Screened Out – Eddie the Eagle

By : Stephen Miller
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There aren’t any surprises in the Olympic biopic Eddie the Eagle. In fact, “Eddie” Edwards’ story – as it’s slightly modified from fact here – plays a lot like Cool Runnings, in more ways than one. It’s the ’88 Winter Olympics, and champions who never really had a chance somehow capture the audience’s admiration of the underdog. The world falls in love.

Within its rote plot, Eddie does a nice job of aping ‘80s “glory” pics, with a synthesized soundtrack, loopy camera shots, typical plots, and broad characters that would’ve felt perfectly comfortable in 1988. If audiences know that this sort of long-shot athletic story is what’s being sold, they’re going to love what they buy.

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Orlando Derby Girls’ LGBT-inclusiveness puts them on track to compete internationally

By : Ciara Varone
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Orlando Psycho City Derby Girls are skating their way to high-stakes competition. On Jan. 22, the league was accepted alongside nine other teams – ranging in location from across the country in Hood River, Oregon to across the world in New Zealand –into an apprentice program for the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, the international governing body of a sport considered by many to be the fastest-growing in the world.

Completion of the apprentice program typically takes from six months to a year. If the league is then accepted into WFTDA, it will play against the best teams in the country and even the world.

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You Can Play continues to fight homophobia in hockey

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Philadelphia (AP) – Nellie Fitzpatrick raised the Philadelphia Flyers jersey presented to her as the team’s “community teammate” of the night, turned her head to her left and smooched her wife right on the lips.

Much like salutes to veterans, youth hockey players and other celebrated guests, Fitzpatrick’s kiss was shown for everyone in the arena to see on the overhead videoboard.

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IOC lifts restrictions on transgender athletes

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London (AP) – Transgender athletes should be allowed to compete in the Olympics and other international events without undergoing sex reassignment surgery, according to new guidelines adopted by the IOC.

International Olympic Committee medical officials told The Associated Press they changed the policy to adapt to current scientific, social and legal attitudes on transgender issues.

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Viewpoint: The Other Side of Life, Fantasies

By : Jason Leclerc
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Full disclosure:
1. I’ve been a contributor to the Jeb Bush campaign for president since before he announced. Since 2000 – when he was in his political prime – I have hopefully chomped at my Republican bit for his turn in the White House.

2. I’m a lifelong Miami Dolphins fan.

3. I have had dreams about Rob Gronkowski that have nothing to do with football.

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Lesbian boxer looks to become female heavyweight champion

By : Kimberly Slichter
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Orlando – By night one way, by day another. So is the life of Laura Ramsey.

When she’s not teaching middle school kids how to solve math problems, Ramsey spends her time training for upcoming boxing matches, the most important of which takes place on Nov. 7.

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Olympic freestyle skier comes out

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DENVER (AP) — When Gus Kenworthy would let his mind wander into how his perfect Olympics might play out, he pictured a certain scene.

He’d land his best tricks on his final run, win a medal and then – the capper – jump into the stands, ski boots and all, to share a big hug and kiss with the man who meant so much to him.

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Miss Gay Venezuela crowned

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CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — There’s a beauty contest for almost everyone in pageant-obsessed Venezuela.

In the popular Miss Gay Venezuela competition, men don elaborate wigs and layers of makeup to show off their skills in what they call “the art of transformation.”

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Judge grants Caitlyn Jenner’s request to legally change name, gender

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SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) – She proclaimed her new name on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine, but Caitlyn Jenner’s transition from her old identity as Bruce Jenner is finally official.

A judge approved Jenner’s request to formally change her name and gender Sept. 25, marking another milestone in the Olympic gold medalist’s public transition as a transgender woman.

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The Other Side of Life: I. Miss. America

By : Jason Leclerc
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To many of the circles in which I roll, I am the frustrating liberal—the poet. In the world writ larger, I am the flaming conservative—the economist. As much as we like to eschew labels, we find ourselves answering to and for them: Believer, Rationalist, Gay, Conservative, Patriot, Aging, Obamaniac, Republican. These labels may look as seemingly contradictory as the sash I sew them onto.As I inhabit this America, that sash oscillates between Boy Scout (I miss America!) and Pageant contestant (I, Miss America).

“As a gay Republican,” in this, the Central Florida media equivalent ofChe-Guevara-meets-Stonewall, “write about how you can be this unicorn in a political party that hates myths.” Of course (Mr. Manes), the RepublicanParty is a party of myths. I’d say the same—and do, here—about the Democratic Party. WeRepublicanshavesmall government, and a founding father (Abraham Lincoln) that freed the slaves.WeRepublicansalso have fundamentalism, military transfer-payments, and provincialism. In fairness, you Democrats have your myths too: Jesus was a socialist, fiscal responsibility is a personal attack on otherness, Andrew Jackson (remember that “Trail of tears?”) couldn’t possibly have also politically fathered modern progressivism (hey, Elizabeth Warren!).

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Daley takes gold at world diving event

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London – Out diver Tom Daley beat a world record holder to win the 10m platform diving competition at the FINA World Series event in London May 3.

Daley scored 554.05 to finish clear of China’s world record holder Jian Yang (518.75) and Olympic silver medalist Qiu Bo (506.60).

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Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame accepting nominations

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Chicago – The National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame (NGLSHOF) is accepting nominations for the Class of 2015. Nominees can be gay or lesbian individuals, organizations that have made tremendous strides in recognizing gay and lesbian athletes, or individual “Allies.”

According to GayAndLesbianSports.com, where nomination forms may be printed, all nominations are due by March 1. Inductees into the third class of honorees will be celebrated during a ceremony on July 24, 2015 in conjunction with Out at Wrigley¬-the nation’s largest “Gay Day” at a major league sporting venue.

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