Multi Media Platforms Facing Multiple Lawsuits
Multi Media Platforms, already in a legal battle with Southeast Offset over failing to pay for the publication of the Florida Agenda, has a new court date with a second printer. Buddy Tuchman, the owner of Printing Corporation of the Americas announced last week that his company has sued Multi Media Platforms and Publisher Bobby Blair, in Broward Circuit Court for failing to pay for over $20,000 in printing costs for the publication of Mark’s List Magazine.
That lawsuit follows another legal battle MMP is having with Southeast Offset, the former printer of the Florida Agenda. Southeast Offset is also seeking past due monies in the thousands of dollars for their unpaid printing costs. Blair’s defense is that they “had a repeated lack of performance,” but the claim was denied by Southeast Offset’s Troy Clowdus, who is hoping for a “favorable judgment” in the next two weeks. “I can assure you,” he said, “that the quality of the printing was not the problem.”
LCR Hosts Successful Event for Sheriff Lamberti
The Broward Log Cabin Club of Florida sponsored a very successful evening social for Sheriff Al Lamberti at the Lazy Lake home of Joe McCallion and Jim Rafferty.
The festive crowd exuberantly met with and greeted Sheriff Lambeti with a fanfare of cheers and applauds in spite of the fact that heavy rain moved the event indoors. Sheriff Al fielded a number of questions after his brief introduction by the club's President, Mrs. Sandra Steen.
Guest addressed concerns about corruption, pill mills, alleged sex slavery rings, and if he had any other political interests other than that of being the Sheriff of Broward County.
The Sheriff reported that the number of pill mills in the county have been substantially reduced thanks to the cooperation he’s received because of Legislative action and support from the State Attorney’s office. He noted that he and his staffers have worked with the County Commission and was therefore able to reduce his operational budget substantially thereby meeting a number of budget guidelines and objectives. Guests were also informed that, with the support of the State Attorney’s office, issues addressing corruption have already been highlighted by the media; yet, there are still some ongoing investigations. His office is well aware of an underground sex trade and there are staffers who address issues dealing with the battering of women and matters associated with child pornography and abuse.
First Sentencing Under Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act
Frankie Maybee, 20, and Sean Popejoy, 19, both of Green Forest, Ark., were sentenced for their roles in committing federal hate crimes, announced the Justice Department. These are the first defendants to be sentenced under the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which was enacted in October 2009.
Maybee was sentenced today to 135 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release and was ordered to pay a $10,000 fine. Popejoy, who testified against Maybee, was sentenced yesterday to 48 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release and was ordered to pay a $5,000 fine. Maybee and Popejoy were also sentenced to pay $5,440 in restitution to the victims, jointly and severally.
Maybee was convicted on May 19, 2011, by a federal jury of five counts of committing a federal hate crime and one count of conspiring to commit a federal hate crime. Popejoy pleaded guilty on May 16, 2011, to one count of committing a federal hate crime and one count of conspiring to commit a federal hate crime.
Evidence presented at trial established that in the early morning hours of June 20, 2010, Maybee and Popejoy targeted five Hispanic men who had pulled into a gas station parking lot. Though Maybee and Popejoy did not know the men and the five did not do or say anything to provoke them, Maybee and Popejoy yelled racial epithets at the men and told them to “go back to Mexico.” When the victims drove away, the co-conspirators pursued them in Maybee’s truck. When Maybee and Popejoy caught up to the victims, Popejoy leaned outside of the front passenger window and waived a tire wrench at the victims, and continued to threaten and hurl racial epithets at the victims. Maybee, driving his truck, rammed into the victims’ car repeatedly, causing the victims’ car to cross the opposite lane of traffic, go off the road, crash into a tree and ignite. The victims were badly injured and one of the victims sustained life-threatening injuries.
Video Addresses NYC Homeless LGBT Youth
The Ali Forney Center, the nation’s largest organization working on behalf of homeless LGBT) youth, recently released a compelling new video viewable online in support of the Campaign for Youth Shelter. The video, outlining the stark facts of the plight of LGBT homeless youth in New York, was released to promote an October 24 rally in Union Square, at which New York’s LGBT community demanded shelter for all youth in the city. The video can be viewed at: http://vimeo.com/29990372
Said Carl Siciliano, founder and Executive Director of the Ali Forney Center: “We hope that this video will promote awareness of the terrible peril that LGBT youth face when left homeless in the streets. With the recent spectacle of elected officials taking budgetary actions to endanger and abandon homeless youth in New York City, we hope the rally on October 24th will send a loud and clear message that the LGBT community demands that they be protected. No youth should be left in the streets without shelter."
OPM Director John Berry Visits GLBT Center of Colorado
Recently Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Director John Berry toured the GLBT Center of Colorado in Denver and spoke with members of the local LGBT community about the importance of the American Jobs Act.
From dismantling the discriminatory policies of the past to actively encouraging LGBT individuals to work in and for our government, Director Berry made it clear in his remarks that the United States is at its strongest when we embrace all of our talents, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
After touring The Center, Director Berry chatted with an audience of 30 program and policy representatives about his strategy for bringing equality to OPM, the American Jobs Act, and how our community fits in. He said that we need to get more Americans back to work to secure our future.
Director Berry was also briefed on two programs: SAGE of the Rockies, which runs a skills-training and job-seeking assistance program for senior LGBT Coloradoans, and our Transgender Career Advancement Project, which provides job preparedness workshops and job fairs for transgender Coloradoans twice annually. Director Berry also heard from our youth in Rainbow Alley about what they’re looking for from the Administration as they plan their futures.
HRSA award will create a national LGBT health training
HRSA recently awarded $248,000 to the Fenway Institute to create a National Training and Technical Assistance Center to help community health centers improve the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) populations. The Fenway Institute is the research, training and policy arm of Fenway Health, a community health center that has served the LGBT community in Boston, Mass., for more than 40 years.
Since 2000, the Fenway Institute has provided medical, academic and community institutions with training, education, and technical assistance in LGBT health. Their work is based on The Fenway Guide to LGBT Health, which is the only clinical textbook on LGBT health that was published in collaboration with the American College of Physicians in 2008.
Visit bphc.hrsa.gov/about/ to learn more about HRSA’s Community Health Center Program.
HUD Addresses LGBT Housing Discrimination
In a recent survey of 6,450 transgender and gender non-conforming persons, 19 percent reported having been refused a house or an apartment because of gender identity, and 19 percent reported having been homeless because of gender identity. Findings of a 2007 Michigan study indicate that same sex couples face bias and discriminatory treatment based on sexual orientation when trying to access rental housing.
Recognizing these issues and utilizing its authority to promote decent housing and a suitable living environment for all, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has taken important steps over the past two years to ensure that LGBT persons have equal access to housing and HUD programs.
HUD recognized that, under the Fair Housing Act prohibition of sex discrimination, it has authority to pursue complaints from LGBT persons alleging housing discrimination because of non-conformity with gender stereotypes. HUD accepted and proceeded with enforcement efforts on 114 such complaints, about three times more than in the prior two years.
HUD published a rule that proposes regulatory changes to further ensure LGBT equal access, including clarification that a “family,” which is the term used to define persons eligible for HUD-funded programs, includes persons regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status. HUD anticipates publishing the final version of this rule by the end of the year.
To get the word out, HUD designed and implemented Live Free, a national media campaign to raise awareness about housing discrimination. Live Free includes digital videos, podcasts, Facebook postings, and print ads targeted to specific populations, including the LGBT community.