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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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Rainbow Facebook photos: Armchair activism or shifting tide?

Thursday, July 2, 2015
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More than 26 million Facebook profile photos have taken on a rainbow hue in the days since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Friday that marriage is a right guaranteed under the Constitution regardless of a person's sexual orientation. ...

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Lead plaintiff in same-sex marriage case gets hero’s welcome at Cincinnati pride

Sunday, June 28, 2015
James Obergefell, center, the lead plaintiff in the U.S. Supreme Court same-sex marriage case, Obergefell v. Hodges, waves during the Cincinnati Pride parade, Saturday, June 27, 2015, in Cincinnati.
A Cincinnati native who was the lead plaintiff in the historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage has come back to his hometown to celebrate. ...

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Turkish police use water cannons to disperse participants at LGBT pride rally

Sunday, June 28, 2015
Turkish police use a water canon to disperse participants of an LGBT Pride event in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, June 28, 2015. Between 100 and 200 protestors were chased away from Taksim Square on Sunday after a police vehicle fired several jets of water to disperse the crowd. It wasn't immediately clear why the police intervened to push the peaceful if noisy protest away from the area.
Turkish police used water cannons and tear gas against LGBT pride marchers trying to rally in Istanbul's central square on Sunday, forcing the thousands of demonstrators to gather several blocks away. ...

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1 wounded in shooting at San Francisco LGBT pride event

Sunday, June 28, 2015
In this image taken from video provided by Sean-Franc Strang, a police officer has his gun drawn after shots were fired at a gay pride event in San Francisco, Saturday, June 27, 2015. Police say a bystander was shot at a gay pride event in San Francisco's Civic Center when an argument between several young men turned violent.
Police say a bystander was shot at an LGBT pride event in San Francisco's Civic Center when an argument between several men turned violent, but the argument was not tied to the event. ...

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Philadelphia rainbow crosswalks mark 50th anniversary of LGBT rights demonstrations

Thursday, June 25, 2015
A woman walks past a rainbow crosswalk in support of the LGBT community at the intersection of 13th and Locust streets, Thursday, June 25, 2015, in Philadelphia.
The rainbow crosswalks will be dedicated at the Annual Reminders Block Party on July 5 honoring the 50th anniversary of the first wave of U.S. LGBT rights group demonstrations. ...

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Anchorage center’s LGBT pride flag vandalized for third time in a year

Thursday, June 25, 2015
The partially burned flag continues to fly outside Identity's community center to call awareness to the crime.
An Anchorage LGBT community center is flying a half-burned rainbow flag after someone vandalized the organization for the third time in less than a year. ...

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All because of the colors on a flag…

Wednesday, June 24, 2015
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I’ve been thinking a great deal about flags the past few days. All this whining from the confederate flag-loving people about southern pride and southern heritage -- all because of the colors on a flag. ...

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Heckler interrupts Obama at Pride reception to protest deportation of LGBT immigrants

Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Vice President Joe Biden, left, and President Barack Obama react after a heckler was removed from the East Room of the White House during remarks at a reception to celebrate LGBT Pride Month, on Wednesday, June 24, 2015, in Washington.
President Barack Obama took on a heckler head-on at an LGBT pride month reception at the White House Wednesday, scolding the protester for being disrespectful in "my house." ...

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Seattle unveils 11 rainbow crosswalks in gay‑friendly Capitol Hill neighborhood

Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray (center) unveils one of 11 rainbow crosswalks in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood.
Seattle has new rainbow-colored crosswalks for LGBT Pride Week, and it plans to keep them for years. Mayor Ed Murray, who is openly gay, unveiled one of the 11 new crosswalks in the historically gay-friendly Capitol Hill neighborhood on Tuesday. ...

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Esurance: ‘In the modern world, all dreams are equal’

Monday, June 22, 2015
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Ahead of an anticipated U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of nationwide marriage equality, Esurance released this video on Monday to commemorate LGBT pride and celebrate "all marriages." ...

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