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Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington to be Honored by GLSEN for LGBTQ Advocacy Work

GLSEN, an advocacy organization that focuses on creating LGBTQ-inclusive schools, will honor actress and producer Kerry Washington at the 2017 GLSEN Respect Awards on October 20th. She will receive the Inspiration Award, which recognizes her years of LGBTQ+ activism, reports the GLSEN website. Washington was part of a tribute video produced by the Human Rights …

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In a Heartbeat

Sarasota Ringling Students Create Viral Animated Same-Sex Short Film ‘In a Heartbeat’

The short film In a Heartbeat has taken the Internet by storm with a plot that is universal but particularly poignant to the LGBTQ+ community. The animated four-minute film follows closeted junior high schooler Sherwin, who has a crush on another boy in his school. When his heart literally pops out of his chest to …

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LGBT Tech

A Look at LGBT Tech and the Florida Graduates Who Make It Possible

In this day and age, technology is crucial to LGBTQ+ individuals and communities. It offers networking, access to information on sexuality and gender identity, and a way for many LGBTQ+ people to feel less isolated. LGBT Tech hopes to maximize these benefits. LGBT Tech is a nonprofit organization that “encourages the continued early adoption and …

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Kristin Beck

Tampa-Based Transgender Navy SEAL Veteran, Kristin Beck, Speaks Out

Following Trump’s decision to ban transgender individuals from serving in the military, transgender veteran Kristin Beck is firing back, reports Chris Walker for Revere Press. As a member of SEAL Team 6, Beck was instrumental to locating Osama Bin Laden, although she left the team before the actual raid that lead to his death took …

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Atish Shah

Xenia Hotels CFO Discusses LGBTQ+ Equality in Commercial Real Estate

Earlier this month, Bisnow ran an article on LGBTQ+ individuals in the commercial real estate business. Reporter Cameron Sperance interviewed several such individuals, including Atish Shah of Orlando. Shah is the Chief Financial Officer for Xenia Hotels, and has worked in CRE, finance, and hospitality. According to Shah, the hospitality industry promotes LGBTQ+ inclusivity more …

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OutGames

Tireless Volunteers Turn OutGames Tragedy into Community Triumph

In a stunning turnaround worthy of a Hollywood film, the near-disastrous World OutGames Miami was saved by intrepid volunteers and an unshakeable community, reported David Artavia in the Advocate. The ten-day sports and culture fest was canceled hours before it was scheduled to begin on May 26, with organizers citing “financial challenges.” The participants, many …

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Bill Nelson

Miami’s Sen. Nelson Cosponsors Resolution to Make June 26 LGBT Equality Day

Miami’s Senator Bill Nelson recently cosponsored a resolution to make June 26, 2017 “LGBT Equality Day.” The resolution says that the United States believes that everyone should be treated equally, and states that the current Congress supports “the rights and freedoms of individuals who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender.” The reasoning for selecting June …

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Events

How You Can Make Your Events More LGBTQ-Friendly

When planning meetings or events, regardless of the purpose, it’s important to be as LGBTQ-friendly as possible. Julia Berman of SmartMeetings.com interviewed spokespeople for LGBTMPA, the LGBT Meeting Professionals Association, to compile some guidelines for being inclusive. One huge factor in making a space inclusive is location. Individual states and cities vary widely in terms …

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Rebecca Storozuk

Rebecca Storozuk Becomes Orange County’s First Transgender Deputy

Rebecca Storozuk became the first openly transgender deputy in the Orange County Sheriff’s Office this year, reported Caitlin Doornbos in the Orlando Sentinel. Storozuk began her transition last year and has now legally changed her name and documented gender. Initially, she was afraid to come out as transgender, especially in a male-dominated field. However, she drew …

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Southwest Florida

Southwest Florida Harmony Chamber of Commerce Provides Resources, Advocacy for LGBTQ+ Community

LGBTQ+ business owners and activists are banding together to create the Southwest Florida Harmony Chamber of Commerce, reports Glenn Miller in the Charlotte County Florida Weekly. The organization is designed to act as a comprehensive resource center for LGBTQ+ individuals, as well as to advocate for LGBTQ+ causes. The Chamber’s president, Susan Christiano, hopes the …

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Pronouns

Ve is Valid: Gender-Neutral Pronouns and Nonbinary Identities

I first began thinking about changing my pronouns around six months ago, when I started considering the possibility that I was nonbinary. Everyone I knew who used gender-neutral pronouns chose either they/them or ze/zer. However, neither of them really felt right to me. I wound up scrolling through lists online, and ve/ver caught my eye. …

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Florida Travel Bucket List

The Ultimate Travel Bucket List: Top Florida Experiences

Florida is a major tourist destination. Between the beaches, theme parks, and places to visit, there are several top Florida experiences not to miss. We’ve compiled an ultimate travel bucket list so you don’t miss a beat on your next visit to the Sunshine Sate. We’ll start with North Florida and move down the state …

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