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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The event featured DJs Mark DeMarko and Alex Ramos.
Click here to view pictures from the party. Photos by STEVE ROTHAUS / Miami Herald Staff.
November 30, 2013 in AIDS and Health, Bisexual, Business, Current Affairs, Florida, Food and Drink, Fort Lauderdale & Broward County, Gay, LGBT, Media, Miami & Miami-Dade County, Miami Beach, Politics, Religion, South Florida, Transgender, Weblogs, Wilton Manors, Workplace, Youth | Permalink | Comments (0)
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.
November 26, 2013 in AIDS and Health, Arts, Bisexual, Bullying, Business, Current Affairs, Fashion, Film, Florida, Food and Drink, Fort Lauderdale & Broward County, Gay, Lesbian, LGBT, Media, Miami & Miami-Dade County, Miami Beach, Music, Politics, Religion, South Florida, Television, Theater, Transgender, Travel, Weblogs, Wilton Manors, Workplace, Youth | Permalink | Comments (0)
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 email@example.com.
November 26, 2013 in Arts, Bisexual, Business, Current Affairs, Fashion, Florida, Food and Drink, Fort Lauderdale & Broward County, Gay, Lesbian, LGBT, Media, Miami & Miami-Dade County, Miami Beach, Music, Politics, Religion, South Florida, Television, Theater, Transgender, Weblogs, Wilton Manors, Workplace, Youth | Permalink | Comments (0)
From Miami Gay Blog:
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November 26, 2013 in AIDS and Health, 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, Transgender, Weblogs, Wilton Manors, Workplace, Youth | Permalink | Comments (0)
From Jowharah Sanders:
So - Can $25 actually Save a Life? Could it Stop Bullying?
Will it End World Hunger?
YES! To date, NVEEE has been funded through the generous donations of the general public, small grants, and special events. Your donations, along with community partnerships, made it possible for our bullying prevention efforts to reach nearly 20,000 students, parents, teachers and in just 4 years. So YES! Your $25 does help to save lives and our motto is that together we can make a difference.
Our work would not be possible without the support of the community and others who work towards the same goals. Every year NVEEE honors community leaders who make a difference in the lives of youth and families. Scroll below to learn more about this year's honorees. Join us this Friday to celebrate our work while honoring those who pay it forward.
To learn more about our work visit www.NVEEE.org
George Castrataro has been an advocate against bullying and for protecting individual rights and inclusion for over twenty years. In his earlier career as an Epidemiologist, George acted to influence policy and direct funding and resources while working for the Florida Department of Health and later the National American Red Cross. As an attorney, George has championed the issue of bullying the workplace in over 75 cases yielding highly visible public impact and also favorable outcomes for his clients. George spearheaded the formation of the Broward Human Rights Initiative, volunteers as a member of the Care Resource Board of Directors, a founding/appointed member of the Broward County Housing Council and the Florida Co-Chair for the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorney's. George and his firm have committed over $450,000 to community organizations and pro bono causes over the past five years.
MEDIA HONOREE: MARK'S LIST
Mark's List, a company dedicated to growing Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, and Transgendered (LGBT) business opportunities, was founded over ten years ago, in August of 2003. The site, email campaigns, and social media friends, fans and followers grew into the largest assembly of LGBT Floridians. On an annual basis, Mark's List donates over 1/4 million dollars of advertising, photographic services and editorial support to 246 LGBT non-profit organizations in Florida.
Mark's List founder Mark Haines, photographer Stephen Lang and editor Troy Maillis work to insure that Jowharah Sanders and NVEEE's mission to end bullying remains front and center in Florida's LGBT community.
HONOREE: LAURA DUKSTA
Laura Duksta is a New York Times Bestselling author and self-appointed Ambassador of Love. Her first book I Love You More has sold over 1/2 Million copies in 5 languages and has become a favorite in hearts, homes and classrooms. For over 10 years now Laura's been presenting her program "Empowering *YOU* to Shine!" at schools throughout south Florida and across the country. Having lost all her hair at age 11 to a condition called Alopecia Areata Laura shares her personal stories of turning her biggest challenges into even bigger blessings encouraging young people to do the same. Her message is one of love, appreciation and acceptance for ourselves, one another and the world. She's been recently introduced to NVEEE and is honored to support them as they champion for equality, education and enlightenment.
MEDIA HONOREE: SHE MAGAZINE
Since their first issue in February of 1999, She Magazine has always made space in each issue to support the efforts of non-profit organizations, on both a local and national level. Upon the discovery of
NVEEE in 2009 and their efforts in the community, She Magazine's Publishers, Tina Sordellini & Maria Espinal have lent their support through editorial and advertising on an unwavering and consistent basis.
