Being screened 7 p.m. Thursday at Church of the Holy SpiritSong in Wilton Manors: Separation of Church & Hate.
BY STEVE ROTHAUS
Hate your drive to and from work? Most of us do, and a group of Miami-Dade County activists is brainstorming to turn the daily commute from drudgery to “delightful.”
“We went out and talked to people. We heard them saying, ‘We wish there were more transit options,’ but also a more fundamental thing: ‘I feel like I waste a lot of time in the car or I spend a lot of time getting where I want to go.’ It’s frustrating,” said Chris Sopher, an organizer of the grassroots group WhereBy.Us, which met in Wynwood Tuesday night to discuss transit options. “We ask the question how do we make that more delightful?”
WhereBy.Us, which is sponsored with a $18,500 grant from The Miami Foundation and Sopher’s employer, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, has gathered data from the U.S. Census, IBM Global Commuter Pain Study and other sources. “Miami ranks third in the nation for commuter pain,” according to a WhereBy.Us graphic, noting that half the area’s population travels at least an hour a day getting to work and back.
“It’s frustrating,” said Sopher, 25. “You get to work angry because you fought traffic or the bus was late.”
WhereBy.Us is about a year old. Via social networking, dozens of people with similar interests (most from the urban core) quickly found each other, Sopher said.
Meeting eight times in 2013, members determined several immediate needs in Miami-Dade County: Better transit, “the difficulty of finding a community where you feel at home” and “wanting to explore and find hidden corners,” Sopher said. “There are a lot of interesting experiences in Miami to be had, but they are difficult to unearth.”
“Our goal is to provide a place where people can build the community projects they're excited about, not to do it for them,” he said.
Another Miami group, Urban Impact Lab, is partnering with WhereBy.Us in the traffic project.
“The larger point of all of this is that beyond a certain limited section, most Miami-Dade County residents really have very limited choices about mobility,” said Marta Viciedo of Urban Impact Lab. “We have to have as many cars as we have adult members of the household. That doesn’t feel like freedom to me. I want to be able to move around in different ways.”
Everyone’s affected by traffic and transportation, whether they drive themselves to work or take mass transit, Viciedo said.
“We actually have a fairly good transportation system right now, but the experience of it leaves a lot to be desired. A lot of our bus stops are very dirty, very exposed. There’s no sun covering. People riding transit don't feel respected. It isn’t classy,” said Viciedo, who describes herself as “completely trans dependent.”
“I don’t own a car,” she said. “I use public transportation and car sharing.”
Viciedo, 36, lives and works in downtown Miami, which, she said, is an easy commute.
“But I have meetings all over the county,” Viciedo added. “Sometimes I have to get pretty creative. The Metrorail is amazing. I gets me down to Kendall quicker than I can drive there, but anything a half mile off the Kendall station is problematic.”
Viciedo said that not only are residents interested in the program, “they are ready to take action.”
“They’re ready to do what they can and find creative solutions to our shared transportation experiences,” she said. “The budget is very small, but that brings out the highest level of creativity. When we can come together and brainstorm ideas, we can figure out to deliver something that has broader impact at a lower cost.”
BY STEVE ROTHAUS
Richard Jay-Alexander is equally at home in Madison Square Garden and Carnegie Hall directing Barbra Streisand and Kristin Chenoweth, or in a South Beach gay bar listening to off-key karaoke.
“I support the arts. I go to things. Not just the big touring shows. I go to the little companies. I’ll go into the Design District. I’ll go see stuff at the little theater at the Arsht. I’m interested,” says Jay-Alexander, a full-time Miami Beach resident. “I am a busman’s holiday. So when people say, ‘What do you do to relax?’ It’s not like I have a coin collection or I go fishing. I’m reading a script or listening to a new musical. Or catching up on a singer. I love pop culture.”
Jay-Alexander has been part of the local scene for more than 20 years. His first friend here: Charles Cinnamon, dean of South Florida show-biz publicists. “To me, the most important person in my life in South Florida and the longest in terms of my heart and career choice is Charlie Cinnamon.”
