New photo exhibit examines aftermath of Pulse shooting

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Snap! Downtown will open a new photography exhibit Oct. 5 looking at how the community responded to the Pulse massacre.

The exhibit, titled ‘UNISON’ and opening during Come Out With Pride week, will feature photographs taken by news organizations in the days after 49 patrons were murdered at the gay nightclub.

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Story time with Eric Rohmann

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SUMMER STORYTIME
August 6, 2016 / 11:00am / FREE

Bring your family to celebrate the opening of the picture book exhibition My Friend Eric Rohmann! Enjoy as the award-winning writer/illustrator team Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann read stories from books they have written together such as Oh No! or from Eric’s Caldecott Medal winner My Friend Rabbit. See Eric’s illustrations on the big screen. Afterward, enjoy related hands-on art activities in the meeting rooms.

BOOK SIGNING
August 6, 2016 / 12:00pm / FREE

Author and illustrator Eric Rohmann will sign your books. Copies of Eric’s bookswill be available for purchase in the Museum Shop!

MEET THE ARTIST
August 6, 2016 / 1:00pm / FREE with gallery admission

Join author and illustrator Eric Rohmann as he shares how he uses pictures to tell stories during this special gallery walk.

LGBT Community & Allies Reception supporting Bob Poe for Congress

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Community members backing Bob Poe for Congress met Feb. 29 at The Mezz in downtown Orlando for a LGBT Community and Allies Reception.

Attendees mingled and munched on light bites while learning more about Poe and his platform. 

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Hillary Clinton Orlando field office opening reception

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The Hillary Clinton campaign opened its Orlando field office Feb. 17 at the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Hall at 2153 W. Oak Ridge Road.

Florida’s presidential primary is March 15.

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Orange County DEC Legacy of Action awards reception

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At their Legacy of Action Awards reception, the Orange County Democratic Executive Committee celebrated the lives and legacies of local grassroots activists Feb. 19 at Elixer in downtown Orlando.

The DEC presented the Harris-Namey-Waxman Lifetime Legacy Award, Cannon-Porta Woman of Action Award and The Bill Nelson Activist in Government Award in honor and celebration of exemplary service, patriotism and dedication to the values of the Democratic Party and the people of Central Florida.

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Equality Florida shines at Tampa Gala

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Equality Florida came out in style for the 10th Annual Tampa Gala at TPepin’s Hospitality Centre Feb. 20.

After a tour around the food stations provided by Puff ‘n Stuff catering and hitting the  open bars, guests began to settle in as the live band played through the evening.

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Parents join the conversation at 2016 Orlando Youth Empowerment Summit

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From Tumblr to transgender trends, the leaders, teachers and students who attended the third annual Orlando Youth Empowerment Summit tackled a wide range of topics of interest to modern LGBT youth.

Co-sponsored by the City of Orlando in partnership with GLSEN, the Orlando Youth Alliance, and Zebra Coalition, O-YES is a collaborative workshop and panel-based conference aimed at empowering Orlando’s LGBTQIA+ community through dialogue and discourse.

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PHOTOS! Orlando Meltdown 2016

By : Deanndra Meno
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More than 900 softball players hit the field Jan 15-17 for the 16th annual Orlando Meltdown Tournament, hosted by the Central Florida Softball League.

50 teams participated in Orlando Meltdown 2016. Here’s who came out on top:

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Tampa Bay shined bright at the Diamonds Awards

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The Tampa Bay Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce sure can throw a party and they should that at the second annual Diamond Awards at the Tampa Garden Club on Jan. 16.

Hosted by WFLA News Channel 8’s Paul Michael Mueller and TBGLCC president Ashley Brundage, the event was fun and fancy as guests were entertained by musician Jennifer Real.

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After a yearlong delay, renovated GLBT Center set to open in February

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Sometimes, a fire escape is a simple safety mechanism. But sometimes (or this time), it’s the final piece in the much-anticipated, long-delayed renovation of the GLBT Center of Central Florida’s headquarters, located on Mills Ave.

The fire escape isn’t solely to blame for setting the project back about a year longer than planned. “The building was built in 1941,” says Terry DeCarlo, executive director of The Center. “There have been no major upgrades or renovations until this came about. Code enforcement in 1941 was a lot different than [now], and we had to bring everything up to code.”

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City of Orlando Oath of Office Ceremony

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Patty Sheehan, Orlando’s first openly gay city commissioner, was sworn into her fifth term of office Jan. 11 at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

At the Oath of Office ceremony, in addition to Sheehan, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer was sworn into his fourth full term, District 2 Commissioner Tony Ortiz was sworn into his third term, and District 6 Commissioner Samuel B. Ings was sworn into his third full term on the City Council.

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Paddy’s grand opening

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Paddy’s Gay Piano and Entertainment Lounge in Winter Park hosted a grand opening party all weekend Jan. 8 – 10, 2015.

In addition to full liquor and live piano and singing, Paddy’s offers a customer reward and loyalty program and each day, will support a charity or local cause. 

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