Equality in Tallahassee: A woman's story about her experience at Tallahassee pride

Posted on April 23, 2014 - 2:16pm by Connie.

I interned with Equality Florida last summer of 2013 when DOMA was overturned in the Supreme Court and Equality Florida was winning and engaging in local battles all over the state. I'd never been so inspired by the efforts of a group of people and I didn't even have to step foot in one of their offices to feel their fire. So, naturally, I wouldn't turn down the offer to volunteer at Tallahassee Pride.   


Gulfport Library plans to create LGBT resource center


APRIL 23, 2014 Gulfport-

The nonprofit Circle of Friends of the Gulfport Public Library announced its intention to create a LGBTQ Resource Center at the Library. The project brings together books, periodicals and other media in a special collection to serve as a community resource for Pinellas County and Florida. The Resource Center would be the first of its kind for a public library in the State of Florida. “Every library in Pinellas County has adopted a certain specialty,” said Roger Turner, chairman of the subcommittee. “Because Gulfport has such a large LGBT community — and because as far as we know there are no other public libraries in the state with a dedicated commitment to building and maintaining a large collection of LGBT-themed work — we think this is an appropriate thing for our library and our community.”

HIV+ basketball player kicked out of game recognizes chance to make a difference

 BY : JAMIE HYMAN APRIL 23, 2014 Kissimmee – An openly gay St. Cloud man kicked out of a basketball league for being HIV-positive is turning his experience into a chance to educate about the realities of HIV and how it spreads. Dakota Basinger, 21, has received national media attention and says he’s been contacted by people from all over the world who relate to his story. On April 13, a part-time parks and recreation employee named Dale Boston, 30, approached Basinger during the second half of a league playoff game and asked to speak to him privately. Boston asked Basinger if he was HIV-positive and when Basinger confirmed that he was, Basinger asked him to leave the game for the safety of the other players. “So I walked out,” Basinger said. “I left the game, felt like crap. I was pretty upset.”


Pride Center to Tackle PrEP in Upcoming April 30 Forum

Written by Christiana Lilly

A daily pill that can prevent HIV infection? It almost seems to be too good to be true, so that’s why the Pride Center is hosting a forum to discuss Truvada.

Truvada is a form of pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, as a method to prevent HIV infection. It can also be used in conjunction with other medications for those who are already infected. As PrEP is so new, the center has invited local and national researchers, doctors, and patients who are using the drug for a panel on PrEP and Truvada on April 30 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. “We wanted to provide a forum for information and education and dialogue and understanding,” said Kristofer Fegenbush, chief operations officer at the Pride Center. The drug is being prescribed to sexually active men and women who might be exposed to the virus, whether through casual sex or because their partner is HIV positive.

  Disney Defense...

This Former Disney Actor Was Definitely Not Raped

By Bryan Singer

“He had every chance to rape me but he didn’t” aren’t the most encouraging words of support that one would like to hear when facing sexual assault charges, but openly gay actor Matthew Smith chose them to speak out in support of the beleaguered Bryan Singer. Speaking to TMZ, the former Wizards Of Waverly Place actor’s story is the exact opposite of accuser Michael Egan, who alleges that he was forcibly raped on multiple occasions by Singer and other Hollywood execs while underage.


Gay Days Goes West

 Gay Days, the popular brand known for its annual festivities in Orlando, is making a pioneering move out to the desert Southwest. Gay Days Arizona, May 8-12, offers gay men and women a chance to see sunny Arizona in posh accommodations in an inclusive environment. The Arizona Grand Resort and Spa, inside Stone Mountain Park and Preserve, is the host site for five full days of activities for all tastes. “There’s a lot happening out here,” said Ian Joseph, event planner, who expects 10,000 attendees for this initial entry of the Gay Days brand into Arizona. Events are still being added, Joseph said, with entertainment selections to be determined. For now, Gay Days Arizona is proud to announce Bud Light has come aboard as presenting sponsor with energy drink website DitchtheCan.com a platinum sponsor.

