Screened Out – Deadpool

By : Stephen Miller
Comments: 0

Ryan Reynolds, Ed Skrein, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Leslie Uggams

We knew we were in for something twisted. In early promos last year, Deadpool said, “Crime’s the disease; meet the cure! Okay, maybe not the cure, but more like a topical ointment to reduce the swelling and itch.”

The film Deadpool delivers! (I’ll even use the rare exclamation point.) It’s likely to fill current addicts to the brim with sick, bubbly joy, as it adds a few more adherents. This gory, action-packed flick punches home the perversion – clearly a niche missing from the current pantheon of noble comic book films.

Continue Reading >>

Uprisings: The opposite of progress

By : Billy Manes
Comments: 0

UpRisings_TinaFeyWhat if somebody came up to your party (which, for now, we’ll call “your life”) and told you through his or her whitened teeth that all of the victories you’ve fought for, all of the freedoms promised to you by your own constitution in your own country, didn’t matter anymore? We know, we know: This is the same sweaty-pitted badminton argument that comes along with every legislative back-and-forth session, either state or national. Red! Blue! Green! Translucent! But what if those values were so fundamental that their rolling back might result in you rolling into a ball and effectively giving up? What if they would mean that you would be perpetually sick, poor, fired or allowed to die there right next to the decency twig you clung to.

There’s a certain hollowness that comes with these realizations, an identity crisis that sets you apart from what your therapist might call the “river” to which sides you are supposed to cling when you need to catch a breath in a pause in life. Has your chest ever ached with the breadth of absolute futility? Well, given the current climate of state legislators (and presidential candidates) parading a nihilistic Mardi Gras against the rights of women and LGBT people (sometimes both!), that ache should inspire you to do more.

Continue Reading >>

The fight for medical marijuana started with the gay community, and it may end in Florida this year

By : Billy Manes
Comments: 0

It wouldn’t be a white Christmas in Florida in 2015; it never is. But you could argue that a green Christmas came in the form of a unanimous ruling in mid-December by the Florida Supreme Court that refined language to the state’s medical marijuana constitutional amendment. Backed by mega-attorney John Morgan and his millions of dollars, along with political organization United for Care (formerly People United for Medical Marijuana), the bill received a solid 58 percent approval from a low-turnout midterm electorate, meaning 3.4 million Floridians voted in favor of the amendment, even in a state that is hostile to progressive causes. The state requires a 60 percent vote to pass a constitutional amendment.

“I’mmmmmmmmmmbaaaaaaaaaack,” Morgan told the Miami Herald earlier this month. He’s back, only with $4 million less in his back account.

Continue Reading >>

Watermark Wedding Bells: Brad and Zadin Lawson

By : Samantha Rosenthal
Comments: 0

“Zadin is genuine,” Brad says.“He sees the best in everybody; he sees the best in every situation.”

Brad Lawson, who is a nurse at South Lake Hospital in Clermont, and Zadin Lawson, who is a clinical IT at Leesburg Regional Medical Center, met online. They texted and emailed back and forth for a while, but Brad had to go out of town to take care of some family business in a place that had no cellphone reception and no access to a computer for three weeks. He was nervous at first that Zadin thought he was just flacking out on him because he really liked him.

Continue Reading >>

Lake County police hope further DNA testing reveals clues about transgender woman’s body

By : Jamie Hyman
Comments: 0

Share this story:

Police may soon know more about the transgender woman whose body was found along a Clermont road in 1988.

The cold case was revived in November when DNA testing revealed the unidentified person’s body was transgender.

Continue Reading >>

Leader of the pack: Patty Sheehan makes remarkable waves as she launches her fifth term

By : Billy Manes
Comments: 0

District 4 Commissioner Patty Sheehan hasn’t had the easiest of years, but she’s made certain to make it easier for much of Orlando’s LGBT population. In addition to being out, loud and proud, Sheehan has tackled all of the issues, from marriage equality to sidewalks and back again. By now, most Orlandoans know of Sheehan’s attention to detail – don’t even try to take away her giant binder of ordinances and research; she will attack, and you won’t like that.

She’s got the power.

Continue Reading >>

St. Pete Pride’s Red & Green Party brings snow to Sunken Gardens

By : Jeremy Williams
Comments: 0

St. Pete Pride’s annual Red & Green Party brought festive cheer, glittery beards and snow to the Sunken Gardens in St. Petersburg Dec. 5.

The more than 400 guests dined on exquisite food and enjoyed the open bars as two snow machines turned the 100 year old botanical garden into a winter wonderland.

Continue Reading >>

Do you know this woman? Police release sketch of transgender victim in cold case

By : Jamie Hyman
Comments: 0

Share this story:

TransBodySketch

Lake County police are renewing efforts to identify the body of a woman found along a Clermont road in 1988 after new DNA testing revealed the victim was transgender. They released the sketch of what the woman may have looked like, pictured at left.

The body was found Sept. 25, 1988 and it’s estimated she died between two weeks to a month prior to that.

Continue Reading >>

ACLU urges supportive transgender policy for school sports

By : Wire Report
Comments: 0

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska has written letters to the Nebraska School Activities Association encouraging the organization to draft a policy that respects transgender students’ participation in sports.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports the association’s board has met in executive sessions to discuss a proposed policy on transgender students, but executive director Jim Tenopir says a vote on a policy is unlikely to happen in November.

Continue Reading >>

The messy closing of Georgie’s Alibi in St. Pete signals potential hard times for the LGBT community

By : Aaron Alper and Jeremy Williams
Comments: 0

The $2 Long Island iced teas in Mason Jars. The disco floor jam-packed with all walks of LGBTQ life. The friendly bartenders who seemed to genuinely love their jobs. The delicious food. The meeting place before St. Petersburg Pride. The feeling of being both safe and accepted. These were the things that made Georgie’s Alibi the place that it was. It wasn’t just a bar. It was an institution, a queer-Cheers; a place where everybody knew your name … for better or worse.

Then came the Facebook message announcing the bar’s closure.

Continue Reading >>

Se7en Bites moving, expanding

By : Jamie Hyman
Comments: 0

Share this story:

Soon, Se7en Bites’ customers will be able to fill their pie holes at a much bigger location.

TrinaAndVAThe bake shop, owned by Trina Gregory-Propst and Va Propst, is currently located on a small green building on Primrose Drive and opened in 2013. Over the next six months, they’ll work on renovating the 3500-square-foot building that used to the home of Sunshine School Uniforms, just north of Se7en Bites’ current location at 617 N. Primrose Drive.

Continue Reading >>

Clinton plays Val the bartender in “SNL” skit

By : Wire Report
Comments: 0

WASHINGTON (AP) – Set ’em up, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and lend an ear to the troubles of a presidential candidate.

The front-runner for the Democratic nomination appeared on the season opener of Saturday Night Live as a wise bartender named Val who pours a drink or two for, ahem, Hillary Clinton (played by SNL regular Kate McKinnon).

Continue Reading >>