Photos from the Miss Gay Maryland America 2017 pageant, which took place April 22 at Horseshoe Casino Baltimore.
Officials, LGBT community members and others across the nation and world have gathered to show solidarity with the victims and survivors of the Orlando nightclub shooting. Omar Mateen opened fire in Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, early Sunday morning, carrying out the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
Unidentified assailants fatally stabbed two men in Bangladesh’s capital Monday, including a gay rights activist who also worked for the USAID, police said. It marks the latest in a series of attacks in the country targeting atheists, moderates and foreigners.
Members and supporters of the LGBT community participated in a “Pride March” rally in Bangalore, India on Sunday. Gay rights supporters waved flags and danced past traffic during the march to celebrate gay pride and to push for the repeal of a colonial-era law that makes homosexuality a crime.
The day in photos around the world.
One day before the first events of the Sochi Winter Olympics begin, LGBT rights activists and allies worldwide have been staging demonstrations against the Russian government’s controversial “gay propaganda” law. The protests focused on showing solidarity with Russia’s LGBT community, calling for Olympic sponsors to speak out against Russia’s laws and calling for the International Olympic Committee to better uphold its nondiscrimination principle.
Preliminary events in figure skating, snowboarding and skiing will be held Thursday, with the 2014 Olympics’ opening ceremonies on Friday.