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Delray Beach Moves Forward
with LGBT-Inclusive Civil Rights
(SFGN) At Friday's meeting the Delray Beach City
Commission unanimously voted to enact an ordinance
that would include gender identity, expression, and
sexual orientation among the statuses protected against
discrimination. The final hearing on the ordinance is set
for July 7. If it passes, Delray Beach will join seventeen other
Florida municipalities - Atlantic Beach, Boynton Beach,
Dunedin, Gainesville, Greenacres, Gulfport, Key West,
Lake Worth, Leesburg, Miami, Miami Beach, Oakland Park,
Orlando, Tampa, Venice, West Palm Beach and Wilton Manors
- which have enacted LGBT-inclusive municipal civil rights
"While the nation is rapidly moving forward on recognizing
lesbian and gay relationships, Florida still lacks any statewide
laws providing equal protection to LGBT Floridians," said
Rand Hoch, President and Founder of the Palm Beach County
Human Rights Council. "Therefore, until Congress or the
Florida Legislature take action, local LGBT advocacy rights
organizations such as PBCHRC must continue to work with
county and municipal leaders to protect our community form
The trend is receiving as much support from local leaders
as it is backlash.
"Making gay a protected class is making us more like North
Korea. Day is soon coming when we will realize we have made
an enormous mistake," tweeted John Stemberger, head of
Florida Family Policy Council and leader of "On My Honor,"
an organization formed to fight against an inclusive Boy
Cutting-Edge Hepatitis Surveillance
Tools Enhance Reporting in Fla.
(DOH) Hepatitis C in Florida continues to be a public health
concern requiring a comprehensive statewide approach.
Since 2011, as part of an enhanced surveillance project for
hepatitis, the Florida Department of Health has developed
surveillance tools to take advantage of the availability
of electronic laboratory results and has since processed
approximately 650,000 electronic laboratory results for
hepatitis in 2014. This enhancement has improved the
quality of reporting, while reducing reporting time across the
state. As the department continues to educate, assess, and
ultimately prevent hepatitis morbidity throughout the state,
further enhancements to the hepatitis surveillance system
will target improved linkage of hepatitis clients to care.
The Florida Department of Health has launched a new
webpage to provide educational materials regarding this
disease. The webpage (http://bit.ly/1H83gQg) contains
background information on the disease, downloadable
broadcast-quality video and a "frequently asked questions"
section. The department encourages Florida residents learn
about hepatitis C and to take the proper precautions to protect
New York State Fair to Have First-
Ever Pride Day
(AP) The New York State Fair is getting its first-ever pride
day.Gov. Andrew Cuomo says a celebration of New York's LGBT
community will take place on Friday, August 28 to formalize
what has been an informal gathering at the fair by members
of the LGBT community.
Pride Day at the Fair will begin with the raising of the
Rainbow Flag at the Main Gate of the Fairgrounds. It will be
followed by a day-long information fair linking fairgoers to
The day will conclude with a free concert by Grammy-
Award-winning singer Melissa Etheridge, who has
campaigned for LGBT equality since coming out in 1993.
The state fair runs from August 27 to September 7.
Citing Boycott, Ascension Party
Leaves Fire Island for Mykonos
(EDGE) The drama in Fire Island Pines now officially spans
The Ascension Party, a staple of the circuit scene for nine
years, is packing up and leaving Fire Island Pines and traveling
to Mykonos this August, citing the recent boycott against
OUTpost Fire Island Pines properties as the impetus for the
A post on the Ascension Facebook page in part reads:
On Wednesday evening, August 19, 2015, Ascension is going
to RISE on the beach at Cavo Paradiso in Mykonos Greece!
Thanks to the invitation and enthusiastic support of its
producers, Ascension is going to be this year's opening night
event of XLsior Mykonos, the award-winning weekend long
celebration that attracts tens of thousands of people from
around (sic) all over the world to that other magical island in
the Aegean Sea.
The announcement marks the second time the Ascension
Party has changed dates and venues for its 2015 edition.
Prior to the move to Mykonos, Ascension's producers
announced that the party, long held in the middle of August,
would be moved to Labor Day weekend. The move angered
fans of the party, many of whom arranged for their house
share weekends to coincide with the original date.
Although there was immediate speculation surrounding
the motivation behind the move to Mykonos, suspicions
were put to rest Friday morning when Ascension's producer,
Eric Von Kuersteiner announced his reasons for moving the
party via post on the closed Facebook group "Free" Fire Island
Pines. In the post, Von Kuersteiner cites the recent boycott of
the OUTpost Fire Island Pines properties that arose when one
of its partners, Ian Reisner, co-hosted an ersatz fund raising
party for anti-gay GOP hopeful Ted Cruz at his Manhattan
home in June.
Compiled by Jillian Melero
Pedestrian Killed in Wilton
(BSO) 64 year old Frederick Alan Mende was fatally
injured while crossing Dixie Highway last Wednesday
night. Mende was crossing west to east along the 2800
block of Dixie Highway when officers report Mende
stepped into the path of a black four door jeep driven
by 50 year old Nancy Korn-Zelch. Korn-Zelch placed
the call to 911. Oakland Park Fire Rescue transported
Mende to Broward Health Medical where he was later
pronounced dead. BSO Traffic Homicide does not
believe speed was a factor in the accident.
Photo: Ascension Party.
Photo: Kai Brinker.
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