LGBT http://wlrn.org en Monroe County Court Hears Arguments In Gay Marriage Case http://wlrn.org/post/monroe-county-court-hears-arguments-gay-marriage-case <p>In 2008, Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment that defined marriage as being between one man and one woman. In recent months, gay couples wishing to marry have challenged that provision in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.</p><p>Today on Plantation Key, a Monroe Circuit judge heard arguments in a case brought by two Key West men. Aaron Huntsman and William Jones have been together for 11 years and had a commitment ceremony 10 years ago. But Huntsman said they want to make it official.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 21:31:17 +0000 Nancy Klingener 35150 at http://wlrn.org Monroe County Court Hears Arguments In Gay Marriage Case Miami Beach Will Offer Transgender Benefits This Fall http://wlrn.org/post/miami-beach-will-offer-transgender-benefits-fall <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The City of Miami Beach will be the first in the state to offer transgender benefits to city employees, starting this October. </span><a href="http://miamiherald.typepad.com/gaysouthflorida/2014/06/transgender-miami-beach-city-employees-granted-trans-healthcare-insurance-a-first-in-florida.html" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">The Commission voted unanimously last Wednesday to offer the coverage</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 05:34:44 +0000 Elaine Chen & Wilson Sayre 33978 at http://wlrn.org Miami Beach Will Offer Transgender Benefits This Fall LGBT Students and Organizations Advancing Equality In Florida http://wlrn.org/post/lgbt-students-and-organizations-advancing-equality-florida <p></p> Tue, 20 May 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Bonnie Berman, Joseph Cooper & Paul Leary 32599 at http://wlrn.org LGBT Students and Organizations Advancing Equality In Florida How Florida's Gay-Marriage Advocates Plan To Win In The Court Of Public Opinion http://wlrn.org/post/how-floridas-gay-marriage-advocates-plan-win-court-public-opinion <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lawsuits challenging state bans on gay marriage are piling up across the country, and winning doesn't only rest on having a compelling legal case. Building a plaintiff "dream team" is a major component of strong legal strategy.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“You want plaintiffs who are sympathetic,” explains Nova Southeastern law professor Bob Jarvis. “In front of a jury, you want to say this could be your neighbors, your friends, your coworkers or you.”&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:09:27 +0000 Arianna Prothero 30743 at http://wlrn.org How Florida's Gay-Marriage Advocates Plan To Win In The Court Of Public Opinion Meet The New Leader Of Gay Advocacy Group SAVE http://wlrn.org/post/meet-new-leader-gay-advocacy-group-save <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's the largest advocacy group for gay rights in South Florida and it's once again known as SAVE -- Safeguarding American Values for Everyone.</span></p><p>Twenty-one years ago, SAVE was originally&nbsp;known as SAVE &nbsp;-- and then it morphed into&nbsp;SAVE Dade.</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 22px; margin-left: 0px; ">It was started&nbsp;in 1993 by a small group of people who decided to fight against Anita Bryant’s anti-gay "Save our Children" campaign.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 21:58:34 +0000 Kelley Mitchell 30519 at http://wlrn.org Meet The New Leader Of Gay Advocacy Group SAVE A Ban On Same-Sex Marriage, And A Miami Beach Tech Hub Is "The Dumbest Idea" http://wlrn.org/post/ban-same-sex-marriage-and-miami-beach-tech-hub-dumbest-idea <p></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(20, 20, 20); font-family: Arial; font-size: 24px; line-height: 1.15; white-space: pre-wrap;">On The Florida Roundup: six gay couples in South Florida sue over the state's constitutional provision, passed by referendum in 2008, limiting marriage to a man and woman.</span></p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 17:59:07 +0000 Elaine Chen 26883 at http://wlrn.org A Ban On Same-Sex Marriage, And A Miami Beach Tech Hub Is "The Dumbest Idea" Fort Lauderdale's Stonewall Museum Seeks Smithsonian Partnership http://wlrn.org/post/fort-lauderdales-stonewall-museum-seeks-smithsonian-partnership <p>Fort Lauderdale's Stonewall National Museum and Archives is seeking a partnership with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.</p><p>The Stonewall, the nation's largest collection of LGBT literature and periodicals, has applied for membership to the Smithsonian Affiliations program. The program would allow both museums to exchange artifacts among 183 affiliates across 43 states, Panama and Puerto Rico.