First Naples Pride attracts 5,000

About 5,000 people attended the First Naples Pride on June 17 at Cambier Park in Downtown Naples. The theme for the first year, We Are ONE, encourages the entire Southwest Florida community to unite as one and recognize the importance of equal rights for every individual no matter their gender identity, sexual preference, race, ethnicity

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Orlando comes together for one-year mark after Pulse attack

The one-year mark after the mass shooting at Pulse in Orlando saw a community rally. Leaders and citizens embraces survivors of the attack and family of victims on Orlando United Day. From a ceremony at the Orange County Administration Center declaring June 12 as Orlando United Day, now an annual event in the city, to

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Naples to celebrate First Pride on June 17

Southwest Florida will celebrate unity and equality at the First Naples Pride on June 17 at Cambier Park in Downtown Naples. The theme for the first year, We Are ONE (#WeAreOne), encourages the entire Southwest Florida community to unite as one and recognize the importance of equal rights for every individual no matter their gender

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New fund helps improve LGBTQ services

The Southwest Florida community has a new resource for helping improve services and opportunities for the LGBTQ community. The LGBT Community Fund of Southwest Florida, a fund of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, was established last year. The first LGBT Community Fund grant was awarded to Laboratory Theater’s “Staging Teen Success Through Theater” program, which

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New nonprofit Collier Freedom off to strong start

A new nonprofit organization has formed in Collier County and it’s already off to a busy start fighting for equal rights and combating social injustice. Collier Freedom Movement, formed in November 2016, was the principal organizer of the Naple’s Florida, March in support of the January 21, 2017 Women’s March on Washington. In March, The

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Change starts from within

Throughout history we’ve had periods of progress and periods of regress and times of triumph and of tragedy. Today’s world is no different. We’ve come a long way since the days when women were to be seen and not heard and minorities had no rights. However, there are still people who judge others by the

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Doctor specializing in LGBTQ community opens office in Naples

Dr. Clinton Potter is back home in Florida after 25 years in San Francisco. He is a veteran of LGBT medicine and a long-standing member of GLMA (Gay and Lesbian Medical Association). He believes that State of the Art Medical Care should be afforded to every person regardless of Sex, Gender Orientation, or Sexual Orientation.

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Equality Florida working on building SWFL presence

Representatives from the Equality Florida Institute are spending about eight weeks in Southwest Florida to help build a solid base to work for an end to discrimination on a local and statewide level. The group is organizing a local Weekend of Action for May 6 and 7. They are looking for volunteers to help spread

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