Reality TV star resigns from anti-gay Christian group amid molestation reports, judge orders records destroyed

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas police have destroyed a record outlining a nearly decade-old investigation into reality TV star Josh Duggar, a spokesman said May 22, a day after the 27-year-old resigned his role with a prominent anti-gay, conservative Christian group amid reports about sexual misconduct allegations from when he was a juvenile.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, which obtained the offense report before its destruction, reports Duggar was accused of fondling five girls in 2002 and 2003. Duggar issued an apology May 21 on Facebook for unspecified bad behavior as a youth and resigned his role as executive director for FRC Action, the tax-exempt legislative action arm of the Washington-based Family Research Council.

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Irish people from around the world travel #HomeToVote for gay marriage

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DUBLIN (AP) – Ireland’s voters were deciding May 22 whether to legalize gay marriage in this once-staunchly Catholic land in what the government’s equality minister called “a referendum like no other.”

Opinion polls throughout the two-month campaign suggest the government-backed amendment favoring gay marriage should be approved by a majority of voters when results are announced Saturday. But gay rights activists expressed caution, based on previous votes when anti-government sentiment and low turnout produced surprise referendum rejections.

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Parole recommended for California inmate seeking sex reassignment surgery

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A state panel recommended parole for a Northern California transgender inmate on May 21, a decision that could keep her from receiving the prison-funded sex reassignment surgery she says is necessary for her emotional health.

Michelle-Lael Norsworthy is no longer dangerous and should be freed, a pair of parole commissioners decided after a hearing. Norsworthy, 51, has served 28 years in prison for a second-degree murder conviction from Orange County.

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Irish premier encourages vote for gay marriage

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DUBLIN (AP) – Prime Minister Enda Kenny has appealed to Ireland’s voters to support the legalization of gay marriage in a referendum that pits the power of the Catholic Church against his secular-minded government.

Speaking May 21, the day before the nationwide vote, Kenny says Ireland could “create history” by becoming the first nation on earth to cast a popular vote for gay marriage. Most polls suggest the “yes” campaign should win, but government officials say the result could be close.

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Grad student accused of faking gay marriage study

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New York – A Columbia University Student was accused of faking a gay-marriage study on May 20 after it appeared in a top research journal.

Michael LaCour, a grad student of Columbia University, began the study with researcher Donald Green, the co-author of the project.

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Boy Scouts’ president says ban on gay adult participants ‘cannot be sustained’

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NEW YORK (AP) — The national president of the Boy Scouts of America, Robert Gates, said May 21 that the organization’s longstanding ban on participation by openly gay adults is no longer sustainable, and called for change in order to avert potentially destructive legal battles.

In a speech in Atlanta to the Scouts’ national annual meeting, Gates referred to recent moves by Scout councils in New York City and elsewhere to defy the ban.

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Grindr screenshots reveal anti-gay pastor not who he claims

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Midland, MI- Pastor Matthew Makela told LGBT entertainment website Queerty that he had resigned from his position at St. John’s Lutheran Church after screenshots of his “extracurricular activities” were leaked to the web May 18.

Makela made headlines in March when he posted about a transgender woman using gym facilities on his Facebook.

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Watermark’s 2015 Orlando Fringe Reviews: Sissy

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Every year there is a show at Fringe that makes you talk. It isn’t necessarily the best or worse the festival has to offer, but it is usually the boldest. That show this year is “Sissy.”

“Sissy” is performed by a group called Kitty Puncher and takes place inside the men’s room on the lower level of the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, yes the actual bathroom.

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Watermark’s 2015 Orlando Fringe Reviews: God is a Scottish Drag Queen III

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One of the international dishes served up at the Fringe Festival is a favorite that has been served up twice before.

Mike Delamont returns as the deity in a power suit in “God is a Scottish Drag Queen III.”

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Watermark’s 2015 Orlando Fringe Reviews: Judy Garland

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Mark Baratelli returns to Fringe with JUDY GARLAND!

Playing on the days were Judy Garland was under the influence of, well everything. Judy is joined on stage with a stage manager (or should we say a handler) and a quick thinking pianist who can keep up with her ADHD, improvisational skills.

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Watermark’s 2015 Orlando Fringe Reviews: Bubble Gum Party

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If you have young kids, family members with little ones or you’re a child stuck in a grown adult’s body, you’re may be quite familiar with some of those colorful children’s musical groups like the Wiggles or going way back, Raffi.

Sure, they’re fun and poppy and never seem to have a care in the world, but much like the urban legend of Mister Rogers being a former marine covered in tattoos that happened to kill many people in a war, there’s always a dark side. This dark side, much to our entertainment can be seen all unfold on stage with “Bubble Gum Party.”

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‘Fun Home’ composers Tesori and Kron can make Tony history

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NEW YORK (AP)- When it comes to breaking new ground in the theater, the axiom, “Chance favors the prepared mind” sometimes works out nicely. Just ask Fun Home composers Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron.

Not only does their musical introduce a new type of heroine to the Broadway stage, but Tesori and Kron can make history when the Tony awards are announced next month.

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