Queerly Beloved: Seriously, It’s Not Pie

By : Rev. Jakob Hero-Shaw
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Back in the day, when I was just a newly-out, wee, little, baby queer, we used the code word “family” to talk about LGBTQ folks. As in, “Oh, he’s cute, is he ‘family?’”

I sometimes still hear that term, but I have noticed that it is far less common today. Back then, in my baby queer days, I longed to find that magical LGBTQ family. I thought this family would pluck me out of my mundane teenage existence and take me away to a place where I felt affirmed and loved all the time.

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Orlando Pagan Pride Day 2018

By : adonofrio
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  • Join us for our free community event and learn about Earth-based religions in a family friendly atmosphere! This fun filled day will have spiritual workshops, vendors, nonprofits, Pagan groups, children’s activities, a huge raffle, food and bake sale, drum circle, ritual, and more! Event is rain or shine!

    Admission is free, but we appreciate donations for our Charity Drives:
    Non-perishable food for Second Harvest Food Bank

Toiletry Items for Hands of the Goddess, an organization that helps meet the needs of the homeless and at-risk
Dry or wet dog or cat food, collars and leashes for Bandit’s Buddies, part of Hands of the Goddess, it serves the homeless owned animals

PRIVATE SCHOOL: Class is in Session

By : Angelique Luna
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Have you thought about how you will prepare your children for a healthy relationship?

Do you feel that your children are not getting enough sex education at school? Do they know how to ask about consent? That they have various different options for safe sex? The consequences of STDs/STIs?

Please attend PRIVATE SCHOOL: Class is in Session to learn about the available community resources outside your children schools. To help answer all these questions and teach you a few things along the way.  This is a FREE family-friendly event.

PRIVATE SCHOOL: Class is in Session

Sat, April 7, 2018

2:00 PM – 4:30 PM EDT

Henao Contemporary Center

5601 Edgewater Dr

Orlando, Florida 32810

PRIVATE SCHOOL is dedicated to the sexual education of the community. Our goal is to help fill in the gaps that purely abstinence-based teaching can leave. It’s time to get down and dirty and get the answers you deserve!

We are excited to put a new spin on sexual health education!! Our professors will titillate and stimulate your mind (and other places), developing a safe and open space to learn how to make sex fun and safe.

Classes offered are consent and pleasure, reproductive health, and STI/HIV prevention.

Enroll today and let us help with those gaps (in your sexual knowledge)!!

PRIVATE SCHOOL is a family-friendly event, though some material may be better for those 13 and older.

Beer and wine service available to those 21+ inside the venue!!!

Access to community partners focused on education for our youth and the community!!

Lady Fingers: Baby Talk

By : Sabrina Ambra
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I’ve really never understood the concept of the “biological clock,” nor have I tried. At the ripe age of 28 (by the way, I can still say that as of this writing) I am very aware that a good portion of my peers have popped-out at least one, if not four children. While that has not personally inspired me to start breeding, it has been a pretty amazing experience to watch my friends become incredible mothers. It seems like just yesterday I was the one projectile-vomiting on them, and now it’s the fruit of their loins that is doing the yacking.

I don’t necessarily feel any pressure to have children, which I find interesting considering that like most women for the last two centuries, I have been and will continue to be asked if/when I’ll have children. I still get asked in some shape or form, but not as frequently and I think I know why.

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Trapped in the Trade: Film Viewing and Discussion

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Paving The Way Foundation will be hosting a screening of Trapped in the Trade, a docudrama that shines a light on the world of human trafficking. The film is compelling, engaging and deeply human; showing the reality of unknown dangers in relationships and the allure of being a part of the “in” crowd. It also offers hope by encouraging and empowering you to take action. Following the film a Mission Ambassador with Paving the Way Foundation will lead a conversation designed to empower you to take actions that can prevent children from being trafficked. Recommended for children 12 and up with parent supervision. Sensitive topics will be discussed.

Trapped In The Trade: Film Viewing and Discussion

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Paving The Way Foundation will be hosting a screening of Trapped in the Trade, a docudrama that shines a light on the world of human trafficking. The film is compelling, engaging and deeply human; showing the reality of unknown dangers in relationships and the allure of being a part of the “in” crowd. It also offers hope by encouraging and empowering you to take action. Following the film a Mission Ambassador with Paving the Way Foundation will be leading a conversation designed to empower you to take actions that can prevent children from being trafficked. Recommended for children 12 and up with parent supervision. Sensitive topics will be discussed.

