MSNBC host Joy Reid apologizes for ‘tone deaf’ homophobic blog posts

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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MSNBC host Joy Reid has apologized for old homophobic blog posts made on her now defunct blog, the Reid Report.

The posts, published between 2007 and 2009, mocked former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist by referring to him as “Miss Charlie” and accusing the conservative Republican of being a closeted gay man.

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Florida’s Competitive Workforce Act is back with bipartisan support

By : Jeremy Williams
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Three Florida legislators have again filed the Competitive Workforce Act, an update to the state’s Civil Rights Act of 1992 which would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of groups protected against discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations.

Florida law currently offers these protections based on race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, disability status, national origin, age and marital status.

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University of West Florida investigating anti-LGBT flyers around campus

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PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — The University of West Florida is investigating after several anti-LGBT flyers were distributed throughout the campus.

The Pensacola News Journal reports the flyers were posted in a large area of the Pensacola campus overnight on Tuesday, and were primarily affixed to building doors leading to lecture halls.

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Addison Mizner: The likely gay father of South Florida architecture

By : Graham Brunk, Special to Watermark from the LGBT History Project
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Addison Mizner came to Palm Beach in 1918 to die. Instead, he would change South Florida forever, especially Boca Raton, with his enduring signature Spanish revival architecture. Eighty-four years after his death, that imprint is hard to miss.

While many in Palm Beach County know who Mizner was, few probably suspect he may have been gay.

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Adult film star Matthew Rush arrested on drug charges

By : Jeremy Williams
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Gay adult film star Matthew Rush was arrested on drug related charges in Wilton Manors, Fla. Sept. 19.

Rush, whose legal name is Gregory Grove, was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office.

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Conservative religious group calls for the repeal of Jacksonville’s HRO protections for LGBTQ people

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Empower Jacksonville, a newly formed anti-LGBTQ group in North Florida, is attempting to get two initiatives put onto the 2018 ballot that would strip away protections from the city’s Human Rights Ordinance based on people’s sexual orientation and gender identity, according to The Florida Times-Union.

The group, which introduced itself at a news conference last month at Jacksonville’s First Baptist Church, announced they would begin attempts to collect signatures for the two initiatives immediately with the hope to have both on the ballot in August 2018.

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Actress AnnaLynne McCord blasts Southwest Airlines for discriminating against gay couple

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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(Image from AnnaLynne McCord’s Instagram.)

“90210” star AnnaLynne McCord is calling out Southwest Airlines for not allowing a gay couple and their two daughters to board during the flight’s “family boarding time” because they “didn’t count as family.”

“Have you ever felt bullied? Have you ever picked on?… A couple of days ago, the young girls in this photo were made to feel just that by individuals who wear your logo and represent their company,” McCord begins.

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Florida Christian ministry sues watchdog group over hate label

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – A Florida-based evangelical ministry is suing a liberal watchdog organization that called it a hate group because of its stance against LGBT rights.

The federal religious discrimination lawsuit was filed this week by D. James Kennedy Ministries of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, against the Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center. It seeks an unspecified amount of money.

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Florida stripper arrested in Key West after murdering boyfriend suspected of being cannibal

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Key West, Fla. | A Tampa stripper was arrested in Key West Aug. 14 after a bizarre altercation with a 67-year-old man, believed to be the stripper’s boyfriend, that left one of them in jail and the other dead.

Justin Calhoun, 24, listed in jail records as female and homeless, was arrested for attempted second-degree murder Aug. 15 after attacking Mark Brann, 67, in his Key West home, according to the Miami Herald.

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World OutGames organizers will not face criminal charges

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Miami | Local officials determined that the organizers of the World Outgames Miami will not face criminal charges after an Aug. 16 audit of the organization found no “malicious intent” on their part.

Authorities launched an investigation of the organizers of the World OutGames over their decision to abruptly cancel almost all of its sporting events this past Memorial Day week.

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LGBTQ rights is personal for Florida gubernatorial candidates

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – The leading Democrats running for Florida governor met with gay and lesbian party members on Aug. 19 in an event that at times was touching and personal, and served as a reminder that Florida is a place where people can still be discriminated against because of who they love.

Perhaps the most chilling moment was when Orlando-area businessman Chris King described his brother as a brilliant, handsome man who would light up a room as soon as he walked in. But his brother was gay, and Florida wasn’t a tolerant place when they were growing up in the 1970s and 1980s. He struggled with depression.

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Former State Representative Joe Saunders returns to Equality Florida as Senior Political Director

By : Jeremy Williams
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Florida’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization, Equality Florida announced Aug. 9 that former State Representative Joe Saunders would be rejoining the staff as the new Senior Political Director.

Saunders previously held the position of Field Director with Equality Florida for nearly a decade before running for, and winning, a seat in the Florida House of Representatives in 2012. Saunders, along with Miami Beach’s David Richardson, became the first openly gay Floridians elected to the legislature.

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