FiveFilms4Freedom US Tour – Orlando

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To mark the 50th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in the UK, join the British Council and partners on November 9 in Orlando for a film screening and panel discussion showcasing #FiveFilms4Freedom, the world’s first and largest digital LGBT film festival. This event is supported by the Love GREAT Britain campaign.

Keynote speaker: Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith
Guest speaker: Vicki Nantz, Orlando filmmaker

Panellists:
The event will feature a panel discussion on LGBT issues, featuring:
– Moderator: Sherri Absher – The One Orlando Alliance
– Heather Wilkie – Executive Director, Zebra Coalition
– Joe Saunders – Senior Political Director, Equality Florida
– Terry DeCarlo – Development and Chief Comms Director, GLBT Community Center of Central Florida
– Rosie Westhoff – filmmaker, director of Crush
– Jonny Ruff – filmmaker, director of Heavy Weight

Films:
The five short films selected for #FiveFilms4Freedom 2017 include both drama and documentaries and tell stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender experiences. They range from the tentative steps of first love, through an intimate portrait of an extraordinary family, to an exuberant picture of underground cultural expression. This year, for one year only, all five films are from the UK.
– Crush (directed by Rosie Westhoff) – An almost wordless story of the flash of first love as a young girl waits for her train in Britain.
– Where We Are Now (directed by Lucie Rachel) – An intimate documentary potrait of the relationship between a transgender parent and her bisexual daughter in Scotland.
– Heavy Weight (directed by Jonny Ruff) – A boxer finds his world turned upside down by the arrival of a new fighter at the club.
– Still Burning (directed by Nick Rowley) – Era, a young migrant from Guadeloupe living in Paris, introduces his brother to leotards, heels and the ‘fierce’ attitude of the dance movement ‘voguing’.
– Jamie (directed by Christopher Manning) – After chatting to a guy online, shy Jamie makes the bold step to meet up with him in person.

As the UK’s principal cultural relations organisation the British Council is strongly committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. Our work is centred on building meaningful, enduring and respectful relationships across different cultures. We cannot do this if we do not have a commitment to equality, inclusion and valuing diversity.

 

SAVE THE DATE: 2016 Equality Florida Greater Orlando Gala at The Orlando Museum of Art!

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SAVE THE DATE: 2016 Equality Florida Greater Orlando Gala; Friday, November 4th, 8p.m. – 11p.m. at The Orlando Museum of Art!

2016 Greater Orlando Steering Committee: Danny Humphress (Co-Chair), Nancy Jacobson (Co-Chair), David Baldree, Jacob Bonynge, Karen Castelloes, Keith Davenport, Gina Duncan (Trans Inclusion Director), Scott Hewit, Vamsi Kallepalli, Michelle Stecker (Board of Directors), Tom Yaegers

For sponsorships, please call or email Ida V. Eskamani at Ida@eqfl.org or 407-376-4801.

Additional details are soon forthcoming.

Equality Florida is the largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

SAVE THE DATE: 2016 Equality Florida Greater Jacksonville Gala at The River Club 10/8/16

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SAVE THE DATE: 2016 Equality Florida Greater Jacksonville Gala; Saturday, October 8th, 7p.m. – 9p.m. at The River Club of Jacksonville.

2016 Greater Jacksonville Steering Committee Co-Chairs; Laura Brown and Patrick Douglas.

For sponsorships, please call or email Michael Farmer at Michael@eqfl.org or 407-462-9692.

Additional details are soon forthcoming.

2016 Equality Florida Greater Jacksonville Steering Committee:

Laura Brown and Patrick Douglas, Co-Chairs.

Byron Chandler Rinker, Flo Ferris, Jeff Fix, Dawn Hughes, Jonathan Joseph, Brigitte Keener-Robles, Kristy Meeler, Tom Steele, Dan Tice.

Equality Florida is the largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Poll: Support for LGBT Rights increasing in young Americans

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Young people in America overwhelmingly support LGBT rights when it comes to policies on employment, health care and adoption, according to a new survey.

The GenForward survey of Americans ages 18-30 found that support for those policies has increased over the past two years, especially among young whites. But relatively few of these young adults consider rights for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender to be among the top issues facing the country.

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Hillary Clinton meets with families, friends of shooting victims, pays respects at Pulse

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Hillary Clinton met privately with family members and friends of the Pulse shooting victims at Holden Heights Community Center July 22.

The meeting was followed by a roundtable discussion with members of the Orlando LGBT, Muslim and Latino communities including; Mayor Buddy Dyer, Commissioner Patty Sheehan, Equality Florida’s Ida Eskamani and Carlos Guillermo Smith, GLBT Center’s Terry DeCarlo, president of the Islamic Society Imam Muhammad Musri and Orlando SWAT commander Capt. Mark Canty.

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Chicago families urged to adopt LGBT children

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Chicago (AP) – Illinois’ child welfare agency is urging more foster parents to take in homeless LGBT youth, describing the situation as a desperate one for thousands of young people.

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services held a recruitment seminar July 9 to provide prospective foster parents with information about the process. It said it was specifically looking for foster and adoptive families within Chicago’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The event was held at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Wyoming parade float mocks transgender bathroom equality

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Cody, Wyo. (AP) – A float that appeared during a Wyoming parade has been the subject of criticism, with many suggesting it insulted members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

The Cody Enterprise reports the float seen during the Stampede Parade over the July 2 weekend featured a wildlife scene and outhouse with a sign that read “Transgender Restroom.” An arrow on the sign pointed at the outhouse.

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Virginia county supervisors approve compromise to LGBT resolution

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Washington (AP) — Loudoun County’s Board of Supervisors approved a compromise method for honoring victims of the June 12 terrorist attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando, that’s an alternative to a polarizing motion to recognize June as LGBT Awareness Month.

Supervisor Kristen Umstattd (D-Leesburg) proposed the awareness-month bill in June, as a way “to acknowledge that we support equal rights for all citizens in this county.” 

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Melissa Etheridge pens song for Pulse victims

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Melissa Etheridge, Elton John and Ricky Martin are among the gay artists using their voices to respond to the mass shooting at a Florida nightclub.

Singer-songwriter Etheridge responded by writing a song titled “Pulse,” after the name of the club where 49 people were killed and dozens more injured.

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‘The Sims’ removes gender restrictions for its video game characters

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simsLos Angeles (AP) – The creators of “The Sims” are opening up gender customization options for the first time in the long-running history of the popular life simulation video game.

“The Sims” publisher Electronic Arts and developer Maxis said a free update available for “The Sims 4” removes gender boundaries and allows players to create virtual townsfolk – or Sims, as they’re known – with any type of physique, walk style or voice they choose.

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Florida woman stands by transgender spouse till the very end

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Niceville (AP) – Carol Boughton sits on the sofa in the house she shared with her late spouse, sorting through photos and wiping away tears.

Like many widows, Carol isn’t sure how she’s going to get along without the person she loved for four decades.

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Counseling group cancels conference in Tennessee over anti-gay law

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Nashville (AP) – By canceling its conference in Tennessee next year, the American Counseling Association wants to put other states on notice that new LGBT laws can carry consequences, the group’s leader said.

The cancellation announced May 10, hinted at after the Tennessee General Assembly passed a new law letting therapists decline to see patients based on religious values and personal principles, is aimed at preventing similar measures elsewhere.

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