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July 17, 2014

Three gay friends spending a long weekend in Naples found, among many things, humid streets, attractive architecture and oddly erotic statues

An Italian, a German and a London gay man found themselves in the streets of Naples for the annual Gay Pride celebration.

The biggest city in southern Italy gets quite hot in the summer, but our travelers were keen to scope out the tastes and sights of Napoli.

Before and after the parade, the three men (including our GSN team member Marcus James) took to the streets of Naples in search of some legendary pasta (or pizza) and to check out the tourism spots.

So what was Naples like for our three amigos?

July 11, 2014

Florida doesn’t recognize any form of same-sex unions. Fort Lauderdale wants to change that

Tourism officials in Fort Lauderdale, a popular LGBT destination in Florida, want to repeal the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Fort Lauderdale’s reputation as the city with the highest number of same-sex couples in the US could be bolstered this year as two separate same-sex union lawsuits are debated in state and federal courts.

July 11, 2014

Florida doesn’t recognize any form of same-sex unions. Fort Lauderdale wants to change that

Tourism officials in Fort Lauderdale, a popular LGBT destination in Florida, want to repeal the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Fort Lauderdale’s reputation as the city with the highest number of same-sex couples in the US could be bolstered this year as two separate same-sex union lawsuits are debated in state and federal courts.

July 10, 2014

Heat up this winter with LGBT cruises to Latin America, the Caribbean, the South Pacific and Europe

If you’ve fantasized of having a boogie and a beer with a burly German man, sharing a sunset dance with a beautiful Tahitian woman, or partying with DOZENS of RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants at once, your dreams are about to come true.

The season’s hottest gay and lesbian cruises prove a winter holiday need not be frigid.

From steamy pool parties to adventures in the sweltering Mexican jungle, these five cruises turn up the heat for guests no matter what their preferred scene.

Lesbians in leiderhosen? Check.

June 25, 2014

An estimated 125,000 people are expected to descend on St Pete Pride from 27 to 29 June to join the sunset Pride parade, block party and family-friendly street fest

We knew Miami, Key West and Fort Lauderdale have serious LGBTI credentials.

But we were pleasantly surprised to learn Florida’s largest Gay Pride festivities take place in the city of St Petersburg (obviously not to be confused with the Russian city).

Sharing a peninsula on Florida’s western coast with the city of Clearwater, bordered by the Gulf of Mexico to the west and Tampa Bay to the east, the sun-drenched city of St Petersburg packs a lot of pride into just one weekend.

June 24, 2014

A Florida HIV group that benefits from White Party Miami sales is disappointed Gay Days Fort Lauderdale has been scheduled for the same Thanksgiving weekend

Not everyone is happy Gay Days has announced Fort Lauderdale as the latest city to join its week-long pool party and DJ line-up.

Many Florida businesses are looking forward to the 15,000 LGBTI fans who will descend on the Florida city, infusing an estimated $18 million (€13 million) into the local economy.

But local HIV and AIDS organization Care Resource CEO Rick Siclari is disappointed the event is scheduled for the same weekend as White Party Miami, an event whose sales contribute to Care Resource.

June 24, 2014

A Florida HIV group that benefits from White Party Miami sales is disappointed Gay Days Fort Lauderdale has been scheduled for the same Thanksgiving weekend

Not everyone is happy Gay Days has announced Fort Lauderdale as the latest city to join its week-long pool party and DJ line-up.

Many Florida businesses are looking forward to the 15,000 LGBTI fans who will descend on the Florida city, infusing an estimated $18 million (€13 million) into the local economy.

But local HIV and AIDS organization Care Resource CEO Rick Siclari is disappointed the event is scheduled for the same weekend as White Party Miami, an event whose sales contribute to Care Resource.

June 23, 2014

Victim was misgendered by the police report and her own family even after her death

Police are trying to find the killer who burned a transgender woman to death and hid her body behind a garbage bin.

The victim was identified as Yaz'min Shancez, 31, from Fort Myers, in Florida. The police report misgendered her and gave her birth given name.

The police are not treating it as a hate crime.

‘We have no indication at this time to say this was specifically done because it was a male living as a female or anything like that,’ Fort Myers Police's Jay Rodriguez said.

June 17, 2014

Darrin Gayles and Staci Yandle are also both African-American

The US Senate made history on Tuesday (17 June) when it confirmed two openly gay judges to the federal bench on the same day.

Both are also African-American.

Judge Darrin Gayles, confirmed to the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida, is the first openly gay African American man to be confirmed as a lifetime-appointed federal judge in the nation’s history.

June 11, 2014

Whether or not going nude is your thing, our guide on where to whet your palate and gay it up in Florida's island city is sure to get you excited

Visiting Key West feels like you’re in another world unto itself.

Maybe it's the mix of city life and island vibes, a balance so difficult to get right yet one Key West pulls off with poise.

Maybe it’s the inspiring tropical landscape, a mix of deep green foliage, shimmering blue waters and bursts of color from flowers and buildings that rivals the universal rainbow flags just about everywhere in sight.

May 11, 2014

Judge says his decision to retire early came after an 'inappropriate invasion of my privacy'

Judge David Audlin on Friday retired as Monroe County’s chief circuit judge – with four years left in his second six-year term – to return to private practice.

May 6, 2014

Chris Sevier has been denied an application to intervene in the challenge to Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage through which he is seeking to marry his porn filled computer

‘Former Judge Advocate and combat veteran’ Chris Sevier has had his application to intervene in the federal court challenge to Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage dismissed in which he is seeking to marry his porn filled Apple computer.

Sevier filed a 24 page document with the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida which is hearing the ‘James Domer Brenner et al., v. Rick Scott’ challenge to that state’s same-sex marriage ban - but it was dismissed by Judge Robert Hinkle in a 24 April ruling.

April 30, 2014

A US district court judge has rejected a motion by lawyers for the anti-gay Florida Family Association to intervene in two challenges to that state’s ban on same-sex marriage

A judge has ruled that the anti-gay Florida Family Association (FFA) may not intervene legally in two challenges to Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage because none of its members would be directly affected by gay couples getting married.

‘No FFA member seeks to enter a same-sex-marriage or will be directly affected if others enter same-sex marriages,’ District court Judge Robert Hinkle found in his ruling.

‘FFA’s generalized interest in opposing same-sex marriage does not entitle FFA to intervene.’

April 14, 2014

Florida athlete Bubba Watson voiced his support for a reporter who called Jason Collins' coming out as an 'open rebellion to God'

A US golfer, who believes being gay is a sin, won the Masters yesterday (13 April).

Bubba Watson, a 35-year-old from Florida, won the green jacket, the $1.6 million prize and in doing so pleased a lot of conservative Christians.

When basketball star Jason Collins came out publicly as gay last year, Watson took the opportunity to preach against homosexuality.

He was one of the very few professional athletes to take a stand against Collins.

‘Thanks @Chris_Broussard for sharing your faith & the bible!! #GodIsGood,’ Watson tweeted.

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.