Duo Romantico @ Liquid Tampa – July 27, 2016

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You are cordially invited to Liquid Tampa on Wednesday, July 27th to a very special event with Duo Romantico. Gather your friends and let’s give them a big Tampa Welcome.

Duo Romantico is a duet performance of the talented Christy Caldwell and classically trained Atilio Marinelli who travel throughout Florida, New York and Europe sharing their paired voices. With a wide range of powerful melodies including Italian Opera, Broadway and love songs throughout the ages, Duo Romantico brings to the stage a powerful and emotionally moving set of favorite classics that warm the hearts of every audience they touch. Join us as we swoon and sing along with the voices of Christy and Atilio when Duo Romantico graces the Liquid stage!

Showtime 7pm – 8:30pm

You may Pre-Purchase your tickets online. $10.00 General Admission.

Check out our Bottle Service Offerings at http://www.liquidtampa.com and place your reservation today!

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Join the Community Foundation and thousands of your neighbors in supporting local non-profits by participating! Your gift of $5, $10 or $25 can help freeFall win thousands of dollars in grants! It’s like magic. You can give anytime on May 3, but if all our supporters give between noon and 1pm, it maximizes our chance to win. Please visit https://giveday.org/npo/freefall-theatre-company to donate and share this post to help spread the word. #LiveHereGiveHere #freefalltheatre #stpetersburg

Anti-gay bills give big business an opportunity to take a stand

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Atlanta (AP) – Major corporations invested in Southern states have become some of the staunchest opponents of bills they consider discriminatory, facing off against Republican lawmakers eager to portray their states as the best home for global brands.

The NFL, Apple and other behemoths have cajoled Republicans into rejecting or softening bills in recent years that supporters say protect people who oppose same-sex marriage on religious grounds. Companies are speaking up loudly again this year in states where such bills have been proposed as part of a backlash to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that effectively legalized gay marriage.

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Utah lawmakers look to expand hate crime rules to cover LGBTs

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GayUtahAbstrSalt Lake City (AP) – Utah state senators back a proposal that would beef up the state’s hate crime law and add protections for gay and transgender people.

Lawmakers voted 17-12 Feb. 26 to give preliminary approval of the plan after debating it. They must still cast a final vote on the measure sometime in the next two weeks.

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Italian Senate approves bill to allow civil unions

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ROME (AP) – Italy’s Senate voted Feb. 25 to grant legal recognition to civil unions, as the last holdout in Western Europe took a compromise step to give some rights to gay couples after a bitter, years-long debate.

Premier Matteo Renzi described the passage of the bill Thursday as “historic.” But gay and lesbian groups denounced the watered-down legislation as a betrayal because Renzi’s Democratic Party sacrificed a provision to allow gay adoption in order to ensure passage.

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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

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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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2.25.16 Editor’s Desk

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I pull my shirt off and pray.

It’s a bit of a conundrum, this political primary. Though Florida’s presidential-preference primary parade won’t hit the pavement until March 15, so-called Super Tuesday is blowing up in our faces on March 1, meaning, of course, that we have to sound our golden horns, decorate our cars and reach for the sky, or engage in something else that screams “occasion.”

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Bill that would allow LGBT discrimination moves forward in Virginia

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Richmond (AP) – Virginia’s Republican-dominated House of Delegates approved a bill that seeks to protect people who oppose same-sex marriage, which critics said would open the door to discrimination and roll back gains the LGBT community has made toward equal treatment.

The measure aims to prohibit state agencies from punishing individuals and businesses for refusing services or taking other actions against same-sex couples, transgender people or someone who has extramarital sex. It would block the state from withholding grants or nixing contracts for individuals or groups that subscribe to those religious beliefs.

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Jacksonville Councilman plans to withdraw LGBT-friendly Human Rights Ordinance

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Looks like it’s game over for adding LGBT protections to Jacksonville’s Human Rights Ordinance.

Councilman Tommy Hazouri, who introduced the proposal, released a statement announcing he plans to withdraw the bill at this week’s council meeting. Read Hazouri’s full statement after the jump: 

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Oscar Predictions and Watermark’s 2016 Oscars Pool!

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It’s our annual Oscar column – and it’s a doozy! In the comments, you can submit you predictions. We’ll draw a prizewinner from the correct or most correct. You will win SOMETHING!

The 88th Oscar season is all about diversity…or lack thereof. This year, scads of people are viably upset that there was not a single nomination of a minority in actor or director categories.

Is Hollywood the new Great White Way?

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French group helps young Muslims bridge gap between sexuality, religion

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Marseille, France (AP) – Growing up in Algeria, Shaira had almost everything a young man could wish for. But he also had a big secret.

In a land where homosexuality is still a crime and a sin, he was forced to live a secret life, hiding that he was gay from everyone – even his closest family.

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Texas Supreme Court reinstates ethics complaint against Attorney General

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Austin (AP) – Already indicted on felony securities fraud charges, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton will face an ethics investigation for advising local officials they could refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses on religious grounds.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled gay marriage legal in June 2015. A month later, a complaint filed and co-signed by more than 200 attorneys said Paxton’s stance encouraged officials to violate the U.S. Constitution and break their oaths of office.

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