The Center announces its 2019 Board of Directors

By : Amanda Espinosa
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ORLANDO | The LGBT+ Center Orlando announced its 2019 Board of Directors via Facebook on March 12.

Roxy Santiago, who has been a member of The Center’s Board of Directors for two years, was named board president. Santiago is also a member of the Human Rights Campaign in Orlando.

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Drag Queen Cruise ‘Werks’ the Caribbean

By : Abigail Brashear
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ORLANDO | On Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas cruise ship, vacationers will sail across the Western Caribbean in fabulous fashion—drag fashion, to be exact.

The Big Gay Spring Break Cruise—in partnership with Central Florida travel agency Go Travel and Drag Queen Network— is setting sail for a five-night, drag-filled cruise vacation April 21-26.

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Hard Rock partners with onePULSE Foundation for Taylor Dayne’s Velvet Sessions

By : Lauren Lee
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ORLANDO | Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando’s Velvet Sessions lobby concert will not only feature Grammy-nominated singer Taylor Dayne—who is responsible for 80s hits “Tell It to My Heart,” “Love Will Lead You Back” and “Prove Your Love”—on March 29, but will also benefit onePULSE Foundation.

A dollar from every ticket sold, along with all proceeds raised by the event’s silent auction, will go to onePULSE Foundation as they work towards building a Pulse museum and memorial honoring the 49 angels lost at the Pulse tragedy.

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Jair Bolsonaro visits White House, reiterates opposition to LGBTI rights

By : Michael K. Lavers Of The Washington Blade, Courtesy Of The National LGBT Media Association
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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on March 19 reiterated his opposition to LGBTI rights when he spoke alongside President Trump during a press conference in the White House Rose Garden.

Bolsonaro, speaking through a translator, stressed his government’s “respect of traditional family values” and opposition to “gender identity.” Bolsonaro in his remarks also praised Trump.

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Deaf, genderqueer actor Chella Man lands role on DC’s ‘Titans’

By : Mariah Cooper Of The Washington Blade, Courtesy Of The National LGBT Media Association
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Deaf, genderqueer actor and model Chella Man has been cast as Jericho in DC Universe’s series “Titans.”

Jericho is the son of villain Deathstroke, played by Esai Morales in the series. After Jericho’s vocal chords are severed during his kidnapping, he now communicates through sign language and can control people’s bodies and voices through eye contact.

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Former Log Cabin leader opposes Equality Act

By : Mariah Cooper Of The Washington Blade, Courtesy Of The National LGBT Media Association
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Former Log Cabin Republicans President Gregory Angelo has publicly opposed the Equality Act, the proposed bill which would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

In an op-ed written for the Washington Examiner, Angelo says the bill “would compromise American civil rights and religious liberty as we know it. All reasonable Americans, especially gay Americans who support pluralism and tolerance, should oppose it.”

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Tampa Pride holds fifth annual celebration, announces new details

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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TAMPA | Tampa Pride has announced new event details ahead of its fifth annual celebration March 30.

“We are so proud as a community that Tampa Pride is celebrating our fifth year,” Tampa Pride President Carrie West shared with Watermark. “There have been many changes in our community and many changes in our lives. That’s part of why the board and directors of Tampa Pride 2019 chose ‘Milestones’ as this year’s theme.”

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‘Aladdin,’ ‘Mean Girls,’ more featured in Straz Center’s 2019-2020 Broadway season

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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The Straz Center for the Performing Arts announced its nine-show, 2019-2020 Broadway season March 17.

Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” leads the season Oct. 8-13, 2019. It features songs from the original film and a “toe-tapping and ear-tickling new score.”

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Bill threatening every LGBTQ nondiscrimination ordinance in Florida moves forward

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. | The Florida House State Affairs Committee debated HB 3 on March 14, a bill threatening to repeal every local LGBTQ nondiscrimination ordinance and conversion therapy ban across Florida.

Equality Florida, the state’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization, along with the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBTQ civil rights advocacy group, condemned the bill at the state capitol March 12. The groups noted 13 million LGBTQ Floridians are protected by the ordinances being targeted.

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Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County announces Pride Build

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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ST. PETERSBURG | Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County has announced its inaugural Pride Build, inviting members of the LGBTQ community and their allies to build a home in St. Petersburg.

Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, the global nonprofit housing organization that builds and sells homes to qualified buyers at zero percent interest and no profit.

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‘Both sides of the binary:’ Exhibit explores gender, fashion

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BOSTON (AP) | When actor Billy Porter unveiled his combination tuxedo-ball gown at the Oscars last month, it got people talking.

Porter, the black and gay breakout star of the FX series “Pose,” had bucked traditional Academy Award attire — fancy frocks for the ladies and basic tuxedos for men.

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Court rules Trump admin ‘incorrect’ in moving forward with trans military ban

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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In a development that could complicate the implementation of the transgender military ban, a federal judge in D.C. ruled the Trump administration is “incorrect” in determining no legal impediment remains in place barring enforcement of the policy.

U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, a Clinton appointee, issued a notice on March 19 asserting her injunction remains in place for the time being despite an order from the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals vacating the decision.

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