The 49 Fund awards scholarships to LGBTQ students

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | The Central Florida Foundation announced the recipients of The 49 Fund’s 2018 scholarships at City Hall in Orlando June 9.

Started by Central Florida attorney and LGBTQ activist Barry Miller, The 49 Fund awards scholarships of $4,900 to students who self-identify as an out member of the LGBTQ community, attend an accredited two- or four-year institution of higher learning on a full-time basis, earn a 3.0 GPA or higher and demonstrate a commitment to making Central Florida a better place.

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What Do We Do Now? Moving forward after the terrifying incident at Pulse in Orlando.

By : Dr. David Baker-Hargrove
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On Sunday morning, June 12 about 7 a.m, I walked downstairs to notice I had an unusual amount of notifications on Facebook and an email from The Center’s Board President, Tim Vargas time stamped at 6:30 a.m.: “Dr. Dave, give me a call as soon as you can.”

I don’t even know what time it was when I got there. I got a great parking place, so it must have been early. The rest of the day was a fluid haze. So many people coming to The Center. They came because they needed to connect and there didn’t seem a more appropriate place to go than our Center. The back alley was a parade of vehicles over the next several days of trunks opening and stores and food being taken out. Whenever there is tragedy or death, the food just comes. It’s our attempt to make sense of the unthinkable.

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Tampa Bay Rays, MLB bring Pride and diversity to Tropicana Field

By : Jeremy Williams
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BillyBeanThe Tampa Bay Rays raised more than $300,000 for the victims of the Pulse shooting as they celebrated a decade of recognizing the LGBT community with the Rays Pride Night June 17.

The team announced June 14 that all remaining tickets for the game would be $5 and that the proceeds raised for and during the game would go to the Pulse Victims Fund.

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