GetEQUAL to shut down

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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GetEQUAL Executive Director Gaby Garcia-Vera on Tuesday announced the organization will shut down.

Garcia-Vera in a letter acknowledged their decision to fire Aaryn Lang as GetEQUAL’s Movement Building and Campaign Manager earlier this month “struck a nerve in the community.” Garcia-Vera also wrote several board members “had announced their plans to transition out” of GetEQUAL “before Aaryn’s transition out of the organization” and others “resigned in the midst of the social media controversy that followed.”

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Central Florida attorney elected chair of HRC board of directors

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | Central Florida attorney John Ruffier was elected as the vice-chair of the Human Rights Campaign board of directors and will become the chair of the organization next year.

The announcement was made by the law firm Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A.— where Ruffier is a practicing attorney—in a press release Jan. 12.

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GOP senator, son of Jon Huntsman join LGBTQ rights group

By : Wire Report
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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – A state Republican lawmaker and a son of Utah billionaire Jon Huntsman Sr. were named Aug. 29 as some of the newest board members of LGBTQ-rights group Equality Utah.

Sen. Steve Urquhart and James Huntsman were named to Equality Utah’s Board of Directors.

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Tampa City Council commends Ashley Brundage

By : Jeremy Williams
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Tampa – Transgender activist Ashley Brundage received a commendation from the Tampa City Council at City Hall Dec. 17.

The Tampa City Council unanimously voted to award Brundage the commendation Nov. 19. The motion was made by Councilman Guido Maniscalco of District 6 and seconded by Councilwoman Lisa J. Montelione of District 7.

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2nd Annual Black and White Gala doubles last year’s fundraising dollars

By : Jamie Hyman
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Orlando – The numbers are still coming in, but Timothy Vargas, president of The GLBT Center of Central Florida (The Center) board of directors, said it looks like its 2nd annual Black and White Gala doubled the fundraising totals of the inaugural event.

Last year’s Gala raised about $17,000, and Vargas said he’s “extremely satisfied” and organizers worked to “dress up the event a little more than last year.”

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