Westboro Baptist Church to protest in Orlando

By : Jamie Hyman
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Despite initial reports from Orlando Police that the hate group has no plans to visit, it appears Westboro Baptist Church is, indeed, Orlando bound.

Rebekah Phelps-Davis, daughter of deceased Westboro leader Fred Phelps, sent a letter to Orlando Police Chief John Mina confirming that the group – infamous for picketing funerals with signs that read “God Hates Fags” – plans to protest at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke 10:15 – 11 a.m. June 18. 

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Central Florida Softball League Spring 2016 season champs

By : Jamie Hyman
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Central Florida’s Softball League‘s Spring 2016 season, which kicked off at the end of February, hosted its final games May 29 at the Seminole Softball Complex.

There were three “open” competitive co-ed divisions, a social division and two competitive women’s divisions.

The Spring 2016 champions are:

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LGBT advocate groups send letter to Marion County School Board over anti-transgender bathroom policy

By : Jamie Hyman
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Six Florida and national LGBT advocacy groups have a message for the Marion County School Board: the District’s discriminatory bathroom rules are illegal and harmful.

Equality Florida, American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, Florida Legal Services, Lambda Legal, National Center for Lesbian Rights and Southern Poverty Law Center are talking with parents and students about legal options and working together to ensure students are treated equally in Marion County and across Florida.

Here’s the full letter: 

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Florida’s Congressional Delegation sends powerful note to Gov. Rick Scott about doctoring HIV stats

By : Billy Manes
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UpRising_RickScottWell, it may be the end of work for the week, but at least the Democrats in Florida (or Congress) are still ready to raise a stink. You might recall that Gov. Rick Scott tried to redo the math on the state’s phenomenal increase in HIV/AIDS cases recently. Yesterday, a group of congressional folks called foul on the governor’s window display, saying, effectively, that doctoring the numbers hurts the cause. You can read the letter below, as provided by Democrat Kathy Castor’s office.

Stay safe.

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Gay teachers reach settlement with school that fired them

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ORLANDO – Jaclyn Pfeiffer and Kelly Bardier, the preschool workers who were fired from the Aloma Methodist Early Childhood Learning Center in March for being gay, have reached a settlement with the Aloma United Methodist Church.

Pfeiffer worked at the Aloma ECLC for two years before being terminated on March 19. Pfeiffer said that she was let go after Bardier, her girlfriend, was hired at the school as a substitute teacher and rumors of their relationship began.

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N.D. governor issues memo barring LGBT discrimination

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Republican governor sent a memo to 17 government departments on April 6 saying discrimination against anyone is unacceptable, just two hours before every Democrat in the Legislature delivered a letter calling on him to go further and issue an executive order prohibiting bias against gays and lesbians.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple’s chief of staff sent the letter to all agency directors appointed by the governor.

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Oklahoma man denied gay rights license plate

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Oklahoma City (AP) — An Edmond man says the Oklahoma Tax Commission denied a vanity license plate that supported the LGBT community.

John Patrick Keefe II says he wanted a personalized license plate that read “LGBTALY,” which is an abbreviated version of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ally.

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Va. registrar praised for letter on same-sex births

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Civil liberties lawyers are applauding Virginia’s registrar of vital records for outlining new procedures to ensure the children of same-sex married couples are properly recorded by hospitals.

Registrar Janet M. Rainey outlined the procedures in a late January letter.

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Teenager takes Apple to task for derogatory definition of “gay”

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SUDBURY, Mass. – A Massachusetts teenager is calling out Apple for a derogatory definition of the word “gay.”Becca Gorman, 15, is the daughter of two lesbian parents. She was writing an essay for school when she looked up the word “gay” in the Apple dictionary on her MacBook and found that they listed an informal definition of “foolish; stupid.”

A Massachusetts teenager is calling out Apple for a derogatory definition of the word “gay.”

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Two Florida Congressmen demand accountability in research on gay blood ban

By : Susan Clary
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Two Florida Democratic Congressmen have signed on to a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius demanding accountability for research into the ban on blood donations by gay men.

Representatives Ted Deutch of Boca Raton and Alcee L. Hastings of Fort Lauderdale joined 82 other U.S. Senators and House members in signing the letter, which expresses concern with the timeline of the work.

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