</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 04:00:26 +0000 Diego Saldaña-Rojas 26764 at http://wlrn.org Fort Lauderdale's Stonewall Museum Seeks Smithsonian Partnership Six Same-Sex Couples Sue For The Right To Marry In Florida http://wlrn.org/post/six-same-sex-couples-sue-right-marry-florida <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Six couples from South Florida are legally <a href="http://eqfl.org/pressprep" target="_blank">challenging the state's ban</a> on same-sex marriage.</span></p><p>Same-sex couples have never been allowed to marry in Florida. But six years ago a majority of voters chose to amend the state constitution to ban gay marriage.</p><p>Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, attorney Shannon Minter argued minority rights should never be put up to a popular vote.</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 18:12:04 +0000 Arianna Prothero 26750 at http://wlrn.org Six Same-Sex Couples Sue For The Right To Marry In Florida Conversion Therapy May Soon Be Banned For Florida Kids http://wlrn.org/post/conversion-therapy-may-soon-be-banned-florida-kids <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Conversion therapy, which is meant to turn gay people straight, may soon be banned for young people in Florida.<br /><br />A bill by Sen. Jeff Clemens (D-Lake Worth) would ban conversion therapy for everyone 18 years old and younger, but it would only apply to conversion therapy offered by licensed professionals like psychologists and counselors.<br /><br />Religious groups and other non-professional organizations would still be able to offer the therapy for young people.<br /> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 23:40:45 +0000 Jordan Michael 23953 at http://wlrn.org Conversion Therapy May Soon Be Banned For Florida Kids Broward Schools Recognized For LGBT Anti-Bullying Policies http://wlrn.org/post/broward-schools-recognized-lgbt-anti-bullying-policies <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Broward County Public School district has been honored for its anti-bullying policies.</span></p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 00:28:44 +0000 Sammy Mack 23894 at http://wlrn.org Broward Schools Recognized For LGBT Anti-Bullying Policies Lawmakers Hold First Broward LGBT Town Hall http://wlrn.org/post/lawmakers-hold-first-broward-lgbt-town-hall <p>In conjunction with LGBT History Month, state legislators met Monday night to host what was billed as the state’s first town hall meeting specifically focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues.</p><p>It was standing room only in Wilton Manors City Hall, where the room buzzed with enthusiasm fueled by this summer’s Supreme Court rulings striking down the Defense of Marriage Act and also allowing federal benefits for domestic partners.</p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 16:18:02 +0000 Rachel Morello 22841 at http://wlrn.org Lawmakers Hold First Broward LGBT Town Hall New Push For Adding 'T' To 'LGB' In Miami-Dade's Human Rights Ordinance http://wlrn.org/post/new-push-adding-t-lgb-miami-dades-human-rights-ordinance <p></p><p>More than 60 activists huddled in the shade during a rally on Sunday in support of an amendment to the Miami-Dade County human rights ordinance. They were joined by faith leaders including Temple Israel of Greater Miami, Unity on the Bay and All Souls' Episcopal Church.</p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 18:44:17 +0000 Wilson Sayre 21045 at http://wlrn.org New Push For Adding 'T' To 'LGB' In Miami-Dade's Human Rights Ordinance Miami Agency Enjoys Sweet Spot Of Gay Advertising http://wlrn.org/post/miami-agency-enjoys-sweet-spot-gay-advertising <p>Dorn&nbsp;Martell&nbsp;doesn't act surprised to hear gay culture is hot right now after a perfect storm of recent events from legal rulings on&nbsp;<a href="http://miamiherald.typepad.com/gaysouthflorida/2013/05/love-is-love-the-historic-biltmore-launches-campaign-to-bring-gay-weddings-to-coral-gables.html" target="_blank">same-sex marriage</a> to headlines of professional athletes coming out.</p> Tue, 07 May 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Daniel Hicks 13574 at http://wlrn.org Miami Agency Enjoys Sweet Spot Of Gay Advertising Gay Marriage Arguments: Cellphones, The Internet And Fertility Over 55 http://wlrn.org/post/gay-marriage-arguments-cellphones-internet-and-fertility-over-55 The U.S. Tue, 26 Mar 2013 20:30:03 +0000 Liz Halloran 11467 at http://wlrn.org Gay Marriage Arguments: Cellphones, The Internet And Fertility Over 55 Florida Lawmakers Consider Domestic Partnership Bill http://wlrn.org/post/florida-lawmakers-consider-domestic-partnership-bill <p><em>For News Service of Florida</em></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia; line-height: 18.41666603088379px; text-align: justify; ">A senator who last month opposed a bill that would create domestic partnerships for unmarried couples will support a new, narrower version when it comes up Tuesday in the Senate Children, Families and Elder Affairs Committee.</span> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Margie Menzel 10720 at http://wlrn.org Florida Lawmakers Consider Domestic Partnership Bill