On Wednesday, Cinnamon will accompany Jay-Alexander as he accepts a Legends Honor arts award from Unity Coalition, South Florida’s Hispanic LGBT rights group, at its annual Leaders, Legends & Lovelies Ball. Other 2014 honorees are Sebrina Maria Alfonso, founder and conductor of the South Florida Symphony Orchestra; producer and artistic director David Chacón Perez; and Pedro Pablo Peña, founder and artistic director of the International Ballet Festival of Miami.
Growing up as “Dickie Fernandez” in Syracuse, N.Y., Jay-Alexander says Unity Coalition's mission “speaks to me and I need to bang the drum a little bit.”
“I am Latino,” he says. “I’m Richard Jay-Alexander but I was born Richard A. Fernandez. Richard Alexander Fernandez.” He changed his name to join Actor’s Equity – the unions already represented actors named Richard Fernandez and Richard Alexander. He’s known as Richard Jay-.
Jay-Alexander says he grew up gay and bullied. “I was beat up. I still have a chip in my tooth that I kept on purpose to remind me of where I came from.”
After earning a theater degree in 1974 from State University of New York at Oswego, Jay-Alexander moved to New York City and got small acting jobs in the plays Zoot Suit and Amadeus. He soon became a dance captain and stage manager in producer Cameron Mackintosh’s organization.
His big break came in 1987, as executive producer and associate director of Mackintosh’s huge musical hit, Les Misérables.
In 1996, Jay-Alexander cast former Menudo singer Ricky Martin as Marius. “Everybody thought I was nuts to bring him to Broadway. They thought I was insane because nobody heard of him,” he says. “I saw him at Radio City Music Hall and got on my hands and knees and said, ‘Please come do this show.’”
Jay-Alexander says he and nightlife promoter Debbie Ohanian helped connect Martin with Miami composer Desmond Child, who in 1999 wrote the Latin singer’s first big English-language hit, Livin’ La Vida Loca.
After a falling out with Mackintosh, Jay-Alexander reinvented himself as a concert and recording director, working with musical stars including Bernadette Peters, Polly Bergen and Johnny Mathis.
In 2000, Streisand hired Jay-Alexander to take over direction of her “Timeless” tour. Their relationship blossomed and since then he has co-directed (with Streisand) all of her world tours.
“That girl has captured my heart,” he says of Streisand. “As I always say to people, I like her so much I forget how talented she is. Then she opens that mouth when we are working. It’s just a pretty spectacular experience.”
This week, he directed Streisand’s younger half-sister, Roslyn Kind, for her sold-out opening at New York City nightclub 54 Below. He has also worked with Bette Midler, Donna McKechnie and Chenoweth, who appears April 14 on Bravo TV’s Watch What Happens Live, with Andy Cohen, Real Housewife Vicki Gunvalson – and Jay-Alexander as “guest bartender.”
On May 3, Chenoweth performs at Carnegie Hall in a Jay-Alexander-directed concert, “The Evolution of a Soprano.”
“He has given me confidence, and has complete and utter belief in my talent,” Chenoweth tells the Miami Herald. “I have complete and utter confidence in him and his gifts.” (Scroll below for the complete quote.)
Jay-Alexander is confident and no-nonsense, particularly when it comes to his reputation.
“I’m passionate. It’s genuine. It gets me in trouble a lot, actually. Sometimes people can’t take it. I’m a tornado. You get a lot with me,” he says. “It’s a lot for people to handle and sometimes it’s like ‘We love you, but don’t get too close. We want you, but do it our way.’ I’ve learned to detect this now so I don’t get in trouble when I get hired. It’s hard. If you hire me, you have to be absolutely sure about what you want.”
Jay-Alexander is also not shy.
“The one huge thing that I teach people now is that in the morning, you open the door, wave to your neighbors and you plié for the paper. No more bending over at 60. I plié for the Miami Herald, I plié for The New York Times, I plié for The Hollywood Reporter, I plié for Variety and I close my door and I’m in my own world for the first two hours of the day.”
