Orlando artist Nick Smith turns literary classics into original works of art

By : Jeremy Williams
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Once upon a time, in a land far, far away known as Orlando, an artist by the name of Nick Smith was rediscovering his love of art and began creating original pieces based on classic novels and popular stories.

“I’ve been drawing since I was a wee little lad,” Smith says. “I actually started tracing, that’s one of the things I always tell people, learn how to trace when you’re young so you get an idea of shapes and figures.”

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Cynthia Nixon comes up short in campaign against Andrew Cuomo

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Queer progressive activist and “Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon came up short in her insurrection campaign against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the state’s primary on September 11.

With 86 percent of precincts reporting, Cuomo claimed 65 percent of the vote compared to the 35 percent won by Nixon. The Associated Press called the race for Cuomo at 9:30 pm.

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Cuomo issues order against anti-trans discrimination in health care

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an order against anti-trans discrimination in health care. Washington Blade file photo by Michael K. Lavers.

As New York celebrated Pride, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday announced a series of actions to assure transgender people in the state have access to health care, including transition-related care such as gender reassignment surgery.

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Cynthia Nixon reveals her oldest child is transgender

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Cynthia Nixon revealed her son Samuel Joseph Mozes, 21, identifies as transgender in a social media post congratulating him on his graduation.

The “Sex and the City” star posted a photo of her oldest child, who she shares with former partner Danny Mozes, on the day of his graduation from the University of Chicago.

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Sarah Jessica Parker endorses Cynthia Nixon for governor

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NEW YORK (AP) _ Sarah Jessica Parker has endorsed her “Sex and the City” castmate Cynthia Nixon’s run for governor of New York.

Parker endorsed Nixon on Instagram on Thursday, calling her “my sister on and off screen.”

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Cynthia Nixon blasts Cuomo as ‘bully,’ ‘wannabe Republican’

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Actress Cynthia Nixon blasted Gov. Andrew Cuomo as a “bully” and a “wannabe Republican” Monday during her first visit to Albany since announcing her bid for New York governor.

The “Sex and the City” star and public education advocate criticized the two-term governor for not doing enough to ensure equal opportunities for poor and minority students. She also faulted Cuomo’s effort to combat government corruption and said that while he touts himself as a progressive, he’s governed as a member of what she called Albany’s “old boys’ club.”

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‘Sex and the City’ star Cynthia Nixon announces run for New York governor

By : Randa Griffin
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Former “Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon announced on Monday via Twitter her decision to run for governor in the upcoming New York Democratic primary. Her decision sets up a race against Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a two-term Democratic incumbent, in the upcoming September election.

In her announcement video Nixon said, “We want our government to work again. On health care, ending massive incarceration, fixing our broken subway. We are sick of politicians who care more about headlines and power than they do about us.”

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Cynthia Nixon considering run for New York governor

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Cynthia Nixon is considering running against Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) in the primary race in 2018, according to reports.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the “Sex and the City” star “is being encouraged to run by liberal groups. Her candidacy has been floated before, but she shot it down in the past. Associates of hers said she is now considering it.”

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2015 A to Z: Pop Culture Year in Review

By : Kirk Hartlage
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Last year was indeed a – forgive us – a watermark year for the LGBT community. Groundbreaking changes saw incredible advances in equality, which are reflected in the shows we watch, the products we buy and even how manufacturers sell said products to us. But despite the outpouring of rainbow-festooned support, not everyone is allowed access to the message that we gays and lesbians are still here, we’re still queer, and as far as marrying who we want, you better get used to it.

Take, for example, the child of one of those alleged “Million Moms.” The young boy or girl who just wants to play with a Barbie dolls, enjoy some colorful snack chips, or needs some type of pain or cold and flu relief. Heaven forbid if they want to multi-task their lunch with education, thanks to the alphabet-shaped noodles in their cup. No, now that the companies that make these products have demonstrated their dedication to diversity – be it in their 2015 marketing or philanthropic efforts – organizations like One Million Moms, the American Family Association and other conservative zealots have provided their right-wing parents a whole new list of businesses to avoid.

