MegaCon brings out Central Florida’s cosplayers

By : Danny Garcia
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The fear of Tropical Depression Alberto pouring down rain wasn’t enough to keep the geeks, gamers and cosplayers away from MEGACON last weekend.

MEGACON Orlando is the southeast’s largest comics, sci-fi, horror, anime and gaming event, and attracted over 100,000 fans to the Orange County Convention Center over four days.

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The Bookworm Sez: “Wild Mares: My Lesbian Back-to-The-Land Life”

By : Terri Schlichenmeyer
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You were going to change the world. It’s true that you were one small voice, just one person with a vision but you were sure it could be done. You were going to change the world, one corner at a time — starting with the one you called home. And in the new book “Wild Mares: My Lesbian Back-to-The-Land Life” by Dianna Hunter, that’s sometimes all it takes.

Growing up in rural South Dakota, Dianna Hunter learned what “queer” was long before she understood her own sexuality. She was “seventeen, cosseted, closeted, and clueless” then but, once enrolled in college and living in Minneapolis in an atmosphere of early-1970s feminism and LGBT activism, she “surprised” herself by coming out.

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Drag superstar Bianca Del Rio offers up her own brand of guidance in a new advice book

By : Gregg Shapiro
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When I first heard that Bianca Del Rio had written a book, in true Bianca Del Rio fashion I thought, “Wrote a book? I didn’t even know she could read a book!” Cue the laughs.

Undoubtedly the greatest success story that “RuPaul’s Drag Race” ever launched out of the starting gate, Del Rio consistently sells out concert venues for her live shows, has graced the silver screen in “Hurricane Bianca” and its new sequel “Hurricane Bianca: From Russia With Hate” and now has a new book of advice, “Blame It On Bianca Del Rio: The Expert On Nothing With An Opinion On Everything“ to her name.

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GLAAD to publish LGBTQ-friendly children’s books

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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GLAAD and Bonnier Publishing USA have teamed up to release a children’s book series featuring LGBTQ stories.

“We’re partnering with @littlebeebooks on a series of children’s books aimed at integrating and elevating positive LGBTQ representation in children’s literature starting with “Prince & Knight.” Everyone deserves to be represented,” GLAAD posted on Instagram along with a photo from “Prince & Knight.”

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‘Queer Eye’ star Antoni Porowski scores cookbook deal

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowksi, the Netflix reboot’s food and wine expert, will be releasing his first cookbook.

Entertainment Weekly reports that the book deal was inked with Rux Martin of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and will feature 100 recipes for “simple, healthy, visually appealing fare.”

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The Bookworm Sez: ‘Would You Rather? A Memoir of Growing Up and Coming Out’

By : Terri Schlichenmeyer
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You’re late! Oops, you overslept, got caught in traffic, the elevator was slow. Phone lines were down, email was down. You forgot, and you’re late, sorry. Or, as in the new book “Would You Rather?” by Katie Heaney, your understanding was just a bit delayed.

Where do you go when you’re looking for love?

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‘Will & Grace’ showrunner donates gay bunny book to Indiana elementary schools

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: John Oliver presenting ‘A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo.’ Screenshot courtesy of YouTube.

“Will & Grace” co-creator Max Mutchnik has donated copies of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo” to every elementary school in Indiana.

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John Oliver spoofs Pence picture book about bunny, tops best seller list

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NEW YORK (AP) — John Oliver has trolled his way to the top.

The HBO host’s spoof of a new picture book by the wife and daughter of Vice President Mike Pence was No. 1 on Amazon.com and out of stock as of midday March 19.

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Legendary performer Joel Grey headlines the Garden Theatre’s 10-year anniversary celebration

By : Jeremy Williams
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Few entertainers are as synonymous with a character they have portrayed as legendary actor Joel Grey is with the Emcee from Cabaret. Grey does not so much act the part as embody the character and become the master of ceremonies at the fictional Kit Kat Club in 1930s Berlin.

Grey performed in the original Broadway run of Cabaret as well as the 1972 film version, winning a Tony Award and an Academy Award for the same role. He is one of only nine performers to do so.

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The Bookworm Sez: ‘Transgender History: The Roots of Today’s Revolution’

By : Terri Schlichenmeyer
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It had to start somewhere. Someone had to make the first step, to pave the way, to stick a fork into the ground and say, “Here, now.” Someone had to be the first so that others could follow, and in the newly updated book Transgender History by Susan Stryker, you’ll see where we go next.

Opening a history book with a chapter on terms and words might seem odd but, says Susan Stryker, “remarkable changes” over the last decade demand it. Thus begins this book, with new language for what is an old lifestyle.

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Fans outraged Dumbledore won’t be ‘explicitly’ gay in ‘Fantastic Beasts 2’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Fans are livid after director David Yates revealed Albus Dumbledore won’t be portrayed as gay in the upcoming “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.”

In 2007, JK Rowling shared that Dumbledore is gay and had feelings for his friend Grindelwald when he was younger.

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Out St. Pete filmmaker and life coach Eric Casaccio seeks to empower the world

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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St. Petersburg transplant Eric Casaccio, an out filmmaker and international life coach, has published Empowerment from Narcissistic Situations, a manual designed to help move readers’ lives forward.

The e-book provides a roadmap for moving beyond narcissistic situations and “clearing out feelings of doom that come as a result,” Casaccio says. “It’s a workbook guide for taking the story of your disempowered past in the now and transforming it into a story of your empowered future.”

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