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March 13, 2015

Outdated language banning same-sex parents from adopting in Florida is set to be removed from law

Republican-dominated Florida House of Representatives has supported a bill amendment removing a gay adoption ban from law, as part of wider changes to incentivise foster care in the state.

Same-sex parents in the state have been allowed to adopt since 2010 after an appeals court ruled Florida’s gay adoption ban to be unconstitutional – but the language of the law has remained the same.

March 12, 2015

Do we need Soviet-style spies in our restrooms?

It is always good to watch transphobia shrivel and die. Like Count Dracula, turning to dust at the first ray of sunshine, a great deal of transphobia is only waiting the light of common sense to send it on its way.

Or in this case, one photo, and two simple words – ‘trans man’ – are all that is needed to show how bills supposed to protect women will make their lives infinitely more dangerous.

March 11, 2015

The Williams Institute says that hundreds of thousands of LGBT employees in the Sunshine State are vulnerable to discrimination in the workplace

A new report published by the Williams Institute in Los Angeles has concluded that – in the absence of explicit statewide legal protections – approximately 328,000 LGBT workers in Florida are vulnerable to employment discrimination.

The situation in Florida is a mirror on the wider legislative situation across the rest of the US – with some states prohibiting employment discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity and others not.

March 6, 2015

'I appreciate that he spoke his truth'

Billy Bean has responded to a New York Mets player who said he '100% disagreed with his gay lifestyle.'

Second baseman Daniel Murphy made the comment while the retired baseball player visited a Mets training session in Florida.

'I do disagree with the fact that Billy is a homosexual. That doesn't mean I can't still invest in him and get to know him,' he told NJ.com

March 1, 2015

Potential GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush said on Friday he remains opposed to same-sex marriage despite recent media reports saying that he is 'evolving' on the issue

'No. I believe in traditional marriage,' Jeb Bush said on stage at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) when asked by conservative commentator Sean Hannity if his views had changed on same-sex marriage.

Bush has declared his interest in running for president of the United States in 2016.

His latest comments show that even if his private views on LGBT issues are changing, he is still publicly opposed to marriage equality.

February 25, 2015

TV chef Duff Goldman made the seven-tier gold and silver cake and drag queen Chi Chi LaRue DJ'ed at the reception

Food Network's Guy Fieri has married 101 gay couples at a mass wedding in Miami.

Decked out in a purple tuxedo, the host of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives officiated the ceremony on Monday (23 February).

Fieri's late sister, Morgan, was a lesbian.

'Was an honor to be part of such an amazing day for so many loving couples,' he tweeted.

Art Smith, former personal chef to Oprah Winfrey, came up with the idea of a free over-the-top wedding after Florida judges lifted the state's ban on gay marriage last month.

February 21, 2015

Tim Miller describes himself as 'thrilled and honored to work for a great person with the right message'

Jeb Bush, a presumed 2016 Republican presidential hopeful, is hiring an openly gay man as his top communications aide.

Tim Miller, 33, is currently executive director of the America Rising Political Action Committee (PAC) and wrote on Twitter Friday (20 February): 'Thrilled and honored to work for a great person with the right message.'

Bush has not formally announced his candidacy so Miller would, for now, be senior adviser for Bush’s Right to Rise PAC.

February 20, 2015

'My childhood was awesome. My moms cared for me and did the best they could to bring me up normally despite not having a dad'

A straight marine has paid tribute to his four gay mothers with a tattoo on his forearm.

The seaman based in Florida posted on Reddit, with a huge amount of people appreciating the twist on the classic ink.

Explaining his situation, he said his birth mom and her first wife divorced when he was around five years old.

February 11, 2015

'Kids need supportive environments so they can figure out and be as true to themselves as they can be'

LGBTI people have better self esteem and less depression as young adults if they are open about their sexual orientation or gender identity, a study has revealed.

Researchers have claimed if you are going to hide your identity to the world, it is far more likely to lead to abuse and depression.

Stephen Russell, the study's lead author, says kids need 'supportive environments so they can figure out and be as true to themselves as they can be'.

February 6, 2015

LGBTIs are flocking to California

Over 400 gay pilots have united for a massive convention in Palm Springs.

Members of the National Gay Pilots Association from around the world decided to mark the organisation's 25-year anniversary with the meeting in California this week – the biggest event in its history.

The convention at the Renaissance Palm Springs Resort included a performance by drag act, Miss Coco Peru.

The event was supported by a whopping 21 airlines, including CommutAir, Envoy and Horizon Air.

February 5, 2015

The Supreme Court of Florida is hearing a case where it must decide whether sex between men meets the legal definition of intercourse in the state’s law criminalizing people who lie about having HIV to their partners

Florida’s state Supreme Court will have to decide whether sex between people of the same-sex constitutes intercourse after a defense lawyer successfully argued that his client had not violated the state’s law criminalizing people who lie about their HIV status because the sex was gay.

The case came about after a Key West man named Gary Debaun was accused of lying to his partner about whether he had HIV.

According to court records Debaun was asked to take a HIV test by his partner.

