Politics Unusual


Politics Unusual: Two Human Rights Ordinances Are Being Considered in North Florida…Do They Have a Chance?

In my work as editor here at Hotspots, I have cultivated good working relationships with a number of LGBT organizations across the state, such as Equality Florida. In the past year, I’ve spoken with both CEO Nadine Smith and transgender inclusion director Gina Duncan, who both told me that we have now reached a point […]


Politics Unusual: Pam Bondi and Other Florida Officials are Up to Their Same Old Games Again

Just in case you thought the fight was over… I guess the honeymoon is officially over, at least here in the Sunshine State. We had a great summer, coming off the victory in the Supreme Court in the marriage equality cases, but recently the LGBT community got another slap in the face by our belovedmused […]


Politics as Unusual: Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders Emerge as Democratic Frontrunners

Do either have what it takes to defeat the GOP? Let’s be clear, there is still plenty of time until the 2016 presidential election, but just like in the past few election cycles, the process of running kicks off earlier and earlier. We are only a few short months away from 2016, and by January […]


Politics Unusual: Love Wins! Marriage Equality is the Law of the Land

On Friday, June 26, we here at Hotspots and everyone across the nation witnessed history as the Supreme Court echoed the Founding Fathers who wrote our Declaration of Independence, who envisioned that all Americans would have the right to, among other things, the pursuit of happiness. In the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme […]


Politics Unusual: The Grand Ole’ Party, the Sunshine State, and the 2016 election

As the race for the presidency kicks into high gear, two Floridians have their eye on the White House. Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio are two favorites for the Republican Party’s nod for high office. As it stands at press time, Rubio and Bush are two of the front runners on the GOP side of […]


Politics Unusual: The Supreme Court of the United States Hears Marriage Equality Arguments

Last week the nine-justice panel of the nation´s highest court FINALLY heard arguments from both sides of the marriage equality debate. During the 2.5 hour session for oral arguments, the justices questioned the lawyers, giving pundits and speculators fodder for a few days of headlines, but most everyone involved acted just like were expected to […]


Politics Unusual: We’ll Take our Pizza Without the Hate, Thanks!

Now that the vast majority of the LGBT community lives in a state with marriage equality and members of our community are getting married, the right wingers over in Teabagistan have, for the most part, conceded marriage and have pivoted their fight to change or enact laws that would enshrine discrimination against us. As many […]


Politics Unusual: New aAnti-gay Laws Passing in “Red States” All Around the Country

In just a few months, the Supreme Court is expected to hand the LGBT community a ruling legalizing marriage equality nationwide. However, in spite of progress on that front, an alarming pattern of hateful LGBT legislation is enshrining the discrimination of our community, all in the name of religious freedom. These developments beg the question: […]


Politics Unusual: Roll Tide, Supreme Court tips their hand, and insight on Obama’s “evolution”

Sadly, George Wallace’s legacy lives on in Alabama but thank God for the cotton state, which has officially taken the title from Florida for the most FU$%ED up aftermath of the arrival of marriage equality. At least the heat is now off of Florida, and I’m not commenting on the winter weather. But Alabamians shouldn’t […]


U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Marriage Equality Case Filed by Michigan Nurses April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse

WASHINGTON, Jan. 16, 2015  The U.S. Supreme Court today agreed to review a federal appeals court decision upholding Michigan’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples. By granting the petition filed by Michigan couple April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, the Court will be considering Michigan’s ban on marriage as well as those in the other states […]


Gay Marriage Comes to Florida (Updated 1/5/15)

By Ian Maloney and Mike Halterman Update 1/5/15: 11:18 a.m.: A Miami-Dade County judge has lifted a stay banning gay marriage, clearing the way for same-sex couples to get married immediately. Judge Sarah Zabel’s words — “I’m lifting the stay” — brought immediate cheer in the courtroom. Marriage licensees will start being issued at 2:00 p.m. today. […]


WEDDING BELLS RING: Marriages to start in Florida on January 6

Homophobes in the Sunshine State were dealt a major blow earlier this week when the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals denied the state’s request to further stay the district court ruling declaring Florida’s ban on marriage equality unconstitutional. Unless the Supreme Court steps in (which it has refused to do several times in similar cases) […]


11th Circuit Court of Denies State’s Request to Extend Stay of Lower Court’s Decision to Overturn Marriage Ban

Denial clears the way for marriage for same-sex couples to being at end of day January 5th. Today the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has denied the state’s motion for stay of a District Court ruling that overturned the state’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples. The stay is scheduled to expire at the end of […]


Miami Dade Adds Transgender Protections to HRO

BECOMES 28th FLORIDA MUNICIPALITY TO PROVIDE EQUAL PROTECTIONS (December 2, 2014) – Today, the Miami-Dade County Commission voted xx – xx to amend the existing Human Rights Ordinance to prohibit discrimination in housing, public accommodations and employment based on gender identity or gender expression. Sponsored by Commissioners Audrey M. Edmonson, Bruno A. Barreiro, Daniella Levine […]


Bipartisan Legislators File Anti-LGBT Discrimination Bills in FL Legislature

Bipartisan Sponsorship of Florida Competitive Workforce Act: Republican Rep. Holly Raschein and Democratic Sen. Joseph Abruzzo Sponsor Anti-LGBT Discrimination Bills in Florida (November 24, 2014) – Earlier today, Representative Holly Raschein (R- Key Largo) and Democratic Whip Senator Joseph Abruzzo (D- Boynton Beach) filed legislation in the Florida House and Senate respectively that would prohibit […]