Winter Park’s inaugural “Weekend of the Arts” Celebration

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Rediscover arts and culture in Winter Park at the city’s first “Weekend of the Arts” Friday, February 16, thru Monday, February 19. Be inspired with extraordinary performances, unique exhibits, and exciting events at over 20 arts organizations throughout the city. Each day features a new and exciting cultural experience. #wpinspires

Orlando United: Love Letters to Strangers

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Join us on Orlando United Day to hand-write encouraging notes to be placed around the city or sent to someone in need of a boost. The World Needs More Love Letters is an organization that encourages everyone to write empowering and uplifting letters to strangers.

Israeli police boost security for Jerusalem gay pride parade

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JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say they are stepping up security measures for this week’s gay pride parade in Jerusalem after a deadly attack at last year’s festivities.

Police said July 19 that hundreds of officers will guard the marchers and will conduct security checks at entrances to the parade route. The parade is July 21.

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St. Pete and Orlando earn perfect municipal equality scores from HRC

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Orlando and St. Petersburg are among the record number 47 cities in the U.S. to score a perfect 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2015 Municipal Equality Index.

The City Beautiful and St. Pete are joined by Wilton Manors as the three Florida cities who scored perfect marks on the HRC’s index that measures a city’s policies for LGBT inclusion and equality. Tampa was not far behind with a score of 95.

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St. Petersburg mayor makes national headlines for Trump burn

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This is Yuuuuge!

St. Petersburg mayor Rick Kriseman’s tweet barring Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump from his city went viral, gaining the St. Pete politician worldwide fame and a lot more fans.

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St. Petersburg mayor bans Donald Trump in tweet

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St. Petersburg is usually a city that is accepting of anyone who wishes to visit its beautiful beaches and enjoy its diverse culture, but according to Mayor Rick Kriseman, there is one person who is not welcome.

Kriseman tweeted Dec. 7, “I am hereby barring Donald Trump from entering St. Petersburg until we fully understand the dangerous threat posed by all Trumps.”

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Jacksonville mayor announces “community conversations” on LGBT protections

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville will hold a series of “community conversations” led by the city’s mayor Lenny Curry over the next few weeks to discuss bringing a more inclusive Human Rights Ordinance (HRO) to the city, according to WJCT.

The first of three events will be held Nov. 17 at 6 P.M. at Jacksonville’s downtown campus of Florida State College.

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Overheard in Tampa Bay: Tampa is tops

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Glenn Beck thinks St. Pete is just sinful
Glenn Beck, the conservative “Chicken Little” doomsdayer, has released a list of the 15 cities he finds to be the least religious in America, and our very own St. Petersburg made the list, coming in at number six. Beck ran down the list on his radio show and posted it up on his website Aug. 11, saying, “These are the cities to avoid like the plague. And if you look at that list, these are the cities that are already having trouble. We haven’t even hit the road bump.” Beck does not offer up the criteria of how he came up with the list. One can only assume it was some divine presence (Cheney can you hear me?). Still, not everyone saw being Beck-listed as a negative. After the list was released, St. Pete mayor Rick Kriseman tweeted, “Woke up, sun shining, & @glennbeck lumping #StPete in w/ Portland-San Fran-Seattle-Denver-Phoenix as cities to avoid. An honor! #ThanksGlenn.”

A picture worth a thousand spaces
One of the things that can make living in the concrete jungle of a big city a bit dreary is the colorless sides of skyscrapers, high rises and parking garages, but the city of Tampa is looking to spruce things up by having the outside of the William F. Poe Parking Garage in downtown painted. The city has recruited the artistic skills of muralists Leon “Tes One” Bedore and Ales “Bask” Hostomsky to paint images along the outside of the garage. The images will be large enough so that travelers along Interstate 275 will be able to see them. The art project will begin this October and should take about eight weeks to complete. Hostomsky told the Tampa Bay Times that he and Bedore have known each other since they were teenagers and are still refining the details of the mural. The theme for the work is “Stay Curious” and will incorporate many of the cultural landmarks in the area. The mural will cost the city $100,000 and will come from the budget for public art.

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Glenn Beck names St. Petersburg in a list of the least religious cities

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GlennBeckGlenn Beck, the conservative “Chicken Little” doomsdayer, has released a list of the 15 cities he finds to be the least religious in America and our very own St. Petersburg made the list.

St. Pete comes in at number six, right behind liberal left leaning cities Portland (really, Portland is the most Godless city in America?), San Francisco (shout out to the gays), Seattle and Denver (the puff-puff-pass cities) and Phoenix (cause it wouldn’t be a Glenn Beck list without including a city with a large Hispanic population).

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Screened Out – Shaun the Sheep

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Directed by Mark Burton and Richard Starzak

Aardman Studios – the brilliant clay animation artists behind the veddy British animated comedies Chicken Run and Wallace and Gromit – are back!

For a while there, they were speeding up, cleaning up, and saving money by supplementing their clay work with computer animation. That process robbed their recent films of some DIY charm. Shaun the Sheep is a welcomed throwback to their roots, where you can still see the thumbprints in the clay.

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Gay activist announces run for Orlando mayor

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Orlando – Community activist Randy Ross announced May 20 that he will run for Orlando City Mayor against the incumbent, Buddy Dyer, in the 2016 election.

Ross, who is also the host of “Front Porch Chat with Randy Ross & Friends,” made the announcement in a press release saying, “it’s time for the people to take back City Hall.”

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Small Arkansas town split over anti-discrimination measure

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EUREKA SPRINGS, Arkansas (AP) – Nestled in the hills of northwest Arkansas, Eureka Springs has long relished its dual personalities, known for its play depicting Jesus’ final days and a 66-foot-tall “Christ of the Ozarks” statue as well as its reputation as a gay-friendly tourist destination, bolstered by being the first city in the state to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

That balance of identities will be tested May 12, when voters decide whether to repeal a recent local ordinance that extends discrimination protections to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. It could set the stage for a broader legal fight over a new state law aimed at preventing Arkansas cities and counties from expanding discrimination protections, but opponents of the ordinance are casting the election as a fight for the soul of the city of roughly 2,000 people.

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