Three Hungarian nationals are facing sex trafficking charges after authorities say they lured young gay Hungarian men to South Florida and forced them into prostitution. WTVJ-TV reports that the suspected ringleaders — Gabor Acs, Viktor Berki and Andras Janos Vass — were charged in Miami-Dade state court with human trafficking…
A Florida man is in custody for the murder of a transgender woman who was found burned to death last month.
One company towed more than 100 cars and violated several laws, targeting LGBT drivers at Gay Days in Orlando this summer.
Yaz’min Shancez’s remains were found behind a Fort Myers, Fla., dumpster. Police remain without leads.
The City of Miami Beach will be the first municipality in Florida to offer transgender benefits to city employees. The city commission voted unanimously last week to offer the coverage, which takes effect in October.
Organizations say insurance carriers violate federal discrimination laws by placing HIV drugs in categories with excessive co-pays and deductibles.
The Florida Republican’s comments have ensnared Governor Rick Scott politically.
As proponents of non-discrimination protections for LGBT workers seek ways to institute them at the federal level, one Florida Republican is throwing cold water on one means of advancing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), an original co-sponsor of ENDA in the U.S. House, said through a spokesperson that she would not sign a discharge petition to force House leadership to move the bill to the floor.
“Rep. Ros-Lehtinen will not be signing a discharge petition as it is a partisan political tool,” said Keith Fernandez, a Ros-Lehtinen spokesperson.
The Washington Blade reached out to all seven Republican co-sponsors of ENDA in the U.S. House to ask whether they’d be willing to sign a discharge petition, but Ros-Lehtinen’s office was the only one that responded. In addition to Ros-Lehtinen, the Republican co-sponsors are Reps. Richard Hanna (N.Y.), Charlie Dent (Pa.), Jon Runyan (N.J.), Michael Grimm (N.Y.), Michael Coffman (Colo.) and Chris Gibson (N.Y.). Ros-Lehtinen’s refusal to sign a discharge petition for ENDA means that the potential procedural move is almost certainly doomed. A discharge petition requires 218 signatures to move a bill forward, which is the same as the number of votes required to pass a bill in the House.
A Florida man faces ten counts of attempted second-degree murder and one count of arson for allegedly attempting to burn and kill a lesbian couple and their eight children.
Orlando’s Walt Disney World has severed funding to the Boy Scouts’ Central Florida Council because of the BSA’s ban on gay leaders.
by Cristan Williams
Recently, an equality effort in Florida was defeated by appealing to the ‘trans people = rape’ meme. As it turned out, appealing to this meme was deliberate and is, in fact, part of a curriculum currently being taught to anti-LGBT activists. The TransAdvocate obtained audio from one of the training sessions given by the Christian Family Association (CFC) on October 5th, shortly after their successful defeat of a Florida equality measure that included trans people.
The curriculum taught at this training camp was developed and successfully used by the following coalition of anti-LGBT groups:
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Mark Betterson, a senior at East Lee County High School in Lehigh Acres, Florida, was suspended for 10 days for trying to stop a fellow student from gay-bashing another classmate.
The White House has thrown in the towel in trying to confirm William Thomas to a federal court seat in Florida, signaling an end to a puzzling case of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) blocking his own judicial nominee. In a pile of about 200 nominees President Barack Obama resubmitted to the Senate at the start of the year, Thomas was noticeably absent.