A Night with Varla Jean Merman

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Come see Varla Jean Merman in her award-winning, one-woman show for an ONE exclusive night of comedy and song to benefit The Zebra Coalition, presented by The Orlando Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

You’ve seen her on Project Runway, on stage in Provincetown, on the big screen in “Girls Will Be Girls,” and now she’s performing live in a special one night event at the Parliament House where ALL of the proceeds from the shows will go to charity.

$45 online VIP Tickets get priority reserved seating AND a photo op with Varla Jean Merman. ($50 at the door, if available).

$25 online General Admission is first come – first served seating as long as it lasts, and standing room after that ($30 at the door, if available).

ONE NIGHT – TWO SHOWS! – Pick one:
Early show – 7:00pm
Late show – 9:00pm

Babes in Bonnets sets fundraising record for OYA

By : Jeremy Williams
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The Parliament House Footlight Theatre was home again to the fabulous bonnet auction known as Babes in Bonnets April 10.

The annual Easter tradition, hosted by Darcel Stevens and Blue Star, is a community wide fundraiser to benefit the Orlando Youth Alliance and featured more than a dozen beautiful bonnets paired with amazing gifts and prizes donated by local businesses and organizations.

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Protections for trans Puerto Rico Senate employees rescinded

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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The president of the Puerto Rico Senate has eliminated protections for the chamber’s transgender employees.

El Vocero, a Puerto Rican newspaper, reported Sen. Thomas Rivera Schatz on March 31 rescinded an administrative order that said trans Senate employees could use bathrooms and wear clothing that is consistent with their gender identity.

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‘Love is Love’ comic raises $165,000 for Pulse victims

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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“Love is Love,” a 144-page anthology comic book, has raised more than $165,000 for the victims of the Pulse nightclub tragedy in Orlando, according to Washington Post.

The comic book, created by DC Comics and IDW Publishing, featured characters such as Superman, Harry Potter, Batwoman, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy. Contributors included Patton Oswalt and Taran Killam. “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins penned the book’s forward.

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State Senator Linda Stewart pushing for ‘Orlando United’ specialty license plate

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To commemorate the unity of the City of Orlando in the aftermath of the Pulse tragedy last June, State Sen. Linda Stewart is pushing for the creation of an “Orlando United” specialty license plate, with proceeds funding various mental health organizations.

The three designated organizations that would be receiving the proceeds are The Mental Health Association of Central Florida, the Hispanic Federation, and Two Spirit Health Services Inc., which focuses mainly on the LGBTQ community in Orlando.

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Nightclub shooting victims sue gunman’s employer, wife

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – A personal injury attorney representing some of the families and survivors of the Orlando nightclub massacre filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the gunman’s employer and wife, claiming they were able to stop Omar Mateen before the attack but didn’t.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in federal court in South Florida on behalf of more than four dozen of the survivors and family members of those killed at Pulse nightclub last June. Forty-nine people were killed during the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history at the gay nightclub. Dozens more were injured.

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Watermark Giveaway: Dinner for two and a pair of tickets to see Bryan Ferry, all at Hard Rock Live

By : Billy Manes
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Everybody’s favorite swooning crooner Bryan Ferry, he of the lilting tenor that made “Avalon” your go-to couch-date song if you are of a certain age, is coming to Orlando on Sunday, March 12.

What’s that you say? Roxy Music’s foppish wizard is going to bring “Virginia Plain” to the Hard Rock Live in Orlando in just a few short weeks? Yes. Yes, he is. To get you excited for the beauty of staring off into the distance and humming the tune of “Don’t Stop the Dance,” Hard Rock Live is offering two general admission tickets and a free dinner (which you don’t even have to use on the night of March 12, because you can’t eat and be a gorgeous model who sways a lot, too).

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Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

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Dr. Phillips Center presents in association with AEG Live: Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons

Public On-Sale: 2 p.m., Friday, June 10, 2016
Dr. Phillips Center Members get Pre-Sale Access.

Show date: Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Show times: 7:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $59.00
Walt Disney Theater

The original Jersey Boy himself, Frankie Valli is a true American legend. His incredible career with the Four Seasons, as well as his solo success, has spawned countless hit singles of unforgettable tunes like Sherry, Walk Like a Man, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Rag Doll, December ’63 – Oh What a Night, Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You, and of course, Grease. His songs have been omnipresent in inconic movies such as The Deer Hunter, Dirty Dancing, Mrs. Doubtfire, Conspiracy Theory, and The Wanderers. As many as 200 artists have done cover versions of Mr. Valli’s Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You, from Nancy Wilson’s jazz treatment to Lauryn Hill’s hip-hop makeover.

“Last year was our first time playing the Dr. Phillips Center in Orlando. We loved it! A beautiful theater and the sound was fantastic. And the Orlando audience is always terrific for us.” – Frankie Valli

1.26.17 Editor’s Desk

By : Billy Manes
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If there was any great takeaway – beyond awe and admiration – from the millions of women and the people who love them marching and rallying Jan. 21 in Washington D.C., Orlando, St. Petersburg – and the state, nation and world – it was that we’re more alike than we think.

Arm in arm with those marching for equal pay and for reproductive rights were people from the Black Lives Matter movement, the Latinx movement, various environmental causes and, of course, those of us draped in rainbows hoping that our LGBTQ victories will not be tossed aside by a president with only money (and unmentionables) on his mind.

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Sandwich Fundraiser for The Dru Project to be held at Pom Pom’s

By : Felicia Roopchand
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Head over to Pom Pom’s Teahouse and Sandwicheria this Valentine’s Day to help raise money for The Dru Project. They will be graciously donating $1 to The Dru Project from every Sweetheart Sandwich sold.

The Dru Project is an LGBTQIA advocacy organization on a mission to spread love across the nation and promote gay-straight alliances. They are a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit in the state of Florida. The organization was created in memorial to Christopher Andrew “Drew” Leinonen and his partner Juan Ramon Guerrero, who were among the 49 killed in the Pulse nightclub shooting.

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St. Petersburg and Orlando are very, very queer according to the Advocate

By : Billy Manes
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Though it may just be clickbait fodder for the nation’s beloved LGBTQ glossy the Advocate, we can’t help but take pride in the fact that both St. Pete and Orlando clipped into the highest of echelons in the Advocate‘s annual list of places where gays play the best.

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Orlando shops designate themselves a ‘Safe Place’ for the LGBTQ community

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Officials in Orlando are launching a program allowing businesses to designate themselves as safe places for LGBTQ people if they feel threatened.

City officials will begin distributing decals Dec. 12 to local businesses to post in their windows identifying them as places members of the LGBTQ community can go if they feel they are in jeopardy.

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