Florida authorities investigate threat painted on garage

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NEWBERRY, Fla. (AP) | Authorities in a North Florida county are investigating a threat and slur used against transgender people that was spray painted on a home garage.

The Gainesville Sun reports Alachua County deputies discovered the vandalized garage while patrolling a neighborhood in the town of Newberry early morning on September 7. Newberry is located west of Gainesville.

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Florida school resource officer fired over homophobic Facebook posts

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida city fired a school resource officer for social media posts the police department deemed “offensive, insulting, and derogatory.”

The Gainesville Sun reports Jason King is appealing his April firing from the Gainesville Police Department.

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Gainesville first north Florida city to ban conversion therapy

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. | Gainesville became the first city in north Florida to ban conversion therapy for minors April 5 when the Gainesville City Commission unanimously voted to outlaw the practice.

The ordinance will “prohibit licensed professionals from engaging in counseling efforts, practices or treatments with the goal to change a minor’s sexual orientation or gender identity.”

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Gay candidates sign spray painted with anti-gay slu

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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Gainesville-  Someone spray painted an anti-gay slur onto a campaign sign for Helen Warren, an openly gay candidate for the Gainesville City Commission.

The vandalism was found Feb. 13 on a sign placed outside of a Warren supporter’s house. The word “DYKE” was sprayed in black over the blue and white campaign sign. The homeowners filed a police report.

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