Screened Out – Home

By : Stephen Miller
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Home isn’t where the heart is. It’s a simple animated kiddie flick filled with sight gags and plastic colors.

If you borrow ideas from E.T., you better at least try to live up to its charm and depth. If you have Earth threatened by total destruction, there should be a heap of tension, right? Home has none of this. It’s just light, fast, inoffensive fun aimed squarely at small children. Even with that easy goal, not all of the goofy jokes land. This movie avoids conflict in the pursuit of sight gags.

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Arkansas Senate approves anti-gay “religious freedom” bill

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas inched closer Friday toward becoming the second state this year to adopt a law that critics say would sanction discrimination against gays and lesbians, with the state Senate approving a religious protection bill.

The bill, approved by the Senate 24-7, prevents state and local government from taking any action that substantially burdens someone’s religious beliefs unless a “compelling” interest is proven.

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Orlando performer claims mistreatment by healthcare facility after suicide attempt

By : Jeremy Williams
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Update 3.27.15 at 3:07 p.m. EST: Danielle is being moved, and Equality Florida reached out to talk about how they’re helping and what are the larger implications for the transgender community.

Danielle Hunter, a local transgender performer, is claiming mistreatment from an Orlando healthcare facility after being admitted due to a suicide attempt. Hunter is in the process of being moved to a “non-hospital facility” on March 27, according to an Equality Florida spokesperson.

Hunter was admitted to Lakeside Behavior Healthcare on March 24 after being found by her roommate, fellow performer Roxy Brooks, in their home on March 20 and taken to the hospital.

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Tampa Pride VIP/Sponsors Reception at Hamburger Mary’s

By : Steve Blanchard
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The familiar Hamburger Mary’s in Ybor City was anything but on March 26 as it was transformed into a prideful reception hall, complete with rainbow draperies, a red carpet and exquisite food. The transformation was in honor of Tampa Pride’s VIPs and sponsors, who celebrated the LGBT festival’s scheduled March 28 return. Several dignitaries spoke, including Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor, Tampa Pride president Carrie West and newly elected Tampa City Councilmember Guido Maniscalco.

Follow the jump to view more photos from the event.

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HRC says Arkansas religion bill hurts high-tech effort

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – The nation’s largest gay rights group is stepping up its opposition to a religious protection bill in Arkansas, with an ad targeting Silicon Valley while the state’s Republican governor tries to lure more high tech industry.

The Human Rights Campaign on March 26 announced it was running a full-page ad in the San Jose Mercury News highlighting its opposition to a measure that would prohibit state and local government from infringing on someone’s religious beliefs without a “compelling government interest.” The bill could go before the state Senate as soon as March 26 afternoon.

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Notre Dame LGBT group to give award to NHL executive Burke

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Gay and Lesbian Alumni/ae of the University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College plan to honor an NHL executive who helped launch the You Can Play Project in honor of his younger brother.

Patrick Burke will receive the Thomas A. Dooley Award on April 10 in South Bend. The award honors individuals who have demonstrated personal courage, compassion and commitment to advance the human and civil rights of lesbian and gay Americans.

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Gay journalist’s ‘personal view’ new in homophobic Serbia

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BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Nenad Mihailovic flouts Serbian taboo. He’s openly gay in a country notorious for strident homophobia. He uses a wheelchair in a society that shows little sympathy for the disabled. And he’s a voice of liberal thinking in a nation where strong leaders have a tendency to quash dissent.

So it’s perhaps surprising that Mihailovic has attracted tens of thousands of viewers to his independent talk show — in which he grills politicians, actors, pop stars and activists on such hot-button themes as gay adoption, same-sex marriages, government corruption and relations with Russia.

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Anti-gay initiative puts California attorney general in bind

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A California lawyer has proposed a ballot measure that advocates killing gays, putting the state’s process of giving citizens the right to make laws at the ballot box to its latest test.

The state attorney general, Kamala Harris, took the unusual step on March 25 of asking a court for permission to reject the proposed ballot initiative, which has been called offensive, outrageous, reprehensible and illegal. The initiative states that anyone who engages in sex with a person of the same gender would be killed “by bullets to the head or by any other convenient method.”

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Legal, gay marriage does not affect most Floridians

By : Jamie Hyman
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81% of Floridians report that legal, same-sex marriage has either positively affected their lives or has no affected their lives at all.

That’s according to a new poll from Public Policy Polling.

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Town hall discusses Artiles’ ‘bathroom bill’

By : Aaron Alper
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St. Petersburg – There was a brief meeting at the Metro Wellness Center March 24 in support of opposing the Transgender Discrimination Bill (aka the Bathroom Bill).

The panelists included Equality Florida’s Gina Duncan, therapist Tristan Byrnes, business consultant Jean David Parlier and law student Nathan Bruemmer.

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Watermark’s Complete Coverage: Tampa Pride 2015

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Want to be on top of everything Tampa Pride? We’ve got you covered.

Parades, parties, photos – this is your one stop shop for all of the 2015 Tampa Pride coverage. Be sure to keep checking back for Tampa Pride updates all weekend long.

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3.26.15 Editor’s Desk

By : Steve Blanchard
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Tallahassee’s elected officials must be auditioning for an inappropriate episode of The Little Rascals. How else can we explain their recent behavior?

The episode in question is one where Spanky, played by Rep. Frank Artiles (R-Miami), cooks up a scheme to trap Alfalfa spying on Darla in a compromising position while she takes a whiz. Hilarity ensues as the “He-Man Woman Haters Club” is called out for its ridiculousness and immaturity.

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