issue 25.02: Over the Rainbow

By : Jake Stevens
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Lacking resources for an aging LGBTQ community, Central Florida attorney elected chair of HRC board of directors, out medical director opens Diversity Health Center of Tampa Bay, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Issue 25.01: Darkest Before Dawn

By : Jake Stevens
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One year of Donald Trump’s presidency for the LGBTQ community, Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith launches re-election campaign, Grand Central District Association and St. Pete Pride discuss street festival location, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Fate of HIV/AIDS council unclear after Trump terminations

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Weeks after the Trump administration fired all remaining members of the President’s Advisory Council for HIV/AIDS, the administration seems to be taking steps to refill those slots, but the ultimate fate of the body remains unclear.

In response to a question from the Washington Blade, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was non-committal when asked whether President Trump wants PACHA restaffed.

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Issue 24.26: Year in Review

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2016 was the worst year ever, and 2017 was the year we found our footing, ABC’s Great Christmas Light Fight visits an Orlando couple’s home, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Canada apologizes to victims of anti-LGBT government laws, policies

By : MICHAEL K. LAVERS of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday apologized to those who suffered persecution and discrimination under the country’s anti-LGBT laws and policies.

Trudeau — who spoke in the Canadian House of Commons — formally apologized to Canadians who were convicted of “gross indecency” before the country decriminalized consensual same-sex sexual relations in 1969. He also announced the introduction of a bill that would expunge the criminal records of those who were prosecuted under the law.

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Issue 24.23: We Are Family

By : Jake Stevens
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Why having a family is easier than ever for Central Florida and Tampa Bay LGBTQ couples, MBA Orlando holds its Pride Gala, Mayor Kriseman wins re-election in St. Pete, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Watermark’s Holiday Guide 2017

By : Jake Stevens
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Once again, it’s here, it’s queer, and FULL of holiday cheer! Read our best holiday guide yet!

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Stalled in Congress, LGBT rights advance at the local level

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At the U.S. Capitol and in most statehouses nationwide, supporters of LGBT rights are unable to make major gains these days. Instead, they’re notching victories in seemingly unlikely venues, such as Morgantown, West Virginia, and Birmingham, Alabama.

They are among scores of cities and towns in Republican-governed states that have acted on their own, passing resolutions and ordinances pledging nondiscrimination protections for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people in the absence of comparable statewide laws.

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DeLand Pride Block Party

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2nd Annual DeLand Pride Block Party in the Artisan Alley Garage downtown DeLand. DJ, vendors, Café DaVinci and Persimmon Hollow will be open. BakeChop and Neighbors Artisan Taqueria. Drag Show at Café DaVinci 6pm. Admission is free!

24.22: Served and Unprotected

By : Jake Stevens
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Equality Florida’s Todd Richardson shares his story of being discharged from the United States Air Force because he is gay, Chris King makes bid for FL governor, Metro Wellness celebrates 25 years, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Reactions to Kevin Spacey’s apology for alleged assault, coming out as gay

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NEW YORK (AP) — It was an apology that managed to trigger even more anger.

Kevin Spacey’s statement of regret after being accused of trying to seduce former child actor Anthony Rapp has kicked up a backlash when the two-time Oscar winner then chose to come out of the closet, prompting many to question the timing and accusing the actor of trying to change the subject.

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Egyptian lawmakers introduce LGBT criminalization bill

By : MICHAEL K. LAVERS of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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Lawmakers in Egypt on Wednesday introduced a bill that would criminalize the country’s LGBT community.

A translated copy of the measure the Washington Blade obtained states “any two individuals or more, whether male or female, who conduct perverted sexual relations between themselves in any public or private place will each be arrested and sentenced to a period of no less than one year and no more than three years.”

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