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West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio places travel ban on city-funded trips to Indiana


For immediate release on March 31, 2015

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Mayor Jeri Muoio
City of West Palm Beach
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Judge Rand Hoch (retired), 
PBCHRC President and
Founder

Media Release West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio
places travel ban on  city-funded trips to Indiana

West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio places travel ban on city-funded trips to Indiana

(West Palm Beach, Florida) — In the wake of Indiana’s passage of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio became the first mayor in Florida to place a travel ban on city-funded trips to Indiana.

“For more than two decades, West Palm Beach has been in the forefront, protecting the civil rights and ensuring equality for the LGBT community,” said Muoio. “Until Indiana’s discriminatory law is amended or repealed, West Palm Beach taxpayers will not subsidize legally-sanctioned discrimination against LGBT people.”

Mayor Muoio took this action at yesterday’s City Commission meeting at the request of the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council, a local civil rights organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.

“Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act sanctions outright discrimination against LGBT people,” said retired judge Rand Hoch, President and Founder of the Human Rights Council.  “We commend Mayor Muoio for putting her strong beliefs against bigotry into action by prohibiting taxpayer dollarsbeing used in Indiana.”

Similar travel bans have been put into place by states of Connecticut and Washington, as well as the cities of Portland, Seattle and San Francisco.

Muoio’s concern goes beyond the her own city.

“The U.S. Conference of Mayors is scheduled to meet in Indianapolis next year,” explained Muoio.  “If Indiana’s law is not changed, I am going to ask the Conference to move the meeting to a more accepting locale.”

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West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio
places travel ban on city-funded trips to Indiana

March 31, 2015

In the wake of Indiana’s passage of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio became the first mayor in Florida to place a travel ban on city-funded trips to Indiana.

“For more than two decades, West Palm Beach has been in the forefront, protecting the civil rights and ensuring equality for the LGBT community,” said Muoio. “Until Indiana’s discriminatory law is amended or repealed, West Palm Beach taxpayers will not subsidize legally-sanctioned discrimination against LGBT people.”

Mayor Muoio took this action at yesterday’s City Commission meeting at the request of the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council, a local civil rights organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.

“Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act
sanctions outright discrimination against LGBT people,” said retired judge Rand Hoch, President and Founder of the Human Rights Council.  “We commend Mayor Muoio for putting her strong beliefs against bigotry into action by prohibiting taxpayer dollarsbeing used in Indiana.”

Similar travel bans have been put into place by states of Connecticut and Washington, as well as the cities of Portland, Seattle and San Francisco.

Muoio’s concern goes beyond the her own city.

“The U.S. Conference of Mayors is scheduled to meet in Indianapolis next year,” explained Muoio.  “If Indiana’s law is not changed, I am going to ask the Conference to move the meeting to a more accepting locale.”

Wedding for Asylum Seeking African Lesbian Couple at San Francisco City Hall


Originally posted on O-blog-dee-o-blog-da:

Calling on San Francisco and U.S.A. LGBT community for support as persecuted lesbian couple seeking asylum plan their marriage

By Melanie Nathan, March 30, 2015

Mari and Cara watch on at San Francisco City as another couple gets married Mari and Cara watch on at San Francisco City as another couple gets married

After years on the run a young lesbian couple from an African country, surviving terrifying persecution, miraculously made their way to San Francisco where they are seeking asylum.  They will no longer be waiting in the wings as their dream to marry will soon be realized.

The lesbian couple from Angola, who fled for their lives back in 2012, finally made their way to the United States, after years in limbo and a long harrowing journey. While seeking asylum, they are planning a wedding at San Francisco City Hall, for later in April. They may be the first asylum seeking lesbian couple to marry at San Francisco City Hall.

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Health professionals call for radical changes as HIV outbreak in Indiana hits ‘epidemic proportions’


A syringe is pictured along West Main Street in Scott County Picture: Christopher Fryer

A syringe is pictured along West Main Street in Scott County Picture: Christopher Fryer

MATTHEW DUNN | Herald Sun | March 30, 2015

State health officials from Scott County have recorded 81 HIV positive cases, including 74 confirmed cases and another 7 preliminary cases in the last several months.

The outbreak has been blamed on the counties widespread drug abuse and insufficient public health system.

As one of the more poverty stricken parts of the country, the rural area has long struggled with heroin addiction.

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Teen boys more homophobic than general population and new campaign aims to turn the tide


 

Worrying trend ... teenage boys are more homophobic than the general population, a distur

Worrying trend … teenage boys are more homophobic than the general population, a disturbing study has revealed.

Sue Dunlevy | Herald Sun | March 30, 2015

FOUR in ten teenage boys wouldn’t welcome a gay person into their friendship group even though they know discrimination can lead to depression.

An alarming new study for beyondblue has found young males hold more homophobic attitudes than the general public.

More than half (58 per cent) of the 304 teenage boys surveyed by global marketing company TNS for beyondblue recall someone being bullied over their sexuality.

And three quarters said they had heard the term ‘gay’ being used to described something disliked.

One in five boys aged 14-17 say they found it hard to treat gay people in the same was as everyone else.

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Judge In Texas Blocks Federal Rules Expanding Medical Leave Benefits To Gay Couples


 

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge in Texas has blocked temporarily federal rules that would have expanded medical leave benefits to some gay couples

In a 24-page ruling filed Thursday in Wichita Falls, Texas, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor granted a preliminary injunction that stays expansion of the definition of “spouse” under the Family and Medical Leave Act to include same-sex couples.

Texas filed suit last week to block Friday’s implementation of the change.

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Indiana’s bigotry: Celebrities, companies and politicians react


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A lot of people are pissed at Indiana’s new “religious freedom” bill.

| Metro Weekly | March 27, 2015

Signed into law by Governor Mike Pence (R) yesterday, it allows business owners to discriminate against LGBT people for religious reasons. Yes, Indiana’s religious bigots are now free to kick you out of their stores, restaurants and bars, or refuse your cake order, wedding ring purchase or choice of venue, all thanks to Governor Pence and the state’s Republican-dominated General Assembly.

Unsurprisingly, the new law hasn’t gone down well. Business leaders, politicians and celebrities have taken to social media and issued statements decrying the law — which could ultimately have huge ramifications for Indiana’s economy, if boycotts and severed business relationships have an effect.

We’ve gathered together some of the best reactions, so scroll down and enjoy the overwhelming support for LGBT freedom and equality, from Hillary Clinton, Tim Cook, Miley Cyrus, Audra McDonald and more.

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