Tampa Bay’s Overheard: All Hallows invitations are out and hate groups close to home

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TAMPA BAY READIES FOR ALL HALLOWS

Whispers on the wind and secrets in the shadows (okay, emails) have indicated that the invitations for Tampa Bay’s 41st Annual All Hallows’ Ball will soon be mailed, revealing the by-invitation-only event’s theme in the process.

The celebrated not-for-profit Halloween party, organized by a secretive group of locals and spearheaded by a friendly neighborhood “ghost” known only as Casper, will hold this year’s party at the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in mid-October. (We’d give you more information, but we’re not sure Casper would appreciate it. No one wants to anger a ghost.)

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8.24.17 Publisher’s Desk

By : Rick Claggett
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Hate is easy. Anger is easy. Drive through downtown Orlando on I-4, or cross the Howard Frankland Bridge at rush hour and you will see what I mean. People either drive too aggressively, or are not aggressive enough. Drivers rubberneck their way past an accident or cut you off, almost creating an accident of their own. More often than not, our instinct is to be angry.

Have you ever found yourself fuming when you are leaving a crowded elevator while new passengers rush onboard before you have a chance to exit? Do you fight for a parking space around the holidays and think of keying the car that took your spot? Do you get irritated when you have to answer a question more than once?

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LGBT groups condemn white nationalist rally in Charlottesville

By : MICHAEL K. LAVERS of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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LGBT rights groups are among those who have condemned a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday that descended into violence.

“Everyday we partner with people and organizations across the state to make Virginia a more inclusive place where all can thrive,” Equality Virginia Executive Director James Parrish told the Washington Blade in a statement. “Through sharing our stories, listening to intersectional voices, and working for fairness we strive for a more equal commonwealth. Intimidating communities with taunts and violence has no place here. Anyone who doesn’t strongly condemn the Unite for the Right rally is complicit in supporting this dangerous and racist agenda.”

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‘Stranger Things’ star Shannon Purser comes out as bisexual

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, courtesy of The National Gay Media Association
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Shannon Purser, best known for her roles as Barb on “Stranger Things” and Ethel Muggs on “Riverdale,” has come out as bisexual.

The 19-year-old actress revealed her sexuality on Twitter after fans of “Riverdale” accused the show of queerbaiting. Two of the main characters, Betty and Veronica, share a kiss in an earlier episode of the show. Nothing romantic has been explored between the two characters since and fans of the relationship, known as “Beronica”, have taken to social media to tweet their disappointment.

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Hospitality state? Mississippi governor signs hate bill into law

By : Billy Manes
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Whoa. On the same day that PayPal pulled its expansion plans out of North Carolina in reaction to the anti-LGBT legislation known as HB2, our friends (cough) in Mississippi have gone and passed a strangely (not at all) similar bill that was just signed by Republican Gov. Phil Bryant. According to thinkprogress.org, HB1523 may not carry the same weight as HB2 in North Carolina – absolutely nobody goes to Mississippi while gay; just try hitting up a gas station there – the notion that even “living in sin” via “sex before marriage” is a punishable offense is incredibly jarring. Though, bless their hearts, Mississippi leadership is naturally calling this a protection measure for religious people who would rather gay people be dead. This is disgusting. This is wrong. Everyone knows it.

“This bill does not limit any constitutionally protected rights or actions of any citizen of this state under federal or state laws,” Bryant claimed in a statement obtained by thinkprogress.com. “The legislation is designed in the most targeted manner possible to prevent government interference in the lives of the people from which all power to the state is derived.”

But this is our new battleground, and so we will fight. Also, maybe let your ally friends know that it’s not just your alleged “immoral” behavior at risk. This will indeed affect business, schooling, suicide and feelings. It’s also an amazing waste of tax dollars. This closet renovation has grown really expensive.

The Southern Poverty Law Center had this to add in a statement:

SPLC: Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant’s Signage of HB 1523 Unconscionable; Same Rationale Used to Justify Slavery, Jim Crow

 

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The following statement regarding the passage of Mississippi bill HB 1523, the “Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act,” into law by Gov. Phil Bryant is by Jody E. Owens, managing attorney in Mississippi at the Southern Poverty Law Center:

“Gov. Phil Bryant’s decision to sign HB 1523 into law is unconscionable. This newly enacted law – like the draconian anti-LGBT laws in other states – uses the guise of ‘religious freedom’ to justify discrimination, mistreatment and bigotry. It’s the same sort of rationale used by white supremacists in earlier eras to justify slavery and Jim Crow. The estimated 60,000 LGBT people in Mississippi deserve better. We need to stand up for the rights of all people.”

Gay students attacked by peers at Atlanta school

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Atlanta – Two gay students who attend Carver School of the Arts in Atlanta were attacked by a number of peers and authorities are saying the attack was not a hate crime.

Timothy Jefferson, 16, and Zyderryo Brown, 17, said that a mob of 20 teens attacked them, including one who used a screwdriver, and another 100 kids watched after school on April 20. Jefferson believes the attack was premeditated because of his sexual orientation.

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North Carolina man arrested in Daytona after killing gay man is a neo-Nazi

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Daytona Beach – The man picked up by police on Daytona Beach for killing a print shop employee at a North Carolina community college says he’s a neo-Nazi who hates gay people.

Kenneth Morgan Stancil III told Raleigh’s WRAL-TV he killed Ron Lane because Lane had made sexual advances to Stancil’s 16-year-old brother. Lane’s cousin, Steven Smith, told that TV station that Lane never made sexual advances toward children or anyone he worked with.

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High school students respond to “Day of Silence” with “Anti-Gay Day”

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Students are being investigated at a high school in Pittsburgh for organizing an “Anti-Gay Day” April 16 in response to the nationally recognized “Day Of Silence” which draws attention to LGBT youth being bullied and harassed in school.

The group of students, who all attend McGuffey High School in Washington County, spread the message of “Anti-Gay Day” via social media advising students who support them to wear flannel shirts and write “anti-gay” on their hands.

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Central Florida bakery bounces back after anti-gay harassment

By : Jeremy Williams
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Longwood – A Central Florida bakery is getting back to business after a YouTube evangelist recorded a phone conversation of him asking for a cake with an anti-gay remark on it and posted it online.

“I never expected the phone call to change my life forever,” said Sharon Haller, co-owner of Cut The Cake bakery in Longwood.

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Human Rights Watch report says LGBT Jamaicans victims of violence

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KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are the targets of unchecked violence and discrimination in Jamaica, frequently refused housing or employment in the Caribbean country typically described as the region’s most hostile to LGBT citizens, a leading human rights group says in a report released Oct. 21.

In its 86-page report titled “Not Safe at Home,” Human Rights Watch noted that LGBT citizens in Jamaica are often driven from their communities by neighbors and sometimes even family. Some health professionals stigmatize them by casting judgment on their sexuality when they seek care. Police protection against bias and physical attacks is generally poor.

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