SarasotaOUT.com presents our new show "WHO'S WHO" hosted by Joshua Beadle. A show dedicated to connections and helping you get to know the members of Sarasota's LGBT community!
In this episode, you will meet the SarasotaOUT.com ICON award winning Shannon Fortner and learn about how Harvey Milk Festival started plus the many things she has her hands in.
SarasotaOUT.com presents the pilot episode of our new show "WHO'S WHO" hosted by Joshua Beadle. A show dedicated to connections and helping you get to know the members of Sarasota's LGBT community!
In this episode, you will see me giving the GAYEST clues for our game of HEADS UP and also get to meet John Secor of SaraSolo Festival happening this weekend and next. Stay tuned for next week when we find out WHO'S WHO.
Over the Holidays the Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast of Florida hosted their 10th Annual Gingerbread Festival at its new home at the University Town Center Mall. Over 150 groups and organizations entered houses including ALSO Youth. ALSO's Gingerbread house sported a rainbow exterior with a painted yellow heart above the door and proudly displayed an ALSO sign. Check out the full photo gallery HERE
1st – Tatum Ridge Elementary – Ohio Farmhouse
2nd – Tatum Ridge Elementary – Maine’s Fish Hut
3rd – Girl Scout Troop 1876 - Juniors
1st – Pine View Middle – Student Astronaut Challenge
2nd – Girl Scout Troop 308 - Cadettes
3rd – Girl Scout Troop 127 – Cadettes #2
1st – Girl Scout Troop 115 – Seniors and Ambassadors
2nd – North Port High School – National Honor Society
3rd – TIE: Riverview High School – Papillon Club – Mentors
Girl Scout Troop 303 – Christmas Cheer
1st – Children’s World Uniform Supply
2nd – The Circus Arts Conservatory
3rd – Bradenton Herald – Advertising Team
Gay Group Happy Hour, celebrating its 7th year of operation, hosted their annual holiday party Thursday night at Clasico with over 100 guests in attendance. G2H2 is a traveling Happy Hour scheduled on the first Thursday of the Month. Clasico owners were thrilled to be hosting the LGBT community at their business stating "Why would you have wanted to have it anywhere else?" after Cask & Ale canceled the event 2 days prior due to complications with the event contracts. G2H2 collected over 50 toys for "Manasota Guardians of Love" an organization that promotes wellbeing for local less privileged children, the homeless, and families. Check out the photo's below from the event. Sign-up for the G2H2 notifier to stay informed on the locations by visiting www.g2h2sarasota.com
By Joshua Beadle
On December 1st, SarasotaOUT.com quietly celebrated 2 years of serving Sarasota's LGBT community. Over the past 2 years, we've had over 240,000 views on the website. Let's take a minute to really reflect on those numbers. It's truly astonishing a little website created in a living room as a passion project. This number shows that people are getting SarasotaOUT.com's mission "To provide a central location to bring ALL of Sarasota's LGBT community together and to build a better, stronger more active community." Locals are using the website to find out new events happening around town and to find the businesses that are LGBT Friendly so they can support them. This also means that tourists are using the website to find out what LGBT Sarasota has to offer while on their vacation.
I could not be more happy with the last 2 years and am excited to announce that I'm dedicating my time to SarasotaOUT.com and Sarasota's LGBT community FULL TIME! Yes, that means I'm putting my faith into the community to understand the importance of a website like SarasotaOUT.com and its impact on our entire community. I will be working hard at creating content, doing stories on the LGBT community, listing events and helping businesses get the most out of the online directory. SarasotaOUT.com runs on advertising/sponsorships - so If your business would like to sponsor us please message me ( josh@sarasotaOUT.com ), together we will work on a campaign that will not only shine but will let the community know you support them.
SarasotaOUT.com kicked off the holiday season by participating in #givingtuesday a global initiative that follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday and focuses on giving back to the community. SarasotaOUT.com created a campaign for 6 local non-profits including, ALSO Youth, CAN Community Health and Purple Rhino. This year with the communities gratious support we were able to raise $725! Make sure you keep the holiday spirit alive by giving back to those who need and appriciate your support! Happy Holidays from SarasotaOUT.com
Hands Along the Water is planning a peaceful demonstration in Collier, Lee, Sarasota and Pinellas counties on Dec 15th to raise awareness of the impact of harmful algae blooms on both people and marine life.
Florida State Senator José Javier Rodríguez introduced Senate Bill 84 (SB 84) to protect LGBTQ youth from receiving conversion therapy, which falsely claims to be able to change people’s sexual orientation and gender identity, from licensed mental health practitioners, on November 21, 2018. With SB 84, Florida becomes the first state to introduce legislation to end conversion therapy in the 2019 legislative session.
“In most states it is still legal to force children into conversion therapy and that is wrong. When it comes to this debunked practice, there is no conversion and there is no therapy. So-called conversion therapy does not work because youth are who they are. They should be supported rather than shamed. More importantly, the practice we seek to ban is not therapy.” said Sen. José Javier Rodríguez (D Miami) “The long-term, even lethal, damage it does to youth is well documented. If you’re going to be a licensed practitioner in Florida, refraining from harming our youth with this debunked practice should be a basic requirement.”
A poll released in 2017 showed 71% of Floridians support banning conversion therapy for minors. Twenty local governments in Florida – both cities and counties – have adopted conversion therapy bans, which is more than in any other state in the country.
By Joshua Beadle
The holidays are fast approaching and there's so much to do... holiday parties, happy hours, working, happy hours, cooking, working out, and more happy hours... and dont forget about all the gift buying! We wanted to make sure that this holiday season you help support your community by shopping locally so SarasotaOUT.com gathered a list of gift ideas from local LGBT friendly and LGBT owned businesses! Check out our list below and make sure to tell them SarasotaOUT.com sent you! Happy shopping... and see you at the happy hours!
Have an IDEA that didn't make the list? Add it to the comments below.
By: Joshua Beadle
In this month's midterm elections, voters across the country sent a record number of LGBT candidates to Congress and Colorado elected the nation's first openly gay governor. These victories come 40 years after the assassination of the first openly gay elected official in California — Harvey Milk.
Last night Shannon Fortner, ricipient of Sarasota's 2018 ICON award, hosted a demonstration at Five Points Park to remember the San Francisco Board of Supervisor who in 1978 coaxed the city council to pass a gay rights ordinance that protected gay people from being fired from their jobs.
On Nov. 27, 1978, Supervisor Milk and Mayor George Moscone were assassinated by Dan White, a former police officer and former city supervisor who had clashed with Milk over LGBTQ issues.
A hand-full of candle lit supporters, gathered on the rather chilly night in front of a rainbow lit sign of Harvey Milk. Shannon spoke with a megaphone, standing on a soap box and referenced the tragic Pulse Nightclub shooting from June 12, 2016, stating, "Our hearts beat on to honor the lives we've lost" and reminding us that the work we do each day keeps Harvey Milks' legacy alive.
The success of LGBTQ candidates in the midterm elections would have been hard to imagine four decades ago when Milk first won office. In his life he was a political hero, in his death, a martyr. His existence though, led the way for future generations to fight for our LGBTQ rights. Harvey would be proud.
Members of ALSO Youth, Divine AF, SarasotaOUT.com, Firefly SRQ and a handful of curious patrons were in attendance.