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trans activist michaela mendelsohn
Joins Board of trevor project
(EDGE) After competing in the Ms.
Senior California Pageant and serving as a
consultant to Jenji Kohan in the development
of Laverne Cox’s character on “Orange is the
New Black,” most people would be content
to rest on their laurels. But not Michaeala
Mendelsohn. This beauty dove right in to
the important work of keeping our LGBT
youth safe, becoming the first transgender
board member of The Trevor Project.
And it wasn’t just for show; this Southern
Californian parent of three grown children
(plus a two-year-old son with her partner
Carmel) recently accepted a position with
Trevor, and is on three standing committees
there: Finance, Programming and Board
Development. She brings with her the
experience gained as a businesswoman with
over 40 years of entrepreneurial leadership
experience, currently serving as the CEO
of Pollo West Corp, one of the largest
franchisees for El Pollo Loco restaurant in
the Western Region of the United States.
Mendelsohn also part of their Southern
Initiative, studying ways to introduce The
Trevor Project’s services in the South,
where the cultural and religious divide is a
major barrier. Mendelsohn also works with
the California Trans Workplace Project,
forming a coalition with several other
organizations, to promote transgender
Compiled by Jillian Melero
Bears of South Florida give back to
(BOSFL) At the recent Bears of South Florida annual
holiday dinner held in the Pride Center, over 100 BOSFL
members and guests gathered to celebrate the holiday season
and donate to other local LGBT nonprofit organizations.
This year the Bears of South Florida donated to four local
groups, including, Island City Stage, the Pride Center at
Equality Park, the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida and the
Food Pantry of Broward Country.
The Bears of South Florida also collected Teddy Bears, in
collaboration with the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida,
for distribution to kids in the hospital thru the Broward
County Pediatric Auxiliary.
Throughout the year, BOSFL holds fundraising events
and donates the net proceeds to benefit local LGBT and ally
For more information, visit BOSFL.Org or contact Harvey
Shapiro, Director at 740.504.4050
Alabama County Resumes Issuing
Officials in Alabama’s Mobile County say marriage license
operations have resumed despite an order from state
Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore saying judges have a
“ministerial duty” not to issue licenses to gay couples.
After Moore issued the order Wednesday, several probate
judges suspended license operations for all couples and
Mobile County Probate Court Chief Clerk Joe McEarchern
Jr. said the county’s marriage license window reopened
Friday morning “based on further review of what the law is.”
Madison and Lawrence counties had also suspended
marriage license operations, but resumed Thursday after
getting advice from legal counsel.
Moore has denied that he is defying the U.S. Supreme
Court’s ruling last June effectively legalizing gay marriage
nationwide. He said he’s simply trying to address confusion
over conflicting orders between state and federal courts.
High Court Rejects Appeal over
Same-Sex Parental Rights
(AP) The Supreme Court won’t hear an appeal from a
woman who claims Florida’s previous ban on same-sex
marriage deprived her of the same parenting rights as
The justices on Monday let stand a lower court ruling that
said Peggy Willis had no parental rights to a child conceived
by her former partner.
Willis and Anne Marie Mobley were in an 11-year
relationship, but never married. They agreed to raise a child
together, and Mobley gave birth after being inseminated
with donor semen purchased over the Internet.
The relationship ended when the child turned one. A
Florida state court threw out Willis’ claim to parental rights.
Willis said the ruling violated her constitutional rights
because the Supreme Court last year overturned state bans
on same-sex marriage.
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