AIDS Candlelight Memorial Service

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An Invitation to Stand with the Concerned International Community and Honor a Local Community Member (save the date)
On May 21, The AIDS Partnership will sponsor the Tampa Bay participation in 34th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial.
The Partnership has sponsored the Pinellas participation in the Memorial for thirteen years. This year there has been reaching across the Bay in partnership and support so joyously we present The Tampa Bay participation.
The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is much more than just a memorial. It serves as a community mobilization campaign to raise social consciousness about HIV and AIDS. With 33 million people living with HIV today, The International Memorial serves as an important notice for global solidarity, breaking down barriers of stigma and discrimination, and giving hope to new generations. The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is committed to “ Zero: “globally: Zero AIDS related Deaths, Zero new HIV infections and Zero Stigma and discrimination, and the Positive Health, Dignity and Prevention. The Memorial itself not only celebrates the lives of those lost but also brings attention to the continuing problems of significant infections. While the panic is over and HIV infection has become viewed by a large number in this country as a chronic disease, many still mourn for loved ones here and new infections in the Tampa Bay Area rank among the highest in the country.
In this time of social fragmentation, fear and poor communication this year’s theme of “Ending AIDS Together” is a wonderful reminder we are more powerful together and our needs and desires are more similar than not. Please join us at King of Peace MC Church, 3150 5th Ave N., St Petersburg, Florida. The Church will open at 5pm for display of National Names Project, Regional AIDS Quilts and Fellowship Reception. The Service is at 6pm.
With the Quilts here this year, there is a need for volunteers to act as Guardians for the Quilts during their Service display.
The tolling of the AIDS Memorial Bells, as always, will conclude the event. Sadly, the need for tollers grows every year, please consider tolling this year.
As in years past The AIDS Partnership requests nominees for the to nominate a community member, to volunteer or take part in the Service please call (727) 254-7175. Mary Stephan “In the Midst of AIDS “Award.
If you wish to have someone specially remembered in The Continuous Reading or Power Point Display of Names, during The Service please call (727) 254-7175 and leave a message for The Partnership by May 17.

Lesbian sues over alleged anti-gay job discrimination at Ky. bank

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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A lesbian worker alleging she faced anti-gay job discrimination at a Kentucky bank that led to her termination — including being told she was “too butch” to deal with customers — sued Friday in state court for compensatory and punitive damages.

Penelope Hudson, who filed the lawsuit, worked at the Louisville-based Park Community Credit Union at various locations in Kentucky and Indiana for 15 years until she was terminated in 2016.

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Washington State reinstitutes N.C. travel ban after HB2 deal

By : Chris Johnson of the Washingston Blade, Courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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Washington State has reinstated its ban on state-sponsored travel to North Carolina — first enacted over anti-LGBT House Bill 2 — in the aftermath of the imposition of a new replacement law civil rights groups say is still discriminatory.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee issued a memo on Thursday putting in place a new ban on state-funded travel to North Carolina after his previous ban expired when North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, signed the new measure.

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DOJ withdraws lawsuit against N.C. over anti-trans bathroom law

By : Chris Johnson of the Washingston Blade, Courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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Although North Carolina replaced anti-LGBT House Bill 2 with a law that critics say still enables anti-LGBT discrimination, the U.S. Justice Department has withdrawn the lawsuit against the state filed last year under Obama administration.

In a five-page notice, the Justice Department under U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced it has voluntarily withdrawn the lawsuit filed last year by former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

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Court rules for same-sex couple denied housing by Colo. landlord

By : Chris Johnson of the Washingston Blade, Courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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A federal judge has ruled for a same-sex couple who alleged discrimination after a Colorado landlord refused to grant them housing, issuing relief on the basis the discrimination they faced amounted to unlawful sex stereotyping.

In a 12-page decision, U.S. District Judge Raymond Moore, an Obama appointee, ruled Wednesday the Boulder County property owner violated the Fair Housing Act and the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act by denying housing to Rachel, who’s transgender, and Tonya Smith. The couple were married seven years ago and have two children, ages seven and three.

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Anti-LGBT activists part of U.S. delegation to UN women’s conference

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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The U.S. delegation to an annual U.N. women’s conference includes two representatives of organizations that strongly oppose LGBT and intersex rights.

The State Department on Monday announced the delegation to the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women meeting — which began on the same day and will end on March 24 — includes Center for Family and Human Rights Executive Vice President Lisa Correnti and Heritage Foundation Associate for Social Issues at the U.N. Grace Melton. The U.S. has also asked the Washington-based Organization of American States to formally recognize C-FAM in order to participate in its activities.

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Alabama Legislature to debate protections for religious adoption agencies

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP)- Lawmakers are attempting to add Alabama to the list of states that protect faith-based adoption organizations that refuse to place children with gay parents or in certain other households.

The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the bill Thursday.

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Bid to extend protections to Montana LGBTQs stirs emotions

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HELENA, Mont. (AP)- Advocates launched a new bid Wednesday to extend non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people across Montana – undeterred by a long string of prior legislative defeats.

Proponents this time argue that extending protections would be good for Montana’s business climate.

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Jacksonville passes inclusive nondiscrimination protections

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville City Council has voted to update the city’s civil rights laws to ban discrimination against gays and lesbians.

Tuesday’s 12 to six vote was a victory for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people. Mayor Lenny Curry said he will let it become law without his signature.

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Wyoming Senate votes down bill banning LGBTQ discrimination

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) – The Wyoming Senate has voted down a bill that would have banned discrimination in employment based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Senate’s Committee of the Whole voted 17-13 against the bill, indefinitely postponing it. The bill would have allowed exceptions for religious organizations.

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South Dakota to consider transgender locker room bill

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP)- South Dakota lawmakers will consider restricting which locker rooms transgender students can use, reigniting a bitter fight from last year over what school facilities are open to transgender students.

The bill, introduced Wednesday by two Republican lawmakers, would require public school students to use the locker rooms, shower rooms and changing facilities that match their sex at birth. It comes after Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard vetoed a broader bill last year that also applied to bathrooms. His chief of staff, Tony Venhuizen, said Wednesday that Daugaard intends to veto a bill that is “substantially the same” as last year’s measure.

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Wyoming legislature introduces non-discrimination bill that supports discrimination. OK, here we go.

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We could see the house of cards in the distance and predict its crumbling, but in Wyoming? Today the American Civil Liberties Union reported on the “Government Nondiscrimination Act” released just last week, HB 135. Effectively, it’s another attempt at removing the power of local rule on social issues, something those of us in Florida are by now familiar with. But it’s worse than what we got post-Textgate in Florida, wherein municipalities were forbidden from forcing employers to allow sick days. In fact, it encourages discrimination. If this harbinger of doom is coming from liberal Wyoming, we don’t even know how far things are about to go.  The ACLU’s report is after the jump.

 

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