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 orlandofringe.org 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

Cast:

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

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

Cast:

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

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

Cast:

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

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

Cast:

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

Mom’s story helps other parents of transgender children

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP)- During the long debate over transgender rights and House Bill 2, many supporters of the law suggested that being transgender is a choice and that some transgender individuals are simply experimenting with their gender identity, choosing to dress like the opposite sex.

But Ashley Nurkin, the Charlotte mother of an 8-year-old transgender girl, has no doubt that her child’s gender identity wasn’t a choice.

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Indiana appealing lesbian couples’ parental rights order

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP)- The Indiana attorney general has decided to appeal a federal judge’s order that the state list both spouses in lesbian marriages as parents on their children’s birth certificates.

The appeal will challenge U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt’s June ruling in favor of eight lesbian couples who sued the state and some county health departments.

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Charles Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet

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Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers find themselves trapped in the deadly Montague-Capulet family feud. Defying family honor, they choose each other, taking their lives into their own hands. In this daring dance with fate, Romeo and Juliet seal their future in a secret marriage before everything takes a turn for the worse. Verona may be fair, but life isn’t. Gounod’s dark, intense music meets a masterful libretto true to the Bard’s first telling of this spellbinding tale of young love undone by foolish family pride.

Romeo and Juliet will be sung in French with English translations projected above the stage. Maestro Lipton will lead an international cast along with the Opera Tampa Orchestra and Chorus.

Watermark’s Wedding Bells: Lissette Reyes and Karen González

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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WeddingBells“She’s very adventurous. She loves trying new things and just being herself and just being out there,” Lissette says about Karen. “She taught me that you just have to live life to the fullest and enjoy every day and not to be afraid of trying new things. If you fail, that’s the just a part of the whole business of being alive.”

Lissette Reyes and Karen González met through a mutual friend. Lissette went to Miami to visit her friend. Karen was staying with her at that time, and that’s how they met – at a party at her friend’s house. Lissette said that from there they just hit it off and the rest was history.

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Same-Sex Couples Married in Florida Planning Panel Discussion

By : Jamie Hyman
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Topics include:
• Retirement Planning
• Estate Planning
• End-of-life Care and Planning
• Advance Directives
• Charitable and Planned Giving and Tax Advantages
• Empath Health Services

Panelists Include:
• Mark Vernick, Moderator
• Brian Ceras, Trust Officer
• Rachel Lunsford, Esq., Estate Planning Attorney
• Jodi Johnston, Financial Advisor
• Tracy Christner, Empath Choices for Care
• Karen Van De Putte, Suncoast Hospice Foundation

Coffee and dessert will be served during the panel discussion

Please feel free to bring friends, family or neighbors

Seating is limited. Please RSVP to Lynn Reed by Monday, June 27
at (727) 523-3405 or LilianaReed@EmpathHealth.org.

Orlando United Assistance Center opening

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The Orlando United Assistance Center is open for business.

The Center, located at 507 E. Michigan Ave., is the longer-term place for friends and family of Pulse shooting victims, plus anyone in the community affected by the tragedy, to receive services. It replaces the temporary City of Orlando Family Assistance Center that has been operating out of Camping World Stadium.

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