Hillsborough Commission votes 7-0 to create domestic partnership registry

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Tampa – After hearing unanimous support from speakers in favor of a domestic partnership registry in Hillsborough County, the county commission voted 7-0 to move forward in the process of creating a registry for unmarried couples Sept. 17.

The move is a total reversal from a vote held in January 2013, where the board split on the creation of the registry 4-3, and ultimately denied it.

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Human Rights Campaign forms Nebraska chapter

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LINCOLN (AP) — A national civil rights group says it’s increasing its advocacy efforts for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Nebraska.

The Washington D.C.-based Human Rights Campaign will form a Nebraska chapter called HRC Nebraska, the Lincoln Journal Star reports. Organizers said it will push for laws that protect people against discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations.

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The Center to host HIV and aging awareness event

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Orlando – This year will be the first time the Florida Department of Health in Orange County will help raise awareness about National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day (NHAAAD) by holding an event in Orlando. The Department of Health will be partnering with The Center, Central Florida AIDS Planning Consortium and the community to educate Central Florida about HIV and aging.

The Sept. 18 event is free and will take place at The Center. There will be rapid HIV testing, flu shots, blood pressure screenings and educational resources at the disposal for attendees.

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Hillsborough County Commissioners to consider a DPR—again

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Tampa – Hillsborough County will get a second chance to do things right. On Sept. 17, the Commission is slated to vote—again—on creating a domestic partnership registry for unmarried couples.

Commissioner Kevin Beckner, a Democrat, has placed the item on the agenda.

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Arkansas AG asks court to uphold same-sex marriage ban

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – The attorney general’s office is asking the Arkansas Supreme Court to uphold the state’s gay marriage ban, arguing a county judge was wrong to say it violated the state and U.S. constitutions.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel’s office on Sept. 15 asked justices to uphold the 2004 constitutional amendment and an earlier state law defining marriage as between a man and a woman. Pulaski County Judge Chris Piazza struck down the ban earlier this year, and 541 same-sex couples were married before the ruling was suspended by the state Supreme Court pending appeals.

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Web filter lifts block on LGBT rights sites

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – A popular online safe-search filter is ending its practice of blocking links to mainstream gay and lesbian advocacy groups for users hoping to avoid obscene sites.

For several years, top Web-filtering services have been resolving a security over-reach that conflated gay rights websites with child porn, blocking both from web surfers using safe-search software. Now Symantec, one of a handful of key players in the content-filtering market, is joining the push.

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Miami-Dade County HRO transgender amendment passes first reading

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Miami – Miami-Dade County Commission is moving forward an amendment that would add gender identity and expression to its current Human Rights Ordinance.

County Commission voted 10-0 at its Sept. 16 meeting on the first reading of the agenda item. Gina Duncan, Equality Florida Transgender Inclusion Director, spoke at the meeting about the importance of having gender identity added to the law.

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Screened Out – This is Where I Leave You

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Jason Bateman, Jane Fonda, Tina Fey, Corey Stoll, Adam Driver, Debra Monk, Rose Byrne, Timothy Olyphant, Connie Britton, Katherine Hahn, Abigail Spencer, Dax Shepard

Families are never easy, and they’re never perfect. Everything is waaaay more complicated than it needs to be. Even with the best setup for normalcy, families can quickly get mired in dysfunction.

Such it is with the hilarious Altman household – so many comic jerks at the center of This is Where I Leave You. They all refer to themselves as “assholes” several times in the film. Even a famous psychotherapist mom (Fonda) cannot keep the clan from sinking into the muck.

And wow, what a lot of muck!

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Metro Wellness and Community Centers’ WILD Gala 2014

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The second annual Metro Wellness and Community Center Gala had a “Wild” theme this year. The event, which raises money for the HIV/AIDS organization, honored Equality Florida CEO Nadine Smith and Rep. Kathy Castor at One Progress Plaza in St. Petersburg.

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Arizona man wins fight to get marriage recognized

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Phoenix (AP) – In a ruling that calls into question Arizona’s gay marriage ban, a judge handed a victory to a gay man who lost his spouse to cancer last month and was denied death benefits because the state prohibits same-sex unions.

U.S. District Judge John Sedwick allowed Fred McQuire to be listed on his spouse’s death certificate, marking another development in the national debate over gay marriage as state and federal judges across the country have struck down bans in more than a dozen states at a rapid rate since a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year.

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German LGBT activist beaten in Serbia

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Belgrade, Serbia (AP) – A German man who took part in a gay rights conference suffered life-threatening brain injuries when he was severely beaten in downtown Belgrade, Serbian police and gay activists said.

The identity of the 27-year-old man has not been released. Police said later they have arrested three suspects.

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Transgender student crowned homecoming princess at Colorado high school

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Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP) – A transgender girl was crowned homecoming princess at a Colorado Springs high school.

The Gazette of Colorado Springs reported that Scarlett Lenh received the majority of the votes from her junior class at Sand Creek High School, besting three biological girls for the honor. Lenh, biologically a boy, was born Andy Lenh. She was bestowed the honor during a Sept. 12 football game.

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