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Slain transgender woman remembered as loving, confident

Thursday, July 23, 2015
India Clarke
Mourners for 25-year-old India Clarke gathered Wednesday at University Area Community Park. ...

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AP PHOTOS: Transgender youths show hardship, resilience

Thursday, July 23, 2015
Atticus Ranck, 26, of Sunrise, Fla., who identifies as a transgender male, poses for a photograph in a hammock at a friend's apartment in Sunrise, Fla.
Many young transgender people, wrestling with their identities, find themselves shunned by family, friends and co-workers. Here are their stories. ...

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Florida Congressman David Jolly announces run for US Senate

Monday, July 20, 2015
U.S. Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.)
He claims his faith leads him to believe in "traditional marriage," but that the constitution allows for both traditional and same sex marriage. ...

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FDA shuts down Miami-area blood bank for multiple violations

Friday, July 17, 2015
U.S. Blood Bank did not make "reasonable attempts" to notify donors who tested reactive for HIV.
Did a Miami-area blood bank fail to notify donors that were exposed to HIV? ...

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Gay adoption ban stricken from Florida laws after four decades

Thursday, June 11, 2015
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Republican Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill Thursday that removes the language from Florida's statutes - though the ban hasn't been enforced for the past five years. ...

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Key West installs permanent rainbow crosswalks

Friday, May 29, 2015
Gary Salazar, left, and Maria Walden, right, are the first to tread across Duval Street in Key West, Fla., on a new rainbow crosswalk just after four were installed at Duval and Petronia streets Thursday, May 28, 2015.
Pedestrians, bicycles and cars are traversing a colorful new section of Key West’s Duval Street following the installation of four permanent rainbow crosswalks. ...

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Leesburg, Fla., city commissioners pass law banning bias based on sexual orientation

Thursday, May 28, 2015
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Leesburg city commissioners have passed a law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation after two contentious public hearings this month that divided the commission and members of the public. ...

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Florida senate panel derails discriminatory adoption bill

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
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A Florida Senate panel on Monday declined to vote on a controversial proposal that would allow taxpayer-supported adoption agencies to use religious or moral beliefs to discriminate against prospective parents. ...

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Florida Legislature repeals 38‑year‑old state ban on gay adoption

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee.
Florida's nearly four-decades old ban on gay adoption - which has already been struck down by the courts and is no longer enforced - could be repealed under a bill now headed to the governor's desk. ...

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Florida clinic agrees to pay $150k in transgender employee’s discrimination suit

Monday, April 13, 2015
Lakeland Eye Clinic, Lakeland, Fla.
A central Florida eye clinic has agreed to pay $150,000 to resolve a discrimination lawsuit brought on behalf of a transgender employee who was terminated. ...

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