PrideFest Kissimmee

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A celebrtion grounded in welcoming, fostering awareness of, and acknowledging the impactful contributions of members from the local LGBTQ community. This free event is open to the public and will feature vendors, advocacy organizations, live music, foods trucks, and a kids activity zone.

Winter Park’s inaugural “Weekend of the Arts” Celebration

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Rediscover arts and culture in Winter Park at the city’s first “Weekend of the Arts” Friday, February 16, thru Monday, February 19. Be inspired with extraordinary performances, unique exhibits, and exciting events at over 20 arts organizations throughout the city. Each day features a new and exciting cultural experience. #wpinspires

Pride Fund to End Gun Violence to launch Orlando campaign

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As previously mentioned in Watermark, Washington, D.C., political action committee Pride Fund to End Gun Violence jumped into existence and immediate action following the June 12 Pulse shooting. The group, which claims, “It’s time to loosen the stranglehold that the gun lobby has on Congress and create the change we need to keep our communities safer,” is one of many philanthropic arms to this post-traumatic stress wake-up call. But it’s also one that could prove the most important on the political scale.

The Pride Fund is going straight to the root of the cause in a manner many organizations haven’t dared to do as of this date. “Pride Fund to End Gun Violence is America’s only LGBTQ organization dedicated to reforming our gun laws,” its press release reads. “Our Orlando community is central to our vision of electing pro-LGBTQ candidates who will act on sensible gun reforms to help prevent acts of senseless gun violence.”

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SP2 Concert

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SP2 Concert is a fundraising event to assist in funding various Tampa Bay community organizations. This year’s concert features the legendary Deborah Cox.

A mix of various bands and local singers will warm up the crowd as attendees cool down with their choice of Bud Lite and Absolut Vodka beverages. Beverage sales benefit the St Pete Pride Community Grants Program. The concert is being presented by St Pete Pride, and the proceeds will go to the St Pete Pride Community Grants Program.
Pit Pass
To celebrate the event, a special Pit Pass will be offered where you and your friends can view the concert directly in front of the Wells Fargo Stage.

Lineup:
DJ L-Mo
Karmic Tattoo
Jennifer Real
Deborah Cox

Orlando Rally at Lake Eola Bandshell

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Join us for a #OneOrlando Rally with HRC, GLBT center, MBA Orlando, Hope and Help, Miracle of Love, American Defamation League. (List of partner organizations in formation)

Come together as the community remembers and honors the victims, familes, and friends who were affected by the horrific mass shooting at Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub.

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Philanthropic organizations are rallying for more LGBT donations

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More fundraisers are seeking LGBT funds, and not just from and for our own community.

LGBT people keep coming out, getting involved, marrying and mainstreaming –growing more acceptable in the larger society. Because of this, many fundraisers are reaching out with targeted marketing. It’s a significant shift from once quietly refusing LGBT donations or disregarding us to ones that now actively court our community.

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Jewish congregations move to include gays

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Jane Tausig and her partner were Conservative Jews who came out late in life.

But back then, in 2000, the movement had not yet caught up with them.

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