Start the conversation: Lesbian/Bisexual women

By : Jeremy Williams
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How often should you see your primary care physician? What health screenings, evaluations and/or vaccinations should you have? Should you be on any medications? Don’t ask us! We aren’t real doctors, we only occasionally play one on TV.

Just like every fingerprint, snowflake and social media opinion; each person’s individual health concerns are varied and different. That’s why the only effective healthy game plan for you is one that is constructed between you and your doctor.

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Breast cancer survivor confronted during Bucs game for using female restroom

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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TAMPA | Orlando resident Toni Gott, a breast cancer survivor who has undergone a double mastectomy, prematurely left the Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Cleveland Browns game honoring cancer survivors at Raymond James stadium Oct. 21 following a confrontation with a Tampa Sports Authority employee concerning her use of a female restroom.

The game followed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Foundation’s sixth annual Treasure Chests 5K and Fun Run, benefitting breast cancer research and patient services across Tampa Bay. Throughout the game, the Buccaneers honored cancer survivors and featured other league-wide programming.

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Libby’s Legacy kicks off Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a treasure hunt

By : Melanie Ararat
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ORLANDO | October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Libby’s Legacy Breast Cancer Foundation is starting it off with its first-ever Treasure Your Chest Scavenger Hunt at the Wall Street Plaza in downtown Orlando on Oct. 6.

“Libby’s Legacy has been known for doing unique, fun, interactive events,” says Tracy Maynard-Harris, executive director of Libby’s Legacy and wife of founder Robin Maynard-Harris. “So we came up with the idea of a scavenger hunt. It’s a team-focused foot race type event.”

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Research shows lesbians, bisexual women and transgender people at higher risk of breast cancer

By : Jeremy Williams
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(ABOVE: Libby’s Legacy founder Robin Maynard-Harris (L) and Mission Manager (and breast cancer survivor) Sandy Campbell show off the new brochure for breast cancer information. Photo by Jeremy Williams.)

ORLANDO | Another Breast Cancer Awareness Month passed with the end of October. The events have been packed up and the pink shirts have been stowed away in the drawer for next year, but for those who have gone through living with the disease can tell you cancer doesn’t go away once the pink ribbons are put away.

“Breast cancer does not end in October,” says Robin Maynard-Harris, founder of Libby’s Legacy Breast Cancer Foundation. “You can be diagnosed any time of the year.”

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AWARD-WINNING Solo Show The Pink Hulk coming to the ORLANDO FRINGE written and performed by two-time cancer survivor Valerie David

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The Pink Hulk: One Woman’s Journey to Find the Superhero Within is Valerie David’s award-winning hilarious and moving journey about becoming a two-time cancer survivor, kicking cancer to the curb TWICE while she embarks on a hijinks, nonstop quest for love and new meaning in her life! Valerie is stopped in her tracks when she feels a lump. Having beaten lymphoma earlier in life, she is now diagnosed with breast cancer. And what does Valerie do when she learns of this second cancer diagnosis? Well, afraid of losing “the girls,” she takes them out for one last hurrah (and tries to get laid)! And does Valerie succeed? Come see the show to find out! This sexy, adventurous solo show follows the triumphant journey of one woman seeking her own “hulk-like” strength to find her superhero within! A true and inspiring story!

Show Schedule:
Thursday, May 18th 5:30 PM
Saturday, May 20th 5:15 PM
Wednesday, May 24th 7:15 PM
Saturday, May 27th 12:45 PM
Sunday, May 28th 5:45 PM

Council Chair Darden Rice announces she’ll undergoing breast cancer treatment

By : Jeremy Williams
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ST. PETERSBURG –St. Petersburg Council Chair Darden Rice announced in a press release Jan. 30 that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

“I’ve always championed transparency and have been straightforward with my friends, family, colleagues, and constituents. You have placed your trust in me – for that reason I am disclosing a deeply personal issue in my life: I have been recently diagnosed with breast cancer,” Rice begins in her press release.

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A remarkable advocate and teacher: Lindsay Kincaide leaves a legacy of care

By : Ciara Varone
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Lindsay Kincaide is leaving her position as director of clinical services at the Center this month after a 15-month tenure, but the body of work that she has done for Central Florida’s LGBT community remains.

“The Center was the first community-based organization in this area offering free Hepatitis C testing, which I brought in,” Kincaide says.” I’m trying to make sure that our programs here in Orlando are cutting edge, that they provide the best services possible to clients, and that was providing them with more than just HIV screenings. They needed Hep C. They needed STIs.”

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Battle between transgender employee and Starwood heats up, for the people

By : Billy Manes
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Last year, Gina Versace filed a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity lawsuit against her former employer, Starwood Hotels, in federal court. She alleges that she was discriminated against while under the company’s employ, the suit says, and was consistently referred to as a male, despite officially documented evidence otherwise. In 2013, Versace was fired for insubordination, according to the lawsuit and the Orlando Sentinel, though she (and her attorney) believe the motivations were more deeply seeded in discrimination. This morning, Versace’s new attorney, Matt Morgan (the son of high-profile attorney John Morgan) held a press conference at the Morgan & Morgan offices downtown to further state the case. While we were unable to attend (meetings!), the following accusations issued via press release could and should rattle Starwood, which publicly states that it prides itself on LGBT inclusion. We’ll have more on Versace’s story in the coming weeks.

Check out the press release outlining the case after the jump: 

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Judge strikes down Nebraska’s same-sex marriage ban

By : Jamie Hyman
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Omaha (AP) – A federal judge blocked Nebraska’s gay marriage ban and the attorney general’s office immediately appealed the decision to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska sued the state in November on behalf of seven same-sex couples challenging the ban, which passed with the approval of 70 percent of voters in 2000. In addition to prohibiting gay marriage, the ban also forbids civil unions and legalized domestic partnerships.

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Come Out With Pride 2014 set for Oct. 11

By : Jamie Hyman
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Orlando – Save the Date! Come Out With Pride (COWP) 2014 is set for Oct. 11, which happens to be National Coming Out Day.

Mikael Audebert, executive director of COWP, said the slight date shift is intended to avoid a conflict with Yom Kippur, which was the same day as Orlando Pride in 2011.

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Tampa Bay trainer does push-up campaign for charity

By : Steve Blanchard
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Typically, Chip Wright is the one telling people to “drop and give me 20.” But throughout the month of December, roles have reversed for the fitness trainer. Wright hopes to raise $5,000 this month by doing 20,000 push-ups – and that number is not a typo.

Wright’s motivation to raise money for the American Cancer Society is personal.

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10.28.10 Editor’s Desk

By : Steve Blanchard
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SteveBlanchardHeadshotWhen you are embedded within the LGBT community, it’s easy to keep blinders on. We don’t always see things outside of the issues that directly impact us personally, our families or our community as a whole. Something that happens out of state not linked directly to LGBT equality mostly goes unnoticed, unless we have personal ties to that locale.

Sometimes those blinders are good—they keep us focused on the issues that need to be addressed, like gay adoption, same-sex marriage, HIV/AIDS research and domestic partner benefits. Most of these important talking points would go unnoticed if we didn’t keep a spotlight on them. But we must also remember that while LGBT issues are important, so are many, many others.

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