Overheard in Tampa Bay: Cuba bound

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At the Cuba, CUBAcabana
The U.S. and Cuba have restored diplomatic relations and reopened their embassies – thanks Obama! No really, thank Obama,because now travel to the Caribbean destination is open to Americans and you can cruise on down on a big cruise ship thanks to Al and Chuck Travel. Starting in January, Al and Chuck will take you on an eight-day cruise through the Caribbean which will include stops in Jamaica and Cuba. Get the most out of your gay cruise to Cuba and upgrade to the ALL YOU CAN DRINK adult beverage package so you can enjoy this party ship with all the cocktails you want. While in Havana, Al and Chuck Travel will also take you on a unique tour through the gay culture of Cuba called Havana Nights, Ay Dios Mio! Check out www.alandchuck.travel for more information.

There is no me in L-G-B-T
While we in the community are often lumped together in an alphabet group so the mainstream will know what to call us, within our community many do not know or understand what it is like to be like each other. That’s why Metro Health and their lead trans counselor, Tristan Byrnes, are organizing “Trans Panel: Community Discussions from a Trans Perspective.”

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Indiana governor signs anti-gay religious bill

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on March 26 signed into law a religious objections bill that some convention organizers and business leaders have opposed amid concern it could allow discrimination against gay people.

Indiana is the first state to enact such a change this year among about a dozen where such proposals have been introduced. The measure would prohibit state and local laws that “substantially burden” the ability of people — including businesses and associations — to follow their religious beliefs.

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Indiana could lose lucrative gaming convention due to discrimination bill

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Some things are certain: winter is coming, the Force awakens, the X-Files have been reopened. The location of Gen Con? Not so much.

Adrian Swartout, the convention’s CEO, has warned that she’ll move the event out of Indiana if governor Mike Pence signs SB 101, a bill that would permit discrimination against the LGBT community, with the legal reasoning being religious freedom.

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Overheard in Orlando: Save the Last Dance

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So Uber Gay!
Forget Grindr, Scruff and those other “social apps.” The app everyone was talking about Gay Days weekend was “Uber!” The app is a ride sharing service founded in 2009 and serves 70 cities. The app allows users to turn their vehicle into a paid mode of transportation or find alternative transportation. The app conveniently launched in Orlando during Gay Days weekend and offered a free service for the first part of the month. Uber claims it averages 36% cheaper than standard taxi rides. Many revelers took advantage of this service, especially bouncing to and from the pool parties at all hours since it is available 24 hours a day. Uber has been very popular in major cities, so much that many cab companies have felt threatened by loss of service and have asked their local politicians to ban the service. The app also uses GPS to allow you to track your transportation and offers a photo of the vehicle and the driver.

Con-Queer-stador!
On June 9 Mayor Joe Boles of St. Augustine and the city council proclaimed GayStAugustine.com as an official ally for their 450th Commemoration. The site is a local community website created by a Emery McClune as a resource for LGBT visitors and locals, providing local events content & LGBT friendly lodging and dining options. It’s grass root groups like this have progressed small cities well beyond their larger counterparts in highlighting the importance of equal rights and the power of the LGBT dollar. It makes us wonder, could the oldest city in America become a new LGBT hot spot?

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Spooky Empire May 2014

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Monsters, ghosts and ghouls took over The Doubletree by Hilton at Universal Studios May 30 – June 1 for Spooky Empire May-Hem 2014.

The horror convention draws cos-players and fear fans alike to mingle with celebrities and check out all the exhibits and booths. 

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Stephen Miller’s picks for the top films of 2013

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StephenMillerHeadshot_560873495When it comes to film, almost every “Best of the Year List” is a little incomplete. Because of the release schedule, some great films, ones that are eligible for the upcoming awards season, aren’t included in critics’ lists. This is because all films haven’t screened locally yet, or it’s hard to get advance copies.

However, I can send you to the cinema, to Netflick, to Amazon, or to your Redbox (or whatever way you choose) with some solid recommendations. So, although this may not be a complete list of 2013, it can give you ideas of how to fill up your Christmas vacation:

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Meet Richard Blanco, the nation’s first Latino and openly gay inaugural poet

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Miami (AP) – The Miami neighborhood where inaugural poet Richard Blanco grew up, in many ways, resembles Cuba his family left behind. Down the street, a man sells avocados from a small table. His favorite bakery, a few blocks north, serves guava pastries and cafe con leche.

As a child and even as an adult, this was home. But it wasn’t necessarily what he imagined as America.

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Screened Out – Dallas Buyers Club

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Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, Jennifer Garner

For those of us who lived through our friends and family dying of AIDS, especially early in the crisis, when loved ones seemed to go so quickly, Dallas Buyers Club is a particularly painful and inspiring movie. Unapologetically gritty and unadorned, it may be difficult to sit through. However, gut-wrenching performances make this a vital piece of filmmaking.

It reminds us all what we were fighting for and what we still are fighting for.

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Screened Out: The Family

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Robert DeNiro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tommy Lee Jones, Dianna Agron, John D’Leo

The Family could be one of those great, terrible movies for teaching students lessons about tone and consistency. Because it has none. Sometimes, your only purpose in life is to stand as a dire warning to others. The Family does this as a film.

French director Luc Besson aims to take De Niro’s reputation acting as a mobster and turns it into crass, violent, puerile comedy – meaning The Family means to degrade great actors and their past work. De Niro signed up for it, along with Tommy Lee Jones and Michelle Pfeiffer. Why?

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Issue 20.18: Obamacare 101 for LGBTs

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Obamacare 101: What does the Affordable Healthcare Act mean for LGBTs? The fading legacy of Ryan White, MedSpa alternatives to aging, Rice, Foster move forward after St. Pete Primary, Orlando artist Josh Garrick makes history in Greece, local news, celebrity interviews, and much, much more!

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Tampa Bay Comic Con 2013

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Held at the Tampa Convention Center, Tampa Bay Comic Con 2013, held Aug. 24, presold more than 20,000 tickets. At one point in the afternoon, the line to get in snaked through two levels of the convention center and spilled outside onto Franklin Street. Some people waited in line for more than two and a half hours. But the wait was worth it. Over the top costumes ranged from superheroes to zombies, and LGBT fans were out in full force.

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Screened Out: Elysium

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Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley

The future looks a lot like the past.

Neill Blomkamp – the creator behind District 9 – obviously feels he has a template for success. He’s again utilizing science fiction to explore a human problem. However, while his first flick used metaphor and curiosity to drive home messages about apartheid, Elysium is more literal and heavy-handed.

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