Previous ‘American Idol’ contestant brings gay kickball league to Orlando

By : Jaime Donelson
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ORLANDO | America’s Finest Kickball League is the largest Gay Kickball League in the country, and CEO and Founder Keith London is helping to bring it to Orlando for the first time. The season will start Nov. 3 and runs until Dec. 15.

“I’ve played sports my entire life. I love the sport part of it but I never felt at home for some reason.” London says. “I played in a gay softball league in Boston and San Diego and I just fell in love with being able to be myself and have fun.”

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Delta flight attendant suspended for having sex with porn star mid-flight

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Delta has suspended a flight attendant for having sex with a porn star mid-flight after clips of the bathroom hookup were uploaded online.

According to the Daily Mail, adult film star Austin Wolf posted two, four-minute clips of he and the uniformed flight attendant having sex in the bathroom. The tweets have since been deleted.

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Ellen DeGeneres says she received a bomb threat after coming out

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Ellen DeGeneres was celebrated by many during her historic coming out in 1997 but now the talk show host is opening up about the hardships she faced.

In a new interview with Ad Week, DeGeneres reveals she received death threats including a bomb threat.

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Harvey Fierstein has ‘never seen’ John Travolta in ‘Hairspray

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Harvey Fierstein revealed he has no comment on John Travolta’s performance as Edna Turnblad in the 2007 “Hairspray” film because he’s never seen it.

Fierstein appeared on Andy Cohen’s “Watch What Happens Live” in promotion of the Broadway revival of “Torch Song.” Cohen asked Fierstein what he thought of Travolta’s portrayal of Edna.

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Prison doctor settles with state over LGBTQ discrimination

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP)| A psychologist at a California prison is receiving $275,000 to settle her lawsuit alleging that she was twice locked in a room with a dangerous inmate in retaliation for reporting mistreatment of gay and transgender inmates.

The Sacramento Bee reported Oct. 17 that Lori Jespersen accepted the settlement in May in return for agreeing to resign from the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

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Issue 25.21: This is Halloween

By : Jake Stevens
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Central Florida and Tampa Bay prep to eat, drink and be scary, Metro relaunches St. Pete Welcome Center, new children’s book explains Pulse tragedy to kids, One Orlando Alliance announces new executive director, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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High Fidelity: Meet the Parents

By : Miguel Fuller
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Can we have a really serious conversation? Like, for real for real?

I am scared.

I am nervous.

I actually have no words.

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Homo Erectus: The Evolution of Us – When there’s a will there’s a gay

By : Dr. Steve Yacovelli
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Once upon a time I was a young 20-something twinkie gayling; working, playing and having a pretty fun and carefree life. I had a good job (actually using my degree!), lived in a cute one-bedroom apartment in downtown Orlando and was a little social butterfly most evenings out and about.

SIDE NOTE: How did many of us function as a 20-something going out about five days a week? Anyway, the last thing on my mind during this phase of my life was planning for the future, thinking about retirement and what to do with my possessions should I meet my demise.

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Positive Living: Gay Days at the Polling Booth

By : Greg Stemm
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It occurred to me that in order to get more gay people to the polling booth, whose votes matter immensely, perhaps we should create a whole “gay day” theme like we do at Disney World. If we can take over the land of enchantment, why shouldn’t we take over this important day too? Why not have some funs while we send the politicians in Washington packing for home?

The celebration would of course begin weeks in advance, so honey, you are already behind. You’d better drop everything and get started right now.  

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PHOTOS: COWP’s Most Colorful Parade brings pride, pageantry and politics to Lake Eola

By : Jaime Donelson
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ORLANDO | Come Out With Pride had the eyes of the city on them as The Most Colorful Parade passed through the streets of downtown Orlando for thousands of attendees Oct. 13.

The parade route was filled with rainbow-colored floats, performers and — this being an election year — lots of voters, activists and politicians.

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10.18.18 Tampa Bay Bureau Chief’s Desk

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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I was recently confronted by a woman wearing one of the most disturbing masks I’d ever seen, at least up close.

I’ve seen some frightening things in my time. I’ve trudged through Howl-O-Scream, I’ve watched this administration fill Supreme Court vacancies and I’m from Ohio. But this was different.

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10.18.18 Central Florida Bureau Chief’s Desk

By : Jeremy Williams
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Ah, Halloween. That time of year when you get to dress up, pretend to be someone else for a night and beg strangers for candy if you’re a kid, or for a drink if you’re an adult.

I must admit, I’m not a huge fan of Halloween. I’m one of those people who most others complain about because while everyone is deciding what nine costumes they are going to wear to each party they are attending, I’m the guy walking up and down the Christmas aisle figuring out what colors and pattern my tree will be this year.

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