Pasco Pride seeks countywide Human Rights Ordinance

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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Pasco County, Fla. | Pasco Pride has launched a concentrated effort to enact a Human Rights Ordinance (HRO) in Pasco County to protect LGBTQ residents from discrimination.

The organization held its second annual festival last October. It exists to strengthen and support Pasco County’s growing LGBTQ community and sees the passage of a countywide HRO as an extension of that mission.

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Watermark’s Most Remarkable People of 2019

By : Watermark Staff
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What a remarkable year 2019 has been for the LGBTQ communities in Central Florida and Tampa Bay.

Whether it was in the field of politics, philanthropy, activism, entertainment or pageantry; there was no shortage of remarkable people for us to choose for Watermark’s annual list of the Most Remarkable People in Central Florida and Tampa Bay.

In honor of the year 2019, we choose 19 people across our readership area who were breaking records and blazing trails for the LGBTQ community. Once we selected our 19 Remarkables, we asked members of the community work know, work and admire each of them to write why they thought they were remarkable.

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Nina Borders, Pasco Pride President

By : Diana Shanks, Pasco Pride Director of Marketing/Social Media
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Nina Borders is the hero I needed in Pasco County when I was growing up.

Nina took over as President of Pasco Pride in its second year, and has brought it to a new level of brilliance and power. Under her leadership, Pride has developed a regular presence in local politics, created a Metro fund for low income patients, attended regional and national conferences, and even adopted a road formerly adopted by the KKK.

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Pasco Pride, advocates show support for LGBTQ youth

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ABOVE: Supporters attend the Pasco County School Board’s meeting on Dec. 3. Photo courtesy Pasco Pride.

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. | More than 100 LGBTQ advocates and allies attended a Pasco County School Board meeting in support of LGBTQ youth on Dec. 3.

The effort was organized by Pasco Pride cultural liaison Myndee Washington. Supporters wore purple to show solidarity with bullied LGBTQ youth and Pasco County Schools’ use of a best practices guide designed to assist educators in better understanding LGBTQ students.

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Pasco Pride expands in second year

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ABOVE: Supporters flood Sims Park for the inaugural Pasco Pride Oct. 6, 2018. Photo courtesy Pasco Pride.

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. | The second annual Pasco Pride will be held Sept. 29-Oct. 6, expanding from a one-day festival to unite Pasco County’s growing LGBTQ community.

Pasco Pride made history with its inaugural outing in 2018, becoming the first LGBTQ Pride festival held in the county. The organization has since dedicated itself to fostering communication, tolerance, education and mutual support between the area’s LGBTQ advocates and allies.

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Pasco Pride adopts road formerly claimed by KKK, seeks volunteers

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ABOVE: Pasco Pride President Nina Borders (4th from L) and the Pride board attend a New Port Richey City Council meeting June 18. (Photo courtesy Nina Borders.)

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. | Pasco Pride has adopted a one-mile stretch of Moon Lake Road via Pasco County’s Adopt-a-Road program, a section previously claimed by the white supremacist hate group the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) in 1993.

Pasco Pride exists to connect, build and strengthen the LGBTQ community in and around Pasco County. Now in its second year, the organization was seeking community outreach projects to raise awareness for its mission when it discovered Keep Pasco Beautiful. The not-for-profit environmental organization promotes the county’s Adopt-a-Road program to “reduce litter, promote waste reduction and encourage beautification.”

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