Effort to expedite marriage equality in Florida

Lawyers for two Key West bartenders on Monday (July 28) asked an appeals court to move their marriage-equality case directly to the Florida Supreme Court.
Lawyers for Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones, who are trying to get married, said the gay marriage case is “of great public importance” and should be resolved as quickly as possible. If their motion is granted, the case would skip an appeal at the District Court of Appeal level.
Florida Atty Gen. Pam Bondi contends Florida should continue following a 2008 referendum, which added a state constitutional amendment reserving legal marriage for one man, one woman couples. She has 10 days to respond to the bartenders’ motion.
On July 17, a Monroe County judge ruled that Florida’s amendment in unconstitutional in light of the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that invalidated part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. At this point, 19 states and the District of Columbia have granted legal recognition to GLBT marriages.
Another Florida marriage case is pending. In Miami, Judge Sarah Zabel ruled on July 25 in favor of gay marriage, but delayed implentation of her ruling so appeals could take place.
Compiled by Tom Brown, with reports from the Miami Herald.

footnotes from a finicky film fan/NFR whys & wherefors

IMG_1214                                                                                   by W.W. Spencer, NSB-side, FL  32169

Since 1988, D.C.’s Library of Congress—the most comprehensive such archive ever on Earth—has chosen 25 films per year to add to their already amazing collection of 160 million books, recordings, maps, and photos.  Considering that 75% of silent movies and 50% of movies produced between 1930 and 1950 have disappeared or been destroyed, such a National Film Registry meets the urgently important need to salvage as many as possible of the remaining significant films from the 12 decade history of the moving picture industry, and then some.



Lesser known and un-awarded film fare rank in the NFR collection along with the expected well-known award-winning classic masterpieces and fan-based popular box office hits.  All lengths (film fragments and short clips to feature length and way beyond), formats (live action, animation, CGI, documentary, experimental, newsreels, home movies), genres (musical, action, biopic, sports, horror, western, crime, war, epic, sci fi, romance, comedy), and technical aspects (black ‘n white/color, small screen/wide screen/3-D/Cinerama) are represented.  Whether professional or amateur, films relevant to the national culture and character of America and Americans are annually taken under careful advisement and consideration for inclusion.

Unacquainted are most Americans with the easy opportunity to participate in this important ongoing endeavor.  According to a top down protocol, the longtime Librarian of Congress, Dr. James Hadley Billington, makes the eventual final decision about the films included.   Those prestigious selections are based on the recommendations by a 40-member panel of esteemed and well-versed  film critics, historians, scholars, and top-notch professionals in the movie-making industry.  But, prior to that the list of films annually considered is derived from those submitted by everyday members of the general public.

If you care to participate in such a worthy undertaking, Google: National Film Registry.  You will find simple concise guidelines for going about the now more than quarter-century process, including e-mail address for submission and comprehensive listing of the 625 films so far chosen.  Essentially, you need keep in mind the following guideline trio:  1. limiting film nominations to between 1 to 50;  2. including no nominations of films produced after 2004; and,  3. guarding against nomination of films already included in the Registry.

To boost representation of all aspects of the American population and lifestyle, you are expressly encouraged to single out selections relevant in one way or another to the diverse but less than adequately recognized members of the LGBTQIA community.   The following (including a couple of  very special favorites from 1989 of mine) are a well-deserving though yet overlooked half-dozen such excellent examples that you may wish to bring to special attention:

feature film drama American Beauty—1999 satire featuring a disturbingly touching portrayal of a gay-bashing closeted homophobe caught up in the loneliness and monotony of upper middle-class American suburbia;

documentary Celluloid Closet—1995 survey to the depiction of homosexuals in early through (then) current Hollywood films;

documentary Common Threads: Story of the Quilt—1989 story of six people memorialized with panels in the AIDS quilt;

feature film drama Longtime Companion—1989 chronicle of several gay men during  the first year of the AIDS epidemic;

experimental short film Scorpio Rising—1964 exploration of gay/occult/Nazi/biker imagery with music rather than dialogue;

feature cult comedy Wet Hot American Summer—2001 satiric look at the interactions of Jewish summer camp counselors, including a wild same-sex kiss by then little known but now superstar Bradley Cooper.

