Month: November 2011

Transgender Law Center Hires Ilona Turner as Legal Director Turner Brings Depth of Experience in Working to Eliminate Discrimination

San Francisco – Transgender Law Center (TLC) is proud to announce the hire of Ilona Turner as Legal Director.

“Ilona has shown immense dedication and skill in working to end discrimination against transgender and gender non-conforming people. We’re ecstatic to have her join our team,” said Masen Davis, Executive Director, “We’re thrilled that she has experience advocating for equality in the courtroom, statehouses, city halls, and also in the community.”

Turner spent several years working in California state politics, first for progressive icon Assemblymember Jackie Goldberg and then as the lobbyist for Equality California, the statewide LGBT political advocacy organization, where she helped to shepherd groundbreaking legislation that prohibited housing and employment discrimination against transgender people and dramatically expanded the rights of domestic partners in California.

During law school at the University of California at Berkeley, Turner was awarded the Mary C. Dunlap Fellowship to spend a summer working to advance transgender rights at the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Years later, Turner was inspired to return to NCLR and where she has been a staff attorney since 2008. Turner’s work at NCLR has focused on a wide range of issues affecting LGBT people, frequently focusing on legal issues affecting transgender people, including school bullying, discrimination in employment and public accommodations, parenting and custody, marriage, and immigration.

“I knew when Ilona joined NCLR nearly four years ago that she would play a pivotal role advancing LGBT equality, and we couldn’t be happier that she’ll continue her commitment to the movement as the Transgender Law Center’s new Legal Director,” said NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell. “Ilona is a talented attorney, and while all of us at NCLR are sad to see her go, we know her dedication to justice and her tenacity will help further the movement.”

Former Legal Director Kristina Wertz will become Director of Policy and Programs.

For more information about Turner or Transgender Law Center please contact Mark Snyder, Communications Manager, 415.865.0176 x310,

The Transgender Law Center is a civil rights organization advocating for transgender communities. The Transgender Law Center uses direct legal services, education, community organizing and advocacy to create a world that recognizes and supports the needs of transgender people and their families. Learn more

CONTACT:  Mark Snyder, Communications Manager. Transgender Law Center  415.865.0176 ext. 310

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(West Palm Beach, Florida)  The Palm Beach County School Board unanimously voted this evening to move forward with a policy allowing school district employees with domestic partners to take the same family and medical leave granted to opposite-sex, married employees under federal law.  Final approval is expected to occur before year’s end.The action was taken at the request of the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. The Council has been the leading advocate in Florida for domestic partnership since 1992, when the City of West Palm Beach became the state’s first public employer to provide basic domestic partnership benefits.”Today’s unanimous vote demonstrates that the Palm Beach County School Board recognizes that all school district employees and their families are entitled to equal benefits,” said Council President Rand Hoch.

The federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allows opposite-sex, married employees to take up to 12 weeks unpaid, job-protected leave to care for spouses with medical issues. However, FMLA does not recognize families based on domestic partnerships, civil unions or same-sex marriages.

“FMLA is clearly discriminatory,” said Hoch. “Despite America’s growing acceptance of marriage equality, domestic partnerships and civil unions, Congress is slow to enact laws recognizing that gay men and lesbians form families.”

The policy adopted by the School Board extends family and medical leave coverage to school district employees who have registered their domestic partners.

According to statistics maintained by the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council, approximately 125 school district employees have registered their domestic partnerships.
The school district employs more than 21,000 workers, making it Palm Beach County’s largest public employer.

The School District of Palm Beach County prohibits discrimination based on both “sexual orientation” and “gender identity or expression” and has offered domestic partner health insurance benefits since 2005.

“Perhaps one day, the state of Florida and the federal government will end their discrimination against non-traditional families,” said Hoch. “Until that day comes, it is incumbent upon local officials to take action to protect all employees and all families.”

The Palm Beach County Human Rights Council, Inc. is dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.The Council promotes equality through education, advocacy, direct action, impact litigation, and community outreach.
Palm  Beach County Human Rights Council
Post Office Box 267
West Palm Beach, Florida 33402
(561) 804-9399     


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(Boca Raton, Florida) Following more than a decade of lobbying by faculty members, admistrators and students, the Board of Trustees of Florida Atlantic University voted this morning to specifically include “sexual orientation” among the classes protected from discrimination and harassment.

“This is a small step forward for FAU,” said Rand Hoch, President and Founder of the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council, a local nonprofit organization founded in 1988, which is dedicated to dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.

