5.31.18 Publisher’s Desk

By : Rick Claggett
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I’m pretty sure I was 16 the first time I went to Gay Day at Disney. I was only out to my mom and a handful of friends back then, so it was a little awkward when my brothers and I rolled up on the second annual Gay Day at Disney. It became a tradition in my family that when one of the brothers graduated high school, we’d celebrate with a trip to the Magic Kingdom—just us boys. Turns out that celebration always happened on the first Saturday of June. We didn’t know what that day meant to so many people, but we picked up on it pretty quickly.

I remember being petrified my brothers would figure out somehow I was gay, as if just being in close proximity with so many LGBTQ people would cause me to grow a boa and hum the ABBA anthology. I also remember experiencing immense joy and comfort. It was scary being gay in the early ‘90s, not to diminish the struggle today’s 16-year-olds face with their own coming out. But that one day, every year, was a day of happiness in the happiest place on earth. It was a day to be normal, to be together and to be visible.

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Pups of Polk Pride 2016

By : Alex Storer
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The June 18 street festival at Polk County Pride was full of food trucks, live music, retailer booths and activist groups — and dogs!

From furry friends to service dogs, from rescue dogs to purebreds, there were nearly as many pooches as there were rainbows under the hot Saturday sun at Munn Park in Lakeland.

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Issue 23.12: Pulse

By : Jake Stevens
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You cannot silence us. You cannot destory us. We are not going ANYWHERE.

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