Watch: unheard Freddie Mercury song and video released

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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Universal Music Group has released an unheard version of the title track from Dave Clark’s 1986 musical “Time,” performed by Freddie Mercury.

The stripped down version is titled “Time Waits for No One” and features Mercury’s vocals with just a piano. “Time,” which resembles more of Queen’s signature sound, featured heavier production with 96 backing-track vocals.

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Cliff Shuler Auctioneers & Liquidators, Inc. Live, Public Auction

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Estates, Consignments, City Surplus, Bankruptcies, Business Assets, Private Individuals, and Lenders- Auctioning everything under the Sun, usually including the kitchen sink!

Come on down to Cliff Shuler Auctioneers & Liquidators, Located at 422 Julia St. Titusville, FL. 32796   -Sold As-Is, Where-Is, with no warranties, guaranties implied. No Buyer’s Premium!  Come down and spend the day with us. Check out our website for more details. www.soldfor.com

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Come on down to Cliff Shuler Auctioneers & Liquidators. Located at 422 Julia St. Titusville, FL. 32796-  Sold As-Is, Where-Is, with no warranties, guaranties implied. No Buyer’s Premium!  Come down and spend the day with us. Check out our website for more details. www.soldfor.com

Food Truck Friday: Pokémon Go Edition

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Food Trucks Friday are back and to celebrate we invite you to join catch some pokémons and enjoying delicious food.

We have a Gym and two Pokestops. During Food Truck Friday we will be running lures non-stop on our main pokestop in the plaza.

Foot Trucks:
Currywurst Truck
Uncle Eddie’s BBQ
Bad As’s Sandwiches

It doesn’t matter if you are team Valor, Mystic or Instinct, come on down and enjoy the fun.

LGBT State Rep. David Richardson replies to John Stemberger’s fundraising fear-mongering gracefully

By : Billy Manes
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DavidRichardsonThanks to our friends at FloridaPolitics.com, we can stick a cup up against the virtual door and hear how a true political hero – in this case, State Rep. David Richardson, D-Miami, who happens to be gay – responds to dishonored Boy Scout (or whatever you want to call him: hate group leader, generally terrible person) John Stemberger of the Florida Family Policy Council and Florida Family Action. Stemberger issued a backhanded compliment to Richardson a few days ago via FloridaPolitics.com. To wit:

Dear Rep. Richardson:

Since your election to the Florida House of Representatives in 2012 until now, I have always known your reputation as a legislator to be one of nothing but respect for the dignity of the institution, for the legislative process and for your fellow colleagues. Even those who firmly disagree with you on matters of public policy speak highly of you, of your talents as a legislator and the unique perspective you bring to the process.

However, after the tragic and despicable acts of evil which took place right down the street from my offices in Orlando June 12, I was both shocked to learn of your repeated statements accusing your fellow legislators of creating an environment that gives rise to such horrible violence when they speak out against any LGBT bills as bad public policy in the Legislature.

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St. Pete Pride puts chic on display at Macy’s Pride in Fashion show

By : Jeremy Williams
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The sun may have been beating down outside, but the heat had nothing on the sizzle in Macy’s at the Tyrone Square Mall June 23 when St. Pete Pride brought on the fashion at their Pride in Fashion event.

The crowd was sent into sensory overload as the sexiest models in the bay area strutted on the runway in the best of Macy’s summer outfits with the sickest beats playing.

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Virginia court hands down ruling on gay couples in divorce law

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The Supreme Court of Virginia has ruled that a person doesn’t need to pay alimony to a former spouse if the payee is in a new relationship with a member of the same sex.

The decision clarifies a section of Virginia’s divorce law which states that alimony payments can be cut off if the payee remarries or has been cohabiting with another person for at least a year.

