Longtime Off-Broadway hit launches full-frontal assault at the Parliament House

By : Billy Manes
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And, they’re off! Within approximately five minutes of musical pleasantries and coy sideways glances, the entire cast of longtime Off-Broadway bachelor/bachelorette-party revue Naked Boys Singing sheds its clothing and reveals its combined parcels of manhood. At the show’s Feb. 4 VIP/press engagement in advance of its Feb. 5 opening, the sound may have been a little bit quiet in the Footlight Theatre at Parliament House, but the message was writ large: Nudity isn’t just titillation; it’s bold and honest, especially on a stage in front of a packed house.

“I think it celebrates the male anatomy, but we do it in a humorous way,” William Bruce, he of the Prince Albert affectation and the cojones to match, tells us over an arranged lunch in advance of the performance. “It’s also really poignant.”

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Ladyfingers: You’re a creep

By : Sabrina Ambra
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Sabrina Ambra

Flattery: We’ve all experienced it in some form or another, either with the receipt or delivery of it. Initially, I wanted to say that a wise person once said flattery is the biggest compliment, but a quick Google search showed that I might have mixed that up with some other saying by a person who was cool enough to have someone put their thoughts between quotation marks. I digress. You see, the thing about flattery is that it can be used as a disguise. This is when an individual may say they are trying to flatter you, but really the words they use do nothing of the sort. And they know it.

Now, first let me start by saying I am not referring to the occasional compliment by a stranger; those are lovely, and I think everyone deserves to hear nice things about themselves once in awhile. I’m talking about lines that could be found on page 27 of The Creepy Man’s Guide to Scaring the Shit Out of Women (working title). There is no charm, there is no grace; there is only the reassurance of my sexuality by the shutting of the steel trap that is my vagina. I wish there was room for commendation on creativity, but there is none of that either. These moments I’ve experienced have left me baffled. I am almost always left with my jaw dropped, followed by a borderline-hysterical laugh that distracts Sir Creeps-A-Lot, while my eyes feverishly look for my closest savior. This response is not working; this cannot be my only solution. Let me take you on this small journey, and maybe we can all figure one out together. If not that, then at least we can laugh and cringe in unison, like synchronized swimmers in a pool of unsolicited sexual brickbats. Heads underwater, legs in the air.

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Screened Out – Creed

By : Stephen Miller
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Sylvester Stallone has gotten a Best Supporting Actor nomination for bringing back Rocky Balboa 39 years after the first film. It’s a solid performance, reminiscent of his subtle work in Cop Land and a scant few scenes in Expendables 2.

This seventh Rocky film is desperately trying for more, to raise the entire franchise from the mat. Even though Creed is enjoyable in a nostalgic way, the flick’s clichés, an unsurprising plot, and overplayed moments keep it from being a total knockout.

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Islamic State group targets gay men with brutal public killings

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REYHANLI, Turkey (AP) – Before a crowd of men on a street in the Syrian city of Palmyra, the masked Islamic State group judge read out the sentence against the two men convicted of homosexuality: They would be thrown to their deaths from the roof of the nearby Wael Hotel.

He asked one of the men if he was satisfied with the sentence. Death, the judge told him, would help cleanse him of his sin.

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‘Deadpool’ film to feature pansexual lead character

By : Jeremy Williams
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The director of the soon-to-be-released Deadpool film has confirmed that the “merc with a mouth” will indeed be pansexual.

Tim Miller was asked in an interview with Collider if the film would feature a “hypersexualized” version of Deadpool like the one seen in the comics. Miller responded, “Pansexual! I want that quoted. Pansexual Deadpool.”

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Catholic bishops at synod call for more welcoming church while rejecting marriage equality and “gender theory”

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VATICAN CITY (AP) — Catholic bishops called Oct. 24 for a more welcoming church for cohabitating couples and Catholics who have divorced and civilly remarried, endorsing Pope Francis’ call for a more merciful and less judgmental church.

Bishops from around the world adopted a final document at the end of a divisive, three-week synod that exposed the split in the church between conservatives and progressives over how to better minister to Catholic families today.

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HBO’s “Looking” set to film finale

By : Jeremy Williams
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When the HBO series Looking was cancelled after only two seasons, it left fans without a proper finale and many unanswered questions. HBO promised a 2-hour movie special to tie up the loose ends and it now looks like they are delivering on that promise.

Filming starts Nov. 2 and series star Jonathan Groff will be stepping away from his current role on Broadway in Hamilton to shoot the film. Book of Mormon and Girls’ actor Andrew Rannells will temporarily replace Groff in the musical while filming during the month of November.

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Sleeves up, pants down: “The Naked Magic Show” promises full frontal illusions at the Straz Center

By : Jeremy Williams
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We’ve all seen a good magic trick where the magician shows you there is nothing up their sleeves, but one magic act is taking it a step further to show they aren’t hiding anything.

Australia’s smokin’ hot magicians, Christopher Wayne and Mike Tyler, have been selling out shows from Australia to New Zealand to Hong Kong wearing nothing but abs, a smile and a top hat, now they are coming to America with “The Naked Magic Show” at the Straz Center in Tampa Oct. 16.

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Hilary Duff on marriage equality, her fascination with Grindr and why she took a break from showbiz

By : Chris Azzopardi
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“I’m like the dorky kid on the bus who’s like, ‘Hiiii.’”

Wait a minute. Is that you, Lizzie McGuire? Maybe? No.

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Oklahoma fun run with guns uses rainbow targets as promo

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The Oklahoma Run ‘n Gun caused an outrage by using a rainbow flag as a target in their latest Facebook promo.

The event, which involves grown men running a race while taking breaks to shoot stuff, posted a picture of themselves dressed as characters from Deliverance and standing in front of a target painted to look like the LGBT Pride flag. The photo’s caption read “new high visibility targets on the 500 yard range.”

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Renovations underway for Central Florida’s GLBT Center

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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Orlando | After a long wait, The Center on Mills Avenue began renovations this week that were made possible by the City of Orlando’s Community Development Block Grant program, with the project expected to be finished by the end of August.

“We are very, very excited,” Center’s Executive Director Terry DeCarlo said. “After a long drawn-out process and a lot of permits and a lot of annoying back-and-forth with the City, we are finally starting renovations on the brand-new Center for Central Florida.”

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Amy Schumer photobombs a gay couple’s engagement shoot

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Amy Schumer has been popping up everywhere. She has a hit show on Comedy Central and a new movie coming out soon and was even featured in a risqué photo shoot for Entertainment Weekly, but now she wants to conquer gay engagement pictures.

According to PEOPLE magazine, Schumer was jogging along in Central Park and came upon photographer Alisha Siegel photographing engaged couple Joseph Turnage and Brandon Moore.

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