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In US, Pride Month Festivities Muted by Political Setbacks

FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021 file photo, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., walks to a news conference as…

It’s Pride Month, and gay Americans should have a lot to celebrate: A new president who has pledged to advocate for LGBTQ people, an easing of a pandemic that has disrupted their communal activism, and increasing public acceptance of their basic rights, including record-high support for same-sex marriage. 

Instead, the mood is somewhat bleak. Congress has so far failed to extend federal civil rights protections to LGBTQ people. Pandemic-related concerns are still disrupting the usual exuberant Pride festivals. And a wave of anti-transgender legislation in Republican-governed states has been disheartening 

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