Watermark’s Wedding Bells: Nicholas Relyea and Harry Myers

By : Aaron Drake
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Harry Myers had the surprise of a lifetime for Nicholas Relyea on his 40th birthday at Bern’s Park—a proposal. He had planned the engagement for four months and it was attended by 40-45 people. “Bern’s Park is our halfway point when we take walks at night, so it has great significance to us,” Relyea says.

The pair first met in March 2017. “We met through mutual friends on March 24, 2017, and the attraction, both physically and emotionally, were instant,” Relyea tells. “Neither of us was pursuing any kind of relationship. People say when you stop looking he will appear, and they are right! Love at first sight really does exist!”

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New children’s picture book recounts the history of Stonewall

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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Tampa Bay author Rob Sanders will unveil “Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution,” the first picture book detailing the history of the Stonewall Inn’s role in the LGBTQ civil rights movement, at the fifth annual SunLit Festival in St. Petersburg on April 27.

Sanders, the author of the celebrated “Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag,” will welcome all ages to a book launch performance at The Studios@620 from 6-8 p.m. with Tombolo Books. The Studios@620 Artistic Director Bob Devin Jones and an ensemble cast will join, celebrating the upcoming 50th anniversary of the infamous uprising.

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Here We Go Again: American Stage in the Park is back with ‘Mamma Mia!’

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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American Stage in the Park, a celebrated Tampa Bay tradition for over 30 years, is back—this time with the timeless pop of ABBA in “Mamma Mia!” The record-breaking musical, one of the longest running in Broadway history, is playing now through May 12 at Demens Landing at 8 p.m. every Wednesday through Sunday.

“On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago,” the production’s synopsis reads. “This enchanting tale of love, laughter, family and friendship features a large cast, non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers for an unforgettable night under the stars!”

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Madonna releases new track ‘Medellín’ feat. Maluma

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Madonna has released “Medellín,” the first track from her new album “Madame X.”

The song, sung in both Spanish and English, is a collaboration with Columbian singer Maluma.

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Madonna announces new album ‘Madame X’

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the Natioan LGBT Media Association
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Madonna has announced that she is releasing a new album titled “Madame X.”

The pop legend made the big reveal in a teaser video where she describes the multi-faceted character of Madame X.

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‘Love, Simon’ TV series coming to Disney’s streaming service

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Love, Simon” is headed to the small screen.

Disney+, the company’s new streaming platform, has picked up a straight-to-series order of Greg Berlanti’s 2018 coming-of-age film “Love, Simon,” Deadline reports.

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‘The Tonight Show’ is dedicating a full episode to Cher

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Cher will be taking over a full episode of “The Tonight Show” on Monday, April 15.

The hour-long episode will feature performances of “Turn Back Time” and “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” from Cher. Stars of the Broadway musical “The Cher Show,” based on the life of the iconic pop star, will also join her.

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New online exhibit explores queer Asian Pacific American life

By : Joey DiGuglielmo OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Anybody with internet now has access to a burgeoning world most of us would never otherwise see. The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center has launched a new digital exhibition called A Day in the Queer Life of Asian Pacific America.

A joint partnership between the Smithsonian, AARP and Kundiman—a New York-based organization dedicated to the creation and cultivation of Asian American creative writing—the series will feature both solicited and crowd-sourced media of all types: film, photography, boomerangs, video poems; that explore queer life in Asian American and Pacific Islander communities throughout the country including lesser-known areas with a focus on everyday life.

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‘Transparent’ will kill off Jeffrey Tambor’s character in series finale episode

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Transparent” creator Jill Soloway has confirmed that Jeffrey Tambor’s character Maura Pfefferman will be killed off on the series’ final episode.

The decision comes after Tambor was fired from the Amazon series amid multiple sexual misconduct allegations on set. Maura was the show’s central character. The show chronicled her journey coming out as a transgender woman to her children and wife.

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‘Dirtwoman’ lives on through documentary coming to Florida Film Festival

By : Abigail Brashear and Amanda Espinosa
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Running for mayor, defecating in the back of a police car, mud wrestling and helping to raise tens of thousands of dollars for food banks: Donnie Corker, otherwise known as Dirtwoman, did it all.

Corker, who was a drag icon in Virginia’s LGBTQ community, is known for his outrageous attitude, raunchy acts and kind heart. The 350 lb. legend earned the nickname ‘Dirtwoman’ after a particularly interesting incident.

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Kate McKinnon cast as Elizabeth Holmes in Hulu miniseries ‘The Dropout’

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Kate McKinnon has been cast as Elizabeth Holmes, the disgraced CEO of the now-defunct company Theranos, in Hulu’s limited series “The Dropout,” according to Deadline.

The series, which will have six-10 episodes, will be based on the ABC Radio and ABC News podcast of the same title. It chronicles the rise and fall of Holmes who dropped out of Stanford to found Theranos, a blood testing company that alleged it had the technology to conduct multiple tests with a finger pick. Theranos received millions of dollars in funding from investors and was at one time estimated to be worth $9 billion.

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‘Paris is Burning’ will return to theaters for Pride month

By : Mariah Cooper Of The Washington Blade, Courtesy Of The National LGBT Media Association
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“Paris is Burning” will be re-released in theaters in time for Pride month.

The 1990 cult documentary followed the Latinx and African American underground ballroom scene in New York City during the 1980s. It brought ball stars Willi Ninja, Pepper, LaBeija, Octavia St. Laurent and Venus Xtravaganza into the spotlight chronicling their joys and hardships.

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