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From the Blogs

Mon, 29 Mar 2010 00:46:00 +0000

The latest stories from the Florida blogs about the Hate Agenda.Bilerico Project Florida: Acceptance is Key to Combating LGBTQ Youth SuicideShakesville: Feminism 101: On Language and the Commodification of Sex Via HumorShakesville: Feminism 101: Girl MathOpen Left: Exposing Colorblind Racism Right Here At Open LeftOpen Left: The "State of the Dream" & The 30-Years Conservative NightmarePam's House Blend: The Unity of All Women: Horizontal FeminismShakesville: It Looks Like We're Going to Have a Mansplainer Thread After AllThink Progress: Report: States passed more pro-LGBT bills in 2009 than in the previous two years combinedPam's House Blend: Cisgender And Cissexual Terminology - A Get-Along-Go-Along MomentShakesville: Some Simple Steps to Being Trans* Inclusive: Part I (Understand Cis* Privilege)Shakesville: Rape Culture 101Shakesville: Some Simple Steps to Being Trans* Inclusive: Part II (How To Make Your Organization Accessible and Safe for Trans* Individuals)Pam's House Blend: Video: Women Bloggers Found: Has Feminist Blogging Gone Mainstream?Shakesville: Feminism 101: Objectifying Women Doesn't Show How Much You Love Them; It Shows How Much You Hate ThemShakesville: We Write Letters: Stop Sexist Op-Ed PracticesPam's House Blend: Racial dialogue can be a walk in a mine-field...but it's worth it.Shakesville: How Feminism WorksShakesville: Feminism 101: On AngerShakesville: The Blindness of PrivilegeShakesville: Feminism 101: "Sexism is a Matter of Opinion"Shakesville: Feminism 101: How are we supposed to take feminist bloggers seriously if they post about shoes?Shakesville: Feminism 101: Feminism and HumanismShakesville: Feminism 101: PeriodsShakesville: Important Announcement[...]

An Old Person's Guide to "No Homo"

Sun, 28 Mar 2010 18:51:00 +0000

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Conniving and Sinister

Sat, 27 Mar 2010 20:51:00 +0000


(From Shakesville)

Mallory Wells - Florida Competitive Workforce Act Senate Workshop

Sat, 27 Mar 2010 20:51:00 +0000

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Rachel On The Extremist Fringe Of The GOP

Wed, 24 Mar 2010 18:48:00 +0000

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Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

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Conniving and Sinister

Mon, 22 Mar 2010 15:06:00 +0000


Rep. Mary Brandenburg Proposes Repeal of Adoption Ban

Sun, 21 Mar 2010 12:48:00 +0000

More than 2,000 children in Florida are awaiting adoption, and half of them have no family members able to provide them care. House Bill 3 by Representative Mary Brandenburg (D-Lake Worth) would give more foster children an opportunity for a family and a home by repealing the ban on adoptions by same-sex couples and individuals.

“Some children in Florida have been in foster care for years,” said Representative Brandenburg. “This is unacceptable. Every child in Florida deserves a loving, permanent home. That is why I filed a bill that repeals the state law that prohibits gay and lesbian people from adopting.”

It is well understood, and confirmed by pediatricians and child psychologists, that children thrive as part of a family. Happy, successful children can be raised by all kinds of families, including those headed by single parents, grandparents, and same-sex couples. In contrast, children stuck in foster homes are more likely to drop out of school, become teen-age parents, and face trouble with the law.

The ban on adoption by gays and lesbians costs the State of Florida approximately $2.5 million per year, according to the Williams Institute.

“When the Florida Legislature is struggling to meet the medical and education needs of our children, this ban makes no sense,” said Representative Brandenburg. “When the Florida Department of Children and Families allows gay and lesbian people to serve as foster parents, it becomes impossible to understand the ban.”

Florida is the only state with a statutory ban against same-sex individuals or couples adopting. Representative Brandenburg’s House Bill 3 would give many more foster children the opportunity for a family and a home. Senator Nan Rich (D-Sunrise) has filed identical legislation in the Florida Senate.

“This bill is about children’s rights,” added Representative Brandenburg. “It is about their right to become part of a family.”

Join Us for Lobby Week March 15-17

Mon, 25 Jan 2010 15:43:00 +0000

From Equality Florida:

Join Us for 2010 Lobby Week in Tallahassee
March 15-17, 2010. Register Today!

