Starbucks’ holiday campaign includes lesbian couple

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Starbucks is getting into the holiday spirit with an inclusive holiday campaign featuring a lesbian couple.

In the ad “Giving Good Starts with You,” a hand starts to illustrate doodles as the video reads “the holidays mean something different to everyone.”

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Why is Halloween like Gay Christmas?

By : Scottie Campbell
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History probably gives us some insight. Halloween is rooted in religion, but those origins are a convoluted mixture of Christian observances and pagan rituals.

The LGBTQ community’s relationship with religion has historically been, and continues to be, tenuous; maybe we recognize ourselves to that aspect of the October 31 celebration. Halloween is generally considered a decadent holiday so much so that Christian bloggers suggest alternatives like, we kid you not, a Reformation Day Party. (One such blogger inexplicably suggests a Noah’s Ark Party as an alternative to trick-or-treating. Now that just screams: “I need gay friends!”)

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Watermark Holiday Giveaway: Win tickets to “A Drag Queen Christmas”

By : Jeremy Williams
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Deck the halls with belles in drag kween, FA-LA-LA-LA-LA-YA-AA-AA-AAAAAAASS!

Get ready for the contestants from RuPaul’s Drag Race to perform live on stage this holiday season in A Drag Queen Christmas. Season 8’s winner Bob the Drag Queen (hosting at the Straz Center in Tampa Dec. 27) and fan favorite Thorgy Thor on the violin (hosting at Plaza Live in Orlando Dec. 28) will be joined by Naomi Smalls, Chi Chi DeVayne, Trixie Mattel, Roxxxy Andrews, Tatianna, Milk and Pearl.

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Una Voce kicks off 15th season with “We Three Queens” holiday performance

By : Krista Di Tucci
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Join the men of Una Voce on Dec. 9 and 11 for their whimsical 15th season holiday performance, “We Three Queens.”

The show is a silly twist on the traditional Three Kings/Wise Men of Christmas. But instead of following the Star of David, the three “queens” – Goldie, Frankie and Murray – follow their own star, Beyonce.

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Watermark Giveaway: “A Marvelous Party : The Noël Coward Celebration” at The Winter Park Playhouse

By : Jeremy Williams
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Watermark is giving away a pair of tickets to see “A Marvelous Party : The Noël Coward Celebration” at The Winter Park Playhouse for any performance from Dec. 1-11.

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Noël Coward

You’re invited to a party as sparkling as a newly-popped bottle of champagne, a dazzling evening of ravishing melody and witty repartee! This effervescent musical revue is a lighthearted romp featuring thirty-three tunes and a bevy of sketches, anecdotes, writings and musings of the incomparable Noël Coward. Devised by David Ira Goldstein, Mark Anders and Patricia Wilcox with musical arrangements by Carl Danielsen.

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Radio City Music Hall attorneys send Wanzie cease and desist over “Christmas Spectacular”

By : Jamie Hyman
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When one sits in Parliament House’s Footlight Theatre and watches The Orange Blossom Trail Living Nativity Christmas Spectacular, featuring Blue Star’s naughty angel, a drag Joan Collins and three wise men pulled from the audience, usually still clutching their cocktails on stage… well. It is almost exactly being in New York City’s Radio City Music Hall, watching their annual Christmas Spectacular.

Except not at all. Too bad Radio City’s attorneys don’t agree, as they’ve sent Watermark columnist and Orange Blossom Trail Living Nativity Christmas Spectacular creator Michael Wanzie a cease and desist letter. 

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Montana governor expands discrimination ban

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BILLINGS, Montana — Montana’s governor has expanded prohibitions against discrimination in state employment and state contracts to include pregnancy, military service and gender identity.

Gov. Steve Bullock said in statement that he was honoring the principles of equality fought for by Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Screened Out – Trumbo

By : Stephen Miller
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Bryan Craston, Alan Tudyk, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, John Goodman, Louis C.K., Michael Stuhlbarg, David James Elliott, Robert Bart, Dean O’Gorman

Bryan Cranston got nominated Best Actor for playing Dalton Trumbo; he is better than this movie. Trumbo was the brilliant screenwriter who was blackballed in the 1950s as a Communist. Trumbo was also better than this, too. Trumbo wrote Spartacus, Papillon, Johnny Got His Gun, and the Oscar winners The Brave One and Roman Holiday.

It’s not just ironic, it’s somewhat sad that this script about a genius scriptwriter swings between good and awkward, blunt, and even boring. Only great acting raises this up.

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Philadelphia’s new mayor denounces anti-gay, hateful acts in Mummers Parade

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Philadelphia (AP) – Philadelphia’s incoming mayor and organizers of the city’s annual New Year’s Day parade condemned expressions of hate, a day after some Mummers Parade participants mocked Caitlyn Jenner, were accused of harassing gays and painted their faces brown to portray Mexicans.

Officials with the 116-year-old Mummers Parade pledged Jan. 2 to cooperate with authorities looking into any complaints. They said in a statement that they will continue discussions on sensitivity, on what is considered satire and what is “over the line.”

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12.17.15 Editor’s Desk

By : Billy Manes
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Billy Manes

Yes, it’s that time of year when everything is filtered through its appropriate way-back machine and Vaseline and all things are bright and beautiful and all that, and if you read one more retrospective account of how life happens and why it matters, you’ll be coughing up eggnog clichés with your spilt milk. Oh, we’ve all been there – wiry and wrought at the family gatherings, wishing sentimentality would find its deserved end at the ledge of the wet bar. But we’re also prone to appreciation of those who might have helped us and those who are helping others. We have to be buoyed by something other than gravity (which is really a downer, though), so it might as well be a brightly wrapped package of benevolence, right? Oh, come on. Put on your holiday pants and play along.

As we have in the past, Watermark has assembled a gaggle of deserving folk from across Central Florida to highlight in their best lights. Our tributes aren’t eulogies, though. Quite the contrary: They are celebrations of lives that make our own lives better. This is one of my favorite issues of Watermark, actually. If you’ll forgive the seeming senility, stories about people who are improving lives and adding to our culture are things of beauty to this guy. Remarkable? Maybe, but that term doesn’t seem to do any of our subjects justice. Incredible? That suggests that these folks are things of fiction. Wonderful? Yeah, I’ll go with that for now.

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Gay-themed Festivus Pole coming to the Oklahoma Capitol

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – A Florida man said Dec. 16 his plan has been approved to display in the Oklahoma Capitol rotunda a “Festivus Pole” based on a fictional holiday depicted in the popular 1990s sitcom Seinfeld.

Chaz Stevens, of Jupiter, Florida, will display a “Festivus Pole” Dec. 23 in the building’s first-floor rotunda near an existing display of giant nutcrackers and a gift-laden sleigh.

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Extra-gay Festivus pole will be on display at Florida Capitol this year

By : Jamie Hyman
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Festivus is back at the Florida Capitol… and it’s going gay this year.

The Florida Department of Management Services Dec. 10 approved Chaz Stevens’ application asking to set up the Festivus display for the third year in a row.

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