LGBTI News and Politics

 | Truth Wins Out | May 19, 2015

Conversion (aka reparative) therapy is on the long, arduous road to extinction in America because to label it “therapy” is a misnomer.

All leading mental health associations have emphatically declared that gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people are mentally sound. Yet, conversion therapists conversion 3brazenly, and without evidence or peer reviewed studies, claim that homosexuality and transgenderism are pathologies that can be treated – for a substantial fee.

With no basis in science, the goal of conversion therapy isn’t to change one’s sexual orientation, which is not possible. Its real purpose is to co-opt medical language to offer a psychotherapeutic veneer to theologically based animus. The raw hatred is evident when conversion therapists talk about their clients.

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 | Raw Story | May 20, 2015

A Christian college in Texas has threatened to punish LGBT students who engage in same-sex dating or students who publicly express support for marriage equality.

Outsports reported that LeTourneau University in Longview had recently targeted gay students by adding new language to its student-athlete handbook, which bears the NCAA logo.

“Consistent with our desire to celebrate and model a Scriptural approach to sexuality;, the University prohibits same-sex dating behaviors and public advocacy for the position that sex outside of a biblically-defined marriage is morally acceptable,” the handbook now reads.

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PublRT News | May 20, 2015

Collecting too much data is a very real threat to national security, and what the NSA is doing no exception, according to Daniel Schuman, policy director of Demand Progress. Telling RT’s Ben Swann how the government’s mass surveillance practices undermine civil liberties and potentially safety, Schuman dives into the details of the proposed reform measures now under consideration.

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GRANT SCHULTE | Yahoo News | May 20, 2015

Governor says Nebraska has ordered new death penalty drugs

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers gave final approval on Wednesday to a bill abolishing the death penalty that would make it the first conservative state to do so since 1973 if the measure becomes law.

The vote margin in the unicameral Legislature was more than enough to override a promised veto from Gov. Pete Ricketts, a supporter of capital punishment. Ricketts, a Republican, said the vote represented a “dark day” for public safety.

“Nebraska has a chance to step into history — the right side of history — to take a step that will be beneficial toward the advancement of a civilized society,” said Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha, an independent who has fought for four decades to end the death penalty.

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Wednesday, May 13 at 7 pm   Like us on Facebook
Lesléa Newman presents October Mourning: 
A Song For Matthew Shepard
Author Presentation and Book Signing

Stonewall Museum – Wilton Manors Gallery

2157 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, Free
Lesléa Newman is the author of 65 books for readers of all ages, including the recently re-released 25th anniversary edition of Heather Has Two Mommies.

Signed copies will be available for sale.

October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard, a novel in verse, is Lesléa Newman’s deeply felt response to the events of that tragic day. Using her poetic imagination, the author creates fictitious monologues from various points of view, including the fence Matthew was tied to, the stars that watched over him, the deer that kept him company, and Matthew himself. More than a decade later, this stunning cycle of sixty-eight poems serves as a powerful, enduring tribute to Matthew Shepard’s life.



Saturday, May 16 from 7 – 10 pmLike us on Facebook
Art Walk On Wilton Drive

Stonewall Museum – Wilton Manors Gallery

2157 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, Free

The Snow Birds are leaving – and Stonewall Gallery is proud to be the featured gallery with a special mixer in celebration of the closing of the Art Walk on Wilton Drive this season!


Free admission and festive offerings along Wilton Drive and throughout Wilton

“Rebecca and Mary” Photography by Carolyn Sherer
Manors. Learn more at


On the Gallery walls until June 28

Living In Limbo: Lesbian Families In The Deep South Photography by Carolyn Sherer

Thursday, May 21 at 7 pmLike us on Facebook
SAVING FACE – Stonewall Movie Series

Stonewall National Library and ArtServe Auditorium

1300 East Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Free

Hosted by Larry Ferber, director of The Living Room film series in Boca Raton. Light refreshments before the film.
For 28-year-old New Yorker Wilhelmina “Wil” Pang, life is a juggling act between a promising career as a surgeon and her responsibilities as a dutiful daughter. The expectations of Flushing, Queens society she is from and the lesbian desires that alienate her from it have made Wil content to live below the surface–even if it means playing an inadvertent game of charades with her widowed mother.

The masquerade is comic even as Wil tolerates Ma’s weekly set ups with eligible Chinese-American boys; but it quickly becomes a farce when Ma’s mask cracks open first. One night, Wil comes home to find Ma on her doorstep–pregnant. Disgraced by the Chinese community, and with no where else to go, Ma moves in with her daughter, making it difficult for Wil to nurture a budding relationship with gorgeous dancer Vivian. As Wil’s skillfully compartmentalized worlds collide, Will must choose between breaking a cycle of keeping up appearances, or risk losing the girl she loves.


Now on Exhibit Until June 28
Living In Limbo: Lesbian Families In The Deep South, photography by Carolyn Sherer
Stonewall Museum – Wilton Manors Gallery
2157 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, Free

“Anonymous Family” Photography by Carolyn Shere
Carolyn Sherer’s Living in Limbo images honor the complexities of lesbian family life in the South, providing an intimate view of a population that has been largely has been invisible and under represented in public art. What do contemporary lesbian relationships look like in Birmingham, Alabama? The featured families include diverse races, socioeconomic circumstances, and age, and the large-scale photographic portraits reflect the complex reality of an invisible class of Americans. 
Exhibition Sponsors
Kenneth J. Tewel, Sue Wilder


Join Our Volunteer Team!

Stonewall National Museum & Archives depends on an active and enthusiastic team of volunteers. Stonewall has a variety of volunteer opportunities at Stonewall Gallery, at Stonewall Library or in the Stonewall Archives. Whether you volunteer with a friend or make a new friend at Stonewall, please consider spending time with in support of our mission to preserve and share the proud culture of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their significant role in American society.
For more information, please call (954) 763-8565


Presented with generous support from:
Funding for this organization is provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council.
Stonewall National Library & Archives
1300 East Sunrise Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Hours: Mon – Fri 11 am – 8 pm, Sat 10 am – 5 pm, Closed Sundays
Stonewall National Museum – Wilton Manors Gallery
2157 Wilton Drive
Wilton Manors, FL 33305
Hours: Tue – Sun 2 pm – 10 pm, Closed Mondays 

Former troops march with a group representing LGBT military veterans in a Veterans Day parade in Boston.

Former troops march with a group representing LGBT military veterans in a Veterans Day parade. (Photograph: Steven Senne/AP)


Chicago-area cemetery to host Memorial Day unveiling ceremony as veterans prepare: ‘I never believed anything like this could’ve happened’

A monument dedicated to LGBT veterans will be unveiled in a national cemetery near Chicago on Memorial Day, in a celebration of the first federally approved monument to LGBT veterans.

A black granite slab flanked by two blocks of pale granite, the monument will feature the five seals of the military’s main branches – the army, navy, marine corps, coast guard and air force – as well as the the emblem of the merchant marines.

The memorial was planned by the Chicago chapter of the American Veterans for Equal Rights (Aver) and approved in November by the interim undersecretary of memorial affairs for the Department of Veterans Affairs, Ronald E Walters. Cemetery office supervisor Lynne Phelan said it is, to the best of her knowledge, the first such approved monument.

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