Whether these or any other films which you may fondly cherish, take care of the nomination procedure prior to this year’s September 01 deadline.  Then, looking forward to the December announcement from the NFR of the final choices, see which of your personal film choices may have actually been included.  And, continue to likewise join in likewise for year’s to come, while spreading word about the National Film Registry to family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues you may wish to involve.


11 Actress Lassies Who Never Married—just sayin’…!?!?!

(in alphabetical order)  Kristin Davis, Dana Delany, Cameron Diaz, Diane Keaton, Swoozie Kurtz,    Queen Latifah, Eva Mendes, Mary-Louise Parker, Winona Ryder, Charlize Theron, and Oprah Winfrey   

W.W. Spencer, NSB, FL  32169

16 Actor Dudes Who Never Married—go figure . . . ?!?!?

(in alphabetical order)  Adrien Brody, Billy Crudup, John Cusak, Benicio del Toro, Leonardo DiCaprio,

Matt Dillion, Hugh Grant, Jake Gyllenhaal, John Hamm, Seth Macfarlane, Al Pacino, Matthew Perry,

Jeremy Piven, Alan Rickman, Kevin Spacey, and Owen Wilson    W.W. Spencer, NSB-side, FL  32169

Word Up 275 — New Church Family newsletter, July 9, 2014

NEW CHURCH FAMILY Weekly Newsletter, JULY 9 2014
3520 W. International Speedway Blvd. (US 92 at I-4), Daytona Beach 32124

TEL. 386-527- JUNE 15, 7:30 p.m. –
5952 E-mail: New Church Family@gmail.com
Rev. Susan B. Roth, pastor. Office hours –Tuesday, Thursdays 9-noon.
THIS SUNDAY –JULY 13 – WORSHIP & HOLY COMMUNION at 10 a.m., with Rev. Susan B. Roth preaching.
Our Praise Group will sing “This Is My Master’s House” If you’d like to hear the instrumental music in advance, go to www.dennisraybrooks.com.

Genesis 2 5: 19-34; Isaiah 35:10-13; Psalm 65; Psalm 119: 105-11`2;
Matthew 13: 1-9, 18-23; Romans 8:1-11
Continued prayers of healing for Teresa (spinal surgery), Cecelia (heart procedure and ankle fracture) Lill, abdominal surgery; and Betty, (skin graft for arm.)
Continued healing for Becki’s son Stephen, still recovering from multiple injuries in a highway crash in March. He is making progress in being able to put weight on a broken leg.
Condolences for Mark, who received word during Sunday’s service that his pet dog had died.
Chris asks God’s help for a merciful solution to the immigration wave of Central American mothers and youngsters seeking safety in Arizona and California. Strength for the front-line workers from Catholic Charities who are greeting and feeding the arrivals.
Thanksgiving for the safe return of Ron and Clarence after their visit to NY.
Safe travel for Anna, on a group tour of Italy.
Peace for Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, Israel, Gaza and the West Bank.
Pam prays for animal welfare.
Continued prayers for amputee Jack.
Condolences for Rev. Emily Bel in Columbus, Ga. Her uncle has passed away.
NOTE: The Prayer Team stands ready to receive prayer requests throughout the week. Contact Dom or Diane. YOU ALSO CAN EMAIL YOUR REQUEST & UPDATES to NCFPrayer4u@GMAIL.com, which Dom checks daily, or directly to the church phone – 386-527-5952.

