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National Public Radio Interview

May 26th, 2009 by Admin

NPR Radio Interview

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Parents Enid and Syd Jackowitz (Maitland, FL) come to terms with learning of their son’s homosexuality.

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Is Being Gay a Choice?

June 11th, 2008 by Admin

Most professionals agree that sexual orientation and gender identity are not things that a person can change.

Though we don’t know exactly what determines gender identity or sexual orientation, we do know that neither can be attributed to any one, easily adjustable, factor.

Various groups claim to be able to change sexual orientation and gender identity through therapy. There is no scientific basis for these claims, and the success rate is very dubious. Often people in such programs emerge feeling bad about themselves, and experience guilt when they are not able to change.

Ultimately, what is much more important than trying to be someone who you aren’t, is learning to like the person who you are!

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Obama’s Letter to the LGBT Community

June 8th, 2008 by Admin

           I’m running for President to build an America that lives up to our founding promise of equality for all – a promise that extends to our gay brothers and sisters. It’s wrong to have millions of Americans living as second-class citizens in this nation. And I ask for your support in this election so that together we can bring about real change for all LGBT Americans.

Equality is a moral imperative. That’s why throughout my career, I have fought to eliminate discrimination against LGBT Americans. In Illinois, I cosponsored a fully inclusive bill that prohibited discrimination on the basis of both sexual orientation and gender identity, extending protection to the workplace, housing, and places of public accommodation. In the U.S. Senate, I have cosponsored bills that would equalize tax treatment for same-sex couples and provide benefits to domestic partners of federal employees. And as president, I will place the weight of my administration behind the enactment of the Matthew Shepard Act to outlaw hate crimes and a fully inclusive Employment Non- Discrimination Act to outlaw workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

As your President, I will use the bully pulpit to urge states to treat same-sex couples with full equality in their family and adoption laws. I personally believe that civil unions represent the best way to secure that equal treatment. But I also believe that the federal government should not stand in the way of states that want to decide on their own how best to pursue equality for gay and lesbian couples -whether that means a domestic partnership, a civil union, or a civil marriage. I support the complete repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Federal law should not discriminate in any way against gay and lesbian couples, which is precisely what DOMA does. I have also called for us to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and I have worked to improve the Uniting American Families Act so we can afford same-sex couples the same rights and obligations as married couples in our immigration system.

The next president must also address the HIV/AIDS epidemic. When it comes to prevention, we do not have to choose between values and science. While abstinence education should be part of any strategy, we also need to use common sense. We should have age-appropriate sex education that includes information about contraception. We should pass the JUSTICE Act to combat infection within our prison population. And we should lift the federal ban on needle exchange, which could dramatically reduce rates of infection among drug users. In addition, local governments can protect public health by distributing contraceptives.

We also need a president who’s willing to confront the stigma - too often tied to homophobia - that continues to surround HIV/AIDS. I confronted this stigma directly in a speech to evangelicals at Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church, and will continue to speak out as president.

That is where I stand on the major issues of the day. But having the right positions on the issues is only half the battle. The other half is to win broad support for those positions. And winning broad support will require stepping outside our comfort zone. If we want to repeal DOMA, repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and implement fully inclusive laws outlawing hate crimes and discrimination in the workplace, we need to bring the message of LGBT equality to skeptical audiences as well as friendly ones - and that’s what I’ve done throughout my career. I brought this message of inclusiveness to all of America in my keynote address at the 2004 Democratic convention. I talked about the need to fight homophobia when I announced my candidacy for President, and I have been talking about LGBT equality to a number of groups during this campaign - from local LGBT activists to rural farmers to parishioners at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, where Dr. Martin Luther King once preached.

Just as important, I have been listening to what all Americans have to say. I will never compromise on my commitment to equal rights for all LGBT Americans. But neither will I close my ears to the voices of those who still need to be convinced. That is the work we must do to move forward together. It is difficult. It is challenging. And it is necessary.

Americans are yearning for leadership that can empower us to reach for what we know is possible. I believe that we can achieve the goal of full equality for the millions of LGBT people in this country. To do that, we need leadership that can appeal to the best parts of the human spirit. Join with me, and I will provide that leadership. Together, we will achieve real equality for all Americans, gay and straight alike.

 

Category: Don't Tell, Don't Ask, Homophobia, LGBT Community, Equal Rights, Civil Unions, Ending Hate Crimes, gender Identitiy, Support, Discrimination, Ending Discrimination, Same-Sex Couples, Gay and Lesbian | No Comments »

Anti-Bullying Law

May 3rd, 2008 by Admin

Equality Florida and the Safe Schools Coalition Celebrate Anti-Bullying Law Eight Years in the Making

Florida Becomes 36th State to Pass Anti-Bullying Law

After 8 years of effort on the part of hundreds of students, parents, educators and civil rights groups, The Florida Safe Schools Coalition celebrates the unanimous passage of a statewide anti-bullying bill.

According to Nadine Smith, Executive Director for Equality Florida, “The legislature has made clear that any school that fails to prevent and respond to anti-gay bullying and to protect every student will be in violation of this law and will face the consequences. We will hold them accountable.”

 

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Gay Youth Coming Out

April 9th, 2008 by Admin

More young people are coming out to themselves, earlier than ever before as gay and lesbian.  But this increasing awareness of their sexuality does not come without a host of problems.     Often they have to hide their sexual orientation from their peers, family members and others, which can leave them both socially and emotionally isolated.  Those who are not closeted may face discrimination, verbal or physical harassment.  That’s bad enough  but there seems to be an epidemic of homelessness among gay youth.  And recently ex-gay ministries have shifted their focus to young people.                                              So while coming out  is more prevalent today than it was 25 years ago, one thing hasn’t changed: the lives of gay youth can be difficult and challenging.      

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Stay tuned for the book “What the SCIENCE says - and Doesn’t Say - about Homosexuality

January 4th, 2008 by Admin

Stay tuned for the book “What the SCIENCE says - and Doesn’t Say - about Homosexuality: Research based answers to ten of the most commonly asked questions about gay men, lesbian women, and their families.” Simon LeVay, Ph.D., a neuroscientist and pioneer on the study of brain structures in sexual orientation, called it “A concise, accurate, and readable summary of scientific knowledge about homosexuality and gay people. This little booklet calmly and effectively demolishes the hateful myths and slurs spread by anti-gay forces in American society.” This new resource, which will serve as a companion piece to Dr. White’s “What the Bible says - and Doesn’t Say - about Homosexuality,” is at the printer now and will be available shortly after the holidays.

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The Rest of the Way: A Mother’s Journey

October 12th, 2007 by Admin

The Rest of the Way: A Mother’s Journey
a memoir of how a mother confronts the challenges that many parents face when hearing the news: I’m gay. While the book will help parents better accept having a gay child, it is not just a coming out story. It is also a story of personal transformation and reconciliation that examines the loss parents feel when finding out their child is gay. It goes into the whys and wherefores of the whole coming out experience in a way parents will relate to and ultimately help them accept their gay child.

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Welcome to the Gay and Lesbian Connection

October 11th, 2007 by Admin

Welcome to the Gay and Lesbian Connection for gays, their families and friends.  

My goal is to bring insight and understanding not only to the gay community but to “friends of the family” as well.
Many parents face a myriad of feelings when their child comes out.  They can’t understand how this could have happened to their family.  As a licensed mental health counselor and the mother of a gay son I am deeply committed to helping parents resolve their issues with their gay children. 

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