Screened Out – The Magnificent Seven

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Westerns are pure American mythology, you’d think… The Magnificent Seven is based on a classic Akira Kurosawa film, Seven Samurai. Talented director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, The Equalizer) tries to update the story with a multi-ethnic cast and some clever lines. But this is just amore violent, shallower copy.

“I seek righteousness, but I’ll take revenge,” says Emma Cullen (Bennett) after her husband is killed in cold blood.

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From Headdress with Love

By : Jeremy Williams
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Hope and Help’s 27th Annual Headdress Ball was a huge success in their new home at the Marriott Orlando World Center Sept. 17, as they raised a record setting $356,000.

The massive ballroom looked like the circus rolled into town with acrobats, dancers and drag queens entertaining at every turn. 

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Uganda says police will arrest planners of gay pride parade

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KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) – A Ugandan official says police will arrest organizers who are planning a gay pride parade in the capital, Kampala.

Simon Lokodo, a cabinet minister in charge of ethics and integrity, said in a statement Sept. 21, that the event had not been cleared by the police and would offend the country’s laws.

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Barcelona pageant celebrates transgender women

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) – Despite facing violence and discrimination in many countries, 28 transgender women found a place to shine.

The women competed last weekend to be crowned Miss Trans Star International, Europe’s largest beauty pageant for transgender women and one of a growing number of events aimed at celebrating a population more often condemned.

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North Carolina judges can still refuse to marry same-sex couples

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A federal judge has dismissed a challenge to a North Carolina law that says magistrates with religious objections can refuse to marry same-sex couples.

The judge ruled the three couples who brought the case – two gay and one interracial – lacked legal standing to sue and lacked evidence showing they were harmed directly by the law that took effect in June 2015.

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Chinese film festival pushes for end to gender inequality

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BEIJING (AP) – In films, women and girls are much more likely to take off their clothes than male actors and to be scantily clad in the first place, studies show. Less than a third of speaking characters are female and men outnumber women behind the camera by a ratio of five to one.

Campaigners are highlighting this gender inequality in film at the China Women’s Film Festival that runs until Sunday in Beijing, arguing that the phenomenon distorts views of women and the world, and that the male-dominated film industry repeats the same mistakes out of habit.

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Trial to begin for man in same-sex parental kidnap case

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – Federal authorities will being making their case against a Virginia businessman accused of interfering in a same-sex couple’s child custody fight.

Opening statements are expected in U.S. District Court in Buffalo Sept. 21, in the trial of Philip Zodhiates, who prosecutors say helped a woman and her daughter flee the country in 2009 when it was clear the woman was losing a custody battle to her former partner.

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Another legal win for Wisconson trans student

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Ash-WhitakerKENOSHA, Wis. (AP) – A transgender student heads back to high school in Kenosha with the court’s permission to use bathrooms consistent with his gender identity.

A federal judge’s ruling Sept. 20, is the second legal victory in as many days for Ashton Whitaker. The Tremper High senior has gone to court with accusations the school district discriminated against him.

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Alexis Arquette died of heart attack, battled HIV

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – Alexis Arquette died from a heart attack and battled HIV for 29 years, according to her death certificate.

The transgender character actress and sibling of actors David, Rosanna, Richmond and Patricia Arquette died Sept. 11 in Los Angeles. She was 47.

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Come Out With Pride rises to the challenge of healing a community still in a haze of grief

By : Billy Manes
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“In the beginning, everybody was kind of in shock,” Come Out With Pride board secretary and auction chair Deb Ofsowitz says. “It was hard to even talk about it.”

Osfowitz, of course, is referring to the June 12 Pulse massacre that resonated throughout the world; those few minutes of artillery fire that led to the deaths of 49 people and the injuries of 53 more at Pulse Orlando after a Saturday night, before the dawn of Sunday. The board convened immediately, she says, everybody soon after scattering into various public relations poses as public people often do in the face of tragedy.

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Osceola Arts brings the story of Matthew Shepard’s death to Orlando

By : Jeremy Williams
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Nearly 20 years after the death of Matthew Shepard, The Laramie Project, a play about Shepard’s murder in 1998 and the trial that drew international media attention to LGBT rights and hate crime laws, resonates as much now as it did then.

Osceola Arts’ Stage Left Studio Series will present The Laramie Project Oct. 1- 10, exactly 18 years after the events leading to Shepard’s death occurred and less than four months after the largest mass shooting and hate crime in the United States occurred in Orlando.

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Sarasota gears up for Fabulous Independent Film Festival at the Harvey Milk Festival

By : Krista DiTucci
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Film lovers in Sarasota will experience three days of LGBTQ cinema at Harvey Milk Festival’s sixth annual Fabulous Independent Film Festival, Sept.30-Oct. 2.

“Every single one of these films is so interesting in its own way,” Magida Diouri, festival programmer, says. “It’s remarkable. I really was looking for the best I could get for Sarasota – things that would not otherwise come here.”

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