July Third Thursday at OMA

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Watermark hosted its July Third Thursday social at the Orlando Museum of Art July 17, sponsored by Stonewall Bar Orlando. The Hammered Lamb provided light bites. Heather Henson’s IBEX Puppetry, a local puppet production company, also performed at the event, wowing the crowd with its artistic spectacle.

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Six AIDS researchers aboard shot down Malaysian plane honored at conference

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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – An international AIDS conference opened in Australia on July 20 with a tribute to several delegates who were killed en route to the gathering when their plane was shot down over Ukraine.

Officials at the opening ceremony for the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne held a moment of silence for the six AIDS researchers and activists killed aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

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Miami Shores Council rejects gay marriage resolution

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The village of Miami Shores voted 3 to 2 to reject a resolution supporting marriage equality in Florida.

Since the marriage equality suit was filed and heard in courts this year mayors from Orlando, Key West, St. Petersburg, Lake Worth, and Miami Beach have all announced their support.

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Same-sex marriage legal challenges: Where things stand across the country

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – State same-sex marriage bans have been falling around the country since June 2013, when the nation’s highest court ordered the federal government to recognize state-sanctioned gay marriages. The remaining state bans all face legal challenges to overturn them.

Gay and lesbian couples can now marry in 19 states and the District of Columbia, with Oregon and Pennsylvania being the latest to join the list. The others are: Massachusetts, California, Connecticut, Iowa, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Maine, Maryland, Washington, Delaware, Hawaii, Minnesota, New Jersey, Rhode Island, New Mexico and Illinois.

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Screened Out – Magic in the Moonlight

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Colin Firth, Emma Stone, Marcia Gay Harden, Jackie Weaver, Simon McBurney

Woody Allen continues to pay homage to the Hollywood films he loves with this trifle of a romantic comedy. He blends a Jazz Age story with European locations, 1930s Rom Com style, and his modern Allen-esque editing. It doesn’t always make for a thrilling ride; in fact, it can seem quite mechanical.

The problem is that – without the black and white cinematography and old Hollywood sense of pace and grand style – this short film actually feels longish and completely uninspiring. As a 1930s film, it wouldn’t even be a classic – perhaps more admired for its style over substance, a way to fill the 2 A.M. slot on Turner Classic Movies.

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Screened Out – Planes: Fire and Rescue

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Voices of Dane Cook, Ed Harris, Hal Holbrook, Julie Bowen

Stall and fall.

Though this one is slightly better than the first Planes flick, Disney’s cannot justify the Cars/Planes franchise past the Mouse’s maniacal race to sell plastic toys to small children. Frankly, these films are subpar to all of the other Disney and Pixar films. Their mechanical characters are difficult to relate to, and their stories are downright pedestrian.

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Keys marriage forms changed to accommodate same-sex couples

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KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) – Marriage-license forms in the Florida Keys have been changed to accommodate same-sex couples, even though a judge’s ruling that gays can marry in Monroe County has been stayed pending a state appeal.

Since Judge Luis M. Garcia ruled July 17, siding with same-sex couples in the Keys who challenged Florida’s voter-approved ban on gay marriage as discriminatory, the county clerk’s office has been inundated with calls from people making plans to fly to Key West for their weddings, said Ron Saunders, the attorney for the clerk’s office.

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Government study: HIV diagnosis rate fell by third in US over decade

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NEW YORK (AP) – The rate of HIV infections diagnosed in the United States each year fell by one-third over the past decade, a government study finds. Experts celebrated it as hopeful news that the AIDS epidemic may be slowing in the U.S.

“It’s encouraging,” said Patrick Sullivan, an Emory University AIDS researcher who was not involved in the study.

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Kentucky univeristy designates gender neutral restrooms

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MURRAY, Ky. (AP) – Murray State University has designated three single-person restrooms as gender neutral restrooms available to any person regardless of gender identity or expression.

The Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgender program coordinator at the school, Jody Cofer Randall, says these restrooms are important to a segment of the university population.

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Watermark is hiring: Advertising Sales Account Manager

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Watermark Media is seeking a full-time Advertising Sales Account Manager for our Orlando office. Find out how to apply after the jump:

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Judge denies request to lift stay on Monroe County weddings

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Same-sex weddings in Monroe County will continue to be on hold.

Circuit Judge Luis Garcia has denied an emergency motion requesting that he lift a stay on his July 17 ruling that overturned the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

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Obama signs executive order for LGBT employee protections

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Washington, D.C. An executive order signed by President Barack Obama on July 21 prohibits federal contractors from discriminating based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and leaves no exemption for religious groups.

“America’s federal contracts should not subsidize discrimination against the American People,” Obama said during a ceremony at the White House, adding that with the move, “our government will become a little bit fairer.”

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