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Philippine lawyer finds unlikely ally in Duterte in fight to legalise gay marriage

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Jesus Falcis has taken his battle to the supreme court, backed by a president who regularly clashes with the Catholic church

In the Philippines, where Catholicism is dominant and divorce is still illegal, a young atheist, openly gay lawyer is leading a historic fight for same-sex marriage.

Jesus Falcis, 31, will face the supreme court on Tuesday to argue that a law limiting marriage to a man and a woman violates the 1987 Philippine Constitution, which he said doesn’t make gender specifications on who can be married.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/18/philippines-lawyer-gay-marriage-duterte-church

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Newly designed Pride flag is far more inclusive for 2018

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Most products from the 1970’s — green bean jello, lettuce molds— don’t deserve a reboot. The rainbow Pride flag might be the lonely exception.

Portland designer Daniel Quasar recently launched a Kickstarter for his newly designed LGBTQ Pride flag.  Quasar has crafted a flag featuring multiple new colors, each representing a gender identity/sexual orientation, as well arrows, suggesting forward cultural movement.

“When the Pride flag was recreated in the last year to include both black/brown stripes as well as the trans stripes included this year, I wanted to see if there could be more emphasis in the design of the flag to give it more meaning,” Quasar explains on his Kickstarter page. Read more…

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Source: https://mashable.com/2018/06/13/new-design-pride-flag-2018/?utm_campaign=Mash-Prod-RSS-Feedburner-All-Partial&utm_cid=Mash-Prod-RSS-Feedburner-All-Partial

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Los Angeles Pride event gets too crowded, ticket-holders turned away

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The 48th annual L.A. Pride Festival in West Hollywood, California hit a new milestone on Saturday, selling out for the first time in the event’s history. The event wasn’t without pains, though, as it was so crowded that some ticket-holders were among those who were turned away. 

According to local news reports, over 100,000 people had gathered for the celebration, part of the weekend’s Los Angeles Pride festivities, on Saturday night. 

The #LAPride festival in West Hollywood sold out for the first time in it’s history. Thousands turned away at the gates. More at 11pm @ABC7 pic.twitter.com/jEoIvbV7Uw

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Source: https://mashable.com/2018/06/10/la-pride-ticket-turned-away-crowd/?utm_campaign=Mash-Prod-RSS-Feedburner-All-Partial&utm_cid=Mash-Prod-RSS-Feedburner-All-Partial

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Gay Pride parade lights up Tel Aviv, attracting more than 250000 revellers