Buttigieg calls comments about LGBTQ media a ‘grumpy moment’

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ABOVE: Pete Buttigieg (L) with Alex Berg on AM to DM with Buzzfeed News. (Screenshot from Twitter)

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg addressed his comments that he “can’t even read LGBT media anymore” in an interview with Alex Berg on AM to DM with Buzzfeed News on Sept. 21.

Berg began the discussion with a Twitter question from Out magazine editor-in-chief Phillip Picardi.

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Matt Bomer gets candid about coming out to his family

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Matt Bomer opened up about coming out to his family and how keeping his gay identity a secret was pivotal in learning how to act, in an interview with Out.

Bomer, 39, revealed one of the ways he learned about acting was by “having secrets.”

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You Can Play continues to fight homophobia in hockey

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Philadelphia (AP) – Nellie Fitzpatrick raised the Philadelphia Flyers jersey presented to her as the team’s “community teammate” of the night, turned her head to her left and smooched her wife right on the lips.

Much like salutes to veterans, youth hockey players and other celebrated guests, Fitzpatrick’s kiss was shown for everyone in the arena to see on the overhead videoboard.

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The fight for medical marijuana started with the gay community, and it may end in Florida this year

By : Billy Manes
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It wouldn’t be a white Christmas in Florida in 2015; it never is. But you could argue that a green Christmas came in the form of a unanimous ruling in mid-December by the Florida Supreme Court that refined language to the state’s medical marijuana constitutional amendment. Backed by mega-attorney John Morgan and his millions of dollars, along with political organization United for Care (formerly People United for Medical Marijuana), the bill received a solid 58 percent approval from a low-turnout midterm electorate, meaning 3.4 million Floridians voted in favor of the amendment, even in a state that is hostile to progressive causes. The state requires a 60 percent vote to pass a constitutional amendment.

“I’mmmmmmmmmmbaaaaaaaaaack,” Morgan told the Miami Herald earlier this month. He’s back, only with $4 million less in his back account.

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LGBT icon “forgotten by community” needs help

By : Jamie Hyman
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Bruce Ground

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In 1992, Out&About Books on Mills Ave. was Orlando’s hub for the LGBT community.

Bruce Ground, who opened LGBT bookstore, hosted friends and fundraisers until he sold the store in 2001. Since then, Ground has fallen on hard times. He’s had six heart attacks in the past several years and is currently unemployed and uninsured, according to Coco Pazzo, a longtime friend who says she and Ground are “closer than family.”

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2015 A to Z: Pop Culture Year in Review

By : Kirk Hartlage
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Last year was indeed a – forgive us – a watermark year for the LGBT community. Groundbreaking changes saw incredible advances in equality, which are reflected in the shows we watch, the products we buy and even how manufacturers sell said products to us. But despite the outpouring of rainbow-festooned support, not everyone is allowed access to the message that we gays and lesbians are still here, we’re still queer, and as far as marrying who we want, you better get used to it.

Take, for example, the child of one of those alleged “Million Moms.” The young boy or girl who just wants to play with a Barbie dolls, enjoy some colorful snack chips, or needs some type of pain or cold and flu relief. Heaven forbid if they want to multi-task their lunch with education, thanks to the alphabet-shaped noodles in their cup. No, now that the companies that make these products have demonstrated their dedication to diversity – be it in their 2015 marketing or philanthropic efforts – organizations like One Million Moms, the American Family Association and other conservative zealots have provided their right-wing parents a whole new list of businesses to avoid.

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Debate over “This Book is Gay” in Alaska library

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thisbookisgayAnchorage, Alaska (AP) – The Wasilla Library may have to take U.K. author James Dawson’s “This Book is Gay” out of the juvenile nonfiction section.

KSKA-FM reports a committee will release its decision this week on a request from parent Vanessa Campbell, who asked library director K.J. Martin-Albright to move the book after she saw her 10-year-old son reading it.

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Obama first U.S. president to pose for the cover of LGBT publication

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ObamaOutCoverBarack Obama has become the first sitting U.S. president to be photographed for the cover of an LGBT publication.

Obama was named by Out Magazine as the LGBT “Ally of the Year” for the annual Out100 list. He appears on the cover with the headline, “Our President. Ally. Hero. Icon.”

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Lily Tomlin one of OUT100 for 2015

By : Jamie Hyman
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A local girl makes good.

Lily Tomlin – who used to live in Winter Park – is one of this year’s OUT100. Out Magazine releases the list of  compelling people who have had a hand in moving forward LGBT rights every year. 

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Marriage equality could signal the death of domestic partnerships and the benefits they bestow

By : Jamie Hyman
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It seems simple enough. When same-sex couples couldn’t legally get married, cities and counties created domestic partnerships, so that those couples could receive some of the benefits and protections marriage provides. Now that same-sex couples can legally marry, domestic partnerships are redundant and can be eliminated, right?

Not so fast.

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Uprisings: October 22 – November 5

By : Billy Manes
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“What a dump!” is effectively the only thought that comes to mind when we think of this year’s municipal election follies and their requisite dusty bad apples. To be clear, it’s not the city itself that we’re baffled by – with all its tall buildings lining one downtown street, the millions in bonds holding them up, the Amway naming rights straight out of the pyramids (or their schemes), the traffic on I-4, the blight on Colonial Drive. We’ve actually grown accustomed to the quirks off our little burg that is called the City Beautiful. Beauty, ladies and gentlemen, is subjective. Also, we like the people here, generally, and, were Central Florida not America’s veritable prison colony (mate!) of underpaid jobs and overhyped “attractions,” we’re not certain what we would do. Wherefore the thrill-rides?

But politics in Orlando – which is holding its municipal pageant on Nov. 3, even though that means nobody will vote – have grown a bit sour in the past few weeks. You’ll note that our cover star Commissioner Patty Sheehan, queen of downtown’s core and longtime LGBT advocate, is trying to stay above the fray, but not everyone else is playing nice in the political sandbox. This column is comfortable endorsing Sheehan, not only because she’s a bit of a firebrand for LGBT causes, but because, even approaching her fifth term (perhaps especially approaching her fifth term), she knows how to get things done. Her opponents, Randy Ross and Aretha Olivarez, may make formidable opponents in the abstract, but in an election which will likely tick below the 15 percent margin in turnout, Sheehan’s reputation (which has been recently dried out and refinished) precedes her well. Ross is running without much of a discernible platform beyond “I don’t know!”, and Olivarez (a veteran and entrepreneur) is leaning a little too hard on the “veteran” platform for our liking, especially in a city election.

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Matt Zarley “bears” all

By : Kirk Hartlage
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It’s a weekend of many firsts for singer Matt Zarley. Today he releases hopefulROMANTIC, an original musical film about one gay man’s emotional journey through love, heartbreak and healing. And Saturday Zarley makes his first-ever bear event appearance at Orlando’s very own Bear Bust, performing live in concert at the Parliament House.

Zarley, who’s played the title roles in both Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and The Who’s Tommy on Broadway, is no stranger to new and unique situations. In 2002 he was the first openly gay man named to People Magazine’s annual “Hottest Bachelors” list.

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