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Florida House advances ‘biological gender inspection’ sports bill

The health care provider may verify the student’s biological sex as part of a routine sports physical examination

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Equality Florida press conference decrying anti-trans youth HB 1475 April 14, 2021

TALLAHASSE, FL. – The Florida House of Representatives on Wednesday passed House Bill 1475 on a 77-40 vote after considerable acrimonious debate. The measure would ban transgender girls from competing in all primary, middle, high school and college sports in the state. One Democrat lawmaker supported the measure and none of the Republican caucus voted against it.

With passage of the bill, Florida joins a national effort on the part of Republicans in at least 30 state houses to ban transgender female athletes from girls’ and women’s sports.

HB 1475 was authored by Rep. Kaylee Tuck, R-Lake Placid, and would enact a blanket ban on transgender female athletes competing in scholastic girls’ and women’s sports in Florida. However, Transgender males would still be allowed to compete in high school and collegiate boys and men’s sports.

The bill specifies that participation would be contingent on determining a students’ “biological sex,” which is a term that refers to the sex assigned at birth and which has been a term that is categorized as transphobic and non-accepting/affirming by LGBTQ advocacy groups.

“All eyes are on the Florida Senate to stop this cruel legislation and protect the transgender youth this bill vilifies,” said Jon Harris Maurer, Public Policy Director for Equality Florida in a statement released prior to the House vote.

“If this bill passes, it would be the first anti-LGBTQ bill to pass the Florida Legislature in 23 years and could send shockwaves through an economic recovery dependent on conventions, events, sports, and tourism. We know this is a nationally-coordinated attack fueled by far right anti-LGBTQ organizations, and the Florida House has taken the bait. The Florida Senate must hear the voices of transgender kids and reject this state-sanctioned discrimination.” 

Tweet by Florida Rep. Omari Hardy (D-Palm Beach- District 88)

According to the bill’s language, any disputes regarding a student’s sex arising would be resolved with a “health examination and consent form” verifying the student’s biological sex.

“The health care provider may verify the student’s biological sex as part of a routine sports physical examination by relying only on one or more of the following: 1. The student’s reproductive anatomy; 2. The student’s genetic makeup; or 3. The student’s normal endogenously produced testosterone levels.”

The Tampa Bay Times reported that the bill, is modeled after an Idaho law that was temporarily struck down by a federal judge last year. The law would allow a school or competitor to lodge a complaint about an athlete competing in a girls’ or woman’s sport.

If the party complaining suspects the athlete was not assigned the female gender at birth, the athlete in question will have to prove their birth gender — via a genetic test, a test of their testosterone levels or an examination of their reproductive anatomy by a medical professional — in order to compete.

It’s unclear how precisely the complaint process would work. The bill leaves it up to the the State Board of Education to create precise rules.

In a phone interview with the Blade Thursday, a spokesperson for Equality Florida, Brandon J. Wolf pointed out that cruelest aspect of the bill is that terrorizes trans youth athletes. He noted that a separate Senate bill that would also impede trans youth participation in athletics, SB 2012 would require that even “a 12-year-old trans female youth would be forced to adhere to Olympic standards for testosterone levels.”

Wolf said that both bills were simply “cruel and grotesque” and warned that there’s a definite racist element as Black Trans girls will end up bearing the brunt of these trans-adverse laws if passed.

Despite fierce bipartisan opposition from lawmakers across the country, professional and collegiate sporting organizations including the Miami HEAT and Misfits Gaming Group, world-renowned athletes, faith leaders, legal scholars, medical professionals, over 65 major corporations, and the very experts that bill sponsors cite as justification, the ban now heads to the Senate where its companion (SB 2012) has one remaining committee stop.

According to Wolf the next stop for HB 1475 in the Senate means that it could then be reconciled with the Senate bill and a combined version passed or taken to the Senate floor as a separate bill for a reading and a vote.

There was no response Thursday to the Blade’s request for comment by Florida’s Republican Governor Ron DeSantis.

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LA County Parks should be your destination this Fall!

