Indiana Religious Rights Debate Exposes GOP Divisions

Posted on 01 April 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) – It is a debate many Republicans hoped to avoid. But as the backlash intensifies over a so-called religious freedom law in Indiana, the GOP’s leading White House contenders have been drawn into a messy clash that highlights the party’s strong opposition to same-sex marriage and threatens to inject social issues into the […]

Kentucky’s Beshear On Both Sides Of Gay Rights Debate

Posted on 31 March 2015

FRANKFORT (AP) – Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear said Kentucky’s religious-freedom law, similar to one signed by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence last week, should be clarified to include protections for the LGBT community. But at the same time the governor of this conservative state is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold Kentucky’s ban on same-sex […]

Rutstein Appointed To Board Of Multimedia Platforms Inc

Posted on 31 March 2015

FORT LAUDERDALE – Larry Rutstein has been appointed to the board of directors of Multimedia Platforms Inc. (MMP), the parent company of Agenda newspaper and Guy magazine. “MMP is a company that I believe will be remembered as having been the right business in the right place at the right point in history,” said Rutstein. […]

Indiana Gov. Seeks Quick Changes To Religious Rights Law After Backlash; Arkansas Passes Similar Bill

Posted on 31 March 2015

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Indiana Gov. Mike Pence asked lawmakers Tuesday to send him a clarification of the state’s new religious-freedom law later this week, while Arkansas legislators passed a similar measure, despite criticism that it is a thinly disguised attempt to permit discrimination against gays. The Arkansas proposal now goes to Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson, […]

Fight Over Religious Objection Proposals Shifts To Arkansas

Posted on 31 March 2015

LITTLE ROCK (AP) – The fight over religious objection proposals facing increasing criticism from businesses and advocates who call them a license to discriminate against gays and lesbians has shifted toward Arkansas, which was poised to become the second state this year to enact such a measure. A final vote could come as early as […]

PHOTOS: Tampa Bay Pride In Ybor City On Mar. 28

Posted on 31 March 2015

Tokyo Ward 1st In Japan To Recognize Same-Sex Marriage

Posted on 31 March 2015

TOKYO (AP) – Fumino Sugiyama will finally be able to marry his girlfriend of four years. He couldn’t before, because same sex marriages weren’t recognized in Japan, and he is legally a woman. With a landmark vote Tuesday by the assembly of Tokyo’s Shibuya ward, the district famous as a mecca for trendy youngsters became […]

Here Is A Brief Summary Of Recent LGBT News By U.S. State

Posted on 30 March 2015

Malloy Signs Order Barring State-Funded Travel To Indiana HARTFORD (AP) – Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed an executive order on Monday barring state spending on travel to Indiana and any other state enacting legislation that protects religious freedoms but ultimately discriminates against gays and others groups. Malloy, the incoming chairman of the Democratic Governors […]

Tampa Pride Parade Returns To Ybor City After 13 Years

Posted on 30 March 2015

YBOR CITY — When the Hillsborough County Commission voted unanimously not to acknowledge, promote or participate in annual gay pride celebrations, that decision 10 years ago sparked lawsuits and condemnation. It was made out of fear, ignorance and hate, said Congresswoman Kathy Castor, R-Tampa, who was the only commissioner to oppose the ban at the […]

Polls Finds Most Floridians Support Same-Sex Marriage

Posted on 30 March 2015

FORT LAUDERDALE — A recent poll found that a vast majority of Floridians support same-sex marriage. “Gay marriage becoming legal in Florida doesn’t seem to be doing anyone much harm,” says Public Policy Polling, a widely respected research firm in Raleigh, North Carolina. “Eighty-one percent of voters in the state say it’s either had a […]

Study: Discrimination Costs Florida Employers $362 Million

Posted on 30 March 2015

FORT LAUDERDALE — Workplace discrimination against LGBT employees in Florida costs employers more than $362 million a year, according to a recent report by a coalition of major employers in the state. The report was commissioned by Equality Means Business. It includes interviews with several top executives from nationally recognized businesses based in Florida, links […]

Indiana Governor Plans To ‘Clarify’ Religious Objections Law

Posted on 29 March 2015

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Indiana Gov. Mike Pence defended the new state law that’s garnered widespread criticism over concerns it could foster discrimination and said Sunday it wasn’t a mistake to have enacted it. Pence appeared on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” to discuss the measure he signed last week prohibiting state laws that “substantially […]

