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Lawmaker: Governor’s office broke promise to LGBTQs

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When 49 people were killed at a gay nightclub in Florida in 2016, Gov. Rick Scott publicly offered his sympathy to the victims’ families and the LGBT community. “These are individuals. Let’s love every one of them,” he said then.

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Event in remembrance of Pulse victims set for Ybor City tonight

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Less than 48 hours after a gunman shot 49 people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando a year ago, thousands gathered in Ybor City to honor the victims. On this first anniversary of what is the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, Ybor City will again be the site for the Tampa Bay community to come together to remember the victims of that attack. The vigil at Centennial Park begins at 7 p.m. “We’re calling it a night of reflection,” says Carrie West, who helped…

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Teresa Jacobs, Buddy Dyer, Patty Sheehan: Rainbow flag symbolizes Orlando’s values

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As Orange County once again unfurled a piece of the Sea-to-Sea Rainbow Flag in downtown Orlando, city and county leaders insisted its values of acceptance, understanding, diversity and inclusion shall forever define Orlando. The anniversary of the catastrophic mass murder at Orlando’s popular gay nightclub Pulse on Latino night, June 12, 2016, began largely in celebration of what this community found within itself in the hours, days, months and now the first year since. City Commissioner Patty Sheehan, introduced at…

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Tampa recognizes anniversary of Pulse victims with Pride flags, video

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Unlike their friends in county government a few blocks east on Kennedy Blvd., Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn‘s administration is recognizing the anniversary of the mass shooting of 49 people at the Pulse LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando, which took place one year ago June 12, 2016. The city is hanging the rainbow Pride flag from the top of Old City Hall this weekend; the rainbow colors will be featured over the five downtown bridges. Tampa is also showing solidarity with Orlando in a new thirty-second…

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Hillsborough won’t officially recognize Pulse shooting anniversary, disappointing some

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Monday, June 12, will be one year since the mass shooting of 49 people at the popular Pulse LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando. Less than 48 hours after that horrific night, Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner, County Administrator Mike Merrill, and a handful of Hillsborough County sheriff deputies participated in an event in Ybor City honoring the victims. At their next meeting, Commissioners supported Beckner’s motion to raise an LGBT Pride flag at the County Center for the remainder of June, also in honor of the victims.…

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On eve of Pulse massacre anniversary, Gwen Graham pushes gun safety plan

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One doesn’t have to go back much farther than a few days to find the latest historical example of mass shootings in Florida: an Orlando workplace shooting that took multiple casualties. It wasn’t the first mass shooting in Florida. It likely won’t be the last. As Orlando and the state of Florida deal with that shooting, the first anniversary of the massacre at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub — a terrorist attack on the local LGBT community — also looms. In that…

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Politicos celebrate at Tampa Pride

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Ybor City was the site of Tampa’s Pride celebration Saturday, the biggest event since organizers revived it in 2015. “When Carrie (West) said we want to bring the Pride Parade to Tampa, I said let’s roll!” yelled an exuberant Bob Buckhorn in kicking off the festivities. West and longtime partner Mark Bias are founding members of Tampa Pride and helped create the GaYBOR District Coalition in the aughts. He was inspired to bring the event back to Tampa after the Hillsborough County…

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