“It’s repulsive” — State House advances bill to limit use of Pride flags

A bill advanced that would put restrictions on LGBTQ, Black Lives Matter, and other flags on some Florida buildings.
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These bills in the 2024 legislature are an “escalation” of attacks on the LGBTQ+ community, according to Equality Florida

Several bills filed in the Florida Legislature for the 2024 session would impact LGBTQ+ Floridians; we get reaction from Equality Florida.
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Bridget Ziegler asked to resign Sarasota School Board; refuses to leave

All other members of the Sarasota County School Board voted to ask fellow board member Bridgette Ziegler to resign. She refused.
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Non-binary Florida teacher falls victim to “Don’t Say Gay” expansion law, fired for using ‘Mx.’ title

A physics teacher at Florida Virtual School was fired last month for using a gender-neutral title in class.
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ACLU is helping with claims about censorship in Florida schools

The American Civil Liberties Union offered a forum of about 50 Concerned Citizens, teachers, students, lawyers, and media specialists in an effort to address anxieties while encouraging the public to speak out about educational censorship.

St. Pete police prepare for Pride parade

Listen:   St. Petersburg is prepping for its annual Pride parade during a time some may call hostile to the LGBTQ community. The city’s police department addressed safety concerns at a press conference Tuesday. St....

Department of Education votes to prohibit LGBTQ instruction

Listen: The State Board of Education unanimously voted for a proposal that would largely prohibit instruction about sexual orientation and gender identity in public schools. Last year, the legislature and Governor DeSantis approved what critics...
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Bills targeting the LGBTQ community are ready for a vote in the Florida House

Listen: On Tuesday, two bills targeting the LGBTQ community were cleared for a vote by the full Florida House. The first bill, referred to as the “bathroom bill,” requires transgender people to use bathrooms that...

LGBTQ advocacy group issues travel advisory for Florida

This week, Equality Florida issued a travel advisory to those coming to Florida, WMNF's Chris Young reports.
WMNF Daily news digest, called "The Scoop"

The Scoop: WMNF’s daily digest of news headlines for Friday, March 31st, 2023

The Scoop: WMNF’s daily digest of news headlines for Friday, March 31st, 2023
Rev. Andy Oliver of Allendale United Methodist Church, supports LGBTQ rights

St. Pete church hosts LGBTQ+ self-defense classes amidst hate-based violence

An LGBTQ grassroots collective is hosting self-defense classes at a St. Pete church amidst rising hostility to the community.
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U.S. Department of Education warns Florida after Legislature passes the “Don’t Say Gay” bill

The Parental Rights in Education, or "Don't Say Gay" bill, passes the Florida Legislature; the US Department of Education weighs in.

Transgender Day of Remembrance will be recognized Saturday in Tampa

Transgender Day of Remembrance honors the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.

St. Pete Pride is back; it’s just more socially distanced

June is Pride month in St. Pete. There’s no major parade, but there are smaller events each weekend. On MidPoint Monday, WMNF’s Seán Kinane interviewed Nathan Brummer, the board president and executive director of St....

Gulfport Pride 2021 – pictures and voices

On Saturday, the south Pinellas city of Gulfport celebrated LGBTQ Pride with a parade and festival. WMNF interviewed Barbara Banno, one of the organizers of Gulfport Pride. She owns the Gulfport restaurant Stella’s and is...
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Tampa Pride Returns to Ybor City

On Saturday thousands gathered in Ybor City to celebrate the first major PRIDE event of 2021. The day included vendors set up throughout Ybor City, the first street parade in the Tampa Bay Area since...

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