News Bites for October 22, 2014

Dean Trantalis

Trantalis seeking re-election

Inside a packed warehouse Tuesday night, attorney Dean J. Trantalis announced his intentions to seek re-election to the Fort Lauderdale City Commission.

Trantalis, who is openly gay, has a long record of championing issues of equality and human rights. He received his Juris Doctorate from Stetson University School of Law in 1979.

“My role is to help convince others who we are,” Trantalis told the mostly gay audience at C & I Studios, part of an emerging arts district in Fort Lauderdale.

A native of Connecticut, Trantalis has served as commissioner of District II since March of 2013. Previously, he served as Vice Mayor and District II Commissioner from 2003-2006.

Miami documentary nominated for Emmy

The documentary “The Day It Snowed in Miami” has been nominated by the Suncoast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for a 2014 Emmy Award. Presented by the Miami Herald and WPBT-Channel 2, the documentary chronicles singer Anita Bryant’s 1977 morality crusade and the subsequent battle for gay rights in the Magic City. The 86-minute film is narrated by Margot Winick and was co-produced by Miami Herald LGBT issues reporter Steve Rothaus. Its title serves as a reminder of a controversial period in Florida history and the last time snowflakes fell in Miami. Retail price is $19.99.

LGBTI Umbrella Organization launches in Turkey

A new organization claiming to be the first of its kind has surfaced in Turkey, a predominantly Islamic country at the intersection of Europe and Asia. The organization is billing itself as an umbrella group based in the Turkish capital of Ankara and lists its website as Founded by the gay activist Nikopol, the organization is attempting to combat homophobia and transphobia in a nation with conservative Muslim groups that are vociferous in their opposition to gay rights. Same-sex relations have been legal in Turkey since 1858, but the law does not include sexual orientation or gender identity in its legal or civil rights structure. Current Turkish law does not recognize same-sex couples.

Point Foundation offering scholarships

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students are encouraged to apply for Point Foundation scholarships. Point is the nation’s largest scholarship fund for LGBTQ students of merit and currently provides financial assistance and programming support to more than 80 full-time students. “Through our supportive network of peers, mentors and allies, Point can open doors for these bright students to thrive in school, the community and life,” said Point CEO Jorge Valencia. Thanks to the generosity of individuals, corporations and foundations, Point has invested $18 million in education since its founding in 2001. Applications open online Nov. 1 at



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