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Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

Thursday night, San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor was booed and jeered while speaking at a vigil at Crockett Park for the 49 Orlando terror attack victims. A few members of the LGBT community say Taylor had no business being there.

Mayor Taylor was invited to the vigil by the organizers, Pride Center San Antonio. It’s the first time she’s been invited to an LGBT event.

But while leading a prayer, several people turned their backs to the Mayor and others heckled.

Ella is 14 years old. She loves theater and clothes. She's smart, too.  She was on the Kealing Middle School quiz bowl team, an academic quiz like "Jeopardy." She was also accepted into the Austin ISD’s best high school next year: the Liberal Arts and Science Academy.  

Gay and lesbian activists gather at the White House on Thursday for a celebration marking LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Pride Month. It's become an annual event, tied to the monthlong commemoration of the Stonewall riots, which helped launch the modern gay liberation movement.

President Obama's years in office have seen a flowering of gay and lesbian rights, culminating a year ago when the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter this week wrote a letter affirming the Dept artment of Defense support of the LGBT community. 

This is Pride Month, and Carter wrote that as the gay community gathers with its family, friends and allies, the DOD recognizes the service by brave LGBT soldiers, sailors, airmen, Coast Guardsmen and Marines who have fought for their country.

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