BY AMANDA LEE MYERS
CINCINNATI -- A federal judge has ordered Ohio authorities to recognize the marriages of gay couples performed in other states.
Judge Timothy Black's ruling on Monday criticized the state's "ongoing arbitrary discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation."
He says the state's marriage recognition bans are unconstitutional and unenforceable.
Black's order doesn't force Ohio to allow gay marriages to be performed in the state.
The state plans to appeal Black's ruling, arguing that Ohio has a sovereign right to ban gay marriage, which voters did overwhelmingly in 2004.
Black delayed deciding whether to stay his ruling pending appeal until attorneys on both sides present their arguments on the issue by the end of Tuesday.
April 14, 2014 in Bisexual, Business, Current Affairs, Florida, Fort Lauderdale & Broward County, Gay, Lesbian, LGBT, Marriage, Media, Miami & Miami-Dade County, Miami Beach, Palm Beach County, Politics, Religion, South Florida, Transgender, Weblogs, Wilton Manors, Workplace, Youth | Permalink | Comments (0)
Also, enjoy a few more photos from the pride parade, these taken by Jonathan Kendall.
April 14, 2014 in Arts, Bisexual, Business, Current Affairs, Fashion, Film, Florida, Food and Drink, Fort Lauderdale & Broward County, Gay, Lesbian, LGBT, Marriage, Media, Miami & Miami-Dade County, Miami Beach, Music, Politics, Religion, South Florida, Television, Theater, Transgender, Weblogs, Wilton Manors, Workplace, Youth | Permalink | Comments (0)
Above, grand marshals Gloria Estefan and director-choreographer Kenny Ortega (High School Musical) join the Miami Beach Gay Pride committee Sunday afternoon after the big parade on Ocean Drive.
Tens of thousands attended the festivities, the sixth annual gay pride celebration in South Beach.
Click here to view and tag hundreds of photos on Facebook. Photos by Steve Rothaus / Miami Herald Staff.
April 13, 2014 in AIDS and Health, Arts, Bisexual, Business, Current Affairs, Fashion, Film, Florida, Food and Drink, Fort Lauderdale & Broward County, Gay, Lesbian, LGBT, Marriage, Media, Miami & Miami-Dade County, Miami Beach, Music, Politics, Religion, South Florida, Television, Theater, Transgender, Weblogs, Wilton Manors, Workplace, Youth | Permalink | Comments (0)
LOS ANGELES -- Jennifer Lopez has added a couple of more trophies to her block.
The pop star and "American Idol" judge was honored Saturday night at the 25th annual GLAAD Media Awards with the Vanguard Award, which lauds efforts to increase visibility and understanding of the gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender community. In addition to being an outspoken advocate for gay rights, Lopez serves as executive producer of the ABC Family series "The Fosters," which centers on a lesbian couple raising their children. "The Fosters" also won the award for outstanding drama series.
Other winners at the Beverly Hilton Hotel ceremony included NBC's "Days of Our Lives" for daily drama, Fuse's "Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce" for reality program, Tegan and Sara for music artist and "Young Avengers" for comic book. "Bridegroom" and "Call Me Kuchu" tied for the outstanding documentary trophy.
"Orange is the New Black" star Laverne Cox was presented with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award, which is given to a gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender member of the entertainment community. Previous recipients include Wanda Sykes, Rufus Wainwright, Melissa Etheridge, Ellen DeGeneres and Ian McKellen.
Norman Lear, the veteran producer of such sitcoms as "All in the Family" and "Maude," was honored with the Pioneer Award.
The awards salute fair, accurate and inclusive representation in media of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives. Other winners will be presented at a New York ceremony on May 3.
News release from attorney Elizabeth Schwartz:
NCLR in Miami
Saturday, April 12, 7:30 p.m - 9:30 p.m.
American Airlines Arena - Flagship Lounge North
601 Biscayne Blvd, Miami
(Complimentary onsite parking available)
Don’t miss NCLR in Miami! Supporters Elizabeth Schwartz and Lydia Martin and Raquel Matas and Carla Lupi are hosting a fundraiser in NCLR’s honor at the American Airlines Arena. We are thrilled that our Florida marriage equality case plaintiffs Karla Arguello and Catherina Pareto, Todd and Jeff Delmay, Pamela Faerber and Summer Greene, and Dr. Juan Carlos Rodriguez and David Price will be joining us for this event. We have so much to celebrate and your support has made so much possible! Don't miss what is sure to be a fun and exciting evening!
Hors D'oeuvres by Celebrity Chef Robyn Almodovar (Hells Kitchen & Food Network)
Suggested donation of $75. Any gift is greatly appreciated and 100% of all proceeds from this event go directly to NCLR’s Florida marriage litigation.
