Gay Chorus Deep South

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Closing Night Program of Tampa International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
David Charles Rodrigues, 2019, USA, 98 min

The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus set out to bring their message of hope and resiliency in response to the 2016 presidential election by spending a week touring throughout the deep south.

The Chorus, joined by The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, brought a message of music, love, and acceptance to communities and individuals confronting intolerance. Over 300 singers travelled from Mississippi to Tennessee, through the Carolinas, and over the bridge in Selma. They performed in churches, community centers and concert halls in hopes of uniting us in a time of difference. The journey also challenged Director Tim Seeleg and other Chorus members who fled the South to confront their own fears, pain, and prejudices, on a journey towards reconciliation. The conversations and connections that emerge offer a glimpse of a less divided America, where the things that divide us – faith, politics, sexual identity – are set aside by the soaring power of music, humanity, and a little drag.

There is beautiful vocal performance in this movie. But there is much more than singing to this thoughtful documentary that chronicles a journey that began as a challenge to the oppression of the deep south and ended in the delight of southern people steeped in their love of gospel music and hungry for conversation. This remarkable film demonstrates that, clearly, there is a whole lot of fixing that singing can do.

SFGMC Director Tim Seelig is scheduled to Skype with the audience following the film.


Women Make Music – 25 Years of Crescendo: The Tampa Bay Women’s Chorus
Sunny Hall, 2019, USA, 8 min


Preceded by a performance by the Tampa Bay Gay Men’s Chorus.

Join us at Bizou Brasserie at Le Méridien (601 N. Florida) after the closing film to celebrate another festival bringing fierce, fabulous, LGBTQ+ film in Tampa Bay. Food and drinks for purchase.

SPONSORED BY TAMPA BAY GAY MEN’S CHORUS

The Tampa Bay International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival turns 30

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Police officers and protesters far outnumbered patrons during the inaugural Tampa Bay International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (TIGLFF) in 1990.

It was the result of animus and interest surrounding one of the earliest publicized LGBTQ gatherings in downtown Tampa. While details surrounding TIGLFF’s founding are scarce, early accounts advise leaders from the Tampa Bay Gay Men’s Chorus, Bay Area Human Rights Coalition and Tampa Bay Business Guild formed the festival for two purposes.

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PETA slams gay porn studio for alligator appearing in sex scene

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: Diego Sans, photo via Instagram.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has criticized gay adult studio Men.com for an alligator that appears in a scene of its latest porn video.

“The Everglades” stars Diego Sans and Kaleb Stryker share a sex scene together in the Florida Everglades. In the background, an alligator can be spotted. The scene was filmed on location on May 17.

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Issue 26.14: Reading Rainbows

By : Dylan Todd
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Reading Rainbows – Drag Queen Story Hours enchant Central Florida and Tampa Bay, “Newsies” comes to Osceola Arts, and Tampa hosts statewide LGBTA Caucus, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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‘The Babadook’ gets limited-edition, Pride-themed Blu-ray release

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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“The Babadook” is getting a Pride makeover.

IFC Midnight and Shout Factory have teamed up to release rainbow-themed slip covers for a limited-edition Blu-ray of “The Babadook.” There are only 2,500 copies available. The LGBTQ Pride Blu-ray disc is available for purchase for $19.99. A portion of all proceeds in June will be donated to the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

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PHOTOS: COWP and QLatinx screen international short film ‘MAR’ at Reel Pride

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ORLANDO | A week of Pride continued on Oct. 10 when Come Out With Pride, in partnership with QLatinx, presented the inaugural Reel Pride at The Venue in Orlando.

Reel Pride screened the international LGBTQ short film “MAR (The Sea),” directed by Portuguese-Canadian filmmaker William Vitoria. Vitoria was on hand for the event and held a Q&A session after the audience watched his film.

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Trans filmmaker gets political with ‘Dark Money’

By : Brian T. Carney OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Although Reed didn’t realize it at the time, “Dark Money” was born on Jan. 10, 2010 when the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in the Citizens United case.

“It just didn’t make any sense to me,” she says, “that corporations are people and money is speech and therefore corporations can give unlimited money to campaigns. I am very skeptical of slippery slope arguments, but you could just see how more and more money was going to be consolidated in the hands of fewer and fewer people who were richer and richer and that the voice of the everyday citizen was going to get drowned out. And that is what has happened.”

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Maine woman playing transgender teen on the big screen

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ABOVE: Transgender actress Nicole Maines moving from documentaries to film. Photo courtesy of Teen Vogue. 

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) | A transgender former middle school student who fought to use the bathroom of her choice in Maine is preparing for her big screen debut.

Nicole Maines is starring in the indie horror film “Bit” as a transgender teen trying to co-exist with and understand a group of feminist vampires in Los Angeles.

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Tab Hunter and Anthony Perkins’ secret affair heads to the big screen

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Out actor Tab Hunter in his hunky ‘50s heyday. Photo courtesy the Film Collaborative.

J.J. Abrams and Zachary Quinto are teaming up to bring the story of Tab Hunter and Anthony Perkins’ secret love affair to the big screen, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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Trapped in the Trade: Film Viewing and Discussion

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Paving The Way Foundation will be hosting a screening of Trapped in the Trade, a docudrama that shines a light on the world of human trafficking. The film is compelling, engaging and deeply human; showing the reality of unknown dangers in relationships and the allure of being a part of the “in” crowd. It also offers hope by encouraging and empowering you to take action. Following the film a Mission Ambassador with Paving the Way Foundation will lead a conversation designed to empower you to take actions that can prevent children from being trafficked. Recommended for children 12 and up with parent supervision. Sensitive topics will be discussed.

An Evening about Harvey Milk at Ramat Shalom

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Join us as we explore the legacy of famed Jewish activist and politician, Harvey Milk.  The 2008 film, “Milk”, will be shown followed by a presentation by Miriam Richter, Director and Counsel to the Harvey Milk Foundation.

Gay teen rom-com ‘Love, Simon’ releases ‘romantic as F’ second trailer

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The second trailer for coming-of-age film “Love, Simon” has dropped and shows the film is a typical teen drama except for one thing. Simon, the main character, is gay.

In the trailer, Simon (Nick Robinson) shows that he enjoys spending time with his family and friends. However, he’s been hiding that he’s gay. When another student at school, anonymously named “Blue,” reveals online that he’s closeted, he and Simon strike up an online friendship.

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