Local & State News

VIDEO: Safe Place Decals Available for St Pete Businesses to Help Hate Crime Victims

VIDEO: Safe Place Decals Available for St Pete Businesses to Help Hate Crime Victims

“If promoting safety, if promoting tolerance, if promoting diversity, then yes, I’m promoting that,” St Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman told WFLA news after joining the St Petersburg Police Department in launching a new SAFE PLACE initiative in the city. The program’s goal is to have local businesses display rainbow decals on the front door or […]

| June 17, 2017
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St Petersburg College Trustees Name First Woman, First Black President

St Petersburg College Trustees Name First Woman, First Black President

St Petersburg College announced the unanimous selection of its seventh President, Dr Tonjua Williams, during a special meeting May 31 of its Board of Trustees. Dr Williams is the college’s first woman and first African-American to serve as president. According to a press release, Williams is currently the college’s Sr Vice President Student Services, a […]

| June 7, 2017
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Contributors

It’s All About Community

It’s All About Community

by Alison R. Solomon — How important is it to you to live in a community that’s fully supportive of LGBTQ families and where there are plenty of lesbians around to socialize with? For me, it’s crucial, and it’s how my wife and I ended up in Gulfport. When Carol and I lived in Mexico, […]

| June 18, 2017
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A Tenth Anniversary at Sea

A Tenth Anniversary at Sea

The Amazon Trail by Lee Lynch — We had every intention of being homebodies this year. No travel at all, just a year to save our pennies and get grounded. It’s been delicious. After several months of staying in our little coastal home, my mind is sharper, my sleep schedule is approaching normal, and I’ve […]

| June 18, 2017
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National & International News

15 Refugees Lead Columbus, Ohio Pride Parade

15 Refugees Lead Columbus, Ohio Pride Parade

Refugees from LGBTQ persecution led the Pride Parade Saturday, June 17 in Columbus, Ohio. Thousands of marchers and visitors cheered on the 15 refugees as the parade travelled along the city’s North High Street to Downtown and continued to the Scioto Riverfront. “We’re all humans, and we all deserve to be happy on this earth,” […]

| June 18, 2017
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Pride Goes On Despite Threats … in the US and Around the World

Pride Goes On Despite Threats … in the US and Around the World

LGBTQ Nation’s Jeff Taylor posted a wrap up of six Pride events that went on around the world in the past year, despite threats of violence – two in the US. “Pride events offer a chance to express oneself, call for LGBTQ rights, and celebrate the victories that have so far been achieved in that […]

| June 18, 2017
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Music Scene

VIDEO: ProSuzy “Let Your Light Shine” Open Mic Goes on Despite Threatened Storms

VIDEO: ProSuzy “Let Your Light Shine” Open Mic Goes on Despite Threatened Storms

Thanks to DeLaran Withers (left) for stepping up at the last minute to fill in as our June host. (DeLaran is also on the Peace, Love & Women Music Festival 2017 lineup.) And thanks to ProSuzy’s Lynn DiVenuti who started off the night. Please Join Us for the Next Open Mic Wednesday, July 5 @ […]

| June 17, 2017
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Ariana Grande “Broken” & Britain on Critical Alert Following Bombing at Manchester Concert

Ariana Grande “Broken” & Britain on Critical Alert Following Bombing at Manchester Concert

In the wake of the suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, British Prime Minister Theresa May has raised Britain’s threat level from severe to critical and says troops may be deployed to assist police at public events. The attack has left 22 dead, including an 8-year-old girl, and dozens of injured. Via […]

| May 23, 2017
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Sports

WNBA Celebrates Inclusion & Equality during LGBTQ Pride Month

WNBA Celebrates Inclusion & Equality during LGBTQ Pride Month

“The WNBA is honored and privileged to celebrate the diversity of our fan base,” said WNBA President Lisa Borders in a statement on the WNBA website.  “The league embraces the principles of equality and mutual respect and is always working to ensure an inclusive environment at our games and events.” WNBA Pride month will feature […]

| June 16, 2017
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Lesbian Sprinter Wins Two NCAA Titles in Bradenton Event

Lesbian Sprinter Wins Two NCAA Titles in Bradenton Event

Merrimack College sprinter Carly Muscaro finished her collegiate track career June 2017, winning two national NCAA titles. She won the 400 meters (51.90 seconds) and the 200 meters (23.40 seconds). The 200-meter national title at the NCAA Division II Track and Field Championships was her second title of the day and the sixth NCAA title of […]

| June 7, 2017
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TV, Entertainment & The Arts

Watching Wonder Woman Brings Columnist to Tears

Watching Wonder Woman Brings Columnist to Tears

Read Huffpost Emma Gray’s emotional story about seeing Wonder Woman for the first time: “I cried within the first five minutes of “Wonder Woman.” And then about 10 minutes later. And then another 15 minutes after that. In fact, I found myself choking up on and off throughout the entire 2+ hour film ? not […]

| June 8, 2017
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VIDEO: Black is Back Friday June 9

VIDEO: Black is Back Friday June 9

Looking for an escape from the news? Orange Is the New Black returns with Season 5 to Netflix on Friday, June 9. You’ll be able to binge watch the whole season. Though Season 5 spans just three days, TV Guide says “don’t expect there to be any shortage of action and high drama for the […]

| June 8, 2017
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More News

Talking Pride in the Home Town of Vice President Mike Pence

Talking Pride in the Home Town of Vice President Mike Pence

| June 17, 2017

Upworthy’s Erin Canty talks about pride with LGBTQ activists in the home town of Vice President Mike Pence: As governor in 2015. Pence signed into law the Religious Freedom Restoration Act that essentially allowed individuals and small businesses to discriminate on the basis of religion. Activists there including longtime resident Sondra Bolte protested and Pence […]

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VIDEO: 12-Year-Old Mormon Girl Comes Out to Her Church Community

VIDEO: 12-Year-Old Mormon Girl Comes Out to Her Church Community

| June 17, 2017

“I believe that God wants us to treat each other with kindness, even if people are different — especially if they are different.” Huffpost Queer Voices’ James Michael Nichols shared the story of 12-year-old Savannah, who came out to her entire Mormon church community recently. Just before she finished her statement, a church official asked […]

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VIDEO: Canada’s PM Justin Trudeau Says Government will Apologize & Reverse Past Same Sex Convictions

VIDEO: Canada’s PM Justin Trudeau Says Government will Apologize & Reverse Past Same Sex Convictions

| June 16, 2017

Justin Trudeau has announced that new legislation will be introduced to erase convictions for sexual activity with a same-sex partner under historical laws. The Toronto Star reports that Canada’s Liberal government will introduce legislation later in 2017 to reverse past convictions for sexual activity with a same-sex partner. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement […]

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Lesbian Police Officer is a Hero in Alexandria Shooting

Lesbian Police Officer is a Hero in Alexandria Shooting

| June 16, 2017

From the Washington Blade — “Capitol Police Officer Crystal Griner — a lesbian in a same-sex marriage — was among those wounded during a shooting this week in the Virginia suburbs and received a visit from President Trump during his trip to the hospital to see the victims.” “Griner was among the five people shooter […]

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