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Events celebrating and protesting LGBT rights took place in many parts of the world in the last several months. Pride parades were met with violence or intimidation in Russia, Georgia, and Albania while other places saw wild street parties. Three million people celebrated on the streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil, often considered the biggest Pride event in the world. Activists in Uganda and Chile sought to change laws, while in the United States Barack Obama became the first American president to endorse same-sex marriage. Gathered here are pictures from events related to gay rights issues, LGBT Pride celebrations, and the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. -- Lane Turner (39 photos total)
Mark Wilson carries a rainbow flag during San Francisco's 42nd annual gay pride parade on June 24, 2012. Organizers said more than 200 floats, vehicles and groups of marchers took part in the parade. (Noah Berger/Associated Press)

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MOVING ON
MOVING ON: A woman carried her baby and possessions through debris after a fire razed several shacks in Durban, South Africa, Monday. More than 100 people were left homeless in the Jadhu Place informal settlement. (Rogan Ward/Reuters)

FITTING
FITTING: A shopkeeper adjusted traditional headgear of a bridegroom on the eve of the Akshaya Tritiya festival in Bhopal, India, Monday. More than 50,000 marriages will occur during the festival. (Sanjeev Gupta/European Pressphoto Agency)

CHECKMATE
CHECKMATE: Taxi drivers played chess as their cars lined a street during a strike Monday over tariffs for journeys to and from a new Berlin airport. (Thomas Peter/Reuters)

IN GERMANY
IN GERMANY: A vendor looked on as Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao and German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited the industrial Hanover Fair in Hanover, Germany, Monday. China is the fair’s official partner country this year; about 500 of the 5,000 exhibitors coming from there. (John MacDougall/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

SURROUNDED
SURROUNDED: Police kicked and beat a suspected informal settler accused of resisting a demolition operation in Parañaque, Philippines, Monday. At least 20 people were arrested, local media reported. (Rolex Dela Pena/European Pressphoto Agency)

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After an emotional run through the tournament that few predicted, Japan emerged yesterday as the unlikely champion of the FIFA Women's World Cup Germany 2011. After enduring the triple disasters of the earthquake, tsunami, and Fukushima Diaichi nuclear catastrophe, Japan rejoiced in the first good news in months. The final came in dramatic fashion against the United States in a penalty shoot-out after the score was tied 2-2 in regulation. Sixteen countries fought for the title in Germany, resulting in the first Asian world champion. Collected here are images of the games, fans, and celebration. -- Lane Turner (30 photos total)
Japan's midfielder Homare Sawa celebrates with the trophy and teammates after the FIFA Women's Football World Cup final match against the US on July 17, 2011 in Frankfurt am Main Germany. Japan won 3-1 in a penalty shoot-out after the final had finished 2-2 following extra-time. (Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images)

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HORSE FAIR HORSE FAIR: A boy walked his horses down the street at the Appleby Horse Fair Friday in Appleby, England. The fair is one of the key gathering points for the Romany, gypsy and traveling communities, and is attended by about 5,000 people who come to buy and sell horses. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

UP IN THE AIR UP IN THE AIR: A laborer worked on a steel structure at a financial building construction site in Jefei, China, Friday. The cityscape below was obscured by smoke from burning straw. (Reuters)

SAYING GOODBYE SAYING GOODBYE: Relatives of a German soldier killed in Afghanistan comforted each other after a funeral at the Evangelische Epiphanias Church in Hanover, Germany, Friday. (John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images)

SURROUNDED SURROUNDED: An Egyptian policeman, center, tried to protect a female reporter as people tried to attack her during a protest in Tahrir Square in Cairo Friday. Hundreds of Egyptians gathered to call for speeding up the pace of democratic transition. (Mohamed Omar/European Pressphoto Agency)

SOCRATIC METHOD SOCRATIC METHOD: Portugal’s interim Prime Minister Jose Socrates responded to supporters in downtown Lisbon on the last day of election campaigning Friday. General elections are Sunday. (Paulo Duarte/Associated Press)

SNAKE OR SNACK? Fishermen skinned a sea snake on Girgaum beach in Mumbai Friday. (Danish Siddiqui/Reuters)

ARMS AFLAME ARMS AFLAME: A television image shows balls of fire and columns of smoke rising from an arms depot in the Udmurtia region in central Russian early Friday. Fire raged through the facility, where artillery shells and rockets were stored. Tens of thousands of people were evacuated from nearby homes. (AFP/Getty Images)

YEMEN TURMOIL YEMEN TURMOIL: During a funeral Friday in San’a, Yemen, for dead fighters loyal to opposition Hashed tribal chief Sheikh Sadeq al-Ahmar, a solider stood between the men’s bodies and gathered antigovernment protesters. (Ammar Awad/Reuters)

HIGH WATER HIGH WATER: Members of the South Dakota Army National Guard filled sandbags in Dakota Dunes, S.D., Friday. The southeast South Dakota city is threatened by Missouri River flooding, a result of record rainfall across the northern Plains. (Nati Harnik/Associated Press)

LOW WATER LOW WATER: A fishing boat sat abandoned on the bottom of the dried-up Poyang Lake, a vast wetland turned dry by China’s worst drought in decades, in Xingzi, Jiangxi Province, China, Thursday. (Eugene Hoshiko/Associated Press)

MANGO MANIA MANGO MANIA: A laborer carried a basket of mangoes at a wholesale mango market in Bangalore, India, Friday. India recognizes mango as its national fruit and is the world’s largest mango producer, growing about 13 million tons each year. (Aijaz Rahi/Associated Press)

THAILAND ARRESTS THAILAND ARRESTS: People accused of crimes wore handcuffs at a news conference in Bangkok Friday. Metroplitan police arrested 1,752 suspects in criminal cases between May 30 and June 3. (Sukree Sukplang/Reuters)

ON TO THE NEXT ROUND ON TO THE NEXT ROUND: As a ballboy scrambled into place, Spain’s Rafael Nadal, in background, reacted after a point to Britain’s Andy Murray during their men’s semi-final match in the French Open tennis championship at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris Friday. Nadal won the match 6-4, 7-5, 6-4. (Jacques Demarthon/AFP/Getty Images)

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