Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus Statement on Boy Scouts of America

The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus applauds and celebrates the decision by the Boy Scouts of America National Executive Board to end the blanket ban on LGBT adult leadership.

The 45-12 vote confirms the unanimous vote by the BSA National Executive Committee two weeks ago to allow local Scout units to select adult leaders without regard to sexual orientation.  Two years ago, the BSA voted to remove the ban on openly gay scouts.

Some religious organizations that sponsor troops have expressed negative reactions and the BSA has pledged to defend the right of any religious-sponsored united to continue to excluding LGBT adults.  The Caucus joins with our partners the Human Rights Campaign in calling for the Boy Scouts of America to show leadership and establish a full national policy of inclusion to ensure that LGBT parents of current and future Boy Scouts can fully participate in their sons’ lives regardless of what entity sponsors their troop.

Adam Hunt: Mean Girls, Caitlyn Jenner and the Responsibility of Being a Trans Ally

The enemy is the same ignorance and hate that leads to transphobia, racism and misogyny. It's the same ignorance that causes us to jump to defend our mistakes, rather than attempt to understand why or how we could be wrong. It's the same hate that drives people to inexplicably murder another person they deem as other, or wrong, or perverted, or less-than.

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Dana Beyer: The Equality Act, Part One — Introduction

Last Thursday Senate and House Democrats, 205 in all, introduced the Equality Act (S.1858/H.R.3185). Like ENDA since 2009, it is fully inclusive, covering gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. That is today's reality, and will not be a bargaining chip.

Read more: Marriage Equality, Equality Act, Enda, Civil Rights, LGBT Rights, Transgender, Gay Voices News

5 Things 60-Somethings Can Learn From Caitlyn Jenner

1. It's never too late to be who you are or chase a dream.
Caitlyn is 65 and just transitioned with the whole world watching. So, is it really...

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Caitlyn Jenner: A Tremendous Problem Facing The Trans Community

My brother died in a car crash when he was 18 and my family never really recovered from it. I can't begin to imagine the Prescott family's pain. We live in a world that makes it very, very difficult to be trans.

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An All-Transgender Modeling Agency Is Coming To Los Angeles

Transgender supermodel Andreja Pejic may soon be getting a whole modeling agency's worth of competition.
Thailand's leading Apple Model...

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Terri Lee Ryan: Are There Too Many Transgender TV Shows?

Are we in the TG community attempting to force acceptance through highly scripted and well-staged reality shows that may or may not be representing the majority of the TG community?

Read more: Trangender, Trangender Issues, Caitlyn Jenner, Crossdressing, Transgender, Gay Voices News

Sean Cahill, Ph.D.: What We’re Looking for Over the Next Five Years of National HIV/AIDS Strategy

Since 2010 we have made incredible strides toward those goals, and we have addressed some of the structural drivers that make Black Americans, gay and bisexual men, and transgender women disproportionately vulnerable to HIV infection.

Read more: HIV/AIDS, National AIDS Strategy, Office of National AIDS Policy, Sex, Transgender, Gay Voices News

Jules Horowitz: Why Trans People Need To Be Involved In Telling Trans Stories

It is exciting to see our stories being told and winning awards, but should we be concerned that transgender people have little involvement in the story telling?

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Register Now for the 2015 Summer Membership Meeting

The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus’s Summer Membership Meeting is set for August 22, 2015, in Tampa, Florida, in conjunction with our Summer Gala!  The membership meeting will include continued development of the Caucus’s Strategic Plan, including Caucus plans for the 2016 elections.  We will also have a membership roundtable and networking session on Sunday morning,   Here is the preliminary agenda.

August 22, 2015
12:00pm – 4:00pm
DoubleTree Hotel – Tampa Westshore
4500 Cypress Road
Tampa, FL 33604

Attendance to the Membership Meeting is free. However, admission to the Summer Gala requires a ticket. Click here to purchase a ticket to the Summer Gala.

Hotel Reservations
A special room rate has been established at the host hotel. To make your reservation, visit the hotel website using this link and enter group code FDC before Saturday, July 25th. Alternatively, you may make your reservation over the phone by calling (855) 610-TREE.

Membership Meeting Registration

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