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Politics
2:25 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Florida's Transgender Bathroom Bill Clears Its Second Hurdle

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 9:11 am

  Florida could become the first state to criminalize using the wrong bathroom. The Single Sex Bathroom Bill has cleared its second committee in the Florida House.

Morning Edition Host Nicole Creston spoke with Health Reporter Abe Aboraya.

CRESTON: I understand that the transgender community has rallied against this bill. The bill applies to everyone, but the transgender community are the ones caught in the middle since a man who has become a woman could be penalized for walking into a ladies room.

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Feature
11:49 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Miami Transgender Youth Discuss Family Life, Bullying And Inclusion

Credit Nadege Green / WLRN

Six young people sat around a table sharing their personal stories to an audience of about 20 people.

Jack Lee Jordan was first. He said he knew he was a boy from a very young age and not his assigned birth sex of female. His mom took it hard.  She cried a lot and was in denial, he said.

He remembers a shopping trip where he asked his mom for a suit and tie.

“She said, ‘You’ll never be a boy, so stop asking me these things,’” Jack recounted.  

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News
9:44 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Transgender Equality Tops Agenda At TransCon Gathering

TranCon, a day long conference on issues concerning the transgender community, was held at Barry University March 14,2015.
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TransCon, a day-long conference at Barry University, called for more public education about trans issues.

There were workshops that covered health issues, employment and spirituality. But one of the best-attended gatherings addressed discrimination and transgender equality.

Charo Valero, a field organizer with SAVE DADE, a gay rights organization, was one of the moderators at the “Next Step With Prejudice Reduction Workshop.”

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News
3:51 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Public-Bathroom Bill Upsets South Florida Transgender Advocates

A Florida bill would block transgender individuals from using single-sex restrooms that match their gender identity.
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A state House committee has advanced legislation that would undo a Miami-Dade civil rights ordinance for the transgender community.

The bill would block transgender individuals from using single-sex restrooms that match their gender identity. 

House Bill  583 by Rep. Frank Artiles (R-Miami) requires men transitioning to women or women transitioning to men to use restrooms based on their birth gender, regardless of how they identify.

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News
1:34 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Miami Transgender Community Mourns A Sister, Says "All Lives Matter"

Kristina Grant Infiniti was killed in the Miami-Dade home Feb 15. She became the sixth transgender woman of color killed in less than two months.
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In less than two months, at least seven transgender women have been killed across the country. Six of them were women of color. 

The most recent was Miami-Dade resident Kristina Grant Infiniti.

Infiniti, a make-up artist, hairstylist and performer known for her elaborate feather costumes, was found dead in her apartment on Feb.15. She was 46.

The circumstances surrounding her death are not yet clear. Miami-Dade police are investigating.

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News
4:00 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Business Leaders Welcome Same-Sex Marriage In Fort Lauderdale

Bride Vicky Garcia calls Fort Lauderdale the "gay capital" of Florida.
Credit Jessica Meszaros / WLRN

About 100 LGBT couples from around the world married at the W Hotel in Fort Lauderdale Thursday morning. It was a group wedding in honor of Florida’s ruling allowing same-sex marriage in January. The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau partnered with a few companies to host the event. 

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Rainbow Circle
2:28 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Rainbow Circle Meetings Provide Safe Spaces For LGBT Youth

The Rainbow Circle meetings at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center in Cutler Bay take place every Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Credit Pattrik Simmons

Tayson Defas had difficulty growing up in Ecuador where it wasn't easy for him to find his identity as an LGBT youth.

"I was born here, but I was raised there. And in Ecuador, the LGBT community is not very strong. It's even ridiculed on TV, so you can understand how I felt when I was trying to come out," he said. "At the time, I had no idea what the gay community was. I had no connection. I had no idea how to talk to gay people. I didn’t even know how other gay people looked like -- that's how much of a problem I had."

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Record Man Documentary, Southern Circuit Film Tour, Palm Beach Arts Calendar

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01/16/15 - On the next South Florida Arts Beat, documentarian, Mark Moormann, brings us the details about his upcoming film, The Record Man, about how Henry Stone exported the music of Miami to the world.

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News
7:06 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Bill Aims to Stop Sexual Orientation Therapy

Sen. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth

Originally published on Tue January 13, 2015 10:52 am

Legislation has been filed at the capitol that would prevent therapists from trying to change the sexual orientation of kids under the age of 18.

Under bills in both the Florida House and Senate, psychologists, social workers and other mental health providers who are licensed by the state could face disciplinary action if they try to change a minor’s sexual orientation.

Sen. Jeff Clemens has sponsored the legislation, saying parents need to learn how to deal with having a gay child, rather than trying to make the kid change.

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News
9:23 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Same-Sex Weddings At Broward Group Ceremony, But Not Marriage Equality

Clerk of Courts Howard Forman officiates at a mass same-sex marriage ceremony at the Broward County courthouse. About 40 of the approximately 100 couples who got marriage licenses stayed to take their vows.
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  In Fort Lauderdale, about 100 couples were issued legal marriage licenses starting at a minute after midnight. Some will have to endure the state's three-day waiting period before they can marry. But 30 or 40 same-sex pairs who qualified for waivers stayed behind to take their vows in a mass ceremony.

The first couple in line was the first to be married. Melissa Keller and Joanne Stiger got the special treatment of a ceremony in the court clerk's chapel with County Judge Kathleen McHugh officiating.

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Gay Marriage
7:10 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Mass Gay Marriage Wedding Won't Discriminate: Straights Welcome, Too

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If you were to pick the most likely city for a gay marriage celebration, it might very well be Fort Lauderdale, which has been attracting lesbian and gay tourism for decades.

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News
12:00 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Florida Roundup: Art Week In Miami

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On the Florida Roundup, we discuss the week's news with local journalists. 

Gay Marriage And Miami-Dade Human Rights Ordinance

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Politics
12:32 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Business Coalition Seeks Anti-Discrimination Policy For LGBT Community

Key Largo Rep. Holly Raschein debates during a Florida House session last April.
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A bill to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation is back in Tallahassee.

Florida law prohibits discrimination based on everything from race to religion. But the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community doesn't have that protection.

The Florida Competitive Workforce Act would change that, banning discrimination based on sexual orientation in employment, housing and public accommodations.

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Immigration
12:36 am
Fri November 21, 2014

What Bishop Frade May Have Meant When He Called President Obama A Sodomite

FIGHTING WORDS? Episcopal Bishop Leo Frade may not have meant what you think he meant when he called the president a sodomite.
Credit Rick Stone

Miami's downtrodden, disenfranchised and undocumented probably have no greater friend than Bishop Leopold Frade, spiritual leader of Southeast Florida's 33,000 Episcopalians.

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SMART Ride 11
1:38 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Hundreds Of Cyclists Ride From Miami To Key West For HIV/AIDS Organizations

SMART Ride 11 begins today, Nov. 14, in Miami and ends Saturday, Nov. 15, in Key West.
Credit SMART Ride

Imagine being told you have only 11 days to live. That’s what Glen Weinzimer’s doctors told him when they diagnosed him with AIDS in 1993. 

“I was forced to retire and made final arrangements,” he said. “I was in the hospital, and it made me very angry.”

After a rough patch, he started taking new drugs his doctor had prescribed him. He then became energized and started volunteering.

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