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The names and ages of the victims killed were confirmed by the City of Orlando after their next of kin had been notified:

Stanley Almodovar III, age 23;   Amanda Alvear, 25;   Oscar A. Aracena-Montero, 26; 

Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33;   Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21;   Martin Benitez Torres, 33;

Antonio D. Brown, 30;   Darryl R. Burt II, 29;  Jonathan A. Camuy Vega,24;  Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28; Simon A. Carrillo Fernandez, 31Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25;  Luis D. Conde, 39;  Cory J. Connell, 21;

Tevin E. Crosby, 25;   Franky J. Dejesus Velazquez, 50Deonka D. Drayton, 32; Mercedez M. Flores, 26; Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22;  Juan R. Guerrero, 22;    Paul T. Henry, 41;     Frank Hernandez, 27;

Miguel A. Honorato, 30;   Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40;   Jason B. Josaphat, 19;   Eddie J. Justice, 30;

Anthony L. Laureano Disla, 25;  Christopher A. Leinonen, 32;  Brenda L. Marquez McCool, 49;

Jean C. Mendez Perez, 35;  Akyra Monet Murray, 18;   Kimberly Morris, 37;  Jean C. Nieves Rodriguez, 27; Luis O. Ocasio-Capo, 20;   Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25;   Eric I. Ortiz-Rivera, 36;  Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32; Enrique L. Rios Jr., 25;  Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37;  Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24;

Christopher J. Sanfeliz, 24;   Xavier E. Serrano Rosado, 35;   Gilberto R. Silva Menendez, 25;

Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34;   Shane E. Tomlinson, 33;   Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25;
Luis S. Vielma, 22;   Luis D. Wilson-Leon, 37;   Jerald A. Wright, 31

Join us for a fun and exciting time at the Annual Gala of The Community AIDS Network's presentation ofDancing With Our Stars  hosted by the Fabulous "Bobs".....Bob Trisonlini and Bob Nosal! Among the talent dancing, will be one of the LGBTQ's Senior Members, Clark West, at 63 years young.  Clark is the Men's HIV+ Group Facilitator at The Comprehensive  Care Center dba The Community AIDS Network of Sarasota, Florida. Voting will soon be available ON LINE and will be available here in a few short weeks. Each vote is $10 and goes toward the research to eventually find a cure forAIDS.

People in the Sarasota area looking for LGBT-friendly resources now have a one-stop shop for their needs thanks to Sarasota OUT, Sarasota’s new LGBT directory of events and businesses.
“I think Sarasota OUT could be the driving force to help make the LGBT community come together,” Sarasota OUT manager Josh Beadle says.
Beadle says he and Al Ferguson, owner of Al and Chuck Travel, have discussed the issue of unification within the Sarasota LGBTQ community. Beadle says he and Ferguson noticed that several LGBT organizations were going in separate directions and no one was coming together to support each other.
“I wanted to give us the one place to go to see what’s going on in Sarasota,” Beadle says. “And Al (Ferguson) lit the candle under my ass to do that.”

The website launched on World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, 2016, and is already getting up to 2,000 hits per week. The site is self-sustaining – people can log on and post their own events, businesses, and blogs. Beadle says user-controlled content will ultimately lead to the website’s success. John Secor, Sarasota Film Festival director, is writing cinema-related content for the site.
“Before I moved to Sarasota, I kept my eye on LGBT events going on and the options were slim,” Secor says. “There was one gay bar in town and no true gatherings. It wasn’t until I moved down here and found out about Gay Guy Happy Hour that I really felt connected. The website will be a great resource for all of us.”
Tyler Butler, leader of Sarasota’s “Out and About” community segments, is helping Beadle with media interviews. Butler says by contributing to the site, he saw a great opportunity to network his services with Beadle’s and support the community.
“It’s going to be the first and only of its kind,” Butler says. “It’s the only entertainment blog and directory for the gay community. And it would be great to see Sarasota OUT branch out and become a directory all over.”
Beadle says the website took two years from start to finish; his biggest challenge was that he had difficulty maintaining it on his own. Now that the website is active, he says the biggest challenge will be getting people to participate since it’s new and people aren’t used to using it.
Butler says Sarasota OUT will be collaborating with the Sarasota Film Festival to show films, discuss and review them, and make the films publications of Beadle Media. He says a gossip column is also in the works in which writers will be discussing gay events around town.
Sarasota OUT’s tagline is “The Pulse of Sarasota’s LGBT Community,” which Beadle says stems from a conversation in which Ferguson said, “If we as a community let the tragedy in Pulse act as a coming together, raising money and going back to our everyday lives, what good came out of it?”
“Ever since Orlando, I think we should keep in mind that we have a really big tent, and everyone should feel welcome and safe in that tent,” Secor says. “It bothered me to hear there was divisiveness in that tent. Let’s work to heal that division and remind people about the safe tent that is there for all of us.”