Jodie Foster marries girlfriend Alexandra Hedison

Two-time Oscar winner has been in relationship with photographer for a year 23 April 2014 | By Greg Hernandez Photo: NBC Jodie Foster has married Alexandra Hedison, her girlfriend of one year. The marriage between the two-time Oscar winner and the photographer took place over the weekend, according to E! Online. 

X-Men star joins cast for gay rights film Stonewall

 Caleb Landry Jones will star in the new Roland Emmerich film about the 1969 riots that kick-started the LGBTI rights movement 23 April 2014 | By Joe Morgan X-Men star Caleb Landry Jones has entered talks for Stonewall, a film on the riots that kick-started the modern LGBTI rights movement. The 24-year-old American actor and musician is in line to join Jeremy Irvine in the historical drama, Deadline reports.

Gay Judge In Prop 8 Case Once Underwent Conversion Therapy

Among the tidbits that coming out from Jo Becker’s new book on marriage equality, “Forcing the Spring,” is this one: the federal judge who struck down California’s Proposition 8 as unconstitutional once underwent therapy to cure himself of being gay.

Vaughn Walker only came out as gay after he formally retired from the bench, but it was an open secret that he was gay while he was hearing the Prop 8 case. What no one knew apparently is that Walker’s long journey as a gay man included trying to rid himself of his feelings. In Becker’s book, Walker recounts how in the late 1970s, when he was in his 30s, he chose “to see a psychiatrist about my … affliction.”





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This Week in Gay History

April 23, 1984 — Gay-Related Immune Deficiency Announced

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary holds a press conference announcing that the cause of AIDS has been discovered. Known today as HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), the virus is first named GRID (gay-related immune deficiency).

April 24, 1993 — First Dyke March

Planned by the Lesbian Avengers, the march takes places in Washington, D.C., with over 20,000 women marching.

April 25, 1987 — First Openly Gay Person Elected to Public Office in Ireland

David Norris is elected to the Senate. He worked for years to decriminalize homosexual acts in Ireland, which was achieved in 1993.

April 26, 1944 — Violette Morris Killed

Morris had been banned from the 1928 Olympics for her lesbianism, but she was killed for an unrelated reason. She had been recruited by the Nazi SS and had given the Germans critical information for their 1940 invasion of Paris. She was shot as a traitor by the French Resistance.

April 27, 2009 — Marriage Equality Goes Into Effect in Iowa

It is the third U.S. state to allow same-sex couples to marry.

April 28, 1870 — Boulton and Park Arrested

Ernest Boulton and Frederick William Park could be described as Victorian-age drag queens. On this day, the pair and another man, Hugh Alexander Mundell, are arrested leaving one of their performances. They are subjected to an "intimate examination by a U.K. police doctor in order to establish whether they had had anal sex."

April 29, 2013 — First Male Current Pro Athlete Comes Out

NBA player Jason Collins writes an article for Sports Illustrated, in which he comes out as gay. He receives high praise from fellow NBA players, President Obama, and First Lady Michelle Obama, and many others.

April 30, 1997 —The Ellen Show Coming Out Episode

"The Ellen Show" coming out episode airs. Character Ellen Morgan comes out in "The Puppy Episode."


 All of the information above has been reprinted  from Quist, an LGBT mobile history app that can be found on iOS and Android devices. Visit HYPERLINK "http://www.quistapp.com/"www.Quistapp.com for more information. The app was created by Sarah Prager and launched in July of 2013.


