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Rick Perry Attacks Gay Soldiers; Would Reinstate DADT

Rick Perry recently came out with a new ad touting his faith and attacking gay soldiers. Watch:

 

Perry also did an interview with ABC News' Christine Amanpour saying he would feel comfortable reinstating DADT. Here's the transcript (pulled from the Washington Blade) from that interview:

Obama Administration Calls for LGBT Rights Abroad

The Obama Administration came out today with more bold steps for LGBT equality, this time aimed at LGBT people abroad. 

The three page memorandum, directs agencies that are engaged abroad, "to ensure that U.S. diplomacy and foreign assistance promote and protect the human rights of LGBT persons."

The memorandum directs agencies to:

Transvestigator: Record Breaking "Broward Gala" Success

Release Date: 
November 22, 2011

Tuesday, 22 November 2011 10:51

Written by Victoria Michaels

This years Annual Broward Gala featured an overwhelming crowd which included community leaders, political hopefuls, and dozens of key elected officials gathered together and helped raise a record breaking $260,000 plus for LGBT rights. The event took place Nov. 13, at the Museum Of Art in Ft Lauderdale.

GOP lawmaker introduces bill protecting women's access to contraception

Hoorah for Senator Nancy Detert! I've always liked Nancy Detert, I think she tells it like it is and thinks for herself. Today the Florida Independent released a story about one more reason why we should like Senator Nancy Detert. See the story below.

 

ADAP wait list dramatically cut

The day after World AIDS Day, the Florida Department of Health announced a dramatic reduction of the number of people on the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) wait list. According to an announcement yesterday by the Department, the wait list has been cut by 80%.

Today is World AIDS Day, What the Obama Administration is Doing

Today is World AIDS day. The Obama Administration has released a fact sheet entitled "The Beginning of the End of AIDS". Read to see what the President has done, and is doing on HIV/AIDS.

Most importantly, know your status. To find out more about getting tested visit aids.gov.

 

 

UPDATE: White House LGBT Liaison Gautam Raghavan to Join Equality Florida Telephone Town Hall

Exciting news! We just received confirmation from the White House Office of Public Engagement that their LGBT liaison, Gautam Raghavan will join our Telephone Town Hall next Monday, December 5th, 2011.

BREAKING: Congressman Barney Frank will not run for re-election

Later today, Congressman Barney Frank will announce he is not running for re-election. Frank, the 16-term Congressman from Massachusetts, became the first openly LGBT member of congress when he came out publicly in 1987. He is the former chair of the powerful House Financial Services Committee, although perhaps he is better known for his quips. 

Watch his press conference at 1:00pm here

Scott Randolph Elected Chair of Orange DEC

Monday night progressive dream-boat, Representative Scott Randolph, was elected chair of the Orange County Democratic Executive Committee. He replaces out going chair Amy Mercado.

Representative Randolph has been a champion for Democratic issues in Tallahassee, including sponsoring pro-LGBT legislation. Earlier this year he made national news by daring to say the word "uterus" on the House floor. 

Equality Florida at the White House

 (photo courtesy of Carlos Smith)

Last week, representatives of Equality Florida went to the White House for a Florida Community Leaders Briefing. I joined other Equality Florida staff and leadership volunteers for a day long briefing to get the latest on what the administration is doing on jobs; healthcare; the environment; education and LGBT rights.