The only way we can judge someone, is by his accomplishments, this
person, for years has performed a great job.

His only so called “guilt” is to have “guts” to come out to
everybody, about a pain, that has hounted him for most of his life.

What about if in this comission of seven, there is someone who is
also from the GLBT section of the population, he/she is scared to
death to come out, now knows, what would happen to her/him.

Crucifying her, is like going back in time, we are progressive
country, why have we make a step backwards?????

Think again what you could be facing also even if you don’t belong
to the GLBT group, but to any other section of the population, may
it be caucausian, african american, latin, asian, etc. you could be
int the same place, and then what?????

For the justice for all, be right, don’t let be influenced by
sectarism of a few, that could conduct to the desintegration of a
great country and it’s people.

Thanks for your attentions. Tatianna

SHOWDOWN TODAY IN LARGO

March 23, 2007

Today, Friday, March 23, 2007 at 6:00 p.m. in Largo, Florida, City Manager Steve Stanton will appear before the Largo City Commission in an Attempt to Keep His Job. Please renew your contact efforts today and tell the Largo City Commission that you support Steve Stanton and that you believe that gender discrimination is wrong. Visit this link here if you want to know what you can do to help the cause.

Hero of The Day

March 22, 2007

Ken Yeager Ken Yeager, the first openly gay city council member in San Jose, CA, history and current county supervisor, announced strong support for Steve Stanton today. Click here

Hero Of The Day

March 16, 2007

Julia MillerJulia Miller, former California mayor speaks out in support of Steve Stanton and calls on Largo leaders to reconsider decision. Miller served on the National League of Cities Human Development Steering Committee and was a Lockheed Martin Employee for 34 years.

Hero of the Day

March 14, 2007

KarenDoering

NCLR Senior Attorney Karen Doering Arguing to the Largo Commission

SHOW DOWN: MARCH 23

March 14, 2007

Stanton has 9 days to prepare

But his attorney may not be available March 23.

By LORRI HELFAND
Published March 14, 2007


LARGO – City Manager Steve Stanton will make his case to keep his job on March 23.

City Commissioners on Tuesday night chose that date for the public hearing because that’s when they’ll all be available.

But his attorney said she might not be.

“They chose to go with the only date we’re not all available,” said Karen Doering.

Stanton, who initially requested a hearing in April, said he wished he had more time to prepare his case, but will make the most of the opportunity.

“I’m still excited about the prospect of being reinstated as city manager,” said Stanton, who did not attend the meeting. “I’ll do the best I can with the cards that have been dealt to me.”

On Feb. 27, commissioners voted 5-2 to place Stanton, 48, who makes $140,234 annually, on paid leave and to begin the process to fire him.

The vote came less than a week after Stanton, Largo’s city manager for 14 years, disclosed that he was undergoing hormone therapy in preparation for gender-reassignment surgery.

Commissioners decided against scheduling the hearing for April 9, when Doering said she would be available. They said they were concerned that day is past the 30-day deadline that the city charter sets for holding the hearing.

Advocacy groups for gay and transgender people have said they plan to help Stanton present his case, but Doering said she must attend an out-of-town conference for litigators on that date.

Doering, senior counsel for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, a legal advocacy group for gay and transgendered people, blamed her dilemma on Commissioner Mary Gray Black, who brought up the concern about the deadline.

“They chose to follow Ms. Black and her irrational fears only based in hysteria,” Doering said. “It is a bit shocking the lack of professional courtesy in scheduling a date as important as this.”

Stanton had requested three hours to present his case. But Black wanted to limit Stanton’s case to an hour.

Commissioner Rodney Woods and other commissioners balked at that suggestion.

“I would hope that he is given the amount of time he feels is necessary to present his case to us,” Woods said.

Once the public hearing takes place, commissioners can vote at any time to make Stanton’s termination official. At least five votes are required to fire Stanton, officials say.

Lorri Helfand can be reached at 445-4155 or lorri@sptimes.com

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