HONOREE: MICHAEL GONGORA
As a Miami Beach Commissioner one of Commissioner Gongora's top priorities was to ensure that our children grow in a safe educational environment so I am proud to have created the first anti bullying program in Miami Beach. He hosted a Community of Respect Anti-Bullying event in partnership with Anti-Defamation League and Miami-Dade County Public Schools this past year.
HONOREE: LORI SCOTT
Lori Scott, published author and founder of The Achievables, Inc. has inspired and empowered children during her 17 years in the health and fitness industry. Her experience in coaching both children and adults individually and in a team atmosphere has allowed her to inspire their self-confidence and build self-esteem. Educating children in building good character comes naturally to her. Ms. Scott has a unique gift of being "in tune" with children's needs and teaches them responsibility, respect, honesty, and teamwork on and off the field! She has taught them to believe in themselves, how not to fall victim to peer-pressure and how to stand up and say "NO" and walk away when bullied. Scott is not only a powerful influence and mentor but was inspired to write, produce and create this impactful and much needed series "THE ACHIEVABLES®". She has created a unique niche by sharing her powerful and inspiring words in a fun cool way that seem to be penetrating not only children but adults.
November 21, 2013 in Bisexual, Bullying, 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, Transgender, Weblogs, Wilton Manors, Workplace, Youth | Permalink | Comments (0)
The Greater Fort Lauderdale Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce on Monday held a post-DOMA legal workshop featuring South Florida attorneys Stephanie Schneider, Luis Font and Richard Milstein.
The three discussed legal issues in family law, elder law and immigration law impacting Florida LGBT couples and families since the Supreme Court in June tossed section 3 of DOMA.
The discussion was held at Embassy Suites in Fort Lauderdale.
November 20, 2013 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)
The National Transgender Day of Remembrance may be Nov. 20, but in Miami the occasion will be observed on Friday, Nov. 22.
To overcome logistics issues, the local planning committee decided to hold the event on Friday, said Carla Silva, executive director of The Alliance for GLBTQ Youth.
Additionally, we’ve added different elements which departs from the traditional TDoR (memorializing transgender people that have been murdered) which include trans* community members speaking on the following issues to educate the community-at-large," Silva says.
1) Highlighting the current status of issues/ programs in our community
2) Reflecting on the importance & need for TDoR
3) Envisioning a better future where trans* people are safe & valued within all our communities
"We will also read names of transgender people that were murdered in the US and there will be a ritual to honor all the people that have been lost."
The Friday event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at Barry University Gato Gallery, 11300 NE Second Ave., Miami Shores.
Seven-time Grammy winner Gary Burton, "a gay guy who happens to be a jazz musician," will sign copies of his new autobiography, Learning to Listen, and his new CD, Guided Tour, 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, at Barnes & Noble, 2051 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale.
In Florida, and almost three dozen other states, it is a crime to have intercourse without disclosing a sexually transmitted disease.
So prosecutors thought they had a solid case when they charged a Manatee County woman who failed to tell her female partner that she was HIV-positive. A Tampa appeals court, however, threw out the case, ruling that “sexual intercourse” could take place only with a penis and a vagina — in other words, between a man and a woman.
But last month, a South Florida appeals court issued a conflicting opinion, upholding charges against a Key West man whom police had accused of lying about being HIV-positive to his male partner. The ruling more broadly defined intercourse, finding that it did not require opposite genders or specific body parts.
The Florida Supreme Court is likely to end up resolving the clashing opinions, which are being closely monitored by gay-rights advocates.
On the one hand, they support legal rulings that convey equal status to same-sex relations — but they also oppose the HIV disclosure law, arguing that the long-controversial statute stigmatizes people infected with the virus.
“It’s a progressive ruling, but the law itself is draconian,” said Norm Kent, a South Florida activist and criminal-defense lawyer who publishes the South Florida Gay News.
Scott Schoettes, the HIV Project Director for the gay-rights group Lambda Legal, said it was hard to see “a silver lining” in a disclosure law he called unjust.
“It’s nice to have courts recognize relations between two men,” he said. “But it would be nice to recognize granting us our rights in an affirmative sense, not just when it comes to criminalizing our sex lives.”
November 19, 2013 in AIDS and Health, Bisexual, Business, Current Affairs, Florida, Fort Lauderdale & Broward County, Gay, Key West & Monroe County, Lesbian, LGBT, Media, Miami & Miami-Dade County, Miami Beach, Politics, Religion, South Florida, Transgender, Weblogs, Wilton Manors, Workplace, Youth | Permalink | Comments (0)
Trailer for 'The Day It Snowed in Miami,' an hour-long documentary about South Florida's role in the gay-rights movement.