Wedding Bells at Watermark: Mark Badley and Jason Newkirk

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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“Mark is wonderful and will go along with all the crazy schemes and everything I come up with – and he’s always there beside me, loving me and supporting me no matter how crazy my little mind can go,” Jason says.

When Jason Newkirk, a writer and office manager for a production company, first met Mark Badley, a pharmacy buyer, he was at a loss for words, which isn’t like Jason, being a person who always has something to say.

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Transgender student fights for school to use his preferred name

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Millersville, Md. (AP) – Matthew Nolte’s report card is stacked with A’s, but he scratched out the name on it – which is not Matthew – until the paper wore away, leaving a rectangular hole.

Matt, a junior at Old Mill High School, is a transgender student fighting for the school system to recognize his preferred, not legal, name.

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Longtime Off-Broadway hit launches full-frontal assault at the Parliament House

By : Billy Manes
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And, they’re off! Within approximately five minutes of musical pleasantries and coy sideways glances, the entire cast of longtime Off-Broadway bachelor/bachelorette-party revue Naked Boys Singing sheds its clothing and reveals its combined parcels of manhood. At the show’s Feb. 4 VIP/press engagement in advance of its Feb. 5 opening, the sound may have been a little bit quiet in the Footlight Theatre at Parliament House, but the message was writ large: Nudity isn’t just titillation; it’s bold and honest, especially on a stage in front of a packed house.

“I think it celebrates the male anatomy, but we do it in a humorous way,” William Bruce, he of the Prince Albert affectation and the cojones to match, tells us over an arranged lunch in advance of the performance. “It’s also really poignant.”

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Did Aaron Carter just come out as Chris Crocker’s new beau?

By : Jeremy Williams
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Tampa native and late 90s heartthrob Aaron Carter is burning up the gossip mill after some posts on Instagram that allude to his alleged coming out and possible relationship with ex-YouTuber-turned-porn-star Chris Crocker.

You might mostly likely remember Carter as the pre-teen performer who was Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter’s little brother. You might remember Crocker as the “leave Britney alone” kid from YouTube during Britney Spears 2007 meltdown.

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Fake engagement at Cruz rally protests his same-sex marriage view

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BOSTON (AP) – Two Massachusetts students say they staged a marriage proposal at a Ted Cruz rally as a demonstration against the Republican presidential hopeful’s stance on gay marriage.

Emerson College sophomores Arden Jurskis and Kenzy Peach tell The Boston Globe the fake engagement at the Jan. 31 rally in Iowa was “spur of the moment” and a “demonstration of values and activism.”

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OMG! Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt films in Orlando

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Unbreakable Kimmy SchmidtThe Netflix mega-hit Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt has renewed for a second season, and there seems to be a surprise in the new season. Possible spoiler: a casting call was out for looking for extras for filming to take place at Universal Orlando Resort.

The casting call was looking for extras to appear in the theme park and specifically asked for coaster enthusiasts. The filming started and wrapped mid-January.

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Uprisings: Wake up!

By : Billy Manes
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From the glorious parade of middle-brow legislators doing their best to seem optimistic and “bipartisan,” all the way to the noted Sine Die hanky-drop and relative middle-brow sweat (hopefully wiped with said hanky) of the indecencies and failures that will come in the next 60 days, the Florida Legislature’s dance with policy and chest-beating promises is here. Once again, lathering it up to be a portrait of depression wrapped in a blanket and framed with bad intentions. As if a harbinger were needed, lobbyists and lawmakers canoodled on the night before the deluge, Jan. 11, at the headquarters of Associated Industries of Florida. Gov. Rick Scott and his series of failures were there, glad-handing those who are not so much citizens as Citizens United (meaning, we are all the Borg) and making certain that regulations would be shot in the face, because, hell, we gotta stand our ground.

By now, you’re aware that our own monogramed confederacy of dunces is just about as reliable as the U.S. Congress: a litany of whack-a-mole hammers coming down on progressive politics while the money rains, rains and rains down on the businesses that choose to pay their workers next to nothing while making them work while sick. It’s a tail-chase. It’s a joke. It isn’t funny anymore.

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Philadelphia’s new mayor denounces anti-gay, hateful acts in Mummers Parade

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Philadelphia (AP) – Philadelphia’s incoming mayor and organizers of the city’s annual New Year’s Day parade condemned expressions of hate, a day after some Mummers Parade participants mocked Caitlyn Jenner, were accused of harassing gays and painted their faces brown to portray Mexicans.

Officials with the 116-year-old Mummers Parade pledged Jan. 2 to cooperate with authorities looking into any complaints. They said in a statement that they will continue discussions on sensitivity, on what is considered satire and what is “over the line.”

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Six Republican candidates vow to pass anti-gay bill if elected

By : Jamie Hyman
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See the photo above? Those are the six Republican presidential hopefuls officially on record with their commitment to discriminating against gay people.

Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson , Carly Fiorina, Rick Santorum, and Mike Huckabee have all promised, if elected, to pass the “First Amendment Defense Act,” during their first 100 days in office.

That is very bad.

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Issue 22.26: Remarkable People

By : Jake Stevens
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It’s that time of year again! We feature the most remarkable people across Central and West Florida, local news, celebrity interviews, and much, much more!

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Orlando’s LGBT chamber votes in new leadership for the new year

By : Jamie Hyman
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Orlando – The Metropolitan Business Association – Central Florida’s gay chamber of commerce – will greet the new year with some fresh faces.

The MBA has elected their new board members, including officially installing President Lu Mueller-Kaul, who was appointed to the role Nov. 1 after the resignation of Nayte Carrick, previous president.

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Sam Smith gets new tattoo to celebrate marriage equality

By : Jeremy Williams
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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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