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Hundreds Gather to See Openly-Gay Tampa Commissioner Sworn In

Florida’s Hillsborough County swore in its first openly gay county commissioner, Kevin Beckner today as hundreds gathered to witness the historic event. It was reported to be the largest crowd for such an event. County Circuit Court Clerk Pat Frank said of the crowd, “They’re welcoming change, so it is Obama-like.” [TBO]

On:           Nov 18, 2008
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    • Charles J. Mueller

      Wow. That is way cool. As a resident of Hillsborough County, I am proud to see that we now have an openly-gay Tampa Commissioner…and this in a county where Rhonda Storms, the former Commissioner tried to bar the Gay Pride Day Parade not so long ago.

      I was also pleased to learn that my fave paper, The Tampa Tribune endorsed Mr. Beckner for the office.

      Way to go, Trib!


      Nov 18, 2008 at 8:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • fredo777


      I don’t know how I missed this one earlier.

      Nov 18, 2008 at 11:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
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      Dec 10, 2008 at 1:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
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