February 2, 2015

On the road with the RuPaul's Drag Race alumni, from Texas to Puerto Rico

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, entertainer Alexis Mateo's big break came in 2011 as a cast member of season three of RuPaul's Drag Race. One of the final three competitors in that season, Alexis also returned to Drag Race for the All Stars season in 2012.

Now living in Florida, Alexis is constantly on the road performing across the United States and around the world. We recently caught up with the hard-working drag queen to hear her traveller's tales...

January 29, 2015

They're going to use it for LGBTI advocacy instead

A gay bear couple own JebBushForPresident.com, and they're not giving it up without a fight.

Domain owners CJ Phillips and Charlie Rainwater, from Oregon, purchased the site name in 2008, ready for the former Florida governor to enter the race.

Instead of promoting the Republican politician, however, they're planning on using it for LGBTI advocacy.

'This page is intended to prompt understanding, insight, and healthy dialogue in the ever changing landscape of civil rights and social justice,' they said.

January 28, 2015

Universal Studios Florida, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and beyond: welcome to adrenaline junkies' paradise

Remember that kid in your class at school, who was always perpetually jetting off to, or returning from, Orlando? And the sweet, sweet envy you felt upon their return, hearing all about their sun-drenched, fun-infused escapades?

January 28, 2015

Universal Studios Florida, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and beyond: welcome to adrenaline junkies' paradise

Remember that kid in your class at school, who was always perpetually jetting off to, or returning from, Orlando? And the sweet, sweet envy you felt upon their return, hearing all about their sun-drenched, fun-infused escapades?

January 21, 2015

Todd and Jeff Delmay were among plaintiffs in case challenging Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage

It's been a heady month for Florida newlyweds Todd and Jeff Delmay who became the second same-sex couple in their state to legally marry.

Tonight, they are in Washington DC to attend President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address before members of the US Senate and House of Representatives.

They have been invited by Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

'We are over the moon with excitement,' Todd Delmay said in a statement from Equality Florida.

January 21, 2015

Todd and Jeff Delmay were among plaintiffs in case challenging Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage

It's been a heady month for Florida newlyweds Todd and Jeff Delmay who became the second same-sex couple in their state to legally marry.

Tonight, they are in Washington DC to attend President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address before members of the US Senate and House of Representatives.

They have been invited by Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

'We are over the moon with excitement,' Todd Delmay said in a statement from Equality Florida.

January 13, 2015

Legatus believes homosexuality is a 'disorder' that can be 'cured'

Forrest Gump actor Gary Sinise has pulled out of the annual conference of a Catholic business organization that believes homosexuality is a 'disorder' that can be ‘cured.'

The Oscar-nominated veterans activist today (13 January) said he did not know about Legatus' 'views on personal matters' when he agreed to speak at the summit.

'For me, faith has been a catalyst for my mission to honor the men and women who serve in our nation’s military,' he said.

January 11, 2015

'Sometimes we just go with what is tradition. We don't second-guess it, we don't doubt it'

A former Florida A&M University band member was sentenced to over six years in prison for being the 'ringleader' in the 2011 hazing death of the band's drum major, Robert Champion.

On 9 January, Orange Circuit Judge Renee Roche announced the decision against Dante Martin.

In 2014 October, a jury took about an hour to find Martin guilty of Champion's (pictured) death.

January 11, 2015

'Sometimes we just go with what is tradition. We don't second-guess it, we don't doubt it'

A former Florida A&M University band member was sentenced to over six years in prison for being the 'ringleader' in the 2011 hazing death of the band's drum major, Robert Champion.

On 9 January, Orange Circuit Judge Renee Roche announced the decision against Dante Martin.

In 2014 October, a jury took about an hour to find Martin guilty of Champion's (pictured) death.

January 8, 2015

Staff are warned to 'exercise discretion' when using social media

The Archdiocese of Miami has threatened to fire employees who openly show support for gay marriage, on the same day the first same-sex marriage licenses were issued in Florida.

The Archbishop of Miami, Thomas Wenski, Tuesday (6 January) sent a letter to staff warning them that they could be sacked for unCatholic behavior – even outside of work and on social media.

January 8, 2015

Staff are warned to 'exercise discretion' when using social media

The Archdiocese of Miami has threatened to fire employees who openly show support for gay marriage, on the same day the first same-sex marriage licenses were issued in Florida.

The Archbishop of Miami, Thomas Wenski, Tuesday (6 January) sent a letter to staff warning them that they could be sacked for unCatholic behavior – even outside of work and on social media.

January 8, 2015

Florida Republican: 'I don’t agree the courts have the power to do this'

Marco Rubio, one of the two US senators from Florida, is not happy that same-sex marriage is now legal in his state.

The Republican is lashing out against the courts that struck down the state's gay marriage ban and opened the gates for hundreds of same-sex couples to get married this week.

January 8, 2015

Florida Republican: 'I don’t agree the courts have the power to do this'

Marco Rubio, one of the two US senators from Florida, is not happy that same-sex marriage is now legal in his state.

The Republican is lashing out against the courts that struck down the state's gay marriage ban and opened the gates for hundreds of same-sex couples to get married this week.