Federal judge rules Florida’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional


Tallahassee – A federal district judge has ruled that the 2008 voter-approved constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. “The decision does have statewide implications, however it was immediately stayed immediately pending expected appeals,” said Baylor Johnson, American Civil Liberties Union spokesperson. He said the judge ordered the stay in his ruling, which is the result of two lawsuits. One, filed by the ACLU on behalf of eight married same-sex couples and SAVE, a South Florida LGBT rights organization, fought for the marriage recognition for gay couples legally married out-of-state. The other lawsuit was filed in Jacksonville on behalf of two couples, one who wants to get married and one who wants their marriage recognized in the state of Florida. The Aug. 21 ruling by U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle applies to the granting of marriage licenses to same-sex couples in Florida and the recognition of marriage for couples legally married out-of-state, according to the ACLU.


Tampa Tribune Pulls "Repugnant" Anti-Gay Column

Written by Media Matters | Joe Strupp 3 hours 24 mins ago

The Tampa Tribune has pulled a controversial column that alleged Disney is indoctrinating children with its "pro-gay agenda." The column, which was highlighted by Media Matters, had also drawn criticism from gay rights activists and Florida journalists. On August 11, Douglas MacKinnon, who is listed on the since-pulled column as "Tribune staff," argued that Disney has been engaged in an underhanded effort to wrongly "indoctrinate" children. He also contended the company is trying to subtly push an agenda through its children's programming. The piece, titled, "Disney's pro-gay agenda is disturbing," quoted an anonymous "former Disney executive" saying, "the company has taken direct aim at children to indoctrinate them about gay lifestyles and gay marriage through shows it airs on The Disney Channel and Disney XD." MacKinnon later added: The former executive said one of the more subtle techniques is to incorporate the colors of the gay-pride flag in as many shots as possible. The colors are woven in as a wink and nod to the gay community and show up on shirts, hats, posters, stacked cups and rings. The practice has been picked up by other children's networks and national advertisers. Disney also pushes the gay agenda by introducing openly gay characters and couples on its children's programing. Again, that is their right, but should they be in the business of entertaining children or indoctrinating them?


Tyler Oakley, Hannah Hart to Present Google With GLAAD Award

The tech giant is being honored for its LGBT advocacy at the GLAAD Gala San Francisco. BY Daniel Reynolds August 21 2014 3:54 PM ET Hannah Hart and Tyler Oakley Google is going to get an award from GLAAD. The tech giant, along with its video-sharing subsidiary YouTube, will be honored at the GLAAD Gala San Francisco: Game Changers event, set for September 13. The companies will receive the LGBT media advocacy groups’s inaugural Ric Weiland Award, which is named after the gay technology pioneer who was among the first employees at Microsoft. Weiland went on to become a notable philanthropist for LGBT causes, and the award honors his spirit of making change in the digital age.


Cuomo calls on N.Y. legislature to outlaw gender identity discrimination

DAVID KLEPPER | Associated Press Share on facebook7 Share on twitter28 Share on reddit More Sharing Services Thursday, August 21, 2014 0 Comments ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling on the state to outlaw discrimination against transgender people, saying gender identity and expression should be included in the state’s civil rights law alongside race, religion and disability. AP Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) In a letter to the Empire State Pride Agenda dated Tuesday, Cuomo said transgender people face significant discrimination, citing surveys that show three-fourths of transgender New Yorkers experience workplace harassment or mistreatment. “It is not who we are as New Yorkers to permit this type of pervasive discrimination to continue,” he said. “New York is a place where our differences are celebrated.” Cuomo said that if he is elected to a second term this fall, he will push to outlaw discrimination based on a person’s gender identity or expression when it comes to things like housing, employment and public accommodations. The state already prohibits discrimination based on race, religion, disability and gender. Legislation that would add gender identity and expression to the list has passed the state Assembly but not the Senate. Empire State Pride Agenda, an organization that advocates for gay and transgender rights, released the letter from Cuomo on Thursday, the same day it announced it was endorsing him for a second term. It applauded his work to pass gay marriage and rescind a policy that required transgender people to offer proof of surgery when they ask to change the gender on their birth certificates.


