Some news stories you might have missed:
• The Advocate: Florida’s first gay Latino lawmaker, Carlos Guillermo Smith, has filed to run for Florida Senate. First elected in 2016, he served in the state’s house of representatives before losing his election in 2022.
• Kenneth-in-the-212: Check out Kenneth’s round-up of the latest in LGBTQ publications including the 2023 Miami Beach Pride issue of WireMag.
• Oakland County Sheriff’s Office: A Michigan man was arrested this week after authorities say he posed as a cop and unwittingly attempted to pull over an off-duty police officer. #Karma
• Forbes: Over the past 30 years, 49 UN member States have decriminalized consensual same-sex sexual acts, according to ILGA World. However, it’s still illegal to be LGBTQ in 64 UN member States.
Love the new database from @ILGAWORLD – in my latest for @Forbes, five maps that show the progress of LGBTQ rights and what legal rights we have in 2023https://t.co/BZLnmRXSAI
— Jamie Wareham (@jamie_wareham) April 7, 2023
• NBC News: A majority of members of the Nashville Metropolitan Council will vote to reinstate Justin Jones to the Tennessee state Legislature after he was expelled from the House of Representatives last night over his protests on the chamber floor against gun violence.
In Tennessee, an interim successor can be appointed by the legislative body of the expelled member’s county until a special election is held. For Jones, that is Nashville.
A majority of the Nashville Metropolitan Council say they will vote to reinstate Justin Jones to the Tennessee state legislature after he was expelled over his protests on the chamber floor against gun violence. https://t.co/FfmqOklmI6
— NBC News (@NBCNews) April 7, 2023