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

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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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The other side of life: Cosmos

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This season marks the fortieth anniversary of the launch of Voyager toward the edge of the universe. American spacecrafts Voyager 1, currently in interstellar space, and Voyager 2, currently in the Heliosheath, set upon different trajectories in 1977. They will re-converge, the first manmade objects to leave our solar system, sometime in the mid- 2020s. 1977 is also the year that a thoroughly unsexy Carl Sagan made cosmology sexy as he speculated upon the vastness of the universe and the unlimited, promising expanse of humanity’s role within it. His 1980publication and PBS series, Cosmos, have informed every generation since, tracing timespace from Eden along dandelions’ windswept seeds to the farthest reaches of the universe, billions upon billions of miles into the not-yet-known.

Anybody who’s spent more than an hour in Ybor City in the presence of a local knows all about the two dollar martinis at Bernini’s. Patrons order, sometimes two at a discounted time, their favorite Ruso-derived cocktails. Olive-averse, and otherwise a gin drinker, I’m all in for the bargain: the fruitiest—and pinkest–of all concoctions, the Cosmo. I drink them until the price goes up and then coast into the rest of the night with a healthy, sugar-induced inebriation. That journey into the unknown, into the the insular potential of 12th Ave, carries the same danger and exhilaration as a trip into interstellar space.

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#KanderAndEbb

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#KanderAndEbb is where Broadway showtunes, celebrity gossip, & kinky sex meet!  After winning critical/audience acclaim in Toronto, at Montreal’s Mainline Theatre, at New York City’s cabaret hotspot Don’t Tell Mama and winning the 2016 BroadwayWorld Award for Best Cabaret/Solo concert, the hilarious, touching hit from Canadian cabaret star Ryan G. Hinds comes to Orlando Fringe (Purple Venue).

What happens when a lifelong fan finds himself semi-close to legendary songwriters John Kander & Fred Ebb’s world? Discover their unique writing process, how a queer kid from Toronto found himself in a rehearsal studio with Liza Minnelli, the secret sexiness behind one of their most wholesome shows, and why you should always meet your heroes as Hinds performs iconic and lesser-known songs from CABARET, KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN, FUNNY LADY, CHICAGO, THE VISIT,  FLORA THE RED MENACE,  STEEL PIER & more…as you’ve never heard them before! Featuring Giustin MacLean on piano.

“Blends personal anecdotes with a powerful performance and indelible tunes; after Hinds pays his visit, you may never be the same again!”

-Brandon Voss, NEXT MAGAZINE

 

“A great cabaret evening: blissful & moving! Hinds sings superbly”
-Joe Rogan Jr, Theatre Pizzazz

Attempt to overturn school board’s transgender policy fails

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PALATINE, Ill. (AP)- Some Chicago suburban school board members who approved a policy allowing a transgender student to use the girl’s locker room survived an election challenge mounted by angry parents.

The Palatine Township High School District 211 policy allows transgender students to use the locker rooms and bathrooms of the gender with which they identify prompted three opponents to run for the school board. Unofficial results late Tuesday show two incumbents and a former member supporting the transgender policy were elected.

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