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Miami Beach Achieves Perfect Score on HRC’s Pro-Equality Report

Posted on 16 April 2014

Miami Beach, FL — Last week, the community celebrated the City of Miami Beach for achieving a perfect score of 100 points on the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index (MEI), making it the highest-ranking city in the State of Florida, and the second in the country. In total, 293 cities nationwide, including 15 big […]

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Social Security Administration Changes Transgender Policy

Posted on 09 April 2014

Washington, D.C. – Last week, the Social Security Administration finally updated their guidelines for the eligibility of transgender individuals who are seeking survivor’s benefits. The new policy comes on the tail of a case involving 92-year-old transgender World War II veteran Robina Asti. Even though Asti was legally married to her husband Norwood, she was […]

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UK Bishop Asks Gay Clergy to ‘Come Out’

Posted on 03 April 2014

London, England – Bishop Alan Wilson has come forward to ask fellow gay clergy members to come out, following the U.K.’s passing of same-sex marriage. Wilson said he thinks there are “13 gay bishops in the Church of England,” according to an article by Religion News Service. The Church of England is one of the […]

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Groups Fight to Uphold Florida’s Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

Posted on 03 April 2014

Miami, FL – A coalition of black and Hispanic civil rights groups and pastors are defending Florida’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, challenging the basis of the recent Miami lawsuit that seeks to overturn the ban. On Friday, the groups announced that the effort to overturn the same-sex marriage ban “threatens to violate the rights […]

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Old Florida Seafood Allegedly Fires Employee for Health Reasons

Posted on 02 April 2014

Wilton Manors, FL – According to a now ex-employee of Old Florida Seafood House, his employer wrongfully terminated him after new owners Andrew Dan-Jumbo and Lauren Anderson learned of his HIV status. “My case states I was wrongfully terminated from Old Florida after revealing my HIV status to the new owners,” ex-employee Stephen Kosiorek told […]

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Diversity Paves the Way for Charlie Crist: South Florida Community Leaders Come Together to Attend Fundraiser

Posted on 25 March 2014

Wilton Manors, FL – On March 19, openly-gay Fort Lauderdale City Commissioner Dean Trantalis held a fundraiser at his home for Charlie Crist’s campaign for governor. Crist, who recently transitioned to Democrat, has been a recent supporter of same-sex marriage and even went so far as to apologize for his support of a 2008 referendum […]

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Equality Suit Filed for Same-Sex Florida Couples Married Out of State

Posted on 14 March 2014

Miami, FL – On Wednesday March 12, The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Florida filed a lawsuit in federal court on behalf of eight same-sex couples, as well as the LGBT rights group, SAVE. The lawsuit will be challenging the Sunshine State’s refusal to recognize marriages performed in state’s where same-sex weddings […]

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Low-Income Housing for LGBT Seniors on the Rise

Posted on 12 March 2014

Wilton Manors, FL – John C. Anderson is a new apartment complex that was designed specifically for low-income LGBT seniors, reports CBS Philly. It opened just a few weeks ago, and is the first of its kind for Philadelphia. In the whole country, there are only two others like it. “Being an LGBT friendly community, […]

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Kentucky to Appeal Same-Sex Marriage Ruling: Gov. Overrides Attorney General’s Decision

Posted on 05 March 2014

Frankfort, KY – On Tuesday, the attorney general of Kentucky, General Jack Conway, announced that he will not appeal the recent ruling that same-sex marriages performed in other states must be honored while in Kentucky, according to the Associated Press. Conway, a Democrat, announced that despite the February 12 ruling, he would not be appealing […]

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Former Copa Owner Arrested

Posted on 27 February 2014

Fort Lauderdale, FL — Gregg Evan Bernard, the one-time co-owner of the Copa, one of South Florida’s most popular dance clubs, was arrested on February 13th, for the alleged grand theft of $97,076.98 from the Marvilla Condominium Association. Wilton Manors Police Department Detective Bonnie Owens was the arresting officer. Bernard has since posted bond after […]

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