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A group of survivors and family members of those killed in a mass shooting at Florida nightclub have formed an organization to oppose the building of a private museum to honor the victims.

Members of the Community Coalition Against a Pulse Museum said the nightclub should be torn down and the nightclub's owner should not build a private museum. Any memorial should be constructed on public property, and any money raised for the museum should be channeled to survivors, they said.

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A Miami-based LGBTQ organization has fired its top administrator after he ignited a firestorm last month by defending four men accused of attacking a gay couple on Miami Beach following a gay pride parade.

Tony Lima, who has served as executive director of the non-profit SAVE since 2013, was fired Monday night by unanimous vote of the organization’s board of directors. The board, citing legal issues, declined to explicitly say why it chose to terminate his employment.

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The board of directors of Miami-based gay-rights group SAVE has placed its executive director on paid leave amid an inquiry into why, during the group’s recent Pride gala, he praised four men accused of attacking a gay couple on South Beach.

“Over the past 48 hours, much has transpired regarding the events that unfolded during the SAVE Champions of Equality Gala on June 14, 2019. We have fielded many calls from the community regarding the details of that night and are working diligently to provide answers,” the SAVE board said in a statement released to the Miami Herald.

Fifty years ago this month, police raided a gay bar in New York City called the Stonewall Inn.

It was a common occurrence at the time, but on this night, patrons – trans women of color, lesbians, drag queens and gay men – said "enough." The raid ignited six days of protests and became known as the Stonewall Riots – largely credited with sparking the modern gay rights movement.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Four years ago, same-sex couples couldn’t get married in Tampa, Florida. This spring, the city elected its first lesbian mayor. We talk with Mayor Jane Castor.

Guest

Jane Castor, mayor of Tampa, Florida. Former Tampa chief of police. (@JaneCastor)

Lt. Col. Bree "B" Fram left a doctor's office on April 2. Presenting that day as Bryan, the name given to them at birth, B should have been relieved.

"Overall, it's a good thing," said B. "It just didn't feel great to have to do it on someone else's timeline other than my own."

"It" was an official diagnosis of gender dysphoria. As a transgender member of the military, B had to secure the diagnosis by April 12 in order to continue serving openly.

History of Miami

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, a new exhibition chronicles the history of Miami-Dade County’s LGBTQ community over the past 120 years. 

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A new dance performance in Miami will take the influence of LGBTQ ballroom culture onto the stage.

“Vogue Extravaganza” pays homage to the ballroom scene that originated in New York, an underground subculture created by and for black and Latino gay and gender non-conforming young people.

Two New Bills Could Protect LGBTQ People In The Workplace

Jan 30, 2019

Republican State Senator Joe Gruters introduced the Florida Inclusive Workforce Act that would amend the Florida Civil Rights Act to include workplace protections for LGBTQ people.

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Nearly three-quarters of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender middle and high school students in Florida have been verbally harassed at school, and some have experienced physical harassment and assault, according to a biennial national survey that includes data from each state.

Seventy-four percent of LGBTQ students in Florida middle and high schools said they were verbally harassed over their sexual orientation in the last year, GLSEN found in its most recent survey, released on Wednesday.

If you just happened to be in the crowd at a super featherweight bout in Indio, Calif., on Saturday evening, you might not understand the importance of that particular boxing match.

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Imagine being identified by the wrong gender in the lobby of your own doctor’s office, or having trouble finding a job, or being rejected by your own family, because you are a transgender person.

These situations complicate an already difficult daily experience for trans people, and they increase the risk of HIV among an already-vulnerable population in South Florida, according to a new study by Human Rights Watch.

 

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The Trump Administration is considering defining gender as a person’s sex assigned at birth. The move comes at a time when LGBTQ advocacy groups across the nation are calling on politicians to pass heightened protections for transgender people.

If adopted, the Trump Administration’s policy could eliminate federal recognition for an estimated 1.4 million Americans who identify as transgender or gender non-conforming. That threatens their access to things like healthcare, legal protection, education programs, and military service.

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Accusing them of ignorance and bigotry, a federal judge this week excoriated Florida corrections officials for refusing to accommodate a transgender inmate, despite the prisoner’s repeated suicide attempts and persistent requests to wear bras and panties and have access to women’s grooming items.

Event page ‘No Fear, We’re Queer.’

Dr. Tim Hall is a Senior Research Scientist with NASA and adjunct professor at Columbia University.  He has been studying weather patterns and their correlations to climate change. Dr. Hall joined Sundial to talk about climate change affecting the intensity of hurricanes and his upcoming talk at the Coworking and Office Space for Innovators in Wynwood tonight at 6 p.m.

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