Central Florida celebrates the National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day

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Safe sex may be an awkward conversation for some parents to have with their kids, but for those taking part in National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD) on April 10, it’s a must.

The day, which targets those age 13-24, encourages getting tested, having a discussion about the virus and spreading information about how it affects the younger generation.

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Zebra Coalition, Orlando Fringe Festival receive grants from Disney

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Orlando Fringe Executive Director George Wallace and President Joyce Arbucias accept a 2015 grant from Disney.

Orlando Fringe Executive Director George Wallace and President Joyce Arbucias accept a 2015 grant from Disney.

Lake Buena Vista, Fla. – The Zebra Coalition and the Orlando International Fringe Festival were both presented with a grant from Walt Disney World Resorts allowing them to continue to positively affect families and children in Orlando.

They gavea total of $4.5 million worth of grants to 102 organizations in Central Florida at a ceremony held at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on March 30.

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Zebra Coalition receives national awards

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Orlando – The Zebra Coalition received two national recognitions at the American Counseling Association’s 2015 Conference, which was held in Orlando this year at the Hyatt Regency Orlando.

The conference had its National Awards Ceremony on March 14, and Zebra Coalition was awarded $1,500 by the American Counseling Association (ACA) and its Human Rights Committee from the ACA Human Concerns Fund. The Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling (ALGBTIC), one of the 19 divisions of the ACA, also awarded and recognized Zebra Coalition for its work with LGBT youth, yet the amount of ALGBTIC’s award wasn’t available at press time.

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The Sisters strut the stage as favorite fairytales

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The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence took to the stage of the Footlight Theatre at Parliament House for Project Nunway, benefiting the Zebra Coalition on March 20.

Projct Nunway was part of the 4-day Sister’s Conclave where chapters from all over the world converged on Orlando.

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Overheard in Orlando: Local LGBT bar gets a ‘lucky’ makeover

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Minj and Minx take over Mary’s
On March 2, fans of RuPaul’s Drag Race and Ginger Minj flocked to Hamburger Mary’s in Orlando where Minj was joined on stage by The Minx. The LOGO show’s Season 7 premiere introduced a gaggle of gals, including our local favorite. The audience quietly watched the show and were entertained by Minj and The Minx during the commercial breaks. Minj provided some fun stories, none of which unfortunately revealed the final outcome, The second showing was just as packed and featured former contestant Detox, who is now based in Los Angeles. We definitely suggest booking your tables in advance each week.

Feeling lucky
When the Brink suddenly brunk’ed and closed its doors, many wondered what would happen to the popular location.  But it seems there’s word of a new guy in town who will resurrect Brink and add Lucky’s Lounge to the mix. Lucky’s Lounge will be the happy hour bar and is also known as the front bar. It’s scheduled to open sometime in late April. New GM Brian “Lucky” Smith says Brink will reintroduce its Friday and Saturday  nights with themes. Smith recently returned to Orlando but promises to tell us more on the new venture as soon as he can. With a nickname like “Lucky,” certainly things will go smoothly. 

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Zebra Coalition raises more than $21K for LGBT youth scholarships

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Orlando –The Zebra Coalition raised $21,671 on Feb. 27 at its Education Fund Launch event for the Jefferson R. Voss Education Fund with the help of the local LGBT community.

About 130 people attended the event, held to raise awareness and collect generous donations to help fund the Jefferson R. Voss Education Fund. The fund will provide LGBTQ+ youth with the opportunity to apply for scholarships to continue their education or to obtain their GED. The Zebra Coalition is partnering with UCF, community colleges, career and technical centers, and GED programming in Brevard, Lake, Osceola, Orange, Polk and Seminole counties to provide for further education opportunities for LGBTQ+ youth.

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Central Florida Fair celebrates LGBT families

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Orlando – The Central Florida Fair has become a tradition in Orlando for many families, but this year the event will make new efforts to welcome the LGBT community with a brand new LGBT family night March 3.

The Central Florida Fair has been working on ways to introduce the fair to more people in the community, according to Sponsorship Coordinator Frances Salas.

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Orlando Mayor, Zebra Coalition ‘Stand Up’ to bullying

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Orlando – Orlando is putting a spotlight on fighting bullying.

The city, with Mayor Buddy Dyer, launched “Stand Up Orlando,” a campaign to support organizations with anti-bullying programs. Zebra Coalition, which provides services to LGBT youth in Central Florida, is one of the organizations slated to benefit from Stand Up Orlando’s efforts to raise awareness.

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Zebra Coalition scholarship helps fund college for LGBT youth

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Orlando – The Zebra Coalition, in partnership with UCF, will start a fund to provide a scholarship opportunities to LGBT youth as they continue their higher education.

The Zebra Coalition LGBTQ Scholarship Foundation will establish a $25,000 fund that would be dispersed to LGBT youth that may have difficulty securing funding for college.

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Zebra Coalition hosts event to reveal new scholarship program for LGBT youth

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Zebra Coalition is hosting an event that will unveil a new scholarship program that will financially assist local LGBT youths reach their educational goals.

The Zebra Foundation for Youth is founding a scholarship program that will allow for Zebra Coalition to fund GED completion or provide financial support for college students that wish to attend schools like UCF, technical schools or a community college.

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Dine Out at Citrus 2014

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Succulent, delicious food kicked off the evening at the Citrus Restaurant’s charitable event for the Zebra Coalition, a LGBT+ services organization.

The event, where one-hundred percent of the proceeds went to Zebra, consisted of a three-course meal ($60).

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Orlando Magic donates $35,000 to support LGBT youth

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Orlando – The Orlando Magic Youth Fund has donated $35,000 to the Zebra Coalition, a network of organizations working together to support LGBT youth in Central Florida.

Over the past two dozen years, the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation and the Orlando Magic Youth Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund (OMYF-MFF), has distributed more than $18.5 million to local non-profit organizations.

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