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Interactive art exhibit gives voice to Polish children of WWII, and Indiana governor defends Religious Freedom Law listen

03/31/15 Rob Lorei
MidPoint with WMNF News Tuesday
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Tags: Wojtek Sawa, Poland, WWII, The Wall Speak- Voices of the Unheard, Interactive Art, Multimedia, The Florida Holocaust Museum, Nazi Germnay, Soviet Union, Indiana, Religious Freedom Restoration Act, George Stephanopoulos, Mike Pence, LGBT, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Today on Radioactivity we talk with Wojtek Sawa, a Polish-born visual artist based out of Sarasota. Sawa is the the author of The Wall Speaks - Voices of the Unheard, an interactive multimedia exhibit currently on display at The Florida Holocaust Museum. The exhibit tells the story of the Polish experience of World War II, of a country that at one point was simultaneous besieged by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. Like many Polish families, Sawa's was personally affected by the war; His f...

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Tampa Pride & Tampa/Florida electoral politics listen

03/26/15 Mitch E. Perry
MidPoint with WMNF News Friday

Tags: Hillsborough County Commission, Pat Kemp, Carrie West, LGBT

Our first guest was Carrie West is the director of Tampa Pride 2015. It's the first LGBT event in Tampa in over a decade, and a bit of a milestone considering the hostility of previous measures enacted by the Hillsborough County Commission.

Pat Kemp then joined us. Kemp narrowly lost a bid for Hillsborough County Commission in 2014, and has already announced her candidacy in 2016. We talked about the recent Tampa City Council District 6 race, as well as the 2016 U.S. Senate race.

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Transgender activist takes shots at Florida bathroom bill listen

03/16/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: Gianna Love, transgender, LGBT, Florida Legislature, Terry Kemple

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Florida House Bill 583 is sponsored by Miami Republican Frank Artiles. It's commonly known as the transgender bathroom bill. It applies to both public facilities and workplaces. It requires people to use restrooms that apply to their “biological sex, either male or female, at birth.” People who use a bathroom designated for the opposite gender face a misdemeanor including up to a year in prison and $1,000 fine.

Rep. Artiles was quoted in the Miami Herald: “A man such as myself can walk in...

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Same-sex couples get legally wed all over Florida listen

01/06/15 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: LGBT, same-sex, gay, marriage, clerk of courts, Supreme Court, Tampa, Hillsborough, Saint Petersburg, pinellas, Pam Bondi

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Same-sex couples are rejoicing as they legally tie the knot in Florida Tuesday. In St. Petersburg about twenty couples lined up in front of the Pinellas County courthouse steps before the doors opened at 8:00 a.m.

After about 30 minutes of paperwork the first couple, Andrea DeFlippo and Erin Bell, were escorted into a small room cramped with reporters. Arricka Grant, performed the ceremony. Pinellas County Clerk of Courts St Pete branch manager, Vel Anderson, said that preparations had bee...

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Same-sex marriages begin in Miami-Dade; after midnight in all Florida counties listen

01/05/15 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: LGBT, equality florida, Nadine Smith, Same-sex marriage, Florida

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The first legal same-sex marriages in Florida took place Monday afternoon in Miami-Dade County; that came soon after a judge there said the county could immediately start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Monday morning Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel lifted a stay on her July ruling that Florida's same-sex marriage ban violates equal protections under the U.S. Constitution.

Same-sex marriages were expected to begin statewide after midnight, when a separate ruling by a federal ...

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Unpacking the legal issues surrounding Florida's unconstitutional same-sex marriage ban listen

12/29/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: LGBT, Same-sex marriage, law, courts, Florida, Gay Marriage, Stetson University College of Law

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Next week a federal judge’s stay expires on his ruling that Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional; but that doesn’t necessarily mean there will be a flood of marriages the following day -- many of the 67 clerks of courts have said they will not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

To wade through the legal questions that are coming up, Monday WMNF News spoke with Michael Allen, an associate dean and professor at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Flori...

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A new LGBT welcome center opens in St. Petersburg listen

12/12/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: LGBT, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, Rick Kriseman, Grand Central District, welcome center, Saint Petersburg

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A new welcome center for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents is opening Friday evening in St. Petersburg. It will be a gathering place for people who might not have many options of a safe place to go.

The new LGBT welcome center is housed in an early 20th century bungalow along the historic Grand Central District of Saint Petersburg. It’s only the 3rd of its kind in the US; Miami and Seatt...

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St. Petersburg earns top score on an index of LGBT equality listen

11/12/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: St. Pete, St. Petersburg, LGBT, equality florida, Rick Kriseman, Human Rights Campaign, equality, human rights, WMNF News

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St. Petersburg has earned the highest score in a rating of human rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents.

St. Pete scored a 100 in the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index.

Mayor Rick Kriseman acknowledged the city’s LGBTQ liaison, Robert Danielson, as he announced the rating Wednesday morning ...

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Hillsborough County moves ahead with domestic partner registry listen

09/17/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Kevin Beckner, LGBT, domestic partnership registry, Domestic Partner Registry, Hillsborough County, Tampa

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Hillsborough County is one step closer to instituting a Domestic Partner Registry, where couples can sign up for legal protections, regardless of their marital status -- the commission voted unanimously Wednesday morning to move forward, after some discussion and public comment.

The proposal was introduced by Commissioner Kevin Beckner.

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Marriage Equality victory in Monroe County could be the door LGBTQ advocates have been looking for listen

07/18/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Nadine Smith, equality florida, marriage equality, LGBTQ, LGBT, Gay Marriage, Same-sex marriage

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Same sex couples in Florida could soon be able to marry in the state. But there’s a catch – it only applies to Monroe County. Yesterday, a judge there ruled the state’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. It’s not yet clear when same-sex couples will be able to marry in Monroe County which includes the Florida Keys. That’s on hold until after the state’s appeal is complete.

Nadine Smith is the executive director for Equality Florida.

"Yesterday was a huge day in a real quantum ...

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