Friday, April 03, 2009

FLORIDA DIGEST - April 03, 2009

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Miami Herald
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-Shelters slowly adapt to help transgender homeless
Twelve years heading the Salvation Army's downtown homeless shelter had done little to prepare Janeane Schmidt for the recent night when a soft-spoken biological male transitioning into a female walked in. Schmidt didn't want to refuse someone in need. Having seen few such cases, however, and with limited space that winter night, she wasn't sure where to place the transgender woman. The shelter has space for homeless men and women but not anyone in between.

Join Safe Schools for Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade
We hope that you will join us for this historic event. Following are some important details concerning the parade: Everyone participating with SSSF needs to arrive by 10 am at 5th and Ocean. Look for the SSSF banner. All SSSF participants need to complete and hand in a Release Form. SSSF will have release forms on hand the morning of the parade or participants can bring their own. This form must be submitted by 10:30 am to the SSSF Parade Contact. Youth under the age of 18 will have to have parents/guadians sign the form also. Each person who hands in a release form will receive a wrist band. Only those with a wrist band will be permittted to participate in the parade. The parade will start at noon sharp. Please remember to bring the following: Sunscreen, Water, and Snacks. There are several shops and restaurants where you can get a quick bite while waiting for the parade to start. After the parade, thre will be a Pride Festival throughout the afternoon with booths from various community organizations, and SSSF and Pridelines will be sharing a booth, so plan to spend some fun time at the festival after the parade. For questions, please email us at


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-Summer heat arrives in April
Ken Kaye
South Florida could see record heat today with temperatures in the low to mid-90s. That would be about 10 degrees above normal, the National Weather Service in Miami said. "It's going to be a very, very warm day," meteorologist Joel Rothfuss said. The forecast calls for partly cloudy skies, breezy conditions and a 20 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms.,0,2310005.story

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