SUNDAY SERMON RECAP JULY 6 “THE SECRETS OF A BEAUTIFUL FACE” — “Oh beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain.” We all know the opening lines of Katherine Lee Bates’ amazing poem. Her words call up the dramatic landscapes we can see on any cross-country journey. But Rev. Susan took us through the additional verses that teach us beauty is more than outward appearance. As we think about the many people we would label Great Americans, we can see many qualities that contribute to their beauty – a generous heart, self-control, willingness to sacrifice and eyes focused on a vision. In the same way, those qualities enhance the beauty of America. And our church, too. We love our building, but realistically, we know it will never dazzle people like a great cathedral. But our dream can be that we grow ever more Christ-like, welcoming all, fulfilling each other’s needs, providing a rock and a refuge. May God bless America and bless our church family.
NOTE: Rev. Susan’s full sermon is available on Facebook on the page of New Church Family of Daytona Beach (Group). The YouTube link for the video is

JULY 9 WED., 6:30 p.m. – LOGOS Bible Study led by Mark Bundy. A closer look at the Apostles. (FYI, LOGOS will be going on summer vacation in August.)
JULY 10, THURS., 11 a.m. – NCF Audio-Visual team meets at church to practice sound & projection skills while coach Bridget observes. Contact Bridget for more information.
JULY 10, THURS., 6:30 p.m. – OVER THE RIVER Social Group – Dinner at Olive Garden, Orange City.

JULY 11, FRIDAY, 7:30 p.m. to midnight – COME OUT & PARTY dance at CLUB 3520 (NCF building) on US 92, west of I-4. This BYOB event is open to all genders and orientations over 21. Invite some friends to have fun in a safe, smoke-free environment. Featuring music by Chris K. of KC Sound Express and dance contests testing your skill in the JITTERBUG and WOBBLE. Board games and card games also available (check the library closet).
JULY 11, Fri., 8:30 a.m. – TGIF COFFEE BREAK – Join your NCF pals for coffee and chitchat at Panera’s Bread, Port Orange. Anyone is welcome.

JULY 11, 7 p.m. – “INsideOUT” a FAREWELL RECEPTION for 3 Artists in Residence who have been working at the Atlantic Center for the Arts. The three include gay Latino poet Richard Blanco of Bethel, Maine (but who grew up in Miami,) sculptor-photographer Luis Gispert of Brooklyn, N.Y. and Yale-based composer Christopher Theofanidis. The public will have an opportunity to meet the artists and sample their work. Blanco drew national attention in 2013 when he was selected to compose and recite a poem at President Obama’s second Inauguration. One of his more recent poetry collections is “Looking for The Gulf Motel” It examines the blurred lines of gender, the frailty of his father-son relationship, and the intersection of his cultural and sexual identities as a Cuban-American gay man living in rural Maine. Free. Joan James Harris Theater and the artists’ on-campus studios, Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach.

JULY 14, 2 p.m.—SCREENING of “Still Mine.” A deeply affecting story about one man’s determination to create a home for his ailing wife as they enter their twilight years. Based on actual events. Genevieve Bujold, James Cromwell, and Campbell Scott star. Port Orange Library. Free.
JULY 15, Tues., 7 p.m. – RAINBOW LEAGUE GLBT-friendly bowling at Bellair Lanes, SR A1A, Daytona Beach.
JULY 21, 2 p.m. SCREENING of “Winter’s Tale.” Colin Farrell stars in this romantic drama adapted from the novel by Mark Helprin. The film centers on the relationship between a thief and a dying woman. Co-stars Russell Crowe, William Hurt, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly, and Eva Marie. Port Orange Library. Free.
JULY 16 and 23 – The WORD UP church newsletter will be on vacation for these 2 Wednesdays. Any urgent announcements will be on the Facebook page of New Church Family of Daytona Beach (Group.)