In 2005, the Council joined a longstanding coalition of gay, lesbian and allied activists at FAU who were working to have the school specifically include sexual orientation as a protected class in the university’s regulations.

“The credit today goes to the hard work which the LGBT and allied community at FAU has done over the years. Special recognition goes out to the efforts of student leader Boris Bastidas, who did an amazing job mobilizing students at the university this semester,” said Hoch.

The Council had hoped that the Trustees would also include “gender identity and expression” as a protected class.

“It is disappointing that they did not do so,” said Hoch.

While transgender and gender-variant employees on the FAU campuses in Palm Beach and Broward Counties are protected under local equal employment ordinances, those individuals working outside the two counties have no job protection.

“The tragedy is that despite today’s action by the Board of Trustees, transgender and gender-variant students have no legal protection on any the FAU campuses,” Hoch explained. “Hopefully LGBT activists and their allies at the university will be able to persuade the Trustees to protect the entire student body from harassment and discrimination in the very near future.”

The Palm Beach County Human Rights Council, Inc. is dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.

The Council promotes equality through education, advocacy, direct action, impact litigation, and community outreach.

Palm Beach County Human Rights Council

Post Office Box 267

West Palm Beach, Florida 33402

(561) 804-9399


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Lesbian Torture Clinics In Ecuador

As Reported by, Paola Ziritti is unthinkably brave to speak publicly about the “clinic.” She endured physical assault, sexual abuse, and a constant battery of insults. Guards would even throw buckets of cold water and urine on her. For two years, this was Paola’s waking nightmare… because she’s a lesbian. The “doctors” and guards at the clinic were trying to “cure” her.

Paola lives in Ecuador, where these so-called clinics are terrifyingly common — although the government shut down 27 this year, 180 clinics remain open, and most of the prisoners there are women. (Some gay men and transgendered people are in the clinics as well, but far fewer.)

Paola’s parents knew they were sending her to a forced confinement clinic, but they had no idea how awful it would be. Once Paola’s mother realized what she’d done, she tried to get her daughter back, but the clinic said no. The process to free Paola took a year.

A few incredibly courageous Ecuadorian women are fighting back — they call themselves Fundacion Causana. The women of Fundacion Causana started a petition on demanding that Ecuadoran Minister of Public Health Dr. David Chiriboga Allnut investigate and shut down all 180 remaining clinics that torture women to “cure” them. Please sign the petition right now.

Fundacion Causana does direct-service work on the ground to save women from the clinics, but they say it’s not enough. They need the unbridled support of the Ecuadoran government to get all of the clinics shut down.

So far, the government has only shut down a small cluster of clinics in one region of the country. Ecuador’s government officials need to know that we are watching and will not stand idly by while women are imprisoned and tortured.

Please sign Fundacion Causana’s petition demanding that the Ecuadoran Minister of Public Health investigate and shut down every “clinic” that tortures members of Ecuador’s LGBT community:

Thanks for being a change-maker,

– Weldon and the team

P.S. More than 5,000 campaigns are started every month by members. Here are some of the top petitions that need your support right now:

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Michigan’s “License To Bully” Bill

As Reported by, When Katy Butler was in junior high, bullies who called her a “dyke” slammed a locker door on her hand. Katy never reported the assault because she was afraid her school wouldn’t do anything to help.

If the Michigan state Senate has its way, Katy’s school won’t have to help students bullied in the future, either.

Last week, the Michigan state Senate passed an anti-bullying bill. But minutes before they voted, Republican lawmakers inserted special language into the bill to create a huge loophole: Bullying done because of a “sincerely held religious or moral conviction” isn’t covered by the law.

Rather than protecting students, the new law actually provides a road map that teaches kids how to bully — and how to get away with it.

Katy and her friend Carson Borbely know what it’s like to be bullied for who they are. They started a petition demanding that the state legislature enact a strong anti-bullying law with no exceptions. Click here to sign their petition.

The Michigan House of Representatives will consider the Senate’s weak anti-bullying bill soon. Katy and Carson want them to strengthen the bill and eliminate the religious exemption inserted by the state Senate, and members are rallying around their demand.

Some legislators are wavering in the face of public outrage, and Republican Speaker of the House Jase Bolger is now said to be considering a stronger, more comprehensive version of the bill. But Katy and Carson need your help to keep up the pressure.

