Fostering with Pride Reception

By : Danny Garcia
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We hope that you will join us for the first ever “Fostering with Pride” reception on June 20th, 6:00 pm at The Center.  You can expect a casual networking reception (with appetizers and beer/wine) and brief introduction to how we can become champions for LGBTQ+ and other children served by Embrace Families.

Your invitation and RSVP details appear below.  Time is tight so please RSVP today to events@embracefamilies.org.  Hope to see you there!

*FREE Parking available at ADDITION FINANCIAL, 947 N Mills Ave, Orlando, FL 32803

One Million Moms boycotts ‘Roseanne’ reboot over gender-fluid character

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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One Million Moms is outraged that “Roseanne” is including a gender-fluid character.

In the reboot, Darlene (Sarah Gilbert) and David (Johnny Galecki) have a nine-year-old son, Mark (Ames McNamara). The character is described as “gender creative” who “displays qualities of both male and female young child traits.”

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Oklahoma lawmaker found with underage male prostitute

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Oklahoma prosecutors on Thursday filed child prostitution charges against a Republican state senator after police found him in a hotel room with a 17-year-old boy.

Ralph Shortey, 35, surrendered to authorities on charges of engaging in child prostitution, transporting a minor for prostitution and engaging in prostitution within 1,000 feet of church. His bond was set at $100,000.

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Mom’s story helps other parents of transgender children

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP)- During the long debate over transgender rights and House Bill 2, many supporters of the law suggested that being transgender is a choice and that some transgender individuals are simply experimenting with their gender identity, choosing to dress like the opposite sex.

But Ashley Nurkin, the Charlotte mother of an 8-year-old transgender girl, has no doubt that her child’s gender identity wasn’t a choice.

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Judge orders school to treat trans child ‘like the girl she is’

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge rejected a school district’s challenge to President Barack Obama‘s rule on transgender bathrooms Sept. 27, ordering a biologically male student who identifies as female be treated “like the girl she is.”

Judge Algenon Marbley said the Highland Local Schools in Morrow County had failed to provide a persuasive argument that giving the student access to the girls’ restroom would jeopardize other students’ privacy or safety. He further ordered that Highland use a female name and pronouns in referring to the 11-year-old.

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Argentinean man who abused 6-year-old has sentence reduced because child is gay

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Two Argentine judges are under fire for reducing the sentence of a convicted child abuser on the grounds that his 6-year-old victim had suffered earlier abuse and therefore had already been traumatized.

In the newly publicized 2014 ruling, the judges cut the sentence of Mario Tolosa, a sports club vice president, from six years to 38 months. They ruled that his acts should not be considered “gravely outrageous” in legal terms because the boy already “was making a precocious choice” of his sexuality, apparently a reference to homosexuality.

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Ally Agenda: A black herring

By : Jamie Hyman
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JamieHymanHeadshottIn October, two lesbians made national headlines when they sued a sperm bank after giving birth to a mixed-race baby, a clear indicator that they had been given the wrong sperm, since they chose a white donor. Internet commenters piled on, branding the couple, Jennifer Cramblett and Amanda Zinkon, as racist. Those people are missing the point. Race is a red herring in this situation—the case is about a gay couple demanding respect for the methods LGBT people are required to use to create their families.

It’s not a shock that most people latched onto the race angle, as it was the focus of most headlines about the lawsuit and the women opted to express in the court filings their fears of raising a biracial child in their Ohio neighborhood, which is predominantly white. I can only speculate that these concerns were included to strengthen the women’s case, but I’d argue that the case didn’t need to be made any stronger.

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Rights of same-sex military spouses vary by state

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JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) – On the wall over her bunk in Kuwait, Marine Cpl. Nivia Huskey proudly displays a collection of sonogram printouts of the baby boy her pregnant spouse is carrying back home in North Carolina. If all goes as planned, the 28-year-old military policewoman will return to Camp Lejeune in time for a January delivery at an on-base hospital.

But the space on the baby’s birth certificate marked “Father” will be left blank.

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Florida Supreme Court settles lesbian custody case

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Tallahassee, Fla. (AP) – The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a woman who donated an egg to her lesbian partner has parental rights to the child and ordered a lower court to work out custody, child support and visitation arrangements.

The case involves two women, identified only by their initials, who had a child together. One donated an egg that was fertilized and implanted in the other, who gave birth in 2004.

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Is the story of a boy harassed in a Walmart over a pink headband a hoax?

By : Susan Clary
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EDITOR’S NOTE: This story is developing and we are posting updates as they become available. Please scroll down to the bottom to read the latest.

The Davenport woman whose account of her son being assaulted and called an anti-gay slur in a Walmart went viral this week has been transported to the Lakeland Regional Medical Center under the Baker Act.

Kathleen Rebekkah Carpenter, 31, posted her story to The Huffington Post Aug. 2, describing an incident she claims happened July 29 in a Walmart near her home. Carpenter, who penned the piece under the name “Katie Vyktoriah,” describes her 2-year-old son Dexter, whose favorite color is pink. According to Carpenter, Dexter wore a pink “lace flower headband” into the store and after being laughed at by two teenage girls, faced a much scarier confrontation:

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