Watermark on the Fringe: “Gorgeous”

By : Danny Garcia
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Very loosely inspired on the 1999 film “Drop Dead Gorgeous” (and with hints of “Mean Girls”), “Gorgeous” – written and directed by Donald Rupe -features a large cast that delivers great songs, written by Rupe and Cesar de la Rosa, and great dancing, choreographed by Eric Yow.

“Gorgeous” takes place in the small town of St. Crowd, Florida during Miss Golden Boot – the big opening number introduces all the girls from the surefire wins to the “misfits” who provide lots of comedy relief through the show.

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Watermark’s 5 Questions for a Fringe Regular

By : Watermark Staff
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Orlando Fringe is in full swing and from what we have seen so far this is one of the best year of shows we have ever seen.

But any Fringe veteran will tell you that the shows are only part of the experience. You have the food, the drinks, the parties and of course chilling on the Fringe lawn and making some new friends.

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GLAAD to publish LGBTQ-friendly children’s books

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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GLAAD and Bonnier Publishing USA have teamed up to release a children’s book series featuring LGBTQ stories.

“We’re partnering with @littlebeebooks on a series of children’s books aimed at integrating and elevating positive LGBTQ representation in children’s literature starting with “Prince & Knight.” Everyone deserves to be represented,” GLAAD posted on Instagram along with a photo from “Prince & Knight.”

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LGBTQ community cheers pope’s ‘God made you like this’ remark

By : wire report
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VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis’ reported comments to a gay man that “God made you like this” have been embraced by the LGBTQ community as another sign of Francis’ desire to make gays feel welcomed and loved in the Catholic Church.

Juan Carlos Cruz said Monday he spoke to Francis about his homosexuality during their meetings at the Vatican. Cruz was the main whistleblower in Chile’s clerical sex abuse and cover-up scandal, and met last month with Francis to discuss it.

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Watermark on the Fringe: “Keep It Gay”

By : Jeremy Williams
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For those trying to find the most LGBTQ show at Orlando Fringe this year look no further because we found it. “Keep It Gay” does just as its title promises, from start to finish they have the gay dialed up to 11 and we couldn’t be more happy.

The show begins with Billy Mick and Gonzalo Mendaz asking the show’s director, Wade Hair, to take on their latest Fringe endeavor. At first Hair doesn’t seem interested in their small, dramatic Fringe show but changes his tune at the possibility on becoming a — <gasp> — Patron’s Pick winner! But doing a drama? Never! If you want Wade Hair to do your show you need to keep it light, keep it bright, keep it gay!

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Watermark on the Fringe: “Vampire Lesbians of Sodom”

By : Danny Garcia
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The story begins in the biblical days of ancient Sodom. We meet two guards who watch over a lair where a virgin (played by Nathan Bonk) is to be sacrificed to the hungry Succubus (played by Kristin Pringle-Marksbury), but instead of the Succubus devouring the ingénue, she turns her into a fellow undead. So begins the tale of the eternal rivalry of the “Vampire Lesbians of Sodom.”

The story moves forward in time first to the days of classic Hollywood, then to  the early 1980’s where the deep-rooted feud continues. Bette and Joan have nothing on these girls and they don’t care who gets in their way when all hell breaks loose.

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‘Queer Eye’ star Jonathan Van Ness mocks treasury secretary’s wife Louise Linton

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Jonathan Van Ness screenshot via YouTube.

“Queer Eye” star Jonathan Van Ness trolled Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s wife Louise Linton during a live recording of his podcast “Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness.”

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Adam Rippon wins ‘Dancing with the Stars: Athletes’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Adam Rippon and his dancing partner Jenna Johnson were crowned the winners of “Dancing with the Stars: Athletes.”

The 28-year-old is the first male figure skater to receive the title.

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Gay-friendly Apple weighs North Carolina despite LGBTQ laws

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gay-rights advocates are divided on whether to cheer or bemoan a potential marriage between the state of North Carolina and one of the global corporations most friendly to LGBTQ workers and causes.

Feelings remain raw over North Carolina’s so-called bathroom bill, which prompted a boycott campaign. Many advocates remain frustrated that a legislative compromise that put an end to the controversy still allows discrimination against them.

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Bipartisan amendment introduced against Trump’s trans military ban

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) is among a bipartisan group of lawmakers seeking to amend a defense bill against Trump’s trans military ban. Washington Blade photo by Michael Key.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers has proposed an amendment to major defense policy legislation that would abrogate President Trump’s ban on transgender military service.

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Watermark on the Fringe: “James & Jamesy In The Dark”

By : Jeremy Williams
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What is now becoming one of my favorite Fringe traditions, after having a delightful order of cheese curds on the Fringe lawn, I gathered my things and headed to the Silver Venue for the latest installment of Aaron Malkin and Alastair Knowles’ James & Jamesy series. This year they are shining brightly in “James & Jamesy In The Dark.”

It is difficult to attempt explaining a James & Jamesy show. First, these comical geniuses interact with the audience so much that no two shows are ever alike. Secondly, one of the greatest joys in watching a James & Jamesy show is not knowing what to expect when you enter the venue. What I will provide you is the set up.

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Watermark on the Fringe: “Flip”

By : Jeremy Williams
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What if everyone in the world had a switch around their neck that could be flipped at anytime to end that person’s life, would you try and flip someone’s switch? What would it take in this world to make you flip your own? These are the questions Adam McCabe asks in his Fringe show “Flip.”

The concept for the show —which McCabe lays out in the show’s program — came from a real life experience McCabe had with a friend in college who went missing. When he turned back up a few weeks later, McCabe found out his friend tried to commit suicide because he concluded that the world was meaningless.

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