Friday, March 21, 2008

FLORIDA DIGEST March 21, 2008

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Inside Higher Education
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Florida legislator helped create and secure $1 million for aresearch center on a campus. Then the university hired her tohelp get the center off the ground.

Okeechobee High School no longer needs to allow the Gay-Straight Alliance tomeet on campus while the club's lawsuit is pending, a judge ruled Tuesday.
Recent court filings in the federal case revealed the club no longer has anymore members at the school and a judge recently agreed to take the club'sname off the lawsuit. The suit still continues in the name of formerpresident Yasmin Gonzalez, though the school district is trying to have herremoved from the case because she already graduated. The American CivilLiberties Union filed the suit on behalf of Gonzalez and the club inNovember 2006 under the Equal Access Act, saying their rightswere violated by not allowing them to meet on campus.

From Transgender Equality
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-Florida gov Charlie Crist: leave ban on adoption rights for gays on thebooks. More than 39-hundred children are in Florida's foster care systemawaiting permanent homes. Rich's bill to repeal the ban has been assigned toa committee headed by Storms who has refused to bring it up for debate or avote.

Mark's List @ Play : Movie Show Times & Trailers, Weekend Nightclub Guide,
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-State law won't require toilet paper in restrooms
TALLAHASSEE - Florida diners, beware: Toilet paper will continue to beoptional in restaurant restrooms - at least as far as state law isconcerned.,0,7294430.story

-Broward School District looks to toughen policies on bullies
It started at school with name calling. Then he had food dumped on his headand chewed gum stuck down his pants. Once, a classmate threatened him bydrawing his finger across his neck, as if to slit his throat.,0,6051430.story

Miami Herald
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-Obama spends $1.5 million a day
WASHINGTON -- Hillary Rodham Clinton upped the tempo of her fundraising andher spending last month, only to be eclipsed by rival Barack Obama. Atmonth's end, with debts of nearly $9 million, her money was nearly spent andhe was sitting atop $30 million in available cash.

Express Gay News
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-FRIEND OF THE WEEK Ted Emery, Benefactor
Together with his late partner Bill Beaton, Ted Emery has been a longtimesupporter of the arts and GLBT organizations in South Florida and throughoutthe United States. Over the years, the couple helped raise large sums forStonewall Library & Archives, the Gay & Lesbian Community Center of SouthFlorida and the Dolphin Democrats, among others. This year, Emery, whocelebrated his 85th birthday on March 12, committed to a $50,000 matchinggrant for Lambda Legal. The fund-raising effort raised a record-breaking$270,000 for the gay legal services organization. On March 30, Lambda Legalwill celebrate Emery's generosity at its annual reception at Bonnet House.

Fort Report
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-Chief justice: Budget cuts would be 'suicide' for courts
TALLAHASSEE _ Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice R. Fred Lewis toldlawmakers this morning that a suggested 10 percent budget cut _ $42.1million _ to courts throughout the state would effectively paralyze thejudicial system.

-House panel considers ultrasound requirement before abortions
All women seeking an abortion would first have to have an ultrasound and begiven the opportunity to view the results under a measure approved by aFlorida House committee Thursday.

-Broward leads resistance to FCAT
Broward School Board members and some state lawmakers want to deemphasizethe FCAT, but poor scores on the state tests still have consequences.

-American Veterans for Equal Rights is putting together a team toparticipate
in this years Florida AIDS Walk. Most everyone I know has been affected bythis horrible disease and the veterans want to walk to show solidarity inthe fight to find a cure to end this most egregious affliction. This weekwe added two new walkers to our team and raised our total to $375 (25% ofour goal). There is still pleanty of time to either join us on the walk,Sunday, April 27th; or to donate to the team. For more information pleasevisit the Team AVER website at Florida AIDS Walk - Team AVER or contact me.
Thank you,
Mark LaFontaine

-GLCC Customer Service Coordinator
Job Posting
The Customer Service Coordinator ensures consistently high quality servicefor GLCC visitors, callers and customers. The Coordinator recruits andorganizes the volunteers at the reception/switchboard desk, providingtraining, motivation, reinforcement, support, supervision andaccountability. The Coordinator ensures the effectiveness of the GLCC'sreception/switchboard function. The Coordinator maintains a friendly andprofessional attitude at all times, provides guidance to volunteers, groupsand visitors, and helps maintain a positive, professional, welcoming andorganized environment at reception, switchboard and in all common areas ofthe facility.
Reports to: Projects Manager
Salary Range: $13-15 per hour
Must Apply to: Janet Vargas, Business Manager (
Deadline: April 4, 2008

-GLCC Projects Manager
Job Posting
The Projects Manager is responsible for the day-to-day operation of theCenter, including but not restricted to the following areas: coordinate andoversee customer service and volunteer activities; facilities; maintain andexpand information technology (IT) resources; assess and respond to emergentsituations; maintain GLCC policies and procedures manuals; assist withfund/membership development, events, marketing and communication; assist theExecutive Director with administrative activities. The Projects Managerworks within budget guidelines and creates annual department level budgetgoals, for approval by the Executive Director; and prepares/submitsperformance reports to the Executive Director.
Reports to: Executive Director
Salary Range: $35,000 to $43,000
Must Apply to: Janet Vargas,Business Mgr(
Deadline: April 4, 2008


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