of the violence in 2010, when right-wing groups attacked a gay-pride event in Belgrade. That triggered daylong clashes with the police that left more than 100 people injured. Last year's gay-pride march also was banned by authorities.
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July 19, 2012 | By Maria Danilova, Associated Press
KIEV, Ukraine - Homophobic sentiment and violence against Ukraine's gay community are on the rise, despite increasing efforts to promote tolerance in the conservative ex-Communist nation, advocacy groups said Wednesday. The community was forced to cancel its first gay pride parade in the capital, Kiev, in May due to concerns that activists would be physically attacked by radical groups. After the cancellation, two gay leaders were violently beaten. Oleksandr Zinchenkov, head of the Our World gay-rights advocacy group, told a news conference Wednesday that Ukrainians have been increasingly hostile toward gays and lesbians in recent months.
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June 16, 2012 | By Pauline Jelinek, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta on Friday thanked gay and lesbian military members for their service, as the Pentagon prepares to mark June as gay pride month with an official salute. In a remarkable sign of a cultural change in the U.S. military, Panetta said that with the repeal last year of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law that prohibited gays from serving openly in the military, gays and lesbians can now be proud to be in uniform. "Now you can be proud of serving your country, and be proud of who you are," Panetta said.
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June 15, 2012 | By Pauline Jelinek, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Last summer, gays in the military dared not admit their sexual orientation. This summer, the Pentagon will salute them, marking June as gay pride month just as it has marked other celebrations honoring racial or ethnic groups. In the latest sign of change since the military repealed the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, the Defense Department will soon hold its first event to recognize gay and lesbian troops. It comes nine months after repeal of the policy that had banned gays from serving openly and forced more than 13,500 service members out of the armed forces.
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