National Briefs

Posted on 23 Feb 2006 at 9:40pm
By The Associated Press

Lancaster resigning as executive director of scholarship foundation
Vance Lancaster is stepping down after two years as executive director of the Point Foundation, and officials said the organization will immediately start a nationwide search for his replacement.

The Point Foundation provides financial support and mentoring to GLBT students. It is the first national GLBT scholarship foundation.

Lancaster said he is resigning because he and his partner, John Taylor, plan to start a family and they want to devote more time to their real estate investment business.

He will stay on as executive director through June 30 to give the foundation time to find a replacement.

Valuing Our Families conference set for April in Fort Lauderdale
Family Pride Coalition, the national organization for GLBT-headed families, will hold its annual “Valuing Our Families” conference on April 1 at the Metropolitan Community Church’s Sunshine Cathedral in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
SunServe, a Fort Lauderdale GLBT service organization, will co-sponsor the conference.

Jennifer Crisler, the coalition’s executive director, will be keynote speaker at the event. gay Congressman Barney Frank and gay author Armistead Maupin will be the honorees at the celebration dinner closing the one-day conference. Actress Sharon Gless, a former honoree, will attend.

Local honorees will include Karen Doering of the National Center for Lesbian Rights and Michael Galacher of South Florida Family Pride.

The conference will include workshops on conversations for teens about coming out, relationship enhancement for adults and making schools safe and inclusive. There will also be activities for the younger children.

For more information, go online to www.sunserve.org or call 954-764-5150.

Early bird registration open for Family Week in Provincetown
Early bird registration is open through March 31 for the 11th annual Family Week in Provincetown, presented by Family Pride Coalition. Family Week in Provincetown is July 29-Aug. 5.

Family Week activities include educational and advocacy workshops and social activities for GLBT parents and their children. Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere will be offering social and educational programming for children age 9 and under. Additional opportunities include whale-watching tours, barbecues, beach parties, a family parade and a family dance.

Early bird registration is $165 per family and $125 for single-parent families. After March 31, registration fees increase to $190 per family, and $150 for single-parent families. On-site registration will be $215 and $175.

Registration forms are available online at www.familypride.org and by calling 202-331-5015.

Marriage ban oppponents lobby at theater showing “‘Brokeback Mountain’
A group opposing a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in South Carolina is turning out at a theater showing the gay-themed cowboy film “Brokeback Mountain” to campaign for votes. Melissa Moore, volunteer coordinator for an advocacy group for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues, recently handed out brochures encouraging people to vote against a state constitutional amendment this November.

“Brokeback Mountain” about two male Wyoming ranchers who fall in love has grossed more than $66 million in 10 weeks. It is a contender for several Academy Awards.

Moore and others with the South Carolina Equality Coalition were hoping to draw on the appeal of the movie to talk with people about the amendment that passed the General Assembly last year by a combined vote of 131-4.

South Carolina Equality Coalition chairwoman Linda Ketner says the South Carolina proposal is more severe than most. She said it would prevent a private company from being able to recognize a domestic partnership for insurance purposes.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition, February 24, 2006.

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