Letter To The Editor

  • Ex-Gay Group in Uproar as Cincinnati Moves to Ban Gay Conversion Therapy

    An ex-gay support group is crying foul as the city of Cincinnati, Ohio sends its conversion therapy cash cow to the slaughterhouse.

  • Letter to the Editor: “AHF is a Sham”

    Reader responds to publisher’s editorial “AHF - Stirring the National Conscience on HIV/AIDS”

  • Letter to the Editor: Fly the Trans Flag in Wilton Manors

    Dear Mayor Resnick and Commissioner Scott Newton,

  • Letter to the Editor: Fmr. Rep. Mark Foley is a Respected and Beloved Member of Our Community

    Dear Editor:

    Next week on Get Out South Florida LGBT radio we are planning a discussion on how the LGBT community treats each other. It’s going to be called “Eating Our Own.” When I saw your recent issue with former U.S. Congressman Mark Foley and former Ambassador Nancy Brinker, who is also the founder of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Organization, I thought that our topic could not be more timely.

  • Letter to the Editor: Kenneth Blunk You Are Wrong

    Reader responds to last week’s letter calling for gays to arm themselves

  • Letter to the Editor: Let Me Correct The Record

    Editor, 

    I cannot speak in any way for Multimedia Platforms (MMP) or its amazing team of employees who are regrettably affected by your story, but in the interest of accuracy, kindly allow me to correct just one critical point as it applies to me personally.

  • Letter to the Editor: Mayor's Prayer Breakfast

    Dear Editor,

    Thanks for printing the article about the Prayer Breakfast and for bringing it to the community's attention in such a big way!

  • Letter to the Editor: My Experience With Airbnb

    I found James Oaksun, article “Real Estate: The New World Versus The Old” very interesting and thought I would share some thought on my experience with Airbinb.

  • Letter to the Editor: Open Letter to Republican Electoral College

    The Electoral College was designed to prevent a demagogue from becoming POTUS.  The ‘Electors’ are not supposed to ‘rubber-stamp’ the popular vote…rather, to take their responsibility gravely by analyzing and deliberating on behalf of the best interests of our country’s health and future as well as for ALL citizens. The Republican Electoral College will be voting December 19th.  It is imperative that every citizen demand that these ‘Electors’ fully consider…with eyes and ears wide open and intellect intact… the danger that this president-elect poses to our country.  Your state has 29 Electoral votes.  Please call, write and voice your support that the Republican Electoral College not ratify this presidential election.

  • Letter to the Editor: Pride Center Blasts SFGN; Calls Story ‘Fake News’

    Dear Editor,

    Yesterday morning, I received a call from a local Senior we’ll call “Ed.” He’s taken part in a few Pride Center programs. He frequently visits Poverello next door. He has a witty sense of humor and bad neuropathy in his feet. He’s also about to be priced out of his long-term local housing. He wanted me to sign him up for the “wait list” for Senior affordable housing on our campus. He was quite disappointed when I told him we’re still a couple years away from a wait list.

  • Letter to the Editor: Pride Center Should Reconsider Plant Decision

  • Letter to the Editor: Reader Blasts Pier Angelo’s “The Sin of Pride”

    Prides are some of the most vibrant and fun places on Earth

  • Letter to the Editor: Reader Respond to “The Sin of Pride” Controversy

    Pier Angelo, I love it! I thoroughly enjoyed your article.

  • Letter to the Editor: Reader to Pride Center- Address Our Concerns, Don’t Shrug Them Off as 'Fake News'

    To the Editor:

  • Letter to the Editor: Rep. Bobby DuBose is a Hero

    Dear Jason Parsley,

    I am writing to you in response to the article SFGN recently published regarding Representative Bobby DuBose, not as an AHF employee, but as a constituent, who has worked with the representative on a number of issues. As always, I thank SFGN for its in-depth reporting.

  • Letter to the Editor: Screw You Tony Adams: I am gay. And I am proud of it.

    Dear Tony Adams,

    Screw you. 

