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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South Florida judge who ruled on gay adoption case set to retire

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MIAMI | For the past three years, Judge Cindy Lederman has walked by a half-dozen statues of playful bear cubs every day on her way up to her high-ceilinged, top-floor office looking out toward Miami’s waterfront. On a shelf behind her desk, below rows of glass awards and family photos, sit two teddy bears. In six months, she’ll take them with her and walk past the statues for the last time.

The stuffed bears are from a program the retiring judge helped start 20 years ago to give every child who came to juvenile court a teddy bear. The building, Miami-Dade County’s three-year-old children’s courthouse, and its bear statutes — meant to be played with by those same unlucky children who find themselves needing court hearings — were a project she began working on with colleagues more than a decade ago to replace Miami-Dade’s previous and notoriously horrible children’s courthouse.

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New ‘Hocus Pocus’ novel features lesbian love story

By : Layla Ferris
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Disney’s cult classic movie “Hocus Pocus” has transformed into a novel that features a teenage lesbian love interest.

“Hocus Pocus and The All-New Sequel” is a two-part young adult novel that retells the original spooky story and adds a new sequel to the mix. The continuation of the story gives the Sanderson sisters the opportunity to enchant the next generation of Salem teenagers.

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‘Batwoman’ TV series with lesbian lead in the works at CW

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Batwoman” is being developed into a TV series for consideration at CW with a lesbian superhero lead, according to Deadline.

Out showrunner Greg Berlanti, known for the CW’s Arrowverse, and executive producer Caroline Dries (“The Vampire Diaries”), who is an out lesbian, are working on a series launch set for 2019.

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Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby’s Netflix special gets Twitter buzzing

By : Colton Adkins
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Sexuality, gender and the role of comedy headline Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby’s comedy tour “Nanette,” now presented on Netflix.

Named after a girl Gadsby believed interesting, the hour-long comedy special is a departure from Gadsby’s normal comedy routines, including a “third” part to her story: an ending (Gadsby tells the audience that the difference between a story and a joke is that a story has a beginning, a middle and end, and a joke just has a beginning and middle).

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Margaret Cho says people don’t ‘get’ bisexuality

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Margaret Cho got candid about the stigma behind bisexuality in an interview with the Huffington Post.

The comedian reveals that at first she thought she identified as a lesbian before understanding she was also attracted to men.

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In bed with Rachel – Tops vs. Bottoms: Do Two-of-a-Kind Make for a Perfect Pair or a Natural Disaster?

By : Rachel Stevenson
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Is it just me, or does the conversation of “tops vs. bottoms” always come up when talking about gay or lesbian sex?

For clarification, a top is one who gives penetration or stimulation (dominant) and the bottom is one who receives (submissive).

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‘Jurassic World 2’ cuts lesbian reveal scene from film

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Daniella Pineda in ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” Screenshot via YouTube.

“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” cut a key scene from the film that revealed paleo-veterinarian Dr. Zia Rodriguez (Daniella Pineda) is a lesbian.

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Issue 25.12: Sweet 16

By : Jake Stevens
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St. Petersburg celebrates sixteen years of Pride, a new Pulse lawsuit in Central Florida, Tampa Bay Veteran’s Administration Pride program, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Hayley Kiyoko and Kehlani fall in love in romantic ‘What I Need’ music video

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Lesbian pop star Hayley Kiyoko and queer R&B singer Kehlani give into their feelings for each other during a road trip for the music video “What I Need.”

The video opens with Kehlani packing her bag and fighting with her aunt.

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issue 25.11: In The Beginning

By : Jake Stevens
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With changes to Orlando’s Big Gay Weekend coming in 2019, we look back on the history of Gay Day at the Magic Kingdom and how we got from there to here, two years after later, groups and individuals remmeber those affected by the Pulse, Polk Pride celbrates diversity in its fourth year, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Butterfly Talks offers new LGBTQ support group for women

By : Jeremy Brener
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ORLANDO | Olivia Sain could not find a support group of people like herself. When she came out in October, she was isolated and lonely, but then she forged her own path and looked to create the group she could not find.

“My motto is, “If you can’t find it, create it,” Sain says.

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