The event featured DJs Mark DeMarko and Alex Ramos.
Click here to view pictures from the party. Photos by STEVE ROTHAUS / Miami Herald Staff.
Steve Rothaus' Gay South Florida - for and about (but not just) LGBT people
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The event featured DJs Mark DeMarko and Alex Ramos.
Click here to view pictures from the party. Photos by STEVE ROTHAUS / Miami Herald Staff.
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It said Wednesday that three men carrying handguns and machetes raided the office of the Haitian rights organization Kouraj last week. Amnesty says the intruders said the center shouldn't be allowed to operate and aimed anti-gay remarks at the two activists who were tied and beaten.
The attackers also stole equipment, which included two laptops and files that contained sensitive information about the group's members.
Haiti's small gay and lesbian community has long remained largely underground because of a strong social stigma that sparks fears of physical violence and loss of employment.
Those negative sentiments spilled into the streets this summer when thousands joined in an anti-gay demonstration.
Letter to the Editor from former Miami Beach Mayor Neisen O. Kasdin:
The Nov. 22 editorial, New day on the Beach, said that the most talked-about result of the elections is the absence of Hispanics in City Hall. The Herald is again listening to the echo chamber of the Editorial Board, those who lost the election and their supporters.
The election was about reform and cleaning up the corruption and mismanagement of recent years — that’s what was on the minds of Beach residents.
Over half the city is Hispanic, that means many, if not a majority, of Hispanic voters voted to elect the current Commission. In Miami Beach, Hispanics, Anglos, blacks, Christians, Jews, straight people, lesbians and gays looked past ethnic, religious, racial and gender identity and voted for whom they deemed the most qualified. The Herald should laud this thoughtful post- ethnic approach to government, instead of fanning the flames of ethnic division.
White Party Week 2013 is officially underway in South Florida. White Martini, the first official event, was held Wednesday night at Mova Lounge off Lincoln Road in Miami Beach.
Click here to view more pictures from White Martini. Photos by STEVE ROTHAUS / Miami Herald Staff.
Three LGBT workers in Florida will protest Walmart on Friday morning, according to the United Food & Commercial Workers International Union.
From Jorge Amaro of UFCW:
Walmart workers throughout the nation are taking part in protests this Black Friday calling on the retail giant to treat is workers with respect and end its poverty wages.
An untold story in this struggle is that many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) workers are leaders in the effort to make change at Walmart. Among them include Florida’s own:
- Marie Roberty (Hialeah) is a single hardworking Lesbian mother who is standing up against Walmart’s unfair labor practices. Marie was illegally fired from Walmart for standing up, speaking out, and going on strike
- Michael Randall (Merritt Island) has worked at Walmart for 15 years though because of the Walmart poverty wages he is struggling to make ends meet. He standing up against Walmart because he feels that all workers, including LGBT workers, should be paid a fair wage.
- Rafael Moreno (Miami Gardens) is in a long term relationship with his partner of 7 years. Rafael has worked at Walmart for 4 years and believes that no one should ever be retaliated against Walmart for speaking out for change.
Additionally, Walmart—the nation’s largest private employer—has consistently scored poorly in the Human Rights Campaign’s corporate index score card on workplaces for LGBT people.
Here's the complete news release about Friday's protests:
MIAMI WALMART WORKERS, SUPPORTERS TO JOIN NATIONWIDE PROTESTS FOR BETTER JOBS
Workers and Community Organizations Call for Walmart to Publicly Commit to Paying $25,000 a Year, Providing Full-Time Work
Miami, Florida – In one of the largest mobilizations of working families in recent history, Walmart workers and supporters in Miami will join thousands nationwide in their calls for Walmart to improve jobs and the economy. Pointing to poverty wages that have forced Walmart workers to rely on food drives even though they work at a company with $17 billion in profits, the protesters are calling on Walmart to publicly commit to paying $25,000 a year, providing full-time work, and ending the retaliation against workers who have been speaking out for better jobs.
Community groups and Miami workers will protest at the North Miami Walmart store on 1425 NE 163 Street. Workers and supporters have been emboldened by news from Walmart CEO that hundreds of thousands of Walmart workers are paid less than $25,000 a year and are forced to rely on taxpayer dollars to support their families.
“The support we’ve seen in the lead up to Black Friday is overwhelming,” said Katie Cunningham, a Walmart employee who plans on protesting this Black Friday. “Walmart can improve jobs – and it must. We are standing together to tell the Walton family and Walmart that our country needs more from our largest employer.”
