June passes with no Pride Month recognition from White House

By : Jeremy Brener
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Pride Month came and went, and Donald Trump stayed silent for his second June in office.

While this did not come as a surprise to many LGBTQ leaders, it adds to the frustration the community has felt toward a President who has failed to acknowledge LGBTQ people since taking office even after making promises to stand for the community during his campaign.

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‘Queer Eye’ season two gets June premiere date

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: ‘Queer Eye’ L-R: Bobby Berke, Karamo Brown, Jonathan Van Ness, Antoni Porowski and Tan France. Photo by Robert Trachtenberg. Courtesy of EW.

“Queer Eye” season two will premiere on Netflix in June.

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PRIDE Night at the Tampa Bay Rowdies

By : Alex Storer
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With PRIDE Month coming up in June the Tampa Bay Rowdies will be hosting a PRIDE Night on June 10th at 7:30pm! Call (727)-521-7267 and ask for Samantha or use the special promo code (link below) to reserve your seats today!

Will Trump, gov’t agencies recognize Pride month?

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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Picture it: President Trump enters the East Room of the White House on a warm D.C. day in June to the sound of cheers from adoring members of the LGBT community holding up their iPhones to document the occasion with videos and photos.

With his daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner at his side, Trump welcomes guests and commemorates June as Pride month by recognizing the LGBT community’s accomplishments in recent years.

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7.14.16 Editor’s Desk

By : Billy Manes
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One month in, one tiny month of racing around inside of our minds and outside of our offices, trying to make sense of a senseless tragedy that killed 49 people, and you would think that the callouses would be maturing. They aren’t.

Our resolve is getting stronger, but our lives – and those lives of the revelers left in the aftermath of one night’s insanity – are still numbingly drifting in the theoretical ether, thereafter. June 12 stopped the clock in many ways. June 12 smacked us into action. June 12 made us angry. June 12 made us cry. The victims of the Pulse massacre will never be forgotten, nor will the indelible and shadowing trauma of that very early Sunday morning in which our friends were trapped and killed and maimed.

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Terry DeCarlo to remain GLBT Community Center of Central Florida’s executive director

By : Jeremy Williams
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Terry DeCarlo will be staying on as the executive director for the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida indefinitely, The Center’s Board of Directors announced in a press release July 8.

DeCarlo previously announced his resignation from The Center May 27 after accepting a new position as the regional director for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation in South Florida.

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AC2 with Anderson Cooper & Andy Cohen

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Dr. Phillips Center presents AC2 with Anderson Cooper & Andy Cohen

100% of proceeds will benefit the OneOrlando Fund.

You may also donate directly to the OneOrlando Fund at https://www.oneorlando.org

Public On-Sale: 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Show date: Thursday, June 30, 2016
Show time: 8 p.m.
Tickets start at $55.00
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Join Cohen and Cooper for an unscripted, uncensored and unforgettable night of conversation. The late night talk show host and the journalist, longtime friends, interview each other and take questions from the audience. It’s a live, interactive look behind the scenes of pop culture and world events.

Anderson Cooper is the multiple Emmy award-winning CNN anchor and correspondent for CBS’ 60 Minutes. He has covered most major news events in the US and around the world for the past 23 years, and his memoir, Dispatches from the Edge, topped the New York Times’ Bestseller list.

Andy Cohen is an Emmy award-winning host and Executive Producer of “Watch What Happens: Live,” Bravo’s late night, interactive talk show. Cohen is also the Executive Producer of the wildly popular “Real Housewives” series. Cohen has written two New York Times’ Bestsellers: Most Talkative: Stories from the Frontlines of Pop Culture, and The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year.

Watermark’s Culture Club tickets giveaway

By : Jamie Hyman
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Win a pair of tickets to see Culture Club at Hard Rock Live, 8 p.m. July 5, 2016. 

This is a quick giveaway so entering is fast and easy! 

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New Orleans Pride 2016

By : Anna M. Johnson
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The Crescent City was alight with glitter on the night of June 17.

I was visiting with my boyfriend and his family to celebrate his father’s birthday, a trip that had been planned months in advance. In what felt like a wholly appropriate sign, New Orleans Pride happened to fall on the same weekend as our stay. None of us even knew about it until a bartender with a rainbow bandana tied around his bicep handed us our daiquiris and told us to stick around for the parade on Saturday.

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Orlando United Assistance Center opening

By : Jamie Hyman
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The Orlando United Assistance Center is open for business.

The Center, located at 507 E. Michigan Ave., is the longer-term place for friends and family of Pulse shooting victims, plus anyone in the community affected by the tragedy, to receive services. It replaces the temporary City of Orlando Family Assistance Center that has been operating out of Camping World Stadium.

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Orange Avenue to reopen this afternoon

By : Jamie Hyman
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PulseSWATAccording to the City of Orlando, Orange Avenue near Pulse nightclub will re-open today.

Here are the details from an announcement yesterday: 

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Maks & Val Live On Tour: Our Way

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Maks & Val Live On Tour: Our Way is the thrilling all-new smash hit dance tour of the summer. Maksim and Valentin Chmerkovskiy, the hottest stars of ABC’s hit show Dancing with the Stars, will be heading to Clearwater, Florida. The Our Way tour is set to perform in 45 cities across America beginning June 15 and will make its way to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Friday, June 17.

Brothers Maksim and Valentin Chmerkovskiy are bringing to life the show they have dreamed about since childhood, combining an honest and unfiltered narrative of their life story, with the world class dancing, creativity and passion they are known for. Collaborating with the greatest choreographers in the business and supported by a cast of fellow dance professionals, the show will surprise and delight with timeless elegance and steamy seduction.

Tickets are *$150, $81.75, $61.75, & $41.75