Friday, February 09, 2007

FLORIDA DIGEST February 09, 2007

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Stonewall Library Book Club discusses "Gay L.A." (March 8)

The Stonewall Library Book Club will meet on Thursday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m.Moderator Jesse Monteagudo will lead a discussion of "Gay L.A.: A Historyof Sexual Outlaws, Power Politics, and Lipstick Lesbians" by LillianFaderman and Stuart Timmons. Admission is free and all are welcome. TheStonewall Library and Archives is located at the Gay and Lesbian CommunityCenter of South Florida, 1717 North Andrews Avenue, in Fort Lauderdale. Formore information contact the Stonewall Library at (954) 763-8565.


From: The Bishop -
Sent: Thursday, February 08, 2007 6:00 PM

Black Gay Pride Will Honor Comissioner Joe Angelo

House Keepin' Notes:

B.G.P.S.F. is proud to announce its 8th annual weekend of events andaward ceremony. The Bayard Rustin Community Service Award sponsored by theDolphin Democrats is named for Mr. Bayard Rustin who organized the 1963march on Washington, D.C. as an out same-gender-loving man and will beawarded to Wilton Manors City Commissioner Joe Angelo. The eight-yearresident of Wilton Manors who is originally from Philadelphia, Pa; madeWilton Manors history when he became the first same-gender-lovingAfrican-American elected to that city’s government. He will be honored forhis courage and commitment to public service. The ceremony will take placewith a wine and cheese reception, and gay black author’s forum on Thursday,February 22nd @ 7:00 PM, at the GLCC in Fort Lauderdale. This event isfree and open to the public.

Please Join Us At These Additional Events:

Thursday February 22, 2007
Meet the authors: Hallema Author of “Mass Deception”; and J. Toby McKinney
Author of “For The Love Of Hip-Hop” @ our "Authors Forum" and Award
Ceremony- The Bayard Rustin Community Service recipient- Commissioner JoeAngelo
Wine & Cheese Reception
Time: 7:30PM
Location: The GLCC 1717 N. Andrews Ave
Tel #: 954-463-9005


The Florida Times-Union

February 9, 2007

Plan would move state's primary up

Capital Bureau Chief

TALLAHASSEE - A legislative committee recommended Thursday that Florida'spresidential primary be moved to give the Sunshine State more of a voice inthe national election.

The proposal would change the 2008 primary in Florida to Feb. 5 or to oneweek after the yet-unscheduled New Hampshire primary. Without the changerecommended by the House Committee on Ethics and Elections, the primarywould be March 4, 2008.

Republicans and Democrats appear to agree on the issue. Both sides sayFlorida's primary is too late to allow the state to influence thepresidential campaigns because the race is often largely over by March.


Posted on Thu, Feb. 08, 2007

Teen students: Gay and straight together
By Steve Rothaus

McClatchy Newspapers


Kelcie Currier of Tamarac, Fla., says her world changed the day she joinedher high school's gay-straight alliance club.

"Just knowing that there are other kids like me, or who care about the sameissue that I do, it makes me feel great. Less alone. That life is nothopeless," said Kelcie, 17, a junior at J.P. Taravella High in CoralSprings, Fla., who came out as a lesbian about four years ago.

Gay-straight alliances (GSAs) are student-led clubs, usually at high schooland middle schools, that promote respect and address antigay name-calling,bullying and harassment. Spectrum, the Taravella club, is one of more than3,000 GSAs nationally.


The Miami Herald

Posted on Thu, Feb. 08, 2007

Second lengthy sentence given for farmworker abuse

A stiff prison term was given to another key defendant in a case thatexposed rank abuse of agricultural workers in Florida.

The wife of a convicted farm labor boss already given 30 years behind barslanded a long prison sentence herself Wednesday in a case that generated themost significant punishment for abuse of farmworkers in recent Floridahistory.

East Palatka labor boss Ronald Evans Sr. was sentenced to three decades inprison two weeks ago after his conviction for luring homeless laborers tohis drab horseshoe-shaped camp and plying them with crack and booze from thecompany store, putting workers deeply in debt.

His wife, Jequita, described by prosecutors as his ''main lieutenant overthe years,'' was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years for conspiracy todistribute crack and four dozen charges of structuring cash transactions toavoid financial reporting requirements.

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