A look at the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency for the LGBTQ community

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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Whatever your thoughts on Donald Trump, it’s difficult to deny his influence on Americans after his first year as the 45th President of the United States.

America is often altered 140 characters at a time, and the changes are felt worldwide in walls both proposed and erected by climate change denial and Twitter diplomacy. The LGBTQ community has not been immune from presidential impact.

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Op-Ed: Orlando Democratic Chair Wes Hodge on privilege and patriotism in the face of the new administration

By : Wes Hodge
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wes-hodgeIt’s clear that life in the U.S. is changing at a rapid pace. With pen strokes, centuries of policy and progress are being erased. No longer is America the country open to the world’s huddled masses. A land made up almost entirely of immigrants has suddenly slammed the door shut! Communities which have struggled for decades to gain recognition and equality are almost immediately having them stripped away.

This is a new America. No longer are we the land of the free and the home of the brave. But as described in a dark inauguration speech, “from this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first.” Donald Trump, listen to me loud and clear, this is NOT my America.

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Wes Hodge takes over Orange County Democratic Executive Committee

By : Billy Manes
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wes-hodgeORLANDO – Following successes for the Democratic Party in Orange County that were overshadowed by failures across the rest of the state that allowed for the presumptive election of television and real-estate icon Donald Trump to the presidency, new party leadership fell in line among the locals.

“One of the big things for me is that we build relationships with people,” Wes Hodge, who identifies as gay, says after his victory over Democratic operative Lonnie Thompson. “I feel like we neglected or took advantage of some of the relationships in the community, and I want to make sure that we have an open dialogue.”

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