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Presidential Candidates and Gay Rights

Debates are happening. Opinions on candidates are forming, memorable quotes are being turned into pictures, and people are starting to realize that in just a little over a year the nation will have a new president. Live Free Be Strong compiled a list of the varying viewpoints held by some of these political hopefuls in […]


New Issues For the LGBT Community

New Issues Already? It was less than a month ago that we saw the landmark passage of marriage equality. People worldwide rejoiced, and couples rushed out to get marriage licenses and let their love be legally recognized by the state, regardless of where they live. While marriage is now a nation wide guarantee, what happens […]

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Comprehensive LGBT Rights Could Be a Reality

This coming Thursday we can keep our eyes and ears open for what will hopefully be the next advancement in moving toward complete equality for members of the LGBT community. The Equality Act, set for introduction in both chambers of Congress on Thursday, would explicitly ban anti-LBT discrimination in all areas of civil rights law. […]


LGBT Student Measure Falls Short in Senate

LGBT Student Measure Falls Short In the Senate, you need 60 votes for a measure to pass, meaning you can have a majority vote and still see a provision fail. Unfortunately for the LGBT community, as well as anyone close to members of the LGBT community, this age-old Senate rule means that the first LGBT-Related […]


Spotlight On: Lizzie from Kids In Distress

“There is no foster kid look. The kids are not the ones who did something wrong. They are victims , or as I prefer, survivors of abuse, neglect, and exposure to things that they should never even know about” Our spotlight interview this week is with Lizzie, a success story from Kids In Distress. Q: […]


Pride Month in Review

As Pride Month 2015 comes to an end, we can take a few minutes and look back on the great things that have gone on through it: On May 29th, 2015, President Obama stated “NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the […]


Spotlight On: Representative David Richardson

Representative David Richardson was elected on August 14th, 2012. He is currently serving his second term in the Florida House of Representatives. He is also the first openly gay elected official in Florida legislature. Last week, Live Free Be Strong got the opportunity to meet with him at his office in Miami. David Richardson holds […]

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Bullying- Who, What, Where, When?

National Safety Month continues! As do our bullying facts, and tips on prevention. We’ve mentioned the three main bullying components as being an imbalance of power, an intent to cause harm or distress, and the potential for the act to be repeated. We’ve detailed the statistics of bullying in Florida and other states. We’ve even gone […]


Five Steps Towards Preventing Bullying

June is National Safety Month! In honor of this, Live Free Be Strong has compiled a list of easy-to-do ways to prevent bullying, both in schools and online. 1) Don’t be fooled by the myths- often, boys will be boys. Too often though, phrases such as that or claiming that the incidents are “just kids […]


Equal Rights and the United Nations

Recently, the Human Rights Council of the United Nations updated their previous resolution 27/32 on “Discrimination and violence against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity”. A report submitted in 2011 had some similar language; the United Nations Human Rights Commissioner submitted a report detailing the “pattern of discrimination and violence directed at […]

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A Look at Florida Schools: What is “bullying”?

A Look at Florida School’s: What is “Bullying”? In 2008 the “Jeffrey Johnston Stand Up For All Students Act” was signed into law. This bill was named after bullying victim Jeffrey Johnston, who took his own life in 2005 following three years of cyberbullying by a classmate. His mother, a Florida elementary school teacher, became […]


LGBT in Film

In honor of LGBT Pride Month, we’ve compiled a list and description of just a few of the many LGBT characters found in film. Characters have been accepted in film for their sexuality and gender identity for almost the past century! Armand Goldman- The Birdcage In the 1996 film “The Birdcage”, Armand Goldman (played by […]


The Healthy Workplace Bill

The Healthy Workplace Bill- part of the Healthy Workplace Campaign. Workplace Bullying is repeated, health-harming mistreatment of one or more people (targets) by one or more perpetrators that take on the form of either verbal abuse, offensive conduct/behaviors, and/or work interference. Workplace bullying is an issue that reminds everyone that bullying does not only affect […]


First Recipient of the Live Free Be Strong Founder’s Award

Dave Vincent, Founder of LIVE FREE BE STRONG congratulates Jacqueline Faerman of Fort Lauderdale High School on her Exceptional Leadership Achievement for 2012-2013. Jacqueline accomplished this achievement by not just talking action with her peers but by making changes in her community. When she was a freshman, Jacqueline took a leap forward and helped “United […]

Bikes for Kids in Distress

Bikes for Kids in Distress

LIVE FREE BE STRONG teams up with UNCS and made the holiday season a whole lot brighter for local kids who often don’t have a lot to smile about. Lined up end to end the 200 bicycles we gave away would cover more than three football fields and for some of the children it was […]

Live Free Be Strong


Live Free Be Strong is proud to present an anti-bullying message produced by Five Star Monkey and Frozen-N-Time Productions directed by Tyler Council – Executive Producer, David Vincent and Producer, Dennis Dean.  Starring Singer/Songwriter Jared Bradford LeBlanc, Aaron Adams, Marcey Miller, Nick Novembre, Michael Ballash.

LIVE FREE BE STRONG Founder, David Vincent presents a $1,000 check to The Fort Lauderdale High School Gay Straight Alliance.  L to R:  David Vincent, FLHS Principal Pricilla Ribeiro, GSA Founder/President Alex Corso and GSA Vice-President Jacqueline Faerman. (photo by Stephen Kuttner)


Music video sets the stage for Foundation’s anti-bullying platform Fort Lauderdale, Florida – (May, 3, 2012) – The LIVE FREE BE STRONG Foundation, a socially conscious not-for-profit organization, is off to a tremendous start making its first donation to the Fort Lauderdale High School Gay Straight Alliance in an effort to promote anti-bullying. Following a […]


Behind the Scenes: LIVE FREE BE STRONG Music Video

March 24-25, 2012 – Producers David Vincent and Dennis Dean teamed up with Froze-N-Time Production’s Tyler Council and his crew to create a music video with singer/songwriter Jared Bradford LeBlanc. Jared is making his debut performance, having written the lyrics and music to “LIVE FREE BE STRONG.” It was a two-day shoot at several locations […]

The Smart Ride 2011

2011 Smart Ride – 2 Days, 165 Miles to fight against HIV/AIDS

Like many things that change us and the world in some way, it starts with a dream, a vision, and an idea. The Southern Most AIDS/HIV RideTwenty Twelve is no different. It was born out of a dream to make a real and significant difference in the lives of those infected, affected and at risk […]

Overweight, Poor, Bisexual…and Legally Discriminated?

As every state does, and as previously written about, Florida has a set of legislation in place to address bullying in the school system. This was initially put into play in 2008 in order to, as the title of the legislation states, “stand up for all students.” Looking into it, though, this bill doesn’t exactly […]


The Link Between Bullying and Popularity

Think about the popular jock walking in the hallway and spitting on a nerdy kid. Think the skinny cheerleader laughing loudly at the overweight girl that wants to sit with her at lunch. Think of teen shows and movies, like Mean Girls and Glee. Now think about those, and then think about the possibility that […]