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Participants march down Market Street carrying the rainbow flag during the annual Gay Pride parade in San Francisco in June 2013.

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More Americans than ever are identifying themselves as members of the LGBTQ community, according to a new Gallup poll. Gallup's latest update on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer identification finds 5.6 percent of U.S. adults identifying as LGBTQ. The current estimate is up from 4.5 percent in Gallup's previous update based on 2017 data. Currently, 86.7 percent of Americans say they are heterosexual or straight, and 7.6 percent did not answer the question about their sexual orientation. Gallup's 2012-2017 data had roughly five percent “no opinion" responses. The latest results are based on more than 15,000 interviews c...

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US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi wants her Democrats to push through trillions of dollars worth of investments in infrastructure and social service programs before a self-imposed deadline of September 30, 2021

Washington (AFP) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi expressed confidence a massive infrastructure bill will pass this week but acknowledged it would not get a Monday vote as planned, with fellow Democrats warning critical work remains to meet the party's deadlines.

Democrats have been scrambling to hammer out a landmark plan to upgrade the nation's roads and bridges, but are also under immense pressure to finalize a $3.5 trillion public investment package and fund the government to avert a looming shutdown -- all by September 30.

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