World of Dance Tour Live coming to King Center

By : Colton Adkins
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The King Center has announced they will host The World of Dance Live Tour on its second annual tour on October 17. The tour is based on the NBC show “World of Dance,” a show offering a grand prize of $1 million.

The show consists of a 90-minute dance showcase that includes performances from dancers from “World of Dance,” as well as from YouTube and other globally renowned dancers.

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Caitlyn Jenner inks deal with MAC Cosmetics to benefit transgender people

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Caitlyn Jenner is partnering with MAC Cosmetics on a limited-edition lipstick she helped create to benefit the company’s effort to improve the lives of transgender people.

The rosy nude shade, Finally Free, will retail for $17. It will be available starting April 7 at maccosmetics.com, with all proceeds going to the MAC AIDS Fund Transgender Initiative. The project will expand support for grants to organizations and programs working with trans people, the company said in a statement.

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Gay migrants face violence, abuse as they escape turmoil in the Middle East

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Berlin (AP) – Alaa Ammar fled Syria to escape not just civil war but also the threat of persecution as a gay man. Yet when he arrived in The Netherlands last spring, he did not find the safe haven he craved.

He and four other gay travelers had to face newly arrived asylum seekers at a migrant center in the remote northern town of Ter Apel.

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LGBT charity raises enough money to buy out anti-gay church

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Harlem, New York – The Ali Forney Center met a $200,000 fundraising goal in less than two weeks.

Donations poured in following news that vocally anti-gay Atlah Worldwide Missionary Church will face foreclosure auction on Feb 24. The charity quickly expressed interest in buying the building.

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Paddy’s grand opening

By : Jamie Hyman
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Paddy’s Gay Piano and Entertainment Lounge in Winter Park hosted a grand opening party all weekend Jan. 8 – 10, 2015.

In addition to full liquor and live piano and singing, Paddy’s offers a customer reward and loyalty program and each day, will support a charity or local cause. 

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Overheard in Tampa Bay: Marines’ Toys for Tots, Trump, IGLTA conference and dance party honors

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Hot packages for charity
Toys for Tots is one of the most beloved and respected holiday charities in the country and it isn’t hard to see why. The amazingly talented and beautiful Marines showcase those big muscles of theirs, their hearts, as they gather toys for less fortunate children for Christmas. So it is no surprise that for the fifth year now the Marines’ Toys for Tots is being associated with the amazingly talented and beautiful Kori Stevens for a benefit and toy drive at St. Pete’s Flamingo Resort. Make sure to clear your Sunday evening Dec. 13 and come join in on the tastes, talent and toys of a charitable tradition, and who knows, you may actually get to take home a Marine.

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Screened Out – Brooklyn

By : Stephen Miller
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Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Fiona Glascott, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters, Domhnall Gleeson

“In the morning, she was not sure that she had slept as much as lived a set of vivid dreams, letting them linger so that she would not have to open her eyes.” ― Colm Tóibín, Brooklyn

Many viewers will feel the same way after seeing the immigrant romance Brooklyn in the theater. This is a small, alluring valentine of a movie, likely the most charming this year. This intimate love letter is helped by a painterly, careful direction and heartfelt performances by its actors.

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St. Pete has a new gay watering hole

By : Aaron Drake
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St. Pete has a new face in town. From the looks of it, she’s sassy, wacky and eager for her guests to enjoy a night out. Punky’s Bar & Grill, 3063 Central Ave. at 31st St. N, is the city’s newest gay bar, set for a soft opening before Thanksgiving and a larger celebration in December.

“We’re excited to be in the Grand Central District,” says co-owner Brian Longstreth, owner of Gay St. Pete House and a longtime activist in St. Pete’s LGBT community. “In addition to several bars and restaurants, there are realtors, CPAs, attorneys, home décor, antiques – it’s still one of the largest concentrations of LGBT-owned businesses in the country.” He joins co-owners Lynn Deibert and John Burt, who are also local residents and proud members of the LGBT community, in starting Punky’s. The 3,200-square-foot, 150-person maximum capacity establishment was formerly home to Jimbo’s Joint.

