Orlando’s Overheard: Orlando gets a perfect score

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The Human Rights Campaign’s annual Municipal Equality Index is out and Orlando did pretty well for itself. The organization’s MEI score represents how inclusive a city’s laws, policies and services are for the LGBTQ people who live and work there.

The City Beautiful ranked with a perfect score of 100 yet again. Orlando has scored the top score the three previous years as well. The HRC rates a city’s equality based on five categories: Non-Discrimination Laws, Municipality as Employer, Municipal Services, Law Enforcement and finally Relations with the LGBTQ Community.

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Orlando’s Overheard: Westboro protest got T-wrecked

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What happened when the Westboro Baptist Church came to Seminole counTY on Oct. 22 to protest outside of a church? Dinosaurs and Jesus threw a dance party. No, seriously!

A local group that dresses up in inflatable Tyrannosaurus rex costumes, known as the T-Rex’s of Orlando, showed up—one on rollerblades—proudly waving rainbow flags and state flags to counter-protest. They were also joined by a man dressed as Jesus and others. They were loudly singing Katy Perry’s “Roar” along with a playlist straight out of the ‘80s.

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Orlando Overheard: No Wonder, She’s Super Woman

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The Zebra Coalition’s Community Engagement Coordinator, Robin Daily was recently recognized as an Orlando Family Magazine’s Super Woman.

Orlando Family Magazine wrote: “Daily found her passion for helping others in 2004 when she started volunteering in the local community, and her passion continues to grow each year. She started with Zebra Coalition as a volunteer in 2012 and was hired in April as community engagement coordinator, where she is responsible for executing community outreach initiatives and raising awareness for the organization and the mission they serve.”

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Orlando Overheard: Phile Under Phantastic!

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Despite the public announcement he was retiring in Jan. 2018, LGBTQ Ally and multi-WAVE award winner, Jim Philips recently announced he was sticking around as the host of “The Philips Phile” for at least one more year.

The show will keep the same format with the exception they will only be on the air Monday thru Thursday in the 3:00 -7:00 p.m. slot. 

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Orlando’s Overheard: Trumpster’s Dump

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In the progressive neighborhood of the Mills/50 area, local resident Sam Singhaus, also known to many as the talented Miss Sammy, received an interesting letter regarding a “DUMP TRUMP” banner he hung outside of his home.

Sam explained that after months of writing to his senators and not seeing any change to the current administration, he felt it necessary to express his political opinion. But according to one salty neighbor, in Trump’s America, Sam is wrong.

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Orlando’s Overheard: Pulse survivor carjacked

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Christopher Hansen, the Pulse survivor recognized as the guy in the fedora, was the victim of a carjacking in Little Rock, Ark.

Hansen was visiting his family in Little Rock to celebrate his parent’s 25th wedding anniversary and to retrieve some personal items from a storage unit he was bringing back with him to Florida.

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Orlando’s Overheard: Ginger Minj gets married and Irma comes to the City Beautiful

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Disney’s newest Princess

At the New York 2017 RuPaul’s Drag-Con, fans of RuPaul’s Drag Race were treated to an unexpected surprise.

Soon after a make-up panel—where Central Florida’s Ginger Minj (Josh Eads) gave 8-year old internet drag sensation Lactatia a make-over—Ginger asked Lactatia “I’ve done your make up and your wig, can you do something for me? Do you want to be my flower girl?” Then Ginger announced she was getting married today.

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Overheard: Woodstock closing, Queens get crowned and Southern gets crafty

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If a tree falls at Woodstock

The Orlando City Bears finally found their new home at Woodstock and after a couple of weeks they announced the night would be postponed due a small fire.

Within a week, one of the owners of Woodstock made the announcement via Facebook that (The Fullmoon at) Woodstock Orlando will be officially closing the weekend of August 26th. We reached out to Kevin Naylor who cited several issues with the city regarding permitting and code violations. Unfortunately, (The Full Moon at) Woodstock Orlando never landed a loyal following as they often found themselves using the space for special events versus developing the typical bar/club theme nights.

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Orlando’s Overheard: Final trivia, Ginger Minj makes ‘Friends’ & closed attractions

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Scottie’s Last Day

For nearly three years, The Hammered Lamb has played host to Scottie Campbell’s Trivia Night, which raises money for Florida Little Dog Rescue.

Week after week, Scottie hosts on The Hammered Lamb’s outdoor patio, with many trivia fans arriving early just to guarantee a seat. However, Scottie’s trivia days are nearly over. The official Last Day of Trivia arrives on Tuesday, Aug. 29.

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Orlando’s Overheard: Love, honor and remember

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Love is Love

Earlier this year we mentioned that MegaCon Orlando —the Southeast’s largest comics, sci-fi and gaming event —in conjunction with comic book writer Marc Andreyko of DC Comics hosted the “Love is Love” fundraiser in honor of the victims from the Pulse tragedy.

Andreyko, you may recall, was the project organizer for the graphic novel Love Is Love, the oversize comic containing tributes to the victims of Pulse and celebrating the LGBTQ community.

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Orlando’s Overheard: Alliance honored, Outloud’s new host and more

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One Orlando Alliance honored

On July 15th, Orange County Mayor Theresa Jacobs honored the One Orlando Alliance with the 2017 Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award, the first time the county gave the award to a group.

The One Orlando Alliance is made up of over 40 local service organizations, including Watermark, and serves as a vital support system to strengthen the community in the wake of the Pulse tragedy.

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Orlando’s Overheard: Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

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Terry’s new title

A press release was sent out by the GLBT Center of Central Florida July 3 announcing Terry DeCarlo, who was the executive director, is stepping down but will by remaining with the agency as their Chief Communications Officer, a position created for him.

The change in position, which was immediate, will now consist of DeCarlo handling the demands of media relations, communication and events. 

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