Brazil’s Supreme Court allows gay Jesus film on Netflix

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ABOVE: Porta dos Fundos’ “First Temptation of Christ.” Image courtesy of Netflix.

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) | The president of Brazil’s Supreme Court on Jan. 9 issued an order that allows streaming service Netflix to continue exhibiting a satirical film depicting Jesus as a gay man and reaffirmed Brazilians’ right to free speech.

“It is not to be assumed that a humorous satire has the magic power to undermine the values of the Christian faith, whose existence goes back more than two thousand years,” Supreme Court President Jose Antonio Dias Toffoli wrote in his decision.

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Sin City Classic brings LGBTQ athletes together for weekend in Vegas

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ABOVE: Sin City Classic 2019 participants. Photo via Sin City Classic’s Facebook page.

The biggest LGBTQ sporting event in the world is about to get bigger.

The Sin City Classic Sports Festival, which kicks off next week in Las Vegas, is adding four new sports to its lineup, increasing the total number of participating sports to 24. Presented by Lexus, the massive event is set to take place from January 16-19.

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‘Ugly Betty’ co-creator Silvio Horta dies in Miami at 45

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ABOVE: Silvio Horta in 2017. (Photo from Horta’s Facebook)

MIAMI (AP) – Award-winning producer Silvio Horta, who was acclaimed for creating the hit series “Ugly Betty,” has died. He was 45.

Investigators believe Horta died by suicide at a Miami hotel Jan. 7, the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner said Jan. 8.

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Judge orders Google to turn over Jussie Smollett’s emails

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CHICAGO (AP) – A judge has ordered Google to turn over a year’s worth of Jussie Smollett’s emails, private messages, photographs and location data to a special prosecutor who is looking into why prosecutors abruptly dismissed criminal charges against the actor.

The Chicago Tribune reported Jan. 8 that it had obtained two search warrants submitted by special prosecutor Dan Webb and signed off by Cook County Judge Michael Toomin last month.

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‘Modern Family’ to bid farewell in April series finale

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PASADENA, Calif. (AP) – “Modern Family” will air its finale after 11 seasons on April 8, and there are no spin-offs in the works involving its large cast.

Eric Stonestreet jokingly pitched one featuring Cam and Mitch, the gay couple played by him and Jesse Tyler Ferguson, after executive producer Steven Levitan told a TV critics meeting on Jan. 8 that nothing is planned.

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Taylor Swift, Janet Mock to be honored by GLAAD

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – Taylor Swift and writer-director-producer Janet Mock will be honored at the 31st Annual GLAAD Media Awards for their advocacy for LGBTQ issues.

The pop star will receive the Vanguard Award, which is presented to allies who have made a significant difference in promoting acceptance of LGBTQ people. Mock, who is best known for her work on the FX series “Pose,” will receive the Stephen F. Kolzak Award, presented to a LGBTQ media professional.

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Watermark’s Wedding Bells: Dolly Ferraiuolo and Katie Shrum

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In the fall of 2011, Katie Shrum was working full-time and taking night classes at St. Petersburg College. One was an introduction to sociology class at the Clearwater campus. She liked the professor so much that she followed her to the Tarpon Springs campus the following semester for the follow-up class.

“It was really far, but I was like, why not? Turns out, it was fate,” she says.

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The Last Page: Jessica Thomas, Thomas Law Firm, PLLC

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The Last Page is dedicated to individuals who are making a positive impact on the LGBTQ community in Central Florida and Tampa Bay.

This issue, we check in with owner of Thomas Law Firm, PLLC, Jessica Thomas from Central Florida. Keep an eye on this space to learn more about the movers and shakers of your community.

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Performer John Michael gets interactive in Orlando with Harry Potter-themed show

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John Michael doesn’t consider himself an actor.

“I usually call myself a performance artist, not an actor,” Michael says. “I try not to outright say that I’m not because it can piss some of my actor friends off, but I guess the reason why that’s helpful for people to understand about my work is my shows are about how I’m really trying to create reality in a sense of fantastical circumstances.”

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Globes special award: DeGeneres thanks ‘power of television’

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Above: Ellen DeGeneres (Photo from Ellen DeGeneres’s “Relatable”)

NEW YORK (AP) – Ellen DeGeneres turned her spotlight at the Golden Globe Awards into a very personal stand-up routine, gently mocking traditional award show speeches and ultimately thanking “the power of television.”

The pioneering sitcom star, TV talk-show host and game-show MC was handed the Globes’ new TV special achievement trophy Sunday, joking she was relieved she didn’t have to worry.

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Equality Florida seeks LGBTQ youth for workshop, art show

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ST. PETERSBURG | Equality Florida has announced two opportunities for young LGBTQ artists to showcase their talents.

“In the wake of the mass shooting at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub on June 12, 2016, Equality Florida committed to honor the victims with action,” the organization shared. “Our Safe and Healthy Schools Program is aimed to end LGBTQ bias where it begins, in our schools. By helping our schools and educators create safe spaces for LGBTQ youth, students feel welcomed, supported and can thrive.”

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Sundance Film Festival aims for more movie critic diversity

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ABOVE: Sundance Film Festival marquee, photo via Facebook.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) | A Sundance Film Festival program designed to increase diversity among media members covering the annual event in Park City boomed in popularity in the initiative’s second year.

For this year’s festival, 51 journalists were selected out of a pool of 319 applicants to receive travel stipends provided in the program, The Salt Lake Tribune reports.

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