Tampa VA’s pride program spotlights aging LGBTQ vets

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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TAMPA | The James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital will hold its annual pride event June 27 to highlight the intricacies of caring for aging LGBTQ veterans.

The event is organized by the hospital’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion in conjunction with its LGBTQSA special emphasis program. According to the hospital, the latter exists “to identify and address barriers, stereotypes and other related issues in the workplace,” to “foster allies, increase awareness of health care issues” and to “advocate for a caring, respectful and welcoming environment for our LGBT veterans, family members and employees.”

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MSNBC’s Reid says homophobic posts were result of hack

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NEW YORK (AP) — MSNBC’s Joy Reid insists that homophobic language in one of her old blog posts is the work of a computer hacker and her security expert said Wednesday they have a strong suspicion of who did it, although he would not name the suspect.

The bizarre tale involving the news network’s rising star is a technical who-dun-it that not everyone believes, given that Reid had admitted in December to similar anti-gay language in the same forum and had apologized for it. A gay rights organization has subsequently backed away from its plans to give an award to Reid, host of the “AM Joy” weekend shows on the cable news network.

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Homo Erectus: The Evolution of Us – Hope (and Thoughts and Prayers) for Our Gun-Totin’ Future

By : STEVE YACOVELLI
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Steve Yacovelli

The Parkland shooting has yet again re-ignited the great American gun control debate. Both sides of the coin have brought out their best arguments for control/freedom. It’s sadly yet another repeat of the same ol’ “thoughts and prayers” responses we have heard time and time again: from Sandy Hook to Virgina Tech to Las Vegas to our own Pulse massacre. Yet this time something feels a bit different; it feels like a tipping point of sorts.

While there was ample focus after Pulse within our community and beyond to look at common sense gun control, sadly we were constantly met with that “thoughts and prayers” shenanigans from politicians on both sides of the aisle. Some – like Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan and Florida State Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith – passionately reached out to lawmakers to change things. Groups like the Orlando chapter of Gays Against Guns and The Dru Project formed and shouted for gun reform. But nothing seemed to change. Some thought that, gee, if Washington wasn’t moved into action when kindergarteners were gunned down in their own classroom at Sandy Hook, maybe nothing could really turn the dial.

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PFLAG St Pete January Support Meeting

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PFLAG is America’s largest LGBTQ+ and Ally support organization. The new St. Petersburg chapter holds support group meetings on the third Tuesday of the month at the Metro Wellness & Community Center in St. Pete. If you need support OR know someone who needs support OR would like to offer others support, please join us.

Advocates protest transgender military ban outside White House

By : MICHAEL K. LAVERS of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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More than 100 people gathered outside the White House on Wednesday to protest President Trump’s decision to ban transgender people from the U.S. military.

Several trans servicemembers spoke alongside American Military Partner Association President Ashley Broadway-Mack and Diego Sánchez, a trans man who is PFLAG’s director of advocacy, policy and partnerships. Raffi Freedman-Gurspan, a trans woman who is one of former President Obama’s LGBT liaisons, is among those who attended the protest.

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St. Pete Pride’s 2014 grand marshals take their titles to heart

By : Steve Blanchard
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St. Petersburg – For the second year, St. Pete Pride asked the community to select the grand marshals for the annual celebration. And with nearly double the participation of the previous year, the community spoke loud and clear.

St. Petersburg City Council member Darden Rice, AIDS Service Association of Pinellas resource development manager and PFLAG Tampa will all be at the front of this year’s night parade. They learned of their grand marshal titles during a St. Pete Pride kick-off reception in May sponsored by Rainbow411.com at Bert Smith BMW.
There, each were given a trophy and a grand marshal medal to wear during Pride events and during the parade.

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A night parade and separate street festival bring global message to St. Petersburg

By : Steve Blanchard
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St. Petersburg – If you think you know St. Pete Pride, you don’t. The 12th inception of the annual LGBT Pride event has a new look, a new feel and a new schedule in 2014.

While St. Pete Pride continues to honor the anniversary of the New York Stonewall Riots that started it all in 1969 the last weekend of the month—June 27-29—that’s all that remains the same as in years’ past.

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St. Pete Pride Guide 2014

By : Jake Stevens
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This year at St Pete Pride: Mary Lambert’s message of love: The Grammy-nominated performer brings her voice to St. Pete Pride’s 27/82 concert, Mayor Rick Kriseman puts out the rainbow welcome mat, Get to know Pride’s 2014 grand marshals, Plus: Event schedule and Festival & parade maps

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PFLAG, Rice, Aller named Pride’s 2014 Grand Marshals

By : Steve Blanchard
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St. Petersburg – It was a packed house at Bert Smith Auto Group on April 17 as supporters of St. Pete Pride anxiously awaited the announcement of this year’s St. Pete Pride Grand Marshals. With more than 4,000 votes cast, the results are in.

St. Petersburg City Councilwoman Darden Rice, ASAP’s Jay Aller and PFLAG Tampa Bay will represent the state’s largest LGBT Pride celebration this year during its first-ever night parade.

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