UPDATE: Jan, 25, 2010:
Hastings Lauds Launch of South Florida Gay News.com
(Washington, DC) Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-Miramar) made the following statement on the launch of South Florida’s newest gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) weekly newspaper, South Florida Gay News.com (SFGN). SFGN was founded by Broward criminal defense attorney and gay rights advocate Norm Kent.
“The first issue of South Florida Gay News.com is truly an exciting and important event. South Florida has long been home to a proud, diverse, and active GLBT community,” said Hastings.
“South Florida Gay News.com is more than a newspaper; it is an opportunity for South Florida’s GLBT community to reconnect with itself and the community at large on issues and events spanning the full spectrum of gay American life,” further noted Hastings.
“I wish Norm all the best in his new venture and greatly look forward to reading future issues of South Florida Gay News.com.”
Over 12,000 copies of SFGN will be published and distributed on Mondays to more than 300 locations in Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties. A web version is available at www.southfloridagaynews.com.
Alcee L. Hastings represents his native state of Florida by serving as Congressman for District 23, which includes parts of Broward, Palm Beach, Hendry, Martin, and St. Lucie Counties.
Congressman Hastings was first elected in 1992 and is currently serving his 9th term in the Congress. Born in Altamonte Springs, he attended Florida's public schools, and graduated from Fisk University in 1958.
He earned his law degree from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee. Known to many as "Judge," Alcee Hastings has distinguished himself as an attorney, civil rights activist, judge, and now Member of Congress. Appointed by President Jimmy Carter in 1979, he became the first African-American Federal Judge in the state of Florida, and served in that position for ten years. Since his election to Congress as the first African-American from Florida since the post-Civil War period, Congressman Hastings has been an outspoken advocate for making our country safer and more secure; ensuring that our election systems are easier and more fair; creating tax incentives for small businesses; expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit; providing job training and reeducation for displaced workers; banning assault weapons; funding Head Start and education programs; making Social Security an independent agency; advocating for environmental justice and providing family and medical leave to all workers. Known throughout the world as an expert in foreign policy, Mr. Hastings has introduced legislation advocating diplomacy before military action to settle disputes with established and emerging nations. Throughout his lifetime, Congressman Hastings has championed the rights of minorities, women, the elderly, children and immigrants.