August 7, 2007

Meeting and Debate on Thursday

Our next meeting will be this Thursday, August 9 at 5:45 pm at ACDEC headquarters, 901 NW 8 Avenue, Suite A-3.

We will be discussing Gainesville's new DP registry, the city's gender identity proposal, tabling for the Pride Fest, and creating palm cards.

Homemade brownies will be provided!

The GLBT cable channel LOGO will be airing a debate of the Democratic Presidential Candidates at 9 p.m. on their TV station as well as on their website, Here is more information on the debate:

A number of Democratic presidential hopefuls have agreed to participate in a debate devoted to LGBT issues. This one-hour event is scheduled for Thursday, August 9, at 10 pm on the LOGO network. It will also be streamed live on the LOGO Web site at

Seven of the eight announced Democratic candidates are scheduled to participate, including Hillary Clinton, Barak Obama, John Edwards, Chris Dodd, Mike Gravel, Bill Richardson and Dennis Kucinich. Joe Biden declined to attend because of scheduling conflict. Republican candidates declined invitations to debate on the LOGO network.

Human Rights Campaign president Joe Solmonese and singer Melissa Etheridge will question the candidates. Question will focus solely on LGBT issues, including gay marriage, civil unions and fighting HIV/AIDS and discrimination.

Questionnaires filled out by the Democrats for the HRC reveal that all the candidates support anti-discrimination laws, state civil union and domestic partnership provisions and measures guaranteeing same-sex couples the same federal employment benefits as heterosexual couples. They also support repealing the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy and more comprehensive sex education. Only former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel and Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich support gay marriage.

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