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3.24.16 Editor’s Desk

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If indeed America loves its second chances and good things come in threes – except maybe celebrity deaths, right? – then it’s fair to say that, even in this shifting sociopolitical landscape of rancor and finance, that Tampa Pride has hit its sweet spot in its third iteration. Once the epitome of what everybody understood a pride celebration to be – think poppers, leather, and Priscilla the Queen of the Wong Foo – the annual event’s organizers aren’t bothering with so much bacchanalia these days. Like similar celebrations the world over, the substances have been traded for substance, the hook-ups for hope.

There’s certainly an argument to be made for the old, leather-daddy days of tripping over a drag queen’s wayward Lucite heel while running toward a rather attractive man-mirage. That outsider mentality wherein cultural miscegenation that was frowned upon by anti-assimilationists is deeply embedded in the LGBT psyche, right there next to Anita Bryant’s pie face and 4.a.m. couch surfing after being abandoned by your parents for being gay. What we used to do was throw it all out the window, don a frock and a wig and make the celebratory best of it. Don’t get us wrong; it’s easier to glorify our sideways glances of bad behavior when they are indeed in the rear view mirror. Many of us lost numerous friends to irresponsible sex, drug use, even violence. It was a civil war, and it doesn’t really need to be reenacted. (Although, it’s fun sometimes. Not gonna sanitize everything, are we?)

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Watermark Wedding Bells: Jill Bracero and Karla Mundo

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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Jill Bracero Karla Mundoi“She’s always who she is,” Karla says about Jill. “No matter where she’s at, and as much as it might drive me crazy sometimes, she’s just genuinely Jill.”

Jill Bracero, 36, who is a registered nurse at Florida Hospital East, and Karla Mundo, 31, who is a registered nurseat Florida Hospital Orlando, met in 2007 on MySpace.

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Phoenix councilman refuses to step down after controversial remarks

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Phoenix (AP) – A Phoenix city councilman said that he will not heed calls for his resignation over a video in which he appears to bemoan same-sex marriage and transgender people’s use of restrooms that correspond with their gender identity.

“I will continue to fight for all people’s rights, and I will continue to make sure the city of Phoenix is welcome to everyone,” Michael Nowakowski said during a news conference at City Hall.

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Uprisings: Wake up!

By : Billy Manes
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From the glorious parade of middle-brow legislators doing their best to seem optimistic and “bipartisan,” all the way to the noted Sine Die hanky-drop and relative middle-brow sweat (hopefully wiped with said hanky) of the indecencies and failures that will come in the next 60 days, the Florida Legislature’s dance with policy and chest-beating promises is here. Once again, lathering it up to be a portrait of depression wrapped in a blanket and framed with bad intentions. As if a harbinger were needed, lobbyists and lawmakers canoodled on the night before the deluge, Jan. 11, at the headquarters of Associated Industries of Florida. Gov. Rick Scott and his series of failures were there, glad-handing those who are not so much citizens as Citizens United (meaning, we are all the Borg) and making certain that regulations would be shot in the face, because, hell, we gotta stand our ground.

By now, you’re aware that our own monogramed confederacy of dunces is just about as reliable as the U.S. Congress: a litany of whack-a-mole hammers coming down on progressive politics while the money rains, rains and rains down on the businesses that choose to pay their workers next to nothing while making them work while sick. It’s a tail-chase. It’s a joke. It isn’t funny anymore.

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Watermark Year in Review: July 2015

By : Jamie Hyman, Billy Manes and Jeremy Williams
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Out Walt Disney World president George Kalogridis, who spoke with Watermark this year (gasp!), played a huge role in making Disney’s stance clear: Gays are welcome here. The Out and Equal Institute, which advocates for equality in the workplace, historically showed up at WDW’s Coronado Springs Resort. Next year, Out and Equal’s annual summit comes to Disney’s Swan and Dolphin resort for four days. It pays to like gays.

It was a rough year for HIV/AIDS advocates in Central Florida. In July, news came down that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control would not be funding any Orlando-area HIV/AIDS-care organizations. Though Metro Wellness in St. Pete did make the cut, Orlando orgs were pushed into a scramble, which is sad when you consider that Orange County’s new HIV cases were up 47 percent.

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