There's big news to share with my Bilerico Family!
I am happy and excited to report that my husband, Anthony, has been offered and accepted a high level administrative and faculty law professor position at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois. His position will put him in charge of one of the best legal skills program in the nation, as it was recently ranked number 4 by US News and World Report. Anthony is very fortunate to have received what is considered one of the best jobs in his field so early in his career.
For Anthony, for me, and our professional growth, we had no choice but to accept this great opportunity. This provides Anthony with the necessary security and growth that he didn't have with his current job at Nova Southeastern University and it provides me with many exciting opportunities for my work as an LGBT rights activist, blogger, political consultant, and all around trouble-maker.
Other than the cold winters, this is a perfect fit for us!
The obvious sad part of this is that Anthony will have to leave one of the greatest jobs he has ever had--working as a city commissioner & Vice Mayor here in Oakland Park, Florida. Since being elected, Anthony has accomplished so much with all of your support and I know that this city and our community will continue to move forward and be a leader in Equality.
We never could have accomplished any of this without all of you, our online family.
I am very proud that Anthony was able to continue to fight for equality for all as a city commissioner. We are so proud of the Oakland Park commission for making numerous statements supporting the equality & diversity in this community, including reaching out to those underrepresented communities during our census count, celebrating gay pride in our city, expanding protections for our transgender brothers and sisters, asking the president and Congress to overturn Don't Ask, Don't Tell, pushing to overturn the ban on adoptions by gay and lesbian individuals, and expanding the definition of family in laws and ordinances to include our LGBT families.
We are also thankful and proud of all we have been able to be a part of and accomplish in our 7 years in South Florida. From the early days of the anti-gay announcement over the intercom at Fort Lauderdale airport (that darn Leviticus Verse!), to the fight against Fort Lauderdale Mayor Naugle's hateful anti-gay rhetoric, to taking our foster son to Tallahassee to speak out against the adoption ban, and all of the campaigns and issues we have worked on together, we are blessed to have been a part of this vibrant LGBT community and fight beside all of you!
Although we are leaving South Florida for Chicago, we will continue the fight for full equality and continue to do whatever we can to make changes in Florida, in our new home state, and across the country.
And of course I'll still be here on my soapbox at Bilerico and around the web!
Words can't express the impact you all have had on our lives and how your guidance, support, and, most importantly, friendship have changed us and pushed us to fight harder for our entire community. Our time in South Florida and with the community here and online have shaped the activists we are today.
This isn't an ending, but another beginning to a new and exciting chapter in our lives!
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you!
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