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United Way 2-1-1 Helpline Activated for COVID-19 Information

United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee under the direction of Lee County Emergency Management has activated a 2-1-1 Helpline to provide factual and current local resource information related to the COVID-19 virus. Dial 2-1-1 or 239-433-3900 United Way of Lee County has trained and equipped staff and volunteers with cancellations, closings, and daily …

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Seeing & Believing in 2020 Summit set for May 20-22

The Florida Council Against Sexual Violence Seeing & Believing in 2020 Biennial Summit is still slated to take place in Kissimmee, FL on May 20-22. FCASV continues to monitor the status of any guidance offered by the Office of the Governor, the Florida Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control. In the event …

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Henderson Franklin welcomes former Indiana Deputy Attorney General to team

Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., is pleased to announce that Monica Schmucker has joined the Tort & Insurance Litigation Department. She is a former Deputy Attorney General in Indiana and brings her keen investigation experience to her litigation practice, assisting clients in the defense of negligence, personal injury, premises liability, vehicle negligence, and wrongful …

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Mental Health Conference at FGCU

Former Marjory Stoneman Douglas student speaks at FGCU mental health conference

FGCU College of Education’s 9th Annual Children and Youth Mental Health Conference featured former Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student and mental health advocate Kai Koerber and parenting, child and bullying expert Michele Borba, Ed.D. The Caring for Kids conference on Nov. 7-9, 2019, at the Cohen Center at FGCU was designed to connect and educate the Southwest …

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Report on LGBT adults in Southwest Florida released

36,000 adults in Southwest Florida identify as LGBT First study to look at the demographic, socioeconomic, and health characteristics of the region’s LGBT population An estimated 36,000 adults in Southwest Florida, 3.4% of the population, identifies as LGBT, according to a new regional analysis by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law funded by …

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United Way Hosts Annual Campaign Kick Off Breakfast

United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee will be hosting its annual 2019-2020 Campaign Kick Off on October 29, 2019.  The event will be held at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, located on the campus of Florida SouthWestern State College. Networking and light breakfast items will be available at 8:00 a.m. The program …

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HRC Accepting Applications for 2020 Global Innovative Advocacy Summit

HRC Foundation is excited to announce that applications are open to participate in the 2020 Global Innovative Advocacy Summit. Advocates can begin applying now through Nov. 15, 2019, for participation in the next summit. From April 20-23, 2020, HRC will convene the top applicants to join us in Washington, D.C. to share strategies and learn from …

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Video: Learn where 2020 Democratic candidates stand on LGBTQ issues

Two Democratic candidates debuted LGBTQ-focused plans and nine candidates took part in an LGBTQ-themed town hall meeting in Los Angeles on Oct. 10. Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) both unveiled plans Thursday that include banning conversion therapy or the practice of trying to rewire people out of …

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Pride SWFL Photos 2019

Photos from SWFL Pride 2019

Pride-SWFL celebrated its eleventh annual SWFL Pride from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Alliance for the Arts in Fort Myers. The outdoor family-friendly event included live entertainment, food and drinks, and activities for all ages.

Democratic presidential candidate lgbt town hall

Democratic presidential candidates address LGBTQ issues in town hall

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation and CNN will team up to host the Power of Our Pride Presidential Town Hall featuring Democratic presidential candidates answering questions on LGBTQ issues. The town hall will air on CNN from 7:30 p.m. to midnight, and will feature nine Democratic presidential candidates appearing back-to-back throughout the evening. The Thursday …

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