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A South Florida nonprofit continued a 24-year tradition Saturday night with a prom that provides local LGBTQ youth with an open space to be themselves.

More than 60 teenagers and young adults attended the “Once Upon A Time” themed prom at the North Shore Community Center in Miami Beach. The event was open to youth of all sexual identities and featured dancing to hip hop and Latin music, singing and a drag queen performance.

When Corinthia Isom was a child, her mother sat her down on the steps of their home to tell her she had a deadly illness.

"I have HIV, and things are gonna change within our lives," Isom says, recounting the words of her mother, DeSeane Isom.

DeSeane was a single mother, so before her death, she asked two of her closest friends if they would care for Corinthia after she was gone.

The two friends, Kathleen Payne and her partner, April, had met DeSeane through an LGBTQ gospel choir in New York City.

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Tony Lima, the executive director  of SAVE, one of Miami's oldest LGBTQ rights group, was fired Monday night. 

Lima, who led the organization for six years, sparked controversy in Miami's LGBTQ community after he recognized at SAVE's gala last month four men who were accused of violently attacking a gay couple on Miami Beach last year. 

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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.

As thousands gathered in New York City for the world's largest LGBTQ celebration, some other events across the country were unable to proceed because of threats and safety concerns.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and Jacksonville Public Library in Florida both canceled events that celebrate LGBTQ pride scheduled for this weekend.

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At a gala earlier this month to celebrate “champions of equality” in the LGBTQ community, the executive director of SAVE, South Florida oldest LGBTQ rights nonprofit, recognized a group of men who are facing charges for beating up a gay couple on Miami Beach, according to South Florida Gay News. 

South Florida Gay News broke the story that now has some calling for executive director Tony Lima to step down.

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Friday marks 50 years since LGBTQ activists rioted at the Stonewall Inn in New York. The famous protests accelerated the movement to secure rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Americans.

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In a Fortune Article released earlier this week, Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam blasted the Democratic National Committee’s system he claims prevented him from qualifying for the first 2020 Democratic presidential debates. 

Messam, the son of Jamaican immigrants, grew up in rural South Bay, Florida. His father cut sugarcane as a contract farm worker, and his mother fed migrant field workers. 

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Three years after the deadliest act of violence against LGBTQ people in the history of the country, at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, activists across the state are encouraged by what they say are positive steps forward for Florida’s LGBTQ community. 

In spite of significant challenges, including from conservative lawmakers who hold the majority of seats in the statehouse, a federal memorial is in the works at the site of the shooting in Orlando. And this week, Florida’s Republican Governor Ron DeSantis voiced his support for the gay community. 

The Vatican department charged with overseeing Catholic education released an extensive document Monday decrying what it calls a "crisis" on whether gender can be an individual choice rather than being set by God or biology.

The document describes a culture-wide "disorientation" that serves to "cancel out" the natural difference between man and woman, as well as "destabilise the family as an institution."

Five males between 15 and 18 years old have been arrested in connection with a homophobic attack on a London bus late last month, London police say.

Melania Geymonat posted about the violent incident on her Facebook page, describing what began as a date night with her partner Chris. On the way home, a group of boys began harassing them.

Editor's note: This story contains terms that many will find offensive.

YouTube has announced it will be taking steps to remove supremacist content and will re-examine its anti-harassment policy — following days of backlash surrounding its decision not to ban a right-wing YouTuber for targeting a gay journalist.

Fifteen years ago, David Wilson and his husband Rob Compton were one of the first same-sex couples to marry in the U.S.

If it had been up to Wilson and Compton, their union would've been recognized years before that. Frustrated by the injustice, both men became plaintiffs in a lawsuit that led to Massachusetts becoming the first state to legalize same-sex marriage on May 17, 2004.

They married in Boston at City Hall and at their church that same day.

Fifteen years ago Friday, Hillary and Julie Goodridge married amid great fanfare and great protests.

In pastel suits, with broad smiles and colorful streamers, they exchanged vows and rings just hours after Massachusetts became the first state in America to allow same-sex marriage.

The Goodridges were the face of the movement. The lawsuit that made gay and lesbian marriages a reality bears their name: Goodridge v. Department of Public Health. Historians often divide the equal-marriage movement into "before Goodridge" and "after Goodridge."

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A sex education center headed by the daughter of former Cuba ruler Raúl Castro has canceled a lively street parade known as Conga Cubana that is a key part of the island’s annual set of events against homophobia and transphobia.

“There will not be a Conga Cubana against Homophobia and Transphobia this year, because of certain circumstances that are not helpful to its success,” the National Center for Sex Education (Cenesex), led by Mariela Castro, said in a statement Monday.

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