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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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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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