OMA 1st Thursdays : “Orlando’s original art party”

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November’s 1st Thursday Theme: Leave No Sight Unseen

Advancements in transportation and technology have made the world a “smaller place.” Modern society has far greater awareness and access to the world beyond their home towns/cities than ever before. Whether your engagement with our world comes through visits, online exploration, magazines, movies, books or stories, we invite you to share your vision of a world with increasingly fewer borders, and the broad access to different cultures, places, and experiences that it offers us. Fulfill your wanderlust with OMA.

International food market provided by Bento Asian Kitchen + Sushi

Drink tickets: $5.00, selection of wine and beer

On the first Thursday of each month, Central Florida has an opportunity to discover local artists, listen to live music and mingle with an eclectic mix of people. There are cash bars serving wine, beer, soft drinks and water, and café offerings from area restaurants. Learn More

$15 General Admission

Free for Museum Members

VIP Lounge $35:

A trip to this VIP lounge will include exclusive access to:

  • Complimentary hors d’oeuvres by Arthur’s Catering including featured dishes from Celebrity Cruise Line’s menus
  • Complimentary bar
  • Complimentary valet (must show Eventbrite ticket on mobile device to valet attendant to redeem)
  • Lounge relaxation

Admission includes access to the Museum’s featured exhibition. Parking is free at Orlando Loch Haven Park and overflow parking is available at the Orlando Science Center’s parking garage for $5 per vehicle.

Contact: 407-896-4231

Email: info@omart.org

Roque Pub’s 5 Year Anniversary Bash

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Come celebrate Roque Pub’s 5 year anniversary! Enjoy live music, free giveaways, rare beer and more!

Have a Great Gay Weekend: June 10, 2016

By : Anna M. Johnson
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There so many LGBT-related things to do this weekend and many support local business. And almost all of them involve drinking! Grab someone that will treat you right and paint the town red… or rainbow.

You can even come to these events if you identify as straight. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

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Uprisings: Not OK, computer

By : Billy Manes
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Uprisings_JebBushOh, the headlines. Oh the damage control. Oh, this election cycle that is whittling itself into obtuse ignominy before our very eyes. This is hell. In the past few weeks, we’ve witnessed the gloves coming off and the chandeliers swaying in an increasingly heated presidential-preference primary season, mostly because that’s what happens every four years and we should be accustomed to it. But it’s also because when manufactured candidates get closer to the truth, it’s almost like their wings melt, and the clashes of titans become more like stutters in rehearsed lexicon pools.

Case in point: the Feb. 5 Republican debate and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. It was a Saturday, and we all know that Saturday nights are all right for fighting, so the presence of playground bullies like Donald Trump and Chris Christie wasn’t a surprise. The popcorn was already burned; the rotgut already crystallized at the bottom of a red Solo cup for later tosses into regret fires. But Rubio – oh, our poor, poor former state House speaker and author of books sold at Wal-Mart on the cheap – he wasn’t quite ready, really, and the whole of the news media and the Republican slam book was on alert. Rubio, who is loved for no reason by the Log Cabin Republicans and people who don’t like politics alike (he’s cute from a distance, really, but there’s no need to get any closer), pulled a robotic Small Wonder and waivered from his fresh-faced political sprint. There in the miniature shadow of the New Hampshire primaries, Rubio went on autopilot, pulling an attack on sitting President Barack Obama, even though said sitting president is not even in these primaries.

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2015 A to Z: Pop Culture Year in Review

By : Kirk Hartlage
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Last year was indeed a – forgive us – a watermark year for the LGBT community. Groundbreaking changes saw incredible advances in equality, which are reflected in the shows we watch, the products we buy and even how manufacturers sell said products to us. But despite the outpouring of rainbow-festooned support, not everyone is allowed access to the message that we gays and lesbians are still here, we’re still queer, and as far as marrying who we want, you better get used to it.

Take, for example, the child of one of those alleged “Million Moms.” The young boy or girl who just wants to play with a Barbie dolls, enjoy some colorful snack chips, or needs some type of pain or cold and flu relief. Heaven forbid if they want to multi-task their lunch with education, thanks to the alphabet-shaped noodles in their cup. No, now that the companies that make these products have demonstrated their dedication to diversity – be it in their 2015 marketing or philanthropic efforts – organizations like One Million Moms, the American Family Association and other conservative zealots have provided their right-wing parents a whole new list of businesses to avoid.

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Gay-themed Festivus Pole coming to the Oklahoma Capitol

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – A Florida man said Dec. 16 his plan has been approved to display in the Oklahoma Capitol rotunda a “Festivus Pole” based on a fictional holiday depicted in the popular 1990s sitcom Seinfeld.

Chaz Stevens, of Jupiter, Florida, will display a “Festivus Pole” Dec. 23 in the building’s first-floor rotunda near an existing display of giant nutcrackers and a gift-laden sleigh.

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Extra-gay Festivus pole will be on display at Florida Capitol this year

By : Jamie Hyman
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Festivus is back at the Florida Capitol… and it’s going gay this year.

The Florida Department of Management Services Dec. 10 approved Chaz Stevens’ application asking to set up the Festivus display for the third year in a row.

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Sarasota Pride 2015

By : Jamie Hyman
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Sarasota celebrates the 26th annual Pridefest in J.D. Hamel Park Saturday, Oct. 17.

The theme was “Color the World with Pride,” and the festival ran from 2 – 6 p.m.

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Sarasota looks to “Color the World with Pride”

By : Jeremy Williams
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Sarasota celebrates the 26th annual Pridefest in J.D. Hamel Park Saturday, Oct. 17.

Themed “Color the World with Pride,” this year’s festival will kick off at high noon with a performance from the all-female troupe The Cheaters.

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Se7en Bites moving, expanding

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Soon, Se7en Bites’ customers will be able to fill their pie holes at a much bigger location.

TrinaAndVAThe bake shop, owned by Trina Gregory-Propst and Va Propst, is currently located on a small green building on Primrose Drive and opened in 2013. Over the next six months, they’ll work on renovating the 3500-square-foot building that used to the home of Sunshine School Uniforms, just north of Se7en Bites’ current location at 617 N. Primrose Drive.

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Sarasota’s Cindy Barnes celebrates final Pride as chairman

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Cindy BarnesSarasota, Fla. — After six years as the chairman of Sarasota Pride, Cindy Barnes will step down after the festival in J.D. Hamel Park Oct. 17.

“This is my last year of running it. I will remain on the board, but you know I’m hoping someone will step up and take this over,” Barnes says. “It’s about 20 hours a week, and it’s, of course, a volunteer job, so I have to say the call for a leader has been out about six months and I have yet to hear from a soul.”

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SunCoast Cathedral MCC Brings Vegas to Venice at the Annual Variety Show

By : Krista DiTucci
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MCC Variety Show Krista

On Oct. 18, Tampa Bay locals can enjoy a night of singing, dancing and laughs at the SunCoast Cathedral MCC 3rd Annual Variety Show.

Susie Brenner, SunCoast MCC program director, says the church sold 75 tickets the first year, over 100 last year, and are hoping to sell at least 120 this year.

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