IF YOU GO
The Leaders, Legends & Lovelies Ball is 7 to 11 p.m. Wednesday at the Fillmore Miami Beach. Tickets $100. Click here to buy tickets.
In the video below, Richard Jay-Alexander sings at the New Year’s Eve 2012 Miami Beach wedding reception of TV weather anchor Sam Champion and artist Rubem Robierb.
Kristin Chenoweth on what it's like working with Richard Jay-Alexander:
It's a easy answer.
It's also a long winded one.
He is a bad influence on any trip to a mall. Or restaurant. He gets me to buy things I don't need.
He gets me to eat things I don't like!
However. In a rehearsal hall, he is invaluable. He has encouraged me to 'let go' of material that audiences expect of me. He has encouraged me and more importantly , Given me permission to try songs I would never normally touch, and tell my 'truth.' He has pushed me to greater heights more than I ever thought possible. He has given me confidence, and has complete and utter belief in my talent. I have complete and utter confidence in HIM and his gifts. He understands music at its deepest level, and he understands a true artist's process. He works with all his artists differently though, because each of us has our own process. That is another talent he processes....
Whoever he’s working with he gives of himself 100 percent. There is no stone unturned ,and Richard Jay works more diligently than me and I'm a crazy person, type A personality! He constantly impresses me with his knowledge of HISTORY of any given song.
So, while he may be a detriment to me when we've been to the mall, I can't imagine not having my Richard Jay to go through my concert life together. He is one of a kind. Singular. And he holds my heart. "
April 08, 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)
From Herb Sosa of Unity Coalition:
Celebrating PRIDE in the ARTS, Unity Coalition|Coalición Unida is proud to once again present the LEADERS, LEGENDS & LOVELIES Exhibit & Workshops, in partnership with the Miami Design Preservation League, April 8-13th on Miami Beach’s famed Ocean Drive
The LEADERS, LEGENDS & LOVELIES Exhibit & Lectures on theatre, costume & design will be held April 8-13, 2014 at the Art Deco Welcome Center, 1001 Ocean Drive, alongside Miami Beach Gay PRIDE.
A myriad of talents, genres and styles will be explored and presented, including the PRIDE in the ARTS EXHIBIT, a great theatre costume collection, featuring the amazing work of famed theatre costume designer PETER LOVELLO, and original pieces from La Cage Aux Folles, courtesy of the WICK THEATRE’S Broadway Costume Collection.
Exhibit is free & open to the public from 10am-6pm, April 12-13, 2014
Tuesday, April 8th at 7pm - free admission
The Colors of Leonard Horowitz
by Lynn Bernstein, Dr. Ernie Martin and Marlo Courtney, moderated by Herb Sosa
Leonard Horowitz changed the face of South Beach forever. He shared his love of Art Deco with Barbara Baer Capitman and together they founded the Miami Design Preservation League to preserve the buildings they loved. Leonard’s vision was to draw attention to the architectural details through the use of color. This event will feature a panel discussion with a few of Leonard’s contemporaries. They will discuss Leonard Horowitz’s life, work and vision for South Beach.
Wednesday, April 9th at 7-11pm - $100
LEGENDS BALL, Celebrating the good & outstanding in our LGBT Community
Jackie Gleason Rehearsal Hall | www.unitycoalition.org
Sunday, April 13th at 3pm - free admission
Wometco and Miami Beach Theatre Culture
Join Miami Art & Architecture writer Marvin Aguilar as he presents a fun & informative lecture on the history of Wometco Enterprises (the Wolfson-Meyer Theatre Company) and the theatres the company commissioned for Miami Beach.
Wometco operated South Florida's largest movie theatre chain from 1925 through 1984, the year the company was sold. This presentation explores the impact of Wometco's "leisure-time" services in connection to Miami Beach's culture, the Art Deco style, and the golden years of the American movie going experience.