Lambda Legal files federal lawsuit challenging Georgia’s gay marriage ban


 Tuesday, April 22, 2014 ATLANTA — Lambda Legal announced Tuesday it has filed a federal lawsuit challenging Georgia’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia on behalf of a widow and three same-sex couples, and seeks class action status. They are suing the state registrar, a clerk of the Gwinnett County Probate Court and a Fulton County Probate Court judge in their official capacities. “The history of the United States has been defined by the ability of each succeeding generation to recognize that social, economic, political, religious, and historical norms do not define our unalienable rights,” the lawsuit says. “(I)n time, the American ideal of equality and liberty demanded that our government move past cultural and majority oppressions, however long-standing, in order to secure and fulfill the individual rights of all citizens.”
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2014 Gay Games announces headliners for Opening Ceremony



The 2014 Gay Games announced the entertainers who will headline the Opening Ceremony on August 9, which include Lance Bass, Andrea McArdle and the Pointe Sisters. The Opening Ceremony is in Cleveland at the Quicken Loans Arena, where it will feature a cast of more than 400 performers and a Parade of Athletes who are participating in the 2014 Gay Games.

LANCE BASS Best known for being a member of
‘N Sync, he is a well-known gay rights advocate for the LGBT community. He also was the winner of the Humans Rights Campaign Visibility Role award Read More...

Mean Girls Actor Daniel Franzese Comes Out

 The actor who played Damian is out and proud, 10 years after the teen comedy's release.

BY Kevin OKeeffe April 22 2014

When Mean Girls arrived in theaters 10 years ago, few expected it to become the cultural phenomenon it is now — least of all star Daniel Franzese, who gave life to the breakout gay character Damian. "You certainly hope when you pour your heart into something, that people will respond," the 36-year-old actor writes in a letter to his younger self on IndieWire. "But to paraphrase Gretchen Wieners, 'We can’t help it that we’re so popular.'

Emma Stone Scolds Andrew Garfield Over Sexist Spider-Man Comments

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 actors sparred over Garfield's idea that sewing a costume was a "feminine" act. BY Patrick Yacco April 22 2014 4:08 PM ET In a recent promotional event touting their film The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Emma Stone challenged her boyfriend, Andrew Garfield, when the actor described sewing as "a feminine thing to do." Sitting in front of an audience that included children, Garfield was asked by one, "How did Spider-Man get his costume?" Garfield responded with, "He made it. … He sewed it. He took some sewing classes and some needlework, some needlepoint classes. It's kind of a feminine thing to do. He made a masculine costume…" Read More...

Christian Group Denies Ad Trying to Change Gays Via Grindr

by Winnie McCroy EDGE Editor Monday Apr 21, 2014

A Christian group that’s running a large-scale ad campaign on Grindr to save LGBTs from their sinful lifestyle now denies its intentions. According to a recent article on Pink News, the Christian movement GodLife has placed ads on Grindr in Australia, Spain, Iceland, Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. While it doesn’t reference gays specifically, it does claim that, "God will remove His hand from your service to Him if you allow lust to lead you to actual sexual immorality."

Proposed Ohio amendment to legalise same-sex marriage advances

 A ballot measure to overturn the US state of Ohio’s same-sex marriage ban has been given the green light. The Ohio Ballot Board on Tuesday agreed that the ‘Freedom to Marry and Religious Freedom Amendment’ contains a single constitutional amendment, allowing it to gather signatures.

Students Advised Not to Tell on Bullies

 An elementary school principal apologized to parents after students were sent home with a flier advising children not to tell on bullies. BY Michelle Garcia April 22 2014 3:24 PM ET Leaders of the Lincoln, Neb., school district have apologized to students and families after some students were sent home with fliers encouraging children to turn their "bullies into buddies." A fifth-grade class at Zeman Elementary School received a flier that encouraged students not to "not tell on bullies," "learn to laugh" at oneself when being bullied, and advised students not to be afraid, verbally defend themselves, or be "a sore loser." Read More...