Please sign Katy and Carson’s petition demanding the Michigan House of Representatives pass an anti-bullying law that will actually protect students: 

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The Florida Consortium for HIV/AIDS Research Recruits an HIV/AIDS Research Coordinator and Elects an Executive Advisory Committee

Tampa, Florida – The Florida Consortium for HIV/AIDS Research (FCHAR) is the scientific arm of the public policy research, advocacy and educational nonprofit organization, The AIDS Institute. Conceived in 2010, the Consortium now comprises 116 academic, public health and private HIV researchers from seven universities, the Florida Department of Health’s Bureau of HIV/AIDS, county health departments, the state laboratory, and the private sector. FCHAR members account for 366 recently published and ongoing HIV-related studies, as reflected in the Consortium’s Florida Inventory on HIV/AIDS Research.

The FCHAR seeks to promote studies among partners that will lead to decreased HIV incidence and improved health outcomes for patients. “These are ambitious but achievable goals,” said Spencer Lieb, MPH, the recently appointed HIV/AIDS Research Coordinator for the Consortium. He added that, “In combining the talents and unique experience of expert Florida scientists, the FCHAR could eventually help bring us closer to a vaccine and a cure.” Lieb has an extensive research portfolio and has administered both statewide HIV/AIDS prevention and HIV/AIDS surveillance programs for the Florida Department of Health (FDOH). He has continued leading FCHAR, following retirement from a decades-long career in HIV/AIDS and 14 years as Senior Epidemiologist with the Florida Bureau of HIV/AIDS, FDOH.

“There really appears to be no paradigm for a statewide, HIV-related research group like Florida’s,” said Jeffrey Beal, M.D.,Clinical Director of the Florida/Caribbean AIDS Education and Training Center. “And while we are in uncharted waters, we have set a direction that is evidently working,” he continued. “There is a remarkable level of collaboration and good will among researchers who traditionally have competed with each other for limited resources.”

Newly elected members of an Executive Advisory Committee will be responsible for reviewing and prioritizing recommendations from the four working subcommittees, assessing progress toward meeting objectives, and revisiting the FCHAR goals, periodically and as needed. The Committee comprises one voting researcher from each of the seven participating universities and the Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute. A Chairperson, Dr. Beal, will also cast a vote when there might be disagreement on issues. Non-voting, conferring members of the Committee include the HIV/AIDS Research Coordinator, representatives from the Florida Department of Health and State Laboratory, as well as The AIDS Institute’s Executive Director. Members will provide support and guidance to the HIV/AIDS Research Coordinator.

“In this economic environment, it makes sense for the research community to work together toward a common goal and to share data, resources and talent within Florida,” said Michael Ruppal, Executive Director of The AIDS Institute. “The AIDS Institute is proud to take a leadership role and join forces with this amazing group of researchers who are committed to ensuring that Florida continues to be on the cutting edge of HIV research.”

Researchers interested in joining the Florida Consortium for HIV/AIDS Research and those wanting more information about the group can contact Spencer Lieb, MPH, at or 850.408.4512. Visit the FCHAR website at, and The AIDS Institute website at

Click Here to View FCHAR Executive Advisory Committee Members

Click Here to View FCHAR Map

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The AIDS Institute is a national nonprofit organization that promotes action for social change through public policy research, advocacy and education.


For more information and to become involved, please contact 
The AIDS Institute at: (202) 835-8373, or by email at: or

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The AIDS Institute Announces 2011 Website Design Competition

The AIDS Institute has announced they are launching a 2011 web site design competition and internship.  Graphic and web design students are encouraged to apply.  The winning entry will be: announced broadly, chosen for TAI’s 2012 spring internship (January 2012 – June 2012), and the selected individual(s) will be credited with the design – all of which assures general exposure to the creators of this outstanding work. In addition, the designer(s) will further receive a scholarship of $2,000 upon the launch of the fully interactive URL site.

Written Applications: October 27 to November 27 

Phone Interviews: November 28 to December 9

Winner  Announcement: December 12, 2011

Winner Internship: Spring 2012 (January to June)

Website Design Competition and Internship

Competition Brief

Company Name:                     The AIDS Institute (

Industry:                                  National Nonprofit; Healthcare Advocacy

Company description:


The AIDS Institute (TAI) began as a grassroots community mobilization effort in the mid’ 1980s. In 1992, this advocacy network became incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Over the years, The AIDS Institute has expanded its vision to become a leading national nonprofit AIDS agency with offices in Tampa, Florida and Washington, DC. To date, The AIDS Institute remains focused on HIV/AIDS while incorporating work on related healthcare issues.

Project outline:


Graphic web students and web designers –

Enter the most prestigious design competition for a leading national nonprofit organization. The AIDS Institute (TAI) is currently opening the 2011 Web Design Competition.