Sunday, April 13th at 5pm - free admission
Art of Illusion Theatre Make Up Workshop
Join Celebrity Make Up Artist & M.A.C. Cosmetics Specialist Jennifer Perez and her team as they present trade secrets, make up & beauty tips for men & women, shows you how to create illusions and fantasy- for the theatre, catwalk or life’s everyday drama.
BE a MODEL - Come get your glam on, and have her create magic on you!
Sunday, April 13th at 6-10pm
PRIDELINES Youth Services After Party
South Florida’s leading Youth organization for 14-24 year olds will once again partner with UC|CU and bring PRIDE to a close in style at the Art Deco Welcome Center. Music, food & fun – Contact pridelines.org for tickets and more info.
April 08, 2014 in AIDS and Health, Arts, Bisexual, Business, Current Affairs, Florida, Food and Drink, Fort Lauderdale & Broward County, Gay, Lesbian, LGBT, Marriage, Media, Miami & Miami-Dade County, Miami Beach, Politics, Religion, South Florida, Transgender, Weblogs, Wilton Manors, Workplace, Youth | Permalink | Comments (0)
Florida Family Policy Council officials said Wednesday they would seek to preserve the constitutional amendment approved by more than 62 percent of voters defining marriage as between one man and one woman. A lawsuit filed in Miami-Dade Circuit Court claims the amendment violates equal protection guarantees.
A coalition of black and Hispanic civil rights groups and pastors is also defending Florida's constitutional ban.
The Florida Family Policy Council is also opposing a second lawsuit filed in Tallahassee federal court in which gay couples seek Florida recognition of gay marriages that are legal in other states.
No trial dates have been set in either case.
Here's a news release distributed Wednesday by Florida Family Policy Council:
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Today, Florida Family Policy filed a Motion to Intervene in Brenner v. Scott and the case of Grimsley v. Scott, both lawsuits initiated by homosexual activists seeking to declare Florida's state constitutional and statutory marriage laws unconstitutional. Liberty Counsel filed the intervention on behalf of Florida Family Action, which actively organized a state-wide grassroots effort to pass the Florida Marriage Protection Amendment. This was the largest grassroots effort in the history of Florida and the first constitutional amendment to reach the 60 percent threshold required for passage.
In 2008, 62.5 percent of Floridians voted to pass Amendment 2, amending their state constitution to reaffirm marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
Having lost in the marketplace of ideas and having failed to convince the public to adopt their radical version of "marriage," homosexual activists, led by a Jacksonville Law firm and the ACLU, have now filed suit, asking the Northern District of Florida, a Federal Court, to throw out the votes of 8 million Floridians and to judicially impose homosexual marriage upon all Floridians.
Liberty Counsel seeks to intervene to protect both marriage and the voting rights of all Floridians on behalf of Florida Family Action, a cultural action organization that was instrumental in helping pass Amendment 2, along with its thousands of members across the state, devoted to preserving and protecting the institution of marriage.
John Stemberger, President of Florida Family Action issued the following statement:
"The constitution is not silly putty. It has objective words and limitations to its scope. The left in this country has no regard for the rule of law and facilitated by activist judges seek to pull new legal rabbits out their hat by twisting words and making things up from thin air which the constitution never articulated and which the framers never envisioned. There are some things in life and in America worth fighting for even if it comes at great cost. The institution of marriage and the Constitution are two such things. Without these our civilization begins to become reckless and government tramples on basic human liberty."
A copy of the motion filed in PDF can be downloaded here:
Since 2004, Florida Family Action has been one of Florida's leading advocacy groups seeking to defend attacks on life, marriage, family and liberty. The attorneys representing us are with Liberty Counsel, an international nonprofit, litigation, education, and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the family since 1989.
BY STEVE ROTHAUS
Just in time for gay pride week, the nation's largest LGBT-rights group has awarded Miami Beach a perfect score on its 2013 Municipal Equality Index — five months after Washington, D.C.-based Human Rights Campaign omitted the city from the annual ranking.
After self-submitting its own survey answers, Miami Beach scored 100 points on HRC’s list of 291 major American cities. In addition, the city picked up 12 bonus points for such things as paying federal taxes on health insurance for employees’ domestic partners and having openly gay elected or appointed leaders, said Thomas Barker, chairman of Miami Beach’s GLBT Business Enhancement Committee.
