Margaret Cho says people don’t ‘get’ bisexuality

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Margaret Cho got candid about the stigma behind bisexuality in an interview with the Huffington Post.

The comedian reveals that at first she thought she identified as a lesbian before understanding she was also attracted to men.

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The Footlight Theatre continues their biggest season yet with the world premiere of “GRINDR the Opera”

By : Jeremy Williams
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The Footlight Theatre at the Parliament House has quite an impressive list of shows for their 2017/18 season. The season kicked off this past August with the regional theatre premiere of Daddy Issues, written and directed by David Goldyn, fresh from its Off-Broadway run.

Daddy Issues was a really great production. More than half of the ticket purchasers were first time buyers,” says Tim Evanicki, Footlight Theatre’s producing artistic director and president of Tim Evanicki Productions. “We are bringing in new faces to the theater.”

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Year after attack, thousands march in Jerusalem gay parade

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JERUSALEM (AP) — Thousands of people waving rainbow flags marched through downtown Jerusalem July 21 in the city’s annual gay pride parade in a defiant show of force a year after an extremist ultra-Orthodox Jew stabbed a 16-year-old girl to death at the march.

The heavily guarded event comes against a backdrop of deep divisions in Israel between its secular majority and increasingly powerful nationalist and ultra-Orthodox camps that have spoken out forcefully of late against the LGBT community. The fault lines have been even more pronounced in Jerusalem, the ancient biblical city rich in religious history and tradition, and the gay parade has been an explosive point of contention.

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Kenyan judge upholds use of anal probes to determine sexuality

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A Kenyan court upheld the use of anal examinations to determine a suspect’s sexual orientation June 16, dismissing the argument that the procedure amounts to torture and degrading treatment.

There was no violation of rights or the law, Mombasa High Court Judge Mathew Emukule said.

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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!!

Diana Nyad inspires Women’s Leadership group

By : Jamie Hyman
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diana nyadRecord-breaking distance swimmer Diana Nyad does not like labels.

“I’m gay, I’m a pacifist, I’m an animal lover, I’m a Democrat, I’m a liberal, I’m a lot of things, but I refuse to be defined by any of those terms,” Nyad told Watermark shortly before stepping onstage and speaking to nearly 1,000 attendees – mostly women – at the 9th annual United Way Women’s Leadership Luncheon March 17.

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2016 WAVE Awards Spotlight: Scott Maxwell

By : Billy Manes
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Even in the Andy Griffith Show lexicon of Orlando Sentinel columnist Scott Maxwell’s “malarkey” thesaurus – just kidding, Scott! – the day Watermark caught up with your favorite Orlando columnist wasn’t a great one. Tribune Company, which owns the Sentinel, had just announced another restructuring, this time blurring the lines between editors and publishers. Maxwell’s spirits, however, remained unvarnished, probably because he’s a fixture that’s not likely to succumb to the leaks in mainstream journalism. He’s both lightning rod and hood ornament; he’s Wally Cleaver and Eddie Haskell (we’re aging ourselves here); he’s an icon and a humble hero. He’s also been a consistent ally for the Central Florida LGBT community.

“I have been writing about this for a long time,” he says. “Some of my earliest columns were about this issue. One of the things that I find inspiring is that in the early years, I would get a shitstorm of criticism every time I mentioned the [LGBT] issue. Today, I hardly get any.”

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Sordid Lives creator Del Shores wants the dating world to know that it is hard out there for a “minor gay celebrity” in his 50s

By : Jeremy Williams
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Few filmmakers write LGBT stories with equal parts humor and heart and even fewer are able to take that story to cult status, but one who seems to do it with ease is Del Shores, writer/director of the successful 2000 cult film Sordid Lives. Shores is heading to The Cuban Club in Ybor with his one man show, SINgularly SORDID, where he talks about politics, religion and returning to the dating world after getting divorced in his 50s. Tinder and Grindr and Scruff, oh my! Shores was gracious enough to speak with Watermark ahead of his Tampa Bay show about Oscar diversity, election coverage and a much talked about sequel in the Sordid franchise.

SINgularlySORDID is your one man show that you are bringing to Tampa. What can we expect to see from you?
I always consider myself a storyteller or a humorist: I observe, I sometimes steal from my own life and other people’s lives and talk about it on stage. This piece has become very personal, because I have gone through a divorce in my 50s and getting back into the dating scene has been crazy, so a lot of that is the SINgularly Sordid part of this. I just tell tales about Leslie Jordan and Dolly Parton and people I have had encounters with, good and bad. I love politics and controversy. My dad was a Southern Baptist preacher, so we’ll cover religion.

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Partners in prevention: HIV prevention drugs available in more Central Florida locations

By : Jamie Hyman
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Central Floridians interested in HIV prevention medications now have several options.

Planned Parenthood announced at the end of 2015 that they offer both PrEP and PEP (pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis) at local clinics.

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1.28.15 Editor’s Desk

By : Billy Manes
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Where were you while we were getting high?

By virtue of political plate tectonics and the mahogany-and-starched-shirt drudgery of a state legislative cycle in full swing during a presidential election year, you wouldn’t be wrong to suggest that the earth is actually moving under your feet right now. Nope, not vertigo. Nah, you aren’t drunk (maybe?). High? Hopefully!

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Viewpoint: Positive living, Ho Ho Homo Home for the Holidays

By : Greg Stemm
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GregStemmHeadshotIf we were a bunch of Pagan Romans marking their end of year holiday celebrations, we’d wish each other a “Happy Saturnalia”, get drunk, smoke a bunch of weed and have a huge orgy.

Since I can’t possibly imagine any of you celebrating like that (OK, well maybe one or two of you) we are left with the specter of shlepping our gay appareled buns to dreaded holiday family gatherings.

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“Who’s the Boss?” actor tells Oprah he is HIV-Positive

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Actor Danny Pintauro, best known for playing the young son Jonathan on the 80s sitcom Who’s the Boss?, revealed he is HIV-Positive on an episode of Oprah: Where Are They Now?

“I wanted to tell you this a long time ago, but I wasn’t ready. I’m ready now,” Pintauro told Oprah Winfrey in an interview on the show.

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