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.

 

Uganda’s government vows to ‘suppress’ gay pride activities

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KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda’s government said Monday it “will continue to suppress” the public activities of homosexuals and that a rehabilitation program had been developed to allow them to “lead normal lives again.”

Ugandan police last week arrested about 20 people attending a gay pride event at a nightclub in the capital, Kampala. They were questioned and released hours later, although some said they had been assaulted by police officers.

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The OneOrlando Fund reaches for public transparency, mourns the deaths from the Pulse massacre

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“Every time we’ve done one of these compensation programs, it is a horror,” attorney Kenneth R. Feinberg, the recently appointed leader of the National Compassion Fund, told a crowd of victims, their families and the media at one of two town halls scheduled at the Amway Center in downtown Orlando. “We are here to serve the community. Like most Americans, we step up when asked.”

Feinberg, of course, was referring to the ongoing emotional and legal maze plaguing victims of the June 12 Pulse massacre in which 49 were killed and another 53 injured. While the city of Orlando has become a hotbed of discussion for media in search of angles – some ephemeral, some grounded in the enormity of an international tragedy – the families were given a moment to sort out their affairs in a quiet manner, away from the sunshine, media tents and flowers. This was the time for questions.

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LGBT State Rep. David Richardson replies to John Stemberger’s fundraising fear-mongering gracefully

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DavidRichardsonThanks to our friends at FloridaPolitics.com, we can stick a cup up against the virtual door and hear how a true political hero – in this case, State Rep. David Richardson, D-Miami, who happens to be gay – responds to dishonored Boy Scout (or whatever you want to call him: hate group leader, generally terrible person) John Stemberger of the Florida Family Policy Council and Florida Family Action. Stemberger issued a backhanded compliment to Richardson a few days ago via FloridaPolitics.com. To wit:

Dear Rep. Richardson:

Since your election to the Florida House of Representatives in 2012 until now, I have always known your reputation as a legislator to be one of nothing but respect for the dignity of the institution, for the legislative process and for your fellow colleagues. Even those who firmly disagree with you on matters of public policy speak highly of you, of your talents as a legislator and the unique perspective you bring to the process.

However, after the tragic and despicable acts of evil which took place right down the street from my offices in Orlando June 12, I was both shocked to learn of your repeated statements accusing your fellow legislators of creating an environment that gives rise to such horrible violence when they speak out against any LGBT bills as bad public policy in the Legislature.

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Judge rules police targeted gay men, dismisses charges

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Long Beach (AP) – A judge who said police improperly targeted gay men in sting operations has dismissed charges of lewd conduct and indecent exposure against a man who was arrested in a public bathroom.

Superior Court Judge Halim Dhanidina ruled April 29 that Rory Moroney’s arrest in 2014 was based on discriminatory enforcement and prosecution, the Long Beach Press-Telegram reported.

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Liberty Counsel president tweets that she’ll bring a gun into a public bathroom as her “bodyguard”

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The recent trend of anti-transgender bills requiring people to use public restrooms that align with their birth identity already has many transgender people nervous about using public bathrooms. Now, Liberty Counsel president Anita Staver has brought an actual gun into an already loaded issue.

Staver posted an inflammatory tweet in response to Target’s April 19 statement that transgender employees and customers are invited to ” use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity.”

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Jacksonville Human Rights Ordinance survives motion to withdraw

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An LGBT-inclusive Human Rights Ordinance is still alive in Jacksonville, despite a motion to withdraw.

At their Feb. 4 meeting, the Jacksonville City Council heard discussion on two proposals relating to LGBT protections.

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Orlando’s Overheard

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Rainbow Connection

As the world went a little more colorful on Friday after the Supreme Courts announcement, many iconic sites across the nation and even parts of the world celebrated the big news by showing their pride and changed colors to represent the LGBTQ rainbow.

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After protests, Serbian gay pride march happens without incident

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Belgrade, Serbia (AP) – Waving rainbow-colored flags, several hundred gay activists proceeded undisturbed through downtown Belgrade on thanks to the protection of thousands of riot police.

The Sept. 28 march advanced for only several hundred meters through the empty Belgrade streets where shops were closed and public transport was stopped. Still, it was important symbolically as a rare public event staged by gays in this highly conservative Balkan country.

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Future of gay bathhouses uncertain

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – Gay bathhouses that once remained in the shadows to stay in business are now seeking attention to keep their doors open.

Some are doing aggressive online advertising and community outreach. Others tout their upscale amenities like plush towels and marble baths. A bathhouse in Ohio has even added hotel rooms and a nightclub.

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Gay South Dakota coach will keep job at private school

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DELL RAPIDS, S.D. (AP) – A volleyball coach at St. Mary High School in Dell Rapids who has publicly announced he’s gay says he’s being allowed to keep his job.

Nate Alfson announced he was gay last week on the website www.outsports.com , and later said he was concerned about his future with the private Catholic school. He is believed to be the first openly gay high school coach in South Dakota.

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4 accused gays whipped in north Nigerian court

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Lagos, Nigeria (AP) – Four young men were convicted of gay sex and whipped publicly March 6 in an Islamic court in northern Nigeria, a human rights activist said.

The four were among dozens caught in a wave of arrests after Nigeria strengthened its criminal penalties for being gay with the new Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act in January.

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