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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to speak to an applied ethics class at St. Petersburg College, but Chao says they found out the invitation had been rescinded, but not by the professor or the students.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...


Youth LGBT author Alex Sanchez headlines USF Gala listen

04/15/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Today marks the fourteenth annual Day of Silence, a day when students of all ages across the country take a vow of silence to draw attention to bullying and hate crimes against people who are gay. Last night more than 100 people gathered at USF to honor activists who promote tolerance of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, which still struggles with homophobia. That school’s Gay and Lesbian Alumni Association event highlighted that progress that’s been made in recent de...

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It gets Better: A Movement to Stop Bullying and Reduce Teen Suicides

03/28/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)

You're listening to Radioactivity on WMNF. I'm Rob Lorei. Last summer the nation was rocked by a spate of gay teen suicides: youths who took their own lives because of gay bullying. In September 2010, syndicated columnist and author Dan Savage created a YouTube video with his partner Terry to inspire hope for young people facing harassment. They wanted to create a personal way for supporters everywhere to tell LGBT youth that, yes, it does indeed get better. The “It Gets Better” project h...

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Justice Department will no longer defend Defense of Marriage Act listen

02/23/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Obama administration announced today it will no longer defend the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The law bans federal recognition of same-sex marriage. Equality Florida executive director Nadine Smith calls it "an enormous day."

Despite the Department of Justice decision, the White House says President Barack Obama is still "grappling" with his personal views on same-sex marriage.


Florida Attorney General candidates Dan Gelber and Pam Bondi debate in Orlando listen

10/19/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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In their only TV debate, Attorney General candidates Pam Bondi and Dan Gelber tangled over issues like gay adoption and the new health care law. If elected, Republican Bondi wants to push ahead with a law suit challenging the federal health care reform law.

But Gelber, a Democrat, thinks the lawsuit is frivolous and has no chance of succeeding.

Gelber opposes Florida’s ban on allowing gay couples to adopt, a policy a judge recently found to be unconstitutional.

Bondi says she’ll ...

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Appeals court agrees: Florida ban on gay adoptions unconstitutional listen

09/22/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Florida is the only state with an outright ban on adoptions by gay couples. But that policy might be coming to an end because of an appeals court decision today. The 3rd District Court of Appeal in Miami upheld a lower court’s ruling that the law banning adoption is unconstitutional. After the ruling, Florida Governor Charlie Crist, who is running without party affiliation for U.S. Senate, says the state stop enforcing the ban.

WMNF spoke with Martin Gill, who along with his male partne...

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ACLU reacts to McCollum’s call to forbid gays from being foster parents listen

08/10/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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According to several press reports, Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill McCollum is attempting to back away from his statement that gays should not be allowed to become foster parents in Florida.

Earlier, the Attorney General told the Florida Baptist Witness that gays shouldn’t be foster parents, but many are shocked at that statement.

That includes Shelbi Day, a staff attorney on the LGBT Advocacy Project with the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida.

Day also praised...

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Pride In Paradise listen

06/28/10 Tom Baur
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Pride in Paradise

Thousands of LGBT and their supporters marched behind Grand Marshall St Petersburg city council member Steve Kornell Saturday morning for the 2010 St Pete Pride Street Festival.

"We're here to support gay pride, family, and just the love that everybody should feel no matter who you love. You don't choose that, you just are. Be proud of that."

Pride was on parade in [St Petersburg’s](http:/...

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St Petersburg Swears in New Mayor and History Making Council Member listen

01/04/10 Tom Baur
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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It was a packed house with standing room only at St Petersburg city hall Saturday January 2nd as newly elected Mayor Bill Foster and council member Steve Kornell were sworn in.

St Petersburg City Council celebrated and congratulated outgoing mayor Rick Baker with awards, the key to the city and high praise. Baker led St. Petersburg for almost 9 years until term limits forced him out of office. Baker...

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Kornell becomes first openly gay Council member in St Petersburg listen

11/04/09 Seán Kinane and Caroline Cziesla
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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St. Petersburg voters elected all four incumbent City Council members yesterday: Leslie Curran, Jim Kennedy, Jeff Danner, and Karl Nurse.

In the only race without an incumbent, Steve Kornell beat Angela Rouson by a margin of 59 to 41 percent. Kornell celebrated his victory at Shackleton’s Folly last night.

Kornell: "I am very exited and very happy. What I said in my speech was that, although some people framed this as a race about making history. I see this as about race for the ...

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