Friday, March 28, 2008

FLORIDA DIGEST March 28, 2008

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-Wilton Manors: United Way offers jazz Saturday at Hagen Park
United Way of Broward County's "All That Jazz and More on the Drive" is setfor noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at Hagen Park, 2020 Wilton Drive.,0,5329286.story

Steve Rothaus
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-Okeechobee High's gay-straight alliance coming back
The ACLU plans to ask a judge to reinstate an order that Okeechobee HighSchool allow a gay-straight alliance on campus because the club has regainedmembers.
According to court documents filed Tuesday by the American Civil LibertiesUnion, two students want to revive the club, which was dismissed this monthas a plaintiff in a lawsuit against the Okeechobee County School Boardbecause the club apparently had no members and had not met since the fall.
The club's founder, Yasmin Gonzalez, has graduated; subsequent clubpresidents have left the school. However, Okeechobee High School juniorBrittany Martin told a teacher last week she and another student want torevive the club and host a meeting next month.

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-Morgan Stanley presents GLBT issues update
Financial services firm joins with Lambda Legal for Lauderdale event
The Fort Lauderdale Morgan Stanley office, in conjunction with Lambda Legal,presented the first annual Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender CommunityUpdate for Broward County earlier this month.

-SunServe to host Valuing Our Families Day
MCC event to offer workshops, support in 'reunion'-like setting
As any teen with gay parents will tell you, being a part of a GLBT family isa daily challenge. The straight world doesn't always understand familydynamics in a gay household, or worse, outsiders are quick to judge.

-A controversial 'spiritual advisor'
Openly lesbian Ms. Cleo to be special guest at Palm Beach Pridefest
"I am not a psychic," says Ms. Cleo in response to a question about thenotoriety she gained earlier this decade as a spokeswoman for the PsychicNetwork. "I am a mambo [spiritual advisor], and I take care of a villagethat has members throughout the Americas. If there is any controversy aboutme, it is because I am outspoken about our rights and I'm not afraid to tellpeople what I think."

-Safe Schools Bill must protect all students
Making it clear that anti-gay bullying is destructive does not promotehomosexuality
People on the right have a troubling tendency to cherry-pick the types ofbigotry they choose to denounce. We saw this recently when Sen. John McCainissued a carefully worded, "categorical" repudiation of Rev. John Hagee'santi-Catholic remarks. McCain, who had earlier embraced Hagee's endorsementof his candidacy and publicly praised the right-wing preacher, was carefulnot to mention anything about Hagee's anti-gay statements or his anti-Muslimstatements in his belated repudiation.

The Advocate
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-37 Lawmakers Cosponsor New Florida ENDA Bill
Thirty-seven Florida lawmakers have sponsored a bill that would prohibitdiscrimination against gays and lesbians in public and private employment,housing, and public accommodations.

From Bill Rettinger, Co-Founder
To ALL MedicaidAdvocates.Com Members and Friends
If we are to have ANY chance of saving this program once again, we hadbetter ALL get our email fingers punching to our Legislators NOW! Do weneed to remind them AGAIN that this is a LIFE SAVING Prgram for those thatare in need of it AND that we, along with our friends and families, areVOTERS that WILL REMEMBER THEIR actions in NOVEMBER 2008? If they INSIST onsigning DEATH WARRANTS for these Floridians they need to be REMINDED to ALSOsign their OWN POLITICAL DEATH WARRANTS AT THE SAME TIME! I, for one, AM NOTgoing down WITHOUT a DAMN HARD FIGHT!
Florida Senate plan would cut programs for medically needy
A Senate plan would cut $803M from state programs for the medically needy.

Ft. Lauderdale: You are cordially invited to a Private Collections Exhibitto benefit ArtsUnited, Inc.
Friday, March 28, 2008 6-8pm - 3011 North Atlantic Blvd.
Several Collectors have loaned artwork from their private collectionsrepresenting some of the great artists of the 20th Century, for a one nightexhibit at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Rocco DiBruno, Sr.
A $20 Donation is requested at the door.
RSVP 954.530.2723 or reply to

You're Invited - All Florida Voters and Elected Officials
Rally to make our primary votes count
Come Join Us On
Friday, March 28, 2008 at 2:00 p.m.
South County Civic Center Outside Pavillion
16700 Jog Rd., Delray Beach, FL 33446
For more information and to rsvp, contact:
or call: 561-322-8608
Please, no candidate's pins, t-shirts signs or other materials. This isn'tabout any one campaign - it's about all of us and our right to have ourvotes count.

Wilton Manors - "The Producers"
Free Movie Under the Stars!
Friday, March 28 at 7:30 pm at Hagen Park
After putting together another Broadway flop, down-on-his-luck producer MaxBialystock teams up with timid accountant Leo Bloom in a get-rich-quickscheme to put on the world's worst show.


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