Saturday, September 15, 2007

FLORIDA DIGEST September 15, 2007

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Do your part to fight the right-wing state-wide anti-gay initiativeto amend the Florida constitution.

Friday, September 28, at the GLCC, Ft. Lauderdale - 11:45am to 1:30pm.

Michael and I promised to get a minimum of 10 people to attend thislow dollar boxed lunch - only $25 - to learn about Florida Red And Blue andthe multiple efforts to overcome this hateful amendment. Florida Red andBlue has already raised over $1 million, but our work is only beginning.

Will you support us with this? Every GLBT person in Florida needs to be apart of this effort.

Boxed Lunch Series
Friday, September 28
Noon - 1:30pm
Networking 11:45am
GLCC - Ft. Lauderdale

Send us an e-mail and let us know if you'll join us on the 28th.

And...... If you can't attend, we'll be glad to accept your check made outto "Florida Red and Blue."

Ray and Michael


ArtsUnited and Stonewall invite you to the Out of the Closet Art Sale

ArtsUnited's Out of the Closet Art Sale Sept. 29

ArtsUnited will host its second annual "Out of the Closet Art Sale" onSaturday, September 29, 2007 from 1 to 4 PM in the Gay and Lesbian CommunityCenter, 1717 N. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Admission is free andopen to the public.

The Starving Artists Sale is an opportunity for the public to buy originalartwork at bargain prices. Dozens of local artists will be selling theirpaintings, prints, and hotographs at this one day only event for $200 orless. ArtsUnited President, Chuck illiams explains, "Many people come toour exhibitions and admire a particular rtist, but can not afford to spenda thousand dollars for a painting. At the same ime, many artists havedozens of paintings just sitting in their studio that they re anxious tosell. The Out of the Closet Sale helps out both the artists and spiringcollectors."

Stonewall Library & Archives will be there with a booth as well, sellingused and extra copies of books. Come by and say "hi"!

Cash and credit cards will be accepted. All purchases must be taken with youthat day.

Please contact Keith Clark at or at 954 568-1154 foradditional information.

We obtained your e-mail address when you signed up with the StonewallLibrary & Archives. If you would like to unsubscribe from these messages,send an e-mail to with UNSUBSCRIBE in the subjectline.

Stonewall Library & Archives
1717 N Andrews Ave
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
(954) 763-8565


Hollywood, Florida

Local Doctor to Host Fundraiser to Benefit Treasure the Children

Dr. James M. Beranek, owner of Beranek Optometry in Hollywood, Fl., willhost a Wine and Cheese Fundraiser to benefit the non-profit organizationTreasure the Children. Charlene Bowman, founder and director of Treasurethe Children, will be the event's speaker.

Guests will be able to make direct contributions to the organization orpurchase designer frames at discounted prices, with half of the proceedsgoing toward Treasure the Children. Representatives from Prada, ChristianDior, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, and ic! Berlin will be present to showcasethe latest fashion eyewear.

Where: James M. Beranek, O.D. (Beranek Optometry)
3277 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, Florida 33021

When: Friday, September 14, 2007 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Who:Treasure the Children is a non-profit organization dedicated to helpingchildren and young adults who have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS or otherchronic illnesses.

It is the organization's mission to provide chronically ill patients withall or some of the following: items and services for HIV/AIDS pediatricpatients; a social and emotional peer support group for infected andaffected HIV/AIDS youth; educational materials to assist parents in theeducation of their adolescent children for the prevention of sexuallytransmitted diseases. For more information on Treasure the Children, pleasevisit

Contact: For more information on the event, or to RSVP, please contact Dr.James Beranek's office at 954-987-6500 or email



Jenne may lose state pension

Decision not expected until after his sentencing in November, officials say
By Paula McMahon
September 15, 2007

Former Broward County Sheriff Ken Jenne will have to wait until after hisNov. 16 sentencing to find out if he will get a pension, state officialssaid Friday.

Jenne, 60, of Dania Beach, submitted his retirement benefits application onSept. 4, the same day he announced that he was resigning. The following day,he pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud conspiracy and three counts ofincome tax evasion in federal court in Fort Lauderdale.

"His account is frozen until after his sentencing at least," said JamesMiller, a spokesman for the state Department of Management Services, whichoversees the pension system.

