Orlando remains united on the one-year mark of its most difficult time

By : Billy Manes and Sophia Mackrives
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In accordance with grief and tradition, Central Florida will be honoring the 49 lost at Pulse on June 12, 2016, with numerous events spanning more than a week.

This is by no means a complete guide to the memorials that will be going on – new ones appear daily – but this is a fairly broad guide for what it is you might want to do to reflect on that horrific day nearly one year ago. Likewise, we’re looking forward while looking back. If you visit actlovegive.org – Orlando United’s Day of Acts of Love and Kindness, a combined initiative between the county, the city, Pulse and other organizations – you will find plenty of ways to help in the ongoing cycle of trauma: volunteering, storytelling and donating. This is the part where you come in.

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Sunday Funday Potluck

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Our Weekly Themed Sunday Funday Potluck. Join Mitchell Demmons for our Half Off Happy Hour from 2pm – 9pm, and then Lance Michael will be at your service for Undie Sunday starting at 9pm; where you receive $1 off per drink if you are shirtless and $2 off per drink if you get down to your undies!

Marlon Wayans

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Multi-talented entertainer, writer, director and comedian Marlon Wayans will embark on his first-ever North American tour this spring. The Scandal-Less Tour will take the acclaimed comedian to nearly 20 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada, including a stop at Tampa Theatre on Saturday, May 21.

Wayans’ films, which include WHITE CHICKS and A HAUNTED HOUSE, have grossed more than $736 million in domestically. He can currently be seen starring in the comedy sendup FIFTY SHADES OF BLACK, which he also wrote and executive produced. In 2015, Wayans hosted the hit NBC comedy/variety show I Can Do That!, and he is currently filming a pilot for NBC loosely based on his own life. As a standup comedian, he sells out venues nationwide and continues to add new shows every weekend.

Reserved-seating tickets are $42.50, plus applicable service fees, available at the Tampa Theatre Box Office ($46 including fees) or by visiting http://www.tampatheatre.org ($50 including fees). A limited number of VIP Meet & Greet Packages are also available for $153.30 at the Box Office or $162.50 online (including service fees), which includes premium seating in the first six rows, a photo op with Wayans, a limited-edition autographed tour poster, and a commemorative ticket and tour laminate.

With same-sex marriage all but a done deal, the next fight for LGBT equality is discrimination disguised as religion

By : Jamie Hyman
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Few combative issues have raised eyebrows as much as the recent string of legislation promoting “religious freedom.”

A recent push to create bills designed to protect business owners from having to engage in services that are against their religious beliefs has surfaced in more than half of our country’s states. The problem is that these Religious Freedom Restoration Acts—also known as RFRAs—are frequently wielded as a weapon allowing business owners to deny service to LGBTs.

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Oregon bakery faces up to $150K in discrimination fines

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Gresham, Ore. – An Oregon bakery faces fines of up to $150,000 for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple. The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries announced Feb. 2 that Sweet Cakes by Melissa would be facing fines and that the owners’ refusal of service violated the state’s nondiscrimination ordinance.

Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, refused service to a Rachel Cryer and Laurel Bowman in January 2013. The Kleins had refused to bake the wedding cake because of the Kleins’ religious beliefs.

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Denver-area church rejects gay memorial service

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DENVER (AP) — Family and friends of a recently deceased gay woman are upset after a Denver-area church that was about to host her memorial service refused to show a video that included images of the woman kissing her fiancee.

Gary Rolando, a chaplain contacted by the woman’s family to officiate the service, said the Jan. 10 funeral at New Hope Ministries in Lakewood was abruptly canceled and moved to a nearby funeral home after church officials insisted images of the couple kissing could not be shown in the ceremony.

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Meet The 92-Year-Old WWII Vet Who Fought ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’

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UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio (AP) — Like thousands of other young men in the 1940s, Rupert Starr joined the Army, fought overseas and saw his share of hardship, including several weeks as a German prisoner of war. He returned to Ohio with a Bronze Star for heroism and a secret.

Not until his service as a military man was needed once again — this time as an activist against the Pentagon’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy — did Starr, who is gay, slowly step out of the closet.

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