LGBTQ issues

Jane Castor
Daylina Miller / WUSF Public Media

One of the first things Jane Castor did after winning the race for Tampa Mayor Tuesday night was thanking her partner - Ana Cruz. But the fact that Castor is becoming the first openly gay mayor in Tampa's history didn't come up much during the campaign.

Gay pride flag
"WorldPride 2012 - 164" by Tom Morris via Wikimedia Commons

Pride, determination, and unity are the key messages of the fifth annual Tampa Pride festival and parade, organizers say.

Tampa Pride President Carrie West said organizers also want to celebrate the achievements of LGBTQ advocates in the 50 years since the 1969 Stonewall Riots.

A Tampa federal magistrate has called for an end to a part of the city’s ban on conversion therapy, saying it infringes on the free speech rights of licensed mental health professionals.