Parkland shooting inspires new calls for gun reform. Will it be enough?

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Gay candidates are seizing upon the energy for gun control after the Parkland shooting. Screen capture courtesy of ABC News YouTube.

In the aftermath of America’s most recent mass shooting — a tragedy at a high school in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 dead — gun control has emerged as a defining issue ahead of the congressional mid-term elections and LGBT candidates are among those bringing it the forefront.

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Issue 24.09: Living on the Fringe

By : Jake Stevens
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From Orlando to Tampa, Fringe breaks boundaries for the LGBTQ community, Lady Bunny visits Orlando’s Parliament House, The Harvey Milk Festival brings art, music and dance to Sarasota, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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In the wake of the Pulse massacre, the LGBT community inadvertently intersects with the gun-rights battle

By : Billy Manes
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“This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. Let it shine, let it shine for the 49,” was just one of the transcendent protest hymns echoing through the lobby outside the Orlando office of U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., on July 11.

While organizers representing the full panoply of Central Florida staged their “#sitinforthe49” – a clear reference to the 49 people gunned down by a semi-automatic rifle in the early hours of June 12 – echoes of unrest from the fringes were everywhere. Members of Black Lives Matter, Planned Parenthood, Equality Florida and Organize Now, among others, assembled peacefully, even mournfully, for a morning of conscientious objection.

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Sen. Marco Rubio talks business, avoids gays

By : Billy Manes
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At noon on July 19, failed presidential candidate (who was also missing from the RNC for reasons of campaigning, he said), opened up the doors of a furniture business affected by the closing of South Orange Avenue for the three week media circus last month.

The set-up was that Rubio, a concerned Floridian who brushes his teeth with Small Business™ toothpaste, was to speak with the business owners about how he would handle the obvious ledger-lack impugning some operations from one of the Orlando’s growing business centers. His answers on that subject were few, except to state that he was doing his best to mitigate the bureaucracy that will eventually lead to nearly $20 million in funds being distributed by the One Orlando foundation and its ancillary causes. In short, he had no answers.

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The 10 sit-in protesters speak out after being arrested at Rubio’s office

By : Jeremy Williams
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On July 11, one month after the horrific shooting at Pulse Orlando that took the lives of 49 people, more than 70 protesters took to the Orlando office of Sen. Marco Rubio to stage a sit-in. The group was protesting Rubio’s anti-LGBT stance on same-sex marriage and his defense of the National Rifle Association.

The protesters held signs, sang songs and took to social media with the hashtag #SitInForThe49. The sit-in lasted nine hours, and when 10 protesters refused to leave until they got answers from Rubio, they were arrested.

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10 sit-in protesters freed after being arrested at Rubio’s office

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Ten gun control protesters arrested for refusing to leave the lobby of an Orlando building where U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio has an office have been released from jail.

The protesters were released late July 11 on $250 bond. They face misdemeanor trespass charges after a sit-in during the one-month anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting.

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Activists step in and sit down to convince Sen. Marco Rubio of the importance of gun control in Orlando

By : Billy Manes
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We were there, and we did cry. This morning around 10 a.m., numerous organizers from a coalition of organizations occupied 201 S. Orange Avenue for a classic sit-in against Sen. Marco Rubio (his office is there), gun violence and  hatred across the spectrum.

“This Little Light of Mine” was altered to include “the 49,” referencing those who were shot down at Pulse in Orlando on June 12. Rubio’s office took notice, sending a chief staffer to try to mitigate the mud on his face, but so far as we could tell, nobody was about to move. We’ll certainly be covering this at more length in the future, but today was a cathartic display of peace with pizza delivery. Here’s the press release. Beneath are the pictures we were able to capture.

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