VIDEO: LGBTQ activist icon Cleve Jones visits The Center, calls on Central Florida to vote

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ORLANDO | LGBTQ activist icon Cleve Jones visited the LGBT+ Center in Orlando Jan. 29 for a meet & greet and book signing of his 2016 memoir “When We Rise,” but also took the opportunity to declare a call-to-action to the Central Florida LGBTQ community to get out the vote this election year.

“I’m 65, I’ve been politically conscious and aware since I was very young and I think nobody would argue with me that this is the most critical election in our lifetime,” Jones said to the crowd. “So much hangs in the balance for our country, and indeed for the entire world, as we look at the challenges facing the world today. We need an America that can lead with principal, be responsible and be a good ally and a good neighbor, and help us address the extraordinary challenges of climate change, income inequality and all of these other grave threats.”

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PHOTOS: Voting is the message of the night at Equality Florida’s Greater Orlando Gala

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ORLANDO | Equality Florida had a huge turnout for its Greater Orlando Gala at the Orlando Museum of Art Nov. 2, and its message to everyone in attendance: “Get out and vote this Tuesday!”

The event was a who’s who of Central Florida’s LGBTQ, Democrat and progressive communities. The crowd watched as Pulse survivor and gun safety advocate Brandon Wolf was awarded the Voice For Equality Award and Michael Thomas of John Michael Exquisite Weddings and Events accepted the Equality Means Business Award.

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Orange County has largest primary voter turnout for 2018 midterms

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ORLANDO | Voters in Orange County turned out in record numbers for the 2018 midterm primary elections Aug. 28.

More than 170,000 Orange County voters went to the polls to vote for their party’s nominees in state races for governor, Congress, attorney general and the Florida Legislature, as well as local races including Orange County mayor, Orange County Commissioners and Orange County School Board Chair.

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: Rock the vote

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Voting for St. Pete Pride’s 2018 Grand Marshals has officially begun.

“Being named a Grand Marshal of the St. Pete Pride Parade is among the highest honors bestowed by the Tampa Bay LGBTQ community,” St. Pete Pride notes. “Individuals and organizations nominated for Grand Marshal have made significant achievements for LGBTQ rights and have made considerable contributions to the LGBTQ community at large.”

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Confirmation of Serbia’s first gay Prime Minister thrown into doubt

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BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) – Serbia’s ruling conservatives said June 19 if Prime Minister-designate Ana Brnabic doesn’t get enough votes to be confirmed by parliament as the first openly gay person to head the country’s government, an early general election will be held.

Brnabic, nominated last week by Serbian Present Aleksandar Vucic, could also become the conservative nation’s first female prime minister if she’s selected. But some of Vucic’s coalition partners said they will vote against her because of her sexual orientation.

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2017 Watermark WAVE Awards – WAVES FINALIST ROUND

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Watermark spent the last week sorting through and counting every ballot, and here it is – the FINAL round for the 2017 Watermark WAVE Awards!

Below are links to the FINALISTS for Central Florida and Tampa Bay/Sarasota.

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2017 Watermark WAVE Awards – Tampa Bay/Sarasota

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This is the FINAL round for the 2017 Watermark WAVE Awards – Tampa Bay/Sarasota.

For your ballot to count, please take a moment to vote for your favorites in a minimum of 15 categories.

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2017 Watermark WAVE Awards – Central Florida

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This is the FINAL round for the 2017 Watermark WAVE Awards – Central Florida.

For your ballot to count, please take a moment to vote for your favorites in a minimum of 15 categories.

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Gay rights advocates welcome Australia rejecting public vote

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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) – Gay rights advocates welcomed Australia’s Senate voting down Nov. 8 a government plan to hold a nonbinding public vote on recognizing gay marriage and called on Parliament to legislate for marriage equality soon.

The Senate voted 33-29 against holding the plebiscite Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s conservative government had planned for Feb. 11.

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LGBTQ Voting Rally on Sunday! It’s your last chance to be early!

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We are aware of the symptoms of exhaustion. We, likewise, have the vapors and the terrors in equal measure as Nov. 8 approaches. What if it all goes wrong? What if we’re all ruined by a megalomaniac whose interests lie solely in his swish of hair and swap of values, his latest wife and latest strife.

It’s not OK. We’ve done almost as much as we can to encourage your suffrage, but, just in case, there is a souls-to-the-polls-style voting rally happening this weekend, and we thought you should know about it.

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Chelsea Clinton talks LGBT and the 2016 election with PGN

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Chelsea Clinton took a break from addressing female and Millennial voters Oct. 14 in Pittsburgh for a phone call with Philadelphia Gay News. She talked about her time in Pennsylvania — an increasingly important swing state in the race that pits her mother, Democrat Hillary Clinton, against Republican Donald Trump.

“We’re continuing to make the case about what’s really at stake in this election,” Clinton said. “I firmly believe if we keep talking about what’s at stake that we will win on Nov. 8.”

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Australian opposition decides to sink same-sex marriage vote

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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) – The Australian opposition on Oct. 10 decided to block government plans for a public but non-binding vote on recognizing same-sex marriage, arguing it would better if the issue was decided in Parliament.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s conservative coalition government needs center-left Labor Party’s support to get enabling legislation through the Senate to hold a national vote on same-sex marriage on Feb. 11.

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