What’s Shakin’ – Wolfman at Wortham, Vampires on Pacific St.

The Wolfman1. If you got your hard-core Halloween partying out of the way this weekend, why not curl up under the stars (and a blanket) for the 1941 horror classic “The Wolfman,” at the Miller Outdoor Theater in Herman Park. Show starts at 7:30 pm. In this version the Wolfman (Lon Chaney Jr.) has an estranged father, frequents antique stores, caries an ornate walking stick for no particular reason and (of course) engages in nocturnal behavior of a hairy and bestial sort. Sounds like some of my friends. Admission is free, but prime spots on the lawn fill up quickly so arrive early.

2. If you didn’t get your hard-core partying out of the way then you’ll be glad to know that the clubs of Pacific street are still going strong. JR’s Bar‘s “Anytheme Goes” party (808 Pacific) and Meteor‘s “True Blood” festivities (2306 Genesee) continue tonight with a costume contests at 11 pm, while South Beach‘s “Twilight” fete (810 Pacific) waits till midnight for its contest . Cash prizes are up for grabs at all three for best costume, best couple or group and most outrageous costume.

3. Broadway World reports that Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D – NY, plans to introduce the Senate companion to the “Every Child Deserves a Family Act” introduced by Rep. Pete Stark, D – CA, last May. The bill would remove barriers to otherwise qualified LGBT parents servings as foster parents or adopting. “By removing all barriers for LGBT families to serve as foster parents, New York City has increased its foster parent pool by nearly 26,000 prospective parents,” said Gillibrand. This legislation would open thousands of new foster and adoptive homes to children ensuring they are raised in loving families.” So far only three of Texas’ thirty-two congressional representatives, including Houston’s own Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, have signed on as cosponsors.

 

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All Eyes on LGBT Adoptive Parents During National Adoption Month

November is National Adoption Month and HRC is joining in on the celebration.  Today, HRC President Joe Solmonese traveled to Denver where he presented the first Colorado-based adoption agency, Adoption Alliance, with the All Children – All Families Seal of Recognition. The event brought media attention to the special role that LGBT adoptive parents play, and the obstacles they face.

The Adoption Alliance has long been a pioneer in working with LGBT families. The agency achieved the ten benchmarks outlined in HRC’s “All Children – All Families” Practices Guide, which offers examples of effective practices for working with LGBT foster and adoptive parents.

The Independent Adoption Center in San Francisco was also presented with the HRC Foundation’s All Children – All Families Seal of Recognition during a National Adoption Month ceremony at the Superior Court of San Francisco last week.

HRC President Joe Solmonese and Family Project Director Ellen Kahn present Seal of Recognition to Adoption Alliance Executive Director Tracey Blustein

The “All Children – All Families” initiative, launched in 2007 by the HRC Foundation Family Project, aims to promote agencies and policies that welcome LGBT foster and adoptive parents. The program seeks to enhance LGBT competence among child welfare professionals and educate LGBT people about opportunities to become foster or adoptive parents to waiting children. Thirty-four agencies from across the U.S are currently participating, and more than a dozen agencies are close to earning the seal of recognition. More information about the initiative can be found at www.hrc.org/acaf.

A comprehensive website featuring common questions and obstacles prospective parents face, tools for child welfare professionals, and an overview of state adoption laws can be found here.

Don’t forget to join us on November 30th at 4 PM EST for a live online showing of the film Gay Parents Speak (watch trailer). After the film, we are hosting a virtual panel during which experts will answer your questions on adoption. RSVP Today! Share on Facebook!


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Why Adoptive Father Hopeful Doesn’t Want Charlie Crist to Abandon Florida’s Appeal

Now that Charlie Crist has flip-flopped on his support of Florida's ban on gays adopting, he's got to decide whether he's going to continue with the state's appeal of Martin Gill's lawsuit, which in the last round granted him the right to adopt a kid despite being a homosexual. You might think Gill wants Crist to abandon the appeal, but you'd be wrong.

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