Good grief! Dog Sees God opens this weekend at the Parliament House Footlight Theatre

By : Billy Manes
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11071541_10152839620662084_4056673105284209103_nIn our nostalgic haste to drink Drano and do other things to chainsaws this week in covering the local production of Heathers the Musical, we were apparently remiss in not mentioning that an incredibly talented crew of local theater folks are opening a month-long run (nearly!) of the lauded 2004 SoHo Fringe parody of Charles M. Schulz’s Charlie Brown clique – none involved were named Heather – THIS VERY WEEKEND. Kangagirl Productions hero Margaret Nolan tells us that the production, which is directed by local fave David Lee, won’t veer too far from the original script (that’s why they call them scripts), but will bring its own nuances in staging, design, etc.

Though we could swim around in the glittering psychological details of the ambush makeovers of Mr. Brown and Lucy and Linus and Schroeder and (sniff) Snoopy – here’s a hint: they’re all filthy, except the (copyright mandated) replacement for Pig Pen, who has turned his dustball into an internalized conundrum and become a homophobe – but we’ll leave that to the characters and their requisite staged surprises. Really looking forward to this one, if only for the kissing booths and Red Barons. Here’s the info:

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Equality Connection at the Grand Bohemian

By : Patrick O'Connor
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Equality Florida hosts Equality Connection, a networking event for EQFL members new and old, at The Grand Bohemian in downtown Orlando.

Gina Duncan, EQFL Director of Transgender Inclusion, gave an update on transgender issues and challenges.

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Same-sex couples represent 5% of South Dakota marriage licenses

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Forty gay couples in South Dakota applied to be married during the first month following a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized such unions across the country, according to data provided by the state Department of Health.

The number of marriage licenses issued to gay couples in South Dakota represents about 5 percent of the 839 licenses issued to all couples from June 26 to July 27, The Associated Press found in its analysis of the data.

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Issue 22.16: Gina Versace vs. Starwood Hotels

By : Jake Stevens
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Always A Woman: Gina Versace takes on Starwood Hotels and Resorts over trans discrimination, The mysterious murder of India Clarke in Tampa, Parliament House turns
40, Heathers The Musical brings the drano to Orlando, local news, celebrity interviews, and much, much more!

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Alabama transgender teen killed in Mississippi was beaten to death, investigator says

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LUCEDALE, Miss. (AP) – An investigator says a transgender teenager who was found buried on the suspect’s father’s property in George County earlier this year was beaten to death.

George County sheriff’s Capt. Ben Brown told the Sun Herald that 28-year-old defendant Josh Vallum had known 17-year-old Mercedes Williamson for about nine to 11 months, but investigators are unsure if Vallum knew Williamson was a transgender woman.

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South Carolina gay marriage plaintiffs seek legal fees

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled same-sex marriage is the law of the land, the way is clear for couples who challenged South Carolina’s gay marriage ban in the federal courts to seek tens of thousands of dollars in court costs.

Same-sex couples earlier sued in Charleston and Columbia for the right to be married or for the state to recognize their marriages performed out of state.

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Win tickets to see Footloose the Musical at Osceola Arts!

By : Jamie Hyman
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Watermark is giving away ONE pair of tickets to see Footloose the Musical at Osceola Arts during the show’s closing weekend.

From Osceola Arts: In one of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory to burst onto the live stage, Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town. Ren, played by Daniel Longacre, is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school, but nothing could prepare him for the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher determined to exercise control over the town’s youth. When the reverend’s rebellious daughter, played by Tara Osborne, sets her sights on Ren, her tough boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren’s reputation. 

Find out how to enter after the jump:

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Screened Out – Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation

By : Stephen Miller
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Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner, Ving Rhames, Alec Baldwin

Typical of the Mission: Impossible franchise, Rogue Nation drops us into the middle of the trouble right from the get-go.

Like the secret agent at its center – Cruise’s Ethan Hunt – we won’t know or understand everything. We take a lot for granted, we figure things out as we go along, and we have a blast doing it. Think about the incongruities, clichés, and plot holes later. Just enjoy the show!

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Leslie Jordan defends Starbucks patrons from homophobic men

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In a move that would have made Karen Walker bounce with glee, Emmy award-winning actor Leslie Jordan – best known from Will & Grace and Sordid Lives – confronted three homophobic ranters and threw his drink in one of their faces.

At a Starbucks in West Hollywood known as an LGBT-frequented coffeehouse, three men came in yelling homophobic slurs at the patrons for no known reason.

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Man stabs six at Jerusalem gay pride parade

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Jerusalem — An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man lunged into a group of revelers leading Jerusalem’s annual gay pride parade and stabbed six of them July 30 as they marched in the holy city, Israeli police and witnesses said.

The alleged attacker, Yishai Schlissel, had recently been released from prison after serving a term for stabbing several people at a gay pride parade in 2005, police spokeswoman Luba Samri said, adding that he was arrested at the scene of the attack.

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Equality Florida takes a stand for Planned Parenthood

By : Jamie Hyman
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Equality Florida is standing behind Planned Parenthood while reminding LGBTs why reproductive justice and LGBT equality are connected.

In a recent blog post, EQFL condemns “the smear tactics used against this wonderful organization that serves so many in our state,” stating Equality Florida and Planned Parenthood for years “have fought side-by-side to ensure quality healthcare & reproductive freedom for women, comprehensive sex education for teens, and equality for all LGBT people.”

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Uprisings: July 30 – August 12, 2015

By : Billy Manes
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Because it only makes sense and sense needs to be made in Washington, D.C., on the odd occasion, last week a veritable gaggle of elected Democrats from both the bifurcated House and Senate designer blue jeans of governance to make it clear that, erm, we’re not finished with this equality bit yet. They were flanked by representatives from various organizations that seek to make the common good seem good again, including groups that represent transgender individuals, gay people who got fired and, well, Nancy Pelosi’s hand.

None of this is to make light of the history we witnessed (via livestream) on July 23. Just when we thought we could all just nest in the comfortable little pink house of acceptance by way of marriage equality, a full coalition showed its collective face as a means of pushing new legislation – deemed “The Equality Act” – with no less than 40 co-sponsors from the U.S. Senate.

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