Please help support the cure for HIV with a vote for one of your own. Better Yet,  plan to attend this fabulous black tie event at Michaels on East ! Help Clark bring home the TROPHY!!

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                                                       HIV POZ GROUP FOR MEN
Sponsored by The Comprehensive Care Center of Sarasota dba The Community AIDS Network 

Welcome to the Men’s HIV+ support group which meets every Tuesday, from 6:00pm – 7:30pm across from the main campus of the Community AIDS Network in the Grand Slam Plaza, 1100 N. Tuttle Avenue, Suite 12, Sarasota, Fl. 34237.  This group will have a Licensed Mental Health Counselor facilitating. This support group is for adult Men 18+ that would like support from other HIV/AIDS community members.  We provide a safe and confidential space for men who are dealing with HIV/AIDS. Group support is through personal experiences, story sharing, educational best practices and topical discussions. We will have a monthly Health and Wellness presentation (1st Tuesday of each month), open to the public with all other groups being closed group sessions for those men who have been diagnosed with HIV. ( The 3rd Tuesday of each month will be open to partners and caregivers). Please call or email  Clark West, LMHC, NCC at 941-366-6900 ( for more information or you may call CAN directly at 941-366-0134.   

                                                                                       New Members are Welcome!

OUR HOUSE of SARASOTA is a virtual resource center for the Sarasota and Manatee County areas of Southwest Florida . The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Resource Center is a branch of  The Clark West and Elliott Mitchell Family Foundation. Born of the growing diversity along the Sun Coast of Florida, the mission of the LGBTQ Resource Center is to provide resources for LGBTQ community, students and faculty for area colleges and youth groups, staff and allies, and promote and document safe spaces and allies both on area campuses and in the local community. To achieve our mission, we provide various resources or links to resources for students, faculty, and staff regarding the LGBTQ community on campuses, locally, and nationally. Part of building a healthy community is connecting LGBTQ people to the incredible resources available in and around Sarasota and beyond. If you have any resources to suggest, or any other questions, please email us at  

Introducing Women Out in Sarasota. Every Tuesday evening at The Purple Rhino from 4:30 PM to 10:00 PM. Free admission.

Jazz till 7:00 and then fun dance music. 
Full bar and non-smoking!

WHAT IS PrEP?​PrEP is a way for people who don’t have HIV to help prevent HIV infection by taking a pill every day.

​PrEP stands for “pre-exposure prophylaxis,” which means the pill protects you before you get exposed to HIV and keeps the virus from finding a home in your body.

Community Aids Network has a new PrEP program that can help you get on PrEP at LOW or NO cost to you! Visit one of their PrEP Clinics or call their PrEP Navigators and start protecting yourself from HIV with PrEP!

For an up to date  list of all LGBTQ activities in the area go to

               LGBTQ+ LIVING LEARNING COMMUNITY        Located in “V” Hall. Open to all New College students.

The LGBTQ+ Living Learning Community is located in V Hall. The overall goal of this LLC is to allow for its members to share in common goals of freedom of express and exploration of identity. Students residing in this LLC have the opportunity to enjoy a comfortable living and learning experience, where residents are placed without requirements of gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation.
This community seeks to connect students interested in supporting and educating themselves and their community about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, pansexual, asexual, aromantic, queer and allied people.
Programming in this LLC will be focused on enhancing the intellectual and cultural environment of the New College campus with particular regard to those issues which pertain to the historical and contemporary experiences of LGBTQIA+ people by accomplishing the following learning objectives:

Community – Foster a strong sense of community and well-being among LGBTQIA+ students, based on mutual accountability and respect.
Knowledge – Develop knowledge of LGBTQIA+ histories, identities, culture and politics. Challenge the concepts of normativity and incorporate affiliated voices when discussing contemporary topics and issues pertaining to certain groups.
Action – Increase exposure to and experiential practice of contemporary models of social justice organizing, service and action. Discuss implementation of action in society.

