Space Coast Pride kicks off 11th year with week full of events

By : Christen Kelley
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MELBOURNE, Fla. | Space Coast Pride is expanding its festival for the first time in its 11-year history to include a full week of events.

SCP President Cortney Thompson says this year’s event is bigger than ever, with double the number of marathon runners and festival vendors.

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Paws in the Park

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Pet lovers from all over Central Florida gather at beautiful Lake Eola to support Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando’s mission to educate, shelter, place, and heal pets and their families with compassionate, responsible care.

This community wide fundraising event provides support for the more than 8,000 homeless pets who will be cared for at our two shelters this year. 

Paws in the Park is the opportunity for us to join together as a community and support the mission of Pet Alliance. It’s free to register, we encourage participants to either fundraise as an individual or start a team with your friends and family and “fun” raise together!

Thousands of participants join their community, and lots of four legged friends, for the fundraising and awareness walk followed by dog-friendly and family activities.

Sign up, form a team and invite your friends and family to join us for a day filled with fun! Register and raise $75 or more and on event day, you’ll receive a commemorative event t-shirt.

Cuisine Corner: Vegan Pasta Night

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Victoria from True Radiant You shares how to easily hand-make healthy zucchini noodles with a hearty lentil marinara sauce. This is a nutritious and delicious vegan pasta dish the whole family will love. For more information, visit Space is limited. Registration required.

Why having a family is easier than ever for Central Florida and Tampa Bay’s LGBTQ couples

By : Holly V. Kapherr
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When Randy Lowe met Joshua Melendez five years ago, both men were entering their 50s. “I just kind of assumed that having a family wasn’t going to be an option for me,” says Randy, who runs the event coordinating business Lowe and Behold, and had recently lost his partner, Jason, to brain cancer. At the time, Joshua had been taking care of two young boys occasionally on weekends to give their single mother a break to run errands or have a moment to herself.

Randy loved having the boys around. It was then that the couple realized they wanted kids. “I thought, ‘Wow. This is really beautiful to have these little boys with us,’” says Randy. He decided that if he and Joshua ended up together, he wanted to pursue options to have a family of his own.

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Issue 24.23: We Are Family

By : Jake Stevens
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Why having a family is easier than ever for Central Florida and Tampa Bay LGBTQ couples, MBA Orlando holds its Pride Gala, Mayor Kriseman wins re-election in St. Pete, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Experience a terrifyingly good time for the whole family, featuring appearances from the Tourist City Ghostbusters, SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology, the Vampirates of Pirate’s Dinner Adventure, Ghoul School Makeup FX Artist Barry Anderson, a kids’ costume contest and more!

Positive Living: What is family?

By : Greg Stemm
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I am honored to be the chairman of the new Equality Florida Family Values Potluck Picnic on Sunday, October 15 from 2 to 6 pm at Pavilion Seven on Gulfport Beach. The event is on the last day of Come Out St. Pete, our big new LGBTQ celebration in the Sunshine City that not only coincides with National Coming Out Day on October 11, but also is running in collaboration with the Tampa Gay and Lesbian Film Festival that week.

Working on this event has me thinking about my own coming out experience and how that traumatic event for me contributed to my own perspectives about family. While I was sitting in the heat and the dark in the six-day power outage after Irma, I had a lot of time to think about things. I asked myself the question…what does family mean to a 56-year-old single only child with a slightly homophobic 82-year-old father in Ohio and very little else in the way of blood kin, living the life of a Quaker gay activist in St. Petersburg, Florida?

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Pope overhauls key institute to reflect his vision of family

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ROME (AP) – Pope Francis has overhauled the Vatican institute most closely associated with the conservative sexual morals promoted by St. John Paul II, saying it was necessary to adapt and expand its mission to address the reality of today’s Catholics.

Officials said Sept. 19 the revamped John Paul II Theological Institute for the Marriage and Family Sciences will include courses in all social sciences – sociology, anthropology, psychology – as well as biology, reflecting a vision of the family that goes well beyond theology.

