The GLBT Center vandalized, construction still on track

By : Jamie Hyman
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TheCenterGraffitiGraffiti artists couldn’t slow down renovations at The GLBT Center of Central Florida, after they tagged the building’s exterior late Friday night.

“[Crews] were still sandblasting the old paint off, so they just kept working,” says Terry  DeCarlo, executive director of The Center. He says police took a report July 18, which was also filed with their graffiti department. 

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Uprisings: July 11 – 29, 2015

By : Billy Manes
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“I’m mad as hell and I am not going to take it anymore,” the film Network’s Howard Beale spit into the ether in the foggy 1970s pixilation of televised news via cinema. This is not the 1970s. This, Uprisings, is not your standard news column about the comings and goings of political figures in power suits, nor is it that stick in that yellowing mud that would direct you into the warm embrace of comatose electoral futility. This is not something to scream about from the window in your chosen alley. This, instead, is a party.

Say what you want about the impending election season – that it is terrible, or terrible, or maybe it’s more terrible, because mine is better than yours and yours is super terrible – but if there’s anything we’ve learned about presidential election cycles (replete with congressional and municipal leanings), it’s that no matter how terrible it might seem, disengagement is worse. We could go through the motions of the Bush v. Gore decision that landed on former Gov. Jeb Bush’s nose like a dime; we could talk about Sen. Marco Rubio’s inexplicable immigration dance and the Florida House term that brought it; we could laugh about dancing, Dancing, DANCING!

And we will.

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Wedding Bells at Watermark: Bob Poe and Kenneth Brown

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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“As I said to him in a text a few days after we met, the one thing that I was really drawn to about him was his spirit,”Bob Poe, 60, says about his husband Ken Brown, 59.

Bob has been involved for years in Florida politics, helped start local radio station 98.9 WMMO and brought the Magic basketball team to Orlando. He met Ken while he was away one summer for business out in California.

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Overheard in Orlando: PH turns forty!

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On the eve of its 40th Anniversary, the Parliament House Resort was recently named one of OUT Travel’s 200 Best Gay Bars in the World! That’s a lot of PHreakin’ Gay Bars out there! The Parliament House in Orlando was described as “less of a bar and more of an entertainment complex. With Seven bars on ten acres provide visitors to, the Parliament House has almost any experience they want, be it sporty, campy, grimy or glam”.

To prove why they made the list, PH will be starting their week long 40th Anniversary Bash with events like an employee turnabout, a reunion show featuring over thirty previous PH entertainers, a special presentation by the LGBT History Center and capping off the week with a special Saturday performance of Little Miss Parliament House & later that night, Deborah Cox in concert!

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Overheard in Tampa Bay: When dildos attack

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Out Traveler’s magazine came out with a list of the top 200 gay bars in the world and only one if the Tampa Bay area was on the list, Georgie’s Alilbi. Georgie’s in St. Petersburg was described as “a low key place to play pool, have a beer, and just chill,” and Out Traveler praised the bar’s daily drink specials and weekly drag show. News of Georgie’s being named a top gay bar in the world may surprise other towns, but our readers have known what a hot spot gem this place is, naming Georgie’s Alibi favorite LGBT bar, favorite LGBT happy hour and favorite LGBT business in the 2015 WAVES. They also have been THE celebration destination hosting both Watermark’s WAVE Awards and the official St. Pete Pride parade party.

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Tom Woodard may be known in St. Petersburg for creating some of the tastiest food in Central Florida at Pom Pom’s Teahouse and Sandwicheria St. Pete, but starting back more than 30 years ago he was a part of the Orange County Sheriff’s office in Orlando. In 1997, Woodard was a part of the investigation into the abduction and murder of Carla Larson and this case was the topic of an episode of Nightmare Next Door on Investigation Discovery. Entitled “Daylight Abduction,” the episode describes the events of a professional woman vanishing in broad daylight only to have her naked body found dumped in the woods days later leaving detectives to jumpstart a manhunt for her depraved killer. The episode aired July 9 and is available for download on Amazon.

