Local & State News

Tampa Bay LGBTQ Community Celebrates November 7 Election

Tampa Bay LGBTQ Community Celebrates November 7 Election

Tampa Bay’s LGBTQ community is celebrating the re-election of St Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman and out lesbian council member Darden Rice in the Tuesday, November 7 election. Another out lesbian council woman Amy Foster won re-election to her seat earlier this year because there was no challenger. Kriseman defeated former Mayor Rick Baker with 51 […]

| November 8, 2017
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Local AIDS Treatment Pioneer Dr. Bob Wallace Will Speak in Gulfport to Commemorate World AIDS Day

Local AIDS Treatment Pioneer Dr. Bob Wallace Will Speak in Gulfport to Commemorate World AIDS Day

The Gulfport Library’s LGBTQ Resource Center has announced that local AIDS treatment pioneer Dr. Bob Wallace, MD will be the featured speaker on Thursday, November 30th at 7 pm. The program will take place at the Gulfport Public Library, 5501 28th Avenue South, Gulfport, Florida. Dr. Wallace is a pioneer in the treatment of HIV/AIDS. […]

| October 30, 2017
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Contributors

Dorky Dykes

Dorky Dykes

The Amazon Trail by Lee Lynch I suppose I’m at my dorkiest about my stuffed animals. I have my first teddy bear, Buzz. I have the two cats Carol from Connecticut sent: Elga Wasserman (after my first attorney) and the appealingly homely Samo. Of course, I’ve kept the last one my mother gave me, a […]

| November 13, 2017
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10 Tips to Keep Your Cat Happy Indoors

10 Tips to Keep Your Cat Happy Indoors

By Dr Hillary Hart, DVM — It’s a myth that going outside is a requirement for feline happiness. Playing regularly with your cat and providing him / her with entertaining toys can easily satisfy their stalking instinct, keep them stimulated and provide the exercise they need to stay healthy and happy. It also keeps them […]

| November 8, 2017
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National & International News

VIDEO: Interview with Nation’s First Openly Transgender State Legislator from Virginia

VIDEO: Interview with Nation’s First Openly Transgender State Legislator from Virginia

Danica Roem won her election last night to become the first openly transgender state legislator in American history and the victory was especially sweet since her opponent was the most anti-LGBTQ politicians in the state, according to a report from LGBTQ Nation. “During his ruthless campaign, Bob Marshall was aggressively transphobic, including refusing to debate […]

| November 8, 2017
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UN Warns of Brewing Global LGBT Rights Crisis

UN Warns of Brewing Global LGBT Rights Crisis

Nick Duffy of PinkNews has reported that “The UN’s independent LGBT human rights expert has warned of a brewing global crisis amid reports of homophobic purges in several countries. This year there have been a number of crackdowns against the gay community in a string of separate countries across the world.” “Human rights monitors in […]

| October 28, 2017
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Music Scene

VIDEO: Lady Gaga Joins Former VP Joe Biden in PSA Supporting Sexual Assault Survivors

VIDEO: Lady Gaga Joins Former VP Joe Biden in PSA Supporting Sexual Assault Survivors

The It’s On Us campaign has just released a new video that reminds viewers of their responsibility to intervene when they see abuse. The two also encourage survivors of sexual assault to reach out for support. The new PSA was released after multiple women accused famed Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and other men in powerful […]

| October 29, 2017
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Melissa Etheridge Arrested in North Dakota for Possession of Medical Marijuana Oil

Melissa Etheridge Arrested in North Dakota for Possession of Medical Marijuana Oil