8th Annual Tampa Bay Veg Fest

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Tampa Bay Veg Fest is back for the 8th year running!

 

Tampa Bay Veg Fest is an annual event that welcomes the Tampa community and beyond to celebrate all things healthy, compassionate, and environmentally sustainable. Featuring nationally renowned speakers, 100 veg-friendly vendors/exhibitors, animal rescue groups, vegan food, raw/cooking demonstrations, humane education, live music & entertainment, yoga classes, film screenings, a scavenger hunt appropriate for adults and kids, and activities for children and families, Veg Fest offers a diverse experience for all to learn about living a healthy, compassionate, and eco-friendly lifestyle. Tampa Bay Veg Fest is free to attend, and the speakers, demonstrations, music, and children’s activities are likewise free of charge. Vegan food samples will be available at the event, as will many opportunities to learn about vegan food, ideas, and lifestyle.

 

This Veg Fest won the Juror’s Choice Award in 2016 from Tampa’s Urban Excellence Awards, and has been named one of the 10 must-attend vegan festivals in the U.S. by One Green Planet. Approximately 12,000 people are expected to attend the event throughout the day.

 

Tampa Bay Veg Fest is November 4 from 10AM to 5PM and is  located at Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park in the Channelside district of downtown Tampa. Learn more at www.tampabayvegfest.org!

Little Fish, Huge Comedy Show

By : Alex Storer
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A night of comedy from some of Central Florida’s best up and coming comedians. Merriment, laughter and good craft beer will be available. Due to possible adult themes, not recommended for children. Hosted by Larry Griffin.

The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe

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This enchanting musical is based on C.S. Lewis’ adventure story about four children of war-torn England who accidentally enter the land of Narnia by climbing through a magic wardrobe. This strange and wondrous place is ruled by the cold-hearted White Witch who makes the winter last year round. Although they seem unlikely saviors, the children fulfill an ancient prophecy by defeating the witch, thus restoring sunshine and peace to the spell-bound Narnia and returning the great Lion King Aslan to his throne.

Save 20% when you buy all three Kid Time shows. Call the Ticket Sales Office at (813) 229-7827 to subscribe today! Single tickets go on sale to the public on July 29.

Court: LGBT parents can seek rights for non-biological kids

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – New York’s highest court has expanded the definition of parenthood by ruling Aug. 30 that former same-sex couples have the right to seek visitation and custody of children even when they aren’t the biological or adoptive parent.

The Court of Appeals decision resolves two cases of former unmarried same-sex couples in which the biological mothers kept the children and their ex-partners sought legal standing to see them. In one case, lower courts ruled the ex-partner had no standing. In the other, the ex-partner pays child support and was later granted visitation.

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Parents push for gender-neutral children’s clothes

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New York (AP) – Pink for girls. Truck motifs for boys. A growing number of parents want to get outside those parameters when it comes to dressing their kids.

Kristin Higgins was adamant about not pushing “girly” stereotypes on her daughter, and painted her room in shades of green. Higgins later dressed her up in superhero costumes. But as her daughter got older, it took more work to locate items that broke the mold. For “Star Wars”-themed pajamas, she had to go to the boys’ section.

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I’ll Bet You Think This Essay’s About You

By : Jason Leclerc
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Jason Leclerc

Jason Leclerc

Growing up, my parents had an extensive record collection. Yes, albums: the big kind with long-feather-haired thin artist’s portraits fronting cardboard covers and cursive writing heralding singers’ names. Stacked up in a corner next to the giant speakers that pretended status in the mid-eighties, seventies music stars stared at us as we ate microwaved TV dinners from the breakfast bar of our 1960s-built split-plan ranch.  As far back as I remember, we never listened to a single one of those albums. Nonetheless, they litter my memories of childhood. One album stands out more than any other, mostly because the over-skinny, long-haired, jowly face of Carly Simon staring back at me from beneath those jumbo-sized speakers looked a lot like my mother.

It wasn’t until I was much older that I actually put together a faceless oldie that I heard on the radio with that face.Like that stack of albums, there are nearly as many people on my Facebook feed that I don’t know as those I do.

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