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Artist Chris Williams' Pride Puppets march during the Queer Liberation March for Black Lives & Against Police Brutality on June 28 in New York City. Photo: Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images

Events around the world marking 50 years since the first Gay Pride march in New York were canceled over the weekend because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.

The big picture: Organizers of official marches in New York City and other cities instead marked the milestone with online events and visual displays. But marches still took place in several cities, albeit in reduced numbers. Per the New York Times, one of the biggest rallies took place in NYC on Sunday, where thousands attended the Queer Liberation March toward Stonewall, where the LGBTQ movement began.

In the U.S.
Protesters rally in front of the Minneapolis First Precinct during a Pride march in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to defend Black Trans lives and demand community control of law enforcement on June 28. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images
Members of Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence gather for the torch walk for the San Francisco Pride 50th Anniversary Grand Lighting Illumination of The Pink Triangle on June 27. Photo: Steve Jennings/Getty Images
Rainbow-colored lights projected outside The Stonewall Inn on June 27, 2020 in New York City. Photo: Noam Galai/Getty Images
In Brazil
An LGBTQ activist argues with military police during a march also protesting Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and his handling of the pandemic at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro on June 28. Photo: Mauro Pimentel/AFP via Getty Images
In France
Revelers hold flayers in the colours of the Rainbow Flag to celebrate an unofficial Pride event at the Canal de l'Ourcq in Paris on June 27. Photo: Kiran Ridley/Getty Images
In Taiwan
The official Pride parade outside the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, which went ahead amid Taiwan's relatively low number of COVID-19 cases (447) on June 28. Photo: Sam Yeh/AFP via Getty Images
In Germany
A smaller than planned Pride parade has taken place in Berlin on June 28. Photo: Annette Riedl/picture alliance via Getty Images
In the Philippines
Police officers arrest a demonstrator during the Pride March Protest in Manila that also demanded government aid for those displaced by the coronavirus lockdown on June 26. Some 20 protesters were arrested, AP reports. Photo: Lisa Marie David/NurPhoto via Getty Images
In the United Kingdom
Thousands have marched through London in support of the Black Trans Lives Matter movement as part of Pride celebrations on June 28. Photo: Dave Rushen/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
In Mexico
Activists substituted the annual Gay Pride parade for a digital march because of the coronavirus outbreak, but some still turned out on the streets of Mexico City on June 27. Photo: Pedro Pardo/AFP via Getty Images
In Spain
The traditional Madrid Pride event switched to digital because of COVID-19, but the Alternative Gay Pride march went ahead on June 28. The alternative movement is against the commercialization of Pride events. Photo: Ely Pineiro/Getty Images

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Updated Oct 1, 2020 - Politics & Policy

The major police reforms enacted since George Floyd's death

Federal officers in Portland, Oregon on July 21. Photo: Nathan Howard/Getty Images

Nationwide Black Lives Matter protests sparked by George Floyd's killing have put new pressure on states and cities to scale back the force that officers can use on civilians.

Why it matters: Police reforms of this scale have not taken place since the inception of the Black Lives Matter movement in 2013, following George Zimmerman's acquittal for shooting Trayvon Martin, an unarmed Black teenager.

Virginia lawmakers vote to legalize marijuana in 2024

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam. Photo: Alex Edelman/Getty Images

Lawmakers in Virginia on Saturday approved compromise legislation that would legalize marijuana in 2024, putting the state a step closer to becoming the first in the South to end prohibition on the drug, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

Why it matters: The legislation will make Virginia the 16th state to legalize marijuana, per Politico. It would add to a slate of laws that have seen Virginia move in a more progressive direction during the tenure of Gov. Ralph Northam.

Scammers seize on COVID confusion

Data: FTC; Chart: Sara Wise/Axios

Scamming has skyrocketed in the past year, and much of the increase is attributed to COVID-related scams, more recently around vaccines.

Why it matters: The pandemic has created a prime opportunity for scammers to target people who are already confused about the chaotic rollouts of things like stimulus payments, loans, contact tracing and vaccines. Data shows that older people who aren't digitally literate are the most vulnerable.

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