Melissa Etheridge was arrested August 17 in North Dakota for marijuana possession, TMZ reported October 14. Melissa and rocker Todd Rundgren were both arrested after their tour buses were stopped by US Customs and Border Patrol. Melissa has spoken publicly about using medical marijuana to manage pain from breast cancer. That’s legal in her home […]

| October 22, 2017
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Sports

Registration Open for ALSO Youth Turkey Trot

Registration Open for ALSO Youth Turkey Trot

Thursday, November 23   ALSO Youth Turkey Trot   Sarasota   7:30 am start Registration is now open for the ALSO Youth 8th Annual Turkey Trot 5K. 1,800 runners and walkers are expected to participate in this historically sold-out event. On Thanksgiving morning, November 23, 2017, the race begins and ends at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota (1000 Boulevard […]

| October 30, 2017
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Out Olympian Delle Donne Hopes Her Gay Wedding Will Help Others

Out Olympian Delle Donne Hopes Her Gay Wedding Will Help Others

Outsports reports: “Elena Delle Donne came out publicly last year just before the Olympics. Now she’s hoping her marriage to a woman will help other LGBT people in and out of sports come to accept themselves.” The two will be featured on The Knot and will be the company’s first featured same-sex couple, writes Cyd […]

| October 29, 2017
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TV, Entertainment & The Arts

Disney Channel LGBT Milestone Blasted by Anti-Gay Million Moms Group

Disney Channel LGBT Milestone Blasted by Anti-Gay Million Moms Group

Curtis Wong of HuffPost’s Queer Voices reports that the Disney Channel’s coming-of-age series “Andi Mack” has kicked off its second season by revealing that one of its principal characters is gay. ‘Andi Mack’ is a story about tweens figuring out who they are,” a Disney Channel spokesperson told HuffPost in an email. “Terri Minsky, the […]

| October 28, 2017
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VIDEO: Battle of the Sexes Sheds a Light on Billie Jean King’s Dual Challenges

VIDEO: Battle of the Sexes Sheds a Light on Billie Jean King’s Dual Challenges

In theaters now, “Battle of the Sexes,” sheds a light on what it must have meant to the 12-time singles Grand Slam champion Billie Jean King to deal with the challenges of the closet as well as the tennis court. The film also does not shy away from the private struggles that faced Bobby Riggs […]

| October 18, 2017
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More News

Local Pitch for Amazon HQ Features Equality Florida’s Nadine Smith with Rowdies Players & CEOs

Local Pitch for Amazon HQ Features Equality Florida’s Nadine Smith with Rowdies Players & CEOs

| October 28, 2017

From Florida Politics by Mitch Perry: “Former Raymond James Board Chair and CEO Tom James, Equality Florida’s Nadine Smith and two Tampa Bay Rowdies soccer players are featured in a two-minute, forty-second video intended to woo Amazon to the Tampa Bay-area for its second headquarters.” “Dozens of cities across the country had a Thursday deadline […]

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NC Governor Cooper Takes Steps to Curtail Anti-LGBT Discrimination

NC Governor Cooper Takes Steps to Curtail Anti-LGBT Discrimination

| October 22, 2017

From the Washington Blade October 18 — “Faced with ongoing criticism from LGBT advocates for agreeing to an anti-LGBT law as a compromise deal, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper took two actions on Wednesday aimed at curtailing anti-LGBT discrimination in his state, one through the judiciary and one through executive action.” “In the judiciary, Cooper […]

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Two Gulf Coast Metro Areas are Among Nation’s Happiest According to Yet Another Study

Two Gulf Coast Metro Areas are Among Nation’s Happiest According to Yet Another Study

| October 22, 2017

GayStarNews just reported a new list of the 25 happiest US cities complied by some credible resources – National Geographic and Gallup – with author Dan Buettner. Lucky for us, the list includes two Gulf Coast metro areas:  Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island at number 11 and North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton not far behind at number 14. The iconically LGBTI-friendly […]

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Resources for Transgender Residents of Southern States

Resources for Transgender Residents of Southern States

| October 22, 2017

According to the Campaign for Southern Equality, new data from the Williams Institute shows that more than 500,000 trans folks call the South home. Too often, they face a lack of resources and support. To respond to that need, the Campaign is releasing Trans in the South: A Guide to Resources and Services. (Updated as […]

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