City of Orlando to establish permanent Pulse memorial

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Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer announced in a June 24 press release that the City will establish a permanent memorial for victims of the Pulse shooting.

“We stand committed to creating a permanent space that will preserve the memory of those who lost their lives, provide comfort to those who seek it and honor the spirit and love of our great city,” Dyer says.

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Dr. Phillips Center to host “Beautiful Together” arts and music festival to benefit Pulse victims

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On June 28, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando will host a special “Beautiful Together” event to benefit the OneOrlando fund for the victims of the Pulse shooting.

Over 50 local arts organizations have signed on to perform or present, including the Orlando Gay Chorus and the UCF Choir.

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Stonewall Inn announced as first national monument for gay rights

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President Barack Obama created the first national monument to gay rights on June 24, designating the iconic Stonewall Inn in Manhattan where the modern gay rights movement took root nearly five decades ago.

The Stonewall National Monument will cover a 7.7 acre swath of Greenwich Village, including the tavern, the small, adjacent park called Christopher Park and the surrounding streets where people rioted after the gay bar was raided by police in 1969. Obama said the monument would “tell the story of our struggle for LGBT rights” and of a civil rights movement that became a part of America.

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Assistant State Attorney fired over Pulse Facebook posts

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Kenneth Lewis, the Florida Assistant State Attorney who was suspended on June 17 following inflammatory Facebook posts is fired.

That’s according to an email sent by Ninth Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s office spokeswoman Angela Starke on June 23.

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St. Pete Pride gets an official kickoff at the Hotel Zamora

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It wasn’t St. Pete Pride’s first event of the week, but it was the official kickoff party to start the weekend, and it indeed was that… a party!

The party goers gathered on the rooftop bar of the Hotel Zamora at St. Pete Beach June 23 to drink, dance and meet up with friends.

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St. Pete Pride puts chic on display at Macy’s Pride in Fashion show

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The sun may have been beating down outside, but the heat had nothing on the sizzle in Macy’s at the Tyrone Square Mall June 23 when St. Pete Pride brought on the fashion at their Pride in Fashion event.

The crowd was sent into sensory overload as the sexiest models in the bay area strutted on the runway in the best of Macy’s summer outfits with the sickest beats playing.

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New Orleans Pride 2016

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The Crescent City was alight with glitter on the night of June 17.

I was visiting with my boyfriend and his family to celebrate his father’s birthday, a trip that had been planned months in advance. In what felt like a wholly appropriate sign, New Orleans Pride happened to fall on the same weekend as our stay. None of us even knew about it until a bartender with a rainbow bandana tied around his bicep handed us our daiquiris and told us to stick around for the parade on Saturday.

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Attitudes toward LGBT community at odds across Florida

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Tallahassee, Fla. (AP) – Florida’s Key West is one of the most gay-friendly places in the country. The Florida Panhandle – many locals call it the Redneck Riviera – is a different story.

The massacre of 49 people in a gay nightclub happened between these extremes, forcing many Floridians to reconsider their assumptions about the state’s evolving culture.

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Lawsuits filed over possible release of Pulse shooting 911 calls

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Two lawsuits are filed in Orange County in an attempt to clarify the potential public release of 911 calls related to the Pulse shooting.

The first lawsuit, filed by the City of Orlando June 23, asks the Orange County court to clarify how the City should proceed with the recordings of 603 calls made to 911 during the Pulse shooting and four calls between emergency services and the shooter, Omar Mateen. According to their lawsuit, which names the Associated Press as a defendant, the City hasn’t yet released the calls “out of respect for the Pulse shooting victims and their families.”

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VIDEO: Puppy Pride Fundraising Pack Walk

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In remembrance of the tragic shooting at Pulse, Down Home Dog Training hosted a Pack Walk fundraiser to raise donations and rally support for the victims and their families (this includes their pets). Puppies and their owners trotted around Lake Eola June 22.

St. Petersburg mayor raises rainbow flag at City Hall in celebration of Pride

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St. Petersburg mayor Rick Kriseman raised the Pride Flag above City Hall June 23 for the third year in a row to signify the start of St. Pete Pride in downtown.

More than a hundred people gathered at the flagpole as Kriseman, local officials and Equality Florida’s executive director Nadine Smith launched the Pride Flag into the sky.

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Orlando United Assistance Center opening

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The Orlando United Assistance Center is open for business.

The Center, located at 507 E. Michigan Ave., is the longer-term place for friends and family of Pulse shooting victims, plus anyone in the community affected by the tragedy, to receive services. It replaces the temporary City of Orlando Family Assistance Center that has been operating out of Camping World Stadium.

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