The Latest: Rainbows, and politics too, at pride parade

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NEW YORK — The Latest on pride marches (all times local):

1:25 p.m.

New York City revelers waved rainbow flags and carried colorful balloons at the annual pride. But some of them also got political.

A group against changes to the federal health care law pulled a gurney and carried IV bags. A group called Gays Against Guns chanted “What do we want? Gun control!”

Pride parades in San Francisco, Minneapolis and other cities are spotlighting resistance to what participants see as new pressure on gay rights.

In New York, tens of thousands lined the streets Sunday. Many said the political climate was prompting them to turn out.

Twenty-year-old Lee Sorge, a transgender man from New York, said he came for the first time in part to show support for the gay community in light of the political climate.

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9:20 a.m.

Gay pride parades in New York, San Francisco and other cities are spotlighting resistance to what participants see as new pressure on gay rights. But the events are also contending with the prospect of protests over their own diversity and direction.

Both the New York and San Francisco parades Sunday will be headed by groups more focused on protest than celebration at a time when leaders are anxious about new President Donald Trump’s agenda.

But the pride celebrations also face some resistance from within the LGBT world itself. Some activists feel the events are centered on gay white men and unconcerned with issues that matter particularly to minorities in the movement, such as economic inequality and policing.

March organizers have taken some steps to address the criticisms about diversity.

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