The winning entry will be: announced broadly, chosen for TAI’s 2012 spring internship (January 2012 – June 2012), and the selected individual(s) will be credited with the design – all of which assures general exposure to the creators of this outstanding work. In addition, the designer(s) will further receive a scholarship of $2,000 upon the launch of the fully interactive URL site.

(Remote work during the course of the 2012 spring internship is welcomed from any location.)

What to Enter:

We are looking for a fully-functional, innovative, web 2.0 design that:

*       Has modern, state of the art skin and an interactive menu.

*       Allows for easy navigation by users to research program content and data.

*       Features an exciting and cutting-edge homepage, with our logo prominently featured.

*       Includes a place for email signups, and social media integration (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn).

*       Transitions our old website to a new, easy-to-use Content Management System for TAI staff to manage the webpage going forward.
*       Can be set-up using a new host company in place of our old host.


How to Enter:

Each designer must submit their written application to by midnight ET on: Sunday – November 27, 2011. (Any entries submitted after then will be considered late and not accepted for this year’s competition.)

A complete written application must include:



Three professional references (name, email, phone, relationship to you) about your web design talent:

Three samples of your web design work (URLs):

A detailed narrative of why you would like to be included in this competition (500 words or less):

All applicants will be notified by November 28, 2011 if they have been selected for the competition phone interview. Phone Interviews will be conducted by a distinguished panel of 5 judges and will take place from November 28th to December 9th. All contestants will be notified of results by December 12, 2011.

Feel free to ask us questions if you are not clear of what we are asking for. Send all questions to: For detailed inquiries, callTed at 813-258-5929, ext. 3.

Thank you.

The AIDS Institute is a national nonprofit organization that promotes action for social change through public policy research, advocacy and education.

 For more information and to become involved, please contact 

The AIDS Institute at: (202) 835-8373, or by email at: or
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The Gay & Lesbian Review, A Bimonthly Gay and Lesbian Publication, Takes Leap into the Digital Age!

The Gay & Lesbian Review ( is a bimonthly magazine of history, culture, and politics. When it was founded in 1994, the GLR filled a major void in gay culture: an intelligent, probing magazine for thinking readers that covered the full range of topics of interest to GLBT people.

The fact that the GLR is still around 18 years later is a testament to the need for a magazine that challenges readers with in-depth articles and thought-provoking features of a kind that can’t be found anywhere else.

Having assembled this readership, The GLR has become something of a lingua franca for the thinking GLBT community nationwide. “It’s our intellectual journal,” remarked Larry Kramer in The New York Times. The G&LR has for almost two decades been the place where the big debates about gay and lesbian culture and politics are played out.

And now the GLR is available in a digital edition on your iPad or other device. You can get a single issue or a one-year subscriptions through Zinio. Single issues are US$3.99 (20% off the cover price), and a one year subscription is US$18.95 (15% off).

Single copy link:

One year subscription link:

DList Closing There Big Gay Doors on December 31, 2011

If you are a member of the gay social network, you probably got a “Farewell from DList: It’s not you, it’s us.” e-mail a few days ago.  They have announced via email to their members that they will be taking down the gay social network site on Dec 31.   It will close it’s doors for good.

The email explained “Without as much interest or need, we just can’t keep the community going as a vital, vibrant, sexy and fun place to express yourself. And no one wants to be a bore.”  You can read there closing statement here.

We will be sorry to see them go.  The network was a great resource for our community.  There is not a lot of gay social network choices out there, however the will not be going anywhere. warmly welcomes any members of DList who would like to join our Connect network.

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Zumaya Books announce the publication of a brand new gay erotic horror/thriller by M.Christian

Look at your hand: four fingers and a thumb, right?  But what if you woke one morning and rather than four fingers and a thumb you are … short?  How would you feel?  What would you do?  What would you become?

The city is terrified: a mysterious figure is haunting the streets of near-future San Francisco, drugging and amputating the fingertips of queer men.  But what’s worse … this terror or that it can, so easily, turn any of us into something even more horrific?

Erotic.  Nightmarish.  Fascinating.  Disturbing.  Intriguing.  Haunting.  You have never read a book like Finger’s Breadth.

You will never look your fingers – or the people all around you – the same way again.

Here’s what some people are saying about Finger’s Breadth:

Finger’s Breadth may well rank as one of the most psychologically astute erotic novels since Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s Venus in Furs, and it deserves to be just as widely read.

