Issue 20.09: Banned4Life

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Banned 4 Life: When Blake Lynch was prohibited from donating blood to his friend, he began a campaign to overturn the FDA’s ban on gay blood donors, Small rally protests Hillsborough DPR decision, Anger follows tabled GSA vote in Lake County, Spelling Bee lands outside in St. Petersburg, local news, celebrity interviews, and much, much more!

Watermark Issue 20.09// April 25-May 8, 2013

On the Cover: Blake Lynch of Orlando created Banned4Life to fight the FDA’s ban on blood donations by gay men after he was told he couldn’t donate blood directly to his classmate Emmy Derisbrun. Photo courtesy Brett Donnelley

Page 8 | Orlando News
When the Lake County School Board delayed its vote on a Gay/Straight Alliance, tempers flared; An LGBT activist and writer filed a lawsuit against the University of Central Florida concerning access to a research paper; more.

Page 12 | Tampa Bay News
A small but dedicated group rallied near the Hillsborough County Commission chambers to demand a domestic partner registry; Tampa’s Bill Kanouff will use his new running leg at The Red Ribbon Run; Polk students want a GSA; more.

Page 34 | Prairie Bitch
For years Alison Angrim played the hateful Nellie Oleson on Little House on the Prairie. Now, four decades later, the actress is telling her story and offers a glimpse into the life of a “Prairie Bitch. ” Her one-woman show arrives at the Footlight Theater in Orlando in May.

Page 54 | Gallery W
The Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival screened a film about the life of Divine at Centro Ybor’s Muvico this month, and the attendance was one of the highest ever. As true fans always do, these attendees dressed the part and celebrated the life of an actor who died before his time.

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