What story or issue would you like to highlight this week?
This week SFGN launches “Speak OUT” a weekly feature giving a regular voice to South Florida LGBT leaders.
Below are some of their answers:
I am getting angrier and angrier that Florida Attorney General Pam Bindi's advocacy opposing marriage equality continues to prevent Florida's gay and lesbian seniors, veterans and people with disabilities from utilizing benefits available to similar Americans living in states which recognize same-sex marriages. Bondi's discriminatory policies can be ended by retiring her from public service in November. This must become a top priority for LGBT Floridians and our allies this year.
— Rand Hoch, President and Founder, Palm Beach County Human Rights Council
The Fourth of July is a great time to salute the LGBT service members through history who have helped America remain the Land of the Free. They served in silence. Let’s celebrate their heroism with a bang!
— Lori Lynch, Executive Director, LGBT Visitor Center of Miami Beach
Bridges need to be built between younger and older LGBT people. Many veterans of the movement feel unappreciated, dismissed, and ignored. If senior LGBT people who fought the culture wars pull back, as many have from the fight against AIDS, younger people and their organizations will struggle.
— Brian McNaught, noted columnist, author and LGBT activist
Last week the Surgeon General and CDC’s Office of Smoking and Health launched a video about smoking disparities in LGBT communities. Results from the 2012-2013 National Adult Tobacco Survey, also released last week, found the prevalence of smoking among LGBT people is 30.8 percent, in comparison to 20.5 percent among non-LGBT people. An estimated 1 million LGBT people will die early from tobacco-related causes – we need to raise awareness and save lives!
— Denise Spivak, Director of Member Relations and External Affairs for CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers