New children’s book explains Pulse tragedy to kids

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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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OK, we’ll bite: Rubio is hosting an anti-LGBT event in Orlando just two months after the Pulse massacre.

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We really didn’t want to write about this monstrosity, in that it comes doused in such fetid offensiveness as the Liberty Counsel and it’s “one-t” Mat Staver, seasoned with the stench of a Republican senator/failed presidential candidate/U.S. Senate candidate reborn … oh, and also it comes on a solemn day in Orlando: the two-month commemoration of the 49 killed at Pulse Orlando on June 12.

The Florida Renewal Project will be here with a litany of terrible people, the Miami New Times reports. Oh, dear. (Lest we forget that Republicans now love gays.)

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Orlando Overheard: Craft cocktails, Broadway support and MTV True Life

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Something Crafty

Savoy recently hosted one last night for the Locker Room, its sister bar geared more to a sports oriented crowd. The Locker Room initially opened up as Savoy’s smoke-free option called the Tattoo Lounge. With the closing of the Locker Room and soon Savoy’s Ivanhoe Wine and Spirits, patrons are left asking what’s going to happen to the space? According to one of the owners Brandon Llewellyn, a new concept bar will be opening soon, one that will feature craft cocktails. The new (currently unnamed) bar will not connect to or be a direct part of Savoy like the Locker Room was. It also seems that craft cocktails are becoming a trend within the LGBT community as a new rumored bar has set its eyes on the Milk District. As of now there’s no opening date for this second bar, but according to its manager, it will be muddling soon enough.

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PHOTOS: Hillary Clinton visits Pulse Orlando

By : Jeremy Williams
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Hillary Clinton visited Orlando July 22 to meet with the families and friends of the Pulse shooting victims, as well as meet with community leaders for a roundtable.

Clinton then paid an unannounced visit to Pulse with Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer and Florida Senator Bill Nelson to leave flowers at the memorial and pay her respects before heading to Tampa for a rally.

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Watermark’s running list of Pulse fundraisers, vigils and memorials

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A number of organizations and individuals are putting together fundraisers events and vigils to benefit those affected by the Pulse shootings, be they injured victims, family members of the deceased or Pulse employees, all of which will need significant financial support in the coming months.

Because Orlando is such an engaged, supportive community, the events are being scheduled quickly and there are a considerable number of them. If you know of any we missed, please feel free to comment and let us know so we can add them to the round-up. This page is updated daily.

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Keep Dancing Orlando – to Benefit The Pulse Employee Fund

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Please join us at The Abbey in Thornton Park as we raise money for the Pulse Employee Fund. There will be great food and music, in addition to the opportunity to support our friends from Pulse Orlando. All proceeds from the event will benefit the fund, including bar and raffle ticket sales.

Valet parking is complimentary.

More details coming soon!

Tampa Bay Rays’ Pride Night becomes Pulse Orlando fundraiser

By : Jeremy Williams
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The Tampa Bay Rays will dedicate their annual Pride Night June 17 to the victims of the mass shooting that occurred at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

Rafaela A. Amador, Senior Director of Public Affairs for the Tampa Bay Rays, says that starting immediately all remaining seats for Friday’s game, played against the San Francisco Giants, will be $5.

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The morning after the mass shooting a Pulse, a community pulls together

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The morning after 49 member of the LGBT community and their allies were gunned down while dancing at Pulse Orlando, the community rallied to provide counseling, blood donations and support.

Here are a few images from Sunday, June 12, as Orlando’s citizens worked together to remember the victims and build the strength needed to go on.

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Statement from Watermark Publishing Group regarding the mass shooting at Pulse Orlando

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Watermark isn’t just Central Florida’s LGBT news source; we are members of the local LGBT community. We live here, we work here, we love here. And now, we grieve here.

At approximately 2 a.m. June 12, a man, who police say is named Omar Mateen, entered Pulse nightclub armed with a handgun and an AR-15-type rifle. With those weapons, in cold blood, he murdered forty-nine members of our community, and injured at least fifty more.

The loss is unspeakable.

But the community is strong.

We will survive, and so we must speak.

Right now, we are focused on how to help, and how to get help. As Watermark, we will provide timely, accurate information on resources and support, both how to give them and how to get them. As members of the community, we will hold each other and cry for our friends. We will grieve this loss and we will hurt for the victims and those who loved them.

Then, we will tell the stories of strength and resilience that are already arising from this unfathomable tragedy. The survivors. The responders. The community who is working together to hold itself up, to prove that senseless violence will not destroy us. At this moment, we do not know the precise reason why the suspect chose Pulse as the target for his violence and hate, but the fact remains: he targeted gay people. Therefore, it is more important than ever that the Orlando LGBT community join together and bolster each other, as a message to those who hate us: You cannot silence us. You cannot destroy us. We aren’t going anywhere.

And finally, we will hold those responsible, accountable.

We’ve had worried friends and family, checking in, “Are you okay? Are you okay?”

No, we are not okay.

We may have personally survived the shooting, but fifty members of our close-knit, beloved community are dead. That is not okay. Nothing about this is okay.

But we will be, and here is how we know: Orlando’s LGBT community is organized, and generous, and mighty. We are a family. We will take our broken strands and weave them together, creating an even stronger tapestry of courage and life. Orlando will show the world that our LGBT community cannot be silenced, or ruined, or beaten down.

Our enduring story will not be a tragedy. The world will see our community, the care we have for each other, and how we draw strength from that love. Our story will be one of survival, and hope, and PRIDE.

EN ESPANOL: 

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Have a Great Gay Weekend: May 20, 2016

By : Alex Storer
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Sing it loud!

Drama, dance and music are abound in Tampa Bay and Central Florida this weekend. Choose from a smorgasbord of theater (both mainstream and alternative), see a Drag Race finalist twice if it strikes your fancy or musical tributes that sing to the heavens and keep it Real.

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Babes in Bonnets 2015 at Parliament House

By : Jake Stevens
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Babes in Bonnets raised over $12,000 for the Orlando Youth Alliance at the Parliament House Resort on April 13.

Darcel Stevens hosted the event, despite the onset of a pretty nasty cold, and Blue Star was the evening’s auctioneer.

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