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Pride Fund endorses Hillary Clinton

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The Pride Fund to End Gun Violence – a political action committee created as a response to Orlando’s Pulse nightclub massacre – announced its endorsement of Hillary Clinton for president Tuesday and a Pride Fund leader would meet with her in Tampa. Pride Fund Executive Director Jason Lindsay will meet with Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, during her Tampa stop. After the gay-hating, ISIS-pledging madman Omar Mateen shot up Orlando’s popular gay nightclub Pulse on June 12, killing 49 and wounding 53, the political…

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Men and women of cloth and rainbow unite in Orlando

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Orlando-area clergy, politicians, and leaders of the LGBT community came together Wednesday afternoon at the Orange County Administration Building to preach scripture, love and unity as the city prepares for its 49 Pulse funerals. In what some called a nationally unprecedented showing, dozens of Central Florida clergy representing faiths including the Roman Catholic Church, mainline protestant churches, evangelical churches, Hispanic evangelical churches, African American churches, synagogues and mosques all heeded Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs‘ call to pledge support for…

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Anderson Cooper to Pam Bondi: Gays think you’re a ‘hypocrite’

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CNN’s Anderson Cooper called out Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi for her apparent double standard on sexuality in the wake of the Orlando shooting. Bondi appeared live in a stand-up interview with Cooper in Orlando that became increasingly testy. The CNN newsman came out as gay in 2012. Sunday’s shooting took place in a gay nightclub, and shooter Omar Mateen’s father has said his son was incensed by the sight of two men kissing during a recent visit to Miami. “I talked to…

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Planned Donald Trump speech to pivot from Hillary Clinton to terror, immigration following Orlando attack

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Following the nation’s most deadly mass shooting which left 50 dead at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Donald Trump said Sunday he will change the subject of a planned Monday speech to address “this terrorist attack, immigration, and national security.” Trump had originally planned to use the speech to present a litany of attacks against Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton. According to senior Trump campaign staff, the presumptive GOP nominee was going to serve up a “charge sheet” against Clinton, including broadside attacks on her…

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Pearl Jam cancels North Carolina concerts over new LGBT law

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Two rock bands have become the latest to cancel concerts in North Carolina because of the state’s new law on LGBT rights. In a statement issued Monday on the band’s website, Pearl Jam called the law “a despicable piece of legislation that encourages discrimination against an entire group of American citizens.” The statement says the band has communicated with local groups and will give them money to oppose the law. Pearl Jam was scheduled to perform April 20 at PNC…

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Dead again: Senators kill anti-LGBT discrimination bill

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A motion to reconsider a contentious bill banning discrimination against LGBT people failed in a Senate panel Tuesday, signaling its virtual demise for the 2016 Legislative Session. On a voice vote, the Judiciary Committee deadlocked again on a procedural move to bring the bill (SB 120) back, one day after the bill died on a 5-5 vote. Sens. Aaron Bean, Lizbeth Benacquisto, Jeff Brandes, Wilton Simpson and Kelli Stargel, all Republicans, still opposed the bill. In favor were committee Chairman Miguel Diaz de…

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LGBT anti-discrimination bill on life support after contentious vote

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A bill to prohibit gender- and sexuality-based workplace discrimination died momentarily in a Senate panel on judicial affairs, before being brought back to life by legislative maneuvering. Monday afternoon’s meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee was likely the most controversial of 2016, in both form and in substance. Senators took up SB 120, a bill supporters are calling the “Competitive Workforce Act,” which aims to amend the state’s Civil Rights Act to prohibit employment, retail and other discrimination against people because of…

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