BREAKING: Miami-Dade County Judge Finds Marriage Equality Ban Unconstitutional in Florida

10516804_10153215216987137_4086900624081150617_nMiami-Dade court case ALSO comes out striking down the ban on marriage equality in Florida! That’s 2 for 2. Immediate stay on the ruling though as we go to District 3 court for a statewide fight!

While The Center is going through many changes; the one thing that remains a constant is our passion for Equality. We all work hard to bring the best possible services to the community, and at The Center we are a cog in the greater machine. We are rebuilding many bridges and committing ourselves to build the best community for Orlando, it is not always easy but never has our fight been easy. We take the challenges thrown at us and we come out fighting.

The state, nation and the world is ready for change and we are right there working with our partners here to make it happen. The USA is seen as a world leader in many areas but marriage Equality has been lacking!  However, we know that with our determination and hard work we can and are making this change. We do not have a choice; we live it every day and work hard to make ourselves heard. This is not just about a court case it is about advancing equality and society for the future!  A future where everyone can feel and BE equal!  Let us all celebrate and keep working for change!

 

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THE CENTER GREATLY REDUCES ITS DEBT SERVICE ALLOWING EXPANSION OF NEW AND EXISTING PROGRAMS FOR CENTRAL FLORIDA

CenterLogoThe Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Central Florida (The Center) announces the sale of the adjoining property currently occupied by Forbidden City.  This transaction is the culmination of the Board of Directors of The Center taking a pro-active role to reduce the debt service, resulting in The Center being on a strong financial foundation for the first time in over a decade.

Timothy Vargas, President of the Board of Directors, issued the following statement:

“Today’s property sale and substantial pay down of our mortgage debt is the culmination of many months of sustained focus toward bringing financial stability to The Center.  Over the past 15 months, we have managed the finances with laser like focus, and as a result, we have paid off over $310,000 in debt.  What this means financially for The Center cannot be overstated.  For the first time in 10 years, The Center’s debt burden has been reduced to a reasonable level given the size of our organization.  Even after the sale of the Forbidden City property, The Center retains ownership of our other two Mills 50 properties which gives us significant flexibility as we steer the organization through the next 10 years.  By dramatically reducing the debt burden, our donors can now rest assured that funds are used for programs that serve the community, and not for debt service.”

This reduction of debt allows The Center to concentrate on extending existing programs such as support services and counseling  and transgender individuals, to implement new services for seniors, women, and minorities, and to become more involved in domestic violence prevention in our community.  For many years financial limitations prevented The Center from being a true Community Center for many of our diverse members in Central Florida.  This sale, while not completely paying off all debts, allows The Center to earmark donated funds for the expansion of such programs.

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Just Because He Breathes: Learning to Truly Love Our Gay Son

2013-06-21-ryanprofile1. . . We thought we understood the magnitude of the sacrifice that we — and God — were asking for. And this sacrifice, we knew, would lead to an abundant life, perfect peace and eternal rewards. Ryan had always felt intensely drawn to spiritual things; He desired to please God above all else. So, for the first six years, he tried to choose Jesus. Like so many others before him, he pleaded with God to help him be attracted to girls. He memorized Scripture, met with his youth pastor weekly, enthusiastically participated in all the church youth group events and Bible Studies and got baptized. He read all the books that claimed to know where his gay feelings came from, dove into counseling to further discover the whys of his unwanted attraction to other guys, worked through painful conflict resolution with my husband and me and built strong friendships with other guys — straight guys — just like the reparative therapy experts advised. He even came out to his entire youth group, giving his testimony of how God had rescued him from the traps of the enemy, and sharing, by memory, verse after verse that God had used to draw Ryan to Him. . .

Read The Full Article on Huffington Post

 

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Key points of Supreme Court Decision from HRC

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  • California’s Proposition 8 and the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act were symbols of anti-LGBT discrimination around the country and today, both crumbled.
  • This is a watershed moment in the fight for equality with the Supreme Court delivering justice to millions of Americans. Yet it is increasingly clear that we have two Americas – one where our relationships are recognized and we are protected from discrimination, and another that has yet to feel the effects of our progress and LGBT people remain second-class citizens.
  • Our goal is nothing short of full equality for everyone, everywhere. From the Rocky Mountains to the heart of the South, it’s time to push equality forward until every American can marry the person they love and all LGBT people are guaranteed equal protection under the law.
  • Thanks to the Perry case, more than 30 percent of the US population has marriage equality. It’s inconceivable that these two Americas can last long and through legislative and judicial action, we will soon see marriage equality in all 50 states.

DOMA

  • The downfall of DOMA now ironically becomes one of the best arguments for nationwide marriage equality. The patchwork of protections that differ between the states and the federal government is in itself a reason for one national standard, and that’s marriage.
  • With section 3 of DOMA gone, the Administration must take every possible step to ensure this landmark ruling treats every lawfully married couple across the country with the equality our Constitution guarantees.

What’s Next

  • From here, we have to expand the frontiers of equality. With the goal of nationwide protections from discrimination and marriage equality in all 50 states, we will build from the ground up – passing local and state laws, expanding our work with institutions like corporations and hospitals and schools, and overturning the state constitutional amendments that remain roadblocks to full equality.
  • You shouldn’t have to live in one of just a handful of states to be treated with respect. And we won’t stop fighting until full equality reaches every single person in every corner of this vast country.

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Cancer Treatment Wipes Out HIV in Two Patients

hiv-cure-close-denmark.siSince the transplants, doctors have been unable to find any evidence of HIV infection, Timothy Henrich of Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston told an International AIDS Society conference in Kuala Lumpur.

While it is too early to say for sure that the virus has disappeared from their bodies altogether, one patient has now been off antiretroviral drug treatment for 15 weeks and the other for seven weeks.

Last July Henrich first reported that the two men had undetectable levels of HIV in their blood after their stem-cell treatment, but at that time they were still taking medicines to suppress HIV.

Using stem-cell therapy is not seen as a viable option for widespread use, since it is extremely expensive, but the latest cases could open new avenues for fighting the disease, which infects about 34 million people worldwide.

Read More: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/health/sns-rt-us-hiv-stemcells-20130703,0,7115891.story

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