JUNE FILM -Gay Girl in Damascus

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Amina Arraf, a pretty Syrian-American revolutionary who’s having an online affair with Montrealer Sandra Bagaria, launches the provocatively named blog A Gay Girl in Damascus. As the Syrian uprising gains momentum, the blog attracts a huge following. But it’s Amina’s subsequent abduction that sparks an international outcry to free her. Telling a detective story that involves various intelligence agencies and global media empires, the film travels from San Francisco and Washington to Istanbul, Tel Aviv and Beirut to meet the key players in this quest to reveal the real Amina. This thoroughly modern tale of technology, love and news-as-spectacle questions the ways in which people connect in today’s virtual world. The Amina Profile is part love story, part international thriller, and a gripping chronicle of an unprecedented media and sociological hoax. (Toronto International Film Festival)

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Gay pastor faked cake slur, drops lawsuit

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – A gay Texas pastor who sued Whole Foods after he bought a cake that he alleged had a slur written on it in icing has dropped his lawsuit against the grocer.

Jordan Brown of Austin dropped the suit and issued an apology May 16. Brown said he was “wrong to pursue this matter and use the media to perpetuate this story.”

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Chief of UK intelligence agency apologizes for historic prejudice

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London (AP) – The head of Britain’s digital espionage agency has apologized for the organization’s historic prejudice against homosexuals, saying it failed to learn from the treatment of World War II codebreaker Alan Turing.

In a rare public speech, GCHQ chief Robert Hannigan told a gathering organized by the rights group Stonewall that the agency’s ban on homosexuals had caused long-lasting psychological damage to many and hurt the agency because talented people were excluded from working there.

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Screened Out – Marguerite

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Catherine Frot, Sylvain Dieuaide, André Marcon, Aubert Fenoy, Michel Fau, Denis, M’Punga, Christa Théret

Marguerite opens at Winter Park’s Regal Cinema on Apr. 1.

For this plot to be enjoyable it needs to be brisk and intimate; Marguerite is sprawling and messy, like it’s protagonist’s voice.

The comic drama Marguerite is a fascinating film – a French fiction based on a famous, filthy-rich American who thought she could sing like an angel. Like its protagonist, Marguerite adds too many glissandos and flourishes, and it goes off melody. A good indication is that it clocks in at over 2 hours; this should have been at least 25 minutes shorter, and with fewer characters. If they’re all fictional anyway…

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We got our Rainbow Doritos!

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Rainbow Doritos Unpacking Video

Watermark’s own Danny Garcia opens up his Rainbow Doritos, which he received after making a donation to the It Gets Better Project. #BoldAndBetter

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‘Heather Has Two Mommies’ revised, updated

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NEW YORK (AP) – A playful picture book about a little girl named Heather and her two happy mommies was a cultural and legal flashpoint 25 years ago, angering conservatives over the morality of same-sex parenting and landing libraries at the center of community battles over placement in the children’s stacks.

Today, Heather — of “Heather Has Two Mommies” — has a lot more company in books for young kids about different kinds of families, but hers was out of print and seemed visually dated. That’s why creator Leslea Newman decided on a new version, updating the look of her watershed story with fresh illustrations from a new artist and tweaking the text to streamline.

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2.26.15 Editor’s Desk

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SteveBlanchardHeadshot_137x185To my 14 year old niece:

The same year you were born, 2000, I decided to leave my Midwest home state and move to Florida.

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Watermark readers speak out on Jacksonville courthouse weddings story

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When 15+ Florida counties announced they would cancel courthouse weddings rather than offer them to same-sex couples, it struck a chord with our readers. When a group of attorneys out of Jacksonville offered a work-around, you reacted again – some praising the attorneys, some still frustrated with the cancellation of courthouse weddings in the first place.

Here’s a round-up of Watermark reader responses: 

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Fifty couples tie the knot at The GLBT Center

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Fifty couples – 35 newlyweds and 15 reaffirming their vows from previous commitment ceremonies – were married outside The GLBT Center of Central Florida Jan. 6.

After the couples walked down the aisle to “At Last,” Judge Robert LeBlanc presided over the ceremony which included a performance by the Orlando Gay Chorus, a quiet moment for couples to privately say their vows to each other and blessings by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and Terry DeCarlo, the executive director of The Center, who also happens to be an ordained minister.

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Newlyweds celebrate at The Hammered Lamb

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Happy couples, plus friends, family and LGBT supporters, celebrated marriage equality in Florida Jan. 6 with a reception at The Hammered Lamb.

Immediately following the mass wedding at The Center, hundreds packed the bar both inside and outside, plus a line out the door.

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Eric Davis continues to lead freeFall Theatre Company on a rapid ascent

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St. Petersburg – Define the word freefall.

It’s certainly not winning multiple awards and strong audiences for 2014’s diverse line-up of shows, including Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and upcoming The Buffalo Kings.

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