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  • ACLU Cheers House Passage of Provision Removing Unconstitutional Anti-Gay Adoption Ban from Florida Law

    TALLAHASSEE, FL – Today, the Florida House of Representatives passed a bill, HB 7013, which included a provision removing from state law the ban on adoptions by lesbians and gay men that has not been enforced since 2010, when a Florida appeals court declared it unconstitutional in a case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

  • Answers Sought In Killing of Philadelpia Trans Woman

    Philadelphia police are still searching for answers in the brutal murder of a local transgender woman.

  • City Theatre invites South Florida Authors to Submit New Plays for Shorts Gone Wild 2

    MIAMI, Fla. — JANUARY 8, 2014 —City Theatre is now accepting submissions from South Florida playwrights through January 24, 2014 for newLGBT-themed short plays (up to 10 minutes) for its production of ShortsGone Wild 2, co-produced with Island City Stage. Shorts Gone Wild 2 will take place from July 31 – August 31, 2014 at Empire Stage in Fort Lauderdale.

    City Theatre seeks scripts that are lively and timely, hilarious and thought provoking, and poignant and dangerous for its second annual Shorts Gone Wildfestival. Compelling plays that rise above the ordinary will receive top attention from the judges.

    Competition Rules and Guidelines:

    1. All entries must be original works that have not been previously produced in South Florida.
    2. Writers can only submit one play with a performance time of 10 minutes or less (maximum 10 pages total) and require six actors or less.
    3. Manuscripts must be submitted electronically at www.citytheatre.com.
    4. Scripts must include title page with all contact information including email, address and phone number. Cast listing/setting requirements and a synopsis, short biography and any production history should be included.
    5. Each submission should be uploaded as a single PDF document.
    6. Plays produced outside of South Florida will be considered.
    7. Submission materials will not be returned.
    8. All submissions must be received by January 24, 2014.

    All submissions will be considered for the City Theatre National Short Play Competition. City Theatre/Island City Stage will only contact playwrights whose scripts are being considered for Shorts Gone Wild 2. Feedback or criticism will not be provided due to the large volume of scripts that are submitted. Playwrights may email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

    For more information on City Theatre, call (305) 755-9401 or visit www.citytheatre.com.

    About City Theatre

    City Theatre is a professional theatre company founded in February 1996 and dedicated to the development and production of new work, specifically the short play format, featured in its award-winning annual Summer Shorts Festivals. Since its inception, the company has received over 15,000national script submissions (with over 900 submitted for this season alone);produced over 375 original short plays by established playwrights and important new voices in the theatre; and brought together the largest ensemble annually of artists, actors, directors, designers, and production staff for programming that includes the annual Summer Shorts  - America’s Short Play Festival, The Festival Family Musical, Shorts 4 Kids Educational Tour, Shorts Gone Wild  and the CityWrights Conference.

  • CNBC Exposes Mutual Benefits

    Local Viatical firm profiled in season debut this Friday

  • Column: The Life and Times of Mark Segal

    Mark Segal is one of the major actors in the struggle for LGBT equality in the U.S. Most people know him as the award-winning founder and publisher of Philadelphia Gay News, one of our oldest and most important community newspapers.

  • Gay Men's Chorus of South Florida Hires New Artistic Director

    Following an extensive nationwide search, the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida has hired Harold G. Dioquino as its conductor and artistic director.

    The assistant conductor of the 175-member chorus since its founding six years ago, he has been the interim director since last summer.

    “While the search generated dozens of responses from highly qualified candidates from 13 different states, we discovered that our next great artistic leader was right in our own backyard,” said Mark Kent, the chorus’ executive director. “It was an intense process that yielded an amazing result.

    “Harold Dioquino has taken the chorus to new heights during his tenure as interim conductor. Our audiences are raving about his programming, and the chorus members themselves love the vocal technique he is infusing into their work.”

    Dioquino brings more than 25 years of experience in all phases of musical performance, including rehearsing, conducting, arranging for both vocal and instrumental parts, programming, and research.

    In addition to his position with the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida, Dioquino is the music director of South Florida’s acclaimed Dinggin Choir and director of music at the Church by the Sea in Bal Harbour.

    He holds a bachelor’s degree in music from the Philippines’ University of the Immaculate Conception, where he was a member of the music faculty following graduation.

    From 1993 to 2000, he was assistant conductor and pianist for the Himig Singers, one of the Philippines’ premier choruses. During his tenure, the chorus toured extensively in Europe and North America, winning numerous prestigious music competitions.

  • Honorees Announced For The Second Annual Diversity Honors Gala

    Diversity Honors, the highly touted event to be held this year at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 13, 2016, will showcase those who are transforming lives by living authentically and advancing inclusiveness as a kick off to Harvey Milk Day events across the nation.

    The impressive roster of honorees will be: Peter Clark, publisher of Hotspots Media Group; Rae Franks, lawyer and LGBT advocate; Robert Runcie, Superintendent of Broward County Public Schools and Judge David Young, plus the annual Milk Foundation Milan Rosza Award will recognize Ryland Whittington.

    "It is such a privilege to host this annual event where we come together to honor men and women who, in their extraordinary lives remind us all of the diversity of the human spirit, the values that define us as not only as the South Florida community, but as a nation, and the potential that lives inside of all of us," said Stuart Milk, co-founder of the Harvey Milk Foundation and global human rights advocate. "We are thrilled to join together again with The Pride Center and the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino to present this ongoing celebration of those who exemplify the best examples of authenticity, leadership and courage in our community."

