Issue: 26.18 Tomorrow’s Leaders Today

By : Dylan Todd
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Watermark highlights 10 LGBTQ youth in Central Florida and Tampa Bay who are making a difference in their community, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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World AIDS Day Luncheon

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Community AIDS Network formally invites you to join us on Friday, December 1st from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Robert L. Taylor Community Complex in Sarasota.

Lunch will be provided along with music, dancing, awards, and raffles.

CAN is currently seeking nominations for the 2017 Distinguished Service Awards to be presented at the World AIDS Day luncheon. Nominees must work in Area 8 (Charlotte, Collier, Desoto, Glades, Hendry, Lee and/or Sarasota counties) and may be from the public or private sector.   Nominees may include physicians, nurses, clinical assistants, outreach workers, case managers, advocates, health educators, counselors, researchers, program managers/coordinators, pharmacists, public officials and other individuals active in the HIV/AIDS field.  Nominations will be accepted through November 10, 2017.

To RSVP to the World AIDS Day Luncheon or to find out more information about the event, please email Jessly at jessly@cccsrq.org or call (941) 366-0461 ext. 14402.

 

Global bisexual movement fights stereotypes, seeks visibility

By : Helen Parshall of The Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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Editor’s note: This is part one of a two-part series on the global bisexual movement.

No one ever wants to document bisexual stories.

Bisexual-identified advocates around the world with whom the Washington Blade recently spoke all shared this sentiment. They also said during their interviews they were looking for a way to share their work.

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Hillary Clinton urges LGBTQ advocates to keep fighting

By : Wire Report
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NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Clinton told an audience of LGBTQ advocates April 20 that the progress they’ve achieved in recent years may not be secure under the Donald Trump administration, and urged them to keep fighting.

“I know that the election hit a lot of us hard,” Clinton said of her bitter loss to Trump in November. “But I can tell you this: Even when it feels tempting to pull the covers over your head, please keep going.”

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Lea DeLaria prefers, advocates for ‘queer’ term

By : Alex Storer
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Lea DeLaria, who plays Carrie Black in the hit Netflix series Orange is the New Black, spoke out about “LGBT” terminology in an interview with PrideSource.

“This inclusivity of calling us the LGBTQQTY-whatever-LMNOP tends to stress our differences,” DeLaria said. “And that’s why I refuse to do it. I say queer. Queer is everybody.”

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Anti-gay initiative puts California attorney general in bind

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A California lawyer has proposed a ballot measure that advocates killing gays, putting the state’s process of giving citizens the right to make laws at the ballot box to its latest test.

The state attorney general, Kamala Harris, took the unusual step on March 25 of asking a court for permission to reject the proposed ballot initiative, which has been called offensive, outrageous, reprehensible and illegal. The initiative states that anyone who engages in sex with a person of the same gender would be killed “by bullets to the head or by any other convenient method.”

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Ginsburg: Marriage equality advocates should keep an eye on 6th Circuit

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Minneapolis (AP) – People seeking clues about how soon the Supreme Court might weigh in on states’ gay marriage bans should pay close attention to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told a Minnesota audience.

On Sept. 16, Ginsburg said cases pending before the circuit covering Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee would probably play a role in the high court’s timing. She said “there will be some urgency” if that appeals court allows same-sex marriage bans to stand. Such a decision would run contrary to a legal trend favoring gay marriage and force the Supreme Court to step in sooner, she predicted.

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Guest Column: Transgender people need non-trans advocates

By : Steve Yacovelli
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Steven Yacovelli

Steve Yacovelli

One of the things I do for work and am pretty darn passionate about is teaching diversity and inclusion. Whether it’s helping corporate folks understand the different “internal dimensions” of diversity (such as age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or race) and “external dimensions” of diversity (like education, salary, work experience, appearance, and marital status that can change more frequently); I really enjoy helping people see the differences and similarities in each of us. Exploring topics like “stereotyping,” “bias behavior, “ “inclusive communication,” and “silent collusion” in the workplace gives me a sense of purpose and I feel I’m making a small difference toward the greater good of embracing and understanding others not like ourselves. Many businesses understand that solid diversity and inclusion policies are not just the right thing to do but make great business sense, and my role as a corporate educator is to bring that message to the company’s peeps in a memorable and meaningful way.

I’ve had the pleasure of presenting topics related to diversity and inclusion at several conferences both locally and on the national level over the past several years. Some topics were general in nature and could really fit into the broader theme of diversity and inclusion (like “inclusive communication”) while others were more targeted toward a certain areas within the dimensions of diversity (such as “public speaking for the LGBT advocate”).

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