05.15.19 Central Florida Bureau Chief’s Desk

By : Jeremy Williams
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Change scares a lot of people. You get so comfortable with the way things are—whether they are ideal for you or not—and you figure why change it up? What if you make things worse? What if the payout isn’t what you thought it would be in the end?

I have always been a fan of change. I’ve rarely lived in the same place more than a few years, opting to pack up and change homes, roommates and, in some cases, entire states for a change of scenery. It’s why I always fit well in the military lifestyle, a lifestyle I would most likely still be a part of if not for that pesky “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” thing. No, I wasn’t discharged because I was gay but the hardship of hiding who I was and having to come up with inventive, new ways to explain to my commander why my “roommate” accompanied me to all work functions, family gatherings and annual vacations was more work than I wanted to put into a lie.

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Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live!

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The legacy of the beloved Mister Rogers lives on with the hit television series, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, from The Fred Rogers Company and airing daily on PBS KIDS. Now, Daniel and all of his friends are hopping aboard Trolley to delight live audiences with DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD LIVE! Donning his iconic red sweater, Daniel takes the audience on an interactive musical adventure as he and his friends explore the vibrant world of their much-loved Neighborhood of Make-Believe, sharing themes of friendship, helping others, and celebrating new experiences. This live theatrical production filled with singing, dancing, laughter and “grr-ific” surprises will warm the hearts of multiple generations.

Every guest entering the theater requires a ticket. While this is a child-friendly show, parents should use their own judgment when making entertainment choices for their children under two. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live! may be too long for younger audiences. Prices, shows, artists, dates, and times are subject to change at any time without notice.

Florida DMV updating vehicle form to reflect marriage ruling

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The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles wants to change the paperwork for car and boat title transfers from “husband and wife” to “a married couple.”

The proposed change would be to a single check-off box on the form where people can declare why they shouldn’t be subject to sales and use taxes when transferring the ownership of motor vehicles, mobile homes or vessels.

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‘Heather Has Two Mommies’ revised, updated

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NEW YORK (AP) – A playful picture book about a little girl named Heather and her two happy mommies was a cultural and legal flashpoint 25 years ago, angering conservatives over the morality of same-sex parenting and landing libraries at the center of community battles over placement in the children’s stacks.

Today, Heather — of “Heather Has Two Mommies” — has a lot more company in books for young kids about different kinds of families, but hers was out of print and seemed visually dated. That’s why creator Leslea Newman decided on a new version, updating the look of her watershed story with fresh illustrations from a new artist and tweaking the text to streamline.

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State Senator files bill banning gay conversion therapy

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Sen. Jeff Clemens

A Florida State Senator has filed a bill that would ban ex-gay therapy for minors.

Also known as conversion therapy, the bill refers to a range of treatments intended to turn gay people straight. The practice has been condemned by the American Psychiatric Association, and bans already exist in California and New Jersey.

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