Runway Movies Strike a Pose

While costume design has always played an integral part in the movie industry, movies about the fashion industry have come into particular vogue during the past half-dozen years.  Coco Before Chanel depicts the French fashionista during Nazi-occupied France; Bill Cunningham New York trails the New York Times photographer pedaling around the Big Apple as he pictures street garb; The Eye Has to Travel and The September Issue follow the in’s ‘n out’s of magazine editors Diana Vreeland and Anna Wintour putting together fashion magazines; (gay)Valentino: The Last Emperor documents such extravagances as Italian designer’s pampered dogs nonchalantly draped in diamonds; Ultrasuede: In Search of (gay)Halston reveals the naughty days of Studio 54; and, no less than three films—L’Amour Fou, (gay)Yves St. Laurent, Saint Laurent—show the druggy, debauched lifetime of good looking couture from shy nervous youth through reclusive old man along, along with his business and life partner.

W.W. Spencer, NSB-side, FL 32169

Rainbow Alliance awards 3 scholarships

Two graduate students and a freshman have received Ralph D Smith Memorial Scholarships for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students at area colleges.

Trince McNally, 27, of Bethune-Cookman University, received the top award, $1000. Austin Stanley, planning to attend the University of Central Florida, and Christopher Funk, taking pre-med courses at Daytona State, each received $500.
The annual grants were awarded by the Volusia-Flager Rainbow Alliance, which has operated the scholarship program for five years. The alliance announced the awards on June 29 after receiving nominations from a panel of retired educators.

Trinice, who is pursuing a master’s degree in transformative leadership at Cookman, helped organize Standing in Your Truth, a gay straight alliance. She serves as the organization’s adviser. She also provides counseling to the school’s “It Gets Better” group.
Austin, 18, graduated from Matanzas High School in Palm Coast, and is starting studies at UCF. A trombone player, he was captain of his high school’s symphonic and marching bands. He also has been a peer counselor to fellow students struggling with orientation problems.
Chris, a 26-year-old Daytona State graduate in Port Orange, continues post-grad work at DSC to prepare for a medical graduate program. He heads a campus chapter of the American Medical Association and leads the GLBT Community Center in New Smyrna Beach.

The Rainbow Alliance also distributes small matching grants to help other organizations do outreach to the GLBT community. This year’s grants, so far, include a $300 donation to the 2014 Volusia Pride festival, scheduled for Oct 25 in New Smyrna Beach, and $200 used for the Kaleidoscope Gay-Straight Prom at Stetson University.

The scholarships honor the late Ralph D. Smith, an attorney who did volunteer work for Stonewall Democrats and other gay organizations in Daytona Beach. His relatives in Washington, D.C., and Maine continue generous support of the program.
The Alliance is a nonprofit coalition open to anyone interested in local GLBT solidarity and equality. Board members are Rev. Susan Roth, Tom Brown, Paul Edson, Russ Van Allen and Roxanne Williams. It meets quarterly at New Church Family in Daytona Beach. Tax-deductible contributions can be sent to Volusia-Flagler Rainbow Alliance, PO Box 1936, Daytona Beach FL. 32115. Information: 386-527-5952.

Word Up 274 New Church Family newsletter July 2, 2014

NEW CHURCH FAMILY Weekly Newsletter, JULY 2 2014
520 W. International Speedway Blvd. (US 92 at I-4), Daytona Beach 32124
TEL. 386-527-5952 E-mail: New Church Family@gmail.com
Rev. Susan B. Roth, pastor. Office hours –Tuesday, Thursdays 9-noon.

