Lady Fingers: Life Lessons

By : Sabrina Ambra
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Sabrina Ambra

I have never been one to read self-help books. In my 26 years of living, I’ve bought two; one was for school and the other was a flat surface I used to construct marijuana cigarettes on. Nothing against these types of books, of course. I just have yet to find How-To: Life for the Awkward Gal Who Overanalyzes Everything. Until I do, I’ll leave what I can here and you’re welcome to use the help at your leisure. If the aforementioned book never makes it onto the shelves of Barnes and Noble, just remember I said it first. These are the life lessons I made-up out of things that have happened to me. Enjoy.

It was the summer of 2003: I was 13 years old, my mosquito bites were becoming bigger mosquito bites (I’m referring to my tits, though there were many mosquitoes that summer), and the world was in the palm of my pubescent hand. It was my second summer at the Catholic sleep-away camp I would call home for many summers after. This particular summer was important to the girls of Cabin 9. You see, we were the second oldest girls in the entire camp: We stayed-up later, danced longer, and at the end of the session, we got to go on the mystical off-property camping trip to the DLB (Dry Lake Bed). What was so important about this trip was not the campfire; it was not the ghost stories; it wasn’t even the fucking s’mores. No, this was bigger than that. The oldest boy cabin had a tradition of scaring the living shit out of any girls camping in the DLB. But not that night, no sir. The Cabin 9 girls were going to retaliate. That night we were going to rewrite history, as well as learn how to shave our pubes from the way-too-advanced-for-her-age girl, Lauren.

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Round-up of questions potential Supreme Court Justices have been asked

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(AP) – White House lawyers are scouring a life’s worth of information about President Barack Obama’s potential picks to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court – and not all of it is about the law.

Prospective justices are put through the nation’s most thorough background check, an invasive process in which nothing is off-limits. After all, a surprise dredged up later could scuttle confirmation. So candidates’ taxes, writings, childhood, business dealings, medical history and yes, love lives, are all scrutinized for potential red flags.

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Wedding Bells at Watermark: Mark Badley and Jason Newkirk

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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Mark Badley and Jason Newkirk

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“Mark is wonderful and will go along with all the crazy schemes and everything I come up with – and he’s always there beside me, loving me and supporting me no matter how crazy my little mind can go,” Jason says.

When Jason Newkirk, a writer and office manager for a production company, first met Mark Badley, a pharmacy buyer, he was at a loss for words, which isn’t like Jason, being a person who always has something to say.

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Orlando Derby Girls’ LGBT-inclusiveness puts them on track to compete internationally

By : Ciara Varone
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Orlando Psycho City Derby Girls are skating their way to high-stakes competition. On Jan. 22, the league was accepted alongside nine other teams – ranging in location from across the country in Hood River, Oregon to across the world in New Zealand –into an apprentice program for the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, the international governing body of a sport considered by many to be the fastest-growing in the world.

Completion of the apprentice program typically takes from six months to a year. If the league is then accepted into WFTDA, it will play against the best teams in the country and even the world.

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Transgender student fights for school to use his preferred name

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Millersville, Md. (AP) – Matthew Nolte’s report card is stacked with A’s, but he scratched out the name on it – which is not Matthew – until the paper wore away, leaving a rectangular hole.

Matt, a junior at Old Mill High School, is a transgender student fighting for the school system to recognize his preferred, not legal, name.

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Rock legend Melissa Etheridge talks about the importance of legalizing marijuana and starting her own label

By : Jeremy Williams
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Melissa Etheridge has been a very public face to many groups who needed a voice. She showed young girls that a woman can rock as hard, if not harder, than the good ol’ boys of the music industry. She proved that being openly gay was not an instant death sentence to a career in music. She exclaimed, “I am more than a disease!” (she was so inspiring that India.Arie penned her hit song “I Am Not My Hair” about Etheridge after seeing her perform at the 2005 Grammy Awards bald from chemotherapy) after a cancer diagnosis, and her following treatment that brought her back stronger and healthier than ever.

Now, after nearly 25 years in the public eye, Etheridge has taken up another cause: legalizing cannabis.

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Sarasota County school adopts trans-inclusive bathroom policy after transgender student organizes call-in

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Pine View, a grades 2-12 magnet school in Osprey, Fla., is now the first school in Sarasota County to pass a transgender student inclusive bathroom policy.