    The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, as the presenting sponsor, will again be the host site for Diversity Honors, which coincides with celebrations around the globe for Harvey Milk Day (May 22), an official state holiday in California that celebrates Milk’s enduring legacy of hope and example of courage. Guests at Diversity Honors will enjoy a lively cocktail reception with the North American premiere of the Levi’s X Harvey Milk Foundation Pride 2016 Collection, a seated three-course dinner and live entertainment featuring Tony Award-winning actor/singer Levi Kreis. An inspiring awards presentation hosted by Omar Lewis, WSVN weekend morning news anchor, will include Stuart Milk’s 2016 “State of the Global Equality” address.

    The annual Milk Foundation Milan Rosza Award will recognize Ryland Whittington. Eight year old Ryland Whittington's powerful, moving story—which has already touched more than eight million through a viral video created by the Whittington family—is transforming lives across the world via the family's first-hand account of the emotional choice to simply embrace their transgender child.

    When Hillary and Jeff Whittington posted a YouTube video chronicling their five-year-old son Ryland’s transition from girl to boy, they didn’t expect it to be greeted with such fervor.

    Ryland and his family will travel from the west coast to Florida at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino to accept the award. "Harvey Milk is and has been the key inspiration for Ryland and for the family," says, Ryland's mother Hillary. "We are all so excited to be with the Harvey Milk Foundation, their partners and their supporters in May."

    In telling the family’s story, the Whittingtons hope to educate the world in accepting that even children as young as five can have profound and impactful things to say and share. Although Ryland has been featured on CNN, Ellen, 20/20 and in dozens of international news broadcasts on this powerful story of unconditional love, this May 13 will mark the second live appearance by Ryland and his family to participate in Diversity Honors.

    “As a leading LGBT organization in South Florida, we salute the honorees and fully support the mission of the Harvey Milk Foundation,” said Robert Boo, chief executive officer at The Pride Center at Equality Park. “This event had a huge impact on our community last year so we are fully committed to another successful program.”

    Last year, Diversity Honors raised more than $50,000 while paying tribute to Judy and Dennis Shepard, LGBT civil rights activists and co-founders of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, who received the Harvey Milk Honors Medal award.

    The event also recognized recording artist Deborah Cox, President and Founder of the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council Rand Hoch, celebrity entertainer Elaine Lancaster (James Davis), CEO of Planned Parenthood of South Florida Lillian Tamayo, 11th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida Miami Judge William Thomas and Fort Lauderdale Commissioner Dean Trantalis.

    Nationally recognized teen advocate, Jazz Jennings, received the Milk Foundation’s Milan Rosza Youth Award. Two lifetime achievement awards were presented to publisher Norm Kent and cabaret performer Joey Arias.

    Sponsors of Diversity Honors 2016 include: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino as presenting sponsor, Levi’s, Mark Griffis, DMK, Goodman Public Relations, Stoli Vodka, Alpine Jaguar, Miami Foundation, Vitas Healthcare, Palm Beach County Human Rights Council and Lightship Media.

    Media sponsors are Florida Agenda, Gold Coast Magazine, Hotspots Magazine, Mark’s List, Next, South Florida Gay News and WSVN.

    Tickets are $175 per person and available at www.DiversityHonors.com.

  • LGBT History Month: Profiles Week 2

  • LGBTQ Advocates Join National Voter Registration Day

    The National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund is joining voting rights advocates across the country in encouraging all eligible voters to register to vote ahead of the upcoming elections this fall and next year.

  • Openly Gay Christian Singer Comes Out with New CD Project

    At 6 feet and 5 inches tall, Shawn Thomas stands out in virtually any crowd, but there are several things that make him unique among Christian recording artists.  He writes and records his own songs, he tours at no charge, and his ministry includes an outreach to the LGBT+ community.

  • Our Fund, SFGN and AIDS Healthcare Foundation support service at NSU Museum of Art

    South Florida civic leaders and citizens will join together this Sunday, June 19th at 6pm at the NSU Museum on Las Olas to remember the victims and raise funds to support the survivors, victims’ families and Orlando community.

  • Pride South Florida Announces Major Changes for 2015

    Heeding the advice of a host of community non-profit organizations, Pride South Florida announced today that it will be hosting only one singular pride weekend this year, in mid-June.

  • Rev. Dr. Lea Brown, Senior Pastor Of The Metropolitan Community Church Of The Palm Beaches To Join “get Out! South Florida” Lgbt Radio As Weekly Contributor

    “GET OUT! South Florida” LGBT Radio and Podcasts, the only LGBT radio show in the United States, will have the very esteemed senior pastor of the Metropolitan Church of the Palm Beaches join the on-air team as a weekly contributor, announced Tom Hantzarides, host and producer.

  • State of the Movement Address, Rea Carey, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

    Hello Texas! I’m loving it here in the Lone Star state!

    If you’re from Texas, make some noise! If you’re from Houston, make some noise! If you’re excited about being here at Creating Change, let's hear it! If you like my boots, make some noise! I'm from Colorado, I know about boots, and how to ride a horse.

  • Statement from President Obama on the Passing of Edith Windsor

    America’s long journey towards equality has been guided by countless small acts of persistence, and fueled by the stubborn willingness of quiet heroes to speak out for what’s right.