Gay-themed Festivus Pole coming to the Oklahoma Capitol

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – A Florida man said Dec. 16 his plan has been approved to display in the Oklahoma Capitol rotunda a “Festivus Pole” based on a fictional holiday depicted in the popular 1990s sitcom Seinfeld.

Chaz Stevens, of Jupiter, Florida, will display a “Festivus Pole” Dec. 23 in the building’s first-floor rotunda near an existing display of giant nutcrackers and a gift-laden sleigh.

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A finish line is in sight for Stonewall Orlando’s extensive renovations

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Orlando – Stonewall Orlando is known for its fiercely loyal regulars, but even they might not recognize the nightclub once the current, extensive renovation project is complete.

Steven Watkins, Stonewall’s owner, says he’s wanted to renovate the bar since it opened its doors eight years ago. The project has been ongoing since 2013, and there is an end in sight – Watkins says the project is “85 percent complete,” and his contractor is telling him that a renovated Stonewall will be open for business by Orlando Pride in October.

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The Center Renovation Update: August 2015

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Renovations are continuing at The GLBT Center of Central Florida, and executive director Terry DeCarlo is eyeing a ribbon-cutting as soon as this coming September.

The new roof is in place, the outside painting is almost complete, the inside has been completely gutted and the upstairs windows have now been re-opened, according to an update in The Center’s August newsletter. The next step is to finish the inside, install the new windows, a new front door and the landscaping.

See the progress for yourself after the jump:

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LGBT supporters celebrate Boston Pride

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BOSTON (AP) – Organizers say thousands of people marched and thousand more watched as the 45th annual Boston Pride Parade stepped off in the city.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh began the parade at noon on Saturday by cutting a rainbow ribbon at Copley Plaza.

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Fringe Festival kicks off with ribbon cutting by Orlando mayor

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The International Fringe Festival kicked off their 24th year with an opening ceremony and ribbon cutting at the Shakespeare Theater in Orlando on May 14.

“Happy Fringe,” declared Fringe executive director George Wallace as a crowd of Orlando theater fans witnessed Mayor Buddy Dyer cut the ceremonial ribbon and proclaimed the next 10 days as Fringe week.

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ProSuzy Retirement party

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Suzanne Noe, the founder of ProSuzy.com, officially retired on March 27 with a big White Party at the Gulfport Casino.

Noe stepped back from the events side of the business two years ago, limiting her exposure and relationship with the company while still handling the books. Noe is retiring and relocating to The Villages. But don’t worry ladies, ProSuzy will continue bringing the women’s community together.

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LGBT Welcome Center Ribbon Cutting

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It’s official, the new LGBT Welcome Center is open for business along St. Petersburg’s Grand Central District.

Metro Wellness and Community Center celebrated the grand opening of the center with a ribbon cutting on Dec. 12.

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The war isn’t over: St. Petersburg “Rocks It Red” for World AIDS Day

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St. Petersburg – About 100 prominent St. Petersburg residents and volunteers gathered at the LGBT Welcome Center on Central Avenue Dec. 1 for a candlelight vigil and reception commemorating the 25th Anniversary of World AIDS Day.

The vigil was the final event in an art installation which created a mile and a half long virtual red ribbon on Central Avenue by wrapping 173 trees in red cloth. The installation featured an opportunity for visitors to write messages of remembrance and inspiration for those touched by the epidemic.

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Rock it Red St. Petersburg

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Rock it Red St.Petersburg” is an art installation which created a mile and a half long virtual red ribbon on Central Avenue by wrapping 173 trees in red cloth. It was done in honor of World AIDS Day 2014. The installation featured an opportunity for visitors to write messages of remembrance and inspiration for those touched by the epidemic.

The project was the brainchild of local artist Jim Buresch, who dubbed it “Rock It Red St. Petersburg.” It took about three dozen volunteers, many of them provided by Bank of America, two days to wrap the trees.

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2014 World AIDS Day Candlelight Vigil in St. Pete

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On Dec. 1, about 100 prominent St. Petersburg residents and volunteers gathered at the LGBT Welcome Center on Central Avenue for a candlelight vigil and reception commemorating the 25th Anniversary of World AIDS Day.

The vigil was the final event in an art installation which created a mile and a half long virtual red ribbon on Central Avenue by wrapping 173 trees in red cloth. The installation featured an opportunity for visitors to write messages of remembrance and inspiration for those touched by the epidemic.

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ASAP’s 2014 Red Ribbon Dance

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ASAP’s Red Ribbon Dance, July 27 at Gulfport Casino.

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