Because of his felony convictions, Jenne could lose his six-figure pension.The precise amount of his pension is unknown because he has not recentlyrequested an estimate.

The last time he asked the state to calculate it, which makes the amount apublic record, was in September 2003. It was then estimated at $10,562 permonth or $126,744 a year.

In general, convicted former elected officials are more likely to lose theirpensions if their criminal acts were related to their public office,according to state guidelines.




Judge says Pompano Beach mosque's opponents must refile lawsuit

In lawsuit, man claims Islamic group is tied to terrorists
By Melissa Hoyos
September 15, 2007

A Broward County judge has given opponents of a planned mosque 20 days torefile a lawsuit that tries to link the Islamic Center of South Florida inPompano Beach with terrorists.

Rodney Wright claims in his lawsuit that the mosque would be a nuisance andthat its supporters have terrorist ties. He filed a lawsuit in May to stopthe congregation's plans to build the 29,000 square-foot mosque in thecity's predominantly black northwest neighborhood.

Circuit Judge Jeffrey E. Streitfeld, who has questioned whether the casebelongs in his court, on Thursday gave Wright's attorney, Larry Klayman, 20days to amend the suit. The judge also denied a request lawyers for themosque made to dismiss the lawsuit.

Wright, who didn't attend the recent court hearing, also names the Councilon American Islamic Relations and CAIR Florida Inc., in his suit. Klaymansaid Wright plans to refile his complaint to include new facts that linkCAIR and the mosque to terrorism.



Fort Lauderdale: Stonewall Heritage Award recipients announced
September 15, 2007

The Stonewall Library and Archives announced the 2007 Stonewall HeritageAward will be awarded to community activists Barbara Gittings and Kay TobinLahusen.

The awards will be presented on Nov. 17 and will include a silent auction,cocktails, a seated buffet and entertainment.

Gittings and Lahusen established the East Coast Chapter of the Daughters ofBilitis, the first lesbian organization in the United States. They alsoserved on numerous local and national gay rights organizations, includingthe Human Rights Campaign and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

Proceeds from the event will support various programs at the library.Tickets go on sale Monday.

Call 954-763-8565.


Express Gay News

Remembering fallen gay heroes
Hate-crimes memorial design unveiled at Alibi

Thursday, September 13, 2007

More than 50 local GLBT and community activists gathered in the MansfieldRoom of Georgie's Alibi on Sunday afternoon to witness the unveiling of thedesign for a new monument to be placed in South Florida.

The National Memorial of Gay American Heroes, the concept of Floridian ScottHall, a victim of hate crimes, was unveiled by Hall and Jack Rutland,executive director of the Stonewall Library and Archives, to enthusiasticapplause. The memorial will honor hate crimes victims.

During remarks, Hall recounted his own battery, years ago at the hands ofanti-gay ruffians, and told the stories, some very recent, of young gay andlesbian men who were killed for no other reason than being gay. He alsopointed out that statistics of such hate crimes are virtually non-existentprior to 1992.

"No one knows just how many people were killed in the primes of their lives," he told the assembled crowd. "But we have an opportunity to make upfor that and remember them with this monument."

The monument will be constructed of a series of zig-zagged panels that spellthe word HEROES with photographs of prominent victims on one side, and red,white and blue panels adorned with white stars that name the thousands ofvictims, their occupation and other personal information on the other side.Hall said the personal information makes the victims much more thanstatistics.

Hall and Rutland offered special thanks to George Kessinger and his team atGeorgie's Alibi for sponsoring the unveiling ceremony. For more informationabout the project, go to


Sarasota Herald Tribune

Fla. legislative candidate part of pro-white movement

PORT RICHEY, Fla. -- A state House candidate in the Tampa area is drawingcriticism for his affiliation with a group that promotes the creation of"white-only living spaces" and has distributed fliers criticizing the war inIraq as only benefiting Israel.

John Ubele is running with no party affiliation for the Pasco County seat ofRep. John Legg, R-Port Richey.

Ubele (pronounced yoo-bul) is operations manager of the NationalistCoalition. The group promotes "white activism," according to its Web site,which says the organization will "do whatever is necessary to achieve thisWhite living space and to keep it White."


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