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Stuart Milk on his LGBT activism and uncle Harvey Milk listen

10/20/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Last week California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill commemorating the gay rights activist Harvey Milk. It’s the same bill that the governor vetoed last year. In the intervening twelve months, Milk posthumously won the Presidential Medal of Freedom, was inducted into the California Hall of Fame, and a film was released starring Sean Penn as Milk.

Harvey Milk’s nephew, Stuart Milk, is also an LGBT-rights activist. WMNF spoke with him last Saturday at the Tampa Theatre, whe...

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Iorio names Jane Castor Tampa police chief listen

09/16/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Jane Castor will become Tampa’s first female and first lesbian chief of police on October 1st. Mayor Pam Iorio made that announcement this morning as well as the retirement of current Chief Steve Hogue.

Castor is the assistant chief of operations and is a 25-year veteran of the TPD. Iorio calls her a “born leader” and says that Castor has “filled every possible role” since joining the department in 1984. Jane Castor says that some things will be different in the department under ...

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'Outrage' suggests double life for Gov. Crist listen

07/17/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Last night the WMNF Film Series hosted the Tampa Bay premier of the documentary Outrage. More than 200 people packed into the Tampa Pitcher Show to see the film that its website calls, “a searing indictment of the hypocrisy of closeted politicians who actively campaign against the LGBT community they covertly belong to.” Outrage prominently features Florida Governor Charlie Crist.

The audience applauded video of former Republican U.S. Representative Jim Kolbe who spoke on the floor ...

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St Pete Pride Festival hits its stride listen

06/29/09 Carson Frame
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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On Saturday, the 2009 St. Pete Gay Pride Parade hit the streets in order to celebrate sexuality, community, and acceptance.

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Activists protest California ruling banning same-sex marriage listen

05/27/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Six hours after the California Supreme Court refused to overturn Proposition 8, which bans same sex marriage in the Golden State, approximately 50 people gathered at Joe Chillura Square in downtown Tampa to protest the legal decision.

Activists said the theme of the evening was a call to action.

Karen Doering is a board member with Organizations United Together (OUT). She called the California Supreme Court ruling, "unthinkable."

Doering said it was time for the LGBT community and th...

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New HIV vaccine debuts in Ybor City listen

03/02/09 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Amid the festivities at Southern Exposure, the nation’s first all-gay carnival held in Ybor over the weekend, a press conference was held on Saturday to announce the next steps in the development of a new HIV vaccination.

Referred to as the “GaYbor District,” Ybor currently hosts the nation’s highest gay population. At the Hampton Inn, the Atlanta-based GeoVax Labs Inc. educated some of the city’s residents and weekend visitors about the intended effects and next phase of their ...

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Winter Pride Festival in Tampa canceled this year listen

02/05/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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For the first time in four years, there will not be a Winter Gay Pride event in Tampa later this month.

According to spokesman R. Zeke Fread, the main culprit is the economy. Fread said the festival, created in the aftermath of the Hillsborough County Commission’s 2005 vote banning gay pride events requires anywhere between $20,000 and 25,000 in funding.

Organizers also say that there was extensive money and energy expended this past year fighting Amendment Two, which bans same-sex ma...

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Beckner reopens benefits debate in Hillsborough County listen

01/21/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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On Thursday, Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner says he’ll bring up the idea of giving health care benefits to the unmarried domestic partners of county employees.

Nadine Smith is executive director of the LGBT advocacy group Equality Florida. On Tuesday afternoon her group sent out a mass e-mail to supporters urging them to call and email county commissioners in support of Beckner’s idea.

But just by calling for a discussion, Beckner has touched off a backlash of sort...

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Rick Warren will deliver invocation at inauguration

01/17/09 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View

Adele Stan, well-known columnist and blogger, commonly posts on Huffington Post and American Prospect and writes for Mother Jones and The Nation. She is particularly known for discussing the intersection of religion and politics. We discussed the choice of Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration.

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Protesters gather at Crist's wedding

12/15/08 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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As Gov. Charlie Crist wed Carole Rome at First United Methodist Church in St. Petersburg Friday evening, about 200 demonstrators from different groups gathered across the street at Williams Park to protest the nuptials.

Originally, a silent demonstration and candlelight vigil had been organized by Impact Florida, a group that opposes Amendment 2, which banned gay marriage in the state. Crist had initially been against the amendment, but then shifted and became an outspoken proponent for t...

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