Analysis: Arkansas Bill Tests LGBT Economic Argument

Posted on 29 March 2015

LITTLE ROCK (AP) – When Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced his pick to lead the state’s economic development agency, his intent was to tout efforts to lure more jobs and compete internationally in the hunt for companies. Instead, he spent a good part of his news conference discussing his support for a religious protection law […]

Hundreds Rally After Indiana Enacts Religious Rights Law

Posted on 28 March 2015

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Hundreds of people, some carrying signs reading “no hate in our state,” gathered Saturday outside the Indiana Statehouse for a boisterous rally against a new state law that opponents say could sanction discrimination against gay people. Since Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed the bill into law Thursday, Indiana has been widely criticized […]

Aetna Changes HIV Drug Policy Amid Complaint About Cost

Posted on 27 March 2015

TALLAHASSEE (AP) – Aetna has agreed to change its prescription drug policy to ensure that Florida consumers with HIV and AIDS can access their medications at lower costs. Friday’s announcement followed complaints last year alleging that Aetna and three other insurance companies are violating the Affordable Care Act by structuring their Florida insurance plans to […]

Here Is A Brief Summary Of Recent LGBT News By U.S. State

Posted on 26 March 2015

Bill Makes It Easier To Change Gender On Birth Certificates HARTFORD (AP) – A bill moving through the Connecticut legislature would make it easier for transgender people to update their names and genders on their birth certificates. The state already has a law on the books allowing people to change the sex on their birth […]

Pope Lets Disgraced U.K. Cardinal Keep Title, Pension

Posted on 25 March 2015

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican announced that Pope Francis has accepted 77-year-old Keith O’Brien’s resignation from “the rights and privileges of a cardinal.” In 2013, O’Brien resigned as archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh in Scotland after admitting “inappropriate sexual behavior” with several priests to then-Pope Benedict XVI, and recused himself from the conclave of cardinals that […]

What Are You Drinking? Teas, Shakes, Water

Posted on 25 March 2015

Part 5 of 10:  A Fitness & Nutrition Transformation Blueprint “I don’t get it,” the stranger said as he walked up to me recently at Publix. “I read your column about cutting out sodas, but what’s left to drink if you do that? I can’t live without at least three Cokes a day!” Unfortunately, that reader’s addiction […]

Florida Lawmakers Are Attacking Transgender Individuals

Posted on 25 March 2015

The Florida Legislature meets once a year for 60 days to address the needs of our state. Bills can be filed by Representatives and Senators for consideration during the session. This past March 17, 2015, former Marine and current Florida Representative Frank Artiles, a Republican out of Miami, sponsored bill HB 583 that would ban […]

Apology For “Gays Should Be Stoned” Is Too Little, Too Late

Posted on 25 March 2015

Bob Jones III apologized this week for a comment he made in 1980 while being interviewed at the White House. The one-time president of the uber-conservative Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina, said at the time that homosexuals should be stoned to death. Despite taking 35 years to right his obvious wrong, Jones, in […]

What’s Behind Aaron Schock’s Resignation From Congress?

Posted on 25 March 2015

WASHINGTON, DC–The sudden resignation of Aaron Schock, the 33-year old Republican Congressman from Illinois, has taken some observers by surprise. Schock is best known for his $40,000 Downton Abbey-style office re-do and his super-fitness, including a famous bare-chested Men’s Health magazine cover shot. Under investigation by the Office of Congressional Ethics, Schock had reportedly spent […]

Where Does Patrick Murphy Stand On LGBT Equality?

Posted on 25 March 2015

FORT LAUDERDALE — With all due respect, Florida has a political habit of producing high-profile turncoats. In this case, Republican politicians who become Democrats for one reason or another. Former Gov. Charlie Crist of course is the most glaring and recent example. But after his announcement this week to seek the U.S. Senate seat held […]

Here Is A Brief Summary Of Recent LGBT News By U.S. State

Posted on 24 March 2015

Indiana Lawmakers Send Religious Objection Bill To Governor INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Indiana is poised to become the first state this year to enact one of numerous state religious objection bills that critics say could legalize discrimination against gays. The Indiana Senate gave final legislative approval Tuesday to the Republican-backed bill. GOP Gov. Mike Pence says […]

UN Approves Benefits For Spouses Of Gay Staff Members

Posted on 24 March 2015

UNITED NATIONS (AP) – The U.N. will now give benefits to all spouses of gay U.N. staffers who are legally married after Russia and other opponents of same-sex marriage failed Tuesday in an attempt to scuttle the plan by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Currently, family benefits for U.N. staff members are determined by their country of […]

