Monday, January 19, 2009

FLORIDA DIGEST - January 19, 2009

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-Lesbian poet Staceyann Chin to read at Speak Out event in Miami
Lesbian poet shares her many identities at event.
By Georgia East
Who could forget Staceyann Chin? The nationally renowned lesbian poet delivered verses like daggers on HBO's Def Poetry Jam - addressing life's contradictions with anger and wit.,0,586757.story

Palm Beach Human Rights Council
At the request of the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council, Representative Kelly Skidmore has again filed legislation to amend Florida's civil rights laws to protect members of the LGBT community from discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations. The Council has prepared these talking points which may help when you ask your state legislators to support the Skidmore Civil Rights Bill. Please feel free to pass this information on to other LGBT and allied activists.

ABC Webservice - Wilton Manors
Join us for the Inaugural Celebration of our 44th President on Tuesday, January 20th starting at 5:00 pm at our office in Wilton Manors. Come have a glass of wine and a snack while we celebrate the start of Barack Obama's Presidency. Everyone is welcome, invite a friend. To RSVP Click Here
ABC Web Service
2419 N Dixie Highway
Wilton Manors, Florida 33305

Steve Glassman for Fort Lauderdale City Commission Campaign
It is down to the home stretch and Steve needs everyone's help to cross the finish line first! During the past 7 months, residents in every neighborhood in District 2 have met with Steve and have learned why he has led his neighborhood association for the past six years - it is because of his leadership, reason, and judgment. Now, friends from Steve's neighborhood want to thank him for all of his years of service and caring! Join our hosts Cindy and Peter Galiette, Steve Crombe and Will Rubino for a poolside Beach Bash. It doesn't matter where you live in District 2; everyone is invited. We are all in this together and we need to change direction!
When: Friday, January 30th from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm.
Where: La Rive, 715 Bayshore Drive .
RSVP: call 954-638-8461 or e-mail: by Tuesday,
January 27th.

Inaugural Bash in Wilton Manors
Can you make it tomorrow?
Wilton Manors Yes We Did! aka Goodbye Bush Bash!!
Where: Rosie's Bar and Grill - Wilton Drive
When: Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009, at 7:00 PM

Steve Rothaus
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-SoBe Party Cruise on Sunday, Jan. 25, from 5 to 9 p.m.
Join us for the first SoBe Party Cruise on Sunday, January 25th 5pm to 9pm aboard the beautiful yacht, Midnight Sun.

-Photos from 'Dinner with Edmund White' at Stonewall Library

South Florida Blade
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-Fred Phelps a no-show
Counter-protestors still hold pro-gay demonstration at Rising Action Theatre
By Dan Renzi
Fred Phelps' infamous Fort Lauderdale protest was a bust.

Ft. Lauderdale: Sunshine Cathedral: Light University Presents
The Future of Peace in the Middle East
Free Lecture Series - Israelis, Palestinians and Terrorism: Armageddon or Armistic
Light University, the religious education ministry of the Sunshine Cathedral, is proud to present this free lecture series in an attempt to help build bridges within our community through sharing, listen and learning about various perspectives on the war in the Middle East. Some of the questions that will be addressed are: Is the turmoil between Israel and its Arab neighbors 60 years old, or is this a problem of biblical origin?; Has there ever been a period of peace between Moslems and Jews?; Is there a difference between "terrorism", "armed resistance", or "military reprisals" that describe responses used by each side in this conflict?; How far should each side go in the form of compromise in the name of peace?; What are the minimum demands each side requires before being willing to accept peace with the opposing side?; Is it anti-Semitic to say the Jewish Lobby in Washington dictates Mideast policy? and much more. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about events happening internationally that affects us locally.
You don't want to miss this opportunity.
Pat Mathis, PhD, JD Rev. Dr. Laura Kraus
Public Theologian Florida Center for Theological
February 4th - 7:00 - 8:00 PM March 18th - 7:00 - 8:00 PM

Rabbi Eliot Pearlson Rev. Durrell Watkins
Rabbi, Temple Menorah Senior Pastor, Sunshine Cathedral
February 11th - 7:00 - 8:00 PM April 1st - 7:00 - 8:00 PM

Altaf Ali
Executive Director
Council on American-Islamic Relations
March 4th - 7:00 - 8:00 PM

The series will take place on the campus of Sunshine Cathedral in the Dr. Robert Graham/Paul Fasana Chapel located at 1480 SW 9th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL. For more information please contact Reverend Robert Griffin at 954.462.2004 ext. 206. Although this event is FREE, please register your attendance by sending an email to


Miami Herald
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-Study: South Florida could lose 84,800 jobs in 2009
South Florida will lose more jobs this year than any American metropolitan area except New York and Los Angeles, according to a study released this weekend by the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties will lose a total of 84,800 jobs by the end of 2009, according to the study, which was conducted by the consulting firm Global Insight. That would be a 3.6 percent drop from the end of 2008.

Fort Report
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-Ballot questions may return
Last week saw a remarkable number of announcements, near announcements and announcements about upcoming announcements about who will and won't run for U.S. Senate in 2010. It makes one want to double-check the calendar. Yup, it's still January 2009.


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