Here are links to Gay South Florida posts this week spotlighting endorsements by leading national and South Florida gay-rights groups, along with the Christian Family Coalition of Miami-Dade County:
October 25, 2012 in Bisexual, Business, Current Affairs, Florida, Fort Lauderdale & Broward County, Gay, Lesbian, LGBT, Marriage, Media, Miami & Miami-Dade County, Miami Beach, Military, Palm Beach County, Politics, Religion, South Florida, Transgender, Weblogs, Wilton Manors, Workplace, Youth | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)
Endorsements from Human Rights Campaign:
Pro-equality candidates across the ticket in Florida need your vote to ensure they return to office and continue their work. HRC is proud to endorse the following candidates in Florida:
For President/Vice President:
Barack Obama and Joe Biden (D)
For U.S House of Representatives:
Al Lawson (D-FL-2)
Alan Grayson (D-FL-9)
Val Demings (D-FL-10)
Kathy Castor (D-FL-14)
Keith Fitzgerald (D-FL-16)
Patrick Murphy (D-FL-18)
Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL-20)
Ted Deutch (D-FL-21)
Lois Frankel (D-FL-22)
Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL-23)
Frederica Wilson (D-FL-24)
Joe Garcia (D-FL-26)
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL-27)
For State-Level Elections:
Check out the recommendations from our friends at Equality Florida
News release from Adrienne Arsht Center:
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County presents BALLET AUSTIN performing LIGHT / THE HOLOCAUST & HUMANITY PROJECT
Critically-acclaimed contemporary ballet by Stephen Mills serves as the centerpiece of an unprecedented community-wide human rights initiative
“A masterful exposition on one of history's darkest episodes. Visually and emotionally gripping!” – Austin-American Statesman
Part of the 2012-2013 Knight Masterworks Season – Miller Family Foundation Dance Series
November 3 at 8 p.m.
November 4 at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $25 - $95
Ziff Ballet Opera House
MIAMI, FL October 8, 2012 – The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County proudly presents the esteemed BALLET AUSTIN performing LIGHT / THE HOLOCAUST & HUMANITY PROJECT , a riveting contemporary ballet created by Artistic Director Stephen Mills that turns the spotlight on discrimination and the ultimate triumph of the human spirit. The performance, which inspired a community-wide human rights initiative by the same name, will take place in the Ziff Ballet Opera House on November 3 and 4, 2012.
The performance is presented with the generous support of the CIRCLE OF LIGHT, an inspirational group of individuals, corporations and foundations united in their community-minded giving for this project and led by Sue Miller, Chair of the LIGHT Steering Committee, and Knight Foundation.
Ballet Austin’s performance launches the 2012-2013 Knight Masterworks Season – Miller Family Foundation Dance Series. Tickets range from $25 to $95* and may be purchased through the Adrienne Arsht Center box office by calling (305) 949-6722 or online at www.arshtcenter.org.
Inspired by the poignant story of one Holocaust survivor, LIGHT / THE HOLOCAUST & HUMANITY PROJECT is “an elegant yet visceral story of belief, bigotry, isolation, survival and hope...a groundbreaking multimedia contemporary ballet” (Austin-American Statesman). The evening-length ballet is set to the spellbinding music of five of the most important living composers – Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Arvo Pärt, Evelyn Glennie and Michael Gordon. Created by Ballet Austin’s Artistic Director Stephen Mills, and considered his masterpiece, the work is constructed in five sections each exploring the process of and response to extreme degradation, suffering and genocide. While the work will explore the human ability to survive and triumph, it also attempts to be a warning that nobody is immune to hatred and discrimination. "Art doesn't change the world. People change the world, but art can be the catalyst for the discussion," says Stephen Mills, Artistic Director of Ballet Austin.
“Through Ballet Austin’s Light/The Holocaust and Humanity Project, audiences will experience the art form of dance as a representation, through movement, of the good and the bad we encounter throughout our lives. As powerful as only a true story can be, this ballet provides witness to the horrible transgressions upon humanity that are still relevant more than 70 years later and, most importantly, it highlights the power of hope,” said John Richard, President and CEO of the Adrienne Arsht Center. “In our role as Miami’s New Town Square, the Arsht Center has chosen to highlight this moving, universal subject by convening the community through the performing arts, lecture, discussion and film.”