Deadline To Select St. Pete Pride Grand Marshals Is Mar. 27

Posted on 24 March 2015

ST. PETERSBURG – For the fourth year in a row, the organizers of St. Pete Pride are asking members of the community to help select this year’s grand marshals. The 2015 nominees were revealed on March 8 and the Tampa Bay community has until March 27 to make their selections. Nominees are selected by the […]

Gay Journalist’s ‘Personal View’ New In Homophobic Serbia

Posted on 24 March 2015

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) – Nenad Mihailovic flouts Serbian taboo. He’s openly gay in a country notorious for strident homophobia. He uses a wheelchair in a society that shows little sympathy for the disabled. And he’s a voice of liberal thinking in a nation where strong leaders have a tendency to quash dissent. So it’s perhaps […]

Here Is A Brief Summary Of Recent LGBT News By U.S. State

Posted on 23 March 2015

UN Committee To Vote On Benefits For Spouses Of Gay Staffers NEW YORK (AP) – Russia has called for a vote Tuesday in the U.N. budget committee on Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s plan to give benefits to the spouses of gay U.N. staffers who are legally married – regardless of the laws on same-sex marriage in […]

Memorial Held For Performer Kristina Gomez In Miami

Posted on 23 March 2015

CORAL GABLES — Friends and family gathered for a memorial Mass on Mar. 22 to remember the late Kristina Gomez, a transgender entertainer whose body was found in her Miami apartment on Feb. 15. The service for Gomez, known to the public as Kristina Grant Infiniti, took place at St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church in […]

Mar. 22 Memorial Mass For Kristina Gomez In Coral Gables

Posted on 23 March 2015

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Posted on 23 February 2015

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Apology For “Gays Should Be Stoned” Is Too Little, Too Late

Posted on 25 March 2015

Bob Jones III apologized this week for a comment he made in 1980 while being interviewed at the White House. The one-time president of the uber-conservative Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina, said at the time that homosexuals should be stoned to death. Despite taking 35 years to right his obvious wrong, Jones, in […]

Capitol Beat

What’s Behind Aaron Schock’s Resignation From Congress?

Posted on 25 March 2015

WASHINGTON, DC–The sudden resignation of Aaron Schock, the 33-year old Republican Congressman from Illinois, has taken some observers by surprise. Schock is best known for his $40,000 Downton Abbey-style office re-do and his super-fitness, including a famous bare-chested Men’s Health magazine cover shot. Under investigation by the Office of Congressional Ethics, Schock had reportedly spent […]

Cover Story

Pope Lets Disgraced U.K. Cardinal Keep Title, Pension

Posted on 25 March 2015

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican announced that Pope Francis has accepted 77-year-old Keith O’Brien’s resignation from “the rights and privileges of a cardinal.” In 2013, O’Brien resigned as archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh in Scotland after admitting “inappropriate sexual behavior” with several priests to then-Pope Benedict XVI, and recused himself from the conclave of cardinals that […]

Fitness Man

What Are You Drinking? Teas, Shakes, Water

Posted on 25 March 2015

Part 5 of 10:  A Fitness & Nutrition Transformation Blueprint “I don’t get it,” the stranger said as he walked up to me recently at Publix. “I read your column about cutting out sodas, but what’s left to drink if you do that? I can’t live without at least three Cokes a day!” Unfortunately, that reader’s addiction […]

Florida News

Rutstein Appointed To Board Of Multimedia Platforms Inc

Posted on 31 March 2015

FORT LAUDERDALE – Larry Rutstein has been appointed to the board of directors of Multimedia Platforms Inc. (MMP), the parent company of Agenda newspaper and Guy magazine. “MMP is a company that I believe will be remembered as having been the right business in the right place at the right point in history,” said Rutstein. […]

Left Coast

Where Does Patrick Murphy Stand On LGBT Equality?

Posted on 25 March 2015

FORT LAUDERDALE — With all due respect, Florida has a political habit of producing high-profile turncoats. In this case, Republican politicians who become Democrats for one reason or another. Former Gov. Charlie Crist of course is the most glaring and recent example. But after his announcement this week to seek the U.S. Senate seat held […]

Opinion

Florida Lawmakers Are Attacking Transgender Individuals

Posted on 25 March 2015

The Florida Legislature meets once a year for 60 days to address the needs of our state. Bills can be filed by Representatives and Senators for consideration during the session. This past March 17, 2015, former Marine and current Florida Representative Frank Artiles, a Republican out of Miami, sponsored bill HB 583 that would ban […]

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