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Over the rainbow: St. Petersburg LGBT Pride Parade listen

06/29/15 Samuel Johnson
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, LGBT, Rick Kriseman, St Pete, Saint Petersburg, Steve Kornell, same-sex, marriage, Supreme Court, Dwight Dudley, parade, Pride, ENDA, Employment Non-Discrimination Act, Caitlyn Jenner


Size and significance matter in this year's Saint Petersburg LGBT Pride Parade. Last Saturday At dusk tens of thousands of supporters lined the crowed sidewalks along the Grand Central district route. Celebrating an end to years of struggle was top of mind but also realizing the struggle still isn't over.

On the heels of several Supreme Court decisions, the LBGT Pride parade capped off a historically progressive week. The Confederate Flag has fallen into disfavor and been taken down; Obam...

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Equality Florida responds to Supreme Court's marriage equality decision listen

06/29/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: equality florida, LGBT, marriage, Supreme Court, Same-sex marriage, human rights

On MidPoint, WMNF News' Sean Kinane interviews Stratton Pollitzer, Equality Florida's Deputy Director, about the Supreme Court's decision on marriage equality and what it means for Florida.

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SCOTUS ruling: Bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional listen

06/26/15 Janelle Irwin
MidPoint with WMNF News Friday
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Tags: LGBT, Gay Pride, equality, marriage equality, SCOTUS


Huge news coming out of Washington today representing a major with for same-sex marriage and LGBT allies. In a 5-4 ruling, the high court officially paved the way for same-sex marriages nationwide, ruling that bans on gay marriage are unconstitutional.

Justices answered two questions. First, does the 14th Amendment require states to license a marriage between two people of the same sex, and then, does that same amendment require a state to recognize legally valid same-sex marriages perform...

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Transgender man and woman discuss issues trans community still face

06/18/15 Rob Lorei
MidPoint with WMNF News Wednesday

Tags: transgender, transphobia, discrimination, gender identity, LGBT, Grant Drain, Rachel Carey, Bruce Wright, social justice, US Social Forum, wmnf, Rob Lorei


Caitlyn Jenner, Laverne Cox, and Chelsea Manning. They are just a few of the increasingly visible transgender people in the public eye. Still, trans folk are often misunderstood in society, they face harassment, violence, workplace discrimination, and rates of suicide ideation that are significantly higher than the general population. Joining us today are two transgender people, Grant Drain and Rachel Carey, to explain transgender identity and the many social and legal issues the trans commun...

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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


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


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


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


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


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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