(Don’t) Eat, Pray, Hate: Christian Organization Plans 40 Day Fast Against Marriage

Written by EDGE Media | Bobby McGuire 

With liberty and anorexia for all. CitizenLink, the public policy partner of SPLC designated anti-gay hate group Focus on the Family announced it’s partnership with the Family Foundation of Virginia and other anti-gay gay religious organizations around America in an marathon protest against marriage equality that will include 40 days of prayer and fasting. A statement released April 10 by the Family Foundation of Virginia, says: The Family Foundation is asking that you join us for 40 Days of Prayer, Fasting and Repentance for Marriage from August 27 until October 5, 2014. Our state and nation are mired in a morass of confusion and post-modern thinking that does not believe in absolutes nor that any truth can even be known. Nowhere is this more evident than in the current debate raging about what constitutes marriage. Pagan philosophies, a secular humanist education establishment and an entertainment industry that is absolutely determined in pushing the envelope on decency and morality have all combined to turn this great land into a country that our forefathers could not even begin to recognize.

Illinois Republican rank-and-file dump anti-gay marriage state committee members

Six Illinois Republican party central committee members who sought to dump their party chairman after he came out in favor of same-sex marriage have themselves been dumped out of office

22 April 2014  By Andrew Potts
Photo by Fox News 32

A group of Illinois Republican officials who sought to dump their own party’s state chairman have felt the wrath of party members themselves this week getting dumped from their positions.

Sleeping Beauty' Ballet

When: 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Where: Ocala Civic Theatre, 4337 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala
Tickets: $20 for adults, $12 for ages 12 and younger Info: 236-2274 Princess tea party

 Info: Little princes and princesses are encouraged to dress in royal finery for dance demonstrations, story, snacks and cast meet-and-greets
When: 2 p.m. Friday
Where: Ocala Civic Theatre, 4337 E. Silver Springs Blvd

Appleton Announces Spring Membership Drive

The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, is holding a spring membership drive now through the end of May.

New this year, in addition to free admission, Appleton members will receive special access to the museum with Members’ Power Hour and Appleton Store discounts.

All new members who sign up by May 31 will receive a 10 percent discount off their membership and will be entered to win one of several prizes, including two tickets to a 2015 ARTFUL Dining event, an upgrade to a Director’s Circle Membership or a 14-karat gold Murano glass necklace.

Spring is an excellent time to visit and support the Appleton Museum,” said Victoria Billig, assistant director of the museum. “In late April, the “New Art of the Loom”exhibition opens with a special preview party for Director’s Circle level members.”

In conjunction with the membership drive, the museum will host a kickoff party in May for its young members’ group. The Studio Museum members receive many exclusive benefits including free admission to the Sunday afternoon Educational Art Film Series and discounts in the Appleton Store.”

Members who join a Director’s Circle level of membership receive enrollment in the North American Reciprocal Program, providing access to more than 600 museums throughout the United States and Canada. All other levels of membership enjoy the Southeastern Reciprocal Membership Program, with a list of more than 60 leading art institutions in Florida and beyond.

Memberships can be purchased at the museum, online at AppletonMuseum.org, or by calling Colleen Harper at 352-291-4455, ext. 1831.

Attend the CF Citrus Arts Expo May 3

The College of Central Florida will host a free Arts Expo Saturday, May 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at its Citrus Learning and Conference Center, 3800 S. Lecanto Highway, Lecanto.

The expo will showcase visual, literary, performing and musical arts opportunities available in Citrus County. More than 40 art vendors, organizations and individuals will display their work, distribute information and offer demonstrations. Attendees will receive complimentary beverages and snacks, and parking is free.

For more information, contact CF Associate Professor of Visual Arts Michele Wirt at 352-746-6721, ext. 6131, or email wirtm@cf.edu.

CF Patriot Dance and Jazz Ensembles Perform May 1

The College of Central Florida Patriot Dance and Jazz Ensembles present “Running: An Evening of Dance and Jazz Music” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 1, in the Charles R. Dassance Fine Arts Center at the CF Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road.

“This semester’s performance explores the question ‘are we running every day to and from something?’” said Rebecca Lott, choreographer and dance ensemble director.

The performance will feature student works by Melissa Lindsey, Emily Foust, Jace Billbe, Sherika Smith and guest performer/choreographer Fernando Chonqui.

