Issue 26.09: Leap of Faith

By : Jake Stevens
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LGBTQ Christians preach their gospel, Tampa elets 1st LGBTQ mayor, Orlando Fringe to celebrate 28th season, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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‘Queer Eye’ season two gets June premiere date

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: ‘Queer Eye’ L-R: Bobby Berke, Karamo Brown, Jonathan Van Ness, Antoni Porowski and Tan France. Photo by Robert Trachtenberg. Courtesy of EW.

“Queer Eye” season two will premiere on Netflix in June.

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Finding Neverland

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Directed by visionary Tony®-winner Diane Paulus, FINDING NEVERLAND tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. The magic of Barrie’s classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event. FINDING NEVERLAND is “far and away the best musical of the year!” (NPR).

The Thursday, June 1, performance will be sign language interpreted.

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Transgender people search for acceptance in church

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – For many transgender people, faith communities are a place of judgment and rejection. For Marilyn Lloyd, they are a place of possibility.

Lloyd, 62, and a transgender woman, found God at North Congregational United Church of Christ in Columbus. God and the church filled a void in Lloyd’s life she didn’t know was there, and now she hopes to help others fill the same void.

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Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party

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“A coming out story for the ages.” -David Ehrlich, Time Out New York

An exquisite coming-of-age movie with a perfect cast, Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party unfolds over the course of one very eventful day in the life of 17-year-old preacher’s kid Henry (played by newcomer Cole Doman in a tremendous performance).

At Henry’s afternoon birthday pool party the guests include an assortment of grown-ups from the family church, as well as Henry’s secular and religious teen friends — including the closeted young Logan, who clearly has eyes for Henry. As Henry treads through various sexual possibilities, seeking to come into his own, so too do the adults and teenagers of the party, all struggling to navigate the public and private, and their longing, despite themselves and their faith, for earthly love.

Written and directed by Stephen Cone (The Wise Kids), the film’s talented ensemble cast includes: Cole Doman, Joe Keery, Elizabeth Laidlaw, Pat Healy, Nina Ganet, Daniel Kyri, Tyler Ross and Jack Ball.

***ALL NEW PASS HOLDERS ACCEPTED***

website: http://www.henrygamblemovie.com/

trailer (vimeo): https://vimeo.com/126803777
trailer (youtube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lptlZe5EYDU

Lesbian couple to be ordained jointly in Presbyterian church

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) – A Presbyterian church in Wilmington is holding a joint ordination ceremony on March 29 for a lesbian couple.

The joint ordination of Kaci Clark-Porter and Holly Clark-Porter was scheduled for Sunday afternoon at First & Central Presbyterian Church.

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Pittsburgh Episcopals OKs same-sex certificates

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PITTSBURGH (AP) – The Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh says its clergy may sign marriage certificates between same-sex couples.

The new rule is spelled out in a recent open letter to the diocese from Bishop Dorsey McConnell, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Aug. 5.

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Emerging Muslim movement embraces gay marriages

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – Omar Akersim prays regularly and observes the dawn-to-dusk Ramadan fast. He is also openly gay.

Akersim, 26, is part of a small but growing number of American Muslims challenging the long-standing interpretations of Islam that defined their parents’ world. They believe that one can be gay and Muslim; that the sexes can pray shoulder-to-shoulder; that females can preach and that Muslim women can marry outside the faith — and they point to Quran passages to back them up.

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