Stay Proud, Be Loud

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The Matthew Shepard Foundation and Miller Lite invite you out for their third “Stay Proud, Be Loud” community discussion on hate crimes. They will discuss Pulse, the hate crime rate in Central Florida and the work they are doing in their 20th anniversary year to combat hate in America. The event will be two parts with a panel discussion starting at 3:00 p.m. and a reception following at 5:00 p.m.

The FHM Film Series: Paragraph 175 and Panel Discussion

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The Florida Holocaust Museum invites the community to attend a special showing of the film Paragraph 175 followed by a panel discussion, featuring St. Pete/Clearwater Film Commissioner Tony Armer, Department Head of Film at Ringling College of Art and Design Bradley Battersby, Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Tampa Dr. Christopher Boulton, and President of the Gasparilla International Film Festival Rachel Feinman.

Paragraph 175 is a documentary film released in 2000, directed by the Academy Award-winning producing/directing team Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, and narrated by Rupert Everett. Between 1933 and 1945, 100,000 men were arrested for homosexuality under Paragraph 175, the sodomy provision of the German penal code dating back to 1871. Some were imprisoned, others were sent to concentration camps. Of the latter, only about 4,000 survived.

This epic story is told through personal accounts of men and women who lived through it: the Jewish gay resistance fighter who posed as a Hitler youth member to rescue his lover from a Gestapo transfer camp; the Jewish lesbian who escaped to England with the help of an older woman she had a crush on; the photographer and loyal German citizen who was arrested and imprisoned for homosexuality, then joined the army on his release because he “wanted to be with men.”

Paragraph 175 has received numerous awards, including Best Documentary Jury Prize for Direction at Sundance 2000 and the Teddy Award for Best Documentary at the 2000 Berlin Film Festival.

The screening of Paragraph 175 is presented in conjunction with the traveling exhibition Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945, on loan from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and on display at The Florida Holocaust Museum through July 2nd. Presented locally by Wells Fargo, this exhibition examines the Nazi regime’s attempt to eradicate homosexuality, which left thousands dead and shattered the lives of many more.

The screening of Paragraph 175 and panel discussion is free and open to the public and will take place on Wednesday, June 21st at 6:30 p.m. at The Florida Holocaust Museum. Please RSVP by calling 727.820.0100, extension 301.

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ releases trailer for All Stars season 2

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Bring back my All Stars!

RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 2 premieres at the end of the month and Logo TV has released the first trailer to the new season.

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Art Night Out: Exercises in Alternative Comic and Zines

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Join Orlando-based artists Anna Cruz and Adam Lavigne for a workshop that serves to break down preconceptions of what comics can be and explores the growing world of alternative comics. Alternative comics have married different modes of expression (i.e. art, film, literature) within the boundaries of the panel. We’ll be doing short drawing and collage exercises, talking about DIY publishing and its accessibility, and maybe even making a small zine!

July – Queen of the Night Contest at Liquid Tampa

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From Power Infiniti comes Tampa’s biggest talent competition: Queen Of The Night.

Contestants are invited regardless of style, gender, sexual orientation, or status to compete in a COME ONE COME ALL contest designed to train, test, and give exposure to, young up and coming talent in Central Florida. The competition takes place once a month and throws fun monthly theme twists into the mix ranging from Rock, Pop, Hip Hop, and other forms of performance genre such as club kid and comedy.Each month a different challenge, each month another star is born. Queen Of The Night contestants are critiqued by a panel of discerning judges and the winner will be awarded by AUDIENCE participation.

This Month’s Winner Receives:
$100 Cash prize
A photo shoot with Morgan Le Shade of Black Rose Photography
A paid booking opportunity at Liquid
The ability to host next month’s Queen of the Night competition
… And the most important prize of the nightlife industry: EXPOSURE!

Contest Rules:
All contestants must be physically present at Liquid by 10:30pm or NO PERFORMANCE
All music must be properly labeled and presented on a flash drive or emailed no later than the Thursday before to sound@liquidtampa.com
All songs must be under 5 minutes in length
All performances must comply with the monthly challenge theme
SO GET READY TO COME OUT AND CHEER ON YOUR FAVORITE CONTESTANT, OR BETTER YET BECOME ONE AND SEE IF YOU ARE NAMED ……..QUEEN OF THE NIGHT!

Same-Sex Couples Married in Florida Planning Panel Discussion

By : Jamie Hyman
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Topics include:
• Retirement Planning
• Estate Planning
• End-of-life Care and Planning
• Advance Directives
• Charitable and Planned Giving and Tax Advantages
• Empath Health Services

Panelists Include:
• Mark Vernick, Moderator
• Brian Ceras, Trust Officer
• Rachel Lunsford, Esq., Estate Planning Attorney
• Jodi Johnston, Financial Advisor
• Tracy Christner, Empath Choices for Care
• Karen Van De Putte, Suncoast Hospice Foundation

Coffee and dessert will be served during the panel discussion

Please feel free to bring friends, family or neighbors

Seating is limited. Please RSVP to Lynn Reed by Monday, June 27
at (727) 523-3405 or LilianaReed@EmpathHealth.org.

May – Queen of the Night Contest at Liquid Tampa

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From Power Infiniti comes Tampa’s biggest talent competition: Queen Of The Night.

Contestants are invited regardless of style, gender, sexual orientation, or status to compete in a COME ONE COME ALL contest designed to train, test, and give exposure to, young up and coming talent in Central Florida. The competition takes place once a month and throws fun monthly theme twists into the mix ranging from Rock, Pop, Hip Hop, and other forms of performance genre such as club kid and comedy.Each month a different challenge, each month another star is born. Queen Of The Night contestants are critiqued by a panel of discerning judges and winner will be awarded by AUDIENCE participation.

This Month’s Winner Receives:
$100 Cash prize
A photo shoot with Morgan Le Shade of Black Rose Photography

A paid booking opportunity at Liquid
The ability to host next month’s Queen of the Night competition
… And the most important prize of the nightlife industry: EXPOSURE!

Contest Rules:
All contestants must be physically present at Liquid by 10:30pm or NO PERFORMANCE
All music must be properly labeled and presented on a CD or flash drive
All songs must be under 5 minutes in length
All performances must comply with the monthly challenge theme

SO GET READY TO COME OUT AND CHEER ON YOUR FAVORITE CONTESTANT, OR BETTER YET BECOME ONE AND SEE IF YOU ARE NAMED ……..QUEEN OF THE NIGHT!

Oregon panel considers bill banning ‘gay conversion therapy’ for those under 18

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon gay rights group asked the state Legislature on Feb. 23 to outlaw therapy that seeks to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of young people, arguing the practice often does more harm than good.

A state House panel heard testimony on the measure, which is being promoted by Basic Rights Oregon, a nonprofit gay and transgender advocacy group from Portland.

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Local panel to discuss the impact of Florida’s same-sex marriage ruling

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Orlando – HRC Orlando/Central Florida is hosting a discussion panel about the impact of Florida’s same-sex marriage ruling.

The event is called “Marriage 101: A Panel Discussion on the Practical and Legal Impacts of Florida’s Same-Sex Marriage Ruling” and will be held at the First Unitarian Church of Orlando on Jan. 22.

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