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Gay diplomats marched openly in the streets of Riga, Latvia during the weekend. U.S. Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI persons, Randy Berry, joined global human rights advocate Stuart Milk, of the Harvey Milk Foundation, Embassy employees in Riga and other dignitaries for the annual Euro Pride festivities. The Republic of Latvia is located on the Baltic Sea and neighbors the nation states of Lithuania and Estonia. Joining Berry and Milk in a visibly active role for gay rights was the recording artist Steve Grand. Grand posted several photos while piloting a small aircraft in the skies above the Baltic States. The march through the streets of Riga was termed historic by various news organizations.



The U.S. Department of Interior announced last week it would be designating the Henry Geber House a National Historic Landmark. The house is in Chicago and becomes the second LGBT related property to achieve such recognition. Henry Gerber chartered the nation’s first LGBT organization – the Society for Human Rights (1924). “The National Park Service is America’s storyteller, and it is important that we tell the complete story of the people and events responsible for building this great nation,” said DOI Secretary Sally Jewel. “As we honor the pioneering work of Henry Gerber and the pivotal role this home played in expanding and fighting for equality for all Americans, we help ensure that the quest for LGBT civil rights will be told and remembered for generations to come.”



Miami Beach star David Bromstad is coming out with a new show on the HGTV television channel. On Facebook, Bromstad tells fans “Beach Flip” premieres July 5. Bromstad is no stranger to HGTV, he launched his design brand on several programs, “Design Star” and “Color Splash” most notably. The actor spoke to SFGN via telephone having just returned to Miami Beach after work in California. Bromstad said he was focusing on the color pink for his current designs -- pink towels in particular. When asked how he was able to overcome being bullied as a child, Bromstad credited a former lover who, he said, “woke up every morning next to me and told me how great I was.”