Local & State News

freeFall Theatre’s Post-Irma Silver Lining

freeFall Theatre’s Post-Irma Silver Lining

When Irma blew the roof off St Pete’s freeFall Theatre, major water damage delayed the company’s new season — but by just one week. Staff and volunteers have started to reconfigure freeFall’s  historic auditorium as a temporary home for the important season opener, White Fang, written and directed by rising British playwright Jethro Compton, inspired […]

| September 20, 2017
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Hurricane Benefit Concerts This Weekend … St Pete & Madeira Beach

Hurricane Benefit Concerts This Weekend … St Pete & Madeira Beach

Hurricane Irma has passed, power and cell phone service have been restored to most Floridians and cleanup is well underway. Unfortunately, thousands are still being affected by rising waters in some of Florida’s major rivers.  Earlier this week, officials with the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office said the Withlacoochee River had reached major flood stage and is expected […]

| September 20, 2017
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Contributors

See Jane Drill Shows You How To Get Things Done

See Jane Drill Shows You How To Get Things Done

We are happy to announce that we will be sharing video tutorials and how-to articles by the See Jane Drill team: Leah and Karen who make their home in the Pacific Northwest. Their mission is to take the mystery out of all things mechanical, so that people can fix, renew, and restore their own stuff. […]

| September 20, 2017
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Happy Hours

Happy Hours

The Amazon Trail by Lee Lynch — One day, out of the blue, I received an email from well-respected writer Renee Bess. In her thoughtful, elegant style, she asked if I would be interested in working together to produce an anthology about the role gay bars have played in our lives. I was on board […]

| September 9, 2017
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National & International News

Lesbian Community Loses Two Pioneers

Lesbian Community Loses Two Pioneers

The lesbian community lost two pioneers this week. Influential bestselling author, activist and artist Kate Millett passed away on September 6 at age 82. Edie Windsor, who took her case for marriage equality to the Supreme Court, passed away on September 12. Millett’s 1970 book Sexual Politics became an instant best seller and cornerstone of […]

| September 15, 2017
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Mattis Puts Freeze on Transgender Military Ban Pending Independent Recommendation

Mattis Puts Freeze on Transgender Military Ban Pending Independent Recommendation

Defense Secretary James Mattis has announced that implementation of President Trump’s ban on transgender women and men serving in the military is on hold pending recommendations from a panel of experts. “Once the panel reports its recommendations and following my consultation with the secretary of Homeland Security, I will provide my advice to the president […]

| August 30, 2017
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Music Scene

Meet Peace, Love & Women Music Festival Producer Lynn DiVenuti

Meet Peace, Love & Women Music Festival Producer Lynn DiVenuti

The Gulfport Peace, Love & Women Music Festival on September 17 was created to offer a venue for seasoned and upcoming women performers to showcase their music. Everyone who loves great music is invited to this community event that is one of the hottest tickets of the summer. Five of Tampa Bay’s critically-acclaimed, professional women […]

| August 30, 2017
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VIDEO: Pink Gives Powerful Speech About Appearance at VMA Awards

VIDEO: Pink Gives Powerful Speech About Appearance at VMA Awards

GayStarNews has reported that Pink’s speech about androgyny and beauty was one of the favorite moments at MTV’s 2017 Video Music Awards. The artist attended the Awards with her family to accept the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. ‘I know I don’t have a lot of time,’ she began as the audience continued to roar […]

| August 30, 2017
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Sports

Bi Gold Medal Boxer Talks About Her New Memoir

Bi Gold Medal Boxer Talks About Her New Memoir

Britain’s Nicola Adams, the first woman to win an Olympic gold medal for boxing, discusses the art of her sport and her life as an out bisexual in a new memoir. Read an exclusive excerpt at the Advocate. Nicola Adams: “Even though I’m 100 percent focused on the match when I’m boxing, it’s hard not […]

| August 30, 2017
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Meet Katie Sowers: 1st Out LGBT Coach in the NFL

Meet Katie Sowers: 1st Out LGBT Coach in the NFL

Jim Buzinski of Outsports just posted this: “San Francisco 49ers assistant coach Katie Sowers is a pro football pioneer. This season, she will become the NFL’s second full-time assistant female coach. She will also become the league’s first openly LGBT coach, male or female.” “No matter what you do in life, one of the most […]

| August 22, 2017
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TV, Entertainment & The Arts

Reese Witherspoon Producing Film About “God Hates Fags” Church

Reese Witherspoon Producing Film About “God Hates Fags” Church

Huffington Post reports that “the movie will focus on the life story of Megan Phelps-Roper, who left the hate group in 2012.” Reese Witherspoon is signed on to a project about the life of Megan Phelps-Roper, the granddaughter of Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps, and there are rumors that Witherspoon will also star in […]

| August 30, 2017
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VIDEO: Laverne Cox Narrates Animated History of Trans Rights

VIDEO: Laverne Cox Narrates Animated History of Trans Rights

GayStarNews has reported that Laverne Cox is now using her voice to narrate a stunning animated video telling the history of transgender rights and where they are going forward. “Presented by TIME and the ACLU, the 4-minute video is gorgeously animated by Molly Crabapple. The combination of colorful sketches and Cox’s eloquent, steadfast voice-over makes […]

| August 30, 2017
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More News

St Pete Runoff Set November 7 After LGBT Ally Rick Kriseman Bests Challenger by Only 69 Votes

St Pete Runoff Set November 7 After LGBT Ally Rick Kriseman Bests Challenger by Only 69 Votes

| August 31, 2017

Equality Florida reports  LGBTQ Support for St Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman played a defining role in the runoff election August 28 that matched him against former Mayor Rick Baker. Kriseman’s solid support for the LGBTQ community secured him endorsements by the Equality Florida Action PAC, Pinellas Stonewall Democrats and others – including President Barack Obama. […]

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Everywhere in the US You Can Get Fired for Being LGBT … Including Florida

Everywhere in the US You Can Get Fired for Being LGBT … Including Florida

| August 30, 2017

FastCompany reports that “states that protect LGBT employees from discrimination are still in the minority, but businesses are becoming more vocal advocates.” “If there were any lingering doubts that President Donald Trump does not intend to be known as the champion of LGBT rights that Candidate Donald Trump was vowing himself to be this time […]

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HRC Represented By Lambda Legal & OutServe-SLDN in Lawsuit Against Trump’s Trans Military Ban

HRC Represented By Lambda Legal & OutServe-SLDN in Lawsuit Against Trump’s Trans Military Ban

| August 30, 2017

From the HRC blog: “Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN just filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Trump administration’s ban on military service by transgender individuals. The lawsuit—brought in response to President Trump’s formal issuance of directions to military authorities late Friday—was filed on behalf of two individuals who seek to join the military; […]

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Equality Florida Names Former State Rep Joe Saunders Its Senior Political Director

Equality Florida Names Former State Rep Joe Saunders Its Senior Political Director

| August 30, 2017

Equality Florida recently announced that Former State Representative Joe Saunders is rejoining the organization’s staff as the new Senior Political Director. In this role Saunders will be charged with leading the organization’s civic engagement programs, pro-LGBTQ mobilization efforts, and electoral programs. After nearly a ten year tenure serving as Equality Florida’s Field Director, Saunders ran […]

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