L'Dor V'Dor Night – November 4
Holocaust survivors and their families are encouraged to attend the Sunday, November 4 performance, which will include a special post-show chat back with Artistic Director Stephen Mills and dancers, directly following the performance. Free for all ticket holders, this will be an opportunity to share the story and discuss the ballet across generations.
When it premiered in 2005, LIGHT / THE HOLOCAUST & HUMANITY PROJECT brought national attention to Ballet Austin, with recognition across the country including national reviews proclaiming the troupe as "a company with big ambitions" originating work that is "absorbing" (New York Times). LIGHT / THE HOLOCAUST & HUMANITY PROJECT was staged by the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre in 2009 and, most recently, BALLET AUSTIN has been invited to perform the piece at one of Israel’s largest performing arts festivals - the Acco Festival of Alternative Israeli Theatre – in September 2013.
The 75-minute ballet is performed without intermission.
LIGHT / THE HOLOCAUST & HUMANITY PROJECT culminates a community-wide collaboration organized by the Arsht Center focusing attention on the work that is being done in Miami-Dade County in Holocaust education and protection of human rights against bigotry and hate. Since the program launched in early August, 26 community organizations have participated, creating nearly 40 performances, activities, education programs and public forums.
A Steering Committee, led by esteemed philanthropist Sue Miller, has guided this project and affirmed its anti-hate message throughout Miami Dade County. The committee includes United States Senator Bill Nelson; Florida State Senator Gwen Margolis; Florida House Representative Cynthia Stafford; Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez; City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado; and City of Miami Beach Mayor Matti Bower.
Along with Sue Miller and Knight Foundation, leadership support for LIGHT / THE HOLOCAUST & HUMANITY PROJECT comes from The Miami Foundation and its GLBT Community Projects Fund; Targum Shlishi and Raquel and Aryeh Rubin; Northern Trust; Colson Hicks Eidson; Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Fara; Robert Russell Memorial Foundation and Norman Lipoff, and a growing circle of individual donors that includes Richard C. Milstein and Eric Hankin, Arlyn and Stephen H. Cypen, Joan Getz, Charlene and Ron Esserman, Dr. Arthur and Sari Agatston and Stephen Bittel. WPBT, WLRN 91.3 FM, CBS4 and The Miami Herald are media sponsors. For a full calendar of activities, list of Steering Committee members, partners, supporters, ticket information and more, please visit arshtcenter.org/light.
For a full calendar of activities, list of steering committee members and partners, ticket information and more, please visit arshtcenter.org/light.
Visit www.arshtcenter.org for up-to-date information for details and schedules.
Dozens participated Wednesday at the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce's monthly Rainbowling at Lucky Strike Lanes in South Beach.
Join us for a fun night of bowling & networking. Lucky Strike Bowling Lanes, 1691 Michigan Avenue, Miami Beach. 7pm-10pm. Unlimited bowling and a cash bar (special prices) plus participate in a free drawing for great prizes (including a chance to win an trip to an exotic location!). Leverage of the "Business Cards Bulletin Board" and members of the "Membership Committee" who will be present to answer inquiries and make introductions / connections. $15 general admission for everyone (includes rental of bowling shoes + 1 FREE drink). Limited capacity. email@example.com or 305-673-4440.
Click here for more pictures. Photos by STEVE ROTHAUS / Miami Herald Staff.
Boston Globe reports that in 2003, then-Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney rejected a state Registry of Vital Records and Statistics plan to revise birth certificate forms to say "father or second parent" rather than "father."
"But to then-Governor Mitt Romney, who opposed child-rearing by gay couples, the proposal symbolized unacceptable changes in traditional family structures," writes Boston Globe reporter Murray Waas.
"He rejected the Registry of Vital Records plan and insisted that his top legal staff individually review the circumstances of every birth to same-sex parents. Only after winning approval from Romney’s lawyers could hospital officials and town clerks across the state be permitted to cross out by hand the word “father’’ on individual birth certificates, and then write in “second parent,’’ in ink."
