Shelley Freeman

The Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, in association with the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida, presents A Women’s Empowerment Luncheon, the first of a bi-monthly program showcasing successful Chamber Members who are professional women.

The guest speaker will be Ms. Shelley Freeman, President, Wells Fargo/Wachovia Florida, on January 20, 2010, at The Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Blvd., Coral Gables, FL. (305-445-1926). Registration begins at 11:30am with lunch and presentation at 12:00 Noon. Lunch is $35 for MDGLCC members and $45 for non-members. Luncheon reservations are requested. RSVP to the office and pre-payment is required. Please submit your name (and guests) by calling the Chamber office at 305-573-4000. You may also fax to our secure line at 305-573-4787 or, via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Scott Penfold, Salt Lake City Councilman
Salt Lake Tribune

The Salt Lake Tribune reports on the addition of Scott Penfold, an openly gay man, to the City Council:"Now, after three decades of building a life, career and penchant for a growing community, the erstwhile gardener is ready to dig in to city politics. He replaces Eric Jergensen, a moderate who stepped down after eight years.

New Hampshire Gay Marriage
Associated Press

Concord, NH - Gay marriage opponents are organizing a petition drive to put a nonbinding article on the issue before New Hampshire voters at town meetings this spring.

Iowa Gay Marriage
Associated Press

Des Moines, IA - Gov. Chet Culver and Democratic legislative leaders intend to focus on the state's budget shortfall when the Legislature convenes next week, but activists are working to get gay marriage on the agenda.  Supporters and opponents of a 2009 Iowa Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage plan Statehouse rallies to mark the opening of the Legislature on Jan. 11. A group that supports the decision will gather this Sunday, and opponents will rally Jan. 12, when Culver gives his condition of the state speech.

Gay Marriage Advocates Want NJ Vote
Associated Press

Trenton, NJ - Gay rights advocates in New Jersey made what could be a last-ditch push Monday to persuade lawmakers to legalize gay marriage quickly. In a time when lawmakers are calling the issue a matter of conscience, activists have been pushing the idea that some religious leaders are accepting of same-sex marriage.