Tallahassee Equality Connection at Fifth and Thomas

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It has been a very difficult few weeks for our community. However, our response collectively since the Pulse Nightclub shooting has been nothing short of extraordinary and I couldn’t be prouder of our Equality Florida staff and their response.

In this moment, perhaps more than ever, it is so important for us to organize, and recommit to the work of winning full LGBT equality. We need your help. I hope you can join us for our next Tallahassee Equality Connection at Fifth & Thomas.

RSVP: http://www.eqfl.org/connection/tallahassee1

This event is open to the public and is designed for Equality Florida members, LGBT equality supporters and those new to our organization to gather, mingle and learn how to get engaged in our work.

We’ll be joined by Equality Florida staff and our local Tallahassee leadership team, who will provide an update on Equality Florida’s work and how you can get involved.

Delicious light bites will be provided, as well as a full cash bar. There is no charge for this event, so please bring a guest. Our Connections are a great way to introduce new people to the work of Equality Florida.

Uprisings: Conventional Wisdom

By : Billy Manes
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The time for political walk-and-talks around cubicle boxes and D.C. streets is nearing its preliminary end, Aaron Sorkin, and that momentary pause couldn’t come any sooner. Despite all of the cage-rattling that has been portrayed in the Men-Seeking-Men – er, “mainstream media” – print presses and b-rolls, Democrats have managed to hold it together as best as they can, it would seem. Pragmatism isn’t sexy, but nor is losing.

On July 12, Sanders finally crossed the breach into the wild world of endorsing the Democratic Party’s most electable candidate, Clinton. It didn’t come easy. Our electronic transoms and our friendships have been littered with email/Benghazi/genocide nuances originating from websites that didn’t exist until there was a bone to pick. And for those of us who initially supported Clinton in the 2008 stakes, it’s not an unfamiliar feeling. Things, however, are not as ugly as they may appear in your rearview mirror, though. In fact, level heads have mostly prevailed, give or take a few stand-up-back-turned protests as the Orlando Platform Committee gathered last week to rub sticks together (to make fire, of course) and get the balance right. Politics, especially interparty politics, is not a game of absolutes, after all, and even though there were shouts about Clinton’s vague support of global trade via the Trans-Pacific Partnership, there are too many things that progressives agree on to let negotiable planks end up shattered.

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Miami Equality Connection at TiramesU Restaurant

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Come celebrate our successful Miami Gala at our next Miami Equality Connection! Equality Connections are open to the public and designed for Equality Florida members, LGBT equality supporters and those new to our organization to gather, mingle and learn more about how to support equality in Florida.

The amazing chef at TiramesU will put out some delicious “lite bites” just for us to go along with ½ price Happy Hour drinks (and they have extended Happy Hour until 8:30 for our guests). Want to stay for dinner? Enjoy 50% off your bottle of wine!

Our local leadership team and members of our TransAction Council will be on hand to provide an update on the march toward full equality in Florida, what we can expect from the “Religious Freedom Bills” and “Bathroom Bills” we have seen in other states and how you can get engaged in our fight right here in Miami.

There is no charge for this event, so please bring a guest, or three! Our Equality Connections are a great way to introduce new people to the work of Equality Florida.

LGBT advocates once again fill the room at Brevard School Board meeting

By : Jamie Hyman
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It was another packed house at the April 12 Brevard School Board meeting, where supporters wearing red filled the room, pushing the Board to adopt district-wide LGBT protections.

The effort has had quite a journey so far. In December of 2015, activists began to rally support for the Brevard School District to add LGBT protections to their existing non-discrimination policy. The proposal hit a wall in March of 2016, after an organized effort by anti-gay speakers flooded a meeting and derailed the effort. After the LGBT protections were moved to workshop, many thought they were dead. 

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Advocates celebrate demise of all Oklahoma anti-LGBT bills

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gay rights advocates in Oklahoma celebrated March 14 the demise of more than two dozen bills in the Oklahoma Legislature this year that they say unfairly discriminate against members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

All 27 bills that were targeted as discriminatory against the constitutional rights of LGBT people failed to advance after a key deadline passed last week, said Troy Stevens, director of the gay rights group Freedom Oklahoma.

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LGBT activists want to rally support at tonight’s Brevard School Board meeting

By : Jamie Hyman
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Space Coast LGBT activists are trying to get some momentum for a proposal to add LGBT protections to Brevard County Schools’ non-discrimination policy.

“Brevard County Schools have lengthy non-discrimination policies for students and staff, but ‘sexual orientation and gender identity’ is never mentioned,” reads a post to Space Coast Pride’s Facebook page, asking supporters to attend tonight’s Brevard County School Board meeting wearing red.

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Dr. Phillips Center reveals ‘Name a Seat’ campaign for the Walt Disney Theater

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Orlando – The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts announced its new campaign—“Name a Seat.” It allows supporters to become a permanent part of the center and make a lasting impact.

Supporters that participate in this campaign will have their names engraved on a plaque that will be attached to one of the many seats in the Walt Disney Theater. Supporters can pick which level they wish to have a seat named, and they will receive confirmation where that seat is located in that section. The nameplate will remain through 2025 or as long as the seats remain in the theater.

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Hundreds of gay rights supporters rally at Kansas Statehouse

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -Hundreds of people chanted and held signs Feb. 14 at the Kansas Statehouse in a Valentine’s Day protest against Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s decision to end legal protections against discrimination for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered workers in state government.

Gay rights advocates promised to push for an expansion of a Kansas law barring discrimination in housing, public accommodations and private employment to protect LGBT residents. They also called for renewed political activism against Brownback, who narrowly won a second, four-year term in November, and his conservative GOP allies.

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Nebraska bills would bar LGBT discrimination

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers introduced three bills Jan. 21 that would ban discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents, but even supporters noted they face a tough fight in gaining approval for the proposals.

About 100 supporters of the bills, displaying blue and yellow equal sign stickers, rallied at the Capitol as legislators explained why they back the changes.

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22 detained after anti-gay attack at Montenegro pride event

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Montenegrin police say they have detained 22 people over the clashes that erupted during the first ever gay pride event in the staunchly conservative Balkan country.

Police said in a statement July 25 that they are working to identify more people who were responsible for the incidents during the march on Wednesday in the coastal town of Budva.

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UCF Student Senate to decide fate of Pride Coalition

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UCF’s OUTreach Advocacy Board of LGBTQ Services is applying to become an SGA agency called the Pride Coalition and they go before the Student Senate for a final time Nov. 29.

According to OUTreach, SGA agency status would provide the resources necessary to reach and support many more LGBTQ+ students on UCF’s campus.

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