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Pasco Pride is planning its first LGBT event for October, and organizers say it’s long overdue for the county.

Palm Beach County is the first county in Florida to ban conversion therapy for minors.

County commissioners voted 5-2 Tuesday to ban the controversial form of treatment that attempts to change a person’s sexual orientation.

Opponents say the practice is pseudoscience dangerous to gay, lesbian and transgender youth. The American Psychiatric Association also opposes the practice and calls it unethical.

But supporters of conversion therapy argue the ban will infringe on free speech, religious freedom and parental rights.

Attorney General Pam Bondi says she backs workplace protections for members of the LGBTQ community. Her comments come amid a bill just filed again in the Florida legislature to prohibit discrimination against people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer.

MyFloridaHouse.gov

When 49 people were killed at a gay nightclub in Florida in 2016, Gov. Rick Scott publicly offered his sympathy to the victims' families and the LGBT community.

The largest statewide organization for LGBTQ equality in Florida issued a response to President Donald Trump’s decision to ban transgender service members.

'It Gets Better' In The Community And The Theater

Mar 22, 2017
from It Gets Better

Getting through middle and high school can be stressful – especially for students who struggle with their sexual orientation.

The national It Gets Better Project is in Tampa for the first time this week, assuring young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people that their lives can improve after high school.

With same-sex marriage now legal nationwide, lawmakers in numerous states are preparing for a new round of battles in 2016 over whether to grant discrimination protections to LGBT people or religious exemptions to nonprofits and businesses that object to gay marriage.

Bigger Gains Expected from St. Pete Pride

Jun 24, 2015
"WorldPride 2012 - 164" by Tom Morris via Wikimedia Commons

St. Pete Pride, the annual LGBT celebration in downtown St. Petersburg is here for it's 13th year and organizers expect a $15-20 million economic impact. 

"We've seen hotels throughout downtown St. Pete just booking like crazy," executive director of St. Pete Pride, Eric Skains said. "A lot of them are sold out. The typical ones are already sold out and a few are booking up quickly that really normally don't."

USF Library

A University of South Florida graduate who was one of the lawyers in a ground-breaking gay and lesbian rights case will speak at his alma mater Thursday night.

stevebrownetc.com

A self-described “former leftist lesbian," Rosaria Butterfield, has a lecture tonight on the USF Tampa Campus.

Luke Blankenship, president of the P.R.I.D.E Alliance, says he hopes Butterfield's message doesn't influence young minds confused about their sexuality.

hillsboroughcounty.org

Hillsborough County Commissioners unanimously voted today to lift the ban on county promotion of gay pride events.  

But one opponent to repealing the ban was Bianca Perez.

"As a mother and as a resident of Hillsborough County, I do not want my tax dollars being used to promote a lifestyle that the Bible clearly says is wrong," she said.

She continued to quote two scriptures from the Bible.