Keeping It Real: The Reality of Growing Up LGBTQIA+ Today

By : Nathan Bruemmer
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What’s it like growing up LGBTQIA+ in 2018? It depends on whom you ask and where you live. The general perception from generation to generation is that youth have it better, but for this generation of LGBTQIA+ youth, even before the change in administration, it is a much more complicated answer.

The progress of social equality has been impressive over the last decade or two. Today we live in country with marriage equality, more resources, more support and fewer challenges than in the past. However, not all Florida communities have embraced this progress. Even communities with a progressive citizenry may not have progressive city councils, county commissions, school boards or school board policies. 

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Watermark’s Most Remarkable People of 2017

By : Watermark Staff
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In a year filled with many setbacks and obstacles, the LGBTQ communities in Central Florida and Tampa Bay have met those challenges with amazing resilience and resisted all forms of discrimination.

The individuals selected as Watermark’s Most Remarkable People of 2017 come from many walks of life but all share one thing in common, they all were truly exceptional this year.

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Watermark’s Most Remarkable People 2017: Nathan Bruemmer, ALSO Youth’s Executive Director and organizer for St. Pete Pride’s Trans March

By : Gina Duncan, Equality Florida’s State Director of Transgender Equality
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Gina Duncan

I am so pleased and honored to recognize my close friend, advocate and leader of LGBTQ social justice, Nathan Bruemmer. Nathan is a member of Equality Florida’s TransAction Advisory Council, our Speakers Council and a Workplace Transgender Cultural Competency trainer. I have had the good fortune of sharing the stage many times with Nathan in speaking out for LGBTQ equal rights across Florida.

Nathan currently serves as the executive director of ALSO Youth Sarasota and is a member of the Pinellas County Office of Human Rights. He has an extensive legal background having served as a teaching assistant at the Stetson University College of Law, a Federal judicial extern for the U.S. District Court and serving as a Andrew S. Cray Law Fellow at the National Center for Transgender Equality in Washington, D.C., all while pursuing his Juris Doctorate at Stetson where he will graduate with honors in 2018. While a law student at Stetson, he was a Trial Team member, ADR Board member, American Bar Association representative and vice-representative, Lambda Legal Society president, Stetson Law Democrats president, American Constitution Society president, and a member of the Phi Alpha Delta law fraternity.

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: New show, new leader

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A groundbreaking series in our own backyard

As the sun rises over the city of Tampa Bay, the audience is introduced to a group of ambitious and motivated black, lesbian women attempting to change the face of television.

Earlier this week LaJoi Media debuted the premiere episode of My Beautiful Pain, a YouTube series about the relationships and careers within a group of entrepreneurial lesbians of color determined to make it as the “first black LGBT network.”

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Skies are blue at the ALSO Youth “Over the Rainbow” Gala

By : Krista Di Tucci
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ALSO Gala guest host, David “Scarbie” Mitchell.

SARASOTA – ALSO Youth will celebrate its fourth annual prom/gala, “Over the Rainbow,” on April 1 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Lido Beach Resort in Sarasota.

ALSO Youth director Molly Swift says this year’s highlights will include drag performer David “Scarbie” Mitchell as guest host and an “Over the Rainbow” ukulele performance from some of ALSO’s members.

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Sarasota County still not allowing bathroom equality for transgender students

By : Anna M. Johnson
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The Sarasota County School District, after four months of community upheaval over the issue, still has no official policy that protects the rights of transgender students to use bathrooms that align with their gender identities.

In January, Pine View Charter School created a policy that gave transgender students the right to use the bathroom that aligns with their gender identity. This change came about after Nate Quinn organized a call-in day for allies to encourage the Pine View administration to adopt an inclusive stance. Since then, the Sarasota County School Board has heard from community members on both sides of this issue through their participation in protests, emails, phone calls and public board meetings.

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ALSO Youth steps out in Hollywood for Gala

By : Krista DiTucci
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For a night filled with red carpet finesse, Hollywood movie stars, and dancing with friends, join ALSO Youth in celebrating the “Stepping Out in Hollywood” gala.

The event will take place on April 2 from 5:30-10:30 p.m. on the eighth floor of Lido Beach Resort in Sarasota.

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ALSO Youth expands with new center, program

By : Jeremy Williams
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Venice, Fla. — Advocacy-Leadership-Support-Outreach, better known as ALSO Youth in Sarasota, is a non-profit that provides peer support services, educational programs, advocacy, and many other services for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and questioning youth ages 13 to 21.

The program was created in 1992 and since then has created a safe environment for kids to explore and understand who they are without judgement, and after nearly 25 years in Sarasota ALSO is expanding south to Venice.

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ALSO Youth starts up 16 and under transgender support group

By : Jeremy Williams
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The teenage years can be tough for any kid, but they can be a life-and-death struggle for a child who identifies as transgender or gender-nonconforming. A Sarasota youth group wants to do something about it.

Advocacy-Leadership-Support-Outreach, better known as ALSO Youth in Sarasota, is starting a peer support group for transgender and gender-nonconforming youth. The group will meet every Thursday, from 5- 6p.m., starting Oct. 1.

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Issue 22.17: Back to School

By : Jake Stevens
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Back to School: Sarasota’s Peter Ruiz graduates college thanks to the Zebra Coalition, the return of Culture Club, Pastor Protection Act comes to Florida, local news, celebrity interviews, and much, much more!

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ALSO gears up for prom fundraiser

By : Zach Caruso
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Sarasota – ALSO Youth wants to give you a second chance at your prom. And they’re giving you that chance with ALSO Youth: Prom 2014 on October 11th at 6:00pm at The Francis in Sarasota.

A non-profit that provides peer support, activities, educational programs, and workshops to the LGBTQIA community of southwest Florida, ALSO Youth hosts an annual celebratory gala, and this year’s theme of a second chance prom is a unique one that was inspired by the very youth the organization is dedicated to helping.

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