The Last Page: Steve Brown, CEO accesso Technology Group / co-owner The Glass Knife

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The Last Page is dedicated to individuals who are making a positive impact on the LGBTQ community in Central Florida and Tampa Bay.

This issue, we check in with Steve Brown, CEO of accesso Technology Group and co-owner of The Glass Knife in Winter Park. Keep an eye on this space to learn more about the movers and shakers of your community.

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27.01 New Year Focus

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Local trainers share tips to keep you on track with your 2020 health goals, Orlando Pride’s Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris get married, Missing persons case in Lakeland offers $10K reward, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!!

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$10K reward offered in case of missing Lakeland man

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ABOVE: Brian Klecha. Photo via Facebook.

LAKELAND, Fla. | Authorities, advocates and the family of Brian Klecha are offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the closure of the Polk County man’s missing persons case.

Klecha, a U.S. Air Force veteran and former Walt Disney World employee believed to be openly gay, was last seen on Dec. 27, 2017 at the age of 35. According to authorities, he was completing a banking transaction at a MidFlorida Credit Union in Auburndale.

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Polk Pride rises up for fifth annual celebration

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LAKELAND, Fla. | Polk Pride will hold its fifth annual celebration June 8-15, rising up to honor the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots.

“Polk Pride’s fifth year promises to be bigger and better than ever,” Polk Pride President Scott Guira says. “Events are planned to reach every member of the community, inclusive of all backgrounds, and will surely be a great time no matter if this is someone’s first Pride or fiftieth Pride.”

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TIGLFF’s 2018 Audience Award-winning film returns to Lakeland theater in 2019

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“At the End of the Day,” the winner of the 29th annual Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival’s (TIGLFF) Audience Award for best feature film, will return to the big screen in Lakeland this coming new year.

The film is Lakeland filmmaker and LGBTQ ally Kevin O’Brien’s feature directorial debut. It follows “a conservative, Christian professor who finds himself planted in an LGBTQ support group to stop their opening of an LGBTQ homeless youth shelter in their small town,” the synopsis reads.

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Lakeland filmmaker brings ‘At the End of the Day’ to TIGLFF 29

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The Tampa Bay International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (TIGLFF) is one of the largest and longest-running festivals of its kind. Founded in 1990, the 9-day celebration exists to showcase compelling film and video by, for or about the LGBTQ community that entertains, empowers and enlightens audiences. Its 29th year will do exactly that Oct. 5-13.

“It all goes back to community and being together in person,” Director of Programming KJ Mohr says of the festival, “sitting in a theater and experiencing film. You feel the laughter around you, you feel the tension. You’re with people who are like you and have experienced a lot of things you’ve experienced.”
TIGLFF’s screening committee began finalizing this year’s slate of LGBTQ programming in May. Of the hundreds of submissions received, its 20 members pared the festival’s offerings down to just over 30 selections—including Lakeland filmmaker Kevin O’Brien’s comedic drama “At the End of the Day.”

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Local filmmaker to hold sneak peek of religious LGBTQ film ‘At the End of the Day’ in Lakeland

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LAKELAND, Fla. | Kevin O’Brien, a local-area filmmaker, announced that he will hold a special sneak peek of his first feature-length film “At the End of the Day” at the historic Polk Theatre in Lakeland May 18.

“At the End of the Day” is a dramatic comedy that explores the tensions between the evangelical church and the LGBTQ community. Dave Hopper, played by Stephen Shane Martin, is a conservative professor at a Christian college who goes undercover in a gay support group to try and stop them from launching an LGBTQ homeless youth shelter in his small town.

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Polk County shows its Pride in the Park

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Rainbow flags and colorful outfits were out in droves for Polk Pride’s “Pride in the Park” celebration at Munn Park in Lakeland June 17.

Attendees had dozens of vendor tents and food trucks to visit while watching local singers, dancers and drag performers entertain.

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Polk Pride looks to make its third year the biggest one yet

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LAKELAND – Nestled on the I-4 corridor between Orlando and Tampa, many visitors don’t realize that Lakeland has quite an LGBTQ presence in Polk County.

“That was never more evident than that first year we held Polk Pride in 2015,” Dustin Shay, a Polk Pride executive committee member, says. “We were thinking we would have like 200 people and it ended up being 3,000. It was great. The following year Pride in 2016 we ended up having around 5,000, so this year we are really hoping to blow it out since we have gotten a little bit more exposure.”

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Local filmmaker brings religion and gays together in Lakeland

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LAKELAND – A member of a predominantly red city is making a name for himself in the LGBTQ community.

Lakeland resident Kevin O’Brien is a writer and director of a new film called At the End of the Day.

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Watermark is looking for the Most Remarkable people of 2016

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Every year, Watermark chooses stand-outs from the LGBTQ community – remarkable individuals who made a mark in the past year, whether through activism, generosity or beating the odds.

2016 has been a difficult year for all of us, both politically and personally, especially considering the marriage victory last year, so we’re looking to honor those who have made the most change, been the most inspiring and helped to make our LGBTQ community that much stronger in the face of adversity.

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Tampa Equality Connection at Fresco’s in Lakeland

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Please join us for this free event with complimentary hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar with happy hour specials, and an update on what’s next in the fight for full LGBTQ equality. Our hosts at Fresco’s are really excited to help make this a fun event! Click here to RSVP: http://www.eqfl.org/equalityconnection/tampa4

here is no charge for this event, so please bring a guest! Our Equality Connections are a great way to introduce new people to the work of Equality Florida.