Miracle of Love’s Project Red will have ‘Wigs in Space’ at the Parliament House

By : Lauren Lee
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ORLANDO | Miracle of Love—an organization whose mission is to reduce the number of HIV cases and end the AIDS epidemic by providing comprehensive, multicultural care, education and prevention services in Central Florida—is as known for its fabulous events as it is for its amazing work, and its signature fundraiser event Project Red is always the talk of the town.

This year, Miracle of Love presents Project Red: Wigs in Space, an infusion of art and drag, on Feb. 22 from 7-10 p.m. at the Parliament House in Orlando.

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Ready, Sette, Go!: Se7enBites owners have location for new Orlando restaurant

By : Jeremy Williams
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Back in October, we told you about Se7enBites owner Trina Gregory-Propst and wife Va Propst announcing their new Italian restaurant, Sette.

At the time no location was “Sette” for the new eatery but that has now changed as Trina and Va announced earlier this month that they will “Sette” up shop at the corner of N. Orange Ave. and Virginia Dr.

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Block Advisers in Winter Park launch fundraising campaign with The Center Orlando

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ORLANDO | The U.S. tax code is not an easy thing to understand and with all the changes that were implemented in 2018, the task of tax preparation may seem daunting—but have no fear, tax agent Rodney Willoughby and Block Advisors in Winter Park have you covered.

Along with easing your filing anxiety, Willoughby is helping give back to the LGBTQ community this tax season with a fundraising campaign through income tax preparation services H&R Block and Block Advisers which will benefit The LGBT+ Center of Central Florida. Here’s how it works: Come into Block Advisers at 2205 Aloma Ave. in Winter Park and let Willoughby help get your taxes prepared this year. While there, give him The Center’s special 14-digit code (400-1000-109-9542) and the company will donate $20 to The Center. It’s that easy.

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The Hammered Lamb owners to open 24-hour diner in Ivanhoe Village

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | Jason Lambert, one of the owners of the popular Ivanhoe Village pub The Hammered Lamb, announced to The Bungalower Nov. 13 that they will soon be opening a 24-hour diner next door.

The space, formerly a Tommy Bahama retail store and located at 1235 N. Orange Ave. (right next door to The Hammered Lamb), will be called Jack ‘n’ Honey’s Diner. The “big city, retro New York” diner will seat roughly 50 people and serve an array of diner comfort foods.

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Penguin Point Productions is getting new home at Oviedo Mall

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ABOVE: Artist rendering of what the Penguin Point Productions’ store front will look like. Photo courtesy James Brendlinger’s Facebook

Local theater teacher and founder of Penguin Point Productions, James Brendlinger, is raising money to expand his company through GoFundMe.

Penguin Point Productions announced a new home in Oviedo Mall and will be opening its doors on Jan. 7, 2019. Multiple storefronts in the mall are being used to create a working studio theater, costume shop and arts classrooms.

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Equality Florida’s Michael Thomas Farmer announces departure

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ABOVE: Michael Thomas Farmer speaks at the Equality Florida Greater Orlando Gala at the Orlando Museum of Art earlier this month. Photo by Meghan Sweeney

ORLANDO | Equality Florida is losing one of its star players. Statewide Deputy Development Director Michael Thomas Farmer announced via Facebook that he will be leaving the statewide equality organization on Nov. 30.

“When I started working at Equality Florida nearly 10 years ago, I never could have imagined where I, and we, would be today,” Farmer wrote. “It’s been the honor of my life to have been part of the leadership team at Equality Florida. Although at times the work was daunting, trying and challenging, the rewards of the work far outweighed any of the cons.”

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AHF is bringing Out of the Closet to Mills 50

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Out of the Closet, a thrift store with a twist which benefits the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), is opening a new location in Orlando.

The Bungalower reports that AHF has purchased the corner lot at N. Mills Ave. and Virginia Dr. and plans to build its new 6,000 sq. ft. Out Of The Closet location where the Circle K currently sits.

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Historic Downtown Kissimmee points the way to the LGBT+ Center

By : Jeremy Williams
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The LGBT+ Center of Central Florida opened its second location in Kissimmee over the summer and while the reception at its ribbon cutting on Aug. 15 was overwhelmingly positive, many were curious how a more conservative city would respond to having an LGBT+ Center.

Well to steal a phrase from The LGBT+ Center’s Executive Director George Wallace, “Kissimmee has welcomed The Center with open arms.”

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LGBTQ-themed ‘Somewhere Between’ among selected shows featured in Winter Park Playhouse’s Florida Festival of New Musicals

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Winter Park Playhouse has prided itself on bringing the best in small, intimate musical theater to Central Florida for more than 15 years. Last year, the playhouse launched a brand new musical festival to help bring light to some up-and-coming musicals from across the country, and after a wildly popular opening, it’s back. Winter Park Playhouse will host six developmental musicals looking to expand its audience in the second annual Florida Festival of New Musicals Aug. 23-26.

Roy Alan, the founder of Winter Park Playhouse and the Florida Festival of New Musicals, wanted to give new shows the platform to be seen by other theater directors across Florida and the rest of the United States. Alan was looking for an opportunity to showcase more light-hearted, smaller shows that would fit the stage of the Winter Park Playhouse while also giving them the chance to be seen in front of an audience that otherwise may not have had that opportunity.

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PHOTOS: Pose for Pride

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Models and drag queens shared the stage at the second annual Pose for Pride on Dec. 14.

The charity event organized by iHeartMedia for the benefit of the Zebra Coalition, took a strut down the runway at the Aloft Hotel in downtown Orlando. Hosted by Pride Radio’s Blue Star, XL106.7’s Ricky and Sondra Rae, and Wordkrush’s editor-in-chief Brittany Elyse, the event featured the work of local fashion designers accompanied by performances from Bearonce and Sassy Devine.

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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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