“We didn’t want to take our 100 percent and be satisfied. We wanted to be sure the rest of the country and the rest of the world knew that Miami Beach has gone above and beyond to ensure equality for LGBT residents and visitors,” Barker said.
Miami Beach was initially left off the index because the city didn’t fit the judging criteria, according to Cathryn Oakley, HRC legislative counsel for state and municipal advocacy and the author of the report.
“We here at HRC have a way to select all the cities to be rated,” Oakley said. Ranked were the 50 state capitals, 150 largest U.S. cities, the three largest cities in each state, cities that were home to a state’s largest university and cities with the highest percentage of same-sex couples, based on 2010 Census data.
Florida cities that made the initial cut: Cape Coral (awarded 10 points), Fort Lauderdale (77), Hialeah (58), Hollywood (54), Jacksonville (25), Miami (67), Miami Shores (56), Oakland Park (85), Orlando (79), Pembroke Pines (43), Port St. Lucie (0), St. Petersburg (66) Tallahassee (84), Tampa (89) and Wilton Manors (82).
Miami Beach LGBT leaders flipped out when they discovered their city — considered among the world’s most popular gay destinations — was not on the HRC list.
“It was amazing that they left off Miami Beach,” said Barker, adding that the Business Enhancement Committee immediately contacted HRC to find out why.
HRC told Miami Beach it could self-submit answers if it wanted to be ranked.
“We had to do all the research ourselves and provide it to HRC in order to be scored,” Barker said. “We discovered as we were pulling together the information that not only should Miami Beach score 100 percent but it should also score another 12 bonus points.”
HRC’s official rankings only include the first 100 points. Twenty five other cities across the United States also had perfect 100 scores, Oakley said.
Barker points out, however, that when the bonus points are included, Miami Beach ranks No. 2 nationally, behind Philadelphia.
“It’s exciting to see all the hard work pay off,” he said. “We've done a lot of work with the Miami Beach Commission and the administration to pass legislation to help make this score a possibility.”
Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine will be “special guest” Thursday night at a celebratory HRC presentation to be held at Miami Beach Botanical Garden. Levine, elected mayor last November, declines to take credit for the Beach’s perfect score.
“The credit goes to the shoulders of the people who went before me. The previous government,” Levine said. His predecessor, Mayor Matti Herrera Bower, established the Business Enhancement Committee during her first term in office.
The celebration becomes an unofficial kickoff party for Miami Beach Gay Pride week, which culminates with a parade along Ocean Drive on April 13.
Miami Beach’s work is not over, though. HRC’s 2014 third-annual rankings will be released in November and once again the city will likely have to self-submit to be included, Oakley said.
This year, the grading criteria will change and Miami Beach will need to update a critical policy in order to again score 100, without the bonus points: “Trans-inclusive healthcare benefits will be mandatory next year,” Oakley said.
Barker expects Miami Beach will soon provide full healthcare benefits for transgender employees.
“We want to make sure that if there are any employees who want to transition that they have the coverage to make it happen,” he said. “We’ll be the first city in the state, if not the country, to have this.”
Oakley is confident the Beach will make it happen in time for the 2014 rankings: “If I learned anything from dealing with Miami Beach in this project, they are not willing to be anything less than No. 1.”
IF YOU GO
Miami Beach’s GLBT Business Enhancement Committee will celebrate the city’s perfect score on the HRC Municipal Equality Index with a public party 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Dr. Cocktails and wine provided by Brown Forman Beverages, a company that received a 100 score in HRC's Corporate Equality Index. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gay Key West men sue for right to marry in Florida after Monroe clerk’s office denies couple a license
BY STEVE ROTHAUS
A gay couple in Key West sued Monroe County Clerk Amy Heavilin on Tuesday after her office refused to issue the men a marriage license.
“We want the right,” said Aaron Huntsman, 43, who has been partnered for more than a decade with William Lee Jones, 42.
