Watermark on the Fringe: PeeVira’s SCAREavan Sing-along

By : Danny Garcia
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As one of the patrons on my ride said, PeeVira’s SCAREavan Sing-along is “the Fringe-iest show she’s done.”

The show is limited to a group of six or seven passengers who, after signing legal waivers, are handed a microphone and board the back of a windowless white SCAREavan that has a bloody shower curtain inside reading “Free Candy.”

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Watermark on the Fringe: ButchQueen

By : Danny Garcia
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You know you’re in store for something loud when you’re offered ear plugs during the pre-show, and that is not a bad thing.

It’s opening night for the washed-up ButchQueen and her band Bad Habits at a grimy bar called The Watering Hole, and they are ready for a wild ride of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll.

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‘Brokeback Mountain’ opera coming to NYC in 2018

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Brokeback Mountain” will go from screen to stage in an opera adaptation premiering at the Lincoln Center in New York City in 2018.

According to Broadway.com, the New York City Opera will present the production which will run from May 31-June 4, 2018. Out composer Charles Wuorinen and author Annie Proulx are on board. It will be conducted by Kazem Abdullah.

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Lawmaker: Louisiana domestic abuse laws risk nullification

By : Jeremy Williams
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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – A Louisiana lawmaker fears women and children could lose crucial domestic violence protections if his colleagues refuse to join 48 states that have widened the safeguards to include same-sex couples.

Rep. Patrick Connick wants to remove the requirement that a victim be of the opposite sex of the alleged offender to be considered a victim of domestic violence.

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Law criminalizing online harassment may be unconstitutional

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Utah lawmakers say they hope a new, unique law cuts down on the expanding and increasingly troubling forms of cyber harassment by giving authorities the ability to send the online bullies to jail.

But some lawyers and a libertarian-leaning group say they are concerned with the law’s vague language, which they say could be unconstitutional and apply to innocuous, normal online behavior such as criticizing a neighbor’s choice of house paint.

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Texas Pushes Ahead With ‘Bathroom Bill’ as Others Shy Away

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — As “bathroom bills” targeting transgender individuals falter across the U.S., fizzling even in conservative bastions like Kansas and Arkansas following the upheaval over a North Carolina law last year, Texas Republicans are doubling down in their determination.

The resolve to make Texas only the second state to restrict bathroom access for transgender persons before Monday — when lawmakers adjourn until 2019 — is raising the possibility of a special session and exasperating business groups and LGBTQ rights organizations that have united in opposition for months.

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World OutGames sporting events abruptly cancelled

By : MICHAEL K. LAVERS of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — The organizers of the World OutGames in Miami on Friday abruptly announced they have cancelled almost all of its sporting events.

“It is with deep regret that due to financial challenges, World OutGames must cancel opening and closing ceremonies and sports programming with the exception of aquatics, country western dance and soccer,” said the organizers in an email they sent to participants.

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Watermark on the Fringe: Psycho Mode

By : Danny Garcia
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Who’d a thunk it? The music of synth band Depeche Mode would so perfectly fit with the story line of Psycho, although sometimes it was more of the music than the lyrics which fit best.

Originally a novel released in 1959, Psycho was made into a hit horror/thriller film in 1960 directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Anthony Perkins with Janet Leigh, which this jukebox musical stage adaptation seems to be mostly based on.

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GLAAD report says film studios are still behind in racial diversity, LGBT-inclusion

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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While “Moonlight” won Best Picture at the Academy Awards, “Beauty and the Beast” included Disney’s first gay character and “Power Rangers” featured a lesbian superhero in the yellow ranger, Hollywood is far from being completely LGBT-inclusive.

GLAAD released its fifth annual Studio Responsibility Index (SRI) and reported that from 125 film releases from major studios, only 23 (18.4 %) films included LGBTQ-identifying characters. 83% of those films had a gay male character. Lesbian characters went from 23% in 2015 to 35% in 2016. Bisexual representation came in at 13%. Transgender representation was merely one character in “Zoolander 2.” The character, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, was used as the punchline to a joke.

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Ben and Jerry’s bans same-flavor scoops in support of same-sex marriage

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Ben and Jerry’s is showing support for same-sex marriage in Australia by banning two scoops of the same flavor in its stores.

The two scoop ban will be in all 26 Ben and Jerry’s locations in Australia. Postboxes will also be installed in its stores for people to send letters to lawmakers showing their support for marriage equality.

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Equality March to kick off near White House

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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The LGBT march on Washington scheduled for Sunday, June 11, which is officially called the Equality March for Unity and Pride, will travel in front of the White House before heading south on 15th Street, N.W. to Constitution Avenue and end on the National Mall at 7th Street, N.W.

Organizers for the first time disclosed the route of the march and made an appeal for donations to help pay for what they say will be an historic demonstration for LGBT equality and diversity in a statement released to the Washington Blade.

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House committee unanimously approves Chechnya resolution

By : MICHAEL K. LAVERS of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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The House Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday approved a resolution that condemns the crackdown against gay Chechens.

The resolution — which has 52 co-sponsors — passed in a unanimous voice vote.

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