Florida Puerto Rican Parade announces newly formed LGBTQ+ Committee

By : Jeremy Williams
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ABOVE: (L-R) Vivian Rodriguez, Ralph Morales, Luis Martinez, Joel Morales, Jerick Mediavilla and Roxy Santiago after the LGBTQ+ Committee announcement at The Center in Orlando. (Photo by Jeremy Williams)

ORLANDO | The Florida Puerto Rican Parade and Festival has announced the formation of a new committee to help bring more LGBTQ+ representation and inclusion to its annual celebration.

The announcement, made during a press conference at The LGBT+ Center in Orlando Nov. 27, introduced the six-member committee who will be a part of the planning process of next year’s parade, festival and related events.

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LGBTQ cops in Central Florida are ready to talk GOALs

By : Amanda Espinosa
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ABOVE: GOALcfl’s founding board members. (Photo courtesy GOALcfl.com)

ORLANDO | The Gay Officer Action League (GOAL), a fraternal civil rights organization providing a safe place for active and retired LGBTQ law enforcement officers, got its start in New York in 1982.

Since then GOAL has opened several other chapters in the U.S. with the most recent one kicking off in Orlando on Jan. 26. GOALcfl, as it is called for short, is now one of four chapters that branched from the original GOALnyc.

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LGBT Hispanics juggle heritage and sexuality

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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As Central Florida prepares to celebrate Come Out With Pride, LGBTs of Hispanic descent are also amidst Hispanic Heritage Month, two cultures that don’t always easily mix.

Officially, Hispanic Pride month ends Oct. 15 and is dedicated to recognizing the contributions and achievements of the Hispanic community, its culture and its language.

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Democratic Hispanic Caucus elects first openly gay president

By : Susan Clary
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Vivian Rodriguez had her plate full. As vice chair of the Orange County Democrats with a seat on the state LGBT Caucus, she wasn’t looking for a new post.

So, when Rodriguez began receiving calls a week before the election on Aug. 17 to ask her to run for State Democratic Hispanic Caucus President, she initially said “no.” There were already two candidates in the race.

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