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Tampa rates high on LGBT equality municipal study listen

12/26/12 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A report by the Human Rights Campaign released last month evaluated equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people nationwide. Out of the many cities rated, the Municipal Equality Index scored 11 cities in Florida based on specific criteria and Tampa was the third highest rated Florida city.

The Municipal Equality Index rated 137 municipalities on LGBT equality. Paul Guequierre, Deputy Press Secretary for the Human Rights Campaign says they evaluated municipal law and policy a...

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In Seminole Obama says voters have a choice to make listen

09/10/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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At an impassioned grassroots speaking event, President Barack Obama told voters they have an obvious choice to make. Speaking to a crowd of thousands at the St. Pete College Seminole campus on Saturday, the president wooed the crowd with a combination of wit and optimism.

Hot on the heels of his Democratic nomination acceptance speech in Charlotte, Obama reiterated some of his priorities in office. In sync with the day’s venue, Obama criticized Republicans for wanting to “gut” educ...

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Tampa could extend benefits to domestic partners registered beyond city borders listen

09/06/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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At their regular meeting Thursday morning, Tampa city council members said they want to allow people from other cities who are registered as domestic partners to be able to use those benefits in Tampa too.

City council passed a domestic partnership registry in April, but right now it only affects Tampa residents. That’s likely to change on September 27 when Tampa City Council is expected to approve a change to the ordinance that would recognize a registered domestic partnership regardle...

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Republican convention protesters say they won't be scared off by tropical storm listen

08/22/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Some forecast models predict Tropical Storm Isaac could affect Tampa during the Republican National Convention. Most of the secure area cordoned off for the event is in the first evacuation zone. Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn told CNN this morning that the city has been preparing for hurricane contingencies and will evacuate the area if needed.

“Absolutely we’re prepared to call it off. I mean, human safety and human life trumps politics….the only difference will be that there’s a f...

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Debbie Terry talks about Sarasota's upcoming Fabulous Independent Film Festival

08/16/12 Debbie Terry/Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Debbie Terry talked about Sarasota's LGBT themed Fabulous Independent Film Festival coming to Burns Court Cinema on August 18 & 19. The festival, which includes 12 films and 3 parties, is a Broken Rules Production in association with and benefiting the Harvey Milk Festival, a Sarasota non-profit.

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Couples take the plunge as St. Pete opens its domestic partnership registry listen

08/01/12 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Today St. Pete residents were able to register as domestic partners for the first time. A narrow foyer in City Hall was teeming with excited couples this morning. The domestic partnership registry provides unmarried couples some of the same legal rights as married couples.

People who sign up for the registry only get a fraction of rights of married couples, including the right to be notified if a partner has a medical emergency. Although the new partnership registry is open to same-sex a...

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Equality Florida executive director Nadine Smith answers calls about LGBTQ issues

07/25/12 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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Wednesday on Last Call we discussed human rights issues in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community. Joining me in the studio was Equality Florida executive director Nadine Smith.

We began with news about Florida Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll. A former aide is accusing her of being caught in a compromising position with another female aide. Last week Smith wrote a strongly-worded column about something Carroll recently told a local [television ...

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St. Pete Pride is fun -- for a cause listen

07/02/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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A sea of some 80,000 colorfully clad people descended on St. Petersburg this weekend for Florida’s largest gay pride event. Some wore elaborate rainbow wigs, others were topless and painted. Rachel King celebrated her 25th birthday at the St. Pete Pride Parade. She called it a celebration of acceptance.

“There’s all different organizations that are part of the parade. You see children, you see families. It’s great to see little kids being part of it because you see them growi...

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Full house as Tampa kicks off its domestic partnership registry listen

06/25/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Couples in Tampa who want some of the rights of married couples, but either don’t want to, or are legally forbidden from, getting married, can now sign up as domestic partners. At 9 a.m. Monday the city opened its domestic partnership registry and about a dozen couples were lined up to sign the papers on the first day. Justin Grant sat in a hallway with his partner Phil Wright.

Shortly after 9 a.m. in the Office of the City Clerk in City Hall Grant and Wright filled out forms that were n...

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Gulfport unanimously passes domestic partnership registry listen

05/16/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Following in the footsteps of Tampa, the City of Gulfport now has a Domestic Partnership Registry. Last night the city council unanimously supported a registry to allow unmarried same-sex or opposite-sex couples become eligible for some of the same rights as married couples. This morning Mayor Mike Yakes signed the ordinance during a ceremony that is archived on YouTube. The city anticipates the registry to be active around the 4th of July.

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