Alabama Chief Justice waits for judgment day on keeping job

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore – famously removed from office 13 years ago for refusing to remove a Ten Commandments display – appeared before a judicial disciplinary panel Sept. 28 to answer accusations that he urged defiance of the federal courts again: This time on gay marriage.

The state’s Judicial Inquiry Commission is seeking Moore’s removal from the bench, arguing that in January he directed, or at least encouraged, the state’s probate judges to refuse marriage licenses to gay couples.

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George Takei gives personal collection to Los Angeles Museum

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – Actor and activist George Takei is donating a trove of art and artifacts from his life and career to the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles.

The museum announced the gift Sept. 28 and said the collection will be featured in an exhibition next year. “New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei” is set to open March 12, 2017.

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Lawyers who challenged Kansas gay marriage ban awarded $295K

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – A federal judge has directed Kansas to pay $295,000 to attorneys who successfully challenged the state’s ban on gay marriage in a lawsuit.

U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree on Sept. 27 approved a request from American Civil Liberties Union lawyers and Kansas City-area attorney Mark Johnson.

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Watermark Giveaway: Movies Out Loud – A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge

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We are giving away tickets to attend Movies Out Loud, presented by Orlando Fringe and Watermark, at The Abbey Oct. 12.

Come watch as Logan Donahoo and Michael Marinaccio take on the 1985 gay subtext-filled, cult-classic A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge. Prepare yourself as Freddy Kruger spends 90 minutes trying  to enter a young man’s body.

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Pulse shooter prayed at Kissimmee mosque 4 days before attack

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) – An imam has released video footage of Pulse shooter Omar Mateen praying in a Central Florida mosque four days before the attack that killed 49 people and injured 53 others.

Imam Helmi Elagha told reporters Sept. 28 that he was unaware that Mateen had visited the mosque until FBI investigators contacted him a couple of days after the June 12 shooting at Pulse.

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Pennsylvania man accused of raping women says he’s gay, innocent

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UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man awaiting trial on charges he raped two elderly women tells reporters he’s “an innocent gay guy.”

Forty-nine-year-old Earl Maust was in court Sept. 27 to face charges he repeatedly raped a 75-year-old woman who took him in for about three months when he was down on his luck. She contends the Masontown man was a violent drunk who kept a meat cleaver under his mattress, wrapped her hair around his arm when they slept, and otherwise wouldn’t let her leave.

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Pro skateboarder Brian Anderson comes out as gay

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NEW YORK (AP) – Professional skateboarder Brian Anderson has publicly come out as gay.

The 40-year-old Anderson tells Vice Sports he once was terrified that someone in the skateboarding community would discover his sexuality.

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Screened Out – Morris from America

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Coming-of-age stories are nothing new. But when you can do something charming, authentic, and unique with the genre, then it’s worth noting. Morris from America is a small, quiet, and a little flimsy on plot, but it’s still delightful.

Writer/director Chad Hartigan puts Morris Gentry (Christmas) in the most awkward of situations. Morris is 13 years old – a difficult age anywhere, but especially difficult for a black teenager. Furthermore, Morris is stuck in Germany, having followed his dad Curtis (Robinson) for a job. There aren’t a lot of black teenagers in Heidelberg; Morris sticks out like a sore thumb as he tries to make new friends.

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Watermark is hiring! Orlando advertising sales representative needed

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Watermark is hiring an Orlando advertising sales representative.

For more than 22 years, Watermark has been the premiere source for LGBT news across Central Florida and Tampa Bay, and we are expanding our team.

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Norwegians now can change genders legally with a mouse click

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HAUGESUND, Norway (AP) – Ten-year-old Anna Thulin-Myge’s passport shows what looks like an ordinary Norwegian girl wearing her long, blond hair fastened with a clip. It lists her first name as Anna, but under sex it says “M.”

“That means male,” Anna says, running her finger across the document. “In some weeks I’m going to have a new passport, and then it’s going to say ‘F.'”

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Maryland high school promotes gender-neutral homecoming court

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BETHESDA, Md. (AP) – Students at a Maryland high school will get to choose whether they want to be considered as a king or queen, regardless of their gender, as part of a gender-neutral homecoming court.

The Washington Post reports Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School student government representatives voted last week that the top two finalists from a ballot will be crowned at the school’s football game Oct. 7. Those honored could include two boys, two girls, transgender students or a boy-girl duo.

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Transgender child actor to guest star on ‘Modern Family’

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ModFamLOS ANGELES (AP) – A transgender child actor will guest star on Sept. 28 night’s Modern Family.

Director Ryan Case has posted a picture of herself alongside 8-year-old Jackson Millarker on Instagram . She writes that Millarker will play Lily’s friend, Tom. Lily is the daughter of Cam and Mitchell, played on the show by Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson. A spokeswoman for ABC has confirmed Millarker’s appearance.

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