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Buckhorn signs domestic partnership ordinance because "it's the right thing to do" listen

04/13/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn signed a domestic partnership ordinance this morning that will give un-married couples some of the same rights as those that are married. Now that it’s official, the registry will be open sometime within the next 90 days.

Last week, Tampa City Council unanimously passed the domestic partnership registry. It will allow, among other things, un-married couples who complete the registry to have decis...

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Domestic partnership registry one step closer to passing in Tampa listen

03/15/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa City Council members are considering a domestic partnership registry ordinance that would give unmarried couples some of the same protections as those that are married. The measure easily passed its first reading this morning during a packed meeting.

Without a domestic partnership registry, people who are in committed relationships could be denied information about a sick partner. But an ordinance proposed by council member [Yvonne Capin](http://www.tampagov.net/dept_city_council/a...

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As Tampa GOP debate nears, Republicans and protesters weigh in listen

01/20/12 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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After tomorrow's South Carolina presidential primary election, national attention will turn to Florida, where the next primary will be held on Tuesday, January 31. This coming Monday, Tampa's University of South Florida will host a Presidential primary debate in a state that has been recently been penalized by the National Republican party for moving the date of it's primary election forward.

Florida is a political battleground state that typically sees a lot of action during national elec...

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"Unbanned" documentary a reminder of HIllsborough's ban on gay pride endorsements listen

01/06/12 Atecia Robinson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Some residents are still upset nearly seven years after Hillsborough Commissioners voted to ban the endorsement of Gay pride events in the county. A documentary about that controversy, called “Unbanned” was screened for fifteen people Thursday night in Harbor Island.

In 2005 [Former County Commissioner Ronda Storms](http://www.politifact.com/personalities...

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USF students honor fallen transgender people listen

11/17/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Transgender individuals suffer from high rates of unemployment an even homelessness. Those challenges, combined with prejudice, puts this group at a higher risk of both suicide and violence. An LGBT advocacy group held a memorial at USF Tampa Wednesday night for all those who have lost their lives due to being transgender.

Gianna Love is a transgender individual. She’s been taking hormones since she was 17. Prior to that, she struggled with a devoutly religious family who demonized her...

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Pinellas residents talk about coming out of the closet listen

10/12/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Yesterday was National Coming Out Day. Members of the North Pinellas LGBT community shared their coming out stories at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Clearwater last night. Some successful locals said things are getting better.

National Coming Out Day began in 1988 as a means to give LGBT individuals the courage to live a life of authenticity. R.P. Stanley is a Navy veteran and owner of a [military memorabil...

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Tampa Bay Rays tell LGBT community: "It Gets Better" listen

08/31/11 Atecia Robinson
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Last week the Tampa Bay Rays became the 5th Major League Baseball team to speak against homophobic bullying when they partnered with St. Pete Pride to film a video for the “It Gets Better” campaign. It was shot at the Rays’ home, Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg to provide inspiration to members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community facing harassment.

[GLSEN, The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network](http://www.glsen.org/cgi-...

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USF to add transgender option to housing applications listen

07/11/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Last week the University of South Florida made a little change to its campus housing applications. Now, instead of just male or female, students will also have the option to select “transitioning.” Conservatives may not be happy about it, but some students say it’s a sign of generational progress.

Ana Hernandez, Dean of Housing and Residential Education at USF, said the change is meant to meet the demands o...

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GOP Hillsborough County Commissioners refuse to sign proclamation honoring GaYbor District in Ybor City

06/23/11 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Don Barco, the owner of King Carona Cigars in Ybor City and a member of the gaYbor Business District, speaks out about the fact that the 5 Republican Commissioners of Hillsborough County refused to sign a proclamation honoring that business district.

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Transgender activist says she's been denied chance to talk with St Pete College students listen

04/21/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Gianna Chao is an advocate and activist for transgender issues and is a transwoman. She and her creative partner, Alexandria Brown, have created web videos under a partnership called Techno Feminist Utopia. They were invited to speak to an applied ethics class at St. Petersburg College, but Chao says they found out the invitation had been rescinded, but not by the professor or the students.

"From what I know, the class is an applied ethics class at St. Petersburg College and they were goi...

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