Huntsman and Jones, both bartenders at 801 Bourbon Bar on Duval Street, want to wed on June 10. “It’s going to be our 11-year anniversary being together and the 10-year anniversary of our commitment ceremony on the Las Vegas strip.”
Ron Saunders, general counsel for the clerk’s office told the Florida Keys Reporter that Heavilin’s staff had no choice but to deny the men a license. "Until it changes or is found unconstitutional, it is the law. No clerk in the state can do anything until a judge rules otherwise or the law changes."
The men’s 17-page lawsuit mirrors a case filed in January by six same-sex couples and Equality Florida, the state’s largest LGBT-rights group. They sued Miami-Dade County Clerk Harvey Ruvin after his office declined to issue the men and women marriage licenses. That case, assigned to Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel, is pending.
“Obviously both suits are seeking to declare the law unconstitutional. From that perspective the cases are the same,” said the men’s lawyer, Bernadette Restivo of the Key Largo law firm Restivo, Reilly & Vigil-Fariñas. “We don’t represent a big interest group. We represent Aaron and Lee. Our focus is Aaron and Lee. In the end, we’ll all accomplish the same thing.”
Restivo said her firm is perfect to represent Huntsman and Jones. “We’re three heterosexual law partners who have looked at this issue. this is about constitutional law. This is about human rights and treating people as equals.”
The case has been assigned to Monroe County Chief Judge David Audlin, Restivo said.
Audlin made headlines in 2008 when he ruled Florida’s 1977 gay adoption ban unconstitutional. The state chose not to contest his ruling, making Wayne LaRue Smith and Dan Skahen the first openly gay adoptive parents in Florida. Two years later, the state stopped enforcing the adoption ban altogether.
In addition to the local lawsuits, eight same-sex Florida couples legally married elsewhere in the United States last month sued the state in federal court to recognize their unions. Miami-Dade LGBT-rights group SAVE, the ACLU and the ACLU of Florida are also part of the federal suit filed in Tallahassee.
Florida has never granted same-sex couples the right to marry. In 2008, nearly 62 percent of voters amended the state constitution to ban gay marriage, along with recognition of legal same-sex marriages performed elsewhere and domestic partnerships. Conservative activists have said they would fight any move to overturn the gay-marriage ban.
Huntsman and Jones are longtime Keys residents who met years ago at a gay pride celebration. Huntsman, at the time, was the reigning Mr. Pride.
He and Jones are “just two normal guys” wanting to get hitched. And Key West is the appropriate city for Florida’s gay-marriage ban to fall, Huntsman said.
“I really feel Monroe County — Key West — if it's going to be done anywhere, it’s going to be done here. We have a history. It's a little more open,” he said. “Miami’s beautiful, Miami’s Miami. But people come down here and expect something like this to happen in Key West. We’re going to change it here.”
Convicted Fort Lauderdale lawyer Anthony M. Livoti Jr. gets 10 years for role in massive Ponzi scheme
BY JAY WEAVER
A longtime Fort Lauderdale lawyer who rolled the dice on a criminal trial — and lost — was sentenced to 10 years in prison Tuesday for his supporting role in a $1 billion-plus insurance-investment scam, among the largest financial frauds in Florida history.
Anthony M. Livoti Jr., convicted at a Miami federal trial in December, could have been sentenced up to 80 years for disbursing trust account funds to pay off insurance premiums to keep Mutual Benefits Corp.'s investment racket going for a decade.
U.S. District Judge Robert Scola opted not to give the 65-year-old Livoti an effective “life sentence,” saying that his role in the Ponzi scheme was not like that of the mastermind, Joel Steinger, the head of Fort Lauderdale-based Mutual Benefits, who pleaded guilty on Friday rather than go to trial this week.
Ten other company executives and associates, including Steinger’s brother, have already pleaded guilty and been sentenced from 1 to 20 years.
