Rhodes Perry to hold live ‘The Out Entrepreneur’ podcast in Orlando

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One year after launching his LGBTQ business podcast “The Out Entrepreneur,” host Rhodes Perry is heading to Orlando for the show’s first-ever live recording at The Orange Studio Dec. 11.

The Out Entrepreneur is a weekly podcast in which Perry gets to “interview today’s most inspiring LGBTQ bosses crushing it in business,” as he says to start off each podcast.

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Florida officer who saved Pulse shooting victim losing job

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — One of the first police officers to respond to the Pulse nightclub massacre is losing his job with only months to go before he’s entitled to full pension benefits. He called on Florida lawmakers to do more to support first responders who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

The Eatonville Town Council agreed unanimously Tuesday night to pay Cpl. Omar Delgado some $1,200 in accrued sick time when his job ends at year’s end, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

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“Liberal Redneck” Trae Crowder talks about his ties to the LGBTQ community and incoming tour

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Trae Crowder, the 31-year-old comedian better known as the “Liberal Redneck,” gained national notoriety after he and his southern drawl supported transgender rights in April 2016.

He’d been a stand-up comedian for nearly six years at the time, but it was his condemnation of North Carolina’s bigoted HB2 “bathroom bill” that thrust him into the viral video spotlight. That first video, originally uploaded to his personal Facebook page, has garnered over 980,000 YouTube views to date. In total, his hot takes have drawn over 50 million.

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Well-Strung applies their Popssical formula to some Christmas classics for their performance at The Abbey

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The all-male, all-gay string quartet known as Well-Strung has been entertaining the world since 2012 with their unique blend of pop and classical music, mashing the two together to create a distinct sound they call “Popssical.”

The group — which consists of Edmund Bagnell (first violin), Christopher Marchant (second violin), Daniel Shevlin (cello) and Trevor Wadleigh (viola) — plays classical pieces from the likes of Beethoven and Mozart while singing Top 40 hits from popstars such as Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga and Kelly Clarkson.

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PHOTOS: MBA celebrates 25th anniversary at Celebration Gardens

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The Metropolitan Business Association celebrated 25 years with a social gathering and awards presentation at Celebration Gardens in Winter Park Nov. 30.

Debbie Simmons, owner of Shelbie Press and the MBA’s first board president, shared stories and photos from the past 25 years before other past board president’s handed out certificates to individuals, groups and organizations that have been a part of the MBA over the last quarter century.

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Former head of Orlando Fringe named new executive director to The Center

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George Wallace, The Center’s new executive director.

ORLANDO | Former executive director to the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival, George Wallace was named the new executive director to the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida by the board of directors Dec. 1, according to a press release from The Center.

“When I saw the Executive Director position become available at The Center, I immediately jumped at the chance,” Wallace said in the press release. “This is a wonderful opportunity, not only to return to my home and the city I love, but to work for such an established and crucial agency.”

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Stories from gay and straight women in Central Florida, Tampa Bay and the nation during the AIDS epidemic

By : Greg Stemm
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It was the late 1980s. All across America, including right here in Central and West Central Florida, gay and straight women were suddenly finding that their gay male friends and relatives were dying from a tragic and perplexing new disease.

From our vantage point in 2017, AIDS has become a chronically manageable disease instead of a death sentence and PREP has dramatically reduced the likelihood of transmissions. It can be hard to remember just how dire a time it was.

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Central Florida and Tampa Bay recognize World AIDS Day with events from coast to coast

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World AIDS Day is the first ever global health day and has taken place every Dec. 1 since 1988. It is a day which the entire planet comes together to remember the nearly 40 million lives lost to the virus, but also to acknowledge those still living with the disease today and to celebrate the advances made in fighting HIV/AIDS.

From candlelight vigils to luncheons and HIV testing sights, several groups and organizations have events throughout Central Florida and the Tampa Bay area for you whether you want to pay your respects or know your status.

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Study: Orlando second only to Vegas as most sinful city

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ORLANDO | WalletHub, a credit report website, named Orlando the second most sinful city in the U.S., behind only the self-proclaimed “Sin City,” Las Vegas.

The study looked at 182 cities in the U.S. across seven key dimensions: Anger & Hatred, Jealousy, Excesses & Vices, Greed, Lust Vanity and Laziness. Orlando ranked within the top 10 of Lust, Jealousy and most disturbingly, Anger & Hatred, where Orlando ranked fifth.

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Pose For Pride returns with more fashion and music

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ORLANDO | Pride Radio’s Pose For Pride returns after a successful inaugural event last year with even more fun, fashion and music; this time at the Aloft Hotel in downtown Orlando Thursday, Dec. 14.

“Pose For Pride is a unique event that partners fashion, music and charity,” says Desiry Witherspoon, Account Executive with iHeartMedia and one of the event’s organizers. “We have live performances. We have a great selection from local designers and boutiques that are from right here in Orlando.”

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Why having a family is easier than ever for Central Florida and Tampa Bay’s LGBTQ couples

By : Holly V. Kapherr
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When Randy Lowe met Joshua Melendez five years ago, both men were entering their 50s. “I just kind of assumed that having a family wasn’t going to be an option for me,” says Randy, who runs the event coordinating business Lowe and Behold, and had recently lost his partner, Jason, to brain cancer. At the time, Joshua had been taking care of two young boys occasionally on weekends to give their single mother a break to run errands or have a moment to herself.

Randy loved having the boys around. It was then that the couple realized they wanted kids. “I thought, ‘Wow. This is really beautiful to have these little boys with us,’” says Randy. He decided that if he and Joshua ended up together, he wanted to pursue options to have a family of his own.

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Watermark Holiday Giveaway: Win tickets to see Trans Siberian Orchestra at the Amway Center

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Trans Siberian Orchestra is as synonymous with the holiday season in the U.S. as Santa Claus and Christmas trees, so it seems only fitting that during this yuletide season we send one lucky reader and a guest to see them live in concert.

We have a pair of tickets to see TSO in their 2017 winter tour, “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” at the Amway Center in Orlando Dec. 16 at 3:00 p.m.

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