LGBT Teen Homelessness in South Florida, Part 1

Jamesly Louis was homeless for two months when he was 16 years old.

Jamesly Louis was homeless for two months when he was 16 years old. (Photo by Christiana Lilly)

Jamesly Louis didn’t know what he was going to do, but bottled up with frustration, anger and sadness, he knew if he went home after school the way he was feeling, he was “going to do something stupid.”

He knew that his assigned counselor didn’t care. The other students who bullied him didn’t care. The teachers who pretended over and over again that it was a harmless scuffle between boys didn’t care. Somehow, the gay 16-year-old boy found his way to his TRUST counselor at Miami Beach Senior high School. Normally there to help students dealing with drugs, she went into action and by midnight that evening, Louis called Covenant House in Fort Lauderdale his new home.

Read more at South Florida Gay News.

Meet the First Openly Gay President of the American Conference of Cantors

Mark Goldman is the first openly gay president of the American Conference of Cantors

Mark Goldman is the first openly gay president of the American Conference of Cantors

For 19 years, the congregants of Temple Kol Ami Emanu-El have heard the tenor of their cantor’s voice carry over the sanctuary, singing Hebrew blessings and ushering in Shabbat after a week of work.

Mark Goldman, the cantor of the reform Jewish temple in Plantation, not only has lead services week after week, but now will play a role on the national level as the president of the American Conference of Cantors — and its first openly gay one at that.

Read more at South Florida Gay News.

Wilton Manors Gay Couple Makes History with Green Card Application

Traian Popov, left, and Julian Marsh were married in 2012 in Brooklyn. (Photo courtesy of Popov and Marsh)

Traian Popov, left, and Julian Marsh were married in 2012 in Brooklyn. (Photo courtesy of Popov and Marsh)

Julian Marsh and Traian Popov’s love story started like any other – seeing each other at two consecutives parties led to dating and eventually a trip to Brooklyn in October 2012 to get married. But now, two years after it all started, they’re swept up in a whirlwind of history making and their names splashed in newspapers around the world.

Read more at South Florida Gay News.

Ex-Stonewall Museum President: I Left my Post Because of Sexual Harassment

Bryan Knicely, the former president of the Stonewall National Museum & Archives, told South Florida Gay News that he left his post because of repeated sexual harassment and a constant disrespect for the precious items housed at the museum.

“It should have been my ideal job ever just because it’s my skill set together with an organization that I believed it,” Knicely said. “The public here should know that they’re not taking care of our assets properly or presenting the organization in a way that really helps build upon its cultural ability to become the number one LGBT organization that archives history and artifacts.”

Read more at South Florida Gay News.