Tampa’s Jobsite Theater turns 20 with ‘Hedwig’ and more

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“In a lot of ways we’ve been the little theater company that could,” Tampa’s Jobsite Theater co-founder and Producing Artistic Director David M. Jenkins says. “We started in 1998 with nothing, as five friends who weren’t seeing the kind of theater in town that we were interested in, as far as being artists. We decided to take it into our own hands.”

They did exactly that, forming the professional nonprofit 501(c)(3) theater company Jobsite, a collective of like-minded artists dedicated to the creation of socially- and politically-relevant theater.

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Watch: gay dads criticized for raising a child on ‘What Would You Do?’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Unsuspecting diners had their views on gay adoption and foster care tested in a new segment on “What Would You Do?”

The scenario was inspired by the statistic that same-sex couples in the U.S. are raising almost 60,000 adopted and foster children. Married same-sex couples have opened their homes to 26,000 of those children.

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Cardinal McCarrick scandal inflames debate over gay priests

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NEW YORK (AP)| Allegations that disgraced ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick engaged in sex with adult seminarians have inflamed a long-running debate about the presence of gay men in the Roman Catholic priesthood.

Some conservatives are calling for a purge of all gay priests, a challenging task given that they are believed to be numerous and few are open about their sexual orientation. Moderates want the church to eliminate the need for secrecy by proclaiming that gay men are welcome if they can be effective priests who commit to celibacy.

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NYU professor says emails were ‘gay-coded,’ not harassment

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NEW YORK (AP) | A prominent New York University professor who is being sued by a former student for alleged sexual harassment says her relationship with him was not sexual and affectionate emails they exchanged were just “gay-coded” correspondence.

NYU professor Avita Ronell released a statement Friday in response to a lawsuit filed against her in New York this week by the former student and advisee, Nimrod Reitman.

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Drag Queen Story Hour is teaching kids about gender fluidity, acceptance

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Drag Queen Story Hour is teaching children throughout the nation about gender fluidity.

The 45-minute program is led by a drag queen who is trained by children’s librarians to read picture books, sing and guide children through craft activities, according to the New York Public Library website.

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Window and neon sign smashed at gay landmark Stonewall Inn

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NEW YORK (AP) | A teenager has been accused of smashing the front window and iconic neon sign at New York’s Stonewall Inn, a landmark in the fight for gay rights.

Police say the 19-year-old was upset he had been thrown out of the historic gay bar and destroyed the window with a baseball bat early Saturday, causing about $6,000 in damage. The teenager faces charges of reckless endangerment, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal mischief.

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Hawaii governor signs bill banning conversion therapy for minors

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Hawaii Gov. David Ige on Friday signed into law a bill that would ban so-called conversion therapy for minors.

“Sexual orientation is not an illness to be ‘cured’ — we accept you just the way you are,” said Ige in a tweet that included a picture of him signing the bill.

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Gillibrand to propose amendment against Trump’s trans military ban

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ABOVE: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) plans an amendment against Trump’s transgender military ban. Image courtesy of YouTube.

Coming off her aggressive questioning of top military leaders in committee on the transgender military ban, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) now plans to seek to amend major defense legislation against the policy.

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N.Y. trans rights bill killed in Senate committee

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Any hopes that New York would join other states this year and enact a law explicitly prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identity were dashed Tuesday when a Republican-controlled Senate committee voted down a transgender rights measure.

The Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, or GENDA, was defeated in the New York Senate Investigations & Government Operations Committee by a 5-4 party-line vote. The measure would have amended the state human rights law to bar discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression and would have added transgender people to the state human rights law.

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‘Sex and the City’ star Cynthia Nixon announces run for New York governor

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Former “Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon announced on Monday via Twitter her decision to run for governor in the upcoming New York Democratic primary. Her decision sets up a race against Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a two-term Democratic incumbent, in the upcoming September election.

In her announcement video Nixon said, “We want our government to work again. On health care, ending massive incarceration, fixing our broken subway. We are sick of politicians who care more about headlines and power than they do about us.”

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High Fidelity: Welcome to Buffalo, New York!

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“Welcome to Buffalo, New York!!!”

That’s the phrase I heard for five days over my holiday break. This Southern boy, who was born in Atlanta and has lived the past 10 years of his life by the beach (in some form) in Florida, was spending Christmas in one of the coldest places in our union. Why was I so out of my comfort zone? I had gone to meet the parents, family and friends of my boyfriend. 

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Watermark’s Most Eligible – Central Florida: Kevin Fonzo

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Age: 54

Hometown: Monroe, New York

How you identify: Gay

What’s your sign: Taurus

Kevin is a man of flavor and taste. He started one of the first truly authentic farm-to-table restaurants in the Central Florida area.

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