What’s one story this week you’d like to highlight? SFGN’s “Speak OUT” is a weekly feature giving a regular voice to South Florida LGBT leaders. Below are some of their answers:
I would like to see our community really engaging the news reported in The Advocate this week that HIV infection is up 132 percent among gay men ages 13 to 24 over the past decade, and that a quarter of new infections are in this same age group. How can we provide engaging, relevant education and support for them with the same zeal we had in fighting for marriage equality?
— Lea Brown, Senior Pastor, MCC of the Palm Beaches
One idea I'd like discussed is how LGBT people can vote for those who oppose us? Our lives, our relationships, health etc.
— R. J. Hadley, community activist and blogger
Caitlyn Jenner will be remembered as a cultural icon in the transgender equal rights movement, but she doesn't represent the lives of most transgender people. She has enough fame, money, and white privilege to avoid discrimination.
— Brian McNaught, noted columnist, author and LGBT activist
By now, everyone’s aware of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Did you know the original hashtag was created and launched by three lesbians - Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullers, and Opal Tometi? You can read more about their story, and what they call the “theft of black queer women’s work,” here: TheFeministWire.com/2014/10/blacklivesmatter-2/.
Locally, BLAST Women of the Palm Beaches participates in the #BlackWomenMatter movement via an ongoing series of #SayHerName events, anti-racism workshops, and working with elected officials and law enforcement.
— Toni Armstrong Jr., Founder/Director of BLAST Women of WPB.
Working for an organization whose name is inspired by the Stonewall Riots of 1969, I was initially excited to learn that a major motion picture was in the works about the incident that launched the LGBT equality movement. With the release of the movie’s trailer, it is clear that the film, touted as “historical fiction” will be more fiction than historical and will provide no real education on the actual events or the heroes that emerged from the riots. The fact that the three leading (white) men in the movie are all straight actors adds to the whitewashing claims of the movie. While the film’s director promises that the trailer doesn’t adequately represent the film’s depiction of events, there is already an on-line boycott of the movie.
— David Jobin, executive director of The Stonewall National Museum & Archives
As many LGBT Americans around the U.S. enjoy freedom, one story seems to be ignored. ISIL continues to throw LGBT people of buildings simply for being gay and as we speak, the laws in Iran are such that homosexuality is a crime punishable by imprisonment, corporal punishment, and often execution. No one says a word....especially during the Iran Deal. We must bring these issues to light.
— Mimi Planas, president of Log Cabin Republicans Miami