Ally Agenda: Orlando Forever

By : Jamie Hyman
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Jamie Hyman

Please don’t take this the wrong way, but I moved to Orlando reluctantly.

We were living in Ft. Lauderdale. My career was going nowhere, the economy was terrible, and my fiancé (now husband) Matt landed his dream job making video games at Electronic Arts. Like many other outsiders, I thought Orlando was solely made up of theme parks and that we’d have to live on International Drive. But without a compelling reason not to go, I packed up our things, grumbling the entire time about how my willingness to live next door to that crooked Ripley’s building was a testament to my love for Matt, and boy, would he owe me.

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Ally Agenda: An open letter to the mainstream media

By : Jamie Hyman
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JamieHymanHeadshottDear Mainstream Media,

Jan. 6, 2015 sure was a big day, wasn’t it?

LGBT couples across Florida finally won the right to marriage equality. Many of them chose to be a part of history, by participating in various mass, public weddings located throughout the state. Not only were these ceremonies moving, beautiful expressions of enduring, committed love, but they sure were great photo and video opportunities for Florida’s newspapers and television stations.

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Ally Agenda: Playing chicken

By : Jamie Hyman
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JamieHymanHeadshottI don’t even like Chick-fil-A that much.

I mean, obviously I have some issues with their politics. But even before I knew that was a thing, I couldn’t figure out what the fuss was about. Chick-fil-A offers a mediocre chicken sandwich with waffle fries that are fine, but give me Beefy King tater tots any day.

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Ally Agenda: An imagineered indoctrination

By : Jamie Hyman
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JamieHymanHeadshottWas the Tampa Tribune’s entire editorial board locked in a sweat lodge trying to identify their spirit animals when Douglas MacKinnon’s column on Disney’s “pro-gay agenda” crossed their desks?

That is the only explanation for the paranoid, bizarre, flimsy-as-tissue paper opinion piece ever making it to print.

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