Pride Fund and politicians gather to rail against gun violence

By : Billy Manes
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Orlando – On October 12, the Pride Fund to End Gun Violence brought together some of its biggest supporters and endorsees for a downtown Orlando press conference. The subject at hand, of course, was the threat of firearms in the wrong hands, an issue that was only made more notable by the fact that the event was held four months to the day that 49 people were killed and 53 injured at Pulse Orlando on June 12.

Pride Fund, which is an LGBT political action committee focusing predominantly on state and federal candidates, as most gun laws are not written by municipalities, picked senatorial hopeful U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, congressional candidate and former Orlando Police Chief Val Demings and Senator Chris Murphy, D-Conn., to carry its message.

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Poe to show?: Politico reports that former state Democratic chair Bob Poe is considering a congressional run

By : Billy Manes
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29dd5d2Because political season is officially upon us, we shouldn’t feel surprised when politicos we know start popping up in news feeds as newborn contenders. Bob Poe, former chairman of the Florida Democratic Party and (more recently) fundraising friend of former Gov. Charlie Crist, is the latest to stick his wet finger in the wind to see if he’s going to throw his hat in the 10th Congressional District ring, according to Politico. We reached out to Poe, and he said that the notion of his candidacy is “premature,” though we all know that’s code for “independent polling.” A longtime champion of LGBT rights (along with husband Kenneth), Poe would clearly make some noise in a crowding field. He would also smile a lot. Poe likes to smile. From Marc Caputo at Politico:

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Thinking Out Loud: Why Trayvon should matter to US

By : Mary Meeks
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MaryMeeksHeadshotYou may be sick and tired of the cacophony of raised voices arguing over the acquittal of George Zimmerman. Whatever your reaction was to the jury verdict, the indisputable prevalence of institutional racism, in society at large and in our legal system, goes well beyond this one case. To my fellow members in the LGBT community, I ask you to stay tuned, and to get engaged, because make no mistake, Trayvon Martin could have been you.

I watched virtually every minute of the trial. As a civil rights attorney and activist, I felt a growing sense of horror and dread; as a gay person, in particular, my heart ached for the family of the young boy whose life was taken, and whose intentional killing was excused, by institutional racism.  

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