Overheard in Orlando: the Center nears end of renovation, Pat O’Rourke becomes an “Angel” and Clive Barker’s art at the Artegon

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Fire Away
As you drive on Mills and look towards the Center, you see what appears to be a complete renovation.

We were told the grand opening would be sometime in September but now as we approach the end of October, the doors remain closed and the Center still operates next door. So, what gives? According to Terry Decarlo, he said the team at TrueScope has been on schedule, but the delay is due to the city and recent permitting issues.

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Pam Bondi doesn’t want to pay for her bigotry

By : Billy Manes
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OK, so let’s just say that you’re a terrible person who has spent the better part of your career attempting to be even more terrible. Then, let’s say that you are Florida’s attorney general and your name is Pam Bondi. Are we still talking? Good. Let’s also say that you spent years fighting the Affordable Care Act, that little thing that has revolutionized health care, and – barring the expansion of Medicaid in Florida, something you have not supported – made a whole lot of lives a little bit easier. How could you be more terrible?

You don’t pay your own bigotry bill.

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Orlando AIDS Walk raises $121,000 for Hope & Help Center

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The Orlando AIDS Walk marched around Lake Eola for its 20th year to raise money for the Hope & Help Center on March 28.

The two mile walk, a fundraiser for HIV treatment and prevention in Central Florida, brought in more than $121,000 and 1,400 walkers according to Kristine Iverson, director of development and marketing for the Hope and Help Center.

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Overheard in Orlando: ‘Beard’ be gone

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Hair today, gone tomorrow
Lee Vandergrift, WAVE award winner for favorite local photographer & LGBT artist, is taking the clippers to his Beard Envy project. He’s wrapping up the series next month. The project started a little over a year ago and was intended for fun, but resulted in a Facebook fan page, calendar and—soon—a book. Vandergrift’s goal is to shoot a few last “big” beards and then he will be done by April 1. So if your facial bristles are bustling to be immortalized, you better hairy up.

If a tree falls in Orlando
Recently, out environmentalist Eric Rollings and others held a rally for Constitution Park, which houses quite a few old trees in the city of Orlando. The property is privately owned by the Caruso family and it’s been said that the family is looking to develop the property. With an estimated 200 people in attendance, 5,200 signatures via the online petition and the support from Mayor Buddy Dyer, Commissioner Patty Sheehan and area neighborhoods, the group may have a fighting chance to convince the family to save the park. If you want to help, sign the petition on the Constitution Green Park, Save our Orlando Treasure Facebook page.

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Sisters announce new saint at Project Nunway

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Ben Johansen of Embellish fx Orlando was sainted by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence in a surprise ceremony during Project Nunway at the Parliament House on March 20.

The Sister’s cited his professional generosity and donating of his time and talent as they presented him with a certificate of sainthood.

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The Sisters strut the stage as favorite fairytales

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The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence took to the stage of the Footlight Theatre at Parliament House for Project Nunway, benefiting the Zebra Coalition on March 20.

Projct Nunway was part of the 4-day Sister’s Conclave where chapters from all over the world converged on Orlando.

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Opening ceremonies to the Sisters’ Conclave

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Opening ceremonies for the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence’s Conclave were hosted by the Orlando Sisters and the Parliament House on March 19.

The beginning  service was the ceremonial  mixing of the glitter. Each sister representing their order would mix the glitter all together for the blessing and, once mixed, took some back for their Sisters.

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2015 Conclave hosted at P-House by Orlando Sisters

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ProjectNunwayOrlando – For a weekend in March, a slew of Sisters from across the U.S. will converge upon Orlando for their 2015 Conclave of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

The Orlando Sisters will host the four-day weekend of events at the Parliament House. This year’s conclave is called “NUNSTOPPABLE,” to show how far the organization has come and where they are headed.

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Overheard in Orlando: Local LGBT bar gets a ‘lucky’ makeover

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Minj and Minx take over Mary’s
On March 2, fans of RuPaul’s Drag Race and Ginger Minj flocked to Hamburger Mary’s in Orlando where Minj was joined on stage by The Minx. The LOGO show’s Season 7 premiere introduced a gaggle of gals, including our local favorite. The audience quietly watched the show and were entertained by Minj and The Minx during the commercial breaks. Minj provided some fun stories, none of which unfortunately revealed the final outcome, The second showing was just as packed and featured former contestant Detox, who is now based in Los Angeles. We definitely suggest booking your tables in advance each week.

Feeling lucky
When the Brink suddenly brunk’ed and closed its doors, many wondered what would happen to the popular location.  But it seems there’s word of a new guy in town who will resurrect Brink and add Lucky’s Lounge to the mix. Lucky’s Lounge will be the happy hour bar and is also known as the front bar. It’s scheduled to open sometime in late April. New GM Brian “Lucky” Smith says Brink will reintroduce its Friday and Saturday  nights with themes. Smith recently returned to Orlando but promises to tell us more on the new venture as soon as he can. With a nickname like “Lucky,” certainly things will go smoothly. 

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Screened Out – Whiplash

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J.K. Simmons, Miles Teller, Paul Reiser, Melissa Benoist

With a killer score, fierce editing, and electrifying performances, Whiplash has been landing on several “best of” lists. Five minutes into this tight, tense movie and you’ll understand why.

Simmons – an old-school character actor who you’ve seen everywhere (Spiderman, Juno, Up in the Air, and the Farmers Insurance commercials) – finally gets his due. He’s the clear front-runner for Best Supporting Actor this year, playing a manipulative, maniacal jazz teacher and conductor.

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Fifty couples tie the knot at The GLBT Center

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Fifty couples – 35 newlyweds and 15 reaffirming their vows from previous commitment ceremonies – were married outside The GLBT Center of Central Florida Jan. 6.

After the couples walked down the aisle to “At Last,” Judge Robert LeBlanc presided over the ceremony which included a performance by the Orlando Gay Chorus, a quiet moment for couples to privately say their vows to each other and blessings by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and Terry DeCarlo, the executive director of The Center, who also happens to be an ordained minister.

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Osceola County marries first same-sex couples in Central Florida

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Kissimmee – A line formed outside of Osceola County Courthouse starting at 10 p.m. Jan. 5 as the county prepared to open its doors and issue 28 same-sex couples marriage licenses at midnight, making them the first same-sex couples legally married in Central Florida.

More than 100 people gathered to celebrate and support their family and friends. Among those getting married were Osceola County Commissioner Cheryl Grieb and her long-time partner Patti Daughtery. They were the first couple to be wed in Central Florida with U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson as their ring bearer.

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