Make LA County Parks your destination this fall as you explore, engage and connect through our exciting programs!

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LOS ANGELES – Summer is coming to an end soon, but the fun doesn’t stop here! LA County Parks presents an exciting slate of fun programming for the whole family this fall! Join us to create lifelong memories with your family. From recreation classes and nature center programs to sports and aquatics, there’s something for every body to enjoy. 
 
Check out some of our new programs, as well as community favorites that are back for another season! Join the fun starting September 6, 2022.

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Check out a few of our upcoming programs!

SPORTS FOR ALL
Days and times vary based on location
Program availability may vary by location
Pre-registration is required, register HERE

Sports for All clinic is a youth sports clinic is an 8-week skills development clinic that meets once a week for basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, volleyball, cheer and other sports. Clinics focus on building foundational skills, self-confidence and teamwork.

EVERY BODY PLAYS DROP IN RECREATION ADVENTURES
Mondays – Fridays, 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Free drop-in program; No registration required

Every Body Plays is a positive space with a curriculum that is youth centered and designed for fun! This FREE drop-in program launches September 6, 2022 and runs until May 26, 2022. Children can enjoy a snack with their friends at select parks from 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM. The program provides children ages 7-17 with access to caring and trained park staff who serve as mentors and lead an array of programs and activities, ranging from sports, fitness, arts and crafts, STEM, group games, story time and so much more. Every day is an adventure in LA County Parks!

FREE SNACK PROGRAM
September 6, 2022 – May 26, 2023
Mondays – Fridays; 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM 

Children and youth under 18 years of age are invited to receive a nutritious grab-n-go snack that includes vegetables, fruits, seeds and healthy dairy products like milk, string cheese, and yogurt. Created to help reduce the growing percentage of young people in the United States challenged by obesity or lack of consistent access to wholesome meals, the program aims to provide a healthy alternative for children when school is out. There are no meals served on County observed holidays.

NATURAL AREAS:

EVERY BODY EXPLORES
Tuesdays – Fridays,  2:30 PM – 5:30 PM & Saturdays 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Free drop-in program; No registration required

The Everybody Explores program provides participants of all ages an opportunity to check out a Naturalist field backpack they can use to complete self-guided activities, make observations and explore the park.

NATURE KNOWLEDGE NIGHTS
Dates vary by location, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Free drop-in program; No registration required

Spend an evening getting to know the beauty of the natural world at a Los Angeles County Nature Center. Activities vary based on topic but may include group activities, ESTEAM fundamentals, community science, nature hikes, guided tours or animal ambassador experience.

NATURE CENTER DISCOVERY
Every Saturday at select Nature Centers, 10:00 AM – Noon
Free drop-in program; No registration required

Each Saturday you’ll have an opportunity to meet our Nature Center Superintendents and learn about the park, history and the natural habitat around you, even meeting Animal Ambassadors native to the area! Find a Nature Center near you HERE.

You can also participate in our Saturday Morning Discovery Tables, where you and your family can explore table exhibits and “ask a naturalist” about the flora and fauna all around us. These exhibits will take place from 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM.

FALL RECREATION CLASSES
Dates, times and locations vary by class
Registration required. Register HERE

We teamed up with some of the best instructors in Los Angeles to bring you hundreds of classes for all ages, levels and budgets. Take a class at your local park for some fresh air or join virtual classes from the comfort of your own home! Whether you’re looking to be more active, learn a new hobby or take up a new skill or language, we have just the class for you and everyone in your family.

TRICK-OR-TREAT VILLAGE 
October 25-29, 2022 at several LA County Parks 
Dates and times vary by location 
Free; No registration required 
 
Join us for a fantastically spooky time at a park near you this October to enjoy free activities. Costumes are encouraged! More information coming soon. 
 
HARVEST FESTIVAL 
November 15-23, 2022 at several LA County Parks 
Dates and times vary by location 
Free; No registration required 
 
Families are invited to enjoy cultural celebrations that include food tasting, dancing, music, crafts and family activities. More information coming soon. 
 