Dear Kenneth,

In just a few short weeks, the Florida State Legislature will be called to session. Your state elected officials will be making big decisions that will have a lasting impact on your life.

Lend your voice to support for three key bills that would:
Repeal Florida's Adoption ban
Pass workplace anti-discrimination protections
Secure statewide Domestic Partnership protections
I'm writing to personally invite you to join me in Tallahassee for Equality Florida Lobby Week 2010 March 15th-17th. Click here to register now!

Our staff and volunteer leadership teams work daily with elected officials, their staffers and our coalition allies to move these bills forward. But your participation in Lobby Week 2010 in Tallahassee, March 15-17 will make a bigger difference than anything else we can do all year.

Lobby Week 2010 is your chance to talk directly to Representatives, Senators and their staff members about why these bills are so urgently needed for LGBT Floridians and our families. Telling your story in person is the most persuasive way to gain support for equality and there is no better way to do that than face-to-face.

During Lobby Week 2010, Equality Florida will work with you to set up appointments and have professional trainers and materials available to help you hold effective, successful meetings with your Representative or Senator.

If you, a friend or a family member have experienced discrimination on the job, in trying to rent or purchase a home, or because of the anti-lgbt adoption ban, join us in Tallahassee March 15-17 and share your story with your legislators.

See you in Tallahassee,

Mallory Wells
Public Policy Director


The Promise of 2010

Tue, 19 Jan 2010 07:27:00 +0000

From Equality Florida: Just last month, we asked you to help us start off 2010 in the strongest financial position possible and set an ambitious goal of $10,000. Thanks to your generosity, we surpassed our target and raised $11,200. We want to say "Thank You" for your overwhelming response and also let you know how we have already begun putting your donations to work for equality in Florida.In 2010, every statewide seat will change hands making this an historic election year. Because of your support we're ready with a team on the ground in Tallahassee to fight for full equality and our army of volunteers statewide is ready to work hard for pro-equality candidates! Exciting Opportunities for 2010 Florida Competitive Workforce Act – This bill would add “sexual orientation and gender identity” to Florida’s existing anti-discrimination laws. In order for Florida to be its most competitive in attracting new business and talented individuals, we must ensure that employees are judged on merit, not prejudged by bigotry. The majority of the top companies in the country have adopted these protections. Cities and counties across our state include this language. It is time for equality to be the law. Ending discrimination is the right thing to do and the economically smart thing to do in our state.On March 15 Floridians from all across the state will come to Tallahassee to ask their legislators to support this important legislation. Click here to join us.Making Fair Adoption a Reality in Florida – Last year, two groundbreaking court decisions weakened Florida’s discriminatory ban on adoption by gay people. These victories did not go unnoticed by radical right extremists who believe that the definition of “family” should never include gay parents. We must prepare now to protect a successful outcome in the courts or continue our efforts to pursue a legislative repeal of the ban. We have spent more than a decade educating Florida voters on the harm inflicted by this hateful ban and polling shows our efforts are working. We must also work to ensure that the far right cannot use another Florida ballot measure to add this hateful ban to our constitution.A New Political Landscape in Our Capitol – Over the next 12 months Florida will vote to replace our Governor, our Chief Financial Officier, our Attorney General, and every member of the Florida Senate and the Florida House. Equality Florida will lead the way, as we’ve done for over a decade, in surveying every candidate and informing you where they stand on issues important to you.As always, Equality Florida keeps a full-time lobbyist in Tallahassee throughout the legislative session and our comprehensive Voter Guide tells you where all of the candidates stand on LGBT issues so you can make informed choices. We are winning in Florida, year by year, because of the strong commitment of our members as donors and volunteers and pro-equality ambassadors across the state. Because members like you consistently respond when we call on you to do phoning, lobbying, rallying, donating, tabling, blogging and speaking up for equality in your schools, families, workplaces and with elected officials. Like our past successes, our future victories will not come easily. They will result from our commitment to building and carrying out long-term plans and making significant investments in grassroots organizing.Thank you for your continued support for equality in Florida. Here's to more victories ahead!With sincere appreciation, Nadine Smith PS – We have a limited number of internships for the Spring 2010 semester in the following areas: Communications, Public Policy, Development/Event Planning and with our Gay-Straight Alliance Network. We are also seeking a graduate student for our Research Fellowship. [...]

