Orlando’s Overheard: Pulse survivor carjacked

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Christopher Hansen, the Pulse survivor recognized as the guy in the fedora, was the victim of a carjacking in Little Rock, Ark.

Hansen was visiting his family in Little Rock to celebrate his parent’s 25th wedding anniversary and to retrieve some personal items from a storage unit he was bringing back with him to Florida.

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: Thank you for being a friend

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In need of some Goode people

Tampa Bay performer Judy B. Goode isn’t having the best run of good luck over the last few weeks. The beloved singer and entertainer fell off a ladder June 30 and broke her leg. At around 7:30 in the morning Judy was tending to some bushes in the backyard of her home, when the ladder gave way and fell out from under her and she ended up in the hospital.

“Judy has a heart of gold,” says Tampa Pride president Carrie West. The 4 ft 5 in , 85 lb Judy is quite a force to be reckoned with, and has the fiery personality to boot. Her career extends across Florida, and the southeast United States where she performs at nightclubs with her sidekick “Piano Man” Dave Thomas. She was even selected as a finalist for Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee back in the day based on her signature act, “The 12 Faces of Judy” in which she does impersonations of famous personalities.

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Fundraiser launched for Ryan Getzlaf’s homophobic slur fine

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The National Hockey League (NHL) has opted to not suspend Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf for using a homophobic slur during Game 4 at the Western Conference finals on Friday. Instead, Getzlaf has been given the maximum fine of $10,000.

Getzlaf was caught on camera appearing to call the referee, “f**king c***sucker.” He issued a public apology but OutSports’ Cyd Zeigler calls it, “the worst non-apology for a slur in sports history.”

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Orlando’s Overheard: Billboards, heroes and Pepe plays ball

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Billboard of love

Based on a rumor that a North Carolina “Gays for Trump” group was looking to purchase billboard space near/around Pulse, organizer Michael Vacirca created a GoFundMe account hoping to raise $15,000 to buy the Clear Channel space before the group was able to do so.

Although the pro-Trump group didn’t succeed in buying the ad space, the Billboards for Love group has been able to use nearly $12k raised to buy this space. Bringing back memories of so many businesses like Clear Channel that had “Orlando Strong” rainbow colored ads on their digital billboard soon after the Pulse attack, some of which still remain.

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Friends remember Pulse survivor who died while visiting Tampa

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TAMPA – Pulse shooting survivor Chris Brodman died in the early morning hours while attending a friend’s birthday party in North Tampa Sept. 11.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Brodman’s identity Sept. 13 after notifying his next of kin.

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Pulse shooting survivor found dead at Tampa residence

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Pulse shooting survivor Chris Brodman died in the early morning hours while attending a friend’s birthday party in North Tampa Sept. 11.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Brodman’s identity Sept. 13 after notifying his next of kin.

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WeAreOrlando Jacksonville Fundraiser

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Please join us this Wednesday for a fundraiser for the families of the victims and survivors of the Orlando Pulse tragedy. Blackfin will be donating 10% of its total sales from 3-7PM and giving $1 dollar back from each Tito’s cocktail sold. 100% of the proceeds of this fundraiser will go to Equality Florida’s Go Fund Me to directly support the families and survivors with transportation, funeral arrangments, and any costs as needed.

Donate directly, here: https://www.gofundme.com/PulseVictimsFund

Indiana pizza shop threatened on Twitter, coach fired

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DUNLAP, Ind. – A northern Indiana school district says it has fired a coach who tweeted about burning down a pizza shop after its owners said they wouldn’t cater a gay wedding because of their religious beliefs.

Concord Community Schools Superintendent Wayne Stubbs confirmed to The Goshen News that Jessica Dooley was terminated on April 20. Dooley was the head coach of the girls golf program and also an assistant coach with the softball and girls basketball programs.

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Indiana restaurant raises $160,000 after supporting ‘religious freedom’ law

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Supporters of an Indiana pizza restaurant that was thrust into the national spotlight after one of its owners said she wouldn’t cater a gay wedding have raised more than $160,000.

Donations for Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Indiana, have poured in to the website gofundme.com on April 2 to help “relieve the financial loss endured by the proprietors’ stand for faith.” The site had collected 5,777 donations totaling $163,621 as of 1:15 p.m. Thursday in New York.

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Oakland A’s pitcher, girlfriend fill stadium on LGBT Pride night

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Oakland A’s pitcher Sean Doolittle and his girlfriend Eireann Dolan decided to turn lemons into lemonade after negative responses surfaced on social media about the Oakland A’s first ever LGBT Pride night.

Some season ticket holders commented how they wanted to sell their tickets because they didn’t support the LGBT Pride night, so Dolan and Doolittle bought them.

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Overheard in Orlando: ‘Let It Go’ Pam Bondi!

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Is Ginger Minj MIA for RDR?
Something suspicious is happening on Facebook these days, and it could mean big news for fans of Orlando drag performer Ginger Minj. Website Dragaholic.com recently posted speculation on contestants for Season 7 of RuPaul’s Drag Race. The website sites sudden social media disappearances of drag performers around the nation as reason to believe they are filming the popular LOGO series in California. Ginger Minj is among the social media absentees! Ginger posted last month that she was to be quarantined for MRSA and in doing so she will have limited access to the internet. This sent the rumor mill sashaying, since Ginger was recently campaigning to be one of the fabulous ladies for Season 7. As an accomplished performer, Ginger/Josh has performed in theatrical productions and appeared in television across the nation as well as been nationally recognized in various female impersonator pageants. Watermark couldn’t get in touch with Ginger, but her husband, William, confirmed the MRSA quarantine.

No Queens for King’s!
The HRC Disco Bowl IV split from calling King’s Bowling it’s home. The I-Drive bowling ally was an unwelcoming place, according to the HRC, when an employee of the establishment told organizers exactly that. Management has since apologized for the employee’s comments and tried to rectify the situation, but by then, the Disco Bowl had already been rescheduled at Colonial Lanes. It’s unclear if the change of venue will remain in 2015.

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