Tickets available at the door
Steve Adkins and Diego Goncalves • Nicole Aglione and Carolyn Karettis • Thomas Barker and Robert Rosenwald • David Bernard and Charles Urstadt • Cindy Brown • Alison Burgos and Michelle Gaber • Cathleen Burns and Chris Short • Luly Casares and Kim Feinberg • Barton Chepenik • Leslie Cohen and Beth Suskin • Abigail and Danielle Corbett • Julia Dawson • Eileen Diamond and Lillian Tamayo • Matt Dzwonkiewicz and Josue Santiago • Robert Fiore • Liebe and Seth Gadinsky • Karen E. Gilbert • Susan Greenfield and Suzanne Kline • Lynne Harkless • Stephanie Haun • Commissioner Sally A. Heyman • Adam Jacobowitz and Phil Teitelbaum • Avra Jain and Dalia Lagoa • Kim and Karla Jones-Stone • Sherry Kaplan Roberts and Alice Randolph • Steven R. Kozlowski and Aaron Rimpley • Mark and Jon Kravitz • Drace Langford and Don Sadler • Ellen Leesfield and Pamela Perry • Cheryl Little and Maggie Buch • Grace C. Lopez • Mary Anne Lukacs • Carla Lupi and Raquel Matas • Lydia Martin and Elizabeth Schwartz • Marilyn Milian • Jorge Mursuli and Jimmy Gamonet • Dale Noll • Ileana Porras • Dr. Rebecca M. Salokar • Edwin Scharlau and Victor Gimenez • B. Rodney White and Michael P. Williams • Patrick Whiteside • David Young
A reception begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, followed by the 90-minute screening at 7:30 p.m. and a discussion afterward. Panelists: Former Miami-Dade County Commissioner Ruth Shack, who sponsored the county’s original 1977 gay-rights ordinance and opposed singer Anita Bryant’s successful campaign to repeal it; ‘Snowed’ filmmaker Joe Cardona; Miami Herald LGBT issues reporter Steve Rothaus, who co-produced the film and formerly covered Key West; and AIDS Help Executive Director Scott Pridgen.
The film’s title serves as a metaphor: the ordinance that sparked the outrage was debated by commissioners on an uncharacteristically frigid night and some opponents at the time remarked that the ordinance would pass "when hell freezes over." The morning after the ordinance was approved - Jan. 19, 1977 - Miamians woke up to snowflakes for the first and, so far, only time.
The ordinance and subsequent battle in South Florida thrust gay rights into the national spotlight for the first time and the film documents the LGBT movement through the present.
Wednesday’s event at the San Carlos, 516 Duval St.. Major sponsors are the Miami Herald, the San Carlos Institute, AIDS Help and Equality Florida. Tickets are $10 in advance; $15 at the door. For reservations: keystix.com or 305-295-7676.
April 12, 2014 in AIDS and Health, Arts, Bisexual, Business, Current Affairs, Film, Florida, Food and Drink, Fort Lauderdale & Broward County, Gay, Key West & Monroe County, Lesbian, LGBT, Marriage, Media, Miami & Miami-Dade County, Miami Beach, Politics, Religion, South Florida, Television, Theater, Transgender, Weblogs, Wilton Manors, Workplace, Youth | Permalink | Comments (0)
The 2014 Miami Beach Gay Pride committee on April 10, 2014, honored Cindy Brown, the event's founding executive director. Parade Grand Marshal Gloria Estefan and her husband, Emilio Estefan, look on.
Video by Steve Rothaus / Miami Herald Staff.
BY STEVE ROTHAUS
Miami drag diva Elaine Lancaster is not just a pretty face.
Having recently launched a line of lip lacquer, Lancaster will be mistress of ceremonies Sunday at Miami Beach Gay Pride’s post-parade spectacular at 11 Street and Ocean Drive.
“It’s going to be a day of celebration and hopefully jubilation. We’re not asking for special rights, we're asking for equal rights,” Lancaster says. “People used to say, ‘Elaine, why do we need gay pride and a parade?’ Because people out there are trying to silence us, push us back in the closet and make us feel ashamed. It’s a constant battle. Gay people, the more visibility there is, the more people get to see us, the more acceptance there is.”
“Elaine is lovely and talented, just never on the same night,” says Bunny, a New York DJ who has long performed in South Beach, home of “the sexiest guys on the planet.”
“That really helps, not that I wouldn’t mix doing business with pleasure,” Bunny says.
Some drag queens these days are taking lots of heat, much from within the LGBT community. Many trans activists have recently protested drag star RuPaul for using the words “tranny” and “she-male” on the hit Logo TV show, RuPaul’s Drag Race.
“When did political correctness become thought police?” says Bunny, defending RuPaul’s right to use the words onstage. “It may offend you but put your big girl panties on and don’t patronize [the show].”
Act, an Australian-born star of RuPaul’s Drag Race, is a bit more sensitive.
“If there's a section of my community that's offended by words, I have no issue not using it. What is taking a word out of my vocabulary going to affect my life? Instead of using tranny, just say trans. trans man, trans woman, trans person,” Act says. “It’s so easy.”
Act is the star act at Pride this year.
“I love gay pride festivals because the need for identity in the gay community has decreased over the years. We’ve become more accepted and it’s become more acceptable,” Act says. “Some people say, ‘Is there a need for gay pride parades anymore?’ They’ve expanded beyond the core gay and lesbian values. Bisexual and transgender. Queer. Now it’s a celebration of everything that's not hetero normative. A celebration of diversity.”
April 11, 2014 in Arts, Bisexual, Business, Current Affairs, Florida, Food and Drink, Fort Lauderdale & Broward County, Gay, Lesbian, LGBT, Marriage, Media, Miami & Miami-Dade County, Miami Beach, Music, Politics, Religion, South Florida, Television, Theater, Transgender, Weblogs, Wilton Manors, Workplace, Youth | Permalink | Comments (0)