“We are thrilled Alachua County has joined the 24 other Florida cities and counties as well as 84% of the nation’s largest employers that already have these protections,” said Mallory Garner-Wells, Public Policy Director for Equality Florida. “Now, all residents of Alachua County will be protected against discrimination based on who they are.”
Currently 6.4 million Floridians live in a community with protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. Other Florida municipalities that offer these protections include Leon County, Volusia County, Orange County, Palm Beach County, Broward County, Gulfport, Dunedin, North Miami, Miami Beach, Venice and St. Augustine.
Since 2008, the City of Gainesville has had comprehensive protections for LGBT residents, but those protections are only within the city’s limits. The vote by the majority of the Alachua County Commission provides countywide protections for people who live or work outside of Gainesville’s city limits.
Commissioners Mike Byerly, Robert Hutchinson, Charles Chestnut and Lee Pinkoson voted in favor of the ordinance. Commissioner Susan Baird was out of the room during the vote.
Equality Florida: Alachua County in Gainesville area passes trans-inclusive antidiscrimination policy
- Below: Watch Eydie Gorme sing If He Walked Into My Life
BY STEVE ROTHAUS, srothaus@MiamiHerald.com
Mame composer-lyricist Jerry Herman recalls the day singing superstar Eydie Gorme walked into his life, clutching her just-won 1967 Grammy for Best Female Vocal Performance.
“She won the Grammy and came to me. I was in the hospital with hepatitis and she came with the Grammy and, oh boy, what a celebration and what a nice relationship we always had because of it,” Herman says, mourning his longtime friend who died Saturday in Las Vegas six days before her 85th birthday.
Herman, who already had one monster hit still running on Broadway (Hello, Dolly!), says that when Angela Lansbury and Mame opened in May 1966, someone at his publishing company suggested Gorme record the show’s “11 o’clock number,” If He Walked Into My Life.
“It was wonderful timing for her. Wonderful timing for the show. It was one of those coming together of different elements,” says Herman, 82, of Miami Beach. “Just a perfect orchestration (by Don Costa) for that song and for Eydie. It all just exploded. I’ll never forget the first time I heard it. I couldn't speak. I said, ‘My God, this is going to be a classic record and it sure was.’”
Gorme’s recording was her most popular Billboard easy-listening track and scored her a second Grammy. (Her first came in 1960 shared with husband singer Steve Lawrence for the album, We Got Us.)
Herman says he knew Gorme’s If He Walked Into My Life was a huge hit the first time a Broadway audience loudly applauded the melody during the Mame overture.
Another sign came a few months later while he vacationed in New York's gay mecca, Fire Island.
“I remember that summer I could not take a walk to that harbor without hearing Eydie’s record on a jukebox. It was that wonderful crossover moment where it all came together and, what a feeling it was.”
Miami-New York artist Rubem Robierb, above right with a fashion model, displayed his Bullet-fly Effect Series Monday night at the SLS Hotel, 1701 Collins Ave.
Hundreds of friends and fans jammed a private bar upstairs at the hotel for Robierb's exhibit.
Afterward, Robierb helped his husband, Good Morning America weather anchor Sam Champion, celebrate his 52nd birthday.
South Florida friends attending the exhibit and birthday dinner included WSVN anchor Craig Stevens, WTVJ Assistant News Director Chad Matthews, Broadway director Richard Jay-Alexander, events producer Edison Farrow and actor Kley Tarcitano.
Click here for more pictures. Photos by STEVE ROTHAUS / Miami Herald Staff.
A story being watched closely by gay & lesbian activists in California.
Strangely missing from the Associated Press version: Actor Jason Patric's son Gus, now 3, also is grandson of The Exorcist star Jason Miller -- and great-grandson of the legendary comedian Jackie Gleason.
Patric's mom, Linda Gleason, was married to Miller, also a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright (That Championship Season).
BY LAURA OLSON, ASSOCIATED PRESS
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A child custody case involving "The Lost Boys" actor Jason Patric and his ex-girlfriend has grown into a heated battle in the California Legislature about whether certain sperm donors should be granted parental rights.
Patric took his case to state lawmakers after a judge ruled that he had no parental rights to Gus, the now 3-year-old son he conceived with Danielle Schreiber using in vitro fertilization. The resulting bill comes before a legislative committee Tuesday.
The couple, who never married, offer different versions of what role Patric was to play in the child's life. Patric said he signed an "intended parent" document and spent significant time with the boy until Schreiber cut off his access, while her attorneys say his involvement was based on dating Schreiber and not as the boy's intended father.
Their falling out led to a custody case, in which the judge determined that Patric met the definition of a sperm donor under a 2011 state law and thus had no legal rights as the boy's father.
The author of that law, Democratic state Sen. Jerry Hill of San Mateo, says he is now attempting to clarify his previous statute so unmarried men who contribute to assisted reproductive methods are not unfairly stripped of parental rights.
Hill is carrying SB115, which would allow a man whose sperm was used to conceive a child through artificial insemination to ask a court for parental rights if he can show a certain level of involvement in the child's life.
"This bill does not give me my son back," Patric told The Associated Press in an interview. "This bill allows me to come into a court of law and say, 'This is my son.'"
BATON ROUGE, La. -- House Speaker Chuck Kleckley says he won't seek a repeal of an unconstitutional anti-sodomy law from Louisiana's criminal statutes.
The East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff's office used the unenforceable law to arrest gay men agreeing to have consensual sex with undercover agents.
Sheriff Sid Gautreaux has since apologized for the arrests and said he would ask lawmakers to remove the unconstitutional part of the law, which was thrown out 10 years ago by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Kleckley was asked Monday at the Press Club of Baton Rouge whether he would lead an effort to repeal the law. He said no. He didn't say whether he might support the repeal if another lawmaker filed the legislation.