Local performer Anthony Callender makes his Central Florida stage debut leading ‘Newsies’ at Osceola Arts

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Osceola Arts in Kissimmee, Florida is closing out its 2018-19 theater season with a bang as it brings Disney’s hit musical “Newsies” to its stage July 12-Aug. 4.

“Newsies” is based on the true-life story of New York City’s Newsboys Strike of 1899. Disney first brought the story to the big screen in 1992 with the musical film of the same name, directed by Kenny Ortega and starring Christian Bale, Bill Pullman, Ann-Margret and Robert Duvall.

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The Center Orlando and Zebra Coalition will expand partnership to new Kissimmee Center

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ORLANDO | The LGBT+ Center Orlando and Zebra Coalition announced Aug. 8 that they will expand their collaborative services to the brand new LGBT Center location in Kissimmee.

The program expansion —made possible by grant support from both the Contigo Fund and Orlando Health — will include youth mental health counseling support, as well as youth and parent support groups facilitated by a Zebra Coalition mental health counselor.

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The Center Orlando announces opening of new Kissimmee location

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. | After releasing plans earlier this year to expand into Kissimmee, The Center Orlando has announced the location and opening date of its new LGBT+ Center.

The Center Kissimmee, located at 21 W. Monument Ave., will open Aug. 8 with an official grand opening and ribbon cutting scheduled for Aug. 15.

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The Center Orlando to bring LGBTQ children’s books to the community

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ORLANDO | The LGBT+ Center Orlando is expanding again, and this expansion is bringing in something for the kids.

George Wallace, The Center’s executive director, says the new expansion will include a children’s library complete with LGBTQ children’s books and youth novels. A children’s library will be added into the new Center coming to Kissimmee as well.

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PHOTOS: Kissimmee PrideFest 2018

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The second annual PrideFest Kissimmee was held this past June 9 at the Kissimmee Civic Center to a large crowd enjoying the open display of LGBTQ pride. Miss Sammy and Lisa Lane hosted the entertainment as PrideFest audience members were encouraged to strut their stuff on stage to the delight of all, along with music by Orlando Gay Chorus and others. Vendors included Human Rights Campaign and the LGBT+ Center Orlando.

More photos after the jump.

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AIDS Healthcare Foundation awards The Center $25K grant for Kissimmee location

By : Layla Ferris
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ORLANDO | AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) has awarded a $25,000 grant to the LGBT+ Center Orlando, Inc. (The Center) that will go toward opening The Center’s second location in Kissimmee.

AHF, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization, is the nation’s largest provider of HIV/AIDS medical care. It provides advanced medicine and advocacy to more than 900,000 people in 39 countries.

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The LGBT+ Center Orlando to open second location in Kissimmee

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | The LGBT+ Center Orlando, Inc.’s board of directors announced April 6 that they will be expanding into Osceola County with an LGBT+ Center in Kissimmee.

The new expansion is a result of a donation from the Contigo Fund, an initiative of Our Fund Foundation that emerged from the Pulse massacre. Program Director Marco Antonio Quiroga said, in a press release, that the Contigo Fund recognizes the road to recovery for the survivors continues, and will continue for years to come.

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Kissimmee celebrates diversity with PrideFest

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The City of Kissimmee hosted their first ever Pridefest Kissimmee at the Kissimmee Civic Center June 10. The day was scheduled to include an opening ceremony, vendors and live entertainment both indoors and out.

Unfortunately, because of weather concerns, outdoor activities were cancelled and most of the festival was moved indoors. Despite the rain, many locals showed up to show their Pride. The event featured musical performers, art projects and a proclamation from the city of Kissimmee.

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Pulse shooter prayed at Kissimmee mosque 4 days before attack

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) – An imam has released video footage of Pulse shooter Omar Mateen praying in a Central Florida mosque four days before the attack that killed 49 people and injured 53 others.

Imam Helmi Elagha told reporters Sept. 28 that he was unaware that Mateen had visited the mosque until FBI investigators contacted him a couple of days after the June 12 shooting at Pulse.

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‘Glee’ actor Chris Colfer comes to Kissimmee for book tour

By : Anna M. Johnson
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Chris Colfer, actor and singer of Glee fame, will be holding an event for his newly released book The Land of Stories: An Author’s Odyssey in Kissimmee July 19.

This novel is the fifth in the children’s fiction series The Land of Stories.

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Suspect killed Kissimmee man because he “liked men” but not a hate crime, police say

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Two suspects have been arrested for the shooting death of a 61-year-old homeless man outside an auto parts store in Osceola County.

Police charged Jason Simmons, 31, and Jonanthony Santiago, 23, with killing Guillermo Olivencia in the parking lot of Advance Auto Parts on North Main Street in Kissimmee on April 25.

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HIV+ basketball player kicked out of game recognizes chance to make a difference

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Kissimmee – An openly gay St. Cloud man kicked out of a basketball league for being HIV-positive is turning his experience into a chance to educate about the realities of HIV and how it spreads.

Dakota Basinger, 21, has received national media attention and says he’s been contacted by people from all over the world who relate to his story.

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