Helping Hands: Pulse survivors, families join LGBTQ groups and politicians to send support, supplies to Puerto Rico

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | As the sun was coming up on the east coast of the United States Sept. 30, the responses by the president in Washington, D.C., and the people of Orlando to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria on the island of Puerto Rico could not have been more different.

“The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump,” the commander-in-chief tweeted. ”Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help. They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort. 10,000 Federal workers now on Island doing a fantastic job.”

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The GLBT Center of Central Florida celebrates its new renovation with ribbon cutting, open house

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | The GLBT Center of Central Florida reopened their doors after a nearly three year renovation with a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house Aug. 31.

The event was well attended by local and state officials, members of the community and media as Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, City Commissioner Patty Sheehan and Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy spoke to the crowd and then cut the ribbon officially opening The Center.

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Orlando’s Overheard: Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

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Terry’s new title

A press release was sent out by the GLBT Center of Central Florida July 3 announcing Terry DeCarlo, who was the executive director, is stepping down but will by remaining with the agency as their Chief Communications Officer, a position created for him.

The change in position, which was immediate, will now consist of DeCarlo handling the demands of media relations, communication and events. 

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GLBT Center of Central Florida fined $1,000 for violations in wake of Pulse shooting

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO – The GLBT Center of Central Florida has been fined $1,000 by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

The fine stems from an investigation into two complaints filed in 2016 by volunteers who alleged The Center had been misusing donations made for the victims of the Pulse shooting.

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2016 World AIDS Day events round-up

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The 28th Annual World AIDS Day is Dec. 1. From the early morning hours of that day at the YMCA in Ocala to the not-as-early morning hours of Saturday’s AIDS Walk in St. Pete, the community will be honoring the memories and celebrating the lives of those impacted by HIV/AIDS.

World AIDS Day is held on the first of December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day, held for the first time in 1988.

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2nd Annual Black and White Gala doubles last year’s fundraising dollars

By : Jamie Hyman
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Orlando – The numbers are still coming in, but Timothy Vargas, president of The GLBT Center of Central Florida (The Center) board of directors, said it looks like its 2nd annual Black and White Gala doubled the fundraising totals of the inaugural event.

Last year’s Gala raised about $17,000, and Vargas said he’s “extremely satisfied” and organizers worked to “dress up the event a little more than last year.”

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Differing Views: Art at The Center

By : Jose Delacuesta
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Opening night of Differing Views: Art at the Center, July 22 at the GLBT Center of Central Florida. Photos by Jose Delacuesta.

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