PHOTOS: ‘We won’t be erased’ rally held at Orlando City Hall after Trump administration’s anti-trans memo leaked

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ABOVE: An audience gathers on the steps of City Hall Plaza in Downtown Orlando for the Orlando We Won’t Be Erased Transgender and Allies Support Rally on Oct. 27. Photo by Melanie Ararat

ORLANDO | Colorful flags and posters waved in the air as people chanted “We won’t be erased” outside City Hall Plaza in Downtown Orlando on Oct. 27. The chant was led by Gina Duncan, Equality Florida’s director of transgender equality.

“We send this message to the White House saying that the Orlando transgender and gender nonconforming communities will not be erased,” Duncan says. “We will not be defined out of existence.”

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PHOTOS: Equality Florida Action PAC hosts fundraiser for State Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | The Equality Florida Action PAC hosted State Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith’s final re-election fundraiser before the Nov. 6 general election at The Venue in Orlando on Oct. 23.

Dozens of Central Florida voters listened as The Venue owner Blue Star and Smith’s partner Jerick Mediavilla spoke about the importance of voting for the self-professed “proud progressive, liberal, feminist, gay, Latinx, democrat.”

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PHOTOS: The Reformation Project’s 6th annual LGBTQ Inclusion Conference holds service in Orlando

By : Jaime Donelson
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ORLANDO | LGBTQ Christians, theologians and allies all gathered to worship and learn about LGBTQ inclusion in the church held by The Reformation Project. The event — the sixth annual LGBTQ Inclusion Conference — was held at the First United Methodist Church in downtown Orlando Oct. 18-20.

The Reformation Project is a Bible-based, nonprofit Christian grassroots organization that works to promote the inclusion of LGBTQ people and other marginalized groups in the church. The organization focuses on reforming the church’s teachings on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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PHOTOS: Florida Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith says YAS! to Pride proposal from partner Jerick Mediavilla

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | Come Out with Pride 2018 had a lot of memorable events, but few came close to the marriage proposal during the Pride Rally at the Walt Disney Amphitheater Oct. 13.

LGBTQ activist Jerick Mediavilla went down on one knee in front of thousands of Pride attendees and proposed to his partner, State Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith.

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PHOTOS: COWP’s Most Colorful Parade brings pride, pageantry and politics to Lake Eola

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ORLANDO | Come Out With Pride had the eyes of the city on them as The Most Colorful Parade passed through the streets of downtown Orlando for thousands of attendees Oct. 13.

The parade route was filled with rainbow-colored floats, performers and — this being an election year — lots of voters, activists and politicians.

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PHOTOS: COWP’s Pride Festival at Lake Eola had something for everyone

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ORLANDO | Thousands of people gathered, danced and showed their Pride around Lake Eola in downtown Orlando to celebrate Come Out With Pride on Oct. 13.

The day-long festival included live performances, vendors and entertainment for all ages. Rainbow colors were on display everywhere you looked.

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PHOTOS: Parliament House shows its Pride

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ORLANDO | Parliament House was all about that Pride Oct. 13 with its Come Out With Pride after party.

The huge party was headlined by COWP Grand Marshal, and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” judge, Carson Kressley, as well as Monet Xchange and Orlando’s very own drag superstar, Ginger Minj.

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PHOTOS: Come Out With Pride wraps a full week of events with Recovery Brunch

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ORLANDO | After the parade, fireworks and after parties we were in need for a little recovery. Luckily, Come Out With Pride had us covered with its Pride Recovery Brunch at Celine Orlando Oct. 14.

The event included a catered brunch featuring rainbow pancakes, bottomless mimosas and a large Bloody Mary bar, and featured music by local DJ Scott Roberts.

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PHOTOS: Pride starts the day off with the wedding of Debo Ofsowitz and Milena Jacobina

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ORLANDO | Come Out With Pride kicked off with a special celebration Oct. 13.

COWP’s Debo Ofsowitz and fiancee Milena Jacobina shared their wedding vows at noon on Lake Eola, surrounded by friends and family.

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PHOTOS: Pride Rally at Lake Eola brought the love

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ORLANDO | Come Out With Pride held a Pride Rally at the Walt Disney Amphitheater during Saturday’s celebration at Lake Eola.

The crowd heard from Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan, State Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith and more.

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PHOTOS: Come Out With Pride’s Block Party took over the streets at Stonewall Orlando

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ORLANDO | Come Out With Pride took Friday night to Stonewall Bar, and its surrounding streets, this year for the COWP Block Party Oct. 12.

The streets were blocked off for people to enjoy big video screens, vendor tents and an outdoor street bar. COWP definitely got the weekend started with the music pumping and the party in full swing, inside and outside, all night.

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PHOTOS: OIC and Orlando Weekly’s Big Gay Brunch was a huge Pride hit

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ORLANDO | The Orlando Immunology Center and Orlando Weekly carried on the tradition of having the Big Gay Brunch at The Abbey Oct. 13 for Come Out With Pride, and it was a huge success.

The event was packed with people looking to get their brunch and drink on before the festivities at Lake Eola began.

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