‘Drag Race’ queens Farrah Moan and Shea Coulee caught in homophobic attack

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“RuPaul’s Drag Race” stars Farrah Moan and Shea Coulee faced a homophobic attack in a U.K. kebab shop on Sunday night. The incident was captured in a Snapchat video.

Moan and Coulee were on tour in Newcastle, U.K. and stopped to eat at a kebab shop. An allegedly drunk customer began verbally harrassing them with slurs like “slut” and “f*ggott.”

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Report: Adam Rippon, Tonya Harding join ‘Dancing with the Stars’ all-athlete cast

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABC is striving to keep the Winter Olympics frenzy alive by casting two athletes fresh from the competition and one former athlete who made a pop culture comeback this year.

Figure skater Adam Rippon, snowboarder Jamie Anderson and retired figure skater Tonya Harding have joined the all-athlete edition of “Dancing with the Stars,” Us Weekly reports.

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AMA: Trans military ban ‘mischaracterized and rejected’ medical research

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The nation’s association for physicians had stern words Wednesday for Defense Secretary James Mattis over his recommendation to President Trump against transgender military service, saying his findings “mischaracterized and rejected” medical research.

In a letter dated April 3 and made public by Politico, James Madara, executive vice president of the American Medical Association, said Mattis distorted medical research in his determination transgender people are ineligible to serve in the U.S. armed forces.

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Local filmmaker to hold world premiere of religious LGBTQ film ‘At the End of the Day’ in Lakeland

By : Jeremy Williams
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LAKELAND, Fla. | Kevin O’Brien, a local-area filmmaker, announced his first feature-length film “At the End of the Day” will premiere at the historic Polk Theatre in Lakeland May 18.

“At the End of the Day” is a dramatic comedy that explores the tensions between the evangelical church and the LGBTQ community. Dave Hopper, played by Stephen Shane Martin, is a conservative professor at a Christian college who goes undercover in a gay support group to try and stop them from launching an LGBTQ homeless youth shelter in his small town.

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Watermark’s Wedding Bells: William and Ziggy Shockley

By : Holly V. Kapherr
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A whirlwind romance ends with an Eiffel Tower proposal on a surprise trip to the City of Light.

“I know it’s very cliché,” says William Shockley, “but we actually met at our local bar. I remember eyeballing this very attractive man standing against the wall.” William and Ziggy ended up chatting throughout the night. “He made my knees weak!” says William. He watched Ziggy leave and was filled with regret when he realized they hadn’t exchanged numbers. William ran outside and caught Ziggy before he got into his car. “Not only did we exchange numbers, but we kissed right then and there. It was totally unexpected, but absolutely lovely.”

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Local author launches historical Pride Flag picture book in St. Petersburg

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St. Petersburg | Local and out author Rob Sanders will officially launch “Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag,” the first picture book detailing the history of the Pride flag, on April 12 at ArtsXchange St. Pete.

“This is the first official release event and we’re having it in St. Pete for the Bay area,” Sanders says. “This is the 40th anniversary of the Pride flag, so the book coming out is perfect timing for it.” The launch party, co-sponsored by Tombolo Books, the Warehouse Arts District, Random House Books and the SunLit Festival, follows the book’s official release date of April 10.

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Community leaders take to social media to remember the victims after Pulse gunman’s wife found not guilty

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | Noor Salmon, the wife of the Pulse gunman, was acquitted March 30 of charges that linked her to the nightclub shooting.

Salmon was charged with obstruction of justice and providing material support to a foreign terrorism organization.

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Equality Florida highlights 2018’s statewide legislative battles

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ABOVE: Nadine Smith, CEO of Equality Florida

Tallahassee, fla. | Equality Florida has released a highlight of the battles fought on behalf of the LGBTQ community during Florida’s 2018 legislative session.

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Come Out With Pride announces new board president

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New Come Out With Pride board president Jeff Prystajko.

ORLANDO | Come Out With Pride (COWP) announced the appointment of Jeff Prystajko as the board’s new president March 19 after Brian Riha completed his two-year term in the same position.

Prystajko has been with COWP for several years, most recently serving as director of marketing and communications. He has also held leadership positions with both the Metropolitan Business Association (MBA Orlando) and the Human Rights Campaign in Orlando.

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Dali and Duchamp’s unlikely friendship on display at The Dali

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ABOVE: (L) Salvador Dalí and Edward James, Lobster Telephone, 1938, telephone, steel, plaster, rubber, resin and paper. Edward James Foundation, West Dean / © 2018 Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Artists Rights Society. (R) Marcel Duchamp, Fountain, 1917/1964 Photography: © Schiavinotto Giuseppe © Association Marcel Duchamp / ADAGP, Paris / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 2018

Two powerhouses of surrealism converge in a dual exhibition at The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg. Marcel Duchamp, widely recognized as the father of conceptual art, and Salvador Dali, one of the most enigmatic and influential surrealist painters, are showcased together.

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The Enzian Theater brings a plethora of LGBTQ movies to the 27th Annual Florida Film Festival

By : Jeremy Williams
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The Enzian Theater is Central Florida’s only full-time, nonprofit alternative cinema. Along with first-run independent features, Enzian offers a variety of special events including the nationally recognized Florida Film Festival which has been a staple in the area for more than a quarter century.

“The Tiedtke family started the Enzian Theater in 1985 championing the belief that ‘Film Is Art,’” says Valerie Cisneros, Enzian Theater’s marketing manager. “In the early ‘90s they decided to start a film festival, the Florida Film Festival, and it has been hosted at the Enzian since its inception 27 years ago.”

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Adam Rippon is off the market, meets new man on Tinder

By : Jeremy Williams
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Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon is having quite the year, and it’s only April.

He won a bronze medal at the Winter Olympics earlier this year becoming the first openly gay U.S. male athlete to do so. Rippon also became a headline maker, first calling out Vice President Mike Pence for his anti-LGBTQ views, then doing a media tour as the self-proclaimed new “America’s Sweetheart,” and making huge fans out of everyone from E! News host Justin Sylvester to Sally Field’s son to to another American Sweetheart, Reese Witherspoon. He even got social media buzzing when he appeared on the red carpet of the Academy Awards in a leather harness/tux combo.

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