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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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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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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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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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Tax Day extra difficult for many same-sex married couples

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A necessary burden for most Americans, Tax Day is an accounting nightmare for thousands of gay and lesbian couples as they wrestle with the uneven legal status of same-sex marriage in the United States. They live in a country that recognizes their marriages, but some reside in the 13 states that do not, an issue that will be argued before the Supreme Court later this month. At tax time, and Wednesday is the filing deadline, it gets complicated because most…

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Florida Together launches political arm, expands staff and board read to fight for LGBT equality

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Florida Together today announced an expansion of its staff and board of directors as it readies for the 2010 fall elections and the 2011 legislative session. Florida Together has hired Michael Kenny as its new executive director and has contracted with Ted Howard to provide services as program director.  Florida Together is also proud to announce the continuing expansion of its board of directors.  The board of the political and lobbying arm of the organization now includes Joseph Falk, Dianne…

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