July – Queen of the Night Contest at Liquid Tampa

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From Power Infiniti comes Tampa’s biggest talent competition: Queen Of The Night.

Contestants are invited regardless of style, gender, sexual orientation, or status to compete in a COME ONE COME ALL contest designed to train, test, and give exposure to, young up and coming talent in Central Florida. The competition takes place once a month and throws fun monthly theme twists into the mix ranging from Rock, Pop, Hip Hop, and other forms of performance genre such as club kid and comedy.Each month a different challenge, each month another star is born. Queen Of The Night contestants are critiqued by a panel of discerning judges and the winner will be awarded by AUDIENCE participation.

This Month’s Winner Receives:
$100 Cash prize
A photo shoot with Morgan Le Shade of Black Rose Photography
A paid booking opportunity at Liquid
The ability to host next month’s Queen of the Night competition
… And the most important prize of the nightlife industry: EXPOSURE!

Contest Rules:
All contestants must be physically present at Liquid by 10:30pm or NO PERFORMANCE
All music must be properly labeled and presented on a flash drive or emailed no later than the Thursday before to sound@liquidtampa.com
All songs must be under 5 minutes in length
All performances must comply with the monthly challenge theme
SO GET READY TO COME OUT AND CHEER ON YOUR FAVORITE CONTESTANT, OR BETTER YET BECOME ONE AND SEE IF YOU ARE NAMED ……..QUEEN OF THE NIGHT!

May – Queen of the Night Contest at Liquid Tampa

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From Power Infiniti comes Tampa’s biggest talent competition: Queen Of The Night.

Contestants are invited regardless of style, gender, sexual orientation, or status to compete in a COME ONE COME ALL contest designed to train, test, and give exposure to, young up and coming talent in Central Florida. The competition takes place once a month and throws fun monthly theme twists into the mix ranging from Rock, Pop, Hip Hop, and other forms of performance genre such as club kid and comedy.Each month a different challenge, each month another star is born. Queen Of The Night contestants are critiqued by a panel of discerning judges and winner will be awarded by AUDIENCE participation.

This Month’s Winner Receives:
$100 Cash prize
A photo shoot with Morgan Le Shade of Black Rose Photography

A paid booking opportunity at Liquid
The ability to host next month’s Queen of the Night competition
… And the most important prize of the nightlife industry: EXPOSURE!

Contest Rules:
All contestants must be physically present at Liquid by 10:30pm or NO PERFORMANCE
All music must be properly labeled and presented on a CD or flash drive
All songs must be under 5 minutes in length
All performances must comply with the monthly challenge theme

SO GET READY TO COME OUT AND CHEER ON YOUR FAVORITE CONTESTANT, OR BETTER YET BECOME ONE AND SEE IF YOU ARE NAMED ……..QUEEN OF THE NIGHT!

Caribbean Court hears challenge of anti-gay laws in Belize, Trinidad and Tobago

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Kingston, Jamaica (AP) — A Caribbean court on March 18 heard a challenge from a gay rights activist who argued that immigration laws ostensibly barring homosexuals from entering two countries in the region are discriminatory and must be repealed.

Maurice Tomlinson, a Jamaican gay rights activist who is a legal adviser with New York-based AIDS-Free World, argues that obscure immigration rules barring entry to homosexuals in Trinidad & Tobago and Belize violate freedom of movement rights under a key Caribbean Community treaty.

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Nebraska judge adjourns same-sex marriage hearing, no decision until next week

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A federal judge will be asked Feb. 19 to tell the state of Nebraska that it immediately must recognize same-sex marriages while a lawsuit challenging the state’s gay marriage ban proceeds.

U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon said there likely won’t be a decision Feb. 19, but he will act swiftly. The judge said he hasn’t seen a courtroom this full in a while.

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Georgia asks to halt same-sex marriage lawsuit until high court rules

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ATLANTA (AP) – Lawyers for the state of Georgia have asked a federal judge to stop any action on a challenge to the state’s ban on gay marriage until the U.S. Supreme Court has a chance to rule on the issue.

The Supreme Court on Jan. 16 announced it will hear arguments on whether same-sex couples have the right to marry in every state. The cases will be argued in April, and a decision is expected by late June.

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Challenge to Georgia’s same-sex marriage ban will go forward

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ATLANTA (AP) — A challenge to Georgia’s gay marriage ban will go forward, with a federal judge on Jan. 8 declining to dismiss a lawsuit that says the state’s ban violates their constitutional rights.

Lawyers with the attorney general’s office had argued that the state has a legitimate interest in “encouraging the raising of children in homes consisting of a married mother and father” and that the ban on same-sex marriage is rationally related to that interest.

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SC seeks dismissal of same-sex marriage challenge

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina’s attorney general is asking a federal judge to toss out a challenge to the state’s gay marriage ban.

Attorney General Alan Wilson argues in court documents filed Nov. 10 that a federal case brought by a same-sex couple in Charleston should be dismissed. He cites last week’s federal appeals court decision upholding such bans in other states.

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Guest Column: Beyond the ice bucket challenge

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My partner of 16 years, Ben Trust, and I figured we would live a long life together. We were both healthy, regulars at the gym, and also loved to hike. We ate the right things and used sunscreen. As with many in the gay community, the way we looked was important. Then, slowly, I began to have cramping in my legs and abs, and twitching in my arms and legs. I thought nothing of it until after two days of hiking and bike riding, I collapsed when I got off my bike.

Several visits to neurologists, including two visits to the Mayo clinic, revealed the truth we were dreading – I was diagnosed with ALS. Ben and I were devastated. In an instant everything changed and little made sense. We didn’t know much about the disease, just as most people prior to the phenomenon of social media ice bucket challenges didn’t. Quickly, we learned it leads to death, on average, in three to five years.

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Living Loud: History Awaits… And A Day Of Reckoning

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MaryMeeksHeadshotHopes are high that Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage will soon go down in flames, as the historic lawsuit (Pareto v. Ruvin) challenging Florida’s reprehensible ban takes center stage on July 2 in a courtroom in the Miami-Dade Circuit Court. My legal colleagues and I, and our clients—6 amazing couples and the Equality Florida Institute—walk into that courtroom with momentum, and justice, on our side.

Marriage equality currently exists in 19 states and the District of Columbia, covering nearly 44% of the United States population, and is legal pending appeals in another 13 states. Court decisions in 3 other states require recognition of out-of-state marriages. There have been 22 straight court victories in favor of marriage equality, including the first appeals court affirmation in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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St. Louis officials challenge Missouri ban on gay marriage

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis officials have challenged Missouri’s constitutional ban on gay marriage by issuing four same-sex marriage licenses in a City Hall ceremony.

Four gay couples were married June 25 in the office of Mayor Francis Slay in a ceremony presided over by a municipal judge.

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Third lawsuit challenges Alabama’s gay marriage ban

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – In the latest challenge to Alabama’s ban on gay marriage, a lesbian couple is suing the state over recognition of their marriage, performed in Massachusetts.

April and Ginger Aaron-Brush of Birmingham filed the lawsuit June 10 in federal court in Birmingham.

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Michigan lawsuit challenges marriage ban, flawed research

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Detroit (AP) – A federal judge said March 7 he expects to make a decision within two weeks in a challenge to Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Attorneys presented scientific data, expert testimony and arguments about constitutional protections before Judge Bernard Friedman in the case that has attracted attention because of the testimony of Mark Regnerus, a conservative social science researcher at the University of Texas.

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