Anita Priest Whispering Angels Foundation & the Unity Coalition | Coalición Unida are proud to announce WESLEE LIM as the 2014 Scholarship recipient, offering South Florida LGBT students a chance at higher education
Miami, Florida- March 31, 2014…After a successful first year of partnership, common goals, fundraising & giving back to the community, the Anita Priest Whispering Angels Foundation & Unity Coalition|Coalición Unida are thrilled to announce the 2014 LGBT Scholarship recipient: TEK H. “WESLEE” LIM
Tek H. Lim (Weslee Lim) is majoring in International Business at Florida International University. He is originally from Cambodia and transferred from Limkokwing University of Creativity Technology to FIU in 2011 to pursue his degree and life in the United States. Throughout the years of his education in America, he developed a strong interest in photography through travels and digital art painting via art and charity events. Continuing his strong passion for humanity and community involvement for his own people in a struggling Cambodia, Tek continues to advocate for equality and those in need here in Miami. Tek plans to continue his education, personal, and professional growth while continuing to give back to society here and overseas.
Mr. Lim received his award at the Wick Theatre on March 30th at the Whispering Angels Gala.
Established in 2007 in memory of her later partner, renowned Interior Designer Anita Priest, the “Whispering Angels” Memorial Scholarship program founded by Sandra Holiday is a legacy program that provides a scholarship for the LGBT community to advance their education in the area of Design & the Arts and now - Education.
Unity Coalition|Coalición Unida (UC|CU), the first & only organization for the Latino| Hispanic|LGBTQ Community (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning) - advancing Equality since 2002, is proud to once again partner with the Whispering Angels Foundation for 2014, and look forward to the expanded categories for scholarship consideration, to further assist our communities in the pursuit of a college education.
- You must be a resident of So. Fla.
- Completed and signed application
- Recent photo or digital photo in jpg, gif, or bmp format
- Most recent academic transcript to be sent by the school by e-mail or by mail
- Be 21 or older.
- At least two and no more than three letters of recommendation (At least one of these must be from an
individual familiar with your work in South Florida (no family members)
- A scan of Driver’s License / State Issued ID
- I authorize the Anita Priest Scholarship Committee to review and discuss my grades and other records
concerning me that are maintained by my school or submitted by me for consideration. This authorization is
being granted to this Committee as it pertains to my being considered for a Scholarship Award.
Winning applicants are awarded a $2,500. scholarship for tuition expenses related to Design, the Arts or Education – paid directly to the school.
March 31, 2014 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, Politics, Religion, South Florida, Transgender, Weblogs, Wilton Manors, Workplace, Youth | Permalink | Comments (0)
BY ANN SANNER
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Nearly every day for three months, Carl Bechdel had to make calls or send emails to try to get family insurance coverage for his husband and himself under President Barack Obama's landmark health law.
The Harrisburg, Pa., couple had sent an insurer their application and a month's premium in early December but heard nothing. Weeks later, they were told their application was not processed because Pennsylvania doesn't recognize same-sex marriage. So Bechdel pushed back, repeatedly explaining their predicament in phone calls and emails. Finally, they got a call and apology from the president of the insurance company last month, plus a family plan that started in March.
"It was never a matter of price. It was a matter of respect," said Bechdel, a 60-year-old retired attorney who married Dan Miller in 2012 in Washington, D.C.
For gay couples, access to family insurance plans under the law is not guaranteed this year, and their options run the gamut, mirroring in part the patchwork of state laws governing same-sex marriage that have changed rapidly in recent years.
In Iowa, where gay marriage is legal, insurers selling plans in the marketplace created under the law offer policies to gay couples and families. But the major company in Tennessee's marketplace does not offer coverage at all to same-sex couples. Policies vary by insurer in Florida. And in Ohio, a couple sued for access to family insurance plans.
March 28, 2014 in AIDS and Health, Bisexual, Business, Current Affairs, Florida, Fort Lauderdale & Broward County, Gay, Key West & Monroe County, Lesbian, LGBT, Marriage, Miami & Miami-Dade County, Miami Beach, Palm Beach County, Politics, Religion, South Florida, Transgender, Wilton Manors, Workplace, Youth | Permalink | Comments (0)