Black Market : A Dark Art Experience

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A dark art exhibit, fashion show and pop up boutique inspired by mystery, witchcraft, sorcery, necromancy, horror, black magic, and all things dark.

Featuring:
-Art Exhibit curated by Carl Jordan
-Retromended Vintage Fashion Show and Shop
Carmine Oddities Boutique
-Knot Typing Classes by Carmines
-Tarot Card Readings
-Coffee Shop of Horrors
-Live Make-Up Demonstrations
-Gothic Mixology
-TnT Paranormal Investigators will be running an EVP listening station.
-Hand Crafted Costume Pieces for the spooky season!

Tickets: $8 in advance online (www.ILoveDRIP.com) or $12 at the door

18+

8747 International Dr. Ste. 102
Orlando, Fl 32819
www.ILoveDRIP.com

Transgender student fights for school to use his preferred name

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Millersville, Md. (AP) – Matthew Nolte’s report card is stacked with A’s, but he scratched out the name on it – which is not Matthew – until the paper wore away, leaving a rectangular hole.

Matt, a junior at Old Mill High School, is a transgender student fighting for the school system to recognize his preferred, not legal, name.

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The couple behind Smith & Adams is chasing their chocolate-covered dreams

By : Jamie Hyman
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Behind the glass-encased counters of Smith & Adams, a newly-opened confectionary in Colonial Plaza, the shiny, colorful gems of artisanal chocolate look more like art than candy.

The visual appeal makes sense as Kelly Smith, who handles the product side of Smith & Adams, went to art school before culinary school. Following that, she was a chef at Disney for 25 years before she and her partner, Kim Adams, decided to quit their jobs and take a risk on their own shop. Adams was previously an attorney and handles the business end of Smith & Adams.

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Words to Live by: Aging gracefully

By : Rick Claggett
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By the time this article publishes, I will be 41. I’ve never been the type to dwell on age, well, not my own age. “I won’t fight aging,” I told myself. I will age gracefully. No plastic surgery, no covering up gray hair. Of course I made these promises when I had no wrinkles and my hair was a solid dark brown. Now I stare in anguish at the wrinkles near my ear and do my best to hide the variety of “Just for Men” products in my bathroom.

But aging gracefully isn’t just about your appearance; It’s about your way of life.

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A new life: Ken Terrell gives LGBT seniors a voice

By : Jamie Hyman
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At the end of 2014, shortly after he was named the new executive director of The GLBT Center of Central Florida, Terry DeCarlo sat the organization’s volunteer coordinator, Ken Terrell, down and gave him some unwelcome news.

Terrell was going to have to accept a salary for his hard work.

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Fire with fire: Carlos Guillermo Smith comes out from behind the scenes swinging

By : Billy Manes
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When Carlos Smith walks into the room, he does so with purpose, a smile, a brisk bit of wit and, generally, a jacket. Even early in the morning. Call it confidence, call it politics, call it whatever you need to, but there’s no getting around his charm or his smirks made relevant by the political knowledge holding up their corners. He’s the real deal. We grabbed a gab and some coffee with Smith to talk about how he got from where he was – riding a backstage rollercoaster as fast-talking legislative aide to former Democratic state representatives Scott Randolph and Joe Saunders (seriously, it’s a lot of fast-talking and typing work) – to where he is today. Smith stepped down from his position as Orange County Democratic party chairman this summer to pursue a higher rung on the political ladder as a progressive state representative for District 49. He also stepped up off the (oft-lacking) liberal candidate-bench and into the dust of the Floridian political limelight.

“I’ve always been the person working behind the scenes,” he says.

Well that’s about to change.

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Members of Congress urge passage of transgender rights bill in Massachusetts

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BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy and six other members of the state’s congressional delegation have sent letters to House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Stan Rosenberg urging them to pass legislation extending non-discrimination protections to transgender people in public spaces in Massachusetts.

In the letter sent Nov. 9 evening, the Democratic members of Congress urged the state Legislature to pass the bills before going on holiday break next week.

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Seattle Starbucks joins LGBT hate crime safe haven program

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Starbucks and Seattle police are teaming up to make sure LGBT hate crime victims have a safe place to go.

The coffee chain announced the Safe Place Program is rolling out to all 97 Seattle Starbucks locations right now, and their 2,000 area employees completed training Nov. 9. 

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Gay filmmaker directs Adele in video for new single “Hello”

By : Jeremy Williams
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Adele returned with a new single and music video Oct. 23, three years after the release of the James Bond theme “Skyfall,” the last time we heard the powerhouse belt out her amazing sound.

The new single, “Hello,” is a heartbreaking song with a beautifully shot six-minute video directed by openly gay filmmaker Xavier Dolan.

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9.24.15 Editor’s Desk

By : Billy Manes
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“It’s not going to stop ‘til you wise up.” That’s the song, the notoriously tear-dredging anthem of internalized polar angst penned by Aimee Mann for the film Magnolia nearly two decades ago, that was dragging my internal jukebox into the ground this morning before work. No, it’s not because I’m an alcoholic, or a drug addict, or a cop, or a former child star, or a dying television host, or a survivor of sexual abuse, or a frog falling from the sky – though none of those were lost on me in various moments of central casting, hanging out by the craft service table of existential self-mythology. I’ve been down. I am out. I’ve moved up.

We all have, in many ways. Or so you would think. I don’t want to pussyfoot around the issues of rising ships and incremental gains at this point, because that’s something that implies an apathy that doesn’t necessarily ring with truth: not in this guy, not in this paper. Yes, it is important to mind our tempers as we watch prospective politicians toss our names into the gutter in order to gain base-minded cheers in election years, just as it is important that we scream from the tops of our lungs (and/or social media fingers) at the injustices still lying before us, sometimes in the simple code of Facebook speak.

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Issue 22.20: Come Out With Pride

By : Jake Stevens
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What a difference a year makes: Come Out With Pride Come s out of the mess and into the magic, Dr. Dave brings LGBT health care downtown, Ex-Exodus leader Alan Chambers talks atonement in the face of doubt, Stonewall throws a brick at gay history , local news, celebrity interviews, and much, much more!

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A convenient truth: Former president of conversion-therapy church Exodus International publishes a book, apologizes

By : Billy Manes
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There’s a sly production moment, a flash of informed camerawork, during a remarkable 2013 special on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network, “Our America with Lisa Ling: Special Report: God and Gays,” (still on YouTube). A look of disbelief caught in frame.

Former reparative-therapy icon Alan Chambers, in full-court apology mode with wife Leslie at his side (they married in 1998 and have two daughters), tries to make sense of more than a decade of heading up conversion-therapy church Exodus International, which was located in Central Florida, with a mea culpa. He was wrong, he says, as he stares into the faces of a gathered gaggle of former patients (for lack of a better word). He came to OWN to sit in front of that jury who, he says, haven’t had their fair shake in contributing to the conversation on his “side” of the argument, which, of course, is the side of the Christian right. It’s a weak apology, really, one that came only a couple of months after his notorious public statement, and the subsequent statement from the Exodus camp, that the ministry was over. It was all a big mistake, apparently. The same message that was sent to the victims of Exodus at their most vulnerable stages of development, he now admits.

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