Our country was founded on certain core values, chief among them equality and religious freedom. Therefore, I am glad the question of Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage is before the courts to determine if it denies same-sex couples equal rights and protections under the law. Although, as mayor, I have no jurisdiction on this issue, I have read the Miami-Dade lawsuit and believe that a very strong case was made.Regardless of the decision of the court, I hope that religious institutions will continue to have the freedom to define marriage according to their own doctrines. Protecting the right to practice one’s religion without interference from government is an equally important cornerstone of our free nation.
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The Board of Directors of The Center is pleased to announce the hiring of Russell Walker as the Center’s Assistant Executive Director. In addition to his role as Assistant ED, Russell will be acting as Interim ED, until an Executive Director is hired.
Russell comes to the position with a great passion for The Center having served on the Board of Directors for over 2 years. While on the Board, Russell served as Vice President as well as the Chair of the Events Committee.
Russell was born and raised just outside Glasgow, Scotland and is a graduate of The University of Stirling (BA in Politics) and a postgraduate of The University of Strathclyde (Post-Grad in Secondary Education). After graduation, Russell taught in numerous high schools throughout central Scotland. After moving to Orlando, he worked in entertainment and event coordination for Gay Days, before settling in to a finance position for a property management company.
Russell is a very active member of the GLBT Community in Orlando, and has built strong ties and personal relationships with other members of the community, including the MBA, Hope and Help and Zebra Coalition. This desire and passion to help in the community is one of Russell’s strongest attributes and he is committed to creating new relationships with The Center.
We look forward to seeing the changes that this new leadership brings to not only The Center, but the community at large.
GLBT Community Center of Central Florida
Last Updated: 7/9/2014
Timothy Vargas, Board President
946 N Mills Ave
Orlando, FL 32803
ORGANIZATION & POSITION SUMMARY:
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Community Center of Central Florida (“The Center”) is in its 36th year serving the GLBT community of Central Florida and we are seeking an Executive Director to help lead the organization into the future. Our mission is to promote and empower the GLBT community and its allies through information, education, advocacy, and support. Our organization is the oldest and longest continuously operating GLBT organization in the State of Florida. The Center is the largest free HIV testing facility in the Central Florida region, administering over 5,000 free HIV tests in 2013. In addition to HIV testing, The Center offers free or discounted counseling services, support groups for many interests and needs, an art gallery that promotes GLBT and allied local artists, and senior services. In 2014, The Center will launch a program to extend our senior services and a GED program for those that wish to further their education.
The suit is on behalf of six South Florida same-sex couples and the Equality Florida Institute challenging that Amendment 2 and other Florida laws banning marriage equality are unconstitutional. The initial lawsuit was filed in January, and the still undecided motion to intervene was filed in February.
Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court Judge Sarah Zabel was expected to rule May 14 on whether the Liberty Counsel can intervene in the lawsuit on behalf of three anti-gay groups, but postponed her ruling and still had not issued a decision.
For more information visit: http://eqfl.org/courtdate