Leon Bridges

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Leon Bridges, one of the brightest new voices in music, is making his Ruth Eckerd Hall debut! The river of soul music flows on deep and strong, and 25-year-old Bridges is immersed in its life-giving current. The Forth Worth, Texas native and Columbia Records artist’s new album Coming Home was released this past summer. “I’m not saying I can hold a candle to any soul musician from the ’50s and ’60s,” Bridges says, “but I want to carry the torch.” Following the October, 2014 release of two tunes that set the on-line world aflame, and accompanied by intimate solo shows from London to Los Angeles and Nashville to New York, the singer and songwriter has proved himself a rare talent who can do smoldering ballads and elemental rock’n’roll with equal aplomb. Steeped in tradition, drenched with intention and desire, Leon Bridges’ soul music is happening here and now!

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Vigil gathers at Lake Eola to remember transgender teen

By : Jamie Hyman
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About two dozen people attended a candlelight vigil Jan. 2 in memory of Leelah Alcorn, whose death has sparked a national conversation about suicide and support for transgender teenagers.

Seventeen-year-old Leelah Alcorn of Cincinnati, Ohio died on Dec. 28 after she was hit by a tractor trailer. She posted a suicide note online detailing her coming out and struggle with gender identity.

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Nearly 50 honor the memory of Leelah Alcorn in St. Petersburg

By : Steve Blanchard
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St. Petersburg – Gibbs High School teens Gaylen Granby and Britney Waggott never knew Leelah Alcorn. But the suicide of the Ohio transgender teenager in December motivated the students to celebrate her life and try to help change the way transgender people are viewed by society.

They organized a candlelight vigil at Vinoy Park along St. Petersburg’s waterfront on Jan. 4 and nearly 50 people attended.

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2014 World AIDS Day Candlelight Vigil in St. Pete

By : Steve Blanchard
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On Dec. 1, about 100 prominent St. Petersburg residents and volunteers gathered at the LGBT Welcome Center on Central Avenue for a candlelight vigil and reception commemorating the 25th Anniversary of World AIDS Day.

The vigil was the final event in an art installation which created a mile and a half long virtual red ribbon on Central Avenue by wrapping 173 trees in red cloth. The installation featured an opportunity for visitors to write messages of remembrance and inspiration for those touched by the epidemic.

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