  • Letter to the Editor: Seiler's Silence

    So very often, we want to believe nice things about people, or believe the nice things they say to us are truly reflections of their feelings at all times. But Maya Angelou once said, “When people show you who they are, believe them.”

  • Letter to the Editor: SFGN Editorial ‘Misses Ball’ on MLB Partnership

    Dear South Florida Gay News,

    Pardon the pun, but the recent editorial in South Florida Gay News, The National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Strikes Out, missed the ball entirely.

    Through this new partnership between the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) and Major League Baseball (MLB), our organization, American Meetings, Inc. (AMI), has already successfully participated in the Major League Baseball Diversity Summit held last week in Phoenix, Arizona. There we were able to meet with officials from the MLB Corporate Office and representatives from all of the teams. Additionally, we are now in discussions with several teams regarding opportunities to partner with them on future events. For us, and many other Certified LGBT Business Enterprises, this partnership will no doubt be a “home run”.

    The National Gay Media Association (NGMA) does a tremendous service for the community. Long before LGBT stories were part of national news, NGMA and its thousands of loyal writers, editors, and readers were promoting the successes and triumphs of LGBT businesses and advocates. That tradition continues today, and the community is grateful for it.

    There is so much positive momentum for our community that it’s more important than ever that our LGBT media be supportive of the efforts our hard-working national organizations are doing on our behalf. If it wasn’t for the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce advancing LGBT economic opportunities, our community would never have been recognized by over 1/3 of the Fortune 500, which gives us clout to be recognized by the likes of Fortune and the Walls Street Journal.  

    No one is doing more to help the LGBT community gain economic strength and equity than NGLCC. Major national publications covering them is proof that our business interests are just viable and powerful as any other minority in America. For years we’ve all been demanding that ‘attention must be paid’ to our businesses—and now it is.   That should be celebrated for the visibility it’s brining us, the jobs it’s creating, and the seat at the table our community never had before NGLCC and their partners made it happen.

    When their conference was in Fort Lauderdale last year, it attracted hundreds of business owners and corporate reps looking to do business with us in South Florida. We heard their conference made a $4 million impact on the local economy. The local LGBT media benefitted greatly from that impact. Just as our business, American Meetings Inc. (AMI), has from being involved with NGLCC.   Since we got certified in 2012, our business has grown over 40%. SFGN knows how powerful the LGBT family can be for connections and opportunities, and that’s what we and our nearly 1,000 certified LGBTBE colleagues around the country—and the world—find through NGLCC every day.

    We remember Suze Orman being on the SFGN cover during their conference like it was yesterday. In fact, some of the most exciting coverage of NGLCC’s work we’ve seen has come from NGMA papers and websites in recent years. The more that our esteemed LGBT press can amplify and localize the wins of great groups like NGLCC, the better we’ll all be.   More positive coverage will help more business owners like us come out, get certified, and scale rapidly so they can continue advertising in your outlets and hiring brilliant LGBT talent here in South Florida.

    Local LGBT press is a part of the fabric of our local communities. Just like the NGLCC local affiliates Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (MDGLCC) and Greater Fort Lauderdale Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (GFLGLCC), local press makes the personal, at-home connection to the major national movements our organizations are leading for us.  

    We think we should be celebrating this historic partnership with Major League Baseball as a home run for all of us--- because now we’re not just spectators at the game, our LGBT businesses are all-stars on the field. Stories like this, and the many more ahead, have so much impact to our local communities and we hope to great papers like SFGN will keep sharing them for the positive sign of growth and opportunity ahead that they truly are.

     

    Sincerely,

    Andy McNeill, Principal & CEO

    Todd Bludworth, Principal & President

    American Meetings, Inc. (AMI)

  • Letter to the Editor: SFGN's Transgender Issue

     

  • Letter to the Editor: Shame on Progress Bar

    On Thursday, June 16, 2016, as we stood in solidarity with the LGBTQ community, during the aftermath of the Pulse Nightclub shooting, not everyone in our community stood with us.