With summer behind us, the political season is coming to life. Here’s a few juicy nuggets on the LGBT scene.
The Broward County Commission and Human Rights Board honored Fort Lauderdale District 2 Commissioner Dean J. Trantalis last week.
Trantalis, an attorney, received the county's Community Champions Award. The award was presented to Trantalis on Sept. 1 at the county's government chambers at 115 S. Andrews Ave., in Fort Lauderdale.
Meanwhile, on Florida’s Gulf Coast, Aaron Darr, an openly gay man, has filed paperwork to run for the Largo City Commission. Largo, located in Pinellas County, is the third largest city in the county after Saint Petersburg and Clearwater, and, Darr says, the most underdeveloped and underserved of the trio.
“There is such more room to grow,” Darr stated on Facebook during the rollout of his campaign last week. “There is so much potential that remains untapped and largely goes unnoticed.”
Darr, 24, is known to AIDS activists for his speaking out publicly about living with the HIV virus. He travels globally in an educational capacity to speak about AIDS. He said health care will be an important theme of his campaign.
“I certainly want people who are living with HIV/AIDS to know that illness or disease should never prohibit them from stepping up to help people,” Darr said.
Elsewhere on the trail, Democrats are trying to figure out what happened to former Broward party office director, Michael R. Howson. Howson, a gay black man, was removed from the paid position by new Broward Democratic Executive Committee (DEC) chair Cynthia Busch. The move has some Democrats crying foul.
Howson appeared at a Labor Day picnic hosted by the North Broward Democratic Club on Monday, saying he was through with the Broward DEC but would continue to advocate and organize for social justice causes. When asked by SFGN his thoughts on Busch’s decision to fire him as DEC officer director, Howson said, “Her judgment is off, and exemplifies the kind of marginalization and disrespect that Black and LGBT Americans encounter in this country everyday.”