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Thousands celebrate in Brooklyn’s annual LGBT pride festival

| Sunday, June 15, 2014
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BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Thousands gathered in Brooklyn's Park Slope neighborhood on Saturday to celebrate at the Brooklyn Pride Festival, and its annual parade, led this year by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, one of the event's four grand marshals and the first NYC mayor to lead a pride parade.

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St. Patrick’s Day parades proceed amid tension over exclusion of gays

| Monday, March 17, 2014
Michael Dwyer, APA group standing for diversity marches in the annual St. Patrick's Day parade in the South Boston neighborhood of Boston, Sunday, March 16, 2014.
NEW YORK -- A weekend of St. Patrick's Day revelry and tensions over the exclusion of gays in some of the celebrations was culminating Monday in New York, where Guinness beer and the city's new mayor planned to sit out the world's largest parade celebrating Irish heritage.

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Guinness cancels sponsorship of NYC St. Patrick’s Day parade over gay ban

| Sunday, March 16, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Guinness announced Sunday it is cancelling its sponsorship of Monday’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City because event organizers refuse to allow gay participants to carry signs expressing their LGBT pride.

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Heineken pulls sponsorship from NYC St. Patrick’s over ban on gay pride signs

| Saturday, March 15, 2014
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Heineken announced Friday it has pulled its sponsorship of Monday's St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York City because event organizers refuse to let gay participants carry signs displaying LGBT pride.

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NYC mayor marches in Queens’ gay friendly ‘St. Pat’s For All Parade’

| Sunday, March 2, 2014
NYC Mayor's OfficeNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (center) joins the gay-friendly St. Pat's For All Parade in Queens, N.Y., on Sunday, March 2, 2014.
NEW YORK -- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who plans to skip the nation's largest St. Patrick's Day parade because participants are banned from carrying signs or banners identifying themselves as gay, joined the gay-friendly St. Pat's For All Parade Sunday, saying it honors the traditions of the city by celebrating inclusion.

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De Blasio to skip NYC St. Patrick’s Day parade over ban on gay pride signs

| Tuesday, February 4, 2014
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NEW YORK -- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says he won't be marching in the nation's largest St. Patrick's Day parade because organizers refuse to allow participants to carry gay pride signs.

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Quinn gives hearty endorsement to fellow Democrat de Blasio for NYC mayor

| Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Mary Altaffer, APDemocratic mayoral hopeful Bill de Blasio (center) and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn during a news conference joining Democrats together Tuesday.
NEW YORK — City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, once the most bitter of foes, stood side by side in front of City Hall on Tuesday as she backed him for mayor, sealing the endorsement with a hearty hug.

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Quinn falls short in bid to become first female, first LGBT mayor of New York

| Wednesday, September 11, 2013
WCBS-TVChristine Quinn concedes Democratic Mayoral Primary. Her wife, Kim Catullo (left) is at her side.
NEW YORK -- Lesbian city official and mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn fell far short Tuesday of her goal to win at least a run-off spot in the New York City mayoral race’s Democratic primary.

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NYC mayoral hopefuls begin final campaign sprint to Tuesday’s primary

| Saturday, September 7, 2013
Mary Altaffer, APNew York City Democratic mayoral hopeful and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn greets a voter during a campaign stop in the Bronx borough of New York, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013.
NEW YORK -- The candidates for New York City mayor blanketed television programs with commercials, gave interviews to nearly anyone holding a microphone and relied on old-fashioned retail politicking as they embarked on the frantic stretch run of the primary campaign.

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