2019 Orlando Fringe Review: ‘A Briefs History In Time’

By : Danny Garcia
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Our favorite Canadian burlesque boys are back with their new show, “A Briefs History In Time.”  The adventure begins with Furry Rosa (emcee and host, Shangina Twain) having traveled back in time from the year 3000 during Fempocalypse, an event that has left men (not the species but the gender) extinct. Rosa has come to our time to observe, study and find male specimens, so why not the male specimens of BoylesqueTO.

“A Briefs History In Time” is a departure from what Orlando Fringe patrons may have seen with “Oh Manada!” and “‘Mo Manada!” but this latest show is still very entertaining.

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2019 Orlando Fringe Review: ‘Daphne and Me: A Boy Meets Girl Story’

By : Danny Garcia
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Real, raw, passionate and—thanks to the Rainbow Venue—up close and personal.

BeeJay Clinton’s autobiographical, one-person show “Daphne and Me: A Boy Meets Girl Story” is all of that and more. A brutally honest look into the psyche of a man who is as unsure of himself as BeeJay as he is sure of himself as Daphne, his drag persona.

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HUD proposes rule change to gut trans protections at homeless shelters

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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In an abrupt reversal after assurances that non-discrimination policies at Department of Housing & Urban Development would remain in place, the Trump administration is proposing a rule change to gut protections for transgender people seeking to stay at federally funded homeless shelters.

In a notice published Wednesday by the White House Office of Management & Budget, the administration proposes a rule in which shelter providers with sex-segregated facilities — such as bathrooms or shared sleeping quarters — “may establish a policy” consistent with state and local laws in which operators consider a range of factors when determining where to place individuals looking to stay, including “religious beliefs.”

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LGBT ‘fallen heroes’ honored at National Police Week event

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. of the Washington Blade, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Between 150 and 200 LGBT members of law enforcement agencies were among the more than 25,000 police and law enforcement officers from throughout the U.S. and many foreign countries who came to D.C. last week to participate in events associated with National Police Week.

Among the events LGBT law enforcement members and their families and friends attended was the annual LGBT Fallen Heroes Memorial Service, which was held May 13 at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial located in Arlington National Cemetery.

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Human Rights Campaign close to naming next president: sources

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Current HRC president Chad Griffin, who announced late last year he will depart the organization.

Fresh from the successful U.S. House vote on the Equality Act, the Human Rights Campaign is close to naming a new president to lead the nation’s largest LGBT advocacy group, insiders have told the Washington Blade.

LGBT advocates said this week they’ve heard board members for the Human Rights Campaign, which began a search for the organization’s next president after Chad Griffin announced late last year he’d depart the organization, are nearing their decision. One person familiar with board deliberations said the process is “going well.”

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Orlando’s Big LGBTQ Weekend still has something for everyone

By : Jeremy Williams
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The newly created KindRED Pride Foundation is bringing some of the weekend’s most anticipated events, but the kickoff weekend to Orlando’s big Pride Month is packed full of some returning favorites and big surprises.

Just as with the last several years, RED Shirt Pride Days has a designated Disney theme park for each day from May 30-June 2.

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RED Shirt Pride Day looks to continue Orlando’s traditional Gay Day at the Magic Kingdom

By : Jeremy Williams
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In June 1991, a group of LGBTQ Central Floridians—led by openly gay Orlando resident Doug Swallow—decided to meet at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom to say to “The Most Magical Place On Earth” that “We’re here, we’re queer and we’d like to see Cinderella’s Castle!”

“[Doug said] ‘let’s go be somewhere where we can be ourselves and let people see that we’re normal people, but let them know that we are gay … we’ll do something like wear a red shirt so we can know who each other are.’ That was totally Doug’s idea, to make that day what it is,” said Michael Wanzie, a Central Florida entertainer who was at the very first event, in an interview with Watermark in 2018.

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Proposed LGBTQ health organization clears Connecticut House

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) | Legislation aimed at better matching members of Connecticut’s LGBTQ community with health and other services has cleared a key vote.

The House of Representatives voted 130-6 May 20 in favor of a bill that creates a new organization to recommend to state officials ways to build a safer and healthier environment for the LGBTQ community. The Department of Public Health would provide funds to help the network develop a statewide needs assessment and ultimately help coordinate care with nonprofit agencies.

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Watch: new trailer for Netflix’s ‘Tales of the City’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Netflix has released a new trailer for its remake of Armistead Maupin’s “Tales of the City.”

In the trailer, Mary Ann Singleton (Laura Linney) ventures back to 28 Barnaby Lane in San Francisco where she reconnects with her daughter Shawna (Ellen Page) and ex-husband Brian (Paul Gross).

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Lori Lightfoot becomes first openly gay, black woman to be mayor of Chicago

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Lori Lightfoot made history on Monday when she was inaugurated as mayor of Chicago making her the first openly gay, black woman to hold the title.

Lightfoot, who was joined by her wife Amy Eshleman and 11-year-old daughter Vivian, delivered her inaugural speech to a crowd at Wintrust Arena.

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Alabama Public Television won’t air gay wedding episode of ‘Arthur’

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Viewers in Alabama won’t be able to witness the wedding of Mr. Ratburn and his partner Patrick on the cartoon series “Arthur.”

Alabama Public Television won’t air the episode “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone,” which is the premiere of season 22. In the episode, Arthur’s teacher Mr. Ratburn marries aardvark and local chocolate shop owner, Patrick.

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Disney releases new rainbow collection ahead of Pride month

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | Disney released a new series of LGBTQ-themed items ahead of Pride month this June.

The items — collectively called the Rainbow Disney Collection — include T-shirts, hats, pins, jewelry, dolls and more featuring rainbow colors along with Disney mascot Mickey Mouse.

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