EDDIE HEREDIA BOXING CLUB 
The Eddie Heredia Boxing Club has reopened! Do have what it takes to be a world class boxer? The Eddie Heredia Youth Boxing Club offers a variety of boxing classes geared to teach youth who are just beginning to learn the sport, to advanced classes for youths who are ready to spare and participate in competitions on a local, regional, and national level.

AQUATICS:

LEARN TO SWIM
Monday-Friday, Saturdays 
August 29, 2022 thru December 23, 2022
Times may vary by location, level and session
Pre-registration is required; register HERE

Swim Lessons teach core swimming skills including water safety, floating and technique for the four core swimming strokes. The program is designed to provide swimmers with a positive learning experience while steadily progressing through the core skills and strokes.  All levels are in alignment with the American Red Cross’ “Learn to Swim” Program.

EVERY BODY SWIMS
Saturday from 12:30pm – 2:00pm; 2:30pm – 4:00pm
Begins September 3rd, 2022

FREE Rec Swim is a fun and positive way to practice new skills, be physically active, keep your heart rate up, reduce stress and build muscle. Rec swim also provides an opportunity to socialize and make new friends.  Rec Swim starts September 3 and takes place on Saturdays from 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM and 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM.

SENIOR PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES
Dates and times vary by location Free; No registration required

LA County Senior Centers, Programs and Activities are a great place for adults ages 60+ years to stay fit, active and to meet new people. Activities promote physical and mental well-being, socialization, nutrition, life-long learning and volunteer opportunities. Lean more HERE.

OUR SPOT
Monday to Friday 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Free program; Register HERE

FREE daily after-school program that supports positive youth development by exposing teens to caring mentors, social justice projects, leadership and artists experiences, early career exploration, substance abuse prevention, sports and physical fitness, and other opportunities meaningful to youth.  Teens participate in park advisory groups and contribute to the planning of field trips, events and social action projects.

… AND MUCH MORE! 

Follow us on Facebook @parks.lacounty.gov and Twitter & Instagram @lacountyparks!

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Public help sought identifying patient at County-USC Medical Center

Anyone with information on the patient’s identity is asked to call Clinical Social Worker Cesar Robles at 323-409-6884 or 323-409-5253

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LA County-USC Medical Center

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services asked the public for help Tuesday in identifying a possible juvenile who has been hospitalized for nearly two weeks.

According to a news release the young male who could be in his late teens was dropped off at LA County-USC Medical Center on July 22. The patient was described as a male Hispanic between 16 and 20 years old. He is about 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 154 pounds.

The Medical Center described him as having a thin stature with short dark hair and brown eyes. The patient also has a tattoo of a cross under his right eye and another tattoo on his right hand.

No further information about the nature of the injuries or the condition of the patient was released.

Anyone with information on the patient’s identity is asked to call Clinical Social Worker Cesar Robles at 323-409-6884 or 323-409-5253.

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LA LGBT Center & Public Health host virtual townhall on Monkeypox

Topics will include a situational update, vaccine eligibility, & preventative measures. The town hall will also include a Q&A with residents

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LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the Los Angeles LGBT Center will host a virtual town hall for the public on the topic of Monkeypox. Topics will include a situational update, vaccine eligibility, and preventative measures. The town hall will include the latest updates and a Q&A with residents.

WHEN:

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

6:00 p.m.

WHERE:

Visit:  lalgbtcenter.org/monkeypox to view the livestream.

Submit questions ahead HERE to have them answered during the livestream.

WHO:

  • Sonali Kulkarni, MD, MPH, Medical Director in the Division of HIV and STD Programs (DHSP) at the Los Angeles County (LAC) Department of Public Health
  • Nava Yeganeh, MD, MPH, Pediatric Infectious Disease Physician and Medical Director of the Vaccine Disease Preventable Control Program
  • Robert Bolan, MD, Medical Director of Research and Education, Los Angeles LGBT Center
  • David Herman, MD, Medical Director of Primary Care, Los Angeles LGBT Center
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