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Saint Pete Shows its Pride listen

07/01/13 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Saint Petersburg Pride parade and festival was in full swing on Saturday, despite the rainy weather. The celebrants were still savoring the euphoria unleashed last week from the Supreme Court’s favorable decisions on same-sex marriage.



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St. Pete LGBT residents and their supporters rally for Supreme Court DOMA decision listen

06/27/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tuesday, the Supreme Court of the United States struck down the Defense of Marriage Act and sent advocates for equality into a frenzy of celebration. At North Straub Park in downtown St. Petersburg, some 100 members of the LGBT community and their allies rallied despite threatening weather. Among the crowd of purple shirts and rainbow flags, Stacy Blake, executive director of Community Tampa Bay compared the decision to a 1967 ruling that is responsible for her own marriage.

“Loving V. ...

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Immigrant Rights Activist Accuses Sen. Rubio's Office of Revealing his Undocumented Status to the Police listen

06/26/13 Sean Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Three people were arrested at the Tampa office of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio yesterday. They were participating in a sit-in to protest Senator Rubio’s stance on the rights of lesbian and gay individuals in proposed immigration reform legislation and in workforce discrimination. But it’s what happened with one of the protesters who was not arrested that could be even more noteworthy. Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez is co-director of the LGBTQ rights group Get Equal; he is accusing a Rubio staff membe...

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Hillsborough County Commission ditches ban on sponsoring gay pride despite pleas from conservatives listen

06/05/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Hillsborough County Commissioners unanimously repealed a policy Wednesday that barred the board from promoting or participating in gay pride events. The ban had been in place since then-Commissioner Ronda Storms suggested it. Openly gay county commissioner Kevin Beckner started the conversation by recapping Storms’ 2005 motion.

“Board members, I move that we adopt a policy that Hillsborough County government obtain from acknowledging, promoting and participating in gay pride recognit...

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Pinellas begins its domestic partnership registry listen

04/16/13 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Monday non-married couples in Pinellas were able to sign up for the county’s new domestic partner registry. The four different branches of the Clerk of Courts were prepared for a large influx of registrations, but the rush didn’t occur.

By the end of yesterday, fewer than ten couples had signed up on the first day of countywide registration. Rod Tabler, manager of the Saint Petersburg branch office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court, said he wasn’t surp...

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Equality Florida Twitterbombs Senator Bill Nelson asking for evolution on marriage equality

04/02/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tuesday Mark Kirk of Illinois became the latest Republican U.S. Senator to come out in support of same-sex marriage; but Florida Democrat Bill Nelson is holding firmly to his opposition of gay marriage.

This afternoon, activists led by the LGBT equality group Equality Florida, used online activism to try to get Senator Nelson to change his mind.

In what they’re calling a “Twitterbomb” they encouraged supporters to tweet to Senator Nelson’s handle @SenBillNelson asking him to evo...

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LGBT anti-bullying group aims to set up support networks in schools listen

03/29/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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According to the CDC, more than 4,000 kids commit suicide each year and some of them do it as a result of bullying. A national anti-bullying group threw a fancy fundraiser last night in Tampa to raise money for outreach programs in schools.

At the swank Aqua lounge in the Westin hotel on the Courtney Campbell Causeway, members of the group GLSEN – Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network – sold raffle tickets for prizes for everything from signed hockey sticks to baskets full of booze...

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Should the U.S. Supreme Court overturn the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act?

03/29/13 Janelle Irwin
Last Call Friday
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This week, justices heard oral arguments in the case seeking to over turn the Defense of Marriage Act. It is expected that the U.S. Supreme Court will narrowly overturn the 1996 law when a decision is made. That is expected to come in several months.

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Activists in Tampa hold vigil for lesbian, gay, transgender rights listen

03/27/13 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Some 200 advocates of marriage equality endured chilly temperatures Tuesday evening in downtown Tampa. They huddled together in front of the Sam Gibbons US Courthouse to listen to speakers and participate in what they called the Light the Way to Justice in Tampa Bay Vigil.

The Tampa Bay vigil was held in solidarity with numerous other communities around the US to coincide with the US Supreme Court hearings on two historic rights cases. Juan Sousa-Rodriguez, ...

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Tampa activists will hold vigil to support marriage equality listen

03/26/13 Lauren Misa
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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As the Supreme Court hears a challenge to the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Prop 8 this week, community activists are planning a vigil in support of LGBT equality Tuesday evening in Tampa. Jarrod Scarbrough heads the group Get Equal Florida.

"There's actually going to be a vigil that we're going to hold in downtown Tampa. It is a way for the local LGBT community and our allies and friends to come together and ...

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