THIS SUNDAY –JULY 6 – WORSHIP & HOLY COMMUNION at 10 a.m., with Rev. Susan B. Roth preaching. After service, we will have our POTLUCK PICNIC, starting 11:30 a.m. REMINDER –We will have our monthly special collection for our Benevolence Fund, which helps people with financial emergencies. Your spare change or dollars are greatly appreciated for this important ministry.
> NOTE: Our picnic will be FREE of charge.
We have dropped plans to collect donations.
> Here is the picnic sign-up list. (If you didn’t get a chance to sign up, bottled water, juice or soda is always useful):
> Hamburger buns-Becki, Danah, John R
> Hot dog buns-Carol and Martha
> Beans-Loretta and Larry
> Coleslaw- CJ Jerry C
> Mac salad-Linda Williams, Charlotte and Pam
> Veggie Burgers- Dennis and Peter
> Potato Salad- Diane W.Rashiki and Isaac, Sylvia, Zack and Trey
> Chips- Pat Dameron, Abby
> Pickles- Nancy T
> Green bean salsa – Jeanne Weston
> Onions-2-Keith and Lloyd
> Dessert- Deb, Betty Nation
> Fruit- Kitty and Linda, Susan
> Our new choral group will sing “MANSION OVER THE HILL.” If you’d like to hear the instrumental music in advance, go to www.dennisraybrooks.com.
> Genesis 24: 34-57, Psalm 45:10–17 or Song of Solomon 2:8 –13
> Zechariah 9:9–12 or Psalm 145:8–14
> Romans 7:15–25; Matthew 11:16–19, 25–30
> Rapid recovery for Teresa’s spinal surgery. Also, continued healing from surgeries performed on Lill, Cecilia, and Jerry. Cecila also broke an ankle.
> Thanksgiving Betty is home after a lengthy infection caused by a dog scratch. Prayers for a successful skin graft on her arm today.
> Continued healing for Becki’s son Stephen, still recovering at home from a traffic crash.
> Thanksgiving that Mark’s PET scan for a spot on his lung turned out favorably
> Lloyd is thankful for his 18 years of togetherness with Keith
> Abby prays a cousin has a successful maternity.
> Thanksgiving for a reunion with Lori and Kathy, visiting from Jensen Beach. They attended our church years ago when it met in Ormond.
> Safe travel for our snowbird members traveling the interstates. Frank & Jerry plan to leave for Ontario this week.
> Also safe travel for Linda Mc, making a trip to and from the Keys, and for Anna, leaving for an 11-day tour of Italy.
> Peace for Ukraine, Syria and Iraq.
> May the Holy Spirit guide a Miami judge hearing a lawsuit today that challenges Florida’s law against same-sex marriage.
> Pam prays for animal welfare. Thanksgiving her children have obtained housing.
> CJ is thankful for having found a second job with a trainer at the Kennel Club.
> For amputee Jack, still hospitalized after 2 months and now dealing with clogged arteries.
> Anna asks prayers for her friend Michelle in Palm Coast
> Prayers for a friend who died of alcohol poisoning in West Virginia
> Healing for Edward C.
> Thanksgiving that Bob and Alan have found a new mobile home in DeLand Prayers as they deal with tight finances.
> NOTE: The Prayer Team stands ready to receive prayer requests throughout the week. Contact Dom or Diane. YOU ALSO CAN EMAIL YOUR REQUEST & UPDATES to NCFPrayer4u@GMAIL.com, which Dom checks daily, or directly to the church phone – 386-527-5952.
> SUNDAY SERMON RECAP JUNE 29 — ACT RANDOMLY WITH LOVE – A video showed school kids defining “love.” We know it can take many forms, and perhaps the ones we remember the longest are the unexpected acts of kindness. The Good Samaritan parable gives us the prime example, but there are many smaller versions of that outreach that we can perform every day. Controlling our tongue is always a challenge. Making a snappy comeback (“dishing”) is a prized talent within the GLBT community, but there is always a danger our quips might unintentionally wound someone. Better to joke about yourself than others. As we go about our daily business, how often do we make a friendly comment to a stranger? So much easier to bury our head in a smart phone. Years ago, Boy Scouts were expected to help old people and disabled people cross a street. When was the last time you witnessed someone doing that favor? Why not vow to do at least one random act a day? In time, it will become a habit and besides helping someone else it build your own sense of well-being.
> NOTE: Rev. Susan’s full sermon is available on Facebook on the page of New Church Family of Daytona Beach (Group). The YouTube link for the video is:
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=futYYsks0QQ
> JULY 2 WED., 6:30 p.m. – LOGOS Bible Study wraps up its study of the early church with a look at Paul’s last missionary journey. Led by Mark Bundy. The next phase of Bible study will be a closer look at the disciples. Some are well-known, others receive just passing mention in the Bible.
> JULY 2, WED, 7:30 pm. – GAY LATINO POET RICHARD BLANCO of Miami recites some of his latest work at the Deltona Public Library. Blanco composed a poem for the 2013 Presidential Inauguration. Another chance to meet him will be JULY 11, 7 p.m., at a free reception at the Atlantic Center of the Arts in New Smyrna.
> JULY 2, WED. 5-8 p.m – RACING HISTORY NIGHT at Halifax Historical Museum, 252 S. Beach St., Daytona. Panel discussion featuring Vicki Wood, Russ Truelove and other retired race drivers, plus screening of “Hoppin’ Rattlesnakes,” a documentary about beach racing from 1905 to 1958. Admission $8-10. RSVE 244-6976.
> JULY 8 – RAINBOW LEAGUE GLBT Friendly BOWLING NIGHT at Bellair Lanes, Daytona Beach. $12 includes pizza and pitcher of beverage for each team.

