‘RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 3’ announces cast

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 3” made the big “Ru-veal” of its new cast of veterans that will compete for the “All Stars” winning title.

RuPaul unveiled the competition during “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Exclusive Queen Reveal” on Friday.

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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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ABC releases trailer for miniseries on history of LGBTQ rights

By : Jeremy Williams
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The trailer for the ABC miniseries When We Rise has been released and it looks epic.

When We Rise is a chronicled re-telling of the LGBTQ rights movement in the United States, beginning with the Stonewall riots in 1969 and up to present day. The miniseries was created for ABC by the director and screenwriter from 2008’s Harvey Milk biopic Milk, Gus Van Sant and Dustin Lance Black, respectively.

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Uprisings: Six as a weapon

By : Billy Manes
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As if the holidays weren’t already filled with all the comfort and joy and everything else that could potentially cause side-eyes or horror, just before Christmas, your favorite hoard of aberrant Republican reindeer decided – well at least six of them did – that they would sign on to enact the First Amendment Defense Act (SB 1598, HB 2802) within their first 100 days in office. We would laugh, but this isn’t funny. The bill, which was excreted by Republican Rep. Raul Labrador, R-ID, and his sidekick Sen. Mike Lee, R-UT, seemed a bit like a lark when introduced over the summer. Who does that? But now, with Republicans desperate to distinguish themselves from the Trump or the kindness, we have a situation.

What the First Amendment Defense Act does, effectively, is allow businesses (and lobbying groups, as we’ve seen) to discriminate against gay people. You know the words: “Marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman,” “sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage.” Oh, fuck off.

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Milk director and screenwriter creating LGBT miniseries for ABC

By : Jeremy Williams
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The team behind the critically acclaimed film Milk is getting back together to create a miniseries for ABC chronicling the rise of the gay rights movement entitled When We Rise.

Milk director Gus Van Sant and Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black will both play executive producers on an eight-hour miniseries that looks at the personal and political struggles, victories and celebrations that the LGBT community had in the final decades of the 20th century and into the new millennium. Black has written the miniseries and Van Sant will direct the first two-hour episode.

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Dustin Lance Black and Tom Daley announce engagement

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LONDON (AP) – British Olympic diver Tom Daley and Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black have announced their engagement.

The announcement was published in The Times newspaper Oct. 1, but did not disclose a date for the marriage.

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“Milk” screenwriter directs you to a Coke

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Dustin_Lance_Black_at_the_81st_Academy_AwardsDustin Lance Black (pictured), the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Milk, has teamed up with Coca-Cola to create a series of short films about anti-bullying.

The campaign starts with the film, available to see on Coca Cola’s YouTube channel, entitled “El SMS (The Text).” The film, which is roughly eight minutes long, tells the story of two best friends and how one accepts the other when he finds out his friend is gay.

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Harvey Milk Festival receives $5K grant

By : Valentina Bore
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The Harvey Milk Festival is the recipient of a $5,000 grant, which will take a chunk out of the $40,000 required to put on the festival every year.

In its sixth year, the three-day festival honors Harvey Milk, his legacy, and awareness of any legislation important to the LGBT+ community, according to Shannon Fortner, Harvey Milk Festival founder and president.

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Condensed Milk: Harvey Milk Fest fundraiser raises $500

By : Billy Manes
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“This year was like a $40,000 cesspool,” Sarasota’s Harvey Milk Festival President Shannon Fortner says, nearly two months after the festivities meant to honor the San Francisco (and global) legend of gay rights activism. This year’s party, featuring electro-pop emotion-driver Bright Light Bright Light (Rod Thomas), who recently opened for Elton John out west, was practically ruined by Florida’s fantastic flirtations with precipitation deluges. Though raw estimates of attendance were somewhere in the 2,000 to 5,000 range in its sixth year (a wide berth), inclement weather hindered the nonprofit from making up its financial losses, Fortner says.

“This is our sixth year and we’ve never had a rain problem,” she says. “And we already had our first protesters this year. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing … That, and the rain was a distraction.”

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Laverne Cox cast as wax museum’s first transgender figure

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Actress Laverne Cox is being cast as the first transgender person with a wax figure at a Madame Tussauds museum.

Merlin Entertainment spokeswoman Kari Martin says a life-sized likeness of the Orange is the New Black co-star is scheduled to be unveiled at the Madame Tussauds’ in San Francisco on June 26, two days before the city’s annual LGBT pride parade.

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Una Voce introduces new director

By : Krista DiTucci
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Tampa – Una Voce: The Florida Men’s Chorale, welcomed Joseph Caulkins as their new director in February 2015. But as the group’s summer concert approaches, its members are excited to introduce the native Iowan. Caulkins studied at the University of Northern Iowa and Northern Illinois University and has 30 years’ experience working as an artistic director and conductor.

From 2001 to 2010, Caulkins directed the Southwest Florida Symphony in Fort Myers. Most recently, he was artistic director for Key Chorale in Sarasota.

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Screened Out – Limited Partnership (Florida Film Festival)

By : Stephen Miller
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Sun, April 12th 9:15PM @ Regal Winter Park Village and Thu, April 16th @ Regal Winter Park Village. More information at www.FloridaFilm Festival.com

One of the great signs of spring here in Central Florida is the Florida Film Festival. This celebration and competition of all things film is recognized by the Academy Award committees, garnering its winners consideration for Oscars. It’s also often full of LGBT content. You’ll get to meet new filmmakers and other film afficianadoes. The conversations waiting for the lights to go down or in line at concessions (or at Enzian Theater’s Eden Bar) are half the fun. Limited Partnership is one of the festival’s offerings. It’s only shown twice, though, so make sure you make it.

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