Ruth Eckerd Hall on the Road presents Amy Schumer LIVE

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Fresh off her live announcement on Thursday night to a sold out Madison Square Garden crowd, Ruth Eckerd Hall On The Road Presents Amy Schumer, in her only Florida appearance at the Amalie Arena on Sunday, October 16 at 7:30 pm.

U.S. Attorney General to announce “law enforcement action” against North Carolina

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The U.S. Attorney General is about to announce “law enforcement action related to North Carolina.”

Today was the deadline for North Carolina’s government to respond to a notification by the Justice Department that HB2, a controversial state law that bans municipalities from protecting their LGBT citizens and forces transgender residents to use the bathroom that aligns with their gender on their birth certificate, is in violation of the federal Civil Rights Act.

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Sexual politics: Money, money, money and the LGBT community

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Our community is becoming more and more aware of our political clout, especially as public sentiment has slowly shifted and gay and lesbian couples are combining assets. In fact, one major force for change in the political landscape has been brought to you by LGBT donations into political campaigns.

A good indicator for how things have changed was Obama’s run for re-election in 2012, where LGBT money made a significant difference.
In the early 2000s, LGBT donations had, overall, been dropping, both in 2010 and 2014. The Center for Responsive Politics states that funds dropped 58 percent from the 2006 election cycle to the 2010 cycle. It dropped another 12 percent between 2010 and 2014 for most candidates.

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Road to Tampa Pride begins with grand marshals announcement, Miss Tampa Pride pageant

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In the midst of preparing for the 2016 Miss Tampa Pride pageant, festival organizers issued a press release announcing the names of the parade’s grand marshals Jan. 13.

Lorraine Langlois, CEO at Metro Wellness and Community Centers, and Russell Rhodes, FOX TV 13 Morning Anchor for “Good Day Tampa Bay,” will be the grand marshals for Tampa Pride 2016.

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Jonathan Tasini, Bernie Sanders author, visits Florida

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Jonathan TasiniSarasota – Jonathan Tasini, author of The Essential Bernie Sanders and his Vision for America, spoke at Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center on Jan. 9. The event was one of five Florida stops with an engagement in Melbourne that evening, and three in Miami the following day. A predominantly caucasian audience of approximately 100 attended the Fogartyville event; attendees ranged from teens to senior citizens but skewed elderly, including one gentleman who turned 103 that week.

Endorsed by Sanders, Tasini’s book breaks down the presidential candidate’s policies in an easy to read format to layout talking points for supporters or introduce voters to Sanders. Tasini meticulously patchworked excerpts from Sander’s speeches and press release statements to create the slim, accessible book. He wrote the book in the 20 days following Sanders’ Presidential bid announcement in May 2015.

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Twitter bans anti-gay and anti-trans language

By : Jamie Hyman
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Bigots may no longer express their hate in 140 characters or less.

On Dec. 30, Twitter announced they’ve updated their rules to ban abusive behavior and hateful conduct. The new rules explicitly mention that sexual identity and gender expression are protected:

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South Florida Water Management protects transgender employees

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West Palm Beach – The South Florida Water Management System confirms that their 1,500 employees are protected from discrimination based on gender identity and expression, whether or not they live in an area that offers those protections.

Executive Director Peter Antonacci made the announcement Dec. 21, after working with the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council to clarify the language, ensuring all employees are fully protected.

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Matt Dallas and Blue Hamilton introduce fans to their new son

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Actor Matt Dallas and singer-songwriter husband Blue Hamilton adopted a two-year old son just before Christmas and made the announcement to the world through their YouTube channel in a Christmas-themed video which they titled “Welcome to Our Pride.”

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The sound of silence: Orlando Philharmonic’s David Schillhammer takes his bow

By : Billy Manes
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There’s a rhythm to exiting Orlando Philharmonic executive director David Schillhammer’s seemingly nervous (but ultimately correct) conversational chorus. For more than a decade, Schillhammer has seen the Phil grow from next-to-nothing to ultimately becoming the most viable of Orlando’s cultural operations. Last year, the Phil made a bold move and transferred its operations to the Plaza Live on Bumby Avenue, eschewing expectations entirely (the Phil was supposed to have a home in the new Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, per publicly available documents explaining the center’s mission). This year, Schillhammer has decided to step down – not because of organizational chaos; just the opposite, really.

“It was time for me to, sorry to use the phrase, ‘Exit stage right,’ and to make room for the next voice,” he says. “And I’ve decided that there’s no shame in this. Though I am sad every minute, and I could cry at the drop of a hat, or with every email I receive from a patron or a volunteer, it doesn’t change my decision or my pride in what we’ve accomplished. And it certainly doesn’t change my unwavering love of the Orlando Philharmonic.”

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Charlie Sheen to announce he is HIV-positive

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Charlie Sheen will go on NBC’s Today show Nov. 17 to announce he is diagnosed with HIV, according to TMZ.

The announcement will come a day before the National Enquirer releases a story discussing Sheen’s sex life. Reports indicate that the story will accuse Sheen of contracting HIV and spreading it to dozens of women in what they call a “multi-million dollar cover-up,” TMZ reports.

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Indiana chamber backs statewide gay rights protections

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Less than a year after big business helped pressure Indiana Republicans to scale back their contentious new religious objections law, the state’s powerful business lobby has decided that step wasn’t enough.

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce, the voice of the state’s business establishment, called Nov. 5 for Republican Gov. Mike Pence and the GOP-controlled Legislature to extend the state’s civil rights protections to bar discrimination against people based on their LGBT status.

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Gay priest fired by Vatican describes “special homophobia”

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) – The Polish monsignor who came out as gay and was fired by the Vatican just before a meeting of bishops about outreach to gays, divorcees and more traditional Catholic families says that a “special kind of homophobia” exists among priests, because those who are homosexual are forced to hate themselves.

Krzysztof Charamsa told The Associated Press in an interview that he hopes more priests will come out “to destroy the code of silence in the church.”

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