Pulse victims’ families can testify on 911 calls

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Relatives of the Pulse shooting victims, as well as the parents of the gunman, will be given the chance to speak at a hearing on whether all the 911 calls from the massacre can be made public.

A judge issued an order Oct. 11 setting a hearing when relatives of the 49 deceased victims can weigh-in on the impact of the release of calls made by their loved ones from inside the Pulse nightclub.

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JUNE FILM -Gay Girl in Damascus

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Amina Arraf, a pretty Syrian-American revolutionary who’s having an online affair with Montrealer Sandra Bagaria, launches the provocatively named blog A Gay Girl in Damascus. As the Syrian uprising gains momentum, the blog attracts a huge following. But it’s Amina’s subsequent abduction that sparks an international outcry to free her. Telling a detective story that involves various intelligence agencies and global media empires, the film travels from San Francisco and Washington to Istanbul, Tel Aviv and Beirut to meet the key players in this quest to reveal the real Amina. This thoroughly modern tale of technology, love and news-as-spectacle questions the ways in which people connect in today’s virtual world. The Amina Profile is part love story, part international thriller, and a gripping chronicle of an unprecedented media and sociological hoax. (Toronto International Film Festival)

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Orange Avenue to reopen this afternoon

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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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The Top 10 Fringe-iest Pieces at Visual Fringe

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What defines the Orlando Fringe festival?

Each Fringe enthusiast might have a different definition, but to me Fringe encompasses the touching, the uncensored and the avant garde. These things can be found not only across the many performance spaces of Fringe, but also in at Visual Fringe, an art gallery that graces the Orlando Shakespeare Theater lobby. Here are 10 of its Fringe-iest pieces.

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GLAAD honors the best in LGBT media

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – Mariah Carey is no stranger to honors and awards, but the pop star said that her GLAAD Ally Award, which she received at the annual event May 14 in New York, was something more.

“Some awards are about statistics and things like that, and some are about like something a little more real. Do you know what I mean?” Carey said on the red carpet. “This feels like one of those moments, so I think it’s great.”

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Laverne Cox, ‘Modern Family’ cast among guests at Obama’s ‘Nerd Prom’

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Two secretaries of state, Tea Leoni and Madeleine Albright, arrived arm in arm April 25 as a wide mix of Hollywood and Washington players gathered for the national “Nerd Prom.”

The White House Correspondents’ Association dinner has become a celebrity magnet, this year drawing some big names from television, sports and movies to rub shoulders with members of Congress and to hear the president speak. It has grown to become one of Washington’s biggest events since its smaller origins in 1914 when journalists gathered to push for greater access to the president.

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Wordier Than Thou brings creative minds together in Tampa Bay and has expanded to Orlando

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St. Petersburg – Nearly three years ago, an open mic outlet that catered to fiction and non-fiction writers has transformed into a monthly event for creative writers in Tampa Bay. Now Tiffany Razzano’s Wordier Than Thou brings together creative minds from throughout Tampa Bay.

Razzano, a New York native, moved to Florida with her parents six years ago, and at first, it wasn’t the ideal living or job situation.

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Ally Agenda: An open letter to the mainstream media

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JamieHymanHeadshottDear Mainstream Media,

Jan. 6, 2015 sure was a big day, wasn’t it?

LGBT couples across Florida finally won the right to marriage equality. Many of them chose to be a part of history, by participating in various mass, public weddings located throughout the state. Not only were these ceremonies moving, beautiful expressions of enduring, committed love, but they sure were great photo and video opportunities for Florida’s newspapers and television stations.

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Gulfport Library plans to create LGBT resource center

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Gulfport – The nonprofit Circle of Friends of the Gulfport Public Library announced its intention to create a LGBTQ Resource Center at the Library. The project brings together books, periodicals and other media in a special collection to serve as a community resource for Pinellas County and Florida. The Resource Center would be the first of its kind for a public library in the State of Florida.

“Every library in Pinellas County has adopted a certain specialty,” said Roger Turner, chairman of the subcommittee. “Because Gulfport has such a large LGBT community — and because as far as we know there are no other public libraries in the state with a dedicated commitment to building and maintaining a large collection of LGBT-themed work — we think this is an appropriate thing for our library and our community.”

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