Uprisings: Sign your name

By : Billy Manes
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While many of us were flapping around in post-traumatic winds on the one-year mark of the Pulse shooting June 12, some of the weight of a contentious legislative session met the power of the governor’s pen. Governor Scott, who never met a gay person he didn’t ignore (except for when convenient), took to uncle Donald Trump’s Twitter ways and made it clear that he was thinking about the victims.

“Over the past year, the Orlando community has been challenged like never before,” his fingers tweeted. “I have been briefed by our law enforcement officials on this tragic incident and Ann and I are praying for the families who lost loved ones today. I ask all Floridians to pray for the families impacted by this senseless act of violence. I will remain in contact with the Orlando law enforcement community throughout the day as more information is made available.”

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Bradenton makeup artist makes boy’s dream come true, goes viral

By : Jeremy Williams
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joey killmeyer ethan bradenton makeup artistIt appears to be a faded memory now, but for a hot minute Bradenton hair and makeup artist Joey Killmeyer was going viral.

Killmeyer was visited by Ethan, an eight-year-old with dreams of being a makeup artist, and his mother. Ethan wanted to learn to do drag makeup and is a fan of makeup artist and performer Jeffree Starr, according to Killmeyer’s now deleted Facebook page.

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Bradenton officials quietly approve Manatee County’s first Pride festival

By : Susan Clary
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Bradenton – It was one small item quietly tucked into the Bradenton City Council’s Oct. 9 consent agenda, but would mean huge progress for the LGBT community in Manatee County.

With a unanimous vote and little fanfare, city council members, four Republicans and one Democrat, approved Manatee County’s first Pride festival.

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