Kinky Boots event brings LGBT youth behind the curtain

By : Jamie Hyman
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About 20 of Central Florida’s LGBT youth will get an opportunity to learn about what goes into a Broadway production.

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, in partnership with Zebra Coalition, Kinky Boots and the True Colors Foundation is hosting the event, which is an afternoon of educational speakers followed by a dinner, performance and then a Q&A with the Kinky Boots cast.

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Orlando gay organizations add groups

By : Jamie Hyman
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Two Central Florida LGBT organizations are offering new groups to benefit the community they serve.

Older, Wiser, Learning (OWL), a program for older LGBTs run out of the GLBT Center, now offers a weekly “Lady Hoots,” a forum for women to discuss issues and topics they face in their daily lives.

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Leader of the pack: Patty Sheehan makes remarkable waves as she launches her fifth term

By : Billy Manes
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District 4 Commissioner Patty Sheehan hasn’t had the easiest of years, but she’s made certain to make it easier for much of Orlando’s LGBT population. In addition to being out, loud and proud, Sheehan has tackled all of the issues, from marriage equality to sidewalks and back again. By now, most Orlandoans know of Sheehan’s attention to detail – don’t even try to take away her giant binder of ordinances and research; she will attack, and you won’t like that.

She’s got the power.

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Issue 22.25: Riding Off The Metro

By : Jake Stevens
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Chris Rudisill takes the leap from Metro to Ft. Lauderdale’s Stonewall National Museum and Archives, How your local watering holes are changing with the times, Zebra Youth Council raises awareness, local news, celebrity interviews, and much, much more!

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Young with heart: Zebra Coalition’s Youth Council act as ambassadors for LGBT equality

By : Ciara Varone
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Orlando – The Zebra House has always been a safe space that takes in LGBT youth, but now the Zebra Coalition is reaching outward, into the community, with a Zebra Youth Council.

Nine young people, ages 17 to 24, have been serving on the council since this past summer. In addition to their role as ambassadors for the LGBT youth community, the council members are tasked with helping Zebra Coalition to better understand the young people it serves. The Coalition is a network of Central Florida social service providers, government agencies, schools, and colleges and universities that provide a full continuum of services to at-risk LGBT+ youth.

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Zebra Coalition Thanksgiving Dinner 2015

By : Jamie Hyman
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Local LGBT youth and representatives from the Zebra Coalition gathered at Zebra House Nov. 24 to enjoy an early Thanksgiving dinner.

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2015 Equality Florida Greater Orlando Gala at The Mezz

By : Jamie Hyman
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Equality Florida hosted a sold-out greater Orlando Gala Nov. 6 at The Mezz which raised $211,ooo for the organization.

EQFL CEO Nadine Smith delivered the State of the State address, and EQFL honored Jeff Voss for his work to establish The Zebra Coalition for LGBTQ Youth and Pat Padilla for her years of advocacy as the president of Central Florida PFLAG.

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Zebra Run 5K 2015

By : Jamie Hyman
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Colorfully-clad runners took to the streets of downtown Orlando for the second annual  Zebra Run 5K, benefiting the Zebra Coalition, a local organization that supports LGBT youth.

Race results coming soon – watch this space, we’ll update when they become available.

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Watermark’s complete coverage: Come Out With Pride 2015

By : Jamie Hyman
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Here is your one-stop shop for all of Watermark’s photo galleries, articles and information you need, all weekend long for Come Out With Pride 2015.

From the big parade to Jordin Sparks at Parliament House to the Zebra 5K, Watermark is covering it all!

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Meet Zebra Coalition’s new Executive Director

By : Jamie Hyman
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Orlando – Zebra Coalition, a network of organizations which provides services to LGBT youth, has a new head honcho.

Heather Wilkie will start her new job as Zebra Coalition’s executive director Sept. 8. She comes to Zebra from Harbor House, where she’s worked for 12 years and has served as chief operating officer for the past four years. During that time, she was chair of the LGBT+ Caucus with the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, where she led a statewide initiative to enhance services for LGBT+ survivors of abuse.

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Zebra Coalition awards six scholarships

By : Kimberly Schlicter
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Hope emanated from the group gathered at The Abbey on Aug. 27 as attendees celebrated the six recipients of the Jefferson R. Voss Education Fund.

The scholarship, which is organized by Zebra Coalition, is offered to local LGBT youth who plan to attend UCF, community college, a career and technical center or to get their GED.

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Fall Fashion. Give Back. 2015

By : Jamie Hyman
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Zebra Coalition hosts Fall Fashion. Give Back. runway show and fundraiser at Neiman Marcus Orlando Aug. 20.

The event, which included a runway show, food, drinks and a silent auction, raised funds for Zebra Coalition. 

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