– JKB, from the Circlet Press site

Finger’s Breadth is a real wild ride, the sort of novel you turn to when the apocalyptic mayhem out your window gets dull, and you lust for something to remind you of what it’s like to live life at full-throttle. M.Christian sends the reader hurtling like a hockey puck through a world of crime, out-of-control passions, mutilation, and madness. Terms like noir and hardboiled don’t quite fit – this is more like ultraviolet, the invisible light that makes the scorpions glow in the dark.

– Ernest Hogan, author of Cortez On Jupiter and High Aztech

It is not that hard to come up with an idea that can be turned into a horror story and that is why horror has been part of the folklore of America and why these stories are so popular on camp-outs as we sit around a campfire. To successfully do this, we need a combination of characters and plot but more important than all else is a novel way to relate the story. For me that is the definition of M.Christian. This book is unlike anything I have read before and I suspect that it will stay with me for quite a while.

– Amos Lassen, reviewer

Finger’s Breadth creates a vivid portrait of a community torn apart by suspicion, where the thrills of hot, anonymous sex go hand in mutilated hand with the chill of fear, and no one is entirely what they seem. M.Christian skilfully mixes a dark, potent cocktail of lust, longing, paranoia and an overwhelming need for acceptance…

– Liz Coldwell, author of Take Your Slave To Work

To be effective, the act of literary intercourse between horror and erotica should be deeply unsettling. It should leave the reader feeling uncomfortable, overwhelmed by equal parts dread and anticipation. M.Christian understands this better than most, weaving a tale that permits the reader but a finger’s breadth of space between fear and arousal. His deft control of the story makes us feel the blade, but it’s his subtle manipulation of our emotions that makes us want the cut.

– Sally Sapphire, Bellasbookslut

M.Christian has seen the future — and it is hardboiled! If you love crime stories — gay or otherwise — and you love science fiction, you will love Finger’s Breadth. No other storyteller nails it quite like M.Christian does. This is a real page turner.

— Marilyn Jaye Lewis, author of Freak Parade

M.Christian is a force to be reckoned with. Just when you think you understand the path that his narrative and characters are taking, Christian throws a monkey wrench, or a limb, or a head into the works and you have to get your bearings and start all over again. No matter which book of his you pick up, prepare for an intoxicatedly weird ride.

-Ily Goyanes, author and filmmaker

Strange and sexy, Finger’s Breadth is a seductively suspenseful read.

– Paula Guran, Darkecho

Finger’s Breadth is as dark and rich and well-blended as good bourbon. Sexy, suspenseful, and believable in the details and elements of its world. Great stuff!

– Angela Caperton, author of Darkness And Delight

Finger’s Breadth is mesmeric storytelling, riveting in execution and appalling in implication.  M.Christian’s tale of erotic terror in a near-future San Francisco is imagined so skillfully that it grabs the reader with its easy familiarity, then refuses to let go as it careens to its shocking yet completely believable conclusion.  Evoking such Grand Masters as Armistead Maupin, Thomas Harris and Rod Serling while remaining strikingly original, Finger’s Breadth is Christian at the height of his considerable powers.  Like Charon the ferryman, the author takes the reader down the dark rivers of human sexuality and shows us things that would normally never see the light of day.  Ultimately the most compelling aspect of this fiction is how fascinatingly and terrifyingly plausible it is. Finger’s Breadth should come with a warning label: Read this before clubbing.

– Christopher Pierce, author of Rogue Slave, Rogue Hunted, and Kidnapped By A Sex Maniac

Zumaya Books

ISBN-10: 1934841463
ISBN-13: 978-1934841464

About M.Christian:

M.Christian is – among many things – an acknowledged master of erotica with more than 400 stories in such anthologies as Best American Erotica, Best Gay Erotica, Best Lesbian Erotica, Best Bisexual Erotica, Best Fetish Erotica, and many, many other anthologies, magazines, and Web sites.

He is the editor of 25 anthologies including the Best S/M Erotica series, The Burning Pen, Guilty Pleasures, The Mammoth Book of Future Cops and The Mammoth Book of Tales of the Road (with Maxim Jakubowksi) and Confessions, Garden of Perverse, and Amazons (with Sage Vivant) as well as many others.

He is the author of the collections Dirty Words, Speaking Parts, The Bachelor Machine, Licks & Promises, Filthy, Love Without Gun Control, Rude Mechanicals, Coming Together Presents M.Christian, Pornotopia, and How To Write And Sell Erotica; and the novels Running Dry, The Very Bloody Marys, Me2, Brushes, and Painted Doll.  His Web site is

Interested in reviewing Finger’s Breadth?  Write M.Christian at for a copy

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