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News release from Community Marketing:
More than 70% of lesbian and gay and respondents over age 40 reported concerns about losing the ability to care for themselves in a recent study conducted by Community Marketing, Inc. The majority also feared becoming sick or disabled, being dependent on others, and outliving their savings.
When asked which resources they would rely on for long-term financial and social care as they age, less than 8% of respondents said they would place significant reliance on long-term care insurance, leaving us to wonder how prepared lesbians and gay men are for the kinds of health issues that often come with old age. Respondents placed the most emphasis on:
- Health care insurance: 22%
- Medicare: 20%
- Personal savings: 19%
- Social Security: 16%
65% of respondents expect for provide care to a partner sometime in the future, 44% for a parent, and 34% for a friend. However, respondents were less certain of who would care for them – 59% said a partner would be there to help care for them, 29% a friend, and 20% no one.
A significant 20% of gay male and 38% of lesbian respondents over age 40 have children (just 4% of gay men and 12% of lesbians reported the children to be under age 18). Sometimes it is easy forget how many gay-boomers had children before they came out, and some gays and lesbians will be able to rely on their children for care.
The majority of respondents have completed a Living Will and the majority have a Power of Attorney, but less than 50% have completed an Estate Will or set up a Living Trust. (Hospitals often require a visiting partner to present a living will in order to enter his or her partner’s hospital room.)
49% of respondents said they are at least fairly confident that they would be treated with dignity and respect by medical personnel, but 19% expressed concerns that they have little confidence in this being the case.
Some views of retirement and old age are much more positive. Respondents look forward to: traveling (79%), having more time for personal interests (74%), and peace and relaxation (60%). In addition, lesbians were more likely to report looking forward to spending more time with friends and family than gay men.
DEMOGRAPHICS of this “over 40” study:
- The median age is 52.
- 69% of respondents are male, 30% female, and 1% transgender. More than 96% of respondents identified as gay or lesbian. The remainder identified their sexual orientation as bisexual, queer or questioning.
- 53% of respondents reported that they are completely out. However, 15% are somewhat or not very out.
- The median respondent in all age categories reported plans to retire at age 62. The vast majority of respondents over age 62 have already retired.
- 73% of respondents have a college degree.
- 33% of female respondents and 46% of male respondents are single or do not live with a significant other. Lesbians are more likely to be partnered than gay men.
- The majority own single family homes.
Equality Florida news release:
Community Outraged Over Continuing Epidemic of Hate Violence
(Ft. Lauderdale) Today, Equality Florida and the coalition Transgender Equality Rights Initiatives (TERI) expressed outrage over the murder of Simmie Williams Jr., a gay 17 year-old who was gunned down this past weekend on a street corner in Broward County. Police are investigating the murder as a possible hate crime based on the words witnesses say were exchanged before the shooting.
“We can be horrified, but we cannot be surprised,” said Nadine Smith, executive director of Equality Florida. “Just 10 days ago, 15 year-old Lawrence King was gunned down in California.
Nearly a year ago, Ryan Skipper was brutally stabbed and his body dumped on the roadside here in Florida. And a week after Ryan’s murder, 20 year-old Sean Kennedy was killed outside a gay bar in South Carolina. All of these deaths were preventable. We all must have the will to act and compel our schools and our legislature to confront the harassment and violence directed at gay and transgender young people.”
Across the country, studies have shown that perpetrators of hate-crimes are overwhelmingly male, 18 to 24 years-old, and that they often get their start with bullying in schools. With this in mind, Equality Florida has made it their top legislative priority to pass a statewide Safe School bill that would address the epidemic of bullying and violence in Florida schools.
“It is time we demand our government to act and implement policy to decrease the risk factors affecting LGBT youth,” said Michael Emanuel Rajner, co-founder of Transgender Equality Rights Initiatives. “Of the 900 youth in Broward County transitional living facilities, an estimated 25% are LGBT, many have been banished from their homes simply for being LGBT.”
A memorial is being planned for 4:30PM Thursday, February 27th at the 1000 block of Sistrunk Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale where the murder occurred. A town hall meeting will follow at 6:30 at the Gay & Lesbian Community Center of South Florida 1717 N. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL to discuss the issue of hate crimes in Florida.