Patrick Stewart talks about domestic violence

Sun, 13 Dec 2009 14:04:00 +0000

Powerful stuff:

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NYS Senator Diane Savino speaks on the Marriage Equality bill

Sun, 06 Dec 2009 15:30:00 +0000

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Conniving and Sinister

Sun, 06 Dec 2009 15:24:00 +0000

From Shakesville:


Getting Back Our Power (From the Tea Party "Patriots")

Fri, 13 Nov 2009 01:36:00 +0000

Just as we have to assert our Sovereignty, I feel we need to take other action to restrict the power of our government.

After the New Year, I will be starting a Ballot Initiative here in the State of Florida, to set Term Limits. I am gearing for this Amendment to be placed on the 2012 ballot - which should be enough time to collect the necessary funds for the petition & collect the required number of signatures.

I recommend that States that have Ballot Initiatives should do the same. Below is a link that gives a list of States that have Ballot Initiatives for State Amendments, to Initiate New Laws, Overturn State Statutes, & Recall Officials.

I suggest you check this out, as your State may have an Initiative that you are unaware of. You may have more power than you think!

The Ballot Initiative is one of the most powerful tools that "We the People" have, as we are able to circumvent the Legislature. This is solely between the People & the State Division of Elections.

When I contacted the Florida Division of Elections concerning a Ballot Initiative that I was considering, they gave me three links. The first link gave a complete explanation of the procedure for setting up a Ballot Initiative. The second link gave a sample copy of a petition (it must be in a specific form). The third link gave forms that I needed to fill out. I found the Florida office to be very accommodating. One of you, in each State, would need to find out your specific procedures.

If you don't find your State listed under any of the options, you will have a more difficult time getting something like term limits passed. Obviously, your Representatives are not going to be thrilled with passing legislation that will restrict them in any way,

I suggest the best route would be to try to get your State to pass a law allowing Ballot Initiatives. You would have to find a representative who would be willing to submit this to your legislature. More difficult - but not impossible

What is most important is that we take whatever action is necessary to "take back our power". It is a matter of researching & investigating our options.

The best option would be to get a US Constitutional Amendment limiting terms - that would effect all States. At this time, the Federal Government does not allow Ballot Initiatives:

The US has no initiative process at the national level. In order for any federal initiative to be ever put to voters nationwide would require Congress to propose an amendment to the US Constitution which in order to take effect would need to be ratified by three-fourths of all the state legislatures or constitutional conventions because the frames of the US Constitution, in Article I, Section I, bestowed all of the legislative power upon the legislative branch of the federal government , the United States Congress.

So, we have to do it State by State.

Unruly Republicans Disrupt Health Care Debate

Fri, 13 Nov 2009 01:34:00 +0000

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Scary Brown People

Fri, 13 Nov 2009 01:25:00 +0000

I hate Marco Rubio, but this ad is reprehensible:

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This Modern World

Wed, 11 Nov 2009 02:23:00 +0000


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Conniving and Sinister

Wed, 11 Nov 2009 02:17:00 +0000

From Shakesville:


Conniving and Sinister

Thu, 05 Nov 2009 02:53:00 +0000

From Shakesville:


Catalog of Hate for 10.24

Sun, 25 Oct 2009 02:52:00 +0000

10.24.09: Dail Kos commenter: "A black dyke reached for my breast many years ago, I kicked her in the face. She never did that again. Obama states WE HAVE NOT SEEN NOTHING YET.... Oh yes we have, it is HE...who has not seen nothing yet."

10.24.09: Dail Kos commenter: "Thank goodness there are Americans like Daryl who will stand up for REAL America. Not ex-cons like yourself who hate this place. Your citizenship should have been stripped long ago, you treasonous son-of-a-bitch. "Anti-Muslim"? I hope so. Just as your lame criminal ass is anti-Christian, I am glad to know that there are a few elected officials who are against the 'Religion of Peace.' You are a rotten motherfucker. I wish you ill will and the worst possible life. You are one angry minority asshole, and the US is better off without you, you leftist cocksucking gay-loving, Muslim-worshipping, Obama-bowing, flag-burning, dirt-praying, global warming-believing, Michael Moore-watching, Kos-blogging socialist asshole."

