Pride

Pride Fort Lauderdale
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Hundreds of thousands of LGBTQ+ people are expected — coming from 35 countries on two continents and the Caribbean — to visit Broward County next year for the Pride of the Americas festival.

The spate of events April 21-26 will include concerts (no big names announced yet), a series of events at local resorts, parties at Wilton Manors’ nightclubs and restaurants, an awards banquet, a 5K run as well as conferences and symposiums.

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.

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.

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Fort Lauderdale residents Nico and Junior Acosta have been a couple for 22 years -- they have also witnessed an evolving and more LGBTQ-accepting Fort Lauderdale grow over their years together.

It’s a beautiful thing, they said along the Fort Lauderdale Beach during the last day of Pride Fort Lauderdale,  an annual celebration of the LGBTQ community.   

Community Foundation of Broward
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A new short film chronicles a campaign in the 1990s to protect Broward County’s LGBTQ community from discrimination. 

The film, 'Our Broward Story,' includes longtime activists like Dean Trantalis, now the mayor of Fort Lauderdale. In the film, Trantalis recalls nightclub raids and hateful comments from the late 1980s and early 90s, when the city wasn’t as LGBTQ friendly as it is now.

“There was still a lot of fear about repression in our community, so we were there, but we tried to stay under the radar,” Trantalis said. 

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Two candidates are vying to be the next Miami-Dade County District 5 Commissioner. Former commissioner Bruno Barreiro resigned the seat in March to run for Congress, leading to a special election last month.

Progressive Eileen Higgins took 35 percent of the May 22 primary, and Zoreida Barreiro, the wife of current commissioner Bruno Barreiro, was close behind with 33 percent. Higgins sat down with Sundial to discuss how she will tackle transit, sea level rise and affordable housing issues in Miami-Dade.

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You are not forgotten.

Our community will carry your memory forever.

Love always wins.

 

These were some of the words written on a community message board during Monday night’s Pulse memorial at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami.