72nd Annual Camellia Show

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The Camellia Society of Central Florida’s 72nd annual event features award winning blooms from Central Florida & throughout the southeastern United States. Public viewing of winning camellia blooms from 1-4 pm.  Assorted varieties of specialty camellia plants for sale, tours of Mead Botanical Garden; and experts available to answer your gardening questions. 10-11 am Camellia 101 Class by Robert Bowden, Director of the City of Orlando’s Harry P. Leu Gardens.

But are you Coming?: Sex Ed Trivia

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How much do YOU know about sex?? Join EOLA as we host our first event in the Orlando Community! We will have prizes for the winners so be sure to bring your friends with you!

*We will have questions and materials in both Spanish and English.

Cuanto sabes sobre el sexo?? Vengas a nuestro primer evento de EOLA aqui en Orlando para enseñarnos! Vamos a tener premios para los campeones entonces traigan a sus amigX’s!

*El programa va a estar en Español y en Inglés.

76 lawmakers call for return of trans question in health survey

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A bipartisan group of 76 U.S. House members is calling on the White House to restore to a federal health survey for elders a question the Trump administration has struck out allowing them to identify as transgender.

In a letter dated July 21 and led by Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), chair of the LGBT Aging Issues Task Force, lawmakers call on the White House Office of Management & Budget to reinstate the question in the National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants, or NSOAAP.

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19 senators urge Trump’s HHS to restore LGBT questions to elder surveys

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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A bipartisan group of 19 senators led by Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Robert Casey (D-Pa.) are calling on the Department of Health & Human Services to restore LGBT questions to a federal survey intended to evaluate government services for older Americans.

In a two-page letter dated April 27, Collins, chair of the U.S. Senate Special Commission on Aging, and Casey, the top Democrat, lead other senators in saying the Trump administration’s removal of the questions “will limit HHS’s ability” to evaluate whether federal programs are reaching LGBT elders effectively.

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Screened Out – Star Trek Beyond

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Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Idris Elba, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban

In the pantheon of science fiction, Star Trek is often the thinking person’s franchise. Even with its goofiness and cheesiness – tribbles – it still often asked mind-tickling questions.

Not this movie. It’s a solid, enjoyable popcorn flick, chock full of expensive effects and action. It fills your eyes with wonder. Just don’t bring your brain.

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Screened Out – Ghostbusters

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Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth, Neil Casey

From the get-go, this reboot of the original Ghostbusters faced questions of legitimacy. The ‘80s classic – though not perfect – is so well loved. The other, uglier spirit haunting this relaunch was the sexist question as to whether female comics could carry the franchise as well as the males did in the first. (We’ll pretend the late-’80s sequel doesn’t exist…)

Well, fear not the unknown, people. The women are wonderful. (Apparently you don’t need a penis to be funny…). Also, the last 45 minutes of this film are excellent. The scenes leading up to the big finale, though, are wispy and dismissible.

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Tales of Transformation

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TALES OF TRANSFORMATION
in the Raymond James Theatre
JUNE 6, 2016 @ 7:00PM

A daring performance and engaging community conversation brought to American Stage by Your Real Stories.

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” In A TALE OF TWO CITIES, an aspiring drag queen opens his door to find a baby left on his doorstep. To stop the baby’s crying, he performs the entire narrative of Dickens’ classic rendition of the French revolution.

The play questions our connections with one another and our history, while challenging perspectives on acceptance in our society. “He’s a straight baby, but we can co-exist. I know it can be done.”

In Tales of Transformation, Your Real Stories presents moving and poignant monologues based on interviews with two inspiring community members, shining a light on their experiencesof performing drag and of transitioning during an era of intolerance. These different, yet juxtaposed local stories reveal what is not understood or remembered about LGBT stories, struggles, and accomplishments in our community.

TICKETS: $12

BEDROOM ACCESSORIES PARTY

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Attention Gay men!!!! We’ve all heard of the wonderful “tupperware” parties our female friends get to attend…. well now its our turn!!!

Come out for a great night of meeting new poeple and learning about accessories for the bedroom! (AKA Intimate Adult Novelties, or for those who like to get to the point, SEX TOYS) Corey Connolly, of CoreyConnolly.com, will walk us through some of his top selling items and help answer any questions you may have on items that can spice up any bedroom!!! Products will be available for sale to all attendies!

Free Food and Door Gift for anyone who attends! Come Join us for some good ol’ adult fun! Let’s talk about PrEP and hotter Safe Sex Techniques!!!!!!

The time I got to celebrate George Takei’s birthday with him

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Television legend, social media guru and LGBT icon George Takei came to the Sun Dome at the University of South Florida in Tampa April 18.

He was speaking as part of the Frontier Forum lecture series where the scholarly and intellectuals talk about understanding, diversity and acceptance in American society.

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#GaylyBeloved Watermark’s Toolkit for Tying the Knot

By : Jamie Hyman
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Watermark Publishing Group presents: #GaylyBeloved, a complete toolkit for same-sex couples who wish to get married.

Gay marriage has been legal for quite some time, but because it was off the table for so long, many couples do not have a complete example of the ins and outs of getting married. How is a marriage legalized? What financial information should be in order beforehand? What legal documents should all same-sex married couples have? Both emotionally and legally, what do same-sex couples need to do to prepare themselves for marriage?

#GaylyBeloved is Watermark’s ongoing video series, hosted by Watermark founder Tom Dyer, an attorney with Dyer & Blaisdell Attorneys at Law. Tom will answer all those questions and more for couples interested in tying the knot.

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Buzzfeed video asks about weird questions gay couples get

By : Jeremy Williams
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A same-sex relationship is just like a straight relationship in most ways. The butterflies in the stomach, the putting your best face forward and the stressing out about what to wear on the first date are all universal.

One of the more interesting things about being in a same-sex relationship is the response and questions you get from your straight friends, family and even strangers about what it’s like to be gay and dating.

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Sleuth’s gets in the Gay Days spirit with “Ken and Scott Tie the Knot”

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After taking time away from the Gay Days events, Sleuth’s Mystery Dinner Show is celebrating Gay Days and Florida’s legalizing of same-sex marriage with a revival of Ken and Scott Tie the Knot showing June 6.

“Sleuth’s is celebrating Marriage equality coming to Florida this year by remounting our wildly popular murder mystery Ken and Scott Tie the Knot,” said Laurel Clark, Sleuth’s Executive Show Director.

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