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April 9, 2014

Pioneer Winter and Jared Sharon lock lips and roll around the sand and water for nearly 5 minutes in ad for Florida/France Festival

Pioneer Winter and Jared Sharon might have needed some chapstick after filming a very affectionate spot for an ad promoting this month's Florida/France Festival.

As moody music plays, the two hunks begin to kiss passionately while at the beach and they do not stop until 4 minutes and 45 seconds later.

And this is no stationery kiss.

The two, intertwined horizontally, roll off of their towel and onto the sand and keep rolling over seaweed and into the water.

April 2, 2014

The Sunshine Stampede sees men and women from all across North America come together for a weekend of bull riding, barrel racing and over $5000 in prizes

Grab your partner and do-si-do to the Sunshine State this weekend for the gay rodeo Sunshine Stampede.

Kicking off Thursday 3 April with a film showing of Queens and Cowboys: A Straight Year on the Gay Rodeo, the weekend will see rodeo experts, along with cowboy (and cowgirl) lovers, head to Fort Lauderdale for an event organized by the Florida Gay Rodeo Association (FGRA). Tickets for the documentary screening can be purchased online at fgra.org/stampede.

March 29, 2014

'You did wrong ... you must pay the consequences for what you did'

A former Florida A&M band member will spend 51 weeks in jail for the hazing death of gay drum major Robert Champion.

Yesterday, 28 March, Jessie Baskin heard his punishment after a three-hour hearing that included character witnesses and letters  for leniency.

March 29, 2014

'You did wrong ... you must pay the consequences for what you did'

A former Florida A&M band member will spend 51 weeks in jail for the hazing death of gay drum major Robert Champion.

Yesterday, 28 March, Jessie Baskin heard his punishment after a three-hour hearing that included character witnesses and letters  for leniency.

March 14, 2014

Trio join more than 50 existing lawsuits across the US seeking to overturn same-sex marriage bans

The fight in the courts to win marriage equality across the US ratcheted up Thursday (13 March) with lawsuits filed in Arizona, Florida and Indiana.

The lawsuits, two filed by Lambda Legal and one filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, join the more than 50 currently working their way through the legal system in various states.

In Arizona, a federal lawsuit was filed on behalf of seven couples and the surviving spouses of two additional couples challenging the state's gay marriage ban.

March 6, 2014

The world’s most profitable companies including Hilton, Macy's and Nickelodeon are sponsors of Family Outfest, a weeklong party for same-sex parents, their kids and ally families

Florida is welcoming gay and straight families with an inaugural event for households needing a holiday.

Orlando is hosting Family Outfest this July, in what is being called one of the first corporate-sponsored events aimed at gay and straight families.

Disney has just been named as the latest in a string of event sponsors already including Hilton Hotels, Macy's and Nickelodeon Suites Resorts.

Organizers are calling Family Outfest: ‘The first of its kind.

March 6, 2014

The Grammy-grabbing salsa queen and the Dirty Dancing choreographer will lead the 13 April parade, expected to attract nearly 100,000 attendees

Gloria Estefan and multi-hyphenate Kenny Ortega have been named Grand Marshals for this year’s Miami Beach Gay Pride.

Ortega, who’s choreographed the likes of Madonna, Michael Jackson and Elton John, will join the Miami resident Estefan in a vintage Rolls Royce to lead the parade of floats, charities and pride-goers.

This is the sixth annual Miami Beach Gay Pride, and over 80,000 fans and supporters are expected to turn out to join the festivities.

March 5, 2014

Becomes one of the few LGBTI celebrity contestants to take part over 18 seasons

Diana Nyad is trading in her swimsuit for a ball gown.

The champion swimmer, who inspired many when she completed her historic swim from Cuba to Florida last summer, was introduced Tuesday (4 March) as one of the celebrity contestants on ABC's Dancing With the Stars.

The show begins its 18th season - there are two seasons each year - on 17 March.

It was the age of 64 and on her fifth attempt that Nyad swam 103 miles in 53 hours from Cuba to Florida.

She did so without a shark cage, flippers or a wetsuit which had never been done before.

February 28, 2014

Scouting official acknowledges the resort's 'views do not currently align with the BSA and they are choosing to discontinue this level of support'

Walt Disney World Resort has stopped contributing to local Boy Scouts of America chapters in Florida because of the organization's continued ban on gay leaders and employees.

The BSA began to allow openly gay members at the start of the year but the inclusion ends when a scout turns 18.

February 28, 2014

Scouting official acknowledges the resort's 'views do not currently align with the BSA and they are choosing to discontinue this level of support'

Walt Disney World Resort has stopped contributing to local Boy Scouts of America chapters in Florida because of the organization's continued ban on gay leaders and employees.

The BSA began to allow openly gay members at the start of the year but the inclusion ends when a scout turns 18.

February 20, 2014

'It appears you would be happier in a less integrated neighborhood surrounded by people who think the way you do'

Syndicated advice columnist Dear Abby, long known for common sense answers and support of gays, let a reader signed 'Unhappy in Tampa' have it this week for being a homophobe.

A woman explained that she and her husband had relocated to Florida and after being quickly welcomed into the neighborhood social scene, they quickly found themselves on the outside looking in.

February 20, 2014

Joe Simpson: 'The guy in the pics is my modeling Client ... That's it!!'

The father of Jessica Simpson says photos taken of him and a good looking young male model have been blown out of proportion.

Joe Simpson, 56, has taken to Twitter to respond to the gay rumor chatter that surfaced over Valentine's Day weekend when numerous photos of him and a 21-year-old model on the beach in Florida surfaced.

