Turkish police break up Istanbul gay pride

Chicago gay pride parade expels Star of David flags

Sesame Street celebrates LGBT during Gay Pride Month


Turkish police have stopped an attempt by gay pride activists to hold a parade in Istanbul in defiance of an official ban from the local authorities.


Police fired rubber bullets at a group of around 40 activists in the country’s largest city, a day after the city governor’s office banned the march citing safety and public order concerns.


Small groups gathered at Taksim Square but witnesses said a heavy police presence outnumbered the activists, and at least four people were detained.


It is the third successive year that the march has been banned, and organisers denounced the move.


It was one of the biggest LGBT events in the mainly Muslim region, and the 2014 Gay Pride parade in Istanbul drew tens of thousands of people.




Chicago gay pride parade expels Star of David flags


Organisers of an LGBT-rights festival in Chicago are being accused of anti-Semitism after they expelled marchers carrying the Star of David.


The rainbow flags with the Jewish symbol “made people feel unsafe”, an organiser told the Windy City Times.


Laurel Grauer said she was told to leave the so-called Dyke March because she was told her flag was a trigger to people that they found offensive.


The organisers later hit back, saying Israel hides behind LGBT-rights.


The Dyke March takes place one day ahead of the city’s official Pride March.




Sesame Street celebrates LGBT during Gay Pride Month


In a surprise Pride Month move, the iconic children’s show, Sesame Street, announced its support for the LGBT movement.


The show’s official Twitter account displays an image of Sesame Street’s biggest celebrity character, Elmo, next to his multi-colored Muppet friends – a clear tribute to the Gay Pride rainbow flag.


June is Pride Month across most of the world, and the support by Sesame Street has been seen by some as a way to influence children.


There has been some speculation in the past that characters Ernie and Bert are gay, but Sesame Street producers have denied such rumours.



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