The ensemble welcomes back University of Florida faculty Tiffany Rhynard who will assist in a cutting-edge swing dance with four men – a performance that Lott says shouldn’t be missed.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for non-CF students. Tickets are available through the CF Box Office at 352-873-5810 or the website tickets.CF.edu.

CF Presents 'Jazz at the Webber' May 3

The College of Central Florida presents an evening of Swing era music at its annual “Jazz at the Webber” Saturday, May 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Webber Center on the CF Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road.

Works by Duke Ellington, Woody Herman and tunes made famous by Louis Armstrong will be featured along with some vocal jazz by CF student Danielle Giordana. The CF Jazz Percussion Group and the CF Rock Band will also perform.

Light refreshments will be served at this limited-seating event. Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for non-CF students and free for CF staff, faculty and students. Tickets are available through the Box Office at 352-873-5810 or the website tickets.CF.edu.
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CF Student Art Show Opens April 9

The College of Central Florida will open its 2014 Student Art Exhibition Wednesday, April 9, at 12:30 p.m. in the Webber Center Gallery, 3001 S.W. College Road. This annual, judged exhibit is a favorite with students, faculty and staff. The exhibit includes artwork created by students from the Ocala and Citrus campuses during summer and fall 2013 and spring 2014 semesters. The judge for the exhibition is Bryan Yeager, gallery manager and public art administrator for University Galleries at the University of Florida. “This exhibition of art by CF Visual Arts students showcases students’ talent and variety of styles,” said Tyrus Clutter, CF assistant professor of Visual and Performing Arts. “Visitors will easily see why the college’s art program is one of the best places around to both learn the fundamentals of art and design as well as start a career in visual art.” The exhibition will include a variety of two- and three-dimensional works, including paintings, drawings, digital media, printmaking, sculpture and ceramics. Many of the works are available for sale. The exhibit will continue through May 2. The 2014 edition of the Ocala Campus student literary and art publication, “Imprints,” will also be unveiled. The exhibit and reception are free. Webber Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The gallery is closed Saturdays and Sundays and college-observed holidays. For more information, call 352-873-5809.

through April 27



The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, will display the work of award-winning children’s book illustrator and Artist-in-Residence R. Gregory Christie through April 27.
Christie, who owns and operates Gas Art Gifts Bookstore and Art studio in Decatur, Ga., has illustrated more than 40 books in the past 17 years. He is participating in the museum’s Artist-in-Residency program this spring.

To open the exhibit, Christie will unveil a mural he created specifically for the Appleton, using the museum’s collection as inspiration. The mural may be viewed Saturday, Feb. 1, from 1-3 p.m. during the museum’s First Saturday event. Families are invited to participate in a hands-on art activity with Christie at that time.
Christie won a Coretta Scott King Honor Award in Illustration for his first book, “The Palm of My Heart: Poetry by African American Children.” His book “Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth” was selected as a Coretta Scott King Honor Book and a New York Times Best Illustrated Book.


Kingdom of the Sun Concert Band

Saturday 04/26/2014 2:00 pm  Marion Technical Institute Sunday 04/27/2014  3:00 pm  Marion Technical Institute

We are grateful for your ongoing support and look forward to seeing you at our performances !   All performances are free and open to the public.  Donations are appreciated

 Performance Schedule Upcoming Performance Dates   You are invited to join us and enjoy music that will please everyone of all ages, including patriotic marches, big band tributes, pop medleys, show tunes, and classic concert band selections.   


Brick City Beer & Wine Festival

 Saturday, Apr 26 2:00p Downtown Ocala- Citizens Circle Ocala, FL Buy Tickets Tickets are $30 in advance online. $35 at the door. Buy a ticket for two and get $10 off! Want to party longer? Your Beer Fest ticket gets you in FREE to see Brett Eldredge LIVE the same night! Concert starts at 7:30pm at Citizens' Circle. All Proceeds benefit the Fort King Heritage Project in Ocala, FL.
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