WHAT: Walmart Black Friday Protest Against Illegal Retaliation, Low Pay
WHO: Miami Walmart workers and community supporters
WHERE: 1425 NE 163 St., North Miami, Florida 33162
WHEN: Friday, November 29 at 9 a.m.
Nationwide protests on Black Friday follow revelations last week that Walmart workers don’t have enough money to cover Thanksgiving dinner for their families, as well as the historic federal government finding that Walmart has been violating workers’ rights nationwide. Inspired by actions in recent weeks, including the largest-ever civil disobedience against the retail giant in Los Angeles; strikes in Miami, Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Ohio and Dallas; an online petition to President Obama and new web portal where associates can request protests at their stores, workers say they can no longer wait to demand an end to illegal retaliation and better pay.
BY STEVE ROTHAUS, srothaus@MiamiHerald.com
Lisa Vanderpump, one of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, says she’s made practically every kind of video, except the X-rated kind.
“The porn video, I haven’t released that yet — they haven’t found it,” jokes Vanderpump, who made her film debut in 1973 as Glenda Jackson’s daughter in A Touch of Class. She’s also done Dancing With the Stars and Vanderpump Rules. Her latest video appearance is much more serious, however.
London-born Vanderpump appears (along with Elton John, Jamie Foxx and other celebrities) in a 6½-minute YouTube drama titled Any Given Tuesday, which supports the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s homeless youth project. (Watch the video below.)
A staunch straight ally, Vanderpump will be in Miami Saturday night for an appearance at the annual White Party HIV/AIDS fundraiser, this year at Soho Studios in Miami’s Wynwood district. White Party Week benefits Care Resource, South Florida’s largest HIV/AIDS service agency.
“A lot of people are untreated,” Vanderpump says. “Obviously, we don’t have a cure. At least through Care Resource they can get medication and help with day-to-day care.”
An understatement, according to Joseph DePiro, Care Resource’s public relations and marketing manager.
“The infection rates have not started to go down yet. In fact, we’re seeing record-breaking numbers here at Care Resource itself in the number of new clients,” DePiro says. “Care Resource is experiencing a period of rapid expansion to combat this rapid expansion in HIV infection rates.”
This year’s White Party is themed “In Full Bloom.”
“It’s very appropriate for Care Resource because this agency in the last 12 months has grown from an $8 million HIV/AIDS organization to a $17 million federally qualified health center providing HIV/AIDS services, along with new expanded services such as dental, pediatrics, mental health services and drug-abuse counseling,” DePiro says.
White Party Week raises about $500,000 for Care Resource and the agency spends 86 cents of every dollar raised on patient care, he says.
For more than a quarter-century, White Party was an early-evening soiree at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens popular with middle-age gay men. Now it’s an all-night club party for the demographic hardest hit in South Florida by new HIV infections: men under 26 who have sex with other men.
“HIV infection among MSMs is intense in virtually every Florida county and racial group,” DePiro says. “Issues related to stigma, homophobia, discrimination and denial continue to contribute to HIV/AIDS racial disparities fueling the epidemic in Miami.”
“It’s got a party atmosphere and is a fun weekend,” says Vanderpump, a Beverly Hills and West Hollywood restaurateur who on Saturday night will introduce LVP Sangria brand.
Vanderpump, who has long worked with LGBT people, says she respects the rights of some people to stay in the closet.
“I don’t like the idea of forcing people to come out. It’s a personal choice,” she says. “I have empathy and compassion when people have a struggle with it.”
She also supports anyone who wants to come out. Vanderpump, 53, is highly critical of parents who don’t accept their LGBT sons and daughters, which is why she made the homeless-youth video.
“They should be embraced. Support them, accept them. And being kind to one another,” she says. “I have two children. I can’t imagine if one of my children came to me and said ... Throwing them out on the street because they tell me they’re gay? The video, it was so poignant. Accept your children for who they are. That’s what we’re obliged to do as parents.”
This year’s White Party Week to benefit Care Resource runs Nov. 27 to Dec. 2.
About a dozen events will be held throughout Miami and Miami Beach, including the 29th annual White Party from 10 p.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Sunday at Soho Studios, 2136 NW First Ave., Miami; Cirque Blanc for women 10 p.m. Saturday to 4 a.m. Sunday at Trade Nightclub, 1437 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; and Muscle Beach Party 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday at 12th Street Beach.
Ticket prices vary. Details at whiteparty.org/shop.
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From Sandra Holiday, founder of Anita Priest Whispering Angels Memorial Scholarship Foundation for LGBT design and arts students:
Singing star Ann Hampton Callaway will perform a concert on March 30, 2014, to benefit the Anita Priest Whispering Angels Memorial Scholarship Foundation.