Visit The Clark West and Elliott Mitchell Family Foundation FACEBOOK PAGE @SRQLGBTfoundation for  all of the local events within the LGBTQ Community.

The Metro LGBT Centers celebrate the unique culture and needs of the older LGBT community through our SAGE Tampa Bay programs. Having faced decades of discrimination and fought for LGBT rights, LGBT older adults are among the pillars of our community. Metro works diligently to provide programming for LGBT older adults by offering social, legal, health and wellness programs.


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About Equality Florida

Who We Are

Equality Florida consists of two organizations - Equality Florida Institute, Inc., our 501(c)(3) educational charity and Equality Florida Action, Inc., our 501(c)(4) advocacy organization. Together, these organizations form the largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community. Through education, grassroots organizing, coalition building, and lobbying, we are changing Florida so that no one suffers harassment or discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. 

Equality Florida Institute, Inc. formed in 1997 as Governor Jeb Bush took office and Florida’s state government made a hard turn to the right. In an era of setbacks for progressive causes, Equality Florida Action, Inc. was formed in 2014 and along with its predecessor organization Equality Florida Inc., (founded in 1999) has advocated for pro-LGBTQ legislation and defeated every piece of anti-LGBTQ legislation filed in Tallahassee for 16 years in a row. Our organizational objectives are clear: passing local LGBTQ protections at the municipal level, passing a statewide non-discrimination law, passing a statewide anti-bullying law, passing legislation to protect the transgender community, and changing public opinion in the state of Florida regarding LGBT individuals and families. 

Equality Florida Action has always existed in a hostile political climate. We know how to carve our victories despite strong opposition. In addition to our work in Tallahassee, we work with our local partners, providing resources and helping to build coalitions that have passed pro-equality laws across the state. We are not a direct-service organization, but rather an advocacy arm for the LGBTQ community of this state. We provide leadership trainings, volunteer opportunities, and sponsorship opportunities to engage and grow the LGBTQ and straight-ally community involved in this fight. 

With marriage equality finally the law of the land, it is critical we capitalize on the momentum we have gained in this state to continue the march towards full equality. In 40% of the state, you can still be legally fired for being LGBTQ, and without a statewide nondiscrimination law we cannot guarantee these critical protections. The transgender community faces extreme challenges we must address, and we must also ensure that our LGBTQ students do not simply survive in their school but thrive, and that LGBTQ seniors enter their golden years fully supported in senior centers. Full equality in Florida will not simply come legislatively, but also through education and public opinion, and it is critical that this state has a robust LGBTQ advocacy organization that can always fight for this community.your paragraph here.


Sunday, November 19 at 5 PM - 8 PM
Michael's On East
1212 S East Ave, Sarasota, Florida 34239

The Harvey Milk Festival is held yearly downtown Sarasota, Florida.Stay tune in for details months before the event. Event is held in the month of May. 

Who we are and what we're about:
The Harvey Milk Festival features a variety of attractions including live music, film, performing and visual artists, speakers, and vendors designed to engage a large and diverse audience. Harvey Milk Festival, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization and contributions are tax deductible.

Our Mission:
The mission of the Harvey Milk Festival is to honor the life of Harvey Milk, one of the first openly gay Americans elected to public office, by fostering emerging talent in musicians and artists who support diversity and reject discrimination, and to promote equality for LGBTQ people through supporting equal rights legislation.

CANDance 2017

October 21 @ 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
On October 21, 2017  at Michael’s on East at 6:30 pm, Sarasota’s most exciting evening will fill the dance floor with 7 local celebrities! CANDance has been named one of the 10 “events of the season” and shouldn’t be missed.

Event Chairs are: Penny Hill, Jackie Rogers and Emily Walsh.

CAN Volunteer Fundraising Committee Members are: Leona Collesano, Bob Trisolini and Robert Nosal.

Our extraordinary 2017 celebrity dancers are:              

Clark West -  Ben Bobick -  Stephen P. Covert PhD - Elizabeth Wexler

Becky Hanson - Donna Koffman - Tiffany Liashek

Thank you all for your extraordinary participation and support!
Come support the efforts of Community AIDS Network and join the fun!    
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm  Venue: Michael’s On East - 1212 S. East Avenue - Sarasota, FL 34239
Phone: 941-366-0007

               OUR HOUSE of SARASOTA 

              The Clark West / Elliott Mitchell

                        Family Foundation                              ​