Trans of thought: Finding myself, meeting you

By : Melody Maia Monet
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MaiaMonet_MugHi, I am Maia Monet. Or at least I am now. You see, there was a time I went by a different name in my other life. I won’t tell you what that name was, but suffice it to say I am transgender and Maia is much more to my liking.

Watermark has asked me to write in from time to time and provide you my perspective as someone who identifies with two letters in LGBTQ+ (hint: not the G, B, Q, or +). It seems they think I’m good with words, which isn’t surprising considering how much attention transgender people pay to words. Of course words, such as pronouns, have a particularly deep impact on how our identity is affirmed, or not, by the public.

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Trans Parent Support Group (Tampa)

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A support group meeting for Trans individuals and their families to attend together.

This group is held in Tampa every 2nd and 4th Thursday and in St. Pete every 3rd Wednesday.

Trans Parent Support Group

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A support group meeting for Trans individuals and their families to attend together.

This group is held in Tampa every 2nd and 4th Thursday and in St. Pete every 3rd Wednesday.

Brevard Schools anti-discrimination protections headed to final vote

By : Jamie Hyman
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Despite a strong showing from the hate group Liberty Counsel and a speaker being carried out by police, updated anti-discrimination protections for the Brevard County School District are moving toward a final vote.

At the May 24 special meeting, the board voted 3-2 to set a hearing for July 19, where the board will vote on a proposed overhaul to their anti-discrimination policy, which would add protections for LGBT students and staff. Board members John Craig and Karen Henderson were the dissenting votes.

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First transgender delegate elected in Florida

By : Nicole Dudenhoefer
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Jacksonville – Florida is making history with the state’s first transgender delegate.

Monica DePaul of Jacksonville was elected May 7 to the Democratic National Convention.

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UCF Fraternity leaders send “No Homo Bro” email

By : Jamie Hyman and Adam Manno
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Hmm, maybe not the best way to get attention.

University of Central Florida’s Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life sent an email headed “No Homo Bro!” The email was to advertise a meeting with the goal of promoting diversity in fraternities and to talk about masculinity. Check it out after the jump: 

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LGBT advocates once again fill the room at Brevard School Board meeting

By : Jamie Hyman
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It was another packed house at the April 12 Brevard School Board meeting, where supporters wearing red filled the room, pushing the Board to adopt district-wide LGBT protections.

The effort has had quite a journey so far. In December of 2015, activists began to rally support for the Brevard School District to add LGBT protections to their existing non-discrimination policy. The proposal hit a wall in March of 2016, after an organized effort by anti-gay speakers flooded a meeting and derailed the effort. After the LGBT protections were moved to workshop, many thought they were dead. 

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Vatican envoy who arranged meeting between Pope Francis and Kim Davis resigns

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VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of his ambassador to the United States who was behind Francis’ controversial meeting with Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who went to jail rather than comply with a court order to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, 75, had submitted his resignation in January after he reached the mandatory retirement age for bishops.

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Palm Bay Council rejects addition of LGBT-protections to HRO

By : Jamie Hyman
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In a 4-1 vote that didn’t happen until about 1:30 a.m., the Palm Bay City Council rejected a proposal that would have added LGBT protections to the city’s existing human rights ordinance.

Councilwoman Michele Paccione proposed adding the protections, which turned out to be extremely controversial. More than 500 people attended the meeting, and according to Space Coast Pride president Lexi Wright, there was a line of people snaking around the corner of the building and into the parking lot hoping to get in. The considerable overflow watched the meeting from outside in the courtyard. After about 45 minutes of regular business, the discussion began and lasted nearly six hours.

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LGBT activists want to rally support at tonight’s Brevard School Board meeting

By : Jamie Hyman
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Space Coast LGBT activists are trying to get some momentum for a proposal to add LGBT protections to Brevard County Schools’ non-discrimination policy.

“Brevard County Schools have lengthy non-discrimination policies for students and staff, but ‘sexual orientation and gender identity’ is never mentioned,” reads a post to Space Coast Pride’s Facebook page, asking supporters to attend tonight’s Brevard County School Board meeting wearing red.

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TBGLCC holds transgender panel discussion at monthly dinner meeting

By : Jeremy Williams
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TAMPA – Tampa Bay Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce held a transgender panel discussion at their November Dinner Meeting at the Barrymore Hotel in Tampa Nov. 18.

The panel, hosted by TBGLCC President Ashley Brundage and held in honor of Transgender Awareness Month, featured retired gender therapist Dr. Kathleen Farrell, METRO’s Lucas Wehle, the University of Tampa’s Caitlin Jones and Citi’s Carolina Gutierrez as special guest speakers.

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North Port approves Human Rights Ordinance

By : Jeremy Williams
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North Port, Fla. – The North Port City Commission voted 3-1 to approve a city wide Human Rights Ordinance Oct. 27.

The HRO bans discrimination against employment, housing and public accommodations based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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