Equality Florida is Florida’s only statewide human rights organization dedicated to the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. Through education and advocacy, the organization is committed to building a state of equal rights for all Floridians, inclusive of all sexual orientations and gender identities.
Transgender Equality Rights Initiatives (“TERI”) provides the South Florida community with opportunities to increase knowledge on issues affecting the transgender community.
Camposition, the non-profit multidisciplinary collaborative known to push the boundaries between contemporary performance and activism, launches a campaign to recruit 1000 “homosexuals” to play a role in an important and historic new production by Michael Yawney. 1000 Homosexuals, commissioned by the Adrienne Arsht Center and produced by the Center in partnership with Camposition, premieres at the Arsht Center’s Carnival Studio Theater in November 2008. Yawney’s play tells the story of Anita Bryant's 1977 crusade against gay civil rights. Camposition launches the 1000 Homosexuals campaign and website, www.1000homosexuals.com on Friday, February 29, 2008, 7 pm – 10 pm, during the opening reception of the Stonewall Library & Archives’ exhibition, “Days Without Sunshine: Anita Bryant’s Anti-Gay Crusade” at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens located at 1000 Convention Center Drive in Miami Beach.
1,000 Homosexuals is a documentary/fantasy/comedy presenting Anita just the way she would want: as a musical Joan of Arc battling a powerful and perverse gay mafia. Due to Anita’s concern for her family, she resists taking a stand against a county-wide gay rights ordinance. After she heeds God’s call to take heroic action, Anita pays a heavy price for her stand. The piece bends documentary sources such as government records, newspaper stories and underground gay manifestos into a twisted carnival of 70s-style sex and faith. 1000 Homosexuals raises questions about morality, politics and religion while recounting how one woman’s attempt to be relevant shaped popular perceptions of gays and lesbians.
The play’s premiere this November is timely—immediately following the referendum to amend the Florida State Constitution to define marriage as one man and one woman and do away with civil unions and domestic partnerships. Camposition invites the community to take part in history by becoming one of “1000 homosexuals.” Anyone making a minimum $50 tax-deductible contribution will be designated as one of the official “1000 Homosexuals.” Supporters do not necessarily need to identify as GLBT; heterosexuals welcome. 1000 Homosexuals will premiere at the Arsht Center in November 2008 and will continue to educate audiences throughout the US and abroad about GLBT history and current issues.
Throughout the campaign, Camposition will participate in and host a series of events where individuals can enlist as a “homosexual.” The official launch of the campaign and website will take place during the opening reception of the Stonewall Library & Archives’ exhibition, “Days Without Sunshine: Anita Bryant’s Anti-Gay Crusade” at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens located at 1000 Convention Center Drive in Miami Beach on Friday, February 29, 2008, 7 pm – 10 pm. For additional information about the launch or how to become a “homosexual,” please contact 1000 Homosexual’s Campaign Manager, Susan Caraballo at email@example.com or visit www.1000homosexuals.com.
Camposition’s programs are supported by Dade Community Foundation and Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Board of County Commissioners. 1000 Homosexuals has been commissioned by the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County and endorsed, thus far, by the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and Stonewall Library & Archives.
From Daily Tech:
Thompson given until March 5th to prove that he has not "abused the legal system"
Whenever a tragedy occurs, it is virtually a given that Florida attorney Jack Thompson is making a beeline for the nearest media outlet to voice his predictable opinion that video games were the cause of the violent outburst, and has made several attempts to use the legal system to further his cause; however, the Florida Supreme Court appears to be striking back.
GamePolitics, who has had no shortage of communication with Thompson in the past, is reporting that Thompson himself has forwarded the Florida Supreme Court's "Order to Show Cause" that was sent to Thompson's office earlier this week, and has posted the following excerpt from the email exchange:
02/19/2008 ORDER-SHOW CAUSE
TO: JOHN BRUCE THOMPSON
It appears to the Court that you have abused the legal system by submitting numerous frivolous and inappropriate filings in this Court.
Therefore, it is ordered that you shall show cause on or before March 5, 2008, why this Court should not find that you have abused the legal system process and impose upon you a sanction for abusing the legal system, including, but not limited to directing the Clerk of this Court to reject for filing any future pleadings, petitions, motions, letters, documents, or other filings submitted to this Court by you unless signed by a member of The Florida Bar other than yourself.