February 10, 2014

A Florida high school footballer who jumped in to protect a gay student who was being bullied has been suspended for 10 days even though the bully has been charged by police with battery

A Florida high school student has been suspended for 10 days for protecting a gay student from a bully who was attacking him.

Mark Betterson was suspended under East Lee County High School’s mandatory suspension policy for anyone involved in a fight despite the fact he was stepping in to protect openly gay Jonathan Colon from being assaulted by 18-year-old James Griffin – another student at the school.

February 6, 2014

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January 24, 2014

David Hanson's impersonation of Sushi the drag queen at the Gay Star Beach Party won him a tour for two around Florida's Key West and accommodations in the Waldorf Astoria Casa Marina Resort

Every New Year's Eve in Key West, Sushi the drag queen dons a fabulous gown, one she's been preparing all year, as she settles into a life-size, glittery red high heel.

The drag queen version of the Times Square midnight ball drop, Sushi is lowered from the top floor of the Bourbon Street Pub as the crowd below counts down to the New Year. At midnight, Sushi kicks off the celebrations by popping a bottle of champagne all over the revelers.

January 24, 2014

David Hanson's impersonation of Sushi the drag queen at the Gay Star Beach Party won him a tour for two around Florida's Key West and accommodations in the Waldorf Astoria Casa Marina Resort

Every New Year's Eve in Key West, Sushi the drag queen dons a fabulous gown, one she's been preparing all year, as she settles into a life-size, glittery red high heel.

The drag queen version of the Times Square midnight ball drop, Sushi is lowered from the top floor of the Bourbon Street Pub as the crowd below counts down to the New Year. At midnight, Sushi kicks off the celebrations by popping a bottle of champagne all over the revelers.

January 22, 2014

An 18-year-old Florida high school student who was suspended after he was bullied for appearing in a gay porn video has been reinstated and will graduate after an online backlash and his story going national

18-year-old Florida high school student Robert Merucci has had his suspension from school lifted after a backlash against the school authorities who suspended him after he was bullied at school for appearing in gay porn.

Merucci appeared in a series of videos for porn company Sean Cody after turning 18 in order to help support his family but when word got out at his Cocoa High School he was bullied by a group of students.

January 22, 2014

An 18-year-old Florida high school student who was suspended after he was bullied for appearing in a gay porn video has been reinstated and will graduate after an online backlash and his story going national

18-year-old Florida high school student Robert Merucci has had his suspension from school lifted after a backlash against the school authorities who suspended him after he was bullied at school for appearing in gay porn.

Merucci appeared in a series of videos for porn company Sean Cody after turning 18 in order to help support his family but when word got out at his Cocoa High School he was bullied by a group of students.

January 22, 2014

Four of the plaintiffs are raising children together and want legal protections

Florida's ban on gay marriage is being challenged in court by six same-sex couples who want to tie the not.

The couples and the Equality Florida Institute filed a lawsuit in state court in Miami on Tuesday (21 January) in Miami seeking the freedom to marry.

Theor lawsuit argues that Florida’s laws barring same-sex couples from marriage violate the US Constitution by denying them the legal protections and equal dignity that having the freedom to marry provides.

January 21, 2014

An 18-year-old Florida High School student was bullied by fellow classmates after they discovered he’d been paid to perform in a porn video but the school decided to suspend him instead of them – causing him to fail his high school diploma

An 18 year-old high school student in Brevard County, Florida was suspended last week after he was bullied by a group of fellow students after they discovered he’d appeared in a gay porn video.

‘Noel’ (not his real name) had made a video for porn company Sean Cody to earn money to help his mother with financial problems but someone who knew him must have seen it as word soon got around his Cocoa High School.

January 21, 2014

An 18-year-old Florida High School student was bullied by fellow classmates after they discovered he’d been paid to perform in a porn video but the school decided to suspend him instead of them – causing him to fail his high school diploma

An 18 year-old high school student in Brevard County, Florida was suspended last week after he was bullied by a group of fellow students after they discovered he’d appeared in a gay porn video.

‘Noel’ (not his real name) had made a video for porn company Sean Cody to earn money to help his mother with financial problems but someone who knew him must have seen it as word soon got around his Cocoa High School.

January 5, 2014

Sunny Key West is offering one Gay Star Beach Party guest a four-night stay in a luxury Florida Keys hotel. Hop into the iconic six-foot high-heel, snap a selfie and enter to win

Florida’s iconic red pump is making a London debut at the Gay Star Beach Party & LGBTI Travel Show, held 18 and 19 January from 12pm to 5pm.

Offering Gay Star Beach Party guests the chance to win a four-night stay in a Florida Keys luxury hotel, the Key West Tourism Board is shipping the iconic life-size pump used in the city’s New Year’s Eve celebrations.

January 3, 2014

Former Republican Florida governor Charlie Crist has apologized for backing a state constitutional ban on gay marriage in 2008 as he runs for his old job again as a Democrat

Former Republican governor of Florida turned Democrat, Charlie Crist, has apologized for endorsing a 2008 ballot initiative that banned same-sex marriage in the state’s constitution.

January 3, 2014

Former Republican Florida governor Charlie Crist has apologized for backing a state constitutional ban on gay marriage in 2008 as he runs for his old job again as a Democrat

Former Republican governor of Florida turned Democrat, Charlie Crist, has apologized for endorsing a 2008 ballot initiative that banned same-sex marriage in the state’s constitution.