Issue 26.14: Reading Rainbows

By : Dylan Todd
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Reading Rainbows – Drag Queen Story Hours enchant Central Florida and Tampa Bay, “Newsies” comes to Osceola Arts, and Tampa hosts statewide LGBTA Caucus, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Central Florida singer-songwriter Billy Mick releases new single ‘Flesh and Bone’

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | Central Florida singer-songwriter Billy Mick released the first single from his upcoming debut album on YouTube July 1.

The song, titled “Flesh and Bone,” is an upbeat track preaching tolerance, acceptance and understanding.

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Yankees unveil plaque commemorating Stonewall Inn uprising

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ABOVE: N.Y. Yankees unveil plaque honoring The Stonewall Inn riots. (Photo from Twitter)

NEW YORK (AP) | A plaque in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium has been dedicated to commemorate the Stonewall Inn uprising 50 years ago, which sparked a pivotal rebellion in the LGBTQ rights movement.

The plaque was unveiled June 25 before New York played the Toronto Blue Jays. It is located on a wall alongside tablets honoring Jackie Robinson and Nelson Mandela for their work fighting prejudice, breaking barriers and creating equality.

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Prince William says it would be ‘absolutely fine’ if his children were gay

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Prince William. (Photo by Robert Payne via Wikimedia Commons)

Prince William says it would be “absolutely fine by me” if any of his three children were gay.

The Duke of Cambridge visited the Albert Kennedy Trust on June 26 to discuss LGBTQ youth homelessness. During his visit, Prince William was asked how he would feel if one of his children ever came out as gay.

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Stonewall Bar Orlando honors the legacy of The Stonewall Inn in NYC

By : Jeremy Williams
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ABOVE: Stonewall Bar Orlando hosting the “Win With Love Rally” on June 18. (Photo by Jeremy Williams)

ORLANDO | The history of The Stonewall Inn in New York City is easy to find these days. A quick Google search of the legendary gay bar turns up more than 31 million search results.

For Steven Watkins, who grew up in a small town, learning the history of LGBTQ people in general—let alone that of The Stonewall Inn—was nonexistent in his early years.

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06.27.19 Publisher’s Desk

By : Rick Claggett
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Here we are again, the keystone of Pride around the world. We’ve celebrated Pride in Kissimmee and Polk County, and are still reveling in the joy that St Pete Pride brings. Now we turn to the event that started it all, Stonewall. This year is special, though. Stonewall turns 50 and the world is set to celebrate and honor the brave people who began a movement that would change lives for half of a century, with no signs of slowing down.

Stonewall 50 is going to be a massive event. The parade itself is expected to last longer than the average workday with over 150,000 participants and millions of spectators. My, how far we have come!

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AP-NORC poll: Still some extra hurdles for LGBTQ candidates

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ABOVE: 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg speaking at a 2019 HRC event in Las Vegas May 2019. (Screenshot from YouTube)

NEW YORK (AP) | A sizable number of U.S. voters say they’d have some hesitancy about supporting an LGBTQ candidate for president, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. In fact it’s an issue for many more than a candidate’s race or gender.

In the poll, 32% of registered voters said they would be less excited about supporting a presidential candidate who was gay, lesbian or bisexual; 42% said that about a transgender candidate. By contrast, only about 1 in 10 voters expressed such hesitance in regard to a candidate’s gender or race.

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LGBTQ news coverage still evolving 50 years after Stonewall

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ABOVE: New York Daily News’ headline and coverage of the Stonewall Inn riots in 1969. (Photo courtesy New York Daily News’ website)

NEW YORK (AP) | During the 1969 series of riots that followed a police raid of the Stonewall Inn, the New York Daily News headlined a story that quickly became infamous: “Homo Nest Raided, Queen Bees are Stinging Mad.”

Some of the coverage of rioting outside the gay bar — unimaginable today in mainstream publications for its mocking tone — was itself a source of the fury that led Stonewall to become a synonym for the fight for gay rights.

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Watermark’s June Third Thursday Social Networking Mixer

By : Danny Garcia
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Join us on June 20 from 6-8pm for Watermark’s Third Thursday Social Networking Mixer hosted by SAVOY ORLANDO.
Located: 1913 N Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32804

We’ll provide the Light Bites and if you bring your business card and receive your first drink free!  Also, bring cash for some fabulous raffle prizes all to benefit LGBT+ Center Orlando and Kissimmee.

Fostering with Pride Reception

By : Danny Garcia
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We hope that you will join us for the first ever “Fostering with Pride” reception on June 20th, 6:00 pm at The Center.  You can expect a casual networking reception (with appetizers and beer/wine) and brief introduction to how we can become champions for LGBTQ+ and other children served by Embrace Families.

Your invitation and RSVP details appear below.  Time is tight so please RSVP today to events@embracefamilies.org.  Hope to see you there!

*FREE Parking available at ADDITION FINANCIAL, 947 N Mills Ave, Orlando, FL 32803

Dr. Steve Yacovelli explores LGBTQ people as leaders in his new book, ‘Pride Leadership’

By : Jeremy Williams
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Dr. Steve Yacovelli is the owner of TopDog Learning Group, LLC, a learning and development, leadership, change management, diversity and consulting firm based in Orlando.

“We work with organizations to help them maximize their human talent,” says Yacovelli. “It’s a lot of consulting, a lot of talking to see what the client really needs. Then using the tools that my team has to kind of get those problems solved.”

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Fit For Print: Stop It with the Elitism

By : Steve Blanchard
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We live in a weird time. That may be the understatement of the year if I were talking about the political world here and abroad or even the amazing technological advances that seem to make it into the headlines almost every day.

I’m talking about the odd social world that permeates our everyday lives, either in person or through our computer and cell phone screens. This new (or maybe not so new) elitist trend of making a public point of sharing our dislike of popular things and making a big deal about it has got to stop. It’s exhausting and a waste of energy.

One case in point: HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”

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