10.24.09: Matt Barber: "All I hear [Treki] saying is that the rest of the world cannot be forced to accept behaviors that are demonstrably destructive to both individuals who engage in those behaviors and to the society around them."

10.24.09: Dallas Police: Ticketed a woman for not speaking English.

10.24.09: Unknown: The racist Obama-Joker image is now a racist Obama-Joker Halloween mask.

10.24.09: Anonymous: "I Support Gays And All, But Don't Want THAT Taught In Schools!"

Conniving and Sinister

Sun, 25 Oct 2009 02:47:00 +0000

From Shakesville:


How the New Hate Crimes Prevention Act Works

Sun, 25 Oct 2009 02:27:00 +0000

From Pam's House Blend:

The new law lets the Department of Justice give money to help local investigations and prosecutions of hate crimes based on on sexual orientation. Or, the Justice Department can lead an investigation if the local authorities don't do it themselves.

A crime is a hate crime only if it is

Physically violent.

A felony. That means anything that might put someone in prison for more than a year.

Motivated by prejudice based on sexual orientation.

So verbal acts can never be hate crimes.

It's up to the Justice Department whether to financially help a particular investigation of a hate crime. The local organization must apply for the money, and then the Department can either approve or reject the application.

Whether a crime is motivated by prejudice based on sexual orientation is based on "relevant evidence." That means evidence of things the criminal said, did, or believed, before he did the crime.

Heather Beaven Earns Another Endorsement In Bid To Unseat John Mica

Fri, 23 Oct 2009 02:33:00 +0000

Beaven: “I’ve stood shoulder to shoulder with America’s first-responders before, and I’ll continue to do so as the first female veteran from Florida elected to Congress.”
78.5% of FOP Endorsed Congressional Candidates Won in 2008

PALM COAST, FL (October 22, 2009) – Heather Beaven, Navy veteran and candidate for Congress against John Mica, announced today that her campaign has received the endorsement of the Fraternal Order of Police. This endorsement adds to Beaven’s growing list of endorsers including: the Women Under Forty PAC and the Women’s Campaign Forum.

“The brave men and women of the Fraternal Order of Police willfully run into harms-way, at the same moment that most run away from it. That’s why earning this endorsement means the world to me. During my service in the US Navy, I was on the frontlines of the War on Drugs so I’ve stood shoulder to shoulder with America’s first-responders before, and I’ll continue to do so as the first female veteran from Florida elected to Congress,” said Heather Beaven.

The Fraternal Order of Police is comprised of over 325,000 sworn law enforcement officers that have considerable political power in Florida. In 2008, the FOP endorsed 14 congressional candidates; 11 of those candidates went on to victory on Election Day.


Heather is a Mom, wife, Navy veteran (who served during Operation Desert Storm) and CEO of The Foundation for Florida’s Graduates. The Foundation focuses on bringing education, workforce development and economic development together to help young people better themselves through education and personal responsibility. Find out more about her campaign at

Openly Gay Candidate Needs Your Help

Fri, 23 Oct 2009 02:32:00 +0000

Support Steve Kornell

Most Qualified and Openly-Gay Candidate for St. Pete City Council

Steve Kornell is running to make history in Florida as St. Pete's first openly-LGBT city council member, but he needs your help.

Steve needs our immediate help!

The latest St. Pete times poll shows him leading by just 2 percent. The election is just 19 days away and in this extremely close race your support can have a major impact.

Wherever you live in Florida, this race matters to you. St. Petersburg is the 4th largest city in Florida and a victory here will have a far-reaching impact on the region and on the state.

Steve Kornell for St. Petersburg City Council

Steve has been active in Pinellas County for over a decade. As a board member of the Gay Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN) of Pinellas County, Steve was a part of our effort to successfully push for a statewide anti-bully bill that protects LGBT students.

Steve is the clear choice in this race. In addition to Equality Florida, Steve has been endorsed by the Saint Pete Times, the Victory Fund, the Police Benevolent Association, the Sierra Club and many others.

Even a small gift can make a huge difference in a race like this. Your contribution will help to make St. Pete the largest city in Florida to have an openly-LGBT council member. Please make a donation to Steve's campaign today.

Conniving and Sinister

Wed, 21 Oct 2009 01:16:00 +0000

From Shakesville: