Words to Live by: Aging gracefully

By : Rick Claggett
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Rick Claggett

Rick Claggett

By the time this article publishes, I will be 41. I’ve never been the type to dwell on age, well, not my own age. “I won’t fight aging,” I told myself. I will age gracefully. No plastic surgery, no covering up gray hair. Of course I made these promises when I had no wrinkles and my hair was a solid dark brown. Now I stare in anguish at the wrinkles near my ear and do my best to hide the variety of “Just for Men” products in my bathroom.

But aging gracefully isn’t just about your appearance; It’s about your way of life.

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Screened Out – Joy

By : Stephen Miller
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Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert DeNiro, Virginia Madsen, Diane Ladd, Isabella Rosselini, Edgar Ramirez

The mop is made of plastic; the film often feels like it, too.

I admit I adore flicks where a person overcomes seemingly insurmountable odds – The Color Purple, The Shawshank Redemption, Erin Brokovich and even WALL-E. Joy should’ve been another true-to-life version, and another strong feminist flick to boot (which I also love). Too much artifice and sarcasm cheapens everything.

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John Waters looks to bring all the sin and sex back to the holiday season with his Christmas-themed, one-man show

By : Jeremy Williams
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Pop culture icon John Waters is well known for many things: being from Baltimore, being THE director of cult classic cinema, that ‘stache! But one thing you may not know that gets Waters excited every year is Christmas. The legendary filmmaker tells the tale of religious spectacle crossed with commercialism in his one-man show, A John Waters Christmas: Holier & Dirtier, coming to the Plaza LIVE in Orlando Dec. 8 and in Clearwater at the Capitol Theatre Dec. 16. Waters took a moment away from decorating the tree and hanging the stockings by the fireplace to talk to Watermark on the phone about his upcoming show, as well as a few other holiday topics.

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Viewpoint: Around the world, Superpower failures

By : Rachel Wilson
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I’ve spent twenty-five years traveling to Russia. But I’ve never met a gay person there.

Through college, graduate school and work, I’ve roamed across this vast country – one larger than the surface area of Pluto – meeting hundreds of people in varied contexts and in myriad places. I’ve made friends – close ones – but no gay people. Statistics show that of course I’ve met gay people, I just don’t know it.

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Resource guide links transgender individuals to healthcare

By : Jamie Hyman
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Equality Florida is offering a new Transgender Resource Guide that is a directory of transgender-friendly healthcare and service providers across the state.

Gina Duncan, EQFL’s transgender inclusion director, says they’re contacted daily by transgender individuals and parents of transgender Floridians who are trying to find quality healthcare and transgender support.

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Uprisings: August 27 – September 9

By : Billy Manes
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In yet another week of banging our heads against the figurative political firmament, we’ve come to learn a few things about Florida’s state governance we’ve suspected but weren’t necessarily choosing to believe. Yes, we’re aware that the swamp dense with horny toads and sprawl-makers who pretend to be concerned about the Everglades. We understand that there’s a secret pipeline that funnels cash from private prisons and their health-care mechanisms, a pipeline that effectively fuels campaigns of ignorance. We get that #Floridaman is less a Twitter distraction that a symptom of a state that just doesn’t take care of itself or scrub in the right places. We get it.

But what we weren’t ready for, at least in the past couple of weeks, is the witch-hunt switch on the back of our dear leader Gov. Rick Scott. You’ve likely already heard the news and its requisite fallout. Scott decided to take a hard stand on Planned Parenthood after the reproductive health organization was pinned into a corner for something we don’t care to talk about.

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Rio de Janeiro prisons seek to protect transgender inmates

By : Wire Report
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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – When Estefanie Ferraz went to prison, she had been living as a woman for around a decade, had undergone more than half a dozen plastic surgeries including breast and cheek implants to enhance her feminine looks, and was saving up for a sex change operation.

But her identification card said she was a man.

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Orlando’s Overheard

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And we can’t stop talking about the many adventures of Josh Eads-Brown/Ginger Minj, we recently received word over Gay Days weekend that Josh was recording a new track with Gay Icon, Comedian and actress Margaret Cho. We reached out to him to see if these rumors were true, he graciously shared a selfie of himself with Margaret. Turns out they were recording at that moment. This just proves you don’t need the crown to come out the big winner! Josh verified more songs were in the works, although not confirmed with Josh we heard another popular LGBT performer’s name being thrown around, Adam Lambert!

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Screened Out – Home

By : Stephen Miller
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Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez

Home isn’t where the heart is. It’s a simple animated kiddie flick filled with sight gags and plastic colors.

If you borrow ideas from E.T., you better at least try to live up to its charm and depth. If you have Earth threatened by total destruction, there should be a heap of tension, right? Home has none of this. It’s just light, fast, inoffensive fun aimed squarely at small children. Even with that easy goal, not all of the goofy jokes land. This movie avoids conflict in the pursuit of sight gags.

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Development in Ivanhoe Village means changes for the neighborhood’s LGBT-owned businesses

By : Scottie Campbell
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Orlando – There was a time when the two gray towers looming over Alden Road had a practical use; a train would pull up alongside and fill the towers with small bits of plastic destined to become shower doors. Now dormant, the twin structure serves as a landmark to travelers using Alden’s brick roadway or the increasingly active thoroughfares of Orange Ave. or Virginia Dr., as well as SunRail passengers.

A mid-century touchstone, symbolic of the eclectic neighborhood that has grown around them, it seems fitting that these two stalwarts are the only recognizable features in the renderings of a new Ivanhoe Village development that will begin in November.

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Hungarian court says sentence in gay march attack too soft

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BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary’s Supreme Court has ordered the retrial of three anti-gay protesters convicted of attacking police guarding the Budapest Pride march in 2011 because it considered the sentence too lenient.

A statement Feb. 4 from the Kuria, as the court is now called, said the sentence condemning the unidentified defendants to community service did not fit the crime in which two of them threw cans and full plastic bottles at police while a third person hit and pushed police body armor.

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Screened Out – Big Hero 6

By : Stephen Miller
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Voices of Ryan Potter, Dan Henney, Maya Rudolph, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung, T.J. Miller, Damon Wayans Jr., Genesis Rodriguez, James Cromwell, Alan Tudyk

Blammo! Disney Animation has finally tapped into its ownership of Marvel Entertainment. Big Hero 6 is a solid combined effort, a comic superhero origin story for kids and adults alike.

Sure, there are wobbles. This flick still smacks of Disney’s goal to sell merchandise – wait for all the plastic toys! Also, many of the lesser characters don’t get much backstory (maybe they will in later films). However, Big Hero 6 is funny and action packed. More to the point, this film leads with heart. It tells a story about misfits, geeks, and orphans trying to make right in the world, an emotional approach both Marvel and Disney have explored a lot.

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