Congressman Alan Grayson is making some amazing noise lately

By : Billy Manes
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As Planned Parenthood undergoes its public scrutiny – you might recall that last month, the organization was given the ACORN treatment by some very clever (not clever) video editors who wanted to frame Planned Parenthood in the GRAND SCHEME OF FETAL SALES THAT FUNDS THE UNDERGROUND PIPELINE OF LIBERAL INJUSTICE – Congressman with “guts” Alan Grayson, D-Orlando/Kissimmee/redistrictingmadness, is making it clear that he still stands with PP. Only three percent of Planned Parenthood’s revenues come from abortions, so let’s just quit it with this hateful rhetoric. Have you stood outside of a clinic before? There are many insane people there screaming many terrible things at women and men who are approaching the toughest decisions of their lives. Sorry, but it’s true. Try to have a conversation with one of them. We dare you.

Regardless, today Grayson was the subject of a weak protest (yawn) that centered around selling your baby’s innards, and, as Grayson is wont to do, he came out swinging with some reasonable rhetoric of the somewhat controversial sort.

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Issue 22.17: Back to School

By : Jake Stevens
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Back to School: Sarasota’s Peter Ruiz graduates college thanks to the Zebra Coalition, the return of Culture Club, Pastor Protection Act comes to Florida, local news, celebrity interviews, and much, much more!

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The Center Renovation Update: August 2015

By : Jamie Hyman
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Renovations are continuing at The GLBT Center of Central Florida, and executive director Terry DeCarlo is eyeing a ribbon-cutting as soon as this coming September.

The new roof is in place, the outside painting is almost complete, the inside has been completely gutted and the upstairs windows have now been re-opened, according to an update in The Center’s August newsletter. The next step is to finish the inside, install the new windows, a new front door and the landscaping.

See the progress for yourself after the jump:

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The Other Side of Life: I. Miss. America

By : Jason Leclerc
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To many of the circles in which I roll, I am the frustrating liberal—the poet. In the world writ larger, I am the flaming conservative—the economist. As much as we like to eschew labels, we find ourselves answering to and for them: Believer, Rationalist, Gay, Conservative, Patriot, Aging, Obamaniac, Republican. These labels may look as seemingly contradictory as the sash I sew them onto.As I inhabit this America, that sash oscillates between Boy Scout (I miss America!) and Pageant contestant (I, Miss America).

“As a gay Republican,” in this, the Central Florida media equivalent ofChe-Guevara-meets-Stonewall, “write about how you can be this unicorn in a political party that hates myths.” Of course (Mr. Manes), the RepublicanParty is a party of myths. I’d say the same—and do, here—about the Democratic Party. WeRepublicanshavesmall government, and a founding father (Abraham Lincoln) that freed the slaves.WeRepublicansalso have fundamentalism, military transfer-payments, and provincialism. In fairness, you Democrats have your myths too: Jesus was a socialist, fiscal responsibility is a personal attack on otherness, Andrew Jackson (remember that “Trail of tears?”) couldn’t possibly have also politically fathered modern progressivism (hey, Elizabeth Warren!).

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GLBT Center to offer STI testing

By : Jamie Hyman
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The GLBT Center of Central Florida now offers free testing for gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis. Starting August 31, the tests will be available Monday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Lindsay Kincaide, the HIV program coordinator at The Center, says they’re “very excited” and the Orange County Department of Health will provide the staff and perform the tests.

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Job Opportunity: Creative Assistant

By : Jake Stevens
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Watermark is seeking a full-time creative assistant. The creative assistant will work with our advertising sales department to create print and online ads, design digital sales flyers, generate graphics for articles on our web site, WatermarkOnline.com. This is an on-site position at our Orlando office. This is the perfect position for motivated multi-faceted designers seeking real-world design experience who thrive in a challenging, fast paced environment .

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Issue 22.16: Gina Versace vs. Starwood Hotels

By : Jake Stevens
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Always A Woman: Gina Versace takes on Starwood Hotels and Resorts over trans discrimination, The mysterious murder of India Clarke in Tampa, Parliament House turns
40, Heathers The Musical brings the drano to Orlando, local news, celebrity interviews, and much, much more!

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Overheard in Orlando: Powerfully Gay

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We know we tend to get political over on our Uprisings political page in the back of the book, but this juicy nugget of political climbing has all the makings of canceled soap opera, or so we hear. A few weeks back, U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando, announced his bid for U.S. Sen Marco Rubio’s seat as Rubio ascends into the toxic ether of a failed presidential bid. Grayson’s aide, Susannah Randolph, obviously a Democrat, jumped in the race for Grayson’s seat, joining a smattering of reputable politicos in what looked to be a fair race. Then, out of nowhere (not really, because she’s been dropping hints all along), Grayson’s out-of-nowhere girlfriend Dr. Deena Minning hopped into the fray in late July, signaling an absurdist rendering of a catfight. Not to worry, though. Minning’s political ties don’t stretch far from Grayson (if you don’t count being a lobbyist for Big Pharma), so the race will likely go on as it was. Or will it? Inquiring minds want to know (Minning doesn’t talk to the press, hilariously).

Orlando’s 50 most Powerful
Orlando magazine released its list of Orlando’s 50 most powerful; these individuals have some major clout in the city beautiful.

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40 Years of Parliament House in a new documentary

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Orlando – With Parliament House Orlando’s 40th Anniversary Week drawing to a close, Parliament House shared a video created by one of their loyal patrons, David Bains, commemorating the last four decades of fun, memories, laughter, and drinks.

The documentary goes through the history of Parliament House and the Central Florida area starting with its beginning in 1962 as the Parliament House Motor Inn. It wasn’t until 1975 that Parliament House became the hotel, nightclub and restaurant that we all know and love today.

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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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