Orlando unanimously moves forward with transgender revisions

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Orlando – Orlando’s City Council unanimously approved revisions to include gender identity and expression in the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance during its first reading on July 28.

The ordinance — Chapter 57 — if approved, will be amended to include protections for Orlando’s transgender community and protect against discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations.

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Overheard in Orlando: Brushes with fame

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Orlando couple featured on CNN
On New Yea’s Day, CNN aired a series of six stories about people whose benefits under the Affordable Care Act began on the first day of the year. Orlando couple Rob Domenico and husband Alan Meeks were featured. You can see a wedding photo of the couple on CNN.com with Meeks’ first person account of signing up for Obamacare. Meeks talks about needing an annual MRI after doctors found a benign tumor. Domenico, who was diagnosed with a heart condition, requires 14 medications. The couple found signing up on the healthcare website breeze. After having a job that required 75% travel in order to afford healthcare, Meeks, a system engineer, said he values the freedom to be able to work anywhere and take his insurance with him.

Funky Monkey chef cooks her way onto the Food Network
Using her stellar cooking skills and craftiness to sabotage her opponents, Funky Monkey Wine Company Chef Ashley Nickell, 26, made her way to the finals of Cutthroat Kitchen on the Food Network. Nickell, the daughter of restaurant owners Eddie Nickell and Nicholas Olivieri, applied to be on the show last year, but didn’t make the cut. Producers called her back this season. “They told her they had bypassed her because she was too nice,” Olivieri said. “She told them I’m not as nice as you think I am. Trust me. You can throw anything at me.” Alton Brown hosts the cooking show, a game that features a briefcase of cash, four competitors, three rounds of cooking and auctions where chefs bid on items to help themselves or hinder their opponents. A chef is eliminated after each of the three rounds, and the last competitor standing becomes a Cutthroat Kitchen Champion. Nickell’s challenges included whipping up won tons without the wrappers, creating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in a novel way (she made PBJ bread pudding) and chopping up a block of frozen shrimp for Asian shrimp pasta. Though she didn’t win, Nickell and Olivieri had a watch party at the Funky Monkey on Dec. 29 and the younger Nickell had fun seeing her name trending on Twitter.

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