Ashley Dye - Copy Editor

Copy Editor

Accuracy and comprehension are paramount to journalism, two goals I strive for while copy editing for the Tampa Bay Times and tbt*. So, too, is coverage of communities that traditionally have been neglected worldwide. My passion is to bring such stories to the forefront with tbt*’s Coast is Queer section. Have a tip or want to write about the large and varied LGBTQ community in Tampa Bay? Contact me at Like many others in Florida, I grew in the cornfields of Indiana — and still love ranch and the fall. I earned my bachelor’s degree at Ball State University where I studied journalism and French. Before the Times, I worked for Bleacher Report and the Muncie Star Press.

  1. Authors James Baldwin (maroon), Kristen Arnett (pink), Rita Mae Brown (yellow), Tanya Boteju (green), Thomas Page McBee (turquoise), Alison Bechel (blue), Mariko Tamaki (lime green), Alexander Chee (red), Kate Bornstein (purple) and Eileen Myles (orange).
    Books help to chronicle the long, storied, beautiful and diverse LGBTQ community. | Ashley Dye
  2. Oscar-winning pop star Sam Smith, who is non-binary, announced Friday that they now use "they/them" as their third-person pronouns. On social media, they said that "after a lifetime of being at war with my gender I’ve decided to embrace myself for who I am ..."
    The singer now uses they/them pronouns. It shouldn’t be hard for reporters to recognize — and explain — gender non-binary terms. | Ashley Dye
  3. Rainbow Pride flags fly in downtown St. Petersburg. [Martha Asencio Rhine  |  Times (2018)]
    We ask readers to reflect on their lives and Tampa Bay in the 50 years since the uprising, plus their advice for the future.
  4. John Pendygraft   |   Times Democrat Jennifer Webb, right, won the Florida House District 69 race. Webb, who lives in Gulfport with Cynthia Wurner, left, is the first married lesbian to head to Tallahassee. Candidates nationwide also made LGBTQ history from governor races to small local seats.
  5. Roxanne Fay plays Paige and Robert Spence Gabriel plays her son Isaac in Taylor Mac's HIR, which runs at Jobsite Theater through April 1, 2018. Photo by Pritchard Photography.
  6. Alan Cumming in BBC's Queers.
  7. Tegan and Sara perform during Splendour in the Grass 2016 on July 24, 2016, in Australia.  (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
  8. Jun. 21, 2016• Opinion
  9. Mourners attend a candlelight vigil in front of the Dr. P. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Orlando on June 13 to honor the 49 people killed and 50 more wounded in the mass shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times