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Gainesville

Gainesville Commission Votes to Ban Conversion Therapy

Last Thursday, a commission of Gainesville city leaders unanimously approved an ordinance banning licensed therapists and counselors from performing conversion therapy on minors, reports Andrew Caplan for the Daytona Beach News Journal. With this ruling, Gainesville has joined the growing ranks of Florida cities instituting bans on conversion therapy. Like many others, this ban is […]

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Jazz Jennings

Florida’s Top LGBTQ Women to Know on International Women’s Day

March 8th is International Women’s Day, a day to honor and celebrate those who have pressed for progress (#EmbraceEquality) and furthered women’s equality. The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have created an even greater urgency to address issues of gender parity, especially in light of the World Economic Forum’s 2022 Global Gender Gap Report, which reported that

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South Florida

South Florida Residents Have First Same-Sex Marriage on Major Cruise Line

Francisco Vargas and Benjamin Gray recently became the first same-sex couple to be married on a major cruise line, reports Jim Byers for Travel Pulse. The South Florida pair was married onboard Celebrity Equinox during a cruise from Key West to Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico. Last summer, Malta, where most of Celebrity’s ships are registered,

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Bayard Rustin

Black History Month Spotlight: Remembering Bayard Rustin

Bayard Rustin was a pioneering civil rights leader, whose contributions are all too often forgotten because of his sexuality. Rustin was instrumental in building support for Martin Luther King, Jr. As a Quaker, he strongly believed in nonviolence, and heavily influenced King’s own beliefs in this regard. Rustin helped organize the first Freedom Ride since

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Constitution

Florida’s Constitution is Under Attack – Now is Your Chance to Be Heard!

Press Release from Equality Florida: The Florida Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) is one of the most powerful entities in Florida politics – and most people whose lives it can impact have never heard of it. Every 20 years this Commission is formed and made up of political appointees and Florida’s Attorney General. It is granted

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Equal Rights

State LGBTQ+ Protections Must Be Expanded, Say Advocates

In Florida, as across the country, LGBTQ+ protections often do not fully protect individuals from harassment and discrimination, reports Equality Florida. Last November, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights released a report urging Congress to pass nationwide, comprehensive nondiscrimination policies that protect LGBTQ+ individuals. Advice from Equality Florida, as well as a number of other

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PreP

Florida Department of Health to Offer Free PrEP to All Residents

Following a mandate from Florida’s surgeon general, the state will offer free Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) to all residents by the end of 2018, reports Bil Browning for LGBTQ Nation. According to Planed Parenthood’s website, PrEP “contains two antiretroviral medicines that interfere with HIV’s ability to grow and take hold in the body once one is

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conversion therapy

Broward County Bans Use of Conversion Therapy on Minors

The Broward Board of Commissioners has issued an ordinance banning licensed medical health professionals from using conversion therapy on minors, reports Tim Swift for WPLG Local 10 News. Broward County is the 17th Florida municipality to institute such a ban Conversion therapy is a practice that some claim can make LGBTQ+ people straight or cisgender. Many

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employment

Employment Discrimination Still an Obstacle for LGBTQ+ Community

While the LGBTQ+ community has been making great strides in gaining equality, studies suggest that, as far as employment discrimination is concerned, we still have a long way to go, reports Anna Swartz for Mic.com. Our federal hiring and firing discrimination laws do not protect against discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation. This

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Florida Gulf Coast University

Florida Gulf Coast University Student Fights Hate With Bagpipes

Florida Gulf Coast University Student Brice Ehmig brought a unique weapon to bear against a homophobic hate preacher, reports LGBTQ Buzz. As he shouted into a megaphone that LGBTQ+ individuals would be doomed to an eternity of damnation and compared homosexuality to bestiality, she played merrily on a set of bagpipes nearby. Ehmig is a

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Stress of the Holidays

Holiday Fantasy vs Holiday Reality: LGBTQ-Focused Strategies for Coping with Holiday Stress

Do you look forward to the holiday season as a time of “comfort and joy”, when you join with your partner, family, and friends to harmoniously celebrate all of the ways in which you are grateful and love one another? Or is your holiday season a little more stressful and chaotic – perhaps even overwhelming?

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Naples

Naples Teen Shares Gay ‘Glo Up’ on Twitter, Inspires Hashtag

In October, Naples High senior Caitlin Crowley shared a photo of herself attending Homecoming with a male date during her freshman year, next to a photo from this year’s Homecoming, which she attended with her girlfriend. The caption read, “Freshman to senior year, does this count as a glo up???” reports Annika Hammerschlag in USA Today.

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Jeff Sessions

Jeff Sessions Issues Religious Exemptions to Nondiscrimination Laws for Businesses

Last Friday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a directive allowing businesses to discriminate, reports Kevin Johnson for USA Today. The new directive allows employers to disregard federal nondiscrimination laws if they conflict with the individual’s religious beliefs. In other words, businesses can now openly discriminate against LGBTQ+ individuals in their hiring practices. While Sessions is

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Pinellas County Unites Against LGBTQ+ Youth Homelessness

Sept 21, 2017 — The community of Pinellas County is coming together to end LGBTQ+ youth homelessness, reports Christa Price on the True Colors Fund website. Community leaders, advocacy organizations, and LGBTQ+ young people have been working for the past year to investigate and search for solutions to LGBTQ+ youth homelessness in their county. Their

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Doc McStuffins

Wanda Sykes & Portia de Rossi Play Interracial Lesbian Parents on Disney Cartoon Doc McStuffins

Disney Junior and the Disney Channel made history this week by featuring two interracial lesbian moms in the 3D animated television cartoon Doc McStuffins, voiced by Wanda Sykes and Portia de Rossi, reported GLAAD. The episode, titled “Emergency Plan,” shares the story of two moms who learn the lesson of emergency planning for their family when a toy

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