The policy, adopted Jan. 14, allows transgender students in grades 6-12 to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with regardless of what gender they were assigned at birth. The bathrooms for elementary grade students will remain the same.

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Screened Out – The New Girlfriend

By : Stephen Miller
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Anais Demoustier, Romain Duris, Raphaël Personnaz

 

The New Girlfriend will be on DVD and for rent on Tuesday, Jan. 26.

This cross-dressing psychological flick is rather good, but it never quite hits the freaky sexual fission it shoots for – especially for a modern film.

French director/writer François Ozon (8 Women, Swimming Pool) usually peddles in a careful balance of understated wit and sexual tension. Girlfriend has bits and pieces of those. As enjoyable as this is, this film’s subjects just aren’t dangerous and titillating enough in 2016.

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Watermark’s 2016 Florida Legislative Tracker

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I’m just a bill, yes I’m only a bill, and I might just get poked with Rick Scott’s quill!

That’s right boys and girls, it’s that time of year again when Florida’s Congress will get together in Tallahassee to yell and scream and try to get some legislating done.

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Overheard in Tampa Bay: Brandenton make-up artist goes viral, Tatum goes drag

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A moment on the web, a lifetime as celeb
It appears to be a faded memory now, but for a hot minute, Bradenton hair and makeup artist Joey Killmeyer was going viral. Killmeyer posted a picture of himself and an 8-year-old boy who wants to be a makeup artist and asked Killmeyer to teach him. Killmeyer worked with the boy, showing him on one side of his face how to do the makeup and then allowing Ethan to do the other side of his face himself. The picture of the final product had more than 2,500 shares and nearly 150,000 likes, but after a day in the sun the post was deleted. The picture had gone further than any of them expected and, at the request of the boy’s parents, the post was removed and no more interviews were given. Most of the over 500 comments were positive and encouraged Ethan to be himself and applauded his mother for her support. After the post went viral, Killmeyer took to Facebook again to advise Facebook to take note that Ethan wants to be a makeup artist and not a drag queen, saying, “He is 8 and simply expressing his creativity. I am tired of seeing this spun in the incorrect way. And I do not want Ethan bullied or harassed at school.”

Where’d he learn moves like that?
Hollywood superstar Channing Tatum is best known for two things: a smoking hot body and dance moves that hypnotize as you watch those hips gyrate and thrust in such hit films as Magic Mikeand its sequel Magic Mike XXL. Those moves and that body were perfected right here in Tampa Bay where, as a young man, he danced, grinded and stripped at several clubs in town making them dolla-dolla bills rain down. Rumor has it that he even did a little shake, shake, shake in some of the gay clubs. Tatum, while shaking that bon bon, was apparently wishing he had a different job… that of drag queen, that is if the latest episode of Spike TV’s show Lip Sync Battle is any indication. Tatum busted out the looks of two icons for his performances on the show. First, as the ice queen Elsa from Disney’s Frozen when he performed “Let it Go,” then as the music queen Beyonce when he had the hair blowing in the wind with “Run the World (Girls).” Tatum’s performance was so on point Queen Bey herself joined him on stage to finish up the set. From Tampa strip clubs to Magic Mike to on stage with Beyonce. At least we can say we knew him when.

Screened Out – Mustang

By : Stephen Miller
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Günes Sensoy, Ayberk Pekcan, Suzanne Marrot

Sweet, poetic Mustang has been called the Turkish Virgin Suicides, and there’s good reason. They’re both female-directed movies about exactly five sisters locked up by their oppressive guardians. In both stories, female sexual awakening is seen as evil.

However, foreign-language Mustang has some differences: a real sense of time and place and a level of compassion. Its Turkish setting – along with the sexual politic, the pro-feminist critique, and the subtle religious despotism – is both beguiling and infuriating. The sisters support each other, come to sexual fruition, and individually negotiate their confinement; they are the real draw here.

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Channing Tatum lets it go in drag and runs the world on Lip Sync Battle

By : Jeremy Williams
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Spike’s Lip Sync Battle is becoming one of the most viral shows on television today and has been the stage for many of the world’s top celebrities to explore the world of drag performing.

The idea for the show came from The Office’s John Krasinski: two celebrities battle each other with lip sync performances. It started as a recurring skit on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and was formed into a free standing show on the Spike cable channel hosted by rapper/actor LL Cool J and model Chrissy Teigen.

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