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Overheard in Tampa Bay: Rocky Horror, Nick Carter’s strip club advice and Ben Carson

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Let’s do the Time Warp right meow!
Few things scream Halloween more than a public showing of the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show and it’s made even better when it’s done for charity. The Burns Court Cinema in Downtown Sarasota will have an all-out, costumed viewing over at the Frankenstein place on Halloween night. Admission will be a $25 donation and includes the Rocky Horror bag-o-goodies for the enhanced cinematic experience. Proceeds will go to the CAT DEPOT; a rescue, adoption, education and resource center for homeless cats and kittens. Hot Patootie, bless their souls. The donation also gets you a free raffle ticket and a free drink at the Starlite Room after party. Dammit Janet, if you’re a Rocky Horror virgin and don’t know the words don’t worry they’ll have subtitles and plenty of people will be there to help you touch-a, touch-a, touch your inner Rocky.

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Overheard in Tampa Bay: Tailgates, roller coasters and a dance-off

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EQFL celebrate Bucs’ Pride Day with a tailgate party
Football season is here and for the second year in a row the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will celebrate the LGBT community with a Pride Day at Raymond James Stadium. So dust off the black and red gear and make sure to get to the stadium bright and early on Oct. 4 because, before the Bucs tear apart the Carolina Panthers, Florida Equality is going to be tailgating. For those who are not familiar with this sport’s fan tradition, tailgating is a huge block party celebration in the parking lot before the game starts. Fans come out to socialize, do a little trash-talking about the other team and eat amazingly greasy and delicious foods out of trucks of people’s cars. Equality Florida will have their own private tailgate area (think Pride VIP service), so make sure to bust out the tailgate and come celebrate with the community. GO BUCS!

Gardens by day, sin by night
Make sure to get plenty of rest on Oct. 16, because Oct. 17 is going to be a long, fun day for many. The day kicks off with the fourth annual Big Gay Gardens Day. It’s a day of family, fun and roller coasters at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay for the LGBT community. The organizers tell us this year is really nothing more than a bunch of families getting together for a day of fun in the park. In previous years, there have been pre-parties, after parties and fundraisers, but with so much going on in the community this year, they’ve kept it simple … SO FAR. Stay tuned over the next couple of weeks as some surprises may be coming your way. Keep hydrated while you are out at the park, because that night is the 39th Annual All Hallows Masquerade Ball at District 3. This is a private, invite-only party, so if you are one of the lucky ones to get an invitation, and your endurance is strong, then this may be the best day of the year for you from sun up to sundown. Make sure if you are attending to pick your poison, because this year, #SinIsIn.

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Second chances: Two Spirit Health Services opens in downtown Orlando

By : Billy Manes
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As doctors’ offices go, Two Spirit Health Services, recently-opened on North Magnolia Avenue in Downtown Orlando (on the North side of Orange Avenue), is fairly posh – far beyond expectations for a health center which seeks to become a one-stop, judgment-free zone for a predominately LGBT client base, covering primary care, mental health concerns, substance abuse, trans-specific health care, among other things (there is a laser hair-removal component).

On the outside, it’s a standard office building across from the nearby Wells Fargo skyscraper; inside, however, its modesty gives way to a touch of flair. The reason for the color splashes and stylish wall adornments is clear: Dr. David Baker-Hargrove (or, Dr. Dave), a longtime fixture in the Orlando LGBT community, a noted mental-health therapist and the former president of the Metropolitan Business Association, isn’t one to play things down. Though getting the point of launching Two Spirits took some downtime and soul searching, he says, some of that is due to the stresses of leading a volunteer board.

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Watermark Exclusive! Bonus material from our interview with WDW President George A. Kalogridis

By : Kirk Hartlage
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Whether you’re a gay bartender, a lesbian veterinary technician, a bisexual electronics engineer, or a transgender guest services manager, did you know Mickey Mouse is quietly helping to make your workplace a safe environment for being out and equal? A place where you can bring your true authentic self to work every day?

Last month Walt Disney World sponsored and hosted an LGBT workplace equality conference in conjunction with Out & Equal, the two-decade-old non-profit devoted to just such issues. The Out & Equal Equality Institute, held at Disney World’s Coronado Springs Resort in July, brought over 650 business men and women from 300 different organizations together to share strategies and build networks in the efforts to achieve workplace equality. For Disney, the day-long symposium was a dry run for the 2016 Out & Equal Summit, a similarly-themed four-day convention set for October 2016 at several WDW resorts with an expected attendance of nearly 4000.

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