Issue 25.20: Matthew’s Legacy

By : Jake Stevens
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20 years after his tragic death, Watermark remembers Matthew Shepard and the work done in his name, Come Out With Pride keeps Orlando dancing at Saturday parade, festival, Come OUT St. Pete returns with inaugural parade in second Pride-filled year, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Issue 25.19: Local Love

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Lakeland filmmaker brings ‘At the End of the Day’ to Tampa Bay International Gay and Lesbian Film Fest 29, The Reformation Project hosts sixth national LGBTQ Inclusion Conference in downtown Orlando, Pasco Pride holds inaugural festival, first in Pasco County, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Come Out With Pride 2018 Guide

By : Jake Stevens
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This year Come Out With Pride celebrates a week of Pride festivities in Orlando!

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Issue 25.18: Money Shame

By : Jake Stevens
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The taboo subject of money and why not talking about your finances can be detrimental, Orange County has largest voter turnout for 2018 midterms, City of Tampa holds LGBTQ youth forum, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Malaysian Muslim lesbian couple caned in public punishment

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) | Two Malaysian Muslim women convicted under Islamic laws of attempting to have sex were caned Monday in a rare public whipping that was slammed by lawmakers and rights activists as a form of torture.

Lawyers and activists said the women, aged 22 and 32, were seated on stools facing the judges and given six strokes from a light rattan cane on their backs by female prison officers. More than 100 people witnessed the caning in a Shariah courtroom in northeast Terengganu state, they said.

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Amnesty urges Malaysia to quash caning sentence of lesbians

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) | Amnesty International urged Malaysia Aug. 29 to quash a caning sentence for a lesbian couple, calling the punishment cruel and unjust.

Two unidentified ethnic Malay women, aged 22 and 32, had pleaded guilty for attempting to have sexual intercourse and were sentenced to six strokes of a cane and fined by a Shariah court earlier this month.

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Issue 25.17: Community Terminology

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Journalism students compile a list of common–and some not so well-known–sexual orientation and gender identity terms, The Center Kissimmee has grand opening and ribbon cutting, community organizations form Zero Pinellas initiative to combat HIV, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Fall Arts Guide 2018

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Fall is here and so is a new season of arts events! We’ve compiled a list of all the great stuff you’re going to want to see and experience.

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Ruby Rose quits Twitter after ‘Batwoman’ backlash about her sexuality

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Ruby Rose has quit Twitter amid backlash for her casting as “Batwoman” in the new CW series.

Rose, who identifies as a lesbian and gender-fluid, reportedly was facing criticism from people questioning her sexuality.

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Issue 25.16: Primary Season

By : Jake Stevens
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LGBTQ and ally cadidates talk Florida’s August 28 vote, Come Out With Pride announces their weeklong schedule of events, Come OUT St. Pete’s second year to feature daytime Grand Central parade, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Land O’Lakes’ Beth Ford is first out lesbian CEO at Fortune 500 company

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Beth Ford has been appointed CEO of dairy food cooperation Land O’Lakes. This marks the first time an out lesbian has been CEO of a Fortune 500 company.

Ford will take over for Chris Policinski who is retiring. According to Fortune, she is the first female CEO in Land O’Lakes’ 97-year history. Ford is the first gay woman CEO at a Fortune 500 company and the third openly gay CEO.

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Isse 25.15: Identity Politics

By : Jake Stevens
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How Central Florida’s Middle-Eastern and Muslim LGBTQ community has found their voice post-Pulse, transgender woman killed in Orlando; misgendered by authorities, local media, Balance Tampa Bay’s Avant Garde masquerade to benefit EPIC, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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