Parliament House sale to Miami-based company announced

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | Miami-based Kenergy Scientific, Inc. announced that it has completed a major milestone in acquiring Parliament Holdings Inc., the company that owns and operates the Parliament House Resort in Orlando, Nov. 13.

In the next 30 days, Kenergy will transition in the new management, file notice for a symbol and name change and plans to expand the existing operations.  In addition, they plan to begin construction on additional buildings to the resort, according to a press release.

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Orlando mayor honors Transgender Awareness Week

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Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer honored Transgender Awareness Week by displaying the Orlando city flag in the trans flag colors.

Dyer posted the picture on Twitter Nov. 17, writing “It’s #TransWeek and I am proud to support our Transgender community because everyone deserves to be treated equally.”

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Canadian group resettles LGBT refugees from Chechnya

By : Helen Parshall of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: Rainbow Railroad Executive Director Kimahli Powell. His organization has resettled nearly 50 LGBT Chechens. (Photo courtesy of Kimahli Powell)

Kimahli Powell hopes that with international eyes on the crisis of LGBT people fleeing Chechnya, a light can be shed on the plight of LGBT refugees around the world.

Powell is the executive director of Rainbow Railroad, an organization based in Canada that works to help “LGBT people who have faced physical violence or face an imminent threat of violence, imprisonment or death” find safety.

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CAS rules FIFA wrong to fine Mexico for fans’ gay slur chant

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GENEVA (AP) – FIFA was judged wrong to fine Mexico’s soccer federation for fans chanting gay slurs at opposition goalkeepers at World Cup qualifying games.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport judges hearing Mexico’s appeal accepted the chants were “insulting words,” even if fans did not intend to offend, the court said Nov. 16 when it published the verdict.

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Metro Tampa Bay takes it back to the ’20s with the Great Gatsby Gala

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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Metro Wellness & Community Centers commemorated its 25th year with their annual gala, themed after the Great Gatsby and held at the appropriately-titled Gatsby’s Bistro, Nov. 11.

The evening was hosted by comedian Christine O’Leary, nominated by Curve Magazine to be one of the “50 Funniest Lesbians in America,” with additional entertainment provided by local favorites like Jennifer Real and DJ Bill Kody.

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Feds say rainbow crosswalks in Kentucky pose safety hazard

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A rainbow-colored crosswalk honoring the LGBT community in Lexington, Kentucky, is a distracting safety hazard and should be removed, a federal official says.

Officials painted the crosswalk at a busy intersection across from the county courthouse earlier this year to coincide with an annual gay pride festival. At the time, city officials said the crosswalk would be safer because it would better catch the attention of drivers.

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‘Transparent’ considering writing Jeffrey Tambor out of season five

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Transparent” writers are considering writing its star Jeffrey Tambor out of season five in the wake of Amazon’s investigation into a sexual misconduct allegation against Tambor.

Deadline reports that series creator Jill Soloway and the “Transparent” writing team are looking at options to write Maura Pfefferman (Tambor) off the show. Writers are also debating changing the title of the show.

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‘Star Trek’ makes history with first gay male kiss

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Star Trek: Discovery” aired a gay male kiss on Sunday’s episode marking a monumental moment for the “Star Trek” franchise.

In the scene, Lt. Stamets (Anthony Rapp) and his partner Dr Hugh Culber (Wilson Cruz) shared their first on-screen kiss of the season. It is the first gay male kiss to appear in a “Star Trek” movie or show.

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Transgender Day of Remembrance 2017 events in Central Florida and Tampa Bay

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Transgender Day of Remembrance, held annually every Nov. 20, is a day to commemorate and reflect upon transgender individuals who have passed away due to transgender-related violence.

The day began after a transgender woman named Rita Hester was brutally stabbed in her Massachusetts apartment in 1998. Graphic designer and advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith held a candlelight vigil in memory of Hester. Every year, there are services and candlelight vigils held across the nation to commemorate the death of Hester and all transgender people lost to violence.

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The Three Baritones reunite as a part of Opera Orlando’s stunning rendition of Puccini’s ‘La Boheme’

By : Jeremy Williams
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Mark Twain once wrote, “I have attended operas whenever I could not help it.” It is an art form that is rarely given its due in the mainstream and ignored by those who write it off as dull or boring, often without ever having attended a performance.

For those who have been too intimidated to give opera a try, Opera Orlando is launching their new season with one of the genre’s most beloved classics.

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Love is alive: an interview with ‘Love Never Dies’ actress Karen Mason

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ABOVE(L-R) Mary Michael Patterson (“Meg Giry”), Meghan Picerno (“Christine Daaé”), Karen Mason (“Madame Giry”) and Sean Thompson (“Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny”) star in Love Never Dies. Photo by Joan Marcus.

Broadway actress and award-winning cabaret goddess Karen Mason is one of the hardest working women in show business. Perhaps you’ve caught her on Broadway as Tanya in Mamma Mia!, as Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard (when she was Glenn Close’s standby), as Velma Van Tussle in Hairspray or as the Queen of Hearts in Wonderland.

Mason is a regular on the cabaret circuit, you might have heard her when she performed at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, or in New York at Lincoln Center, Feinstein’s at The Regency, Rainbow & Stars and the Algonquin, or in Los Angeles at The Cinegrill, or at The Plush Room in San Francisco or Davenport’s in Chicago. Could be that you purchased, or received as a gift, one of her CDs. Maybe you’ve seen her on TV in an episode of Law & Order.

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Rapper Lil Peep dies at 21

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Rapper Lil Peep, real name Gustav Åhr, died on Wednesday night in Tucson, Ariz., of an overdose. He was 21.

Lil Peep’s friend Adam Grandmaison confirmed to the Guardian Peep was taken to the hospital following an overdose. His manager Chase Ortega confirmed Peep’s death tweeting, “I’ve been expecting this call for a year. Mother f*ck”.

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