LGBTQ contestants looking strong on ‘Big Brother 20’

By : Jeremy Brener
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“Big Brother 20” kicked off with a two-night, jam-packed premiere that saw 16 houseguests enter the Big Brother house.

Two of this year’s contestants represent the LGBTQ community — Kaycee Clark and JC Monduix. Each week, I will recap the show, focusing on the performances and gameplay of our two LGBTQ contestants.

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Orlando Derby Girls’ LGBT-inclusiveness puts them on track to compete internationally

By : Ciara Varone
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Orlando Psycho City Derby Girls are skating their way to high-stakes competition. On Jan. 22, the league was accepted alongside nine other teams – ranging in location from across the country in Hood River, Oregon to across the world in New Zealand –into an apprentice program for the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, the international governing body of a sport considered by many to be the fastest-growing in the world.

Completion of the apprentice program typically takes from six months to a year. If the league is then accepted into WFTDA, it will play against the best teams in the country and even the world.

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Overheard in Tampa Bay: Is St. Pete Pride on the move?

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Tampa to host the NAGAAA Softball World Series
The North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance has named Tampa as the spot for the Softball World Series, well in 2018, so you have a few years to get ready for it. The NAGAAA is an international sports organization (that’s right, they play with Canadians!) that got its start back in 1977 as a way to provide opportunity and access for the LGBT community to participate in organized softball competition in a safe environment. The league is currently working with over 13,000 players from 43 cities, including Tampa. So let’s get out there and throw them balls and swing them bats and make sure that in 2018 Tampa gtes to say they won the whole damn thing in their own backyard.

Is St. Pete Pride moving?
Facebook was all asunder after several members of the community started to voice concerns about where and when St. Pete Pride would be holding the annual Pride celebration this coming summer. In the past, the parade route has started in the empty lot across from Georgie’s Alibi and would move through Kenwood and down Central Avenue through the Grand Central District where the festival would be, but with the closing of Georgie’s it has been speculated that the parade and festival may make a move to downtown. Officially nothing has been announced, and no final decisions have been made (St. Pete Pride’s website still shows last year’s route), but that didn’t stop the battle from waging as the fact that the lot across from where Georgie’s once was is not (and never was) owned by Georgie’s came to light. Many came to the defense of St. Pete Pride calling the other side “keyboard warriors” and stressing that everyone should wait and see before getting upset. An announcement should hopefully be coming soon from the St. Pete Pride camp and once we know, you will know.

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IOC lifts restrictions on transgender athletes

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London (AP) – Transgender athletes should be allowed to compete in the Olympics and other international events without undergoing sex reassignment surgery, according to new guidelines adopted by the IOC.

International Olympic Committee medical officials told The Associated Press they changed the policy to adapt to current scientific, social and legal attitudes on transgender issues.

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Miss Gay Venezuela crowned

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CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — There’s a beauty contest for almost everyone in pageant-obsessed Venezuela.

In the popular Miss Gay Venezuela competition, men don elaborate wigs and layers of makeup to show off their skills in what they call “the art of transformation.”

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Game of Clowns! Liveblogging tonight’s Republican primary debate

By : Billy Manes
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Now that it has become apparent that the Republican presidential field of dreams is about the size of public school’s third grade homeroom class, and the intelligence – minus the public schooling part! – decisions had to be made by the brass at Fox News as to how to cover it. Somebody in an ugly suit sitting at a mahogany table grumbled, “Let’s just pick ten of ‘em.” And so it shall be.

Tonight, we will pop the red popcorn and drink the red drinks as we liveblog the political free-for all that will likely stutter and huff and puff around issues like marriage equality, Obamacare and immigration. We’ll also be sure to notice the nuanced gaffes that make this pageant so amusing and amazing.

And away we go: 

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YouTube stars find acceptance online, in person at VidCon

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Ingrid Nilsen has been brought to tears.

The 26-year-old YouTube star openly wept as she was showered with cheers and applause from an enthusiastic crowd upon arrival on stage at this weekend’s VidCon, the sixth annual celebration of online video.

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Ginger Minj a finalist in “Rupaul’s Drag Race” finale

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Orlando’s own Ginger Minj will be one of three finalists in the season finale of Rupaul’s Drag Race airing on Logo June 1.

If named the winner, Minj will be the first plus-size drag queen to win the competition, now in its seventh season.

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Miss’d America drag pageant finds new home

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) – A drag spoof of the Miss America competition will be held this fall at Atlantic City’s Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.

The Miss’d America pageant will mesh with a gay-friendly tourism campaign at the casino, as well as citywide efforts to embrace and attract lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender vacationers, The Press of Atlantic City reported.

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Wedding Bells at Watermark: Nicole Jerys and Lisa Thomas

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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NL-1013Nicole lived in Minnesota at the time and Lisa lived in Orlando. Both of the women belonged to an all-girls gaming clan on Xbox. When Nicole came to Orlando for a competition and to meet up with friends, that’s where she met Lisa—and they both say the rest is history.

“When we met each other, we didn’t call each other by our first names,” says Nicole. “We called each other by our gamertag. So it was actually kind of weird when we got more serious because I was like ‘OK, well you can call me Nicole now.’”

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Watermark’s 2015 Orlando Fringe Reviews: Janis Joplin, Little Girl Blue

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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Can I just say… give this show the “Best Show of Fringe” award already! It was the best Fringe show I’ve seen so far this year, and one of the best I’ve seen, period (and heard chatter after the show of people saying the same thing).

Kaleigh Baker as Janis Joplin is pure gold. Watch out Amy Adams, you got some competition on your hands. Everything from the way Baker spoke to the rasp in her voice while singing to her movement and interaction on stage with the band, Baker was beyond excellent.

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Gay-themed traffic lights get Vienna in mood to sing

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VIENNA – Gay-themed traffic lights are getting a lot of attention in Vienna as they prepare for an annual multinational singing competition being held in the city on May 23.

Traffic lights in the Austrian capitol have been changed over to reflect images of same-sex couples holding hands and hugging – replacing the usual lone standing figure – as a way to celebrate Vienna’s open-minded attitudes leading up to the Eurovision Song contest.

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