Creator of rainbow flag, a symbol of LGBTQ rights, dies at 65

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NEW YORK (AP) – Gilbert Baker, the creator of the rainbow flag that has become a widely recognized symbol of gay rights has died. He was 65.

Baker was found dead Friday at his New York City home. The city medical examiner’s office said Saturday that he had died of hypertensive heart disease.

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Rainbow flag stomped outside congressman’s office

By : LOU CHIBBARO JR. OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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U.S. Capitol Police are investigating an incident on March 15, in which a visitor to a congressional office building in Washington removed a rainbow flag hanging from the wall beside the door to the office of Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.) and repeatedly stepped on the flag.

The unidentified male visitor acted on his displeasure with the flag minutes after he entered Lowenthal’s office and “angrily exclaimed his belief that the Pride flag outside the office was inappropriate alongside the American flag,” according to a statement released by Lowenthal’s office.

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Commission Impossible: Kevin Beckner raised the flag and our expectations of what we hope for from our politicians

By : Jeremy Williams
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The year 2016 saw the end of an era in Hillsborough County as we bid farewell to District 6 County Commissioner Kevin Beckner.

Beckner was elected for his first term in 2008, and then won reelection in 2012, becoming Hillsborough’s first openly gay commissioner. The county was a very different place then.

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Orlando’s Overheard: Love for Orlando, stick figure stickers and a Thirsty film

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Good morning Baltimore!

It’s great to see the love that continues to come from all over the world. Sometimes that love comes in the form of donations, sometimes it comes in the form of expression by artistic mediums. The Baltimore Love Project completed their “LOVE” hands mural, now on the side of the Kaley Street Einstein Bagels.

The project has taken four months to be completed, raising money to cover the cost of the mural and additional funds will benefit the OnePulse Foundation. We were advised that they have exceeded their goal of $3,000. The new mural will feature giant hands spelling out one word: LOVE. It will feature forty nine Orange Blossoms (the state flower) in honor to those who lost their lives on June 12.

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St. Pete Pride draws huge crowds to celebrate and remember

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St. Pete Pride carried a message of “never forget, always celebrate” as the city of St. Petersburg came together for its annual Pride week June 22-26.

With the events of Orlando only a few weeks behind us, the entire community seemed intent on remembering the victims of the shooting and honoring them while continuing on the tradition of Pride and carrying on the message.

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St. Petersburg mayor raises rainbow flag at City Hall in celebration of Pride

By : Jeremy Williams
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St. Petersburg mayor Rick Kriseman raised the Pride Flag above City Hall June 23 for the third year in a row to signify the start of St. Pete Pride in downtown.

More than a hundred people gathered at the flagpole as Kriseman, local officials and Equality Florida’s executive director Nadine Smith launched the Pride Flag into the sky.

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Iconic Pride flag flies from Orange County Admin building

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Orange County mayor Teresa Jacobs ordered Section 93 of the Sea-to-Sea Rainbow Flag to be displayed at the Orange County Administration building in Orlando starting June 16.

“When we hosted a ceremony in our office [June 15] trying to send a message to Westboro Baptist Church that you need not come here, we met the gentleman in charge of the [Sea-to-Sea Rainbow Flag] named Mark Eppenhock from Love is Love is Love Key West,” Jacobs says. “He came up to us after to talk about the fact that he wanted to fly the flag at the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center because they already have their colors up in lights.”

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Positive living: The importance of our straight allies

By : Greg Stemm
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GregStemmHeadshotI have a bumper sticker on the back of my car that reads: “I don’t mind straight people as long as they act gay in public.”

Now before you roll your eyes about my well-known snarky sense of humor, just let me say that bumper sticker was a gift… a gift from a straight ally friend. If you are like me, relationships with the “opposite sex” (hetero v. homo) are rewarding and treasured bonds. I adore my straight friends, and some of them are more “family” than any gay “family” members could ever be. As a community, too, our straight allies have time and time again rushed to our defense, stood solidly against the powers of discrimination and given us comfort and support at times when we’ve needed it most.

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Rainbow flag removed from Reno city hall after controversy

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RENO, Nev. (AP) – Reno’s decision to temporarily replace the Stars and Stripes with a rainbow didn’t fly with some locals.

The American flag was lowered from City Hall in downtown Reno July 25, replaced temporarily with the LGBT pride flag following a gay pride celebration.

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Oklahoma fun run with guns uses rainbow targets as promo

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The Oklahoma Run ‘n Gun caused an outrage by using a rainbow flag as a target in their latest Facebook promo.

The event, which involves grown men running a race while taking breaks to shoot stuff, posted a picture of themselves dressed as characters from Deliverance and standing in front of a target painted to look like the LGBT Pride flag. The photo’s caption read “new high visibility targets on the 500 yard range.”

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Alaskan LGBT flag vandalized for third time in year

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ANCHORGAGE, Alaska (AP) – An Alaskan LGBT community center is flying a half-burned rainbow flag after someone vandalized the organization for the third time in less than a year.

The Alaska Dispatch News reports that the flag, which represents diversity within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community, was found vandalized outside Identity Inc.’s Gay and Lesbian Community Center June 25.

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard

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Masquerade, paper faces on parade

Balance Tampa Bay is presenting a masquerade ball Saturday, August 8, to benefit ASAP/Empath Health. Just to give you an idea of the scale for this ball, they will being having the event in the spectacular District 3 which is decked out to the nines with elegant chandeliers, classic mirror balls and an unrivaled sound/light package with lasers. Let your creative flag fly when deciding what to wear to the ball but regardless of what you do make sure you have your mask on (if your face is just too pretty to cover up don’t worry, they’ll still let you in without a mask on). Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door. To get your tickets early go to www.BTBMasqueradeBall.com. The event is 21 and up.

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