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Guest Column: Saying goodbye to Zebra Coalition

By : Dexter Foxworth
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I am driving in traffic on my way to our Zebra Coalition Youth Center. It’s summer in Florida and I can see the rain behind me, following me, laughing at me as I try to beat it and get thru traffic. I pull up to our youth center and the rain falls. Of course, my umbrella is sitting inside the office. The unforeseen benefit of this is that with nothing to do but wait for the rain to let up, you have some time to reflect, to look back, to take stock. And what better time to do that than when you are just days from ending your time with a job that has changed your life.

Three-and-a-half years ago, I stepped into my new office to begin my journey as director for the Zebra Coalition, a nonprofit with a mission to provide support, services and programming to Central Florida’s LGBT+ youth. I spent my first two days meeting youth in our residential program and learning. Fast forward two weeks later; I was on the side of the road, in my car ready to walk, no run, away from it all.

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First look: The LGBT Center renovation

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It’s finally happening! Crews have broken ground on a long-awaited renovation and refresh for The LGBT Center of Central Florida on Mills Ave. in downtown Orlando.

First up, workers are sandblasting off 30 years worth of paint, as you can see in photos after the jump:

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No Central Florida HIV organizations receive CDC grants for 2015

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The same week it was announced that Orange County’s new HIV cases are up 47 percent from last year, the Centers for Disease Control announced no Central Florida HIV organizations will receive CDC grants this year.

The CDC announced their grant recipients June 30 and just three Florida organizations received funds: Empower “U”, Inc. Community Health Center in Miami; Latinos Salud, Inc. in Miami Beach and Metropolitan Charities, Inc. in St. Petersburg.

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Carlos Guillermo Smith launches District 49 campaign at The Abbey

By : Jeremy Williams
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Orlando – Carlos Guillermo Smith officially kicked off his 2016 run for Florida House of Representatives’ District 49 at The Abbey July 9.

Smith, who is the current chair for the Orange County Democrats, spoke to the nearly 200 attendees about his path to get to Tallahassee and why he thinks he should represent District 49.

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Running with scissors: Randy Ross drops mayoral bid, runs for City Commissioner Patty Sheehan’s seat [video]

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Because some fights in mirrors are never over, local gadabout and sometimes challenger of the law (allegedly) Randy Ross has announced that, instead of running for Mayor of Orlando, something he hilariously announced earlier this year, that he is going to try to test his mettle against Orlando District 4 Commissioner Patty Sheehan. There are a lot of things we could say here about optics and forgiveness, bad choices and more bad choices, but for now, we’ll let Randy say his piece (along with his mom). His filing for the race is official, which should make all spectators feel a little more excited about the municipal circus awaiting us later this year. You get a front porch. And you get a front porch. And you get a front porch… to fade.

Video after the jump: 

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Battle between transgender employee and Starwood heats up, for the people

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Last year, Gina Versace filed a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity lawsuit against her former employer, Starwood Hotels, in federal court. She alleges that she was discriminated against while under the company’s employ, the suit says, and was consistently referred to as a male, despite officially documented evidence otherwise. In 2013, Versace was fired for insubordination, according to the lawsuit and the Orlando Sentinel, though she (and her attorney) believe the motivations were more deeply seeded in discrimination. This morning, Versace’s new attorney, Matt Morgan (the son of high-profile attorney John Morgan) held a press conference at the Morgan & Morgan offices downtown to further state the case. While we were unable to attend (meetings!), the following accusations issued via press release could and should rattle Starwood, which publicly states that it prides itself on LGBT inclusion. We’ll have more on Versace’s story in the coming weeks.

Check out the press release outlining the case after the jump: 

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Parliament House, Georgie’s Alibi named top gay bars

By : Jamie Hyman
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Central Florida area bars are named to Out Traveler’s list of the top 200 gay bars in the world.

Parliament House in Orlando was described as “less of a bar and more of an entertainment complex.”
“Seven bars on ten acres provide visitors to The Parliament House almost any experience they want, be it sporty, campy, grimy or glam,” according to Out Traveler.

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