City of Orlando recognizes October as LGBTQ+ History Month

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ABOVE: Proclamation reading at City Hall in Orlando Oct. 21. (Photo courtesy the City of Orlando)

ORLANDO | Mayor Buddy Dyer and the Orlando City Council recognized October as LGBTQ+ History Month in the City of Orlando at City Hall Oct. 21.

“Orlando is a city for everyone! This is one of the many ways we continue to build a community that values equality and inclusion,” said Felipe Sousa Matos Rodriguez, the City of Orlando’s  Inclusion, Diversity & Equity Senior Specialist for the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

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Orlando mayor announces Florida’s first multi-stall, all-user government building restroom

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ORLANDO | Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer announced Aug. 7 that City Hall will be the first government building to house a multi-stall, all-user restroom in the state of Florida.

The announcement was made during Dyer’s 2018 State of the City where he laid out “60 reasons we love Orlando and are excited about our future.” The theme is meant to coincide with the mayor’s 60th birthday.

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PHOTOS: St. Petersburg raises Pride Flag for fifth year

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St. Petersburg | The city of St. Petersburg once again shared its commitment to the LGBTQ community by raising the Pride flag above City Hall June 21.

Community leaders and advocates gathered for the short ceremony, led by Mayor Rick Kriseman. “This is the fifth time that we have raised the rainbow flag above City Hall,” the mayor began, “and each time  that we have done so has been special.”

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Kriseman raises the Pride flag at City Hall and Crist recognizes Pride in House

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For the fourth year in a row, St. Petersburg mayor Rick Kriseman sent the rainbow Pride flag up the flagpole in front of City Hall June 22, bringing in start of St. Pete Pride weekend.

This is the fourth year in a row that Kriseman has acknowledged the LGBTQ community of St. Pete with this ceremony.

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Vowed and Proud reception at The Veranda

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About 120 people, including newlywed couples, their loved ones and LGBT supporters, gathered at The Veranda at Thornton Park Jan. 6, following the mass wedding at Orlando City Hall.

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Vowed and Proud: Orlando City Hall Weddings Jan. 6, 2015

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More than 50 couples chorused “I do!” on the Orlando City Hall front steps Jan. 6, the first day same-sex couples could be legally married in Central Florida.

At 9 a.m., pairs of radiant couples marched out of the City Hall front doors, most of them hand in hand, many cheering, celebrating and proudly waving their newly-minted marriage licenses.

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St. Louis officials challenge Missouri ban on gay marriage

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis officials have challenged Missouri’s constitutional ban on gay marriage by issuing four same-sex marriage licenses in a City Hall ceremony.

Four gay couples were married June 25 in the office of Mayor Francis Slay in a ceremony presided over by a municipal judge.

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Rainbow Pride flag flies over St. Petersburg City Hall

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St. Petersburg – Mayor Rick Kriseman made history again June 26, when he held a short but meaningful ceremony to recognize the LGBT community of his city and the annual St. Pete Pride celebration. At 9 a.m., Kriseman raised a rainbow pride flag to fly above City Hall through Pride weekend.

“I am proud to do something here today that hasn’t been done at City Hall in the past,” Kriseman said to a crowd of about 50. “As we like to say, the sun shines here and in particular on the opportunities that exist in this community for everyone. That’s what I believe makes this community so special.”

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Orlando debuts Youth Empowerment Summit

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Orlando – For the first time ever, Orlando City Hall will host a youth empowerment event targeted at LGBTs.

The Central Florida Youth Empowerment Summit will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1. The free event is presented by The Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network along with Orlando Youth Alliance (OYA) and Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.

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