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MCC creates “Friend to Friend” HIV program

The Joy Metropolitan Community Church is resurrecting its AIDS Ministry, including a new program for people just-diagnosed with HIV or AIDS. The Joy Poz Friends to Friend program creates teams of two tasked with supporting the HIV positive individual emotionally and spiritually. Anyone interested in joining a team or receiving support should email aidsministry@joymcc.com or call (407)894-1081,
ext. 18.

Orlando Trans-Spire Festival recognizes gender variant missions

Gender variant individuals and their supporters will gather at the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Community Center (GLBTCC) May 30-31 to celebrate and inspire. Orlando’s Transpire 2009 is one of several events nationwide and will further the missions of two organizations: Gender Identity in Florida Today (GIFT) and Florida Organization for Gender Equality (FORGE). The conference starts at noon on May 30 and will include events for socializing, networking, culture and nightlife. For more information call

New website for LGBT community to launch right after Gay Days

A new Orlando-based national website focusing on the social aspects of the LGBT community will launch July 8. Rainbowpulse.com will feature news, travel, commerce and social networking. A sneak peek of the homepage will go live During Gay Days Weekend on June 5. Michael Hancock, site founder and CEO, said there is no other site reaching out to all members of the community. The site will encourage formation of social networking clubs to further involvement.

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