November 14th, 2017

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Heteros & Singles Night – A nuts and bolt event or nuts to nuts or bolt to bolt.

Trump’s Easter Egg Roll a slapdash job; LGBT presence unlikely

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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The annual White House Easter Egg Roll — an event that has served to enhance LGBT visibility — is haphazardly coming together under President Trump, according to media reports, and will likely not include an LGBT presence.

Ashley Broadway-Mack, president of the LGBT group American Military Partner Association, said her organization has been invited to partake in the celebration since 2012, but has “had no communication with the Trump administration whatsoever about this year’s event.”

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Equality Virginia to honor Gavin Grimm at annual dinner

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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Equality Virginia will honor Gavin Grimm at its annual Commonwealth Dinner that will take place at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond on Saturday.

Grimm is a transgender student at Gloucester County High School who filed a lawsuit against the Gloucester County School District’s policy prohibiting students from using bathrooms and locker rooms that don’t correspond with their “biological gender.” The U.S. Supreme Court was scheduled to hear oral arguments in Grimm’s case on March 28, but it remanded it to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond after President Trump rescinded guidance to public schools that said Title IX requires them to allow trans students to use restrooms based on their gender identity.

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Sandwich Fundraiser for The Dru Project to be held at Pom Pom’s

By : Felicia Roopchand
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Head over to Pom Pom’s Teahouse and Sandwicheria this Valentine’s Day to help raise money for The Dru Project. They will be graciously donating $1 to The Dru Project from every Sweetheart Sandwich sold.

The Dru Project is an LGBTQIA advocacy organization on a mission to spread love across the nation and promote gay-straight alliances. They are a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit in the state of Florida. The organization was created in memorial to Christopher Andrew “Drew” Leinonen and his partner Juan Ramon Guerrero, who were among the 49 killed in the Pulse nightclub shooting.

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Love Headdress Ball 2016

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LOVE is in the air! Orlando’s most outrageous black tie event is back. Headdress Ball 2016 travels to the beautiful Marriott World Center in Orlando, Florida. Join us Septempber 17th, 2016 for a truly unique gala experience. Headdress Ball is a feast for the senses.

Palm Beach Equality Connection at Nick & Johnnie’s

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Please join us for this very special event where we will introduce to you De Palazzo, Equality Florida’s Director of the brand new Safe and Healthy Schools project!

The team at Nick and Johnnies are planning a great time for us with complimentary appetizers, drink specials and a lunch-4-2 raffle prize.

RSVP Here: http://www.eqfl.org/equalityconnection/2016/palmbeach2

We’ll be joined by our local South Florida staff and leadership team for an update on what’s next in the fight for full equality–this is your chance to hear about all the vital work that’s left to be done.

Our Equality Connections are a great way to introduce new people to the work of Equality Florida, and there is no charge for this event, so bring a guest or three, and let’s pack the place!
Plan to stay for dinner, because, well, Nick and Johnnie’s is amazing! Reservations recommended — call 561-655-3319
and tell them you’re with the Equality Florida group.

Tampa Equality Connection at Fresco’s in Lakeland

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Please join us for this free event with complimentary hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar with happy hour specials, and an update on what’s next in the fight for full LGBTQ equality. Our hosts at Fresco’s are really excited to help make this a fun event! Click here to RSVP: http://www.eqfl.org/equalityconnection/tampa4

here is no charge for this event, so please bring a guest! Our Equality Connections are a great way to introduce new people to the work of Equality Florida.

Father of Pulse shooter spotted at Clinton rally

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) – The father of the Orlando gay nightclub shooter was spotted at a campaign event for Hillary Clinton in Central Florida.

Seddique Mateen was standing in a crowd behind Clinton during the event in Kissimmee Aug. 8, south of Orlando. A campaign official told The Associated Press that he wasn’t invited to attend the 3,000-person, open-door public event and that the campaign wasn’t aware he was there until it ended.

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Report: Donald Trump to join Marco Rubio at anti-LGBT conference in Orlando

By : Billy Manes
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Now things are just getting ridiculous. We’ve all been attempting to erase the footprints in the sand that have led Marco Rubio to Orlando as a means of placating his own poor Christian/Catholic/Cuban-ish heart about the issue of “terrorism” in the wake of the June 12 Pulse massacre. A few weeks ago, we cornered Rubio on the whole “gay” thing as it pertains to the loss of 49 lives, and we were effectively met with a panicked face and a quick exit. Terrorists are bad, he said, because they perpetuate hatred of the various minorities, he said, nothing about gays, he said. Then, we said, “You mean, like the Republican Party?” Cameras shut down, a monster was escorted from a Pulse-adjacent furniture shop, and we walked away. Only later did we hear that he’d be back for another dip in the foam and fomenting of Orlando’s globally recognized tragedy, this time as guest speaker at the Florida Renewal Project/Liberty Counsel/Mat Staver powwow somewhere in Touristan.

So now, based on reports ranging from Bloomberg News, the Washington Blade and various political web portals, we’re hearing that Donald Trump himself will be doing his first private “Pastors and Pews” event – this very same event on Aug. 11-12, just two months after the policies of the GOP have killed or ruined the lives of 102 people – and, frankly, it’s disgusting.

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Greater Orlando Equality Connection at Brevard’s PC Keats!

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It has been a very difficult two weeks for me as an Orlando resident and an Equality Florida staff person. However, our response collectively over the last few days has been nothing short of extraordinary and I couldn’t be prouder of our Equality Florida staff and our response.

In this moment, perhaps more than ever, it is so important for us organize, and recommit to the work of winning full LGBT equality. We need your help. I hope you can join us for our next Greater Orlando Equality Connection in Brevard’s PC Keats.

This event is open to the public and is designed for Equality Florida members, LGBT equality supporters and those new to our organization to gather, mingle and learn how to get engaged in our work.

RSVP here: http://www.eqfl.org/equalityconnection/2016orlando2

We’ll be joined by Equality Florida staff and our local Greater Orlando leadership team, who will provide an update on Equality Florida’s work and how you can get involved.

Delicious light bites will be provided, as well as a full cash bar. Guests may also order additional items from PC Keats’ delicious menu. There is no charge for this event, so please bring a guest. Our Connections are a great way to introduce new people to the work of Equality Florida.

SP2 Concert

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SP2 Concert is a fundraising event to assist in funding various Tampa Bay community organizations. This year’s concert features the legendary Deborah Cox.

A mix of various bands and local singers will warm up the crowd as attendees cool down with their choice of Bud Lite and Absolut Vodka beverages. Beverage sales benefit the St Pete Pride Community Grants Program. The concert is being presented by St Pete Pride, and the proceeds will go to the St Pete Pride Community Grants Program.
Pit Pass
To celebrate the event, a special Pit Pass will be offered where you and your friends can view the concert directly in front of the Wells Fargo Stage.

Lineup:
DJ L-Mo
Karmic Tattoo
Jennifer Real
Deborah Cox

Polk County shows their Pride at Munn Park in Lakeland

By : Jeremy Williams
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Lakeland hosted the first Central Florida Pride event since the mass shooting at Pulse in Orlando June 12.

Polk Pride’s main event, Pride in the Park, was held in Munn Park in Lakeland’s historic district June 18.

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