Fake Trump shooting video shown at his Miami resort

By : Lora Korpar
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ABOVE: A screenshot of the Trump video. (from Twitter)

A fake video of President Donald Trump shooting and stabbing various news outlets, movements, celebrities and politicians he dislikes was played at a pro-Trump conference.

The video was a parody of a scene from the 2014 film “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” with Trump’s face superimposed over the main character as he massacres people inside the “Church of Fake News.” In the video, Trump kills news outlets such as NPR and CNN, movements like Black Lives Matter, politicians like Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John McCain and LGBTQ celebrities like Rosie O’Donnell and Kathy Griffin.

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Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus ‘comes out’ with new name

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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ABOVE: The Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus’ new name and logo. Photo courtesy the caucus.

The Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus, formerly the LGBTA Democratic Caucus, unveiled their new name on Oct. 11 for National Coming Out Day.

The caucus has 19 statewide chapters throughout Florida. It represents members of the LGBTQ community to the Florida Democratic Party, which it’s currently doing at the party’s 2019 State Convention in Orlando Oct. 11-13.

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Jacksonville transgender woman fighting for her life after attack

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ABOVE: Suspect Eric Shaun Bridges was arrested Sept. 29 in Jacksonville. (Photo from JSO)

Police are investigating a possible anti-transgender hate crime in Jacksonville on Sept. 27 involving the victim being beaten, tied to a minivan and dragged for two blocks.

According to News 4 Jax, though the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is identifying the victim as a man, multiple sources say she is a transgender woman. She sustained life-threatening injuries and there is no information available on her current status.

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SAVE begins next chapter with new executive executive director

By : Denise Royal of South Florida Gay News
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ABOVE: Orlando Gonzales (R) posing with other stars at SAVE’s Luminaries. Photo by J.R. Davis.

MIAMI | Safeguarding American Values for Everyone (SAVE) has a new executive director. The Miami-based LGBT organization is welcoming Orlando Gonzales as its new leader. Gonzales is no stranger to the organization; he previously served as board chairman for the SAVE Foundation.

Gonzales is only one week into his new role and has identified three main priorities. The first is working on the state’s anti-discrimination policy.

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Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus calls for impeachment proceedings against Trump

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ABOVE: Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus President Stephen Gaskill, Vice President Nik Harris, Secretary Dave Cutler and Treasurer Adam Sabin. Photo courtesy Facebook.

Delray Beach, Fla. | The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus renewed its calls to begin impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump Sept. 24.

The caucus represents the LGBTQ community to Florida’s Democratic Party. It has nearly 20 statewide chapters, including Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Polk, Pinellas and Sarasota counties.

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Sen. Rick Scott blocked millions of dollars for HIV prevention when he was governor of Florida

By : Jeremy Williams
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ABOVE: Then-Gov. Rick Scott speaking at CPACFL in Orlando in 2011. (Photo by Gage Skidmore, from Flickr)

Republican Sen. Rick Scott and his administration rejected $70 million in federal funds to address HIV in Florida while Scott was the state’s governor, according to an investigative report released by The Guardian on Sept. 11.

The Guardian states that between 2015-2017, Florida returned $54 million in grants to the federal government intended for combating HIV. This was “due to an apparently deliberate failure on the part of state health bosses to secure legislative permission to spend such desperately needed funds.”

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Bee Love killed in South Florida, 18th trans murder this year

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ABOVE: Bee Love Slater. (From Facebook)

Bee Love Slater was found burned in a vehicle in Clewiston, Florida the morning of Sept. 4, just a week shy of her 24th birthday.

The Hendry County Sheriff’s Office is investigating her death as a homicide. While they are still trying to establish a motive, Slater’s best friend Kenard Wade and many others believe that this was a targeted attack that had to do with her being transgender.

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Tampa Bay lawmakers lead fight for statewide LGBTQ protections

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ABOVE: Sen. Darryl Rouson (D-St. Petersburg), Rep. Jackie Toledo (R-Tampa) and Rep. Jennifer Webb (D-St. Petersburg.) Graphic via Equality Florida.

ST. PETERSBURG | Equality Florida announced Aug. 28 that Tampa Bay lawmakers intend to pass the Florida Competitive Workforce Act (FCWA) with bipartisan support in 2020, extending statewide civil rights protections to the LGBTQ community.

The FCWA prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in employment, housing and public accommodations. It would amend the Florida statute currently prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex national origin, age, handicap and marital status.

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Watermark celebrates its silver anniversary with a look back at the LGBTQ headlines of the past 25 years

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For 25 years, in nearly 700 issues, Watermark has been telling the stories of Central Florida and Tampa Bay’s LGBTQ communities.

First premiering in Orlando in 1994, and then expanding into Tampa Bay in 1995, Watermark now covers more than a dozen counties across the state. We can be found in many Florida cities including Daytona Beach, Orlando, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Sarasota—and thanks to WatermarkOnline.com, we have developed an international audience which relies on us for news, politics, sports, arts and entertainment as it pertains to the LGBTQ community.

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Florida same-sex couple marries on high-speed train in South Florida

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ABOVE: Brightline train. (From Wikimedia Commons)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) | They may have been travelling a speedy 79 mph, but a Florida couple remained steady as they said their vows while onboard a high-speed passenger train.

Paul Ward and Jules Bandiera became the first couple to get married on the Brightline train. They tied the knot Saturday between the Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach stations. A minister married the gay couple who held a quick photo session and celebration at the West Palm station before hopping the train home.

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Victim of 1994 serial killings remembered as execution nears

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ABOVE: Gary Ray Bowles in an undated photo provided by the Florida Department of Corrections.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) | Milton Bradley was a 72-year-old World War II Navy veteran living in Savannah, Georgia, in May 1994 when he met Gary Ray Bowles, a serial killer who had already taken the lives of two men and was looking for his next victim.

Bradley had suffered a severe head injury when his ship sank in the Pacific Ocean, and later had a partial lobotomy. He was well known around Savannah as a kind, gentle soul who gave whatever he could to those in need. It was a shock when his bludgeoned body was found behind a golf course shed, leaves and dirt stuffed down his throat.

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SAVE seeks executive director

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MIAMI | Safeguarding American Values for Everyone (SAVE), which exists to promote, protect and defend equality in Miami-Dade County for the LGBTQ community, is seeking its next executive director.

Established in 1993, SAVE says it “strives to accomplish this mission through community education, grassroots organizing, mobilization and advocacy.” The organization has fought for marriage equality, the banning of conversion therapy and Miami-Dade’s Human Rights Ordinance.

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