Technoween

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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

Tickets:

Adults $20, Seniors $18, Students $10

La Reina Yolanda

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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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