DNC Chair to Attend Lawyers Gala

Congresswomen Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL) headlines Sunday’s Gay & Lesbian Lawyers Network Third Annual Charity Gala. Wasserman-Schultz, the chair of the Democratic National Committee, is to be joined at the event by Florida State Representative David Richardson of Miami Beach and Florida gubernatorial candidate Nan Rich of Weston. The Gala is from 4-7 p.m., April 6, at Hugh’s Culinary, 4351 NE Terrace in Oakland Park and proceeds benefit Our Fund, a foundation connecting the LGBT community. George Sheldon, a candidate for Florida Attorney General, and Eugene K. Pettis, President of Florida’s 95,000-member Bar will present a scholarship to a 17-year-old poet. For tickets, see www.GLLN.org

Republican Congressman Speaks Out Against Bullies

Congressman Peter King (R-NY) is the latest Republican to co-sponsor the Safe Schools Improvement Act (SSIA). The bi-partisan federal legislation addresses bullying and harassment for all students with protections in policies to include sexual orientation and gender identity. “School officials should be making every effort to protect kids from bullying,” said King. “Passage of the Safe Schools Improvement Act would be a significant step toward providing a healthy school environment for all kids.” Members of Log Cabin Republicans, a gay GOP group, welcomed King’s decision to co-sponsor the bill and noted it was a first for the Congressman in respect to LGBT individual protections.

NY Blogger Releases Memoir

Up and coming New York blogger Kenneth M. Walsh has released his memoirs, bound to be must reading around the courts in Flushing Meadows this summer. “Wasn’t Tomorrow Wonderful?” details Walsh’s life as a young boy during the summer of 1977, a period when Walsh was obsessed with the tennis moves of Chris Everett and Woody Allen films. Walsh, an active tennis player, runs the blog www.kennethinthe212.com where he reports on various issues regarding the LGBT community, celebrities, politics, sports and life in Manhattan. A current contributor to the Huffington Post, Walsh lives in Chelsea, a neighborhood he fondly calls, “all purpose.”

Anti-Defamation League Honors Wilton Chief

Paul O’Connell, Chief of Police for the Wilton Manors Police Department, was honored by the Anti-Defamation League for overcoming prejudice and restoring honor to the Department. Founded in 1913, the Anti-Defamation League stops the defamation of Jewish people and secures justice and fair treatment for all. O’Connell was presented with the ADL’s Doris and Murray Felton Excellence in Law Enforcement Award at the league’s annual Florida regional board meeting last week. Chief O’Connell was selected for the award for reforming the Wilton Manors Police Department, which the ADL states is now “an outstanding example of what is right with police work in the United States today.”

Women in Network Honoree

Internationally respected conflict resolution specialist Denise De Palazzo is Women in Network’s 2014 Community Hero. De Palazzo will be honored at an awards ceremony and dinner dance Saturday, April 5, 6-10 p.m. at the Inverrary Country Club, 3840 Inverrary Blvd. in Lauderhill. De Palazzo is a writer, speaker and trainer and specialist in cultural competency, bullying and violence prevention. The dinner dance is part of a charity filled weekend for Women in Network, one Florida’s oldest lesbian organizations. This weekend, WIN hosts its 19th annual golf tournament to benefit transgender children. For tickets, visit www.womeninnetwork.com