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As Tropical Storm Isaac Aims at Tampa, Mayor Says He'll Cancel Republican Convention if Need Be


With Tropical Storm Isaac forecast to approach South Florida by Monday morning, the mayor of Tampa, Bob Buckhorn, says he'll cancel the Republican National Convention if need be:

“Obviously public safety is going to trump politics,” Bob Buckhorn said on CNN’s “Starting Point.” “If we had to make that decision to cancel or to postpone or move the convention, we will do that knowing full well that my obligation and the city’s obligation is to move people out of harm’s way. The politics will take care of itself.”

But why would God do such a thing?

Philadelphia Phillies and Tampa Bay Rays Join 'It Gets Better' Project: VIDEOS


The Philadelphia Phillies and the Tampa Bay Rays have released videos for the "It Gets Better" project.

The Phillies' video, which features, Roy Halladay, John Mayberry Jr., Chase Utley, Hunter Pence and Mike Stutes, debuted on Friday night, which was also Gay Night at Citizens Bank Park.

The Rays' video features Johnny Damon, BJ Upton, Sam Fuld, Joe Maddon, and Sean Rodriguez



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Watch: Male Student Sent Home from Tampa-Area High School for Wearing Women's Pumps


A male student at Riverview High School near Tampa is in the news after being sent home for wearing high heels to school:

"He likes the way they make him feel. They make him feel more confident, and he just likes to wear them," said Riverview High School senior Hayley Stepp, who says she's a friend of the student.

School officials say they sent him home out of concern for his safety:

"As a principal of a high school, I have to take the paternal side and make sure he's going to be okay," said Heilmann, afraid the boy would be bullied. "Anytime anyone goes out from, quote, 'the norm' or anytime anyone wants to make a statement, you have to be willing to take what comes with it."

Watch FOX 13's report, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Watch: Lady Gaga Performs 'Judas' at Tampa Nightclub


Following her concert in Tampa, Lady Gaga showed up at the Kennedy Lounge to perform her new track "Judas". The unicorns (4:30) went wild.


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St. Pete Pride Cancels Contract with Clear Channel Over Censorship of Gay Couple Billboards


The images that you see here of two gay couples posing affectionately for the St. Pete Pride ad campaign were rejected by Clear Channel Outdoor Tampa Bay after being submitted to appear on billboards for upcoming gay pride events. The rejection of the billboards have prompted St. Pete Pride to cancel its entire pending contract with Clear Channel.

Two that had been approved for the billboards appear, AFTER THE JUMP...

Wrote Clear Channel to St. Pete Pride organizers:

"After consulting with our Division President and Public Affairs Director the two images that I attached are the only ones that we have the permission to run for your campaign. I’m going to schedule these two to begin running on Monday. If you’d like to create a few more designs that we may be able to use please send them my way. After I receive approval for any new designs you may have I’ll put them into the rotation with these two. Please feel free to contact me with any questions. Thanks!"

The rejection of the innocuous "couple" images has understandably miffed organizers. They wrote to Clear Channel:

"The images that were not selected do not contain anything that is sexual, immoral, illegal or otherwise offensive in nature. I’m almost certain that you have had billboards in the market which display men and women in both friendly and romantic ways. I can’t seem to understand where these images would be any different, except for the fact that they portray two men and two women, respectively."

See the two images that were approved, AFTER THE JUMP...


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Today is the Transgender Day of Remembrance

The International Transgender Day of Remembrance is meant to raise awareness about those who are killed in anti-transgender hate crimes. Events marking this day are occurring around the world today.

In related news, Tampa passed a transgender anti-discrimination ordinance yesterday:

"After two hours of testimony, the ordinance passed by a 5-1 vote with Charlie Miranda voting no and Linda Saul-Sena absent. Miranda repeatedly raised concerns about disruptions caused by people who come to work one day dressed as one gender, and the next day as the other. The new rules prohibit discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations based on 'gender identity and expression,' with that defined as someone who has an 'inner sense of being a specific gender' regardless of their 'assigned sex at birth.' Tampa's human rights ordinance already protects people from discrimination based on gender, race, religion, sexual orientation and other factors."


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