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Pardons, concealed weapons and a trans gondolier

Your Daily Package of newsy and naughty bits from around the world

LGBT Pride March in Istanbul
LGBT supporters march towards Taksim Square on June 25, 2017 in Istanbul, Turkey. Credit: Chris McGrath/Staff/Getty Images News

Germany votes to pardon gay men

German parliament’s lower house has voted unanimously for a bill to pardon men convicted of homosexuality. About 50,000 men were convicted in West Germany between 1949 and 1969. [Associated Press]

Istanbul bans Pride again

For the second year in a row, the governor of Istanbul has banned a Pride march, citing threats from ultra-nationalist groups. Organizers have vowed to defy the ban. [Reuters]

Beersheba holds first Pride under guard

Thousands attended the first ever Pride parade in the Israeli city of Beersheba, under guard by hundreds of police officers. Two ultra-Orthodox men were arrested nearby when one was discovered to be carrying a knife. [Times of Israel]

The first woman gondolier who wasn’t

A gondolier who made news in Venice a decade ago as the first female to do the job has now come out as a trans man. [Associated Press]

European court rules against Russian propaganda law

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Russia’s law banning gay “propaganda” violates European treaty rules. Russia, which is a signatory to the court, says it will appeal the ruling. [Reuters]