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!

LGBT groups protest potential California textbooks

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Gay rights groups told a California state commission Wednesday that they object to several of the textbooks that could be recommended for use in schools, saying the books don’t include enough information about the contributions of LGBT Americans.

The state Department of Education is preparing to update textbook recommendations for the first time since California became the first state to require teaching about the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

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Issue 24.19: Taking Action

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Come Out With Pride wants you to keep dancing, but also to keep involved, Andy Cohen talks about his AC2 tour through Tampa with Anderson Cooper, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Come Out With Pride 2017 Guide

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Your guide to all of the great stuff happening with Come Out With Pride 2017. #KeepDancingOrlando.

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Fall Arts Guide 2017

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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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The Parliament House Footlight Theatre 2017-2018 Season Program

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All of the amazing theater shows happening at the Footlight Theatre!

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Michigan man in 1995 (Jenny Jones) murder case to be released from prison

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DETROIT (AP) – A Michigan man convicted in the 1995 murder of another man who expressed romantic interest in him on national television is expected to be released from prison.

Jonathan Schmitz was 24 years old when his acquaintance, 32-year-old Scott Amedure, revealed he was romantically interested in him during a taping of the Jenny Jones Show. Schmitz, who said he wasn’t gay, fatally shot Amedure in Lake Orion days after the taping.

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Defense team for Pulse shooter’s widow receives warning

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge has warned the legal team defending the widow of the Pulse nightclub shooter not to miss any more court deadlines.

U.S. District Court Judge Paul G. Byron decided Thursday not to sanction lawyers defending Noor Salman after they explained why they missed an Aug. 1 deadline to present expert witnesses.

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Transgender New Yorkers Have New Health Insurance Protection

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Transgender individuals in New York state have new protections when it comes to health insurance coverage.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo says health insurers can’t deny coverage based on gender identity. A state Department of Financial Services letter Wednesday tells health insurers to take reasonable steps to determine if the insured is eligible for services before denying a claim.

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St. Pete Pride Executive Director Resigns

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St. Pete Pride announced this week that the organization’s Executive Director, Eric Skains, has resigned to “pursue new opportunities.”

In a press release, Skains said that his five years with the organization“have been extremely fulfilling and always challenging,” noting that “retooling and strengthening [the] organization tested [him] in ways [he] never expected.”

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Orlando Youth Alliance gives $14,000 in scholarships

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The Audubon Park Exchange community room, hidden above East End Market, buzzed with conversations ranging from the political climate of Central Florida to the effectiveness of the lighting in a production of Les Miserables. The students leading those talks wouldn’t be able to study politics or theatre without the help of local LGBT group Orlando Youth Alliance.

OYA serves LGBTQ children and adults between the ages of 13 and 24 in their three Central Florida locations. OYA specifically focuses on offering a community with safe spaces for self-expression. They hosted their reception for their six scholarship winners on Wednesday night.

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Prison doctor sues state alleging LGBTQ discrimination

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SACRAMENTO, CALIF. (AP) – A psychologist at a California prison facility has alleged she was twice locked in a room with a dangerous inmate in retaliation for reporting mistreatment of LGBTQ inmates.

Lori Jespersen sued the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on Monday for violations of civil rights and whistleblower protection laws, as well as the Prison Rape Elimination Act and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, known as HIPAA. Jespersen is an employee of the California Medical Facility in Vacaville, which provides health care for incarcerated men. Her lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court’s Eastern Division of California, also names several corrections employees as defendants.

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