Tickets are $100 and $125 for the performance at Wick Theater in Boca Raton. Sales begin in January.
For more information, contact Sandra Holiday at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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From Miami Gay Blog:
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An announcement from the Alliance for GLBTQ Youth:
The Alliance for GLBTQ Youth is a national launch partner of the Forty to None Network which aims to connect broad range of professionals working to address homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth.
MIAMI - November 25, 2013 - The Forty to None Project, a program of the True Colors Fund, announces the launch of the Forty to None Network. The Network is a national collective of individuals who are working to address or have the potential to impact the issue of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth homelessness. The Alliance for GLBTQ Youth is proud to be a launch partner and representing the Southeast region of the United States through our work addressing LGBT homelessness.
Recent reports estimate that up to 40% of youth experiencing homelessness identify as LGBT, while only 5-7% of the general youth population does the same. The Forty to None Network seeks to reduce this disproportionate representation in part by facilitating a reciprocal information exchange among service providers, educators, researchers, advocates, government officials, health care professionals, philanthropists, and young people.
"Most street-based teens use the streets as a means to survive because they have no other way to survive and take care of themselves," says ZiZi Phillips, youth advocate and formerly homeless young person. For ZiZi the Forty to None Network is a platform where young advocates can connect and educate the public about youth homelessness from their own experiences.
"The experience of homelessness continues to be a pervasive reality for countless LGBTQ youth. Youth homeless services available are often hostile or are focused on family reunification, which is not an option for many of our youth" said Carla Silva, Executive Director of The Alliance for GLBTQ Youth. "The Forty to None Network is an unprecedented opportunity to create safeguards, transform the youth homeless system of care, and cultivate healthy, thriving LGBTQ youth in all our communities."
"Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth are disproportionately represented among youth who experience homelessness," said Network member Barbara Poppe, Executive Director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness. "That's why the Forty to None Network is so important. By working across sectors and in coalition with other organizations and agencies, Forty to None provides leadership and energy to help end the crisis of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth homelessness."
"We created the Forty to None Network in response to the feedback we've received from people around the country working on LGBT youth homelessness - that there is a missing consolidated, national network to facilitate the sharing of ideas and action," said Jama Shelton, Director of the Forty to None Project. "It is our hope that the network will build bridges across systems that impact LGBT youth, and keep everyone engaged in this critical work informed and working collaboratively."
Forty to None Network membership benefits include first looks at best practices, research and fundraising resources, and legislative and policy updates. Members will be invited to help shape the content distributed through the Forty to None Network by sharing their experiences, providing feedback, and engaging in ongoing dialogue via Network facilitated online communication and in-person networking opportunities.
"Joining the Forty to None Network is a no-brainer," said Network member Blase DiStefano, Creative Director and Entertainment Editor for OutSmart magazine in Houston, Texas. "At my lowest point, I at least had a place to live. For those of us who are homeless, this network could be a lifesaver."
Those working in social services, public policy, research, and other related areas on the local, state, and national levels, or those whose work impacts the systems that serve LGBT homeless youth may sign up to join the network at www.fortytonone.org/network. The Forty to None Network is made possible through the generosity of the Yambao family in memory of Norman Miller Yambao.
The Alliance GLBTQ Youth coordinates a full range of quality services through partnerships with many Miami-Dade County service organizations. We serve youth, families and their communities while advocating for equal rights and status of all youth regardless of their real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. For more information, please visit www.glbtqalliance.org.
MIAMI -- James O'Connell, a Tampa native and Wake Forest University honors graduate who championed a center for LGBT students, has big plans after studying at Oxford University as a newly-minted Rhodes Scholar.
He wants to join the U.S. Navy and become part of the elite SEALS unit.
"The dream for after Oxford is to join the SEAL teams. But that's much easier said than done. I'm ready to work for it, though," O'Connell said in an interview Sunday.
O'Connell, a 2009 graduate of Tampa's Plant High School, has been chosen as one of 32 scholars by the Rhodes Trust, as announced early Sunday. He and the others will begin their year studying at Oxford in the fall.
O'Connell was a student member of the Wake Forest Board of Trustees and a chair of the Honor Council. He has written one feature length screenplay — he said it is a political thriller that grew out of his al-Qaida thesis — as well as three short films, and he hosted a radio show on film and culture. He also led an effort to create a center at Wake Forest for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students and organized events surrounding the 50th anniversary of the desegregation of the university.
Trailer for 'The Day It Snowed in Miami,' an hour-long documentary about South Florida's role in the gay-rights movement.