New study suggests there’s no such thing as a straight woman

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A truly straight woman might be a mythical creature, like a unicorn or the Loch Ness monster.

A study released Nov. 5 by the University of Essex finds that while lesbians were predominantly more attracted to the female form, most of the women who identified as straight were aroused by both naked men and naked women.

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Transgender girl brings hope to Argentina’s trans community

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MERLO, Argentina (AP) – Luana grabs her sparkly blue dress with one hand and spins, using her other hand as a guide while a strand of tulle floats around her body.

The 8-year-old has long brown curls, gold butterfly earrings and an amulet with a princess hanging from her neck.

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New book ‘Becoming Nicole’ tells transgender teen’s story

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — As a first-time father, Wayne Maines held his newborn twin sons and dreamed of their life together – a dream that, at least then, didn’t include taking one of them to a father-daughter dance.

Maines, an Air Force veteran, said he hopes others can learn from the transformation of his son into a daughter – and from his family’s battle against discrimination that ended in a landmark legal victory.

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Gay former student of Pope Francis’ speaks out

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WASHINGTON (AP) – An openly gay former student of Pope Francis’ who visited with the pope during his recent trip to Washington said he was surprised Francis had met with the Kentucky county clerk who gained attention for refusing to issue same-sex couples marriage licenses.

The pope’s meeting with Washington resident Yayo Grassi, his boyfriend and a few others came to light Oct. 2 as the Vatican was distancing itself from claims the pope’s meeting with the clerk, Kim Davis, was an endorsement of her stance on same-sex marriage.

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ACLU hopes to raise workforce protection awareness in Tampa with “Dignity and Work” campaign

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Dignidad y Trabajo (“Dignity and Work”), a campaign to raise awareness about the need for providing equal treatment based on sexual orientation and gender identity at the workplace in Florida’s Hispanic community, publicly expanded across Central Florida.

The campaign, which launched March of 2014 in Miami, held its first Central Florida forum hosted by Ana G. Mendez University in Tampa as well as co-sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Sept. 9 and 10.

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Transgender inmate sues to continue hormone treatments

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MILWAUKEE (AP) – A transgender Wisconsin prison inmate is suing officials, saying they’re violating her rights by not allowing her to live as a woman.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that 23-year-old Dominique Gulley describes herself as having identified herself as female since she was 8.

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Screened Out – Mr. Holmes

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Ian McKellan, Laura Linney, Milo Parker

“I cannot live without brainwork. What else is there to live for?” – Sherlock Holmes in The Sign of Four.

By playing the famous detective, Sir Ian McKellan proves again why he’s one of the greatest actors of our times.

In Mr. Holmes, England is still recuperating from WWII. The legendary detective is 93 and suffering from the worst disease that could befall him: dementia. He’s taken a trip to Hiroshima, Japan, to find a cure. He comes home to his English countryside house even more feeble and frail. Only the housekeeper (Linney) and her very bright son (Parker) are part of his life now; Dr. Watson and the original housekeeper Mrs. Hudson are dead.

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Screened Out – Inside Out

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Voices of Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Kaitlyn Dias, Richard Kind, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, Kyle MacLachlan, Diane Lane

Take tour of an 11-year-old girl’s troubled mind, guided by her conflicting emotions. It’s worth the trip.

Disney’s comic drama Inside Out brilliantly explores modern psychology while offering a treatise on animation’s far-reaching possibilities. And it’s all wrapped in a guise of a kiddie flick.

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Kevin Beckner launches campaign against Pat Frank to become Hillsborough’s Clerk of Court

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Tampa – Two-term Hillsborough County commissioner Kevin Beckner has announced that he will be running for Hillsborough County Clerk of Court. Beckner was elected to the county commission in 2008 as the first openly gay elected official in Hillsborough County. He easily won re-election in 2012 and has reached his term limit.

His filing challenges current clerk of court and fellow Democrat Pat Frank, who said she will seek re-election in 2016.

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Daytona university and students hope to raise AIDS awareness

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Daytona Beach (AP) – Michael Moore remembers the long walk from Bethune-Cookman University to a health clinic a few miles away.

He was sweating when he arrived, but not just from the late-July heat. After enduring mysterious flu-like symptoms on and off for two years, he was nervous about the results of a blood test he’d taken two weeks earlier.

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Overheard in Orlando: Orlando Life tracks down the top newbie gays changing Central Florida

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Orlando Life highlights newbie gays
LGBTs made a respectable showing in the March 2014 issue of Orlando Life, which published a spread entitled Simply The Best: Tracking Down the Top Newbies in Rapidly Changing Central Florida. The magazine has called this the “Year of the Newbie.” At the top of the list is Ron Legler, who engineers the Broadway Across America series, runs the Abbey and is interim executive director for the Orlando. Blue Starr is on the list for opening The Venue in an old yoga studio on Virginia Drive. The third mention was a shout out to Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan. She’s not a “newbie,” but her spiky new hairdo and makeover attracted a lot of social media attention. Sheehan said it was part of a “time for a whole new me” part of her life.

Hot host for Pride in Business Awards
The Metropolitan Business Association Orlando has tapped WFTV news anchor Jorge Estevez to host this year’s 3rd Annual Pride in Business Awards at 6:30-10 p.m. Friday, April 25 at the Renaissance Orlando at Sea World. Awards recognize Small Business of the Year, New Business of the Year, Corporate Ally of the Year, Businessman and Businesswoman of the Year, NonProfit of the Year and Community Champion. The Debbie Simmons Community Service Award is given in honor of the chamber founder. For tickets, more information or to sponsor the event, visit MBAOrlando.org.

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UCF Budget Committee votes to defund Pride Coalition

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Orlando The UCF Activity & Service Fee (A&SF) Budget Committee voted Dec. 16 to zero fund the University’s LGBTQ programming agency Pride Coalition. If the A&SF budget is approved as is, the Student Government Association (SGA)-affiliated agency will have no money to operate during the 2014-2015 academic school year.

SGA Vice-President Jacob Kahn, who is openly gay, proposed the motion to defund all lines of Pride Coalition’s budget for the next fiscal year. He said that he didn’t think the SGA agency was sustainable and that the University should not be creating a culture on campus of valuing the needs of one minority group over all others.

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