News release from SLDN and OutServe:
Allyson Robinson, 1994 West Point graduate, will become first OutServe-SLDN Executive Director
(WASHINGTON, DC) Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) and OutServe, the association of actively serving LGBT military personnel, today announced the selection of Army veteran Allyson Robinson to lead the newly combined organization. Robinson [who is transgender] assumes the post as the two organizations are slated to finalize their combination this weekend. The combination was announced in July.
“I am honored to lead the new OutServe-SLDN into this next phase of advocacy and action on behalf of our brave LGBT service members, veterans, and their families. Until they are guaranteed equal opportunity, recognition, support, and benefits, our mission is incomplete. We cannot and will not leave them behind,” said Robinson, who departs her position at Human Rights Campaign (HRC) to take the helm of the new organization today.
News release from Drag It Out:
“Exploration of Gender & Sexuality”
Vaudeville: A Dazzling display of Heterogeneous Pleasure.
(Fort Lauderdale, FL) - Please join us on October 26th at 1310 Gallery for a Vaudeville Exploration of Gender & Sexuality featuring local artists; Lisa Rockford, Samantha Nye and Tabatha Mudra. The voix de ville will commence at 7pm; a collective yet mixed representation of the artists' ongoing fascination with gender and sexuality. Rockford draws from contemporary popular imagery and historical narrative, creating seductive images that refine the onslaught of visual clutter. Her current work hacks and manipulates existing children's imagery in order to investigate prescribed notions of glamour, virtue, power, innocence, and gender. Artist Samantha Nye states, "viewing the family as a perverse engine of discovery and intimacy, my art probes the visibility of sexuality. My work conjures a queer reading of Freudian familial dynamics and highlights the act of seduction."
The sheer abundance, variety, and spectacle of this event will stimulate the senses with 'flash mob' performances by the gender bending troupe Drag it Out and circus-like sideshows featuring gender-queer pumpkin carving and "fingerstache" stations. This conceptual creation will transform gallery goers from their traditional roles as passive spectators to consumers of experience, interaction and sensation. Drag It Out, a local non-profit is sponsoring this event and will be announcing the launch of their new website, programs, and opportunities to get involved!
Find out how you can become a Sponsor, Participant, and Volunteer or for more details by (954) 612-4489 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
October 24, 2012 in Arts, Bisexual, Business, Current Affairs, Florida, Food and Drink, Fort Lauderdale & Broward County, Gay, Lesbian, LGBT, Media, Miami & Miami-Dade County, Miami Beach, Politics, Religion, South Florida, Theater, Transgender, Weblogs, Wilton Manors, Workplace, Youth | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)
Trans Cloud Atlas co-director Lana Wachowski speaks Oct. 20, 2012 at an HRC fundraiser in San Francisco.
The LGBT Visitor Center at 1130 Washington Ave., in Miami Beach celebrated its second anniversary with a party on Tuesday that featured a visit from Miami Beach Mayor Matti Herrera Bower (above with Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce President Steve Adkins and visitor center Executive Director Karen Brown).
Click here for more photos from the party. Pictures by STEVE ROTHAUS / Miami Herald Staff.
BY MICHAEL HILL, ASSOCIATED PRESS
The complaint with the state Division of Human Rights appears to be a first involving a wedding venue since same-sex marriage became legal in New York in July 2011, according to advocates on both sides of the issue. One prominent gay marriage opponent said the case could test the breadth of the law's religious freedom language.
Melisa Erwin and Jennie McCarthy, of Albany, filed the complaint Oct. 11 after the nearby Liberty Ridge Farm said it would not host their wedding next summer. McCarthy said when the owners, Robert and Cynthia Gifford, found out they were a same-sex couple, the women were told there was a problem.
The couple is no longer considering the farm as a wedding venue, but McCarthy said, "We just want to know that the policy is being changed to fit the laws so this doesn't happen to anyone else."
The Giffords have objections to gay marriage based on their values and religious background, their spokesman said Monday.