Congress Members Blocked From Wikipedia After Lawmakers Make Several Transphobic Edits

An anonymous Internet troll presumably working in the House has made more than a few transphobic edits to popular pages on Wikipedia, forcing the company to effectively ban all anonymous users in the Capitol from creating or editing content on the website. The Hill reports that disgruntled Wikipedia community moderators took issue with the repeat offender this week after he or she edited the page for the Netflix drama “Orange Is the New Black”, changing a description of Emmy-nominated actress Laverne Cox from “a real transgender woman” to “a real man pretending to be a woman.” This is the third time this summer that such edits have been made from a specific IP address linked to the House of Representatives.


Chip Sarafin among 5 walk-ons put on scholarship by ASU

Tyler Lockman FOX Sports Arizona AUG 20, 2014 8:07p ET

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State on Wednesday gave five walk-ons the signing day they never had, putting them on full scholarships. Redshirt junior safety Jordan Simone, redshirt sophomore receiver Fred Gammage, redshirt senior offensive lineman Chip Sarafin, redshirt junior linebacker Jason Franklin and redshirt freshman linebacker Brandon Mathews all received scholarships in a ceremony in front of the whole team. Sarafin, in his fifth year at ASU, made national headlines last week when he came out as gay, becoming Division I football's first active openly gay player. Sarafin was the team's only fifth-year walk-on. Sarafin admits he had days toiling on the scout team where he wasn't sure it was worth it anymore but always remembered the commitment he made. "When I chose to come to ASU, I came here for the long haul," Sarafin said. "It wasn't a question of getting a scholarship or not. Obviously that was a goal I had, but in the long run I was devoted to the program, and I was going to stay here until my time was up or until somebody dragged me away." http://www.foxsports.com/arizona/story/asu-awards-scholarships-to-five-walk-ons-082014 Redshirt senior offensive lineman Chip Sarafin was in the news last week when he became the first active college football player to be openly gay.
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“A Vast Expanse: Landscapes from the Collection of the Appleton Museum of Art”




College of Central Florida Webber Gallery, 3001 S.W. College Road, Ocala. Admission is free.


“A Vast Expanse” runs through Sept. 5. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is closed Saturdays, Sundays and college holidays. For more information call 352-873-5809.



Appleton to Showcase 8 Florida Artists in 2014 Biennial


‎OPENS July 19th

The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, will highlight eight of Florida’s most creative installation artists when its 2014 Biennial "Outside the Box" opens Saturday, July 19.

The Florida artists chosen to exhibit are: Michael Bauman and Kate Helms of Tampa, Zach Gilliland of Sarasota, Terri Lindbloom of Tallahassee, Patricia Schnall Guttierez of Miami, Rick Herzog of Sarasota, Judith Salmon of St. Petersburg and Mikaela Williams of Tampa.

The seven pieces in the juried exhibition range from a vast wall of ivy constructed from vinyl, mirrors, wood and steel to a multi-media installation addressing the human experience in the digital age.

The biennial was juried by Dr. Matthew McLendon, curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, under the aegis of Florida State University.

Awards for the biennial will be announced at the opening reception July 19, from 5-8 p.m. Museum visitors will vote for People’s Choice, which will be awarded after the exhibition closes.
This opening reception, hosted by the museum’s young members group, The Studio, is free and open to the public.

In addition to temporary exhibitions, the Appleton Museum of Art presents a permanent collection of European, American and contemporary art, plus Asian, African, Islamic and pre-Columbian artifacts and antiquities. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday and closed on Monday, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Owned and operated by College of Central Florida, the Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, east of downtown on SR40 (exit 352 east off I-75 or exit 268 west off I-95). Free parking is available. For more information call the Appleton Museum of Art at 352-291-4455 or visit

CF Webber Gallery Presents 'A Vast Expanse' July 10

"A Vast Expanse: Landscapes from the Collection of the Appleton Museum of Art" opens Thursday, July 10, at the College of Central Florida Webber Gallery, 3001 S.W. College Road, Ocala. Admission is free.

Tyrus Clutter, assistant professor of Art and Art History at CF, curated the exhibition.

"The tradition of the landscape in art has ancient roots," said Clutter, who previously curated two exhibitions at the Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida. "Though the images in the exhibition are all from the 20th century, they explore the various dimensions of that tradition over time. All the works are completed through printmaking processes and reveal a great variety of modes of landscape: night scenes, beach scenes, snowscapes and conceptual works."

"A Vast Expanse" runs through Sept. 5. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is closed Saturdays, Sundays and college holidays. For more information call 352-873-5809.


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