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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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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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State and local news discussed on WEDU's Florida This Week listen

03/23/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: Florida senate seat, Marco Rubio, Gerald Bailey, FDLE, transgender, gun control, Adam Smith, Bill Bunting, Susan Nilon, Patrick Manteiga, wmnf, Rob Lorei

We listen to last Friday's episode of Florida This Week, a politcal analysis and panel discussion show moderated by Radioactivity host Rob Lorei. Topics include possible candidates to run for the Florida senate seat, which is expected to be vacated by Marco Rubio as he pursues the Rupublican nomination for the presidency. We also talk about the growing scrutiny surrounding former FDLE commissioner Gerald Bailey's sudden resignation, the controversial transgender bathroom bill and the guns on ...

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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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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


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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Transgender woman in Pinellas denied access to restrooms at PTEC listen

09/19/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: LGBT, discrimination, Pinellas County Schools, transgender, PTEC, U.S. Department of Education, education, ACLU, wmnf

The ACLU of Florida is asking the U.S. Department of Education to compel the Pinellas School district to broaden transgender rights in schools. The civil rights group filed a complaint this week on behalf of Alex Wilson, a transgender nursing student who was denied access to restroom facilities at her school for either men or women.

“Because I did not have the sexual reassignment surgery which costs about $20,000 to do and that if I used those restrooms I would have charges pressed agains...


She, not he, is Chelsea Manning

08/23/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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In a statement releases yesterday, Bradley wrote:

As I transition into this next phase of my life, I want everyone to know the real me. I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female. Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible. I hope that you will support me in this transition. I also request that, starting today, you refer to me by my new name and use the feminine pronoun. I look forward to receiving letters from supporters and havi...

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Pinellas County might expand transgender rights listen

08/09/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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An anti-discrimination ordinance in Pinellas County means that men and women can’t be denied certain rights based on their sex. On August 20, County Commissioners will hear from the public about whether to expand that ordinance to include transgender individuals.

The change to the county’s ordinance would simply replace the word ‘sex’ with ‘gender.’ During a meeting Tuesday, Commissioner John Morroni expressed some conc...

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Equality Florida executive director Nadine Smith answers calls about LGBTQ issues

07/25/12 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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Wednesday on Last Call we discussed human rights issues in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community. Joining me in the studio was Equality Florida executive director Nadine Smith.

We began with news about Florida Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll. A former aide is accusing her of being caught in a compromising position with another female aide. Last week Smith wrote a strongly-worded column about something Carroll recently told a local [television ...


USF students honor fallen transgender people listen

11/17/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Transgender individuals suffer from high rates of unemployment an even homelessness. Those challenges, combined with prejudice, puts this group at a higher risk of both suicide and violence. An LGBT advocacy group held a memorial at USF Tampa Wednesday night for all those who have lost their lives due to being transgender.

Gianna Love is a transgender individual. She’s been taking hormones since she was 17. Prior to that, she struggled with a devoutly religious family who demonized her...


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