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

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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

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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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A Pre Pride Pig roast and BBQ

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A Pre Pride Pig roast and BBQ, bringing all of the family together to celebrate our upcoming pride! Featuring Chic Lisitano, Teddy Kool, and introducing DJ Ria! Drag show at 11PM.

Pulse employee fundraiser

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As everyone knows of the serious tragedy that has effected not just our gay community and our Orlando community but our service industry community as well. Bartenders, entertainers, managers, security guards, techs, and everyone in between have rent, mortgages, electric bills and all the things we don’t think of that need to get paid for. Our family would like to throw this party to help each and every single one of those individuals for all of those causes. Please come and help us support our extended family we would love to hug and see each and everyone of you!!

Orlando Fringe 2016 Review: The Space Pirate Puppy Musical

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Tasty Monster Productions Presents: The Space Pirate Puppy Musical
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With a title like The Space Pirate Puppy Musical, this production is expected to entertain and it certainly does not disappoint.

The audience must bounce their attention between the shifting characters as the four cast members take on the roles of the dogs, pirates, and a ninja kitten, oh my!

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Orlando Fringe 2016 Review: Nice Is Not What We Do

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Nice Is Not What We Do
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Kathleen Denny’s one-woman show opens with her character receiving a phone call informing her that her father has died.

Denny’s sister, (portrayed by Denny) tells her that she will be speaking at the funeral, and to write “something nice” for her eulogy. As herself, Denny savors her moment of introspection and then proclaims: “in my family, nice…is not what we do.”

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Delaware lawmakers consider changing the definition of family

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Dover, Del. (AP) – The state House is set to vote on bill change the definition of family under Delaware law to make references to couples gender neutral.

The legislation to be voted on May 24 eliminates “husband and wife” from among the relationships that constitute a family, inserting instead the word “spouses.”

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Orlando Fringe 2016 Review: KIN

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The Explore Composite Presents: Kin
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From the moment you walk into the door of the Shakes’ Blue Venue for The Explore Composite’s Kin at Orlando Fringe, you can sense some kind of tension in the offing. Next to a pile of PVC pipes strewn across the floor is a bowl on a table with a stack of cards asking each audience member to explain what family means to them. You get where they’re going here: deconstruction as reconstruction, form as emotion, family as a pipeline. For all its abstraction, it makes sense.

Given that there is very little spoken word in this 45-minute piece of performance art, we would be hard-pressed to tell you exactly where the heavy sighs and jointed angles are leading; as with most choreographed stories, the interpretation is up to the viewer. But there are some obvious hints as to what’s going on, and they are confirmed mid-show by choreographer/director Christorpher Gonzalez La Corte. Family is what you need, not necessarily from whence you come.

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