LGBT chamber is recognized for its networking program, RED

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Lu Mueller-Kaul isn’t one to sound overexcited. As board president of Orlando’s LGBT chamber of commerce, she’s got some ghosts to address. Though the Metropolitan Business Association has broken so much ground in the Central Florida region, it’s also broken a heel or two.

“Advocacy is something we really need to work with,” Mueller-Kall says. “I know it’s not all rosy. There are still people who are suspicious.”

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Pulse victims need more than the millions raised

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – The OneOrlando Fund has raised $23 million and counting for Pulse nightclub shooting victims, but experts say the donations won’t be enough to completely offset medical and other expenses incurred from the mass shooting.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that as generous as the donations have been to aid victims of the June shooting that left 49 dead, it won’t be enough to cover all of their medical bills, long-term care and lost wages. In addition to worrying about their recovery, victims are now concerned by mounting medical bills and normal routine living expenses because many are still in treatment and have not yet been able to return to work.

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Badges of Courage: Local authorities across Central Florida and Tampa Bay aim in the direction of tolerance, not discrimination

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The Orlando Police Department Headquarters is tucked away inconspicuously on the Amway side of I-4. The “Ultimate Improvement Project” construction blocks most of the adjacent parking, leaving the closest available open spaces directly under the overpass. A stone staircase leads to the office.

Inside, all visitors are required to wear bright neon visitor passes. There is a small gift shop that sells police merchandise right next to the enclosed information desk. It is called the “Cop Shop.”

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Orlando vs Tampa at Eclipse Thursdays – July 21, 2016 – Free Guest List

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After much anticipation we’re bringing in some of your most favorited Orlando talent for a night of B2B’s! Prepare for an encridible night slammed with talent from all over Central Florida for Orlando vs Tampa!

Lineup:
KYRO b2b Stevie Rave On
Myth b2b BizKardi
MHKAZ b2b caZanova
D3V b2b Innocent Victims
Opening set: Dj Robert Rico

DOORS OPEN @ 10PM • GUEST LIST UNTIL 11PM
POST NAMES ON EVENT WALL TO BE ADDED TO GUEST LIST

$1 WELLS TILL 11 // $3 WELLS TILL 1
$5 THREE OLIVES // $3 PBR TALL BOYS ALL NIGHT
$99 THREE OLIVES BOTTLE // VIP CONTACT: 407-399-2341
18+ TO PARTY // 21+ TO DRINK

Eclipse Thursdays by DFREY Entertainment
Southern Nights TAMPA
1401 E 7th Ave
Tampa, FL 33605

Ragtime The Musical: In Concert

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Encore! Cast Performing Arts presents Ragtime The Musical: In Concert

On Sale to the Public on May 27, 2016

Benefitting USO Central Florida
Show date: Saturday, July 9 and Sunday, July 10,2016
Show time: 7:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $28.75
Walt Disney Theater

At the dawn of a new century, everything is changing… and anything is possible. Set in the melting pot of turn-of-the-century New York, Ragtime weaves three American tales together as a stifled upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician, face the challenges of the age, united by their courage, compassion and belief in the promise of the future. They confront timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, and what it means to be an American.

Encore! Cast Performing Arts is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization dedicated since 2002 to providing Disney Cast Members and their families an outlet for creativity and expression in the performing arts, as well as supporting charities that make Central Florida a better place to live. Since its inception, the Encore team has grown from a handful of Cast Members to a team of over 300, all of whom give their time and talent as volunteers. Through passion, dedication, and thousands of volunteer hours, the organization has collectively donated over a quarter of a million dollars to 14 charities in Central Florida.

Encore! Cast Performing Arts is proud to be supporting USO Central Florida as our beneficiary this year. The USO strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country throughout their service to our nation. That mission is accomplished on a daily basis thanks to the dedication and generosity of the American people. Whether it is a commitment of time from a volunteer or a contribution of dollars from a donor, USO Central Florida turns this generosity into centers, programs and services that reach troops across 14 counties in Central Florida.

Grief ripples across Puerto Rico from losses at Pulse

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) – Ever since last week’s shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, people in Puerto Rico have been frantically calling relatives in Central Florida, scrambling to book flights and making funeral arrangements.

The massacre of 49 people early June 12 by a gunman with a semi-automatic rifle shocked people worldwide. But it has been felt particularly hard in this U.S. island territory because so many victims were either born here or were just a generation removed.

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Central Florida 2016 WAVE Award Winners

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FAVORITE LOCAL POLITICIAN/ACTIVIST
First: City Commissioner Patty Sheehan
Second: Mayor Buddy Dyer
Third: Eric Rollings – Orange County Soil and Water Conservation

GREATEST STRAIGHT ALLY TO THE LOCAL LGBT COMMUNITY
First: Mayor Buddy Dyer
Second: Jim Philips
Third: Margo Dixon

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Partners in prevention: HIV prevention drugs available in more Central Florida locations

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Central Floridians interested in HIV prevention medications now have several options.

Planned Parenthood announced at the end of 2015 that they offer both PrEP and PEP (pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis) at local clinics.

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Kinky Boots event brings LGBT youth behind the curtain

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About 20 of Central Florida’s LGBT youth will get an opportunity to learn about what goes into a Broadway production.

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, in partnership with Zebra Coalition, Kinky Boots and the True Colors Foundation is hosting the event, which is an afternoon of educational speakers followed by a dinner, performance and then a Q&A with the Kinky Boots cast.

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Out & About night returns to Central Florida Fair for second year

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central florida fairThe 104th annual Central Florida Fair runs through March 13, but LGBT families might want to save the date for March 2, the second annual Out & About Night from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.

“Last year was our first year hosting Out & About and we found an increase in attendance of about 1000 people,” says Central Florida Fair Sponsorship Coordinator Frances Rivera.

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Orange County DEC Legacy of Action awards reception

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At their Legacy of Action Awards reception, the Orange County Democratic Executive Committee celebrated the lives and legacies of local grassroots activists Feb. 19 at Elixer in downtown Orlando.

The DEC presented the Harris-Namey-Waxman Lifetime Legacy Award, Cannon-Porta Woman of Action Award and The Bill Nelson Activist in Government Award in honor and celebration of exemplary service, patriotism and dedication to the values of the Democratic Party and the people of Central Florida.

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UCF now offers PREP

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Orlando (AP) – The University of Central Florida’s health center has begun offering a drug that helps prevent an HIV-negative person from becoming infected with the virus.

The Orlando Sentinel reports UCF is joining a number of schools that are beginning to offer pre-exposure prophylaxis (PREP).

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