Nathan Lane says Harvey Weinstein attacked him at Hillary Clinton’s birthday

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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In the midst of recent sexual harassment allegations swirling around Harvey Weinstein, actor Nathan Lane recalled his own encounter with the film producer.

According to Page Six, the out actor claims that Weinstein attacked him at Hillary Clinton’s birthday party in 2000. Lane recalled telling a comb-over joke about Rudy Giuliani, which resulted in Weinstein throwing Lane against the wall.

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10.5.17 Publisher’s Desk

By : Rick Claggett
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On June 11, 2016, I was out celebrating the birthday of a co-worker and friend. We had plans to have dinner, see a movie and possibly hit a local hot spot to end the festivities. We had a friend with us who spent every Saturday night at Pulse and we were prepared for him to drag us older fellows out there.

The restaurant was crowded so the wait for the table was over an hour. This changed the course of the evening. We missed our movie and had to settle for a later, more obscure film called The Lobster. The birthday boy was ecstatic because we ended up seeing the movie he wanted to see anyway.

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POINCIANA MEDICAL CENTER TO CELEBRATE FOURTH BIRTHDAY, HOST PARTY

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On Thursday, August 24, Poinciana Medical Center will host a party to celebrate its fourth birthday, and the community is invited.

Attendees will enjoy birthday cake and have the opportunity to meet the hospital’s new CEO, Chris Cosby, as well as other members of the hospital’s leadership team.

For more information, please contact pmct.marketing@hcahealthcare.com

Tampa Bay’s Overheard: Funny lady, golden frames and a big Happy Birthday

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Actor and comedian Amy Schumer seems to have a love/hate relationship with the city of Tampa. She wrote about the city in her recently released book, The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, where she called Tampa “horrendous” and wrote that she wasn’t scared about criticizing the people of Tampa Bay because, “I know for a fact that no one who lives there has ever read a book. JKJKJKJKJK, but kind of not K.”

Schumer came to Tampa Oct. 16 where she held a concert at the Amalie Arena for the first time since her book came out. During the show Schumer took her act political and brought a Trump supporter on stage to ask him why he supported Trump. “ I’m not voting for Trump, I’m voting against Hillary,” the Tampa man said.

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Wedding Bells at Watermark: Stephen Gibson and Rob Johnson

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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Rob Johnson and Stephen GibsonStephen Gibson, 45, who oversees vacation rentals and entertains as “Stephane Blair,” and Rob Johnson, 54, who is a graphic designer by trade, met online toward the end of 2007. Stephen noticed they had a lot in common,so he decided to message Rob.

“I got this message and email, and it said it was this guy from Florida,” Rob says. “And I was like ‘Oh my God, I don’t want to meet anybody from out of town.’ He and I started talking, and it got to the point where we would send messages back and forth online all the time, then we started talking on the phone and then we started talking on the phone every day.”

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Montana governor expands discrimination ban

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BILLINGS, Montana — Montana’s governor has expanded prohibitions against discrimination in state employment and state contracts to include pregnancy, military service and gender identity.

Gov. Steve Bullock said in statement that he was honoring the principles of equality fought for by Martin Luther King, Jr.

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1.14.15 Editor’s Desk

By : Billy Manes
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It was about 3 a.m. when, curled in my perpetually awkward slumber that involves noise and talking for no real reason, I “heard the news today, oh boy.” My lifelong hero, my sun, my moon, the man who fell to earth and influenced every song or band or fashion to which I would cling in dreams and sleep and love and hate was dead. Tony, my husband, was doing a radio show when the update clouded the transom: David Bowie, 69, had passed from cancer just a couple of days after his birthday.

I only mention this because, well, it meant that my skull collapsed and shattered and the ground became a hole. Yes, it’s overdramatic to eulogize a celebrity or an artist in such a sadly choreographed fetal-position cramp, but that’s what I did. I cried in a ball, I pressed words together in my head the same way that Bowie did on small pieces of paper, I made nonsense make sense and I ran to my computer to relive a life I had already absorbed once before. I was an Absolute Beginner once. A Starman. A Hero. A Dead Man Walking.

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We could be heroes: David Bowie, 1947-2016

By : Billy Manes
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Thought we had a good trip. Overnight, pop-cultural legend – seriously, he did everything from acting to writing to performance art and especially making music – David Bowie died after a quiet 18-month battle with cancer. Gonna break character here and say that this particular editor has been up all night crying about the news, because a world without Bowie is actually a world without a sun or a moon in some manner, at least for me. I haven’t slept all night, nor have many of those out there, the young dudes, the kooks, the moonage daydreamers. Losing one of our generation’s largest, most intelligent influences is no small pill. Our sympathies, of course, lie with his family. Our feelings, however, lie on the ground in shards.

For those who don’t know of Bowie’s influence, his declarations of open- (or bi-) sexuality in the ’70s helped to break down stereotypes and blur the colors that we currently embrace as our spinning swirl of humanity. His embracing of androgyny was the reason we had a Culture Club, a Duran Duran or even a new-wave movement at all. He freed suburbanite children from their khakis and painted honesty on their faces instead. It is no overstatement to say that Bowie’s absence from this world is huge or that his presence while he was here was as phenomenal as the “Starman” we came to embrace. There are plenty of eulogies out there, riding through transoms as the sun rises on Jan. 11, so we’ll keep ours short.

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Woman convicted of lesser assault charge in attack on gay couple

By : Jamie Hyman
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Philadelphia (AP) – A police chief’s daughter was convicted of assault but acquitted of the most serious charges in a violent attack on a gay couple last year that prompted Philadelphia to expand its hate crime laws to include sexual orientation.

A jury Dec. 17 acquitted Kathryn Knott of four counts, including aggravated assault on each of the victims. She was convicted of simple assault, reckless endangerment and conspiracy to commit simple assault after three days of deliberations.

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Jury set to decide woman’s role in attack on gay couple

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Anti-gay tweets from a young woman charged in an attack on a gay couple show the homophobic views that fueled her actions, a Philadelphia prosecutor argued Dec. 15 in a case that led the city to expand its hate crime law.

Kathryn Knott, the daughter of a suburban police chief, is charged with taking part in an attack that left one man hospitalized with a broken jaw. She testified for about an hour and denied shouting slurs or striking either victim.

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Member of Philly gay-bashing trio kicks off her fight in court

By : Jamie Hyman
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Philadelphia (AP) – A police chief’s daughter accused of “slinging slurs” and throwing punches during a vicious group attack on a gay couple went on trial Dec. 10 to fight felony charges.

Two co-defendants who pleaded guilty got probation – and were barred from downtown – but Kathryn Knott is fighting the charges.

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Raising the Bar: How LGBT dance clubs and bars respond to history and look to the future

By : Stephen Miller
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Our LGBT bars and nightclubs: throughout history, they’ve served as more than mere entertainment and socialization. They’ve alternately provided protection, community, purpose, a meeting place for political activism, a defining character for subgroups, and even a disseminator of vital cultural and health information. Yet, just like every lasting institution, in order to survive and be relevant, bars and clubs have to change. They can capitalize on what they do well while transforming with the times.

“Let’s face it,” says Steve Watkins, owner of the newly renovated Stonewall Bar Orlando, “social media isn’t going away. It’s a part of the whole experience of going out – heck, of all of life, anymore.”

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