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LGBT Pride

LGBT Pride (or gay pride) is the positive stance against discrimination and violence toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people to promote their self-affirmation, dignity, equality rights, increase their visibility as a social group, build community, and celebrate sexual orientation, diversity and gender identity. Pride is the predominant outlook that bolsters most LGBT rights movements throughout the world.

Common symbols of pride are the rainbow pride flag, the lowercase Greek letter lambda (λ), the pink triangle and the black triangle, these latter two reclaimed from use as badges of shame in Nazi concentration camps.

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Rio de Janeiro celebrates gay pride, calls for end to homophobia

Sunday, November 16, 2014
A man participates in the 19th Gay Pride Parade in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Nov.16, 2014. Thousands took part in Rio de Janeiro's 19th Gay Pride parade, to fight for a more just and inclusive society, which recognizes equal rights for all the gay community.
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Gay rights activists are using Rio de Janeiro's annual gay pride parade to demand laws against discrimination based on sexual orientation. Thousands of people paraded down Copacabana's main coastal boulevard with rainbow flags and thematic floats, many dressed in carnival costumes or wearing t-shirts saying "Fight Against Homophobia."

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Florida marriage plaintiffs lead parade as Fantasy Fest wraps in Key West

Monday, October 27, 2014
Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones, who launched a landmark challenge to Florida’s same-sex marriage ban, led Saturday night’s procession atop a “wedding cake” float surrounded by 33 other couples in wedding attire.
KEY WEST, Fla. -- The elaborate 10-day Fantasy Fest costuming and masking ended Sunday on this subtropical island, following its highlight late-night parade that featured grand marshals who pioneered the Florida Keys' fight for marriage equality.

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McAuliffe becomes Virginia’s first sitting governor to attend LGBT pride

Sunday, September 28, 2014
Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D-Va.) at Virginia Pridefest, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014.
RICHMOND, Va. -- Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Saturday became the first sitting governor of the state to attend Virginia’s annual LGBT Pridefest. “It’ a new day in Virginia, I can tell you that folks,” said McAuliffe, speaking in front of thousands of enthusiastic and LGBT Virginians and allies. “I was the first elected official in the south to come out to come out for marriage ...

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Serbia LGBT pride march takes place undisturbed as riot police stand guard

Sunday, September 28, 2014
Members of Serbia's LGBT community wave flags during the Pride March in Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014.
BELGRADE, Serbia -- Waving rainbow-colored flags, several hundred gay activists proceeded undisturbed through downtown Belgrade on Sunday thanks to the protection of thousands of riot police. The march advanced for only several hundred meters through the empty Belgrade streets where shops were closed and public transport was stopped....

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Head of Serbia church denounces planned gay pride march

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Belgrade, Serbia
BELGRADE, Serbia -- The head of Serbia's influential Christian Orthodox church on Tuesday denounced a gay pride march planned for the weekend, adding to tensions over the event, which has faced threats from extremists. Patriarch Irinej said in a statement that the "shameless" event casts a moral shadow on Serbia — a conservative ...

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Officials say officer did not use excessive force at Pittsburgh gay pride

Sunday, September 7, 2014
Souroth Chatterji
PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh city officials have determined that a police officer did not use excessive force when he punched a woman at a gay pride event in June. City Solicitor Lourdes Sanchez-Ridge made the announcement Friday afternoon. The officer, Souroth Chatterji, said he was trying to break up a fight when he grabbed the woman by the head and punched...

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Bahamas gay pride weekend cut short by death threats

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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An inaugural gay pride weekend in the Bahamas was cut short as members of the LGBT community abandoned the planned events “out of fear” of repercussions from irate members of the public, reported the Nassau Guardian. Event organizer Victor Rollins said he received death threats on his Facebook page after posting pictures Sunday of event attendees holding gay pride flags along with Bahamian flags on a beach.

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Family of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi receives gay pride award

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
From left: Jane and Joseph Clementi, co-founders of the Tyler Clementi Foundation, and son James Clementi.
NEWARK, N.J. -- The mother and brother of an 18-year-old Rutgers University student who committed suicide days after his roommate publicized details of his relationship with another man have received a gay pride award. NJ.com reports Jane and James Clementi received the Pride Award on Tuesday from New Jersey’s Essex County as part of its LGBTQ Pride Month celebration.

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Uganda LGBT community holds pride parade in Entebbe

Saturday, August 9, 2014
Ugandans take part in the 3rd Annual LGBT Pride celebrations in Entebbe, Uganda, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014.
ENTEBBE, Uganda -- Members of Uganda's LGBT community and their supporters are holding a gay pride parade on a beach in the lakeside town of Entebbe. The parade is their first public event since a Ugandan court invalidated an anti-gay law that was widely condemned by some Western governments and human rights watchdogs.

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Vietnam’s LGBT community celebrates pride, softening attitudes toward gays

Sunday, August 3, 2014
Participants in Vientam's third ever pride parade cycle through the streets of Hanoi on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014.
HANOI, Vietnam -- The streets of Hanoi were awash with rainbow flags on Sunday as an estimated 300 gay rights advocates celebrated the nation's largest gay pride event to date. AFP reports that members of Vietnam's LGBT community cycled and danced through the capital urging an end to discrimination against the LGBT community in a country where ...

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