LGBT History Project: LDS ancestry database to add same-sex families

By : Cynthia Laird, SPECIAL TO WATERMARK FROM THE LGBT HISTORY PROJECT
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ABOVE: The homepage of FamilySearch.org. Photo: Jason Villemez

During Pride Month in June, LGBT people interested in family history received interesting news: beginning next year, the world’s largest genealogy organization, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will release a redesigned website that will include same-sex families.

FamilySearch.org, sponsored by the Mormons, first said in 2015 that it would add a feature for same-sex relationships, the Deseret News reported. Now, the major overhaul to the website’s system should be ready by 2019.

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YouTube apologizes to LGBT content creators for demonetization, anti-LGBT ads

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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YouTube has apologized to the LGBT community for allowing anti-LGBT ads to run on videos with LGBT content and for monetization policies that prevented LGBT content creators from having ads at all on their videos.

LGBT content creators have complained that their videos have become age or content restricted, weren’t showing up in search results or were becoming demonetized because of their content, among other issues.

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June passes with no Pride Month recognition from White House

By : Jeremy Brener
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Pride Month came and went, and Donald Trump stayed silent for his second June in office.

While this did not come as a surprise to many LGBTQ leaders, it adds to the frustration the community has felt toward a President who has failed to acknowledge LGBTQ people since taking office even after making promises to stand for the community during his campaign.

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06.28.18 Central Florida Bureau Chief’s Desk

By : Jeremy Williams
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Growing up there were a lot of things I wanted to do with my life. I remember my mom telling me stories about when I was a kid telling her I was going to be the President of the United States. Well that didn’t happen, and at this point I don’t think I would want that office.

I developed a passion for writing not long after that. When I was a young teen that passion for writing turned into a passion for journalism after I saw the movie “All The President’s Men” on HBO. If I couldn’t be President, maybe I could be one of the guys who brought one down.

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Pride Rooftop Disco with Mystic Bill, Richard Vasquez, & Jesse Walker

By : Maia Monet
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Join us just blocks away from the St. Pete Pride Parade at one of the city’s hidden gems, Station House, for a Pride Rooftop Disco featuring Chicago and New York originals Mystic Bill and Richard Vasquez alongside Salt Lake City’s Jesse Walker and host Adriana Sparkle. These talents combined have worked with Paradise Garage’s Larry Levan, performed alongside Crystal Waters, held the booth at the legendary Studio 54, and even DJ’d a Winter Olympics. Local artists Melanie Posner and Jerry Cahill have curated a talented group of Tampa Bay’s brightest and most colorful visual artists to showcase their work. Over 15 LGTBQ+ artists and allies’ work will be open to the public on the 2nd floor, with other pieces displayed throughout the building. This daytime affair is the perfect pre-party for the parade. Afterwards, the night continues with dinner, drinks, and dancing at Ichicoro Ane.

Pride Rooftop Disco with Mystic Bill, Richard Vasquez, & Jesse Walker

By : Maia Monet
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Join us just blocks away from the St. Pete Pride Parade at one of the city’s hidden gems, Station House, for a Pride Rooftop Disco featuring Chicago and New York originals Mystic Bill and Richard Vasquez alongside Salt Lake City’s Jesse Walker and host Adriana Sparkle. These talents combined have worked with Paradise Garage’s Larry Levan, performed alongside Crystal Waters, held the booth at the legendary Studio 54, and even DJ’d a Winter Olympics. Local artists Melanie Posner and Jerry Cahill have curated a talented group of Tampa Bay’s brightest and most colorful visual artists to showcase their work. Over 15 LGTBQ+ artists and allies’ work will be open to the public on the 2nd floor, with other pieces displayed throughout the building. This daytime affair is the perfect pre-party for the parade. Afterwards, the night continues with dinner, drinks, and dancing at Ichicoro Ane.

Pride on Edge: A pop-up gay bar and nightclub experience

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Love is magic and we’ll be celebrating both as I Love the Burg St. Pete, Uniqorn, and OpenHouse ST. PETE welcome revelers to Pride on Edge, St. Pete’s first pop-up gay club experience for TWO NIGHTS ONLY.

This is not your typical pride party. The magical Uniqorn touch means an experience that’s never over the top, but hardly comfortable playing it safe.

We’ll be popping up on the fringes of downtown in one of its coolest up and coming neighborhoods, the Edge District. OPENHOUSE’s new and unique event space provides the perfect blank canvas for a weekend full of music, lights, dancing, drinks, DJs, and other colorful entertainment.

A portion of proceeds go to benefit Metro Wellness & Community Centers in support of their essential LGBTQ, transgender, and youth programs.

Rainbow flag at College Park cafe, Osceola County admin building vandalized

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | A new LGBTQ-owned business in College Park has been welcomed to the neighborhood by an act of anti-gay vandalism.

Cafe Linger, a coffee shop/restaurant/dessert bar located at the former home of NYPD Pizza at 2912 Edgewater Dr., opened on May 19.

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Homo Erectus: The Evolution of Us – Hey Starbucks: Unconscious Bias Training Doesn’t Work!

By : STEVE YACOVELLI
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Earlier this year, two African-American men were arrested at a Starbucks in Philadelphia—for reportedly doing nothing but waiting for a business colleague to arrive.

This incident—and how horribly it was handled—ignited demonstrations, shouts for boycotts and a whole heap of apologies from Kevin Johnson (Starbucks’ CEO) and other leaders within the coffee empire. In a video message, Johnson said, “What happened in the way that incident escalated, and the outcome, was nothing but reprehensible. I will fix this.”

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Justice Department set to host annual LGBTQ Pride event on June 26

By : CHRIS JOHNSON OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The U.S. Department of Justice is set to host an event recognizing Pride month and LGBTQ employees on June 26, the Washington Blade has learned.

A spokesperson confirmed on Tuesday to the Blade the event is set to take place on that date in the Justice Department’s Great Hall per the annual tradition for DOJ Pride, the LGBTQ affinity group for Justice Department employees.

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Jason Mraz may have come out as bisexual in poem to LGBTQ community

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Jason Mraz may have come out as bisexual in a love poem to the LGBTQ community for Pride month.

Mraz, 40, penned the poem as part of Billboard’s “Love Letter to the LGBTQ Community” series.

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Sen. Hatch recognizes Pride, LGBT youth suicide on Senate floor

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) recognized Pride month and LGBT youth suicide on the Senate floor. Photo by Gage Skidmore; courtesy Creative Commons.

Sen. Orrin Hatch took an unusual step for a Republican from Utah on Wednesday and recognized June as Pride month, invoking the occasion to draw attention to LGBT youth suicide.

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