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Comedy hero Judy Gold podcasts her way out of the publicity malaise machine

By : Aaron Alper
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Judy Gold is filled with rage, hate and contempt for the ills of modern life. Luckily, she’s also a brilliant stand-up comic. She also has won two Emmys, starred on shows like Louie, Sex and the City and Roseanneand, on her off days, is a wife, mother and LGBT/Jewish activist. As if her work ethic could be anymore enviable, Gold is doing a podcast called “Kill Me Now” where she invites a host of eclectic performers to join her in a delicious whirlwind of intelligent shit-talking.

“I think I have a voice for radio,” Gold says. “I originally had a deal with Sirius, which fell through. And, even though it’s Sirius, it still wasn’t gonna be me. So that’s where the idea for ‘Kill Me Now’ came from.”

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The 12th Orlando Cabaret Festival returns to Mad Cow

By : David Thomas Moran
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Orlando – The Mad Cow Theater’s 12th annual Orlando Cabaret Festival is set to debut on April 24, and this year it’s bringing in some pretty big names. Tony Award-winner Laura Benanti, Tony Award-nominee Christiane Noll, and former One Life to Live star Nicholas Rodriguez are headlining the 18-day festival, which will also showcase Central Florida’s local talent through May 11.

While several Tony Award nominees have performed in previous years, Benanti, who won the 2008 Tony Award for her role as Louise in a revival of the musical Gypsy, will be the first Tony Award winner to perform at the festival.

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After the Black Eye Has Healed

By : Erik Caban
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So, let’s say you escaped what could’ve been an even bigger disaster of a relationship than Rihanna and Chris Brown. Now all you have to do is deal with piecing yourself back together.

Sure, there’s always the break-up rituals we all have but when you’ve been physically and mentally reduced to nothing, there’s even more repair work to do.

What made me remember those post-abusive relationship feelings was during a recent pilgrimage to Chicago to visit family. I was out with my best friend D, hitting all our old haunts and it didn’t even occur to me that I might run into Jim. I mean, it’s been over seven years; I thought he’d have moved or at the very least that our history was water under the bridge.

However, no sooner had I taken a sip on my first concoction D had ordered us, I looked up to see him. I thought it was just my mind playing tricks on me. I blinked. He was still there and walking in my direction. The strangest feelings came over me, familiar feelings.

I felt fear, angst and I could feel my heart beating in my ears. In an instant, I was mentally 22 years old again and he had control over me. I had to snap myself out of my stupor. I wouldn’t allow him to have that power over me; not anymore. I was in control now.

Since he had seen me, I didn’t want to just walk away, so I waved. Upon realizing it was me, Jim made a B-line toward me. We exchanged pleasantries. As he put his arms around me, a chill of disgust with a hint of lust came over me. Yes, I said that right. I was disgusted AND slightly turned on. Weird, right?

However, within mere minutes of small talk, Jim was attempting to berate me, discounting where I work, where I live. While I had to learn it years ago, it was kind of validating to know that Jim was still a miserable, unhappy person. It had nothing to do with me. I interrupted him.

“It was great to see you,”I said, patting him on the arm. “D and I were actually just on our way out.”

Before he could utter another word, I slid past him, heading for the door. I smirked, knowing I had truly moved past him.

However, that didn’t happen overnight. I remember those first few months after leaving him.

You’re going to cry. Keep crying until you stop crying. You need to release the pain, and crying is the fastest way to extinguish an old flame in your heart. Even though you might feel dumb, this is the express lane to healing. Without the release, you will either find ways to numb the pain or possibly project the pain onto friends and family around you.

In my case, I even opted to go to counseling. I had allowed myself to be so consumed by Jim that once the relationship was over, I had forgotten who I was. I needed some help in finding “me” again.

Erik Fact: Don’t forget to love yourself or be afraid to just be with yourself; it’s the longest relationship you’re ever going to be in.