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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

FUERZAfest ORLANDO


Almost six months after Pulse, many groups are still working to heal from the wounds acquired on June 12. The tragic deaths of 49 people, many of whom were both Latino and LGBTQ, shined a light on this intersection of people and the ways they were underserved and underrepresented. FUERZAFest is trying to change that. This first-time Latino LGBTQ art festival is coming to Orlando this week to celebrate the culture and experience of many of the victims and survivors. The five-day event features film screenings, cabaret, workshops, panel discussions and music, but the focus of the event is a one-act play competition at the John & Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center. Four independent theater groups will showcase plays that revolve …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

What it’s like to be queer and Latinx in Orlando now


A gunman walked into Orlando’s packed gay nightclub Pulse during Latin Night in the early hours of June 12 and unleashed a siege of terror that would ultimately kill 49 people and wound 53. The people who left us forever included an accountant, a bouncer, college students, dancers, a perfume salesman, salon owners and mothers and fathers. And it’s important to note that although the victims were from different races and sexual identities, they were overwhelmingly composed of queer Latinos, Latinas and Latinxs, a gender-nonspecific term. Nearly half of them were Puerto Rican, but there were Mexicans, Dominicans and Cubans, too, and several were undocumented. Locally, LGBTQ Latinxs, like Equality Florida’s Carlos Guillermo Smith, are grappling with the fact that …
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Lake County Board officials and students will testify in federal court this week. Photo: Lake County School District.
Central Florida News

Federal Trial Begins in Lawsuit over LGBT Student Club in Leesburg


School district officials and students will testify today in a federal lawsuit over the Lake County School Board’s decision to deny a club for gay and straight students at Carver Middle School in Leesburg. The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida calls the move a violation of students’ rights. But as 90.7’s Renata Sago reports, school board officials call it a policy that focuses on academics.
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