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71% of Floridians think conversion therapy for minors should be illegal, bills to prohibit it stalled in Legislature

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A recent poll shows an overwhelming number of Floridians believe conversion therapy should be illegal, leading LGBT advocates to renew their call for a statewide ban. According to a recent Orlando Political Observer-Gravis Marketing poll, 71 percent of Florida voters think conversion therapy should be illegal for minors in Florida. The poll found 18 percent of respondents said they were uncertain, while 11 percent said they thought conversion therapy should be legal. The survey of 1,243 registered voters was conducted…

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Disney refuses to cut ‘gay moment’ from Beauty and the Beast

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Walt Disney World Company has refused to remove a scene involving a “gay moment” from its “Beauty and the Beast” release in Malaysia, a country that has laws against homosexuality. Instead, Disney has decided to withdraw the film from the Malaysian market, rather than censor the scene. Malaysia’s Film Censorship Board approved “Beauty and the Beast” for a “P13” rating after requesting cuts of about 4 1/2 minutes from the subplot with a “gay moment,” according to Film Board Chairman…

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From Key West to Pensacola, Florida’s LGBT attitudes differ

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Florida’s Key West is one of the most gay-friendly places in the country. The Florida Panhandle – many locals call it the Redneck Riviera – is a different story. The massacre of 49 people in a gay nightclub happened between these extremes, forcing many Floridians to reconsider their assumptions about the state’s evolving culture. Key West has a gay police chief, a lesbian county mayor and was the nation’s first city to elect an openly gay mayor. It attracts 450,000…

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Rays to dedicate Friday’s Pride Night to victims of Pulse shooting

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The Tampa Bay Rays will dedicate Friday’s annual Pride Night to the victims of the Orlando slayings. All open seats to Friday’s game against the Giants will be available for $5, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting the Pulse Victims’ fund, which is set up for the families of the victims. Tickets can be purchased online with ticket and order fees being waived. Every person in attendance will receive a “we are Orlando” t-shirt. Proceeds from the 50-50 raffle…

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Rainbow Facebook photos: Armchair activism or shifting tide?

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You may have noticed your Facebook friends getting considerably more colorful. More than 26 million Facebook profile photos have taken on a rainbow hue in the days since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Friday that marriage is a right guaranteed under the Constitution regardless of a person’s sexual orientation. People have been covering their profile photos with the Facebook-supplied overlay that uses the best-known symbol of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights movement: the rainbow. Call it armchair…

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Jason Collins still has bitter feelings about Tony Dungy’s gay views

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Former gay NBA player Jason Collins suggests that former Tampa Bay Bucs coach Tony Dungy is homophobic but does not recognize it. Collins went as far as to compare Dungy to former Los Angeles Clipper owner Donald Sterling in his shortcomings, in fact. “If you were to ask Dungy if he feels like homophobia is in his level of thinking or if he’s homophobic,” Collins said, “he’d say no. Well, if you were to ask Sterling if he sees how…

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Darden Rice’s campaign T-shirt makes cameo in documentary portraying a violent, anti-gay Uganda

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St. Pete City Councilmember Darden Rice got an unusual plug on premium cable television. A man is seen briefly wearing her campaign T-shirt from her most recent successful City Council bid. The blue shirt has her name and campaign slogan, “St. Pete Strong” visible for not longer than the blink of an eye. It’s worn by a man who is presumably from Uganda in a teaser for the HBO show VICE. The episode is called “A Prayer for Uganda.” The…

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