gaywrites:

Police in the Orlando area have arrested a tow truck driver for apparently targeting the vehicles of LGBT people and illegally towing them during the annual Gay Days festival.

Jason Combs towed more than 100 vehicles between June 5 and June 9, primarily from the Westwood Town Center parking lot across the street from the Gay Days host hotel. His contract with Westwood had already expired. Those whose cars were stolen had to travel by cab to a towing facility 10 miles away, which is also illegal in Florida. 

Police said Combs and “spotters” assisting him allegedly kept watch on the area and towed the vehicles within minutes of visitors parking to visit shops and other establishments.

“Visitors would park in the Westwood Town Center at 6109 Westwood Boulevard (across from the event’s headquarters) and patronize various shops and restaurants there, only to emerge and find that their cars were towed,” the Orange County Sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post announcing the arrest. “We will not tolerate those who take advantage of our citizens or visitors.”

He was charged with 29 counts of grand theft of a motor vehicle and 60 counts of violating a county towing ordinance. Good riddance. 

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BREAKING: LOVE WINS AGAIN! Moments ago, Miami-Dade County Judge Zabel ruled that Florida’s marriage ban is unconstitutional! There is an immediate stay on the ruling, which means no wedding bells in Florida just yet. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has already filed an appeal on the decision. Click “like” to celebrate and to read the ruling, click here: http://bit.ly/1kfB9pk

BREAKING: LOVE WINS AGAIN! Moments ago, Miami-Dade County Judge Zabel ruled that Florida’s marriage ban is unconstitutional! There is an immediate stay on the ruling, which means no wedding bells in Florida just yet. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has already filed an appeal on the decision. Click “like” to celebrate and to read the ruling, click here: http://bit.ly/1kfB9pk

shadefire5150 said: Okay, so does this mean that someone cannot fire someone because of their sexuality?

whitehouse:

This Executive Order does two things: First it formally protects federal employees from discrimination on the basis of gender identity (they’re already protected on the basis of sexual orientation). Second, it also prohibits federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in the workplace. Roughly 1 in 5 Americans work for a federal contractor. We still need Congress to act to make sure all workers are protected.

katrinaworldblr said: Greetings Advisor Jarrett, I would like to know what specifically is this administration doing to ensure that competent, loyal, dedicated Federal workers of Transgender experience are not discriminated locally at their works sites on a day to day basis?

whitehouse:

Good question! Check out Office of Personnel Management’s guidance regarding the employment of transgender individuals in the federal workplace.

As the President said on Monday: “I’ve appointed a record number of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender public servants to positions across my administration.  They are ambassadors and federal judges, special assistants, senior advisors from the Pentagon to the Labor Department.  Every day, their talent is put to work on behalf of the American people.”

youaretheperfectyou said: I recently saw an answer to a question stating that federal workers are protected from discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. Is there any prospect for such protection for non-federal employees?

whitehouse:

As the President said on Monday: “Congress has spent 40 years — four decades — considering legislation that would help solve the problem.  That’s a long time. And yet they still haven’t gotten it done…but I’m going to do what I can, with the authority I have, to act. The rest of you, of course, need to keep putting pressure on Congress to pass federal legislation that resolves this problem once and for all.”

jorjor08 said: How is the president working towards marriage equality?

whitehouse:

The President supports marriage equality. As you may know, the Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act” last June. Since then, President Obama’s administration has extended federal benefits wherever possible to legally-married same-sex couples. This is one way in which he has worked toward expanding equality for LGBT Americans.

gaywrites:

Supermodel Andreja Pejic, known in the fashion industry for her stunning and often androgynous modeling of both men’s and women’s clothing, has come out as a transgender woman.

Pejic says she will only model women’s clothing from now on, and reportedly has the full support of her friends, family and agency.

Pejic said in a statement, “To all trans youth out there, I would like to say respect yourself and be proud of who you are. All human beings deserve equal treatment no matter their gender identity or sexuality. To be perceived as what you say you are is a basic human right.”

She also told Style.com, “I figured out who I was very early on—actually, at the age of 13, with the help of the Internet—so I knew that a transition, becoming a woman, was always something I needed to do. But it wasn’t possible at the time, and I put it off, and androgyny became a way of expressing my femininity without having to explain myself to people too much.”

Amazing! Congrats to her! 

wildirisbooks:

shiraglassman:



She tried to relax, but it was difficult, knowing how important tonight could be. Resting her head on Aviva’s shoulder, she began to sing softly. Aviva harmonized with her in a rich, gentle alto, her arm around the queen, idly caressing the bare skin of her upper arm. It was more than simple physicality. Shulamit perceived the serenity of a divine benevolence in the way this touch made her feel. Jahandar and his daughter-in-law were tiny in the distance, their bigotry drowned out by a broad black sky full of watchful stars. This was the real truth, this existence out here, in which she knew that her love, their love, was as pure and blessed as any union of man and wife. 
Out here in nature, away from the palace and between nations, was she really still queen? Was she not, here in the open, just a woman, one of millions, lucky enough to have been granted one amazing person with whom to share her life and her love? She’d never expected that a teenage dalliance with a cook could have led to this, back in those days when they were just friends who discovered they enjoyed each other’s warmth. Over the years, the more she’d learned of Aviva, the more she realized the depth of her love. It was so right, so natural, so intended that Aviva should be sharing this next step with her. 

from Climbing the Date Palm, the sequel to The Second Mango. From Prizm Books as an eBook package, from Amazon Kindle or paperback, and in autographed paperback from wildirisbooks here.
Art drawn on commission by theloserfish.


Available now on our shelves and online!

wildirisbooks:

shiraglassman:

She tried to relax, but it was difficult, knowing how important tonight could be. Resting her head on Aviva’s shoulder, she began to sing softly. Aviva harmonized with her in a rich, gentle alto, her arm around the queen, idly caressing the bare skin of her upper arm. It was more than simple physicality. Shulamit perceived the serenity of a divine benevolence in the way this touch made her feel. Jahandar and his daughter-in-law were tiny in the distance, their bigotry drowned out by a broad black sky full of watchful stars. This was the real truth, this existence out here, in which she knew that her love, their love, was as pure and blessed as any union of man and wife.

Out here in nature, away from the palace and between nations, was she really still queen? Was she not, here in the open, just a woman, one of millions, lucky enough to have been granted one amazing person with whom to share her life and her love? She’d never expected that a teenage dalliance with a cook could have led to this, back in those days when they were just friends who discovered they enjoyed each other’s warmth. Over the years, the more she’d learned of Aviva, the more she realized the depth of her love. It was so right, so natural, so intended that Aviva should be sharing this next step with her. 

from Climbing the Date Palm, the sequel to The Second Mango. From Prizm Books as an eBook package, from Amazon Kindle or paperback, and in autographed paperback from wildirisbooks here.

Art drawn on commission by theloserfish.

Available now on our shelves and online!