Local & State News

Spring Hill Teacher Fired After Assigning Questionable Survey to Middle School Students

Spring Hill Teacher Fired After Assigning Questionable Survey to Middle School Students

Hernando County School officials have fired a middle school teacher who assigned students a survey asking their comfort level in dozens of potentially charged hypothetical social situations regarding sexual orientation, race and religion. The survey was assigned by a newly hired teacher in a class described as “The Leader in Me.”  Karen Jordan, a public […]

| April 15, 2017
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Tampa Bay Area Citizens Organize Against Dismantling of Obamacare

Tampa Bay Area Citizens Organize Against Dismantling of Obamacare

Low-Income Families’ Costs will Soar if Repeal Bill Goes Through The League of Women Voters (LWV) of the St. Petersburg Area is calling all concerned citizens to an emergency meeting on March 14 regarding the Congressional legislation to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the US House’s plan to move this Repeal Bill through […]

| March 11, 2017
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Contributors

Book Review: Alison Solomon’s Devoted is a Compelling Mystery

Book Review: Alison Solomon’s Devoted is a Compelling Mystery

Reviewed by Erica Raffel — From the first chapter, the rhythm and pace of Alison Solomon’s “Devoted” exudes energy and a compelling mystery, and you don’t want to put it down. The characters are real and the author skillfully portrays their honesty in facing difficulties and uncomfortable circumstances: a sister truly happy for her own […]

| April 15, 2017
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Positive Outlook For Pinellas Real Estate Market in 2017

Positive Outlook For Pinellas Real Estate Market in 2017

By Linda Faucett, Realtor, RE/MAX Action First — Last year was a good year for Real Estate in Pinellas County.  It looks like 2017 is going to be a continuance of that trend.  If you are thinking about buying or selling, now is the time.  Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist of the National Association of Realtors […]

| April 9, 2017
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National & International News

Lesbian Wins Workplace Discrimination Victory

Lesbian Wins Workplace Discrimination Victory

Lambda Legal reports: “In a groundbreaking, 8-3 decision, the full Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation violates existing federal civil rights law.” Lambda Legal, which has been fighting the case on behalf of math instructor Kimberly Hively since 2014, says on its blog “The court found that […]

| April 6, 2017
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New Online Exhibit: 100 Years of Women in Congress

New Online Exhibit: 100 Years of Women in Congress

According to the National Women’s History Museum in Washington, DC, more than 300 women have served in Congress since the first female member took her seat in 1917. Now, more than ever, our Congresswomen are important to safeguarding our rights. Their progression through leadership ranks has been slow but sure since Jeannette Rankin became the […]

| April 4, 2017
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Music Scene

Barry Manilow Comes Out at Age 73

Barry Manilow Comes Out at Age 73

We love sharing coming out stories from our favorite women in music, entertainment and sports … but we can’t let this story pass without repeating. Barry Manilow (finally) came out as gay April 5th in an interview with People magazine saying he “thought I would be disappointing them if they knew I was gay.” The […]

| April 6, 2017
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Inauguration Singer Jackie Evancho, 16, Requests Trump Meeting About Transgender Equality

Inauguration Singer Jackie Evancho, 16, Requests Trump Meeting About Transgender Equality

Huffington Post’s Amanda Terkel reports: “Jackie Evancho, the singer who performed the national anthem at Donald Trump’s inauguration, is asking the president to meet with her and her sister about the need for transgender equality.” “Evancho’s sister, Juliet, is transgender and sued her Pennsylvania school district over its rule that students must use the restroom […]

| March 6, 2017
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Sports

Pro-Trans Protesters Detained & Ejected from NCAA Women’s Final Four

Pro-Trans Protesters Detained & Ejected from NCAA Women’s Final Four

LGBTQ Nation Reports: “A demonstration in support of transgender students at the NCAA Women’s basketball championship tournament ended with police and arena security intimidating, detaining and ultimately ejecting the pink-clad protesters and threatening to charge them with criminal trespassing — even though each of them had tickets to the game.” “The demonstrators were a combined […]

| April 6, 2017
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Emmonnie Henderson Wins Two ACC Medals

Emmonnie Henderson Wins Two ACC Medals

Emmonnie Henderson won two medals at the ACC Indoor Track & Field Championship. Outsports’ Cyd Zeigler reports: “Emmonnie Henderson took home a bunch of hardware from the ACC Indoor Track & Field Championship last weekend. The Univ. of Louisville hurler won the shot put, took second in the weight throw, and was named the conference […]

| March 11, 2017
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Entertainment & The Arts

OUT  Exclusive: Ellen Page & Janet Mock Interview Each Other

OUT Exclusive: Ellen Page & Janet Mock Interview Each Other

From the Editors of Out Magazine:  Lesbian actress Ellen Page and transgender journalist Janet Mock interview each other about coming out in media and spreading LGBTQ stories. “Janet Mock and Ellen Page have a lot in common. For starters, they’re both woke women who use their platforms to shed a powerful beam of light on […]

| April 6, 2017
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VIDEO: Katy Perry Talks About Attending Pro-Conversion Camps as an Adolescent

VIDEO: Katy Perry Talks About Attending Pro-Conversion Camps as an Adolescent

After she received the Human Rights Campaign National Equality Award, Katy Perry told attendees at the annual HRC gala that there was some real life inspiration behind her hit song about kissing a girl and liking it, “Truth be told, I did more than that.” Raised in youth groups that were pro-conversion camps, she said she […]

| March 20, 2017
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More News

VIDEO: Protesters Demand Trump Tax Transparency as They March Across Ringling Bridge

VIDEO: Protesters Demand Trump Tax Transparency as They March Across Ringling Bridge

| April 16, 2017

Hundreds marched across the Ringling Bridge in Sarasota on traditional Tax Day, April 15, to demand that Donald Trump show his taxes. Many thousands more marched in cities across the US from LA to Trump Tower. According to the Bradenton Herald, organizers estimated the crowd at about 1,600 people from all over Sarasota and Manatee, […]

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Lee Lynch’s Conversation With “A Lesbian High School Student”

Lee Lynch’s Conversation With “A Lesbian High School Student”

| April 7, 2017

The Amazon Trail by Lee Lynch — Thanks to author Nell Stark—which seems to be something I say at least once a year—I was privileged recently to answer some questions for a lesbian high school student who was writing a paper about 1960’s gay activists. Below are the young woman’s questions and my attempts to […]

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VIDEO: Neil Gorsuch Refuses to State His Opinion of Same Sex Marriage

VIDEO: Neil Gorsuch Refuses to State His Opinion of Same Sex Marriage

| March 22, 2017

During his Supreme Court confirmation hearing on March 21, nominee Neil Gorsuch refused to publicly state his personal views on same sex marriage in response to questions by Democratic Senator Al Franken. In response to questions from Senator Dick Durbin about his relationship with his homophobic mentor at Oxford, when he wrote a dissertation arguing against […]

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Spring is Coming Soon – Isn’t It?

Spring is Coming Soon – Isn’t It?

| March 15, 2017

The Amazon Trail by Lee Lynch — Okay, I give in, it’s depression. I might as well face it. And I know I’m not alone. You can guess when it started: November 8, 2016. I tried to overcome it by resisting, ignoring, laughing at the fools on the hill. Like the amazing Elizabeth Warren, I […]

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