Ivanhoe Village Coffee Club at Orlando Meats

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A chance to network with the Main Street businesses, residents, and visitors, offering a short speaking portion on relevant topics both personal and professional.

The 49 Fund Scholarship Recipients Announcement

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In honor of the 49 victims of the Pulse nightclub attack, The 49 Fund awards a $4,900.00 scholarship to 10 Central Florida students who demonstrate personal and professional development, leadership and a commitment of service to their community. The 49 Fund completed the application and interview process for the 2018 scholarships and are ready to announce the recipients. For more information on The 49 Fund visit The49Fund.org.

A Former Skinhead Speaks Out Against Hate

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Frank Meeink, author of Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead, will share his personal story at Eckerd College on Thursday, September 7, 2017.

Frank Meeink was a skinhead at age 13. By age 17, he had his own cable-access TV show, “The Reich” and he was roaming the country as a skinhead leader and Neo-Nazi recruiter, with gangs that would beat people indiscriminately. At age 18, he was finally arrested and convicted of kidnapping and beating a member of a rival skinhead gang.

While in prison he befriended men he used to think he hated, men of different races. After being released from prison, Meeink tried to rejoin his old skinhead pals but couldn’t bring himself to hate those whom he now knew to be his friends.

Now a noted speaker, author, and founder of Harmony Through Hockey, Frank’s life stands for tolerance, diversity, and mutual understanding in racial, political, and all aspects of society.

A Former Skinhead Speaks Out Against Hate is free and open to the public and will take place on Thursday, September 7th at 7:00 p.m. at Eckerd College, Fox Hall. Please RSVP by calling The Florida Holocaust Museum at 727.820.0100, extension 301.

 

Presented by Eckerd College. Sponsored by The Florida Holocaust Museum.

Peterson Toscano’s Everything is Connected An Evening of Stories. Most weird, Many True.

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An Early Easter Gift From SunCoast Cathedral MCC to You!

Experience the artful, playful, outrageously funny, and deeply moving storytelling craft of Peterson Toscano. Connecting issues and ideas to bizarre personal experiences, literature, science, and even the odd Bible story, Peterson takes his audience on an off-beat mental mind trip.  A shapeshifter, he transforms right before your eyes into a whole cast of comic characters who explore the serious worlds of gender, sexuality, privilege, religion, and environmental justice. His unique personal journey led him into performance art.

After spending 17 years and over $30,000 on three continents attempting to de-gay himself through gay conversion therapy, he came to his senses and came out a quirky queer Quaker concerned with human rights and comedy. He asks himself and his audiences unusual and stimulating questions: Who are the gender outlaws in the Bible? What is a queer response to climate change? and How can comedy help us better understand our most tragic losses? Peterson is on a mission to connect with his audiences in deeply personal ways stirring up hope and purpose in a rapidly changing world. Come to laugh, think deeply, and feel more human.

Live & Local – Dean Johanesen

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Join us for LIVE & LOCAL, a series of FREE concerts by local singer-songwriters in the Jaeb Courtyard before select events at the Straz Center.

After being in bands for many years, Dean Johanesen decided to pursue a solo career. In 2013 Dean released his first solo record A Time and A Place, a collection of songs that fit more of a personal storyteller type influence.

A recent passion for gypsy jazz music in the vein of Django Reinhardt has put Johanesen on a musical path with a focus on new stories of old times. Non fictional characters from the ’20s and ’30s, circus performers, the side show, Prohibition, the war of currents all placed in a backdrop of gypsy swing.

Weather permitting.

Orlando folk hero Terri Binion comes full circle with her personal tragedy on new release

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Terri Binion is smiling a lot more these days. Some of it comes from staying busy, downsizing, songwriting and performing. Some of it, though, is just spiritual self-preservation.

“Sometimes I forget events that have happened over the last four years,” she says, driving to her photo shoot for this story. Her spiritual adviser has told her that this is normal in cases of trauma, that sometimes things don’t stick or that, maybe, just maybe, your mind and heart are full at a certain point, a breaking point, a tipping point. Maybe you just remember the things you need to remember in order to keep moving forward. Or maybe it’s a clean slate and a new beginning.

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Positive Living: Seeing the future by learning the past

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GregStemmHeadshotI was surprised the other day when I walked into the Gulfport library and saw display at the entrance celebrating LGBT History Month.

A smile crossed my face as I remembered the brouhaha over just such a display in Hillsborough County eight years ago that inspired then-commissioner Rhonda Storms to prevent her county from recognizing LGBT pride events. Fortunately, the ordinance she helped create fell earlier this year.

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