"I wanted to make sure Florida youth didn’t become a statistic in terms of self-harm or addiction or homelessness. I want them to know they can live life out and proud here.”
Gallo talks about his personal journey and the need for openness and inclusivity.
A Fabulous Time
Now known as the Fabulous Arts Foundation, the organization's art, music, dance and film festival celebrates LGBTQ identity, representation and pride. It returns to Sarasota Sept. 23-Oct. 2.
After weeks of debate, the John Ringling Causeway Bridge will finally be lit for Pride Month.
Sarasota Mayor Hagen Brody says he is "optimistic" that the bridge lighting may eventually take place, despite a previous denial by the Florida Department of Transportation.
Tag University Town Center in your next social media post, and give a boost to Sarasota's LGBTQ community.
From Taste of Pride to parades to best-dressed-pet contests, fly your flag high at these Pride events.
Christie Leonard says a Bradenton church fired her because of suspicions that she was a lesbian. Was that against the law?
The mural will be painted by Detroit-based artist Joey Salmon; a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on Sunday, April 11.
Several restaurants and food businesses in Sarasota are offering special deals, dishes and drinks to celebrate Pride Month.
“I’m a better person because of the generosity of all these people who’ve chosen to talk to me.”
The Starlite Room has closed, but the owner plans to reopen soon, thanks in part to a new TV deal.
Lean on Me
In Sarasota County, where more than a third of the population is 65 and older, the demand for services for the aging is high. But it’s a crisis for LGBTQ adults in their 70s, 80s and 90s.
The "Florida Competitive Workforce Act" would outlaw discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
March 14 event asks, “Can a Cake Shop Refuse to Make a Cake for a Same-Sex Wedding?"
No Time to Rest
"The opponents of equality know they're losing and they're lashing out in every way they can."
Patrons of Barrel 87, one of Sarasota's last remaining gay bars, come together after the tragic shooting in Orlando.
We Shall Overcome
Speakers on Monday evening called for solidarity, encouraged fearlessness and memorialized Eddie Sotomayor, the Sarasota native killed in Orlando on Sunday.
Gonzalez's "Religious Freedom Bill" would allow Floridians to refuse to provide services to customers if they object on religious or moral grounds.
State Rep. Holly Raschein (R-Key Largo) is watching to see if her bill banning LGBT discrimination gets out of committee, onto the agenda and becomes law.