Flag censors flunk patriotism test

When Oregon school officials tried to banish political symbols from the classroom, English teacher Gail Grobey delivered a masterful lesson in malicious compliance. The Newberg School Board singled out the Black Lives Matter and LGBT pride flags for removal and commissioned a blacklist for political paraphernalia. Grobey countered by taking down the American flag, telling local newspaper The Newberg Graphic that the Stars and Stripes is “the most political symbol there is.”

AP Week in Pictures: Europe and Africa

SEPTEMBER 17-23 This was a week in which a volcano erupted on the island of La Palma in the Canaries and Parliamentary elections took place in Russia. Nathan Paulin performed on a 70-meter-high slackline across the Seine River in Paris and the annual LGBT pride march took place in Belgrade, Serbia.
Beloit Daily News

Toto's Halloween Hop set for Oct. 23

BELOIT—Get your dancing shoes on and round up some great costumes for Toto’s Halloween Hop. “We’d love everyone to come out and have a good time. We are asking people to consider how to incorporate it into the costumes. It’s a really fun party. Just come on out and have a good time,” said Yellow Brick Road Vice President Meg Trimm.

Multi-coloured pedestrian crossings a danger to the vulnerable, say campaigners

Colourful pedestrian crossings pose a risk to the elderly and visually impaired, campaigners have warned. Access Association, the disability group, has warned that multi-coloured crossings "including pieces that promote inclusion" such as rainbow Pride patterns should not come at a cost of "undermining the safety" of the vulnerable. The group...

Two young photographers share $5,550 Unpublished Photo 2021 prize

Vietnamese photographer Khanh Bui Phu and Syrian photographer Mouneb Taim are the joint winners of the 2021 edition of Unpublished Photo (UP21). And Avinash Mishra from India and Li Zhang from China are joint winners of the competition to have their work exhibited at MUSEC (Museo delle Culture of Lugano, Switzerland) and to appear in the dedicated show catalogue.

Mexican state of Sonora approves same-sex marriage

MEXICO CITY, Sept 23 (Reuters) - The congress of the Mexican state of Sonora voted on Thursday to legalize same-sex marriage, meaning that about three quarters of the country's regions have now made the practice legal. Lawmakers in the legislature of Sonora, a large northern state that borders Arizona and...

Valorant Game Changers Excludes Some LGBTQ+ Players from EMEA Competition

The Valorant Game Changers Program appears to exclude certain LGBT people -- including nonbinary people -- from its competition in the European, Middle East, and Africa region -- reportedly due to legal issues within certain countries. Riot Games has been making efforts to better protect its community over the last...

Billy Eichner 'proud' to lead all LGBTQ+ cast in Bros

Billy Eichner "couldn't be more proud" that his new film has an all LGBTQ+ cast. The 'Bros' star is thrilled that his new romantic comedy movie will feature a main cast who all openly LGBTQ+, and he admits it is a "long overdue dream" for him to lead a cast like he is.

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