James Corden jokingly apologizes for Sean Spicer kiss

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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James Corden stirred up some controversy when he was photographed playfully kissing former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, who made a surprise appearance at the Emmys on Sunday.

Corden took time during his monologue on Monday night’s episode of his late night talk show to admit he is “disappointed” in the photo and blamed the alcohol.

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Hillary Clinton teared up watching Kate McKinnon’s ‘SNL’ tribute

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Kate McKinnon earned an Emmy award for her role as Hillary Clinton on “Saturday Night Live” but the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences isn’t the only one who took notice.

Clinton gave McKinnon her own shoutout in her new memoir “What Happened.” In the chapter titled “Grit and Gratitude,” Clinton relives watching McKinnon portray her on the first episode of “Saturday Night Live” post-election.

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University of Tampa alum premieres drag and LGBTQ-centric play in St. Petersburg

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ST. PETERSBURG | STUN, a new play by Jordan K. Stovall centering on LGBTQ culture, held its first public reading at SubCentral at the Iberian Rooster in St. Petersburg Sept. 20.

The play, which was presented to the public in its entirety for the first time since its development at the Hamilton Project at the Barn Arts Collective in Maine, follows the story of four drag personas. Matthew McGee, Zachary Hines, Ricky Cona and Siobhan Monique brought Charmaine, Honey Pot, Misty Tension and Chastity to life for attendees, navigating “the polarizing labyrinth of family, gender, approval and self-actualization.”

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Tampa Bay’s LGBTQ community gives back in Hurricane Irma’s wake

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TAMPA BAY | In preparation for Hurricane Irma, residents of Tampa Bay ransacked grocery stores, emptied gas pumps, boarded windows and exhausted the words “hunkered down.”

Bottled water became liquid gold before and after the storm passed through, carbs became a must-buy again, and following Irma’s destruction, residents found themselves tasked with extensive clean-up efforts and—in many cases—in the dark.

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MBA’s Pride in Business Awards Gala moves to November

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ORLANDO | The Annual Metropolitan Business Association’s Pride in Business Awards Gala, originally scheduled for Oct. 7, will be moved to Nov. 4 from 8:00 – 11:00 p.m., with a sponsor reception beginning at 7:00 p.m., at the Rosen Shingle Creek.

“There were some limitations for the original date that would have prohibited us from putting on the kind of show that the MBA attendees have become accustomed to,” Gala Committee Co-Chair Deb Ofsowitz says. “On top of that, when Irma came though, it hindered some of the vendors.”

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Parliament House to sell off part of their land to pay debts

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ORLANDO | Don Granatstein and Susan Unger, owners of the world famous Parliament House, will sell off five acres of land to settle unresolved debt that has hounded them for more than a decade, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Granatstein and Unger are selling the five acres to Lion Financial, a Miami firm co-owned by Ron Simkins and brother Michael Simkins.

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onePULSE Foundation launches Pulse memorial survey, schedules town hall

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ORLANDO | The onePULSE Foundation launched the final phase of the Pulse Memorial Survey Sept. 13 asking for opinions on how the memorial should be constructed.

The survey launched over the summer for victims’ families and survivors, as well as first responders from law enforcement and healthcare. The final phase is currently open to anyone around the world who would like to provide input on the future memorial.

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3rd Texas man admits hate-crime assaults on a gay men

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Chancler Encalade

PLANO, Texas (AP) – A third Texas man has pleaded guilty to hate-crime assaults on men because the victims were gay.

Chancler Encalade pleaded guilty Monday in Plano to assaulting men because they were gay. Previously, Nigel Garrett and Cameron Ajiduah entered similar pleas to crimes under the federal hate-crimes statute.

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Board holds off for now on LGBT discrimination declaration

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) – The Michigan Civil Rights Commission is holding off for now on deciding whether to declare that discrimination against LGBT people in employment, housing and public accommodations is already unlawful under state law.

The commission met Monday to consider the request after two months of public feedback. The interpretive statement, if issued, would say discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity is a form of sex discrimination outlawed under Michigan’s 1976 civil rights law.

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Post-vigil protest for slain Georgia Tech student; 3 arrests

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ATLANTA (AP) – Three people were arrested during a protest that followed a vigil for a Georgia Tech student who was fatally shot by campus police, a university spokesman said.

Police shot and killed Scout Schultz late Saturday night after the 21-year-old student called 911 to report an armed and possibly intoxicated suspicious person, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has said.

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‘13 Reasons Why’ star Brandon Flynn comes out

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“13 Reasons Why” star Brandon Flynn has come out as part of the LGBT community.

Flynn, 23, is known for his breakout role as troubled student Justin Foley in the hit Netflix series. The actor penned an emotional Instagram post in response to seeing the words “Vote no” in skywriting in Sydney, Australia in reference to Australia’s same-sex marriage vote.

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Sen. Cotton: Wait for DOD study to decide on trans military service

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Although key Republicans are lining up in support of transgender military service, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) said Sunday he has to wait for an ongoing study at the Pentagon before deciding his position.

An Army veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, Cotton made the remarks on NBC’s “Meet the Press” when host Chuck Todd asked the Arkansas Republican where he stands on the issue.

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