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Iphigenia and Other Daughters

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A modern retelling of the fall of the House of Atreusthis play follows the children of Clytemnestra and Agamemnon, siblings who are both players in the family tragedy and victims of it. The cycle of blood and vengeance seems inescapable until the final reunion of a lost sister and brother brings the bloody family saga to its mystical end.

Adapted By Ellen McLaughlin • Directed by Elizabeth Horn
Black Box • Rated PG-13


Adults $20, Seniors $18, Students $10

La Reina Yolanda

By : Alex Storer
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La Reina Yolanda is one woman’s life from childhood adventures to her battle with Alzheimer’s. Sometimes the greatest journeys are the ones in our own mind.

Meet Yolanda, a fierce Latina who we follow from childhood to old age.  Beset by tragedy, she leans on her sharp mind and family to land on her feet. An advocate for her family and the less fortunate, her mind becomes ravaged by Alzheimer’s.  She’s faced with the fight for her mind, sense of self and the family she has fought hard to protect.  When who we are begins to disappear piece by piece, how do we hold on to the essence of what defines us.

La Reina Yolanda will have performances in the WHITE Venue (located in the Junior Achievement building at 2121 Camden Rd, Orlando, FL 32803)

Show times:

Wednesday, May 17th 9:30 PM

Saturday, May 20th 5:30 PM

Monday, May 22nd 5:30 PM

Wednesday, May 24th 5:30 PM

Friday, May 26th 7:00 PM

Saturday, May 27th 4:00 PM

Sunday, May 28th 6:00 PM

Tickets are $10 with a $10 Fringe button

Written/Performed/Produced by Leesa Castaneda

Directed by Paul Castaneda

The Orlando Fringe runs May 16-29, 2017-Loch Haven Park/Ivanhoe Village. Main box office is in the Orlando Shakespeare Theater at 812 East Rollins Street Orlando, FL 32803. Go to the Orlando Fringe website at for tickets and the Festival Dates and location. Fringe office 407-648-0077

Trump’s Easter Egg Roll a slapdash job; LGBT presence unlikely

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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The annual White House Easter Egg Roll — an event that has served to enhance LGBT visibility — is haphazardly coming together under President Trump, according to media reports, and will likely not include an LGBT presence.

Ashley Broadway-Mack, president of the LGBT group American Military Partner Association, said her organization has been invited to partake in the celebration since 2012, but has “had no communication with the Trump administration whatsoever about this year’s event.”

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La Cage aux Folles

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Shows: Fridays and Saturdays 8pm | Sundays 3pm
March 17-April 8, 2017

After twenty years of un-wedded bliss Georges and Albin, two men partnered for better-or-worse get a bit of both when Georges’ son (fathered during a one-night fling) announces his impending marriage to the daughter of a bigoted, right-wing politician. Further complicating the situation is the ‘family business’: Albin and Georges run a drag nightclub in St. Tropez, where Albin is the “star” performer ‘Zaza’. Georges reluctantly agrees to masquerade as “normal” when he meets the family of the bride-to-be. But Albin has other plans, with hilarious results. This modern Broadway classic was adapted into the blockbuster hit film, The Birdcage.

Book by Harvey Fierstein
Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman

Directed by R. James Faurote
Musical Direction by Rob Nicholson
Choreography by Jarrett W. Koski
Produced by Jen Martin and Jim Russell


Tom Bronson as George
Michael Silvestri as Albin
Felipe A. Olivero as Jean-Michel
Marc S. Sanders as Jacob
Hillary Lusignan as Anne Dndon
Rick Prada as Monsieur Dindon
Val Sanford as Madame Dindon
Belle Austin, Christopher Daniels, Topher Warren as Les Cagelles
The La Cage Aux Folles Ensemble: Daniel Allmond, Adriane Falcon, David Fraga, Alicia Jiracek, Ann Lehman