Local News

TIGLFF to Celebrate CommUNITY Both Sides of the Bay

TIGLFF to Celebrate CommUNITY Both Sides of the Bay

TIGLFF has announced the 27th Tampa Bay International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Celebrating CommUNITY is scheduled for September 30th – October 8th. We’re glad to see that this year TIGLFF will be balancing film screenings and events across the Bay and returning to its roots at the Tampa Theatre during the historic venue’s 90th […]

| May 19, 2016
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Gulfport Library’s LGBTQ Resource Center Celebrates Pride Month Beginning June 1

Gulfport Library’s LGBTQ Resource Center Celebrates Pride Month Beginning June 1

Throughout June, LGBTQ Pride Month will be celebrated by a full slate of programs sponsored by the LGBTQ Resource Center of the Gulfport Public Library.  All programs are open to the public and take place at the Gulfport Public Library (5501 28th Avenue South), unless otherwise noted. Wednesday, June 1 The first event will be […]

| May 17, 2016
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Contributors

Salon Encourages Women to Feel Included

Salon Encourages Women to Feel Included

By Debbie Wolfe — Editor’s note: A version of this story appeared in The Gabber on May 18, 2016 in both print and electronic forms. Mix members of a secret and taboo group with feminist concert goers, a bookmark announcing a new bookstore code named The Well of Happiness along with a black book of […]

| May 28, 2016
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Emily Dickinson’s Desk

Emily Dickinson’s Desk

The Amazon Trail by Lee Lynch — How do gay writers celebrate the end of a book, a poem, a story? I don’t know about Sarah Orne Jewett, Langston Hughes, Willa Cather, or Allen Ginsberg, but after that brief moment of relief, before the serious editorial worrying begins, after my sweetheart takes me for a […]

| May 14, 2016
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State & National

Another Battle is On in the House for LGBT Equality

Another Battle is On in the House for LGBT Equality

The Washington Post reports — “Democrats won an opening salvo late Wednesday night, when the House approved on a vote of 223 to 195, a measure by Rep. Sean Maloney (D-N.Y.) to deny payment to federal contractors who discriminate against LGBT employees. Maloney, who is openly gay, had proposed such language before, but it was […]

| May 26, 2016
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Obama Signs Law Allowing Women WWII Military Pilots to be Buried at Arlington

Obama Signs Law Allowing Women WWII Military Pilots to be Buried at Arlington

Female WWII military pilots previously denied burial at Arlington National Cemetery can now have their ashes interred there as reported widely in the media this week. Leo Shane III, of the Military Times, reports that “on Friday, May 20, President Barack Obama signed into law a measure clarifying the eligibility of Women Airforce Service Pilots […]

| May 23, 2016
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International

Desmond Tutu’s Daughter Must Resign From Priesthood After Marrying a Woman

Desmond Tutu’s Daughter Must Resign From Priesthood After Marrying a Woman

Yahoo! News reports via AFP that Desmond Tutu’s daughter has been forced to give up her duties as a priest in South Africa’s Anglican church after she married a woman, she told AFP on Tuesday. Reverend Canon Mpho Tutu-van Furth can no longer preside at holy communion, weddings, baptisms or funerals after handing in her […]

| May 26, 2016
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British LGBT Activist Asks? Do We Still Need Pride?

British LGBT Activist Asks? Do We Still Need Pride?

Wayne Dhesi, RUComingOut.com founder, Stonewall Youth Coordinator and occasional DJ, recently posed the question on Huff Post Queer Voices. His comments about Pride in London sound just like conversations about the growth of Pride events in St Pete and across the US: “Those who doubt the need for such events usually talk about the fact […]

| May 26, 2016
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Sports

Dad’s Text Message Gives UT Rower Courage to Come Out

Dad’s Text Message Gives UT Rower Courage to Come Out

Anti-LGBT actions by states across the US are affecting young women and men of our community in countless ways. Chandler Frumin, a rower at the Univ of Tennessee, posted the following on Outsports: “On May 20, 2016, legislation that defunded the Office for Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Tennessee became law. Because of […]

| May 26, 2016
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49ers Show Strong Support For LGBT Rights

49ers Show Strong Support For LGBT Rights

San Francisco 49ers taff reported on the team blog this week that CEO Jed York gifted $75,000 to Equality North Carolina in support of the group’s effort to repeal House Bill 2, which bans transgender people in the state from using the restroom of their choice. York, in Charlotte this week for the NFL owners […]

| May 25, 2016
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Entertainment & The Arts

Sir Elton John Condemns North Carolina’s Discriminatory HB2

Sir Elton John Condemns North Carolina’s Discriminatory HB2

Sir Elton John has posted an impassioned condemnation of North Carolina’s HB2 and called out Gov. Pat McCrory’s ignorant views on transgender people in an op-ed piece on The Hill. by Sir Elton John | The Hill “North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has doubled down on his support for H.B. 2, the discriminatory bill requiring […]

| May 21, 2016
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OUT Magazine’s Timeline of LGBT Couples on TV

OUT Magazine’s Timeline of LGBT Couples on TV

Out Magazine has released a timeline slideshow of LGBT couples in TV history, starting with Jodie and Dennis on “Soap” in 1977 continuing through countless couples in 2016. Out’s Les Fabian Brathwaite says today “there are more LGBT couples on TV than I can keep track of—there are over 100 couples in this slideshow alone, […]

| May 19, 2016
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More News

Religious Leader: Offended by Proposed Federal Anti-LGBT Bill

Religious Leader: Offended by Proposed Federal Anti-LGBT Bill

| May 23, 2016

Before North Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi, and other state legislatures introduced anti-LGBT legislation this year, members of the federal House of Representatives weighed in with their own proposed legislation that would make anti-LGBT discrimination the law of the land. H.R. 2802 dubbed the First Amendment Defense Act was sponsored by Raul Labrador of Idaho in June […]

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WNBA Star Stefanie Dolson Comes Out in ESPN The Magazine

WNBA Star Stefanie Dolson Comes Out in ESPN The Magazine

| May 21, 2016

Appearing in ESPN The Magazine’s May 23 WNBA Issue — Washington Mystics star player Stefanie Dolson comes out. Her story Open Court as told to Katie Barnes is available at news stands now. Dolson’s story begins: “When the WNBA tipped off in 1997, life was quite different than it is today for LGBT Americans. Conversations […]

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“Triple Threat” Evinger Extends Her Winning Streak at Invicta

“Triple Threat” Evinger Extends Her Winning Streak at Invicta

| May 20, 2016

Outsports Tim Bissell reports that Tonya “Triple Threat” Evinger has extended her winning streak to nine fights, defending her Invicta mixed martial arts bantamweight title against Colleen “The Thoroughbred” Schneider. “Evinger, who is openly gay, won via unanimous decision at the main event of Invicta FC 17 which was held at the Hangar at OC […]

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Cuba March Commemorates International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

Cuba March Commemorates International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

| May 19, 2016

Washington Blade reports that hundreds of people took part in a march in the Cuban city of Matanzas that commemorated the annual International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia on May 17. “Mariela Castro, daughter of Cuban President Raúl Castro who directs the country’s National Center for Sexual Education, and Wilfredo Labiosa, an American LGBT rights […]

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