Comedian Mike Delamont brings judgment, and laughs, with his successful stage series ‘God is a Scottish Drag Queen’

By : Jeremy Williams
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Mike Delamont is a critically acclaimed and award winning comedian from the Great White North, and he has sold out show after show at Orlando Fringe and at Fringe festivals across the world. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, that’s because Delamont’s fame doesn’t come from his own name, it comes from his character, which throughout the festival circuit, and a few religious organizations, is larger than life. Delamont is God, but not just any God, he is God the Scottish Drag Queen.

Delamont’s show, God is a Scottish Drag Queen, of which he performed Part IV at this year’s Orlando Fringe, has made him the talk of any festival at which he performs. Now, on the heels of filming a television special, Delamont is bringing Parts I and II of his successful God is a Scottish Drag Queen series to the Plaza LIVE. Delamont spoke with Watermark ahead of the show to let us know what we can expect from God and when we might get a peek at the Devil.

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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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Anti-gay Youtuber calls for death of Chick-fil-A employees

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They may hide behind the guise of their polite manners and delicious fast-food service, but Chick-fil-A employees are actually working for the Devil – at least according to one anti-gay activist, Edge Media Network reports.

In a new Youtube video, Theodore Shoebat has sworn off Chick-fil-A for life and called for the death of the restaurant chain’s employees following the decisions of several franchisee’s  to sponsor LGBT-friendly causes in the last year. The company itself has not taken a stance on the matter, only saying that it doesn’t make decisions on local sponsorships. 

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Olympic freestyle skier comes out

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DENVER (AP) — When Gus Kenworthy would let his mind wander into how his perfect Olympics might play out, he pictured a certain scene.

He’d land his best tricks on his final run, win a medal and then – the capper – jump into the stands, ski boots and all, to share a big hug and kiss with the man who meant so much to him.

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Brazilian church welcomes gay parishioners denied elsewhere

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — With his booming voice and high-voltage charisma capable of working crowds of hundreds into a lather, Marcos Gladstone has all the trappings of a successful preacher. But Gladstone has something that most other Pentecostal leaders don’t – a husband.

He and spouse Fabio Inacio are co-founders of the Contemporary Christian Church, one of a handful of Pentecostal denominations in Brazil that welcomes gays and lesbians with open arms and was born out of Gladstone’s dream to preach “a gospel of love and acceptance for all people.”

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Legal, gay marriage does not affect most Floridians

By : Jamie Hyman
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81% of Floridians report that legal, same-sex marriage has either positively affected their lives or has no affected their lives at all.

That’s according to a new poll from Public Policy Polling.

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Egypt acquits 26 men arrested in gay bathhouse raid

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CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court on Jan. 12 acquitted 26 men arrested in a televised raid last month by police looking for gays at a Cairo public bathhouse, a ruling that set off deafening cheers and jubilation inside the courtroom as some of the defendants uncovered their faces and wept openly in relief.

Others, however, kept their faces hidden behind jacket hoods and scarves, still traumatized by the humiliation they and their families had endured during the highly publicized case, which caught the public’s attention after a pro-government TV network aired scenes of half-naked men being pulled from the bathhouse by police during the Dec. 7 raid.

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Egypt’s gays go deeper underground, fearing crackdown

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CAIRO (AP) – Just before midnight, the police navigated down the narrow alleys of an old downtown Cairo district and descended on a rundown bathhouse. They dragged out dozens of nearly naked men, who covered their faces as they struggled to hold up towels, and loaded them into police trucks.

There to film it all was an Egyptian television presenter, who claims she actually triggered the raid by tipping off police about alleged gay activity in the bathhouse. Days later, she aired what she boasted was an expose of “a den of mass perversion” spreading AIDS in Egypt.

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Arizona State lineman Edward Sarafin comes out

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TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona State offensive lineman Edward Sarafin has told a local magazine he is gay, making him the first active Division I football player to come out.

A fifth-year senior, Sarafin told Phoenix-based Compete, a magazine for gay sports, that he began telling teammates about his sexual orientation last spring.

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Barry Anderson celebrates gay icon Bob Crewe in “Jersey Boys”

By : Joe Kissel
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The parallels are uncanny.

Barry Anderson, a performer/musician/producer, plays performer/musician/producer Bob Crewe in Jersey Boys, the long-running jukebox musical about The Four Seasons and the manager who wrote their most iconic hits, including “Walk Like a Man,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.”

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Publisher’s Perspective: Accessorize for life

By : Tom Dyer
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TomDyerHeadshotOther than a watch, I’ve never worn jewelry of any kind. But when I was on vacation in the Catskills last summer I bought a bracelet. I hoped it would change my life.

My friend Matt and I had stopped in to visit his friend, Pedro, on the way to dinner. Pedro was just closing his jewelry shop on Narrowsburg, New York’s charming Main Street overlooking the Delaware River. It had been a slow day, and Pedro jumped at the chance to show us his creations as he removed them from their Plexiglas display cases.

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Putin discusses LGBT rights, says Tchaikovsky was gay

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Novo-Ogaryovo (AP) – President Vladimir Putin sought to ease concerns that Russia’s new anti-gay law would be used to punish athletes who display rainbow flags during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, while insisting that gays are not discriminated against in his country.

“I assure you that I work with these people, I sometimes award them with state prizes or decorations for their achievements in various fields,” Putin said in an interview with The Associated Press and Russia’s state Channel 1 television late Sept. 4. “We have absolutely normal relations, and I don’t see anything out of the ordinary here.”

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