Several honored for their work for equal rights

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Written by: Cindy Swirko

A newlywed who organized a mass wedding party, a midwife who is a new mother, a fighter for equality who is relatively new to Gainesville and a longtime magazine were the honorees at Friday night’s awards dinner put on by the Pride Community Center of North Central Florida.

Honored were midwife Abigail Fletcher, who introduced her new baby to the crowd; homeopath Miranda Castro, who helped organize the Wedding Belles reception for 10 lesbian couples; Mallory Garner-Wells, public policy director for Equality Florida; and the Kindred Sisters Mama Raga Collective, an organization that published the magazine Mama Raga.

“We moved here in December 2006. We were trying to leave this god forsaken state having been in South Florida for five years, and we got hijacked. We found this wonderful women’s community, this wonderful town,” Castro said. “I love this town. I love how odd and quirky and beautiful it is. It is unique. You guys are very unusual.”

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