“Xena: Warrior Princess” reboot will feature lead characters as openly gay

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The worldwide success in the 90s of the syndicated television series Xena: Warrior Princess, a mythological fantasy show about a female warrior on a road to redemption followed by her faithful companion Gabrielle, has led NBC to look at launching a reboot of the dynamic Greek duo for primetime.

NBC has ordered a pilot from The 100 screenwriter Javier Grillo-Marxuach. Many wonder if the new show will keep the lesbian subtext of the original or let the lead characters be out and proud, but according to Grillo-Marxuach, we can expect that closet door to be kicked down.

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Oscar and Tony-winner Joel Grey opens up about sexuality in new memoir

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New York (AP) – At a cafe the other day, Joel Grey was drawn to an item on the menu that was both confusing and intriguing.

He called over a waiter and asked: “What is this thing? The herbed goat cheese with chili flakes and pomegranate syrup?” The waiter was stumped. “OK, I’m going to take a chance,” said the Tony-and Oscar-winning actor.

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Sam Smith gets new tattoo to celebrate marriage equality

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Grammy-award winning and openly gay singer Sam Smith is sharing his new ink, a tattoo that celebrates marriage equality, with his six million followers.

Smith posted pictures of the new tattoos – four in total – on Instagram Dec. 8. One, on his left ring finger, is the equal sign used as a symbol for equality during the fight for same-sex marriage.

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Salt Lake City elects first openly gay mayor

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Former Utah lawmaker Jackie Biskupski Nov. 17 became the first openly gay mayor of Salt Lake City, the capital of the conservative state where the Mormon church and a small town judge delivered setbacks last week to the LGBT community.

The victory by Biskupski marked another milestone for LGBT people in Utah who have made major strides in recent years.

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Guest Column: Creep of the Week

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Bust out the rainbow M16 assault rifles because things are about to get FABULOUS! The United States Army is about to become the world’s biggest pride parade thanks to President Obama’s nomination of Eric Fanning for secretary of the Army.

The only thing you need to know about Fanning is that he’s a gay! What other qualifications does one possibly need to essentially be the CEO of the U.S. Army?

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Mormon church will continue to work with Boy Scouts

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church announced Oct. 26 it will maintain its longtime affiliation with the Boy Scouts despite the organization’s decision to allow gay troop leaders — preventing what would have been a thundering blow to the national association.

The decision from senior leaders of the Mormon church — the nation’s largest sponsor of Boy Scout units — came as somewhat of a surprise. The church said it was deeply troubled and considering other options when the Boy Scouts announced on July 28 that it would lift its ban on gay adult leaders, while allowing church-sponsored Scout units to continue excluding gay adults.

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“I Am Harvey Milk”: An Elijah for LGBTQ People

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Tampa Bay – Una Voce’s evening of choral music Friday, June 12 at St. Petersburg’s Palladium, then reprised at Tampa’s new USF Concert Hall June 13, was brilliantly conceived and executed. The main event was the Florida premiere of famed Broadway composer Andrew Lippa’s I Am Harvey Milk. Milk, the first elected openly gay official in the country, is an iconic transformative figure for the LGBTQ community. As important as his efforts were, the chorale’s program acknowledged other leaders for social justice upon whose shoulders we stand.

“The music we’re singing tonight,” ventured Tom Barker, Managing Director of Una Voce, “is important for all people in the Tampa Bay area. The evening honors heroes who have led the way for social justice.”

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Ontario’s gay premier urges businesses to move from Indiana to Ontario

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Toronto (AP) — Ontario’s premier, who is openly gay, is urging businesses upset by a so-called religious objections law in Indiana to set up shop in Canada’s most populous province.

The Indiana law, which takes effect July 1, does not specifically mention gays and lesbians, but critics say it is designed to protect businesses and individuals who do not want to serve gays and lesbians.

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Gay canvassers change minds on marriage equality

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New York (AP) – For years, backers of same-sex marriage have said more voters would support it if only they could hear directly from gay people with a personal stake in the issue. A new academic study bears out that hunch.

In an article released Thursday by Science magazine, researchers from Columbia University and the University of California-Los Angeles detail a rigorous study which found that openly gay canvassers were far more effective than straight canvassers in shifting voters’ views toward support for same-sex marriage.

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Gay distance runner chases 2016 Olympic dream

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Matt Llano will be 27 when he lines up for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Los Angeles in February 2016. Defending Boston Marathon champion Meb Keflezighi will be 40, while 2013’s fastest American marathoner, Dathan Ritzenhein, will be 33.

With Father Time creeping up on some of the biggest faces of American marathoning, Llano believes he could be on track for a breakthrough to the Olympics.

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Agents of Change: Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan

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Patty Sheehan was active in the growing LGBT community back in the late 80s and early 90s. When Watermark first appeared in 1994, Sheehan penned a recurring Viewpoint column. But she was destined to have a far greater impact as Orlando’s first openly gay city commissioner. Elected in 2000, she easily won re-election to a fourth term in 2012.

Commissioner Sheehan was active in securing non-discrimination protections for Orlando’s LGBT community, as well as partner benefits for city employees and a Domestic Partner Registry. But she is known to most of her constituents as a champion for sidewalks, safe neighborhoods, historic preservation and a vibrant downtown. Her Wheels for Kids program has secured bicycles for more than 1,000 deserving elementary and middle school students.

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Gay South Dakota coach will keep job at private school

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DELL RAPIDS, S.D. (AP) – A volleyball coach at St. Mary High School in Dell Rapids who has publicly announced he’s gay says he’s being allowed to keep his job.

Nate Alfson announced he was gay last week on the website www.outsports.com , and later said he was concerned about his future with the private Catholic school. He is believed to be the first openly gay high school coach in South Dakota.

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