Keith Haring sculpture to be placed in AIDS Garden Chicago

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CHICAGO (AP) | Officials say a sculpture by the late artist Keith Haring will be placed at the AIDS Garden Chicago.

The Keith Haring Foundation said September 27 that the artwork will be called “Self-Portrait.” The foundation welcomed Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Alderman Tom Tunney for the announcement.

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The Last Page: Dr. Steve Yacovelli

By : Rick Claggett
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What kind of writing do you do for Watermark?

Viewpoint author; basically random thoughts on how I’m seeing the world as it relates to our community.

What made you want to write for Watermark?

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Two catholic priests arrested in Miami for performing sexual act in a car

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ABOVE: Diego Berrio and Edwin Giraldo Cortez were arrested in Miami after allegedly performing sexual acts in a parked car, reports said. Photo courtesy of Miami Beach Police Department

Two Catholic priests from Chicago were arrested in Miami on Sept. 3 for allegedly performing a sexual act in a car parked on a Miami Beach Street.

“This is in broad daylight, 13th Street and Ocean Drive,”  Miami Beach Police spokesman Ernesto Rodriguez says. “There are no tints on the window.”

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Obama Foundation takes steps to ensure diverse workforce

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CHICAGO (AP) – Officials overseeing construction of the Obama Presidential Center on Chicago’s South Side say they’re taking steps to ensure a diverse workforce builds the center.

The Chicago Tribune reports that a firm owned by the brother of former Mayor Eugene Sawyer will monitor the construction company building the center to make sure it meets diversity goals.

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Bob The Drag Queen drags Azealia Banks in diss track

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Bob The Drag Queen has responded to the Azealia Banks controversy with a read on the controversial rapper.

Banks, who is bisexual, accused RuPaul of plagiarizing her song “The Big Big Beat” in his song “Call Me Mother.” She also ranted against “white gays” and the LGBTQ community.

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Watermark on the Fringe: “Keep It Gay”

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For those trying to find the most LGBTQ show at Orlando Fringe this year look no further because we found it. “Keep It Gay” does just as its title promises, from start to finish they have the gay dialed up to 11 and we couldn’t be more happy.

The show begins with Billy Mick and Gonzalo Mendaz asking the show’s director, Wade Hair, to take on their latest Fringe endeavor. At first Hair doesn’t seem interested in their small, dramatic Fringe show but changes his tune at the possibility on becoming a — <gasp> — Patron’s Pick winner! But doing a drama? Never! If you want Wade Hair to do your show you need to keep it light, keep it bright, keep it gay!

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Hate crime suspect caught after mistaken release from jail

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CHICAGO (AP) — A man charged with threatening violence at gay bars in Chicago who was mistakenly released from jail is once again behind bars.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Cara Smith says 31-year-old Shane Sleeper was taken into custody on Chicago’s North Side Thursday afternoon.

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Central Florida’s Overheard: Willkommen im Garten

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The Garden Theatre, a Central Florida landmark, got its start in 1935 bringing those new fangled talkie films to Central Florida. After it closed in 1963, and spent some time as a farm supply store, the theater was restored and reopened in Feb. 2008 to bring live theater to the area.

Three years before the Garden Theatre was originally built, Broadway legend Joel Grey was born. Now after more than 80 years the theater and the legend came together to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Garden Theatre’s restoration.

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Legendary performer Joel Grey headlines the Garden Theatre’s 10-year anniversary celebration

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Few entertainers are as synonymous with a character they have portrayed as legendary actor Joel Grey is with the Emcee from Cabaret. Grey does not so much act the part as embody the character and become the master of ceremonies at the fictional Kit Kat Club in 1930s Berlin.

Grey performed in the original Broadway run of Cabaret as well as the 1972 film version, winning a Tony Award and an Academy Award for the same role. He is one of only nine performers to do so.

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Transgender inmate seeks rare transfer to female prison

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CHICAGO (AP) — A 26-year-old transgender woman serving a 10-year sentence in Illinois for burglary is seeking a rarely granted transfer to a female prison where she says she’ll be less vulnerable to the kinds of sexual assault, taunting and beatings she’s been subjected to in male prisons.

Deon “Strawberry” Hampton describes in a lawsuit filed last year asking for the transfer how guards and fellow inmates would regularly single her out for brutal treatment at the high-security prison in southern Illinois, Menard Correctional Center, and earlier at Pinckneyville Correctional Center.

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Judge refuses to order school to suspend transgender policy

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CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge in Chicago won’t force a suburban school district to suspend a policy that enables transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms of their choice, concluding in a new ruling that decades-old anti-discrimination statutes extend to students whose gender identity isn’t conventional.

U.S. District Judge Jorge Alonso’s refusal late Friday to impose a preliminary injunction is a legal blow for more than 50 families who sued in hopes of getting the Township High School District 211 in Palatine, just northwest of Chicago, to end the policy for good.

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Central Florida actor Joshua Roth takes on the titular character in the Footlight Theatre’s production of ‘Jeffrey’

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Most people, when trying to figure out what they want to do with their lives, have that go-to person they talk it out with: a parent, a best friend, maybe a guidance counselor. For Central Florida actor Joshua Roth that person was a bit more removed than that.

“I went to New York with some friends and had a really amazing conversation with this random woman on the subway for like an hour,” Roth recalls. “This woman just came into my life at the right time and she asked me what I love, and I told her that I love singing and dancing and she asked me ‘then why aren’t you doing it?’”

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