Autopsy: Trans Honduran woman who died in ICE custody was beaten

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The Transgender Law Center on Nov. 26 released the results of an autopsy that shows a transgender Honduran woman with HIV was beaten before she died while in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody.

Roxsana Hernández, who was from the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa, was among a group of trans women who were part of a 300-person caravan that traveled to the U.S. border earlier this year.

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Watermark on the Fringe: “Lauren & Amanda Do It”

By : Layla Ferris
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Imagine a late-night talk show written by two best friends who just finished a bottle of wine.

That’s the playful and high-energy vibe Lauren Cauchy and Amanda Logan give off during their show “Lauren & Amanda Do It.”

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Keeping It Real: The Reality of Growing Up LGBTQIA+ Today

By : Nathan Bruemmer
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What’s it like growing up LGBTQIA+ in 2018? It depends on whom you ask and where you live. The general perception from generation to generation is that youth have it better, but for this generation of LGBTQIA+ youth, even before the change in administration, it is a much more complicated answer.

The progress of social equality has been impressive over the last decade or two. Today we live in country with marriage equality, more resources, more support and fewer challenges than in the past. However, not all Florida communities have embraced this progress. Even communities with a progressive citizenry may not have progressive city councils, county commissions, school boards or school board policies. 

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Shrine to tolerance: An altercation in Ybor City turns from discrimination to compassion

By : Jeremy Williams
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TAMPA – The Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Noble Mystic Shrine, better known as the Shriners, invaded the streets of Tampa for their annual Imperial Session conference Aug. 15-18, during which time an incident of discrimination turned into a declaration of LGBT support.

Mathieu Stanoch, the visual director at Honey Pot and president of Ybor’s Historic Holiday Spirit, was shopping at the local 7-11 on 7th Ave. in Ybor Aug. 15 when a man in a Shriners shirt came into the store.

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Overheard in Orlando: Alan Chambers’ book, Sonique and more Mojoman

By : Anonymous
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Totally Exodus
Former Exodus International president Alan Chambers has written a book with his wife, and they’re inviting you to a release party at the Writer’s Block Bookstore in Winter Park on October 2.

After 12 years of serving as the president of Exodus, Alan Chambers and the board closed the nonprofit that was geared to Ex-Gaying the Gays. Since then, his bio claims he’s made great strides towards building relationships with the LGBTQIA (your acronym is growing!) community and has encouraged the global church to do the same. The book is supposed to tell his story: a committed believer who has same-sex attractions, an author, a husband and a father.

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