Local & State News

Komen Central Florida Closes … Suncoast Group Schedules February 17 Race

Komen Central Florida Closes … Suncoast Group Schedules February 17 Race

Paul Brinkmann, Orlando Sentinel, reports:  “Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s affiliate in metro Orlando is closing its doors, and canceling a February race to raise funds. Komen Central Florida, based in Oviedo, becomes the latest Komen chapter to close or cut back activity following years of controversy. The Arizona chapter closed in 2017.” Komen […]

| January 15, 2018
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Lunch & Learn: Elder LGBT Sexuality Presentation at Gulfport Public Library

Lunch & Learn: Elder LGBT Sexuality Presentation at Gulfport Public Library

Author to Speak on the Topic of Elder LGBT Sexuality Tuesday, January 30, noon – 1 pm Gulfport Public Library, 5501 28th Ave S, Gulfport Dr. Jane Fleishman will offer a presentation on the topic of the sexual lives of older LGBTQ community members on Tuesday, January 30 from 12 noon until 1 p.m. at […]

| January 10, 2018
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Contributors

Zipline Vegas

Zipline Vegas

The Amazon Trail by Lee Lynch She’s going on a zipline in Las Vegas. That’s what my sweetheart announced this morning. It gets worse. She said the zipline goes over city streets and buildings—and here I was envisioning a sweet pastoral zip across raging river rapids and sharp rocks. Now I only have to worry […]

| January 12, 2018
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From OLOHP: Arden’s Musings & 2017 Interview Numbers

From OLOHP: Arden’s Musings & 2017 Interview Numbers

Arden’s Musings It seems like we just sent an issue of The Insider out a few weeks ago, which we did. Hurricanes and flooding kept that issue from coming out when it should, but things have calmed down and we feel like our lives are getting back on track. As you know, Charlotte and I […]

| January 10, 2018
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National & International News

Would Martin Luther King Jr Have Supported LGBTQ Rights?

Would Martin Luther King Jr Have Supported LGBTQ Rights?

As we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr Day every year, discussion often turns to whether Dr King would have supported the LGBTQ rights movement. Nick Duffy, PinkNews, writes that “Dr King often advocated for the rights of everyday people – but his thoughts on homosexuality are less well preserved.” According to Duffy, One of the […]

| January 16, 2018
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Georgetown University Responds to Demand for LGBTQ Housing

Georgetown University Responds to Demand for LGBTQ Housing

PinkNews reports: The oldest Catholic university in the US has introduced LGBT-only dorm for its students. Georgetown University, which was established in 1789, has decided to team up its traditional ethos with its progressive values and offer LGBT accommodation options for residents who desire it. After initially rejecting proposals from the campus LGBTQ+ Inclusivity Policy […]

| January 16, 2018
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Music Scene

Janis Joplin Would Have been 75 on January 19

Janis Joplin Would Have been 75 on January 19

Worth reading: Janis Joplin: the singer who screamed a very American pain by Nick Coleman, the Guardian “With her raw, anguished voice, Joplin – who would have been 75 this month – was a hippy icon. But on Piece of My Heart she became something darker still.” My first encounter with extreme feeling in pop […]

| January 15, 2018
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Ferron Returns to the Hickman March 3

Ferron Returns to the Hickman March 3

Saturday, March 3, 7-8:30 pm   An Evening with Ferron   @ the Catherine A Hickman Theater, Gulfport  Ferron is a Canadian-born singer-songwriter and poet. In addition to gaining fame as one of Canada’s most respected songwriters, Ferron first became one of the most influential lyrical songwriters of the women’s music circuit, and an important influence […]

| January 10, 2018
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Sports

Billie Jean King Speaks Out Against Homophobic Tennis Champion Margaret Court

Billie Jean King Speaks Out Against Homophobic Tennis Champion Margaret Court

Margaret Court, former tennis champion with more Grand Slam titles than any other athlete, is boycotting this year’s Australian Open. Why? UK’s Telegraph reports that the 75-year-old opposes Australia’s ruling to allow same sex-marriage and last year claimed “tennis is full of lesbians”. “Court is a senior pastor at Perth’s Victory Life church and has […]

| January 16, 2018
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Canadian Pro Hockey Player Comes Out as Trans

Canadian Pro Hockey Player Comes Out as Trans

David Hudson, GayStarNews, reports: “A Canadian Women’s Hockey League player has revealed that she is trans. 28-year-old Jessica Platt plays for Toronto Furies. She played four games as an alternate in the 2016-2017 season, before joining for her first full season in 2017.” ‘After a lot of thought I would like to announce that I […]

| January 15, 2018
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TV, Entertainment & The Arts

VIDEO: ‘Grace And Frankie’ Season 4 Debuts Lisa Kudrow January 19

VIDEO: ‘Grace And Frankie’ Season 4 Debuts Lisa Kudrow January 19

“So, did you sign up for that dating site I signed you up for,” Lily Tomlin’s Frankie asks Grace (Jane Fonda). “Yes, and oddly I didn’t find the love of my life on hippie-round-up-dot-com,” Grace replies. That exchange kicks off the official Season 4 trailer for Grace and Frankie ahead of its January 19 premiere […]

| January 15, 2018
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Writer Rayya Elias, Partner of Eat, Pray, Love Author Elizabeth Gilbert, dies at 57

Writer Rayya Elias, Partner of Eat, Pray, Love Author Elizabeth Gilbert, dies at 57

  Posted by Women in the World: “Syria-born writer Rayya Elias, the partner of Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert, has died of pancreatic and liver cancer at the age of 57. In emotional posts shared by Gilbert on social media, she wrote that being with Elias had “been the greatest honor of my life” […]

| January 10, 2018
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More News

Latina Lesbian Launches Run for Texas Governor

Latina Lesbian Launches Run for Texas Governor

| January 15, 2018

Dallas sheriff Lupe Valdez has launched a run for governor, the Guardian reports. Her potential appeal to women and Latinos plus her record on law and order could challenge the state’s GOP. A gay Latina Democrat grabbing hold of the country’s biggest red state would rank as one of the greatest political upsets of the […]

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Miami Beach Synagogue Appoints Its First Female Senior Rabbi

Miami Beach Synagogue Appoints Its First Female Senior Rabbi

| January 10, 2018

Reported by the Miami Herald: “For two years, the rabbinic search committee at Temple Beth Sholom in Miami Beach looked nationally to find the right person to be the new senior rabbi at the 75-year-old synagogue. To no one’s surprise, the new senior rabbi is actually a rabbi who has served at Temple Beth Sholom […]

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Danish Lesbian Badminton Couple to Welcomed on Indian Pro League

Danish Lesbian Badminton Couple to Welcomed on Indian Pro League

| January 10, 2018

From GayStarNews:  “The world’s number two ranked women’s badminton doubles team who also happen to be a couple have been welcomed with open arms by fans in India, where homosexuality is illegal. Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl, from Denmark, revealed they were a couple in October last year.” “Four-time winners of the European Championships, […]

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Looking for New Year Inspiration … Check Out this 101-Year-Old Champion Runner

Looking for New Year Inspiration … Check Out this 101-Year-Old Champion Runner

| January 9, 2018

We were inspired by this NPR story about 101-year-old Man Kaur, of India, who is currently training for the Asia Pacific Masters Games in Malaysia next September. “Every day she wakes up at 4 a.m., bathes, washes clothes, makes tea, recites prayers until about 7 a.m. Sometimes she goes to the Gurdwara, the place of […]

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