LGBTQ cops talk about being out and proud in Central Florida and Tampa Bay

By : Jeremy Williams
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Tom Woodard had law enforcement in his blood. His parents were both officers; his mother was a detective for the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and his stepfather was a major in the Winter Haven Police Department. Woodard wanted nothing more than to go into the family business, and in Oct. 1988, he got his wish. Woodard became a deputy with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) on Halloween.

Less than a year later, Woodard’s world would be turned upside down when a fellow officer outed him as a gay man.

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Transgender woman found dead in Orlando apartment complex parking lot

By : Layla Ferris
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ORLANDO | A 27-year-old transgender woman was found dead in the parking lot of an Orlando apartment complex on the morning of July 19.

The victim was identified by multiple members of the LGBTQ community on social media as a Central Florida trans woman named Sasha Garden.

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Central Florida’s Overheard: Riding off into the sunset

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Sometimes after a sheriff has wrestled all the varmints in town and saved the day, they have no other option but to hop on their horse and head west to find more towns who need a hero. So is the tale of Orange County’s first openly transgender sheriff deputy Rebecca Riley Storozuk.

She broke the news on Facebook saying she has accepted a job with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

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