Transgender student in Florida can now use men’s restroom

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) | A federal judge says a transgender student at a Florida high school can use the men’s restroom during his senior year.

The judge ruled last Thursday that 18-year-old Drew Adams can use the men’s restroom at Nease High School in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida when classes resume next month.

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Driver throws eggs, homophobic slurs at people in Wilton Manor

By : Colton Adkins
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WILTON MANORS, Fla. | A man yelling homophobic slurs attacked a group of friends with eggs outside of Gym Bar in Wilton Manors on July 23.

Brian Carter, one of the men attacked, said he didn’t know who the man was but heard him yell a homophobic slur just before being hit my an egg. The man then drove off in a black BMW.

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Jacksonville faces a fourth LGBTQ murder victim, fear of serial killer heightens

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. | The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office responded to a call around 3 p.m. about an unresponsive body at Waters Edge Apartments in Jacksonville July 19. Deputies discovered the body of 30-year-old Jessie Sumlar.

Sumlar was a hairstylist at Salon 180 and a local drag performer, according to The Florida Times-Union.

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South Florida judge who ruled on gay adoption case set to retire

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MIAMI | For the past three years, Judge Cindy Lederman has walked by a half-dozen statues of playful bear cubs every day on her way up to her high-ceilinged, top-floor office looking out toward Miami’s waterfront. On a shelf behind her desk, below rows of glass awards and family photos, sit two teddy bears. In six months, she’ll take them with her and walk past the statues for the last time.

The stuffed bears are from a program the retiring judge helped start 20 years ago to give every child who came to juvenile court a teddy bear. The building, Miami-Dade County’s three-year-old children’s courthouse, and its bear statutes — meant to be played with by those same unlucky children who find themselves needing court hearings — were a project she began working on with colleagues more than a decade ago to replace Miami-Dade’s previous and notoriously horrible children’s courthouse.

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With 2018’s third transgender murder in Jacksonville, advocates seek justice and solidarity

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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At least 28 known transgender men and women were murdered nationwide in 2017, the highest number on record. On June 24, just over 2018’s midpoint, the murders of two transgender women brought this year’s total to half that—prompting community advocates to demand justice for the 14 transgender lives lost.

One of those murders was that of Cathalina Christina James, a transgender woman of color who lived her life as more than a disturbing statistic stemming from Jacksonville, Fla. James’ death sparked outrage and stoked fear for the transgender community in Florida’s fourth most populous city, with local leaders fearing a serial killer stalked Jacksonville’s streets.

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High school student comes out while running for Citrus County School Board position

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CITRUS COUNTY, Fla. | 18-year-old high school student Adam York, who is running for the District 5 seat on the Citrus County School Board, came out as gay during a public forum June 29.

York expressed that coming out in such a public way was never intentional, as the county is predominantly conservative, but a question during a forum motivated him.

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Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidates pitch for votes

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HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) – Florida’s five Democratic candidates made their pitches to party activists at their annual convention June 30, hoping to swing support and drum up donations in advance of the August primary.

Former Congresswoman Gwen Graham, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and developers Jeff Greene and Chris King dashed between interest group caucuses in hopes of solidifying support among party stalwarts in advance of the Aug. 28 primary.

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Florida school resource officer fired over homophobic Facebook posts

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida city fired a school resource officer for social media posts the police department deemed “offensive, insulting, and derogatory.”

The Gainesville Sun reports Jason King is appealing his April firing from the Gainesville Police Department.

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Florida Bar in the process of creating gender-neutral divorce documents

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ORLANDO | The last marriage-related document in Florida is finally changing to reflect the needs of same-sex couples.

After the 2015 marriage equality ruling by the state of Florida and the U.S. Supreme Court, marriage applications and most divorce forms were adjusted to include same-sex couples. However, Barry Miller, President of the Central Florida Gay and Lesbian Lawyers Association (CFGALLA) and CEO of The Closing Agent, discovered the Petition for Simplified Dissolution of Marriage still referred to couples as “Husband” and “Wife.”

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Florida restaurant owner verbally attacks trans, lesbian customers

By : Jeremy Williams
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LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. | Owners of a South Florida restaurant are apologizing after one of them verbally attacked a transgender customer and then called a lesbian customer “disgusting.”

Bill Harrell, one of the owners of the Country Roads Cafe in Lehigh Acres, approached the table of Melissa Bellows June 4. According to a Facebook post by Bellows, he began to make fun of a transgender woman who was sitting at another table saying “you know that’s a boy dressed as a girl.”

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Transgender woman fatally shot in Jacksonville

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. | Antash’a English, a 38-year-old transgender woman, was fatally shot in Jacksonville, Fla. June 1 making her the 12th trans murder victim in the U.S. this year.

English was found between two abandoned homes just before 4:00 a.m., a Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office police report states. English was alive at the scene but later died at the hospital due to her injuries.

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Tony Awards: De Niro slams Trump, Parkland students perform

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, performing Rent’s ‘Seasons Of Love’ at the 2018 Tony Awards. Screenshot via Twitter.

The 72nd annual Tony Awards, hosted by Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban, featured a clean sweep from “The Band’s Visit” and “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two” as well as plenty of onstage antics.

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