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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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Gay community outraged with Buju Banton performance listen

10/30/09 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Buju Banton’s song “Boom Bye Bye” was released in 1992 and is considered to be highly offensive to those in the gay community. Banton’s performance at Ybor’s Cuban Club Friday night has caused a massive reaction from the local gay community. Banton has apologized since the song was released.

Carrie West, President of GaYBOR, Ybor’s gay rights group, says that Banton’s music promotes violence towards gays and women. West says an apology isn’t enough and he doesn’t want B...

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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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