LGBTQ youth who are making a difference: Ian Siljestrom

By : Jeremy Williams
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Ian has made his way around Florida. Born in Cocoa Beach, he left for the University of Florida in Gainesville and then settled in Jacksonville where he was a science and health teacher for fifth graders.

“So I didn’t ever want to [work in the LGBTQ community]. It wasn’t ever of interest to me. I was all science everything. I studied sustainability in college. I intended to be an elementary school teacher to get my kid excited about science. And that’s what I did and that’s everything that drove me,” Ian says.

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The Politics/History of Language and the Timucua

By : Meghan Sweeney
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Artist Jamilah Sabur and Elling Eide Professor of Anthropology at the University of Florida, George A. Broadwell, Ph.D. will talk about The Politics/History of language and the Timucua  at the Museum, in relation to Sabur’s exhibition Ibine Ela Acu / Water Sun Moon, on view at CFAM through December 12.

Florida AG candidate Sean Shaw fights ‘for the people, not the powerful’ if elected

By : Layla Ferris
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TAMPA | Rep. Sean Shaw (D-Tampa) pledges to fight “for the people, not the powerful” if elected as Florida’s next attorney general.

Shaw, a Sunshine State native who studied law at the University of Florida, has represented District 61 for the State House of Representatives since 2016. While in office Shaw supported The Florida Competitive Workforce Act and voted to ban conversion therapy statewide.

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Trans activist: Nate Quinn spent 2016 fighting to keep trans students safe in the bathroom

By : Jeremy Williams
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Doing something that would deem you remarkable is difficult enough. To do so as a teenager is a whole new level, but Nate Quinn is definitely deserving of that kind of praise.

Quinn came out to his parents as transgender when he was 16 years old, but unlike the typical teen who rebels away from authority, he sat down with them.

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Raising Cain: Abstract painter Del Cain and the art of the second act

By : Billy Manes
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A “fixer-upper,” Orlando artist Del Cain called it when we arranged to meet. His house, which is effectively an artist’s studio, rests on the Lee Road outskirts of Orlando, where the weeds grow high and ambition barely shines through. Hank’s is around the corner; urbanity a ways up the road.

But none of that contextualization does justice to Cain’s work, his palate, his creative bursts as played out on giant canvases. There’s a lot of beauty here. To be clear, Cain says he’s only been experimenting – evolving, even – into a gentleman who throws paint in the style of Jackson Pollock (his reference, not ours). As a 73-year-old gay former medical librarian, Cain seems well-suited to the freedoms of abstract expressionism. Walking into his home mid-afternoon, the chaos of the artist is immediately apparent: There are giant canvases too big for their living room; there are friends gathered; a bottle of wine has been uncorked (Thanks, Del); colors come to life in swirls surrounding faces or the imprints of minds caught in flashing moments.

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