LGBTQ workshop to help heal trauma coming to Winter Park

By : Samantha Neely
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ORLANDO | The sting of rejection within the LGBTQ community is something therapists Lindsay Kincaide and Marcie Cramer have seen for years, both professionally and personally, and is something they have seen show up in many forms.

“When you look at what people think of trauma and they think about sexual abuse or being beaten or being neglected, at the core of all of those is a rejection because from my perspective, as a community, the community is rejected, so it’s multifaceted and you’ll see it’s really like a gem,” Cramer says. “Wherever you turn, you’ll see a different facet but at the core of this is: ‘Do I have a right to be here?’ ‘Do I have a right to exist?’ ‘What is my worth?’ — and that all comes from rejection.”

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Yasmin Flasterstein, Co-founder Executive Director, Peer Support Space

By : Dani Hill, Co-founder and Director of Peer Services, Peer Support Space
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I’ve had the pleasure and privilege to know Yasmin Flasterstein for a little over half a decade now as both colleague and dear friend. After Pulse, we worked collaboratively at the Mental Health Association for the Orlando United Counseling program. Her commitment to ensuring survivors and those impacted had access to free mental health counseling has had a lasting impact on both individual and community well-being. Her passion to challenging mental health stigma that acts to isolate and harm those who are vulnerable is palpable. I can genuinely say, in no hyperbolic way, that she has saved lives with her compassion.

In January 2019, with her vision as a guide, we co-founded Peer Support Space. At Peer Support Space, we strive to uplift and empower communities that too often are stifled and who have limited access to approachable resources. Yasmin will always pass the megaphone to voices that need to be heard and strives personally to ensure that the services provided through Peer Support Space are informed and led by the population served.

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New children’s book explains Pulse tragedy to kids

By : Christen Kelly
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ABOVE: Miss Sammy reads “My Tio’s Pulse” to Come Out With Pride festival attendees at Lake Eola’s Amphitheater. Photo by Danny Garcia

ORLANDO | Leaders of the Orlando community gathered for National Coming Out Day Oct. 11 to introduce a new book meant to help children understand tragedies such as the Pulse shooting.

“My Tio’s Pulse” follows main character Angel and his Uncle Luis, who was at Pulse Orlando on June 12, 2016. The story intends to help parents start a conversation with their children about gun violence, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mental health.The book was created and written by local author Keith Newhouse. As a queer person, Newhouse was deeply affected by Pulse and wanted to do something to help the community.

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Jackie Chan’s daughter claims she is homeless due to homophobia

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Andi Autumn and Etta Ng. Screenshot via YouTube.

Etta Ng, Jackie Chan’s estranged daughter, is claiming she and her girlfriend Andi Autumn are homeless due to homophobia.

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Florida officer who saved Pulse shooting victim losing job

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — One of the first police officers to respond to the Pulse nightclub massacre is losing his job with only months to go before he’s entitled to full pension benefits. He called on Florida lawmakers to do more to support first responders who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

The Eatonville Town Council agreed unanimously Tuesday night to pay Cpl. Omar Delgado some $1,200 in accrued sick time when his job ends at year’s end, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

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Terry Crews reveals sexual assault by Hollywood exec

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Terry Crews gave support to the victims of Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual assault by detailing his own experience with sexual assault in Hollywood.

In a series of tweets on Tuesday, the “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” actor and former Washington Redskins player recalled a Hollywood executive groping him at a party.

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Pulse gunman’s wife plans to say she suffered PTSD

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – The wife of the shooter in the Pulse massacre plans to say she suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder when she goes on trial next year, according to court documents.

Noor Salman intends to present a defense that shows she suffered a mental condition that has a bearing on the issue of guilt, according to the documents filed last week.

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Legal fees awarded to ex-firefighter in sex harassment suit

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – A federal judge has awarded nearly $184,000 in attorneys’ fees to a former Rhode Island firefighter who won an $806,000 verdict against Providence and its fire department in a sexual harassment suit.

The Providence Journal reports that the judge on Nov. 7 issued an order awarding legal costs to retired Providence firefighter Lt. Lori Franchina.

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