The new and improved Gay Street sign is all over NYC Pride Twitter

The new and improved Gay Street sign is all over NYC Pride TwitterThis year the New York City Pride March marks 50 years since the Stonewall Riot, and the parade is  bigger and more colorful than ever. As the march makes its way to Greenwich Village, one street sign in particular is popping up on social media as a symbol of 2019’s much-needed focus on inclusion in the queer community. It’s pure coincidence that Gay Street intersects with Christopher Street right near the Stonewall Inn — the “Gay” of Gay Street is a family name — but its location on the parade route makes it prime real estate for a statement on what pride means in 2019. Take a look:> The famous Gay Street sign, representing a wide spectrum of gender expression. Near Christopher Park in Greenwich Village, NYCPride pic.twitter.com/8vTUJKsr50> > — ken ┬┴┬┴┤(・_├┬┴┬┴ (@kensadahiro) June 29, 2019The sign was one of many changes made around the city to celebrate Pride Month. > For the LGBT folks in the city today, I hope you all know that New York City will always stand with you. Enjoy PrideNYC today!!!! pic.twitter.com/FKpz1tEXQx> > — Craig Anderson (@canderson1989) June 30, 2019The temporary changes to the Gay Street sign were part of an “Acceptance Matters” campaign by MasterCard, which raises questions about the place of corporations in New York’s Pride Month celebrations. This particular installation seems to be popular on social media, however, for its reminder that every element of the LGBTQIA+ community deserves to feel proud of their identity.  WATCH: ‘History repeats itself’: LGBTQ elders discuss how Stonewall impacted their organizing during the AIDS crisis


F-15s and F-22s Achieve An Amazing 41-1 Kill Ratio During Mock Combat

F-15s and F-22s Achieve An Amazing 41-1 Kill Ratio During Mock CombatOver 250 Airmen and 9 F-15 Eagles from the 104th Fighter Wing (FW), Massachusetts Air National Guard (ANG) recently deployed to Tyndall Air Force Base (AFB), Florida, to take part in Weapons Systems Evaluation Program (WSEP), alongside Canadian F-18s, F-35s, F-16s, and F-22s.As told by Master Sgt. Julie Avey, 104th Fighter Wing in the article 104th Fighter Wing Eagles on Target at United States Air Force’s Weapons Systems Evaluation Program, as a part of WSEP, the aircraft are loaded and shoot live missiles. The WSEP evaluates aircraft, weapons delivery systems, the weapons, weapons loaders, aircrew, technical data, and maintenance. The purpose is to gauge operational effectiveness, to verify weapons systems performance, determine reliability, and evaluate capability.(This first appeared in 2018.)“The WSEP does two things,” said Col. Jeffrey Rivers, Commander of the 83rd Fighter Weapons Squadron, Weapons Systems Evaluation Program. “It feeds Combat Air Force’s (CAF) training and readiness. We get air crew experience for the first time subsequent to the events, sounds, sights, smells, and noise of a real missile coming off the jet in a realistic scenario they would find normally in training but now it is with real weapons and real targets to shoot at.”


Woman ‘who tried to kidnap two children’ in Atlanta airport arrested

Woman 'who tried to kidnap two children' in Atlanta airport arrestedA woman who attempted to kidnap two children at the Atlanta Airport has been arrested, police say. Esther Daniels, 26, from Kansas, was detained by police following an incident in which a woman attempted to wrestle a pram containing a baby girl away from her mother. CCTV footage showed a suspect approach a family of five in the terminal building and attempted to grab the stroller, before trying to pick up one of the other children, a 6-year-old boy, and run off. The father was seen tugging the child back into his arms. A police officer approached as the altercation became more physical and the woman attempted to run, but was quickly apprehended.After attempting to fight back against the officers and lunging at the family one more time, she was taken down and physically restrained by three police officersThe Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported the children have no physical injuries from the attempted kidnapping.Police said the suspect was “experiencing mental distress”, was “speaking unintelligibly on her cellphone” and was “in a frenzied state” during the alleged attempted kidnapping.Ms Daniels was taken to a local hospital after the incident, where she was medically cleared before she was booked at Clayton County jail. She has been charged with kidnapping and obstructing an officer and is being held without bail.


Mother, wife of drowned Salvadoran migrants awaits their repatriation

Mother, wife of drowned Salvadoran migrants awaits their repatriationDays after she lost her small daughter and husband to the treacherous currents of the Rio Grande, Tania Vanessa Avalos, 23, arrived back in El Salvador to await her family’s return — in coffins. Oscar Martinez, 25, and, Angie Valeria, just shy of 2 years old, died on June 23 as they were attempting to cross the river between Mexico and the United States. The lacerating image spread virally, and became a lightning rod in the charged U.S. political discussion of President Donald Trump’s hard-line policies against asylum seekers and other migrants.