Central Florida agency looks to get the word out on same-sex couples becoming foster parents

By : Jeremy Williams
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ABOVE: (L-R) Steven Wagner-Young, DJ and Gerald Wagner-Young at Lake Eola in Orlando. (Photo by Jeremy Williams)

ORLANDO | David, or DJ as his family and friends call him, is a quiet and well-behaved teenager. DJ, who is openly gay, loves his pet Chihuahuas, enjoys seeing the drag shows at Hamburger Mary’s and spends his time learning about life from his two dads, Steven and Gerald Wagner-Young. Just your typical modern family.

“DJ’s a good kid with a good spirit,” says Gerald Wagner-Young. “Whether he is having a good day or bad day he finds a way to put a smile on his face. Every time. That says something about a 15 year old who has been through some stuff.”

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Fostering with Pride Reception

By : Danny Garcia
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We hope that you will join us for the first ever “Fostering with Pride” reception on June 20th, 6:00 pm at The Center.  You can expect a casual networking reception (with appetizers and beer/wine) and brief introduction to how we can become champions for LGBTQ+ and other children served by Embrace Families.

Your invitation and RSVP details appear below.  Time is tight so please RSVP today to events@embracefamilies.org.  Hope to see you there!

*FREE Parking available at ADDITION FINANCIAL, 947 N Mills Ave, Orlando, FL 32803

Foster, Rice take office, rain holds off for Kriseman’s outdoor celebration

By : Steve Blanchard
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St. Petersburg – The rain clouds held off and a substantial crowd gathered outside City Hall Jan. 2 for the swearing in of its new mayor. And while preparations were underway outside for Rick Kriseman to take the reins of St. Petersburg, inside, history was made when Darden Rice and Amy Foster were sworn in and took their seats on the City Council.

Rice and Foster, both of whom are gay, handily won their elections in November and are two of three out council members now representing the City of St. Petersburg. Steve Kornell, who won his second term in office in 2012 and is the city’s first openly gay elected official, is currently serving his second term.

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Jones tapped to emcee Kriseman ceremony

By : Steve Blanchard
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Bob Devin Jones

Bob Devin Jones

For years, Bob Devin Jones as nurtured and cultivated the arts first in Los Angeles and Oregon before landing at American’ Stage’s Shakespeare in the Park and then founding the Studio@620. But now the out theater veteran can add another title to his resume that of Emcee of St. Petersburg’s Mayoral Swearing-in Ceremony.

Incoming St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman asked Jones to serve as master of ceremonies on the steps of City Hall on Jan. 2. The celebration, which Kriseman said only cost the city about $150, marks the first time a challenger has defeated an incumbent mayor of the city in nearly three decades. Kriseman easily won November’s election over Mayor Bill Foster by more than five percentage points.

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Foster, Rice both win St. Pete City Council seats

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St. Pete unofficial election results: openly gay City Council candidates Darden Rice and Amy Foster both win their races! This is historic, as now 3 out of 8 city council seats are occupied by openly gay council members.

In addition, (very) LGBT-friendly candidate Rick Kriseman outsted incumben Bill Foster from his role of St. Pete mayor.

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Darden, Foster close to joining city council

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St. Petersburg – If polls are correct, St. Petersburg could have three openly gay city council members come the morning of Nov. 6. Both Darden Rice and Amy Foster are leading their competition in the District 4 and District 8 seats, respectively.

Both women handily won their primaries, with Rice taking 46% of the votes and Foster claiming 56%.

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