Luigi Ferrer – The HIV/AIDS and Bisexual Rights Activist

Luigi Ferrer
Luigi Ferrer, Program Director and Director of HIV Services at Pridelines Youth Services

“[A]s we support today’s youth, we are also mentoring and training the next generation of LGBT leaders, activists, and organizers.”

– HIV/ AIDS and bisexual rights activist Luigi Ferrer

For complete article, see South Florida Gay News.

Survivors Helping Survivors: Support for LBT Women Diagnosed with Cancer

Rainbow Survivor Network Fundraiser, June 2014

Nan Van Den Bergh is the founder of ARROW and a professor at Florida International University’s School of Social Work. Also a breast cancer survivor and lesbian, Van Den Bergh states that the Rainbow Survivor Network provides a way for LBT women to speak “with someone who not only ‘has been there…’ but who would be ‘safe’ in terms of acceptance.”

ARROW trains current LBT cancer survivors to be mentors (or Rainbow Buddies) who are aware of confidentiality, handling risks, active listening, and boundaries.

For complete article, see South Florida Gay News.

The Pride Center Offers Discussion Panel on Transgender Women & Lesbians

On Tuesday, September 24, 2013, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., The Pride Center in Wilton Manors, offers a panel discussion called “Are Trans Women Our Sisters?”

The event is part of The Community Collaborative Transgender Educational Series coordinated by several local organizations:  The Pride Center, The T-House/ Broward County Department of Health, and SunServe.

According to The Pride Center website, the upcoming discussion will “facilitate an open dialogue on ‘women born women only politics’ and its impact on the relationships between lesbian and transgender women.”

A professional panel will inform the conversation with their experience and insights:  Denise Spivak, President of Women in Network (WIN); Robin Schwartz, President of Aqua Foundation for Women; Tori Bertran, Activist/ Board Member of Aqua Foundation for Women; and Diana O’Brien, Activist/ AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) Coordinator.

For complete article, see South Florida Gay News.

Florida Supercon 2013: Sci-Fi, Anime, & Comic Books Convention Connects LGBT Fans & Allies

George Takei speaks to the audience at The 8th annual Florida Supercon 2013 at Miami Airport Convention CenterTrekkies, Bronies and a revered pop culture icon who says “Oh Myyy.”

The 8th annual Florida Supercon 2013 took place July 4 to 7 at the Miami Airport Convention Center, where thousands of fans came to celebrate sci-fi, anime, comic books, and other pop culture genres.

Generally the mood was upbeat on Saturday, July 6 – how could it not be when people dressed as fantastical characters such as Aqua Man, Nightwing, and The Great Gazoo?

For complete article, see South Florida Gay News.