The phrase "numerous frivolous and inappropriate filings" stands out to any member of the gaming community familiar with Mr. Thompson's less-than-stellar record in attempting to sway the gaming industry. Mr. Thompson's vitriolic response was both equally amusing and confusing, as he the eggs on the very court that serves him the notice:
This is the single greatest gift that any court has ever given me in my 31 years of practicing law. I shall now, through a new federal lawsuit, deconstruct The Florida Bar ... This court has threatened Thompson. He does not threaten back. He hereby informs this court that he will see it in federal court.
The Florida court is looking forward to this appearance.
Why the f*ck not? This seems to have taken on a life of its own:
2008 Winter Conference Features Local, National Speakers
Fort Lauderdale –West Palm Beach will be the location of the 2008 Winter Conference of the Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus, being held Friday through Sunday, March 7, 8 and 9. The conference will bring together local and national speakers and elected officials who will discuss the current political climate and prepare for the crucial and pivotal election later this year.
Conference speakers and the final agenda are still being scheduled, but confirmed speakers include: Jon Hoadley, executive director of the National Stonewall Democrats; GLBT elected officials including Broward County Commissioner Ken Keechl, Wilton Manors City Commissioner Joe Angelo, and former Fort Lauderdale City Commissioner Dean Trantalis; representatives of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and Gay American Heroes; representatives from the Florida Democratic Party; and local and state officials and candidates, among others. The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) will conduct message training on the Florida Marriage Protection Amendment.
Updates to this advisory will be issued.
Friday, March 7
WHAT: Welcoming cocktail reception
Details to be announced
Saturday, March 8
WHAT: Winter conference of the Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus
WHEN: Saturday, March 8
9:00am to 5:00pm
WHERE: Marriott West Palm Beach
1001 Okeechobee Boulevard
West Palm Beach
Saturday, March 8
WHAT: Cocktail reception hosted by the Palm Beach Human Rights Council
WHEN: Saturday, March 8
7:00pm to 8:30pm
WHERE: The home of Deidre Newton and Kerry Gallagher
736 Sunset Rd.
West Palm Beach
Sunday, March 9
WHAT: Farewell brunch
Details to be announced
INFO: The Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus represents the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities for the Florida Democratic Party. With 15 chapters across the state, the Caucus played a major role in Democratic victories in 2006 and is actively preparing for 2008.
GLAAD news release:
Los Angeles, February 24, 2008 – The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) today congratulated director-producer Cynthia Wade on her Oscar® win for her short documentary, Freeheld. The award was presented this evening at the 80th Annual Academy Awards®, held at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles.
Freeheld documents the 2006 struggle of New Jersey Detective Lt. Laurel Hester in her effort to transfer her pension to her domestic partner, Stacie Andree, in the months leading up to Hester’s death. With less than six months to live as cancer spread to her brain, Hester battled the Ocean County Freeholders, the locally elected officials, to give to Stacie the security for her partner that married couples receive automatically. The film captures both the very public and urgent dispute with the Freeholders, as well as the couple’s intensely private struggle as they come to terms with Hester’s terminal illness.
"We are thrilled that this powerful film, one that has the potential to change hearts and minds concerning fairness for gay couples, has been honored tonight with a well-deserved Academy Award®," says GLAAD President Neil G. Giuliano. "We congratulate Cynthia Wade on her achievement and say ’bravo’ to the Academy for their selection."
Freeheld has garnered a number of other notable awards, including the Special Jury Prize at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and the Audience Awards at Outfest, Newfest and the Palm Springs International Film Festival.
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. For more information, please visit www.glaad.org.
No Country For Old Men producer Scott Rudin, accepting the Oscar for Best Picture:
"This is also for my partner John Barlow. Without you, honey, this would be hardware. Thank you so much. Thank you."
Producers Scott Rudin, right, Ethan Coen, left, and Joel Coen accept the Oscar after the film "No Country for Old Men" won best motion picture of the year at the 80th Academy Awards Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008, in Los Angeles. The Coen brothers also won the Oscar for best director and best adapted screenplay. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)