Mary Lambert brings her heart to Clearwater

By : Zach Caruso
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Mary Lambert is wearing her heart on her sleeve, and she wants everyone to know it.

The 25 year-old singer-songwriter just released her debut full-length album for Capitol Records, entitled Heart On My Sleeve, which features two breakout singles—“Secrets” and “When You Sleep”—and her supporting tour has her coming to The Capitol Theater in Clearwater Saturday, Oct. 25. It’s a return trip to Pinellas County for the singer, who performed at St. Pete Pride’s benefit concert in June.

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10.23.14 Editor’s Desk

By : Steve Blanchard
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To be upfront, I am not Catholic, nor have I ever put much stock into what the Church had to say about most things—except when it came to exorcism scenes in scary movies.

The Church, in my view, is an outdated, chauvinistic club where old guys go to hang out together, put on fabulous outfits and point a judgmental finger at the rest of the world. The more the media gives the club attention, the more sway it seems to have over both the important and trivial things in our lives.

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The Wonderful World of Wanzie: A sea of expectations

By : Michael Wanzie
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Michael Wanzie

Michael Wanzie

I am pleased as punch to welcome you to The Wonderful World Of Wanzie. In order for you the reader to ascribe any worth to my words appearing in this space about once every four issues, I feel I should share with you mywork history from which I have gleaned my many life lessons and personal philosophies.

Having considered myself an actor for most of my life I can of course offer up an impressive list of restaurants from which I have earned a wage but most notably I hold the distinction of having been the first male “Johnsons’ Girl” (That was the pay code on my checks from Howard Johnson’s “28 Flavors”) in the state of Florida!

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Homo Erectus- The Evolution of Us: Ghosting Out of the Party

By : Steve Yacovelli
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Steve Yacovelli

I have a confession to make … I’m not a Democrat.

But then again, I’m not a Republican either. I’m a registered Independent voter. And as an Independent voter living in the I-4 Corridor it’s been an interesting past few weeks: between the robo-calls, the forest of political flyers, the knocks on the door … I feel more popular than a muscled 24-year-old on Grindr. When our phone rings, my husband doesn’t hesitate to say to me “it’s for you” when the robos callers come a-callin’.

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Sarasota Pride celebrates 25 years with thousands in attendance

By : Steve Blanchard
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Sarasota – Shelly Adams started coming to Sarasota Pride when she learned the festival relocated along Sarasota’s waterfront five years ago. But something felt different as she wandered among the booths on Oct. 18 this year.

“There’s so much music,” she said. “It seems like non-stop entertainment. I’ve tried to see all of the vendors, but I also don’t want to miss any of the entertainment. It’s a fun problem to have.”

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Appeal sought in Puerto Rico same-sex marriage case

By : Wire Report
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A federal court judge has rejected an attempt to end a ban on same-sex marriages in Puerto Rico, saying political order itself depends on traditional marriage and deriding the logic of courts that have overturned such bans. The five gay couples who filed the suit will appeal, their attorney said Oct. 22.

The couples had challenged the constitutionality of several local laws, including a 1902 code that defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

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Hawaii same-sex marriage lawsuit declared moot

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HONOLULU (AP) – A 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling quietly ended a last-ditch court fight against a Hawaii law allowing same-sex marriage.

The court issued an opinion earlier this month declaring moot a lawsuit filed by a Hawaii couple seeking to marry before the state legalized gay marriage last year. Natasha Jackson and Janin Kleid filed the suit in 2011, arguing that they wanted to be married and not simply enter into a civil union.

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Human Rights Watch report says LGBT Jamaicans victims of violence

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KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are the targets of unchecked violence and discrimination in Jamaica, frequently refused housing or employment in the Caribbean country typically described as the region’s most hostile to LGBT citizens, a leading human rights group says in a report released Oct. 21.

In its 86-page report titled “Not Safe at Home,” Human Rights Watch noted that LGBT citizens in Jamaica are often driven from their communities by neighbors and sometimes even family. Some health professionals stigmatize them by casting judgment on their sexuality when they seek care. Police protection against bias and physical attacks is generally poor.

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Notre Dame to hold ‘Gay in Christ’ conference

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The University of Notre Dame is holding a two-day conference to explore appropriate pastoral strategies for parishioners who regard themselves as non-heterosexual but accept Catholic Church teaching on marriage and sexuality.

The conference that begins Oct. 31 and is dubbed “Gay in Christ: Dimensions of Fidelity.” It’s being co-sponsored by the university’s Institute for Church Life and the Gender Relations Center. Institute Director John Cavadini says the conference should resonate with much of the discussion of the Catholic bishops who assembled last week for their synod in Rome.

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Cowboys release Michael Sam from practice squad

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IRVING, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys released defensive end Michael Sam from the practice squad Oct. 21, another setback as the NFL’s first openly gay player tries to make an active roster during the regular season for the first time.

Sam spent seven weeks with the Cowboys after signing to their practice squad on Sept. 3, four days after he was among the final cuts by the St. Louis Rams at the end of the preseason.

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Key marriage case deadline is Oct. 24

By : Jamie Hyman
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Tallahassee – Same-sex Florida couples could start getting married Oct. 24, depending on what happens in a Tallahassee federal district court.

The possibility stems from Grimsley and Albu v. Scott, a case filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of eight married same-sex couples and SAVE, a South Florida LGBT rights organization. The case fights for marriage recognition for gay couples legally married out-of-state.

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Florida ranks No. 3 on HRC’s 2014 ‘Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality’ survey

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The Human Rights Campaign Foundation released its Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) 2014 report, showing Florida as No. 3 in the number of recognized HEI 2014 “Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality.”

26 Florida healthcare systems were recognized as “Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality,” tying with Ohio and coming behind California and New York. The following healthcare systems in Central Florida and the Tampa Bay area were recognized:

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