So far, So good—outstanding movies of the first half of the year

Midway through 2014, there are a mere trio of movies considered the English-speaking/non-sequel franchise best.  Each eccentric, they are each for audiences with decidedly quirky tastes.  As available during this summer, see them at your own risk.

Grand Budapest Hotel is an emotionally thoughtful, witty but sad mystery adventure set in a famous elegantly stylish European hotel with upper-crust guests between WWI and WWII.  Lanky Oscar-winning polyamorous English/Scotch actress Tilda Swinton is hardly recognizable as a wealthy dowager who’s particularly fond of the clever concierge.

Lego Movie is a hilarious adventure comedy pitting an average good guy against a powerful evil tyrant.  Everything is in 3-D computer-animation with voices by such stars as Will Ferrell and Morgan Freeman.  Appealing both to children and adults, a sequel is already in the making.

Title character Locke takes a two hour drive during which he relentlessly tries to salvage his unraveling life.  As the only person on screen for the entire time, hot English bi-actor, Tom Hardy, gives a stunning award-worthy performance.

—W.W. Spencer, NSB-side, FL  32169

Summertime GLBT Calendar

Here is a brief list of local GLBT public events coming up this summer. Feel free to add information for your organization or business:

JULY 30, 6:30 p.m. — EQUALITY FLORIDA CONNECTION MIXER at Garbo’s Lounge, U.S. 1, South Daytona. Learn about the struggle for GLBT equality in Florida from the state’s largest gay advocacy group. Free.

AUG. 3, SUN., 10 a.m. — New Church Family Sunday worship, with Rev. Susan B. Roth preaching. Special vocal music by Daryl Strobel of Jacksonville. Potluck lunch will follow the service. Everyone is welcome.

AUG. 8, FRI., 7:30 to midnight — COME OUT & PARTY at CLUB 3520 (NCF Building), Dance party for over-21 adults. BYOB (please drink responsibly). $5 donation. Deejay Chris of KC SoundExpress presents your favorite tunes. 3520 W. ISB (US 92) near I-4 ramps, Daytona Beach.


TUESDAYS, 7 p.m. — RAINBOW BOWLING LEAGUE meets for bowling, pizza and beverages at Bellair Lanes, Bellair Plaza, Daytona Beach.

WEDNESDAYS — LOGOS BIBLE STUDY 6:30 p.m. at New Church Family, led by Mark Bundy. Topics: Early church history; Exploring the disciples. Bring your favorite Bible. These sessions are open to the public. You don’t have to be a member of New Church Family or any other church to take part. Free. Details: Mark, 386-547-1019.

FRIDAYS, 8:30 a.m. — TGIF COFFEE BREAK — Join New Church Family members and their friends for informal chitchat. Panera Bread (rear of restaurant), Dunlawton Avenue, next to Target, Port Orange. Anyone is welcome.

(Information: Tom Brown, brownt218@yahoo.com. A listing of area nightclubs and their hours can be found on the Calendar page of GayDaytona.com. Click on the Calendar tab at the top of this page.)