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The year of the openly gay candidate in Florida politics

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This is the year that Central Florida gays step boldly into the political spotlight, joining an increasingly large outpouring of gay candidates statewide. Four openly gay Orlando-area Democratic candidates are running for election in federal and state races this year; Valleri Crabtree in Florida’s 9th Congressional District centered in south Orlando and Kissimmee; Bob Poe in Florida’s 10th Congressional District centered in west Orlando. There is also Beth Tuura in the 47th Florida House District centered in central Orlando, and Carlos Guillermo…

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New Gainesville mayor says sexuality a non-issue

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When Craig Lowe was running for class president in eighth grade at his suburban Atlanta school, someone posted a sign in the hallway declaring, “No to homo Lowe.” It was eerily similar to the sign declaring “No homo Mayor” that a northwest Gainesville church posted in March, weeks before Lowe was on the ballot in the mayoral runoff — one reason the contest got national attention. After winning the election, Lowe talked to Details magazine about the harsh realities faced…

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