St. Pete Chamber of Commerce releases list of Good ‘Burger Awards finalists

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The St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce has released its list of finalists for the sixth annual Good ‘Burger Awards, and multiple LGBTQ organizations and allies are vying for your vote.

A “Good ‘Burger” refers to a business, organization or individual in the greater St. Petersburg area that makes a positive impact in the community, the chamber advises. They further note that the awards are named in honor of a former mayor who referred to his citizens as “burgers,” as in “St. Petersburgers.”

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07.26.18 Tampa Bay Bureau Chief’s Desk

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There are moments in our lives that stick with us—defining who we were, who we are or who we want to be.

Among my list of essentials are a summer with my grandmother, probably my favorite person that I’ve ever known. The two of us would take turns telling one another stories we’d make up on the spot, finishing each other’s dangling plot threads well into the wee hours of the night. She also helped cement my role as a night owl.

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Drag Queen Story Hour is teaching kids about gender fluidity, acceptance

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Drag Queen Story Hour is teaching children throughout the nation about gender fluidity.

The 45-minute program is led by a drag queen who is trained by children’s librarians to read picture books, sing and guide children through craft activities, according to the New York Public Library website.

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Instagram star and model Derek Chadwick comes out as gay

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Derek Chadwick (Photo by Ryan Pfluger. Courtesy of Gay Times)

Derek Chadwick, an Instagram star, model and actor, has come out as gay.

The 23-year-old made the public announcement in the latest issue of the Gay Times, where he is the cover star.

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Transgender student seeks injunction in bathrooms lawsuit

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP)| A federal judge is weighing whether to grant a preliminary injunction to allow a transgender student to use male bathrooms in an Indiana school district he’s suing over student bathroom availability.

The Evansville Courier & Press reports that U.S. District Judge William Lawrence heard the injunction request Friday in Evansville. The request was made by the 17-year-old Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp. student identified by initials J.A.W.

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Ryan Reynolds hopes to explore Deadpool’s sexuality in future films

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Ryan Reynolds is open to exploring more LGBT representation in the “Deadpool” franchise including with the title character.

In the comics, Deadpool is pansexual and has shown interest in characters such as Spiderman and Wolverine. Also in the “Deadpool 2” film, X-Men mutants Teenage Negasonic Warhead and Yukio had a lesbian relationship.

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Jason Mraz opens up about his sexuality and ‘experiences with men’

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Jason Mraz got candid about his sexuality in an interview with Billboard revealing that he considers his sexuality “two spirit” and that he has had sexual experiences with men.

Speculation swirled about his sexuality after the 40-year-old singer/songwriter penned apoem for Billboard’s “Love Letter to the LGBTQ Community.” One line from the poem had people questioning if Mraz was coming out as bisexual.

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Study finds aging harder for LGBT people

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SAN FRANCISCO | Aging is harder for LGBT people according to findings from an ongoing project, LGBTQ Nation reports.

“Aging with Pride: National Health, Aging and Sexuality/Gender Study,” a federally funded, ongoing study operated by the National LGBT Health and Aging Center, found higher rates of disability and mental distress among older LGBT people vs. their straight counterparts, a higher incidence of cardiovascular disease and obesity in older lesbian and bi women and a higher incidence of poor physical health and living alone for older gay and bi men, LGBTQ Nation reports.

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Romania’s top court OKs residency rights for same-sex couple

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BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) | Romania’s top court has ruled that a gay Romanian-American couple is entitled to the same residency rights as other married couples in the European Union.

The Constitutional Court ruling issued July 18 followed a decision last month by the European Court of Justice in the case of Romanian Adrian Coman and his American husband, Claibourn Robert Hamilton. The men wanted their marriage legally recognized in Romania.

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Leaders behind LGBTQ measure shut political action committee

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) | A group that has long pushed for Idaho lawmakers to pass legislation to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from employment and housing discrimination has shuttered its political action committee.

The PAC was terminated in June because organizers are currently working to broaden the group’s platform and change the name, said Chelsea Gaona-Lincoln, the chair of Idaho’s Add the Words.

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Delaware governor fails to issue Pride proclamation, triggering backlash

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ABOVE: Delaware Gov. John Carney was criticized for failing to issue a Pride proclamation.

The administration of Delaware Gov. John Carney has been receiving criticism for its handling of LGBTQ issues as of late.

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Tampa Bay Overheard: Help Wanted

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ABOVE: King of Peace Metropolitan Community Church. Photo courtesy of King of Peace’s Facebook page.

“Pillar of St. Petersburg” Robert (Bob) Pope is seeking a few good men and women to help Tampa Bay’s elderly LGBTQ community and allies.

Pope will host a brainstorming session about the issue at the King of Peace Metropolitan Community Church, located at 3150 5th Avenue N. in St. Petersburg. The meeting will be held in the church’s music suite July 25 at 7 p.m.

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