Orlando’s Overheard

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Rainbow Connection

As the world went a little more colorful on Friday after the Supreme Courts announcement, many iconic sites across the nation and even parts of the world celebrated the big news by showing their pride and changed colors to represent the LGBTQ rainbow.

Gay friendly attractions included Orlando’s newest attraction, the Orlando Eye, part of I-Drive 360 which also houses Madame Tussaud’s (also loaded with wax figures of many LGBT iconic performers and allies!) and the SeaLife Aquarium. The Orlando Eye officially opened May 4th to the general public.

Social media posts included photos of Cinderella’s Castle at the Magic Kingdom. A Disney rep told Watermark the colorization is part of their evening firework show and was not intentionally changed to celebrate the occasion, just a fabulous coincidence!

Good bye Orlando, and Hello Denver!

In a recent post via Facebook, Dexter Foxworth notified his friends he was leaving the city beautiful and moving to Denver. Foxworth has been the director of the Zebra Coalition for the last three- and-a- half years, and has diligently worked hard to both educate and help the public understand the public the necessity of the Zebra Coalition to assist LGBT+ youth.

Dexter’s goodbye and thank you letter was posted on Zebra’s website. He mentioned that since opening in 2012, the Zebra Coalition has assisted more than 550 individual youth by providing access to mental health counseling, support groups, social activities and many more services.

All great work done by Foxworth, the staff and member organizations that have grown over the last three years. We’re sad to see Dexter leave Orlando, but we wish him all the best in his new endeavors.

The lack of promised green has Eric Rollings seeing red

Eric Rollings, a representative of the Orange County Soil and Water Conservation District, is fuming after a ballot referendum in November, supported by Rollings, has been effectively disregarded.

Amendment One, which is now part of the Florida Constitution, was designed to dedicate“33 percent of net revenues from the existing excise tax on documents for 20 years.” According to the wording of the amendment, the money was supposed to be used to “finance or refinance: the acquisition and improvement of land” and “pay the debt service on bonds issued.” But, those who backed the Amendment in 2014 say that is not what is happening.

In a recent Channel 9 interview, Rollings said, “I’m disappointed and there are a lot of Floridians that are very disappointed.” He went on to say, “I don’t see anywhere in Amendment One language where you can pay the salaries of state employees. That’s not the intention.”

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