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Pride Month is here. President Joe Biden met with Tulsa Race Massacre survivors. And a massive asteroid buzzed by Earth.

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🏳️‍🌈 Pride Month kicks off

If you're seeing more rainbows lately, no need to adjust your dial: Tuesday's the official start of Pride Month. The month of June marks a time of celebration and reflection for the LGBTQ community and allies. Here's some history for you: Pride dates back to riots at Stonewall Inn in June 1969, led by Black transgender women. New York City police had raided the landmark bar in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, enforcing a law against selling alcohol to gay patrons. Thirteen people were arrested. Now, more than 50 years later, Pride is celebrated with street festivals, events and parties. While last year's festivities were moved largely online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many 2021 celebrations will host a blend of virtual and in-person events as more Americans become vaccinated.

People celebrate as they take part in the 50th anniversary of the first Pride march on June 28, 2020 in New York City.  Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 parade was canceled.
People celebrate as they take part in the 50th anniversary of the first Pride march on June 28, 2020 in New York City. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 parade was canceled.

Biden meets Tulsa Race Massacre survivors

One hundred years after a white mob burned "Black Wall Street" to the ground, killing and injuring an estimated hundreds of Black citizens and forcing thousands from their homes, President Joe Biden visited Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Tuesday to commemorate one of the bloodiest race massacres in U.S. history. Biden delivered remarks and spoke to survivors of the attack, who are now between the ages of 101 and 107. Only three remain. Ahead of the trip, the White House announced a slate of policies meant to promote racial equity, including a new interagency effort meant to combat housing discrimination, as well as new directives that will increase federal contracting with small, minority-owned businesses by $100 billion over the next five years.

What everyone's talking about

Florida governor OKs ban on transgender athletes in women's sports

Seizing on a trend coursing through conservative states, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law Tuesday a controversial ban on transgender athletes participating in women’s sports at the high school and college levels. While DeSantis, a Republican, denied it was a factor, the measure was enacted on the first day of Pride Month. “We believe it’s important to have integrity in the competition, and we think it’s important they’re able to compete on a level playing field. You’ve seen what happens when you don’t have that,” DeSantis said. U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., called it “cruel legislation…creating an issue where one doesn’t exist.” When approved by the Republican-controlled state Legislature, lawmakers struggled to find any examples of transgender girls or women competing in Florida sports. The new law would require schools to have athletes compete according to their sex documented at birth, rather than gender identity. The law takes effect July 1.

Real quick

Massive asteroid buzzes by Earth

It was about 4.5 million miles away, but an enormous asteroid whizzed by Earth in a relatively close encounter on Tuesday, according to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The asteroid, known as 2021 KT1, is about 600 feet, the size of the New York Olympic Tower or the Seattle Space Needle. The asteroid is classified by NASA as a "potentially hazardous object" because it is larger than 492 feet and within 4.6 million miles of Earth. Flying at a speed of 40,000 mph, the asteroid is not expected to make a direct hit, but NASA is keeping a close watch.

Approximate size of the asteroid 2021 KT1
Approximate size of the asteroid 2021 KT1

🛸 They're not saying it's aliens

But they're not NOT saying it's aliens. A government-sanctioned report on unidentified aerial phenomena could be released by the Pentagon and other federal agencies as soon as Tuesday. It will include information that cannot easily be explained, according to a former top national intelligence official. UFOs are often synonymous with aliens in pop culture, but those who study the phenomenon say they should be understood by their literal name: unidentified flying objects. Often, they may have mundane explanations like weather balloons or drones. But for now, some sightings don't have accepted explanations. Last week, a UFO filmmaker shared a video clip depicting radar footage he claimed shows a swarm of unidentified flying objects near a Navy ship off San Diego almost two years ago.

Congress-sanctioned UFO report to detail unexplainable 'sightings all over the world'
Congress-sanctioned UFO report to detail unexplainable 'sightings all over the world'

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