Florida Senate Committee postpones vote on anti-gay adoption bill

By : Jeremy Williams
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The Florida Senate’s Rules Committee elected to postpone voting on the Conscience Protection bill (CS/HB 7111) after hearing two hours of testimony for and against the bill.

The committee chair, Sen. David Simmons (Altamonte Springs-R), continually asked for all speakers to be brief and to the point as “they had many people there who wanted to speak”.

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Marco Rubio believes people are born gay, but don’t have right to marry

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Sen. Marco Rubio says he believes sexual orientation is something you are born with but does not believe same-sex marriage is a constitutional right.

Rubio spoke on CBS’s Face the Nation about LGBT rights , among other topics, on April 19 saying that he doesn’t believe the courts should be making the decisions on same-sex marriage.

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High school students respond to “Day of Silence” with “Anti-Gay Day”

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Students are being investigated at a high school in Pittsburgh for organizing an “Anti-Gay Day” April 16 in response to the nationally recognized “Day Of Silence” which draws attention to LGBT youth being bullied and harassed in school.

The group of students, who all attend McGuffey High School in Washington County, spread the message of “Anti-Gay Day” via social media advising students who support them to wear flannel shirts and write “anti-gay” on their hands.

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El Salvador lawmakers look to ban same-sex marriage, gay adoption

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SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) – A bill that would ban same-sex marriage in El Salvador has won preliminary approval from the legislature.

A package of constitutional reforms approved April 16 also would bar same-sex couples from adopting children.

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Human Rights Campaign Alabama names new director

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama’s only openly gay legislator is the new state director of a group that advocates for gay rights.

Democratic state Rep. Patricia Todd of Birmingham was introduced April 17 as the new state director of the Human Rights Campaign in Alabama.

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LGBT-rights group urges Guam governor to allow gay marriage

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HAGATNA, Guam (AP) – The nation’s largest gay rights organization and Guam’s biggest newspaper are blasting the territory’s governor for not allowing marriage licenses to be issued to same-sex couples.

Guam’s attorney general on April 15 said government officials should begin issuing licenses after a lesbian couple filed a federal lawsuit because they were denied a marriage application. But state officials, backed by the governor, refused the attorney general’s directive because it wasn’t a binding legal opinion. Gov. Eddie Baza Calvo said lawmakers or the public could change the law to allow same-sex marriage, if that was their will.

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Tampa Bay networking social takes a turn on the catwalk

By : Steve Blanchard
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The Tampa Bay Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce held its bi-monthly mixer at Quench Lounge in Largo on April 16, but added a twist to the traditional networking social.

The bar and 6S Boutique owners Andrew and Sasha Citino transformed the popular club into an epicenter of fashion complete with a runway.

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Transgender man sues loan company over sex bias claim

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New Orleans (AP) – A 21-year-old transgender man says in a sex discrimination lawsuit that he was forced to leave his job at a Mississippi-based loan company once officials there found out he was born a woman but dressed and acted like a man.

Tristan Broussard filed suit on April 13 against First Tower Loan LLC., a financial loan company based in Flowood, Mississippi, with offices in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Missouri and Illinois.

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Screened Out – Do I Sound Gay? (Florida Film Festival)

By : Stephen Miller
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Sat, April 18th 6:45PM – 8:05PM, Regal Winter Park Village
Sun, April 19th 9:45PM – 11:45PM, Regal Winter Park Village

The Florida Film Festival continues through this Sunday. Several of the competitions and features are chock full of LGBT content. On top of that, you will get to mix and mingle with other film nerds and up-and-coming filmmakers, including Do I Sound Gay, which is only shown twice this weekend.

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Colorado bill on transgender birth certificates blocked by GOP-controlled Senate

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Denver (AP) – Senate Republicans have put an end to a Democratic attempt to make it easier for transgender people to change their birth certificates.

A Senate committee voted 3-2 April 15 to reject a bill to allow people to change the gender listings on their birth certificates without getting surgery. All three Republicans on the committee voted against it.

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ACLU urges Arizona official to drop policy on same-sex adoptions

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Phoenix (AP) – A civil rights group says Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery’s refusal to help married same-sex couples with adoptions must be rescinded or they will sue.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona sent Montgomery a letter on April 13. The letter says his policy of helping straight couples adopt but refusing to provide gay and lesbian couples the same services violates the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection clause.

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Maine senator to withdraw “religious objections” bill

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Augusta, Maine (AP) – A Republican Maine senator says he’s withdrawing his “religious freedom” bill that’s similar to proposals that prompted protests in other states.

Sen. David Burns said on April 15 that he doesn’t believe his proposal would get a fair hearing in the Legislature. He says opponents and the media have “poisoned the well of public discussion.”

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