www.ambiente.us DECEMBER | DICIEMBRE 2010
GLAAD |So.Fla. Red Carpet Gala | The Beach Ball
by Eddie Sierra
This year’s GLAAD – Florida’s Red Carpet Gala, with AMBIENTE Magazine was
proud to have been a Media Sponsor for, took place at the fabulous home of two
champions of the GLBT community, John and Steve, and at none other than the
scenic Seven Isles in Las Olas, Ft. Lauderdale.
The celebration was a culmination of the GLAAD’s (Gay and Lesbian Alliance
Against Defamation) legal work in Florida. The not-for-profit Gay and Lesbian
organization played in its pivotal role in assisting in the defense and
dissemination of information on the ban of the Florida Gay Adoption Rule. Which
consequently was found unconstitutional giving a major victory to our GLBT
communities throughout Florida and brought a peace of mind to many gay and
lesbian parents who waited anxiously for the ruling after the then Attorney General
Bill McCollum decided to pursue the politically motivated case and waste
thousands of tax-payers dollars with the only desire to denied perfectly fit gay and
lesbian parents their constitutional right to adopt.
The ruling means that Martin Gill, 47, and his male partner can now adopt two
brothers, ages 4 and 8, whom he has cared for as foster children since
December 2004. It is clear that sexual orientation is not a predictor of a person’s
ability to parent, wrote Miami-Dade circuit judge Cindy
WORDS & IMAGES
Gay & Lesbian Alliance
Lederman. She further stated in the 56 page ruling that – a
child in need of love, safety and stability does not first
consider the sexual orientation of his parent.
The exclusion causes some children to be deprived of a
permanent placement with a family that is best suited to their
Without the help and assistance from organizations like the
Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation [who] amplifies
the voice of the LGBT community by empowering real people
to share their stories, holding the media accountable for the
words and images they present, and helping grassroots
organizations communicate effectively.
By ensuring that the stories of LGBT people are heard
through the media, GLAAD promotes understanding,
increases acceptance, and advances equality. It is precisely
why we ask the members of Florida’s GLBT communities to
consider assisting organizations like GLAAD that can further
strengthen and advance our legal rights, civil liberties and
constitutional privileges that will shape the future into a more
inclusive and encompassing equality for all.
Borrowing the words of Justice Waidner ~ GLAAD represents
the best of the LGBT rights movement. They are humble,
professional, and supremely competent.
In the midst of national furor generated by Sally Kern’s
YouTube anti-gay tirade, Oklahomans and the Cimarron
Alliance Foundation could not have handled, much less won,
the ensuing PR battle without our friends at GLAAD.
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