Local News

VIDEO: King of Peace MCC Targeted with Hateful Anti-Gay Graffiti

VIDEO: King of Peace MCC Targeted with Hateful Anti-Gay Graffiti

St Petersburg’s King of Peace Metropolitan Community Church has been added to the list of hate crimes that have swept across the nation since the election of Donald Trump. Reverend Candace Shultis, MCC senior pastor, says she arrived at the church Monday morning to find swastikas, the letters M A G A, and the numbers […]

| November 19, 2016
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Post Election Hate Crimes and Harrassment Hit Close to Home

Post Election Hate Crimes and Harrassment Hit Close to Home

A senior citizen in Sarasota told WFTS-TV that a “stranger physically attacked him because he’s gay, and cited president-elect Donald Trump as sanctioning the abuse.” “He kept saying, ‘You know my new president says we can kill all you faggots now,’” according to 75-year-old Chuck Redding. “It’s absolutely horrendous,” he said. “Redding told WFTS-TV the person targeted […]

| November 17, 2016
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Contributors

Our Only Hope

Our Only Hope

The Amazon Trail by Lee Lynch The calamity of this election has confirmed an unimaginably deep disturbance in our society. As always, the progress we have made brought along with it a tailspin of backlash. In the endless cycle of history, there is no choice but to press on immediately and cohesively toward our goal […]

| November 13, 2016
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Ask Chef Lynn – Thanksgiving

Ask Chef Lynn – Thanksgiving

This time of year can bring out the best and bring out the melancholy in all of us. For me, it is usually a time to evaluate my past year. How did I do? The reflection of my being and who I am, I hopefully added a bit of Joy to someone’s life. If so, […]

| November 9, 2016
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State & National

VIDEO: Ellen DeGeneres Receives Presidential Medal of Freedom

VIDEO: Ellen DeGeneres Receives Presidential Medal of Freedom

Ellen DeGeneres was one of 21 actors, musicians, athletes and innovators who were awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama November 22. The President said, “Everybody on this stage has touched me in a very powerful, personal way, in ways that they probably couldn’t imagine,” Obama said in concluding an hour-long ceremony […]

| November 23, 2016
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Virginia Community Responds to Hate With Love

Virginia Community Responds to Hate With Love

LGBTQ Nation reports: “As reports of anti-LGBT harassment and assault are popping up across the nation, one community is stepping up to show love in the face of hate.” “When Rachel Blankenship-Tucker woke up the morning after election day in Virginia, she discovered that the Clinton/Kaine sign in her and her wife’s yard was vandalized […]

| November 19, 2016
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International

Planting Peace Sends Rainbow Flag Into Outer Space

Planting Peace Sends Rainbow Flag Into Outer Space

On August 17, Planting Peace sent the first pride flag into space, and in doing so, declared space LGBTQ friendly. According to its website: “The primary purpose of this declaration is to support the ongoing fight for the fundamental human rights of our LGBTQ family, moving us closer to a universal understanding that all people deserve to […]

| September 28, 2016
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Boy Faces Down 11,000 People Marching Against Marriage Equality in Mexico

Boy Faces Down 11,000 People Marching Against Marriage Equality in Mexico

LGBTQ Nation Reports: “A 12 year old boy faced down with 11,000 homophobic protestors during a march against marriage equality in Celaya, Mexico” “At first I thought the child was only playing,” photographer and journalist Manuel Rodriquez told Regeneracion. Rodriguez captured the exact moment the leapt in front of a crowd of 11,000 people protesting […]

| September 14, 2016
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Sports

Professional Women’s Hockey Player Transitions, Plays Publicly as a Man

Professional Women’s Hockey Player Transitions, Plays Publicly as a Man

Outsports reports: A professional hockey player in the National Women’s Hockey League, Harrison Browne, has announced he is transitioning genders and will live life openly as a man. Browne of the Buffalo Beauts announced his transition on SB Nation’s women’s hockey blog The Ice Garden and ESPN. “Beginning today – the start of the 2016-17 […]

| October 10, 2016
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Colorado’s Kenzie Tillitt Shares What She Learned from Experience with Homophobic Rommate

Colorado’s Kenzie Tillitt Shares What She Learned from Experience with Homophobic Rommate

Outsports: “In her four years playing women’s soccer at the University of Colorado, Kenzie Tillitt remembers one time a teammate made a negative comment about her being a lesbian. It happened before she ever played a game.” “The summer before her freshman year, the team’s seven freshmen walked out of the locker room after learning […]

| September 26, 2016
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Entertainment & The Arts

VIDEO: “When We Rise” Miniseries to Air on ABC Starting February 2017

VIDEO: “When We Rise” Miniseries to Air on ABC Starting February 2017

ABC just released the first trailer for its new LGBT historical miniseries “When We Rise” scheduled to air beginning in February 2017. The network says “When We Rise” chronicles the personal and political struggles, set-backs and triumphs of a diverse family of LGBT men and women who helped pioneer one of the last legs of […]

| November 23, 2016
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Fifth Harmony’s Lauren Jauregui Writes Open Letter to Trump Supporters in Billboard Magazine

Fifth Harmony’s Lauren Jauregui Writes Open Letter to Trump Supporters in Billboard Magazine

Says: ‘I Am a Bisexual Cuban-American Woman & I Am So Proud of It’ “To every single Trump supporter trying to say that voting for Trump does not mean that you are racist, homophobic, sexist, xenophobic, assholes… that you just like the way he didn’t really care what people thought and just said whatever he […]

| November 22, 2016
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More News

Rescheduled Orlando “Come Out with Pride” Parade Recalls Pulse Massacre

Rescheduled Orlando “Come Out with Pride” Parade Recalls Pulse Massacre

| November 13, 2016

From the Orlando Sentinel -“An afternoon parade and colorful evening fireworks display were only slightly interrupted by an explosion on a barge in the middle of Lake Eola during the middle of the show—no one was injured, and the show went on, just as the parade did after being rescheduled by a hurricane.” “Earlier in the […]

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Nadine Smith: Glimmers of Hope in Election Aftermath

Nadine Smith: Glimmers of Hope in Election Aftermath

| November 12, 2016

On the afternoon of November 9, Equality Florida CEO Nadine Smith posted this statement, expressing the LGBT community’s fears and a few glimmers of hope. “We awoke this morning in an America that has given in to its worst instincts: fear of difference, racist scapegoating and a cruel hatred of women.” “This was a clash […]

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Personal Story Marks National Adoption Month

Personal Story Marks National Adoption Month

| November 12, 2016

To mark National Adoption Month, five RaiseAChild families are celebrated in the weekly “Let Love Define Family®” series for Huffington Post Queer Voices. RaiseAChild’s own Bilingual Parent Advocate, Deyanira Contreras, shares her family’s story in this second of five special series installments. “For Sandra and I, most things in the last five years of our […]

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Metro receives $500,000 Gift for Naming of St Petersburg Building

Metro receives $500,000 Gift for Naming of St Petersburg Building

| November 11, 2016

Metro Charities Inc. dba Metro Wellness & Community Centers recently announced that it has received a $500,000 gift, the largest single donation in the history of the organization. Metro CEO Lorraine Langlois says, “We are beyond excited and truly honored by this generous gift made by Kate Tiedemann and Ellen Cotton in support of the […]

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