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Pastor, prison chaplain and LGBT ally Rev. Reggie Longcrier featured in Many Voices video

Today, Many Voices, the video series highlighting Black LGBT-affirming voices in the U.S. South, released its third video in a three-part Ally Voices series. In the video, Rev. Reggie Longcrier, a pastor at Exodus Missionary Outreach Church in Hickory, North Carolina, talks about LGBT acceptance, his work as a prison chaplain, and his commitment to ensuring that all who enter his church feel safe and welcome.

Circuit court denies further stay in Florida, marriages could begin in January

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has denied Florida’s motion for stay of an earlier District Court ruling overturning the state’s ban on marriage equality. That means, unless other circumstances intervene, the stay would on January 6th, enabling same-sex couples to apply for marriage licenses at that time.

Miami-Dade County votes in favor of transgender protections in Human Rights Ordinance

On Tuesday, Miami-Dade County Commission voted to include protections against discrimination based gender identity and gender expression in its Human Rights Ordinance. In an 8-3 vote that followed a four-hour public hearing, commissioners approved the inclusion of these protections in employment, housing and public accommodation.

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