Prominent Haitian LGBTQ activist found dead

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Charlot Jeudy, photo courtesy of Facebook.

A prominent LGBTQ activist in Haiti was found dead on Monday.

A member of Kouraj, a Haitian LGBTQ advocacy group, told the Associated Press that Charlot Jeudy’s body was found at his home in Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital.

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UN LGBTQ rights watchdog talks visibility, global backlash

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Victor Madrigal-Borloz, the U.N.’s LGBTQ rights watchdog, speaks at the ILGALAC Regional Conference in Bogotá, Colombia, on Nov. 20, 2019. Photo courtesy of Alice Ochsenbein.

The U.N.’s LGBTQ rights watchdog on Wednesday acknowledged the increased visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people around the world has prompted a global backlash.

“Visibility is the key to acceptance, but of course visibility also comes with the risk of backlash,” said Victor Madrigal-Borloz during a telephone interview from the Colombian capital of Bogotá.

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Issue 26.22: The Long Road Back

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Central Florida and Tampa Bay survivors of conversion therapy tell their stories, filmmaker Jaymes Thomspon checks into “The Gay Bed & Breakfast of Terror,” Central Florida entertainer Carmella Marcella Garcia passes away, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!!

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Watermark’s Sarasota Living with Pride Guide 2019

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Find all the greatest spots in Sarasota for arts and entertainment, dining, nightlife and much, much more!

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1 in 5 LGBTQ youth identify as other than gay, lesbian or bisexual

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Youth Pride Day (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

More than 1 in 5 LGBTQ youth in the United States identify as a sexual orientation other than gay, lesbian or bisexual, according to a survey unveiled by The Trevor Project Oct. 1.

The survey, which was conducted last year, reveals a large minority of LGBTQ youth identify use terms like “queer, trisexual, omnisexual or pansexual” to describe their sexual orientation.

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University of Virginia students seek to end ban of blood donations by gay, bisexual men

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ABOVE: Rotunda at University of Virginia. (From Wikimedia Commons)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) | Several University of Virginia students want to overturn a ban that prohibits sexually active gay and bisexual men from donating blood.

The Daily Progress reports Austin Houck and others have banded together to create Homoglobin, a social welfare organization with branches at other schools including Virginia Tech and the College of William & Mary. The Food and Drug Administration instituted a lifetime donation ban on gay and bisexual men at the height of the AIDS epidemic in 1983.

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Fall Arts Guide 2019

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It’s here, it’s fabulous, and it’s just in time for fall! Here is your guide to all of the great things to do during autumn in Central Florida and Tampa Bay.
Cover Art and interior illustrations provided by: Gianna Pergamo / Pergamo Paper Goods – https://pergamopapergoods.com.

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Police investigate possible hate crime in LA bar ouster

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LOS ANGELES (AP) | The forceful removal of a group of transgender women and a gay man from a Los Angeles bar is being investigated as a possible hate crime, police said Aug. 27.

Cell phone video showing security guards shoving and dragging two transgender women and a gay man out of the downtown bar was widely shared on social media over the weekend. Top police officials and Mayor Eric Garcetti promised a thorough investigation.

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Issue: 26.17 25th Anniversary

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Watermark celebrates its 25th Anniversary in this commemorative issue, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Issue: 26.16 There’s No Place Like Home

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While setting the stage for its August 2019 outing, GayDayS paves way for June 2020 return, petition launched demanding Orange County ban conversion therapy, Tampa hosts National LGBT Chamber of Commerce conference, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Issue: 26.15 LGBTQ Blue

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LGBTQ cops talk about being out and proud in Central Florida and Tampa Bay, Orlando LGBTQ pioneer Joel Strack passes away at 59, Flamingo Resort St. Pete announces imminent closure, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Issue 26.14: Reading Rainbows

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Reading Rainbows – Drag Queen Story Hours enchant Central Florida and Tampa Bay, “Newsies” comes to Osceola Arts, and Tampa hosts statewide LGBTA Caucus, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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