New study shows same-sex couple families the best ‘modern’ family financially

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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Same-sex couple families with kids have a similar financial profile as “traditional” families, but report having lower levels of debt than other “modern” families that were studied.

That’s according to the LoveFamilyMoney Study by Allianz, which investigates the financial needs of today’s families. Participants were ages 35-65 with at least a household income of $50,000. Traditional and same-sex couple families with and without kids were surveyed, along with five other types of described modern families: single-parent households; multi-generational families; families with adult children returning home (called boomerang families); blended families; and families with older parents and young children.

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Equality Florida Orlando Gala raises record-breaking $139,000

By : Susan Clary
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Every year all over the state, Equality Florida hosts fundraisers to harness dollars for its programs, including the “Get Engaged” campaign to push for marriage equality in Florida.

The Greater Orlando chapter surpassed its goal raising $139,000, a record, and drawing more than 300 people to the gala on Nov. 1 at The Mezz downtown. The chapter includes Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake, Volusia and Brevard counties.

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Zebra Coalition awarded $625,000 from the White House

By : Susan Clary
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The Zebra Coalition has received a $625,000 federal grant, the largest in its history, for programs to help prevent substance abuse among young people.

The money will come from the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy over a five-year period and all but guarantees the stability of the organization. 

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