Overheard in Orlando: the Center nears end of renovation, Pat O’Rourke becomes an “Angel” and Clive Barker’s art at the Artegon

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Fire Away
As you drive on Mills and look towards the Center, you see what appears to be a complete renovation.

We were told the grand opening would be sometime in September but now as we approach the end of October, the doors remain closed and the Center still operates next door. So, what gives? According to Terry Decarlo, he said the team at TrueScope has been on schedule, but the delay is due to the city and recent permitting issues.

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Sisters announce new saint at Project Nunway

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Ben Johansen of Embellish fx Orlando was sainted by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence in a surprise ceremony during Project Nunway at the Parliament House on March 20.

The Sister’s cited his professional generosity and donating of his time and talent as they presented him with a certificate of sainthood.

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The Sisters strut the stage as favorite fairytales

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The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence took to the stage of the Footlight Theatre at Parliament House for Project Nunway, benefiting the Zebra Coalition on March 20.

Projct Nunway was part of the 4-day Sister’s Conclave where chapters from all over the world converged on Orlando.

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Opening ceremonies to the Sisters’ Conclave

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Opening ceremonies for the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence’s Conclave were hosted by the Orlando Sisters and the Parliament House on March 19.

The beginning  service was the ceremonial  mixing of the glitter. Each sister representing their order would mix the glitter all together for the blessing and, once mixed, took some back for their Sisters.

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2015 Conclave hosted at P-House by Orlando Sisters

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ProjectNunwayOrlando – For a weekend in March, a slew of Sisters from across the U.S. will converge upon Orlando for their 2015 Conclave of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

The Orlando Sisters will host the four-day weekend of events at the Parliament House. This year’s conclave is called “NUNSTOPPABLE,” to show how far the organization has come and where they are headed.

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Overheard in Orlando: Local LGBT bar gets a ‘lucky’ makeover

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Minj and Minx take over Mary’s
On March 2, fans of RuPaul’s Drag Race and Ginger Minj flocked to Hamburger Mary’s in Orlando where Minj was joined on stage by The Minx. The LOGO show’s Season 7 premiere introduced a gaggle of gals, including our local favorite. The audience quietly watched the show and were entertained by Minj and The Minx during the commercial breaks. Minj provided some fun stories, none of which unfortunately revealed the final outcome, The second showing was just as packed and featured former contestant Detox, who is now based in Los Angeles. We definitely suggest booking your tables in advance each week.

Feeling lucky
When the Brink suddenly brunk’ed and closed its doors, many wondered what would happen to the popular location.  But it seems there’s word of a new guy in town who will resurrect Brink and add Lucky’s Lounge to the mix. Lucky’s Lounge will be the happy hour bar and is also known as the front bar. It’s scheduled to open sometime in late April. New GM Brian “Lucky” Smith says Brink will reintroduce its Friday and Saturday  nights with themes. Smith recently returned to Orlando but promises to tell us more on the new venture as soon as he can. With a nickname like “Lucky,” certainly things will go smoothly. 

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Fifty couples tie the knot at The GLBT Center

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Fifty couples – 35 newlyweds and 15 reaffirming their vows from previous commitment ceremonies – were married outside The GLBT Center of Central Florida Jan. 6.

After the couples walked down the aisle to “At Last,” Judge Robert LeBlanc presided over the ceremony which included a performance by the Orlando Gay Chorus, a quiet moment for couples to privately say their vows to each other and blessings by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and Terry DeCarlo, the executive director of The Center, who also happens to be an ordained minister.

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Osceola County marries first same-sex couples in Central Florida

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Kissimmee – A line formed outside of Osceola County Courthouse starting at 10 p.m. Jan. 5 as the county prepared to open its doors and issue 28 same-sex couples marriage licenses at midnight, making them the first same-sex couples legally married in Central Florida.

More than 100 people gathered to celebrate and support their family and friends. Among those getting married were Osceola County Commissioner Cheryl Grieb and her long-time partner Patti Daughtery. They were the first couple to be wed in Central Florida with U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson as their ring bearer.

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Winter White Black as Night – Red Carpet

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MAC Cosmetics Team Orlando in association with the Parliament House present their annual gala; benefiting The Hope & Hope and Help Center of Central Florida, Inc.

The event was held at Parliament House Nov. 30.

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2014 World AIDS Day at Lake Eola

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An event for World AIDS Day 2014 was held in Downtown Orlando at Lake Eola on Dec. 1. There was free HIV testing, entertainment and remembrance of those infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

The event was put on by Central Florida AIDS Planning Consortium, Miracle of Love, Place of Comfort, The Center and Hope & Help Center.

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Strike Out for AIDS 2014

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The 8th Annual Strike Out for AIDS, a fundraiser for Francis House, was held Aug. 16 at Pinchasers Midtown.

Francis House provides HIV support services in a safe environment designed to encourage and empower those affected to become self-sufficient members of the community.

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Get ready to fly

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Mackenroth, Williams will headline Metro Gala
When Metro Wellness and Community Centers celebrates its 20th Anniversary Gala this September, it will have two very well known voices behind the microphone.

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