British LGBTQ film event #FiveFilms4Freedom comes to The Abbey Orlando

By : Jeremy Williams
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The British Council and the British Film Institute have teamed up for the third year to bring the world’s first global digital short-film program, #FiveFilms4Freedom, to audiences, and they are bringing it to The Abbey in Orlando tonight, Nov. 9, starting at 6:00 p.m.

The program is a collection of both dramatic and documentary short films that tell the LGBTQ experience.

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Las Vegas shooting surpasses Orlando as deadliest in U.S. history

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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A deadly shooting at a concert Sunday night in Las Vegas has left more than 50 dead and 400 wounded, surpassing the shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando as the deadliest in U.S. history.

The perpetuator — identified as Stephen Craig Paddock, 64 — fired from the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas casino upon an outdoor country music festival below as singer Jason Aldean performed.

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Orlando’s Overheard: Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

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Terry’s new title

A press release was sent out by the GLBT Center of Central Florida July 3 announcing Terry DeCarlo, who was the executive director, is stepping down but will by remaining with the agency as their Chief Communications Officer, a position created for him.

The change in position, which was immediate, will now consist of DeCarlo handling the demands of media relations, communication and events. 

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GLBT Center of Central Florida fined $1,000 for violations in wake of Pulse shooting

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO – The GLBT Center of Central Florida has been fined $1,000 by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

The fine stems from an investigation into two complaints filed in 2016 by volunteers who alleged The Center had been misusing donations made for the victims of the Pulse shooting.

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A toast and a stumble through 2016, the year we will never forget

By : Billy Manes and Jeremy Williams
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We could go on and on about our gripes with the letter “P” this year, generally circulating around two terms: “Pulse” and “Politics.” So, indeed, that’s what we’ll do. Though we may have seen some wonderful developments in the year that God forgot, for the most part, many of us are grabbing at straws, trying to make sense of how it is that we descended so deeply, that we became the eye of the target of absolute terror.

Some may say that 2016 was the backlash for all of the gifts we were given by 2015, most notably marriage equality in both state and nation. Others might opine that there is something else going on here with the media, with conspiracies, with a new Cold War. We can’t be certain, but we certainly have each other’s backs, as has been proven by the many acts of kindness that rose up to meet the beast of an election year gone awry and a local community cut to its core. We are not a weak people; we have seen trouble before. But this year owns a special place in our hearts, one we hope that heals over without forgetting those who suffered and those who commandeered offenses that none of us could have been prepared for.

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State department opens investigation after complaints filed on The Center

By : Jeremy Williams
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The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs is investigating two separate complaints on how the GLBT Center of Central Florida conducted the handling of donations in the days and weeks after the Pulse shooting June 12, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

The complaints, one filed in September and the other in November, ask the DACA to look into the managing of gift cards coming into the Center as well as the handling of donations of computers and money after Pulse.

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Overheard in Orlando: the Center nears end of renovation, Pat O’Rourke becomes an “Angel” and Clive Barker’s art at the Artegon

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Fire Away
As you drive on Mills and look towards the Center, you see what appears to be a complete renovation.

We were told the grand opening would be sometime in September but now as we approach the end of October, the doors remain closed and the Center still operates next door. So, what gives? According to Terry Decarlo, he said the team at TrueScope has been on schedule, but the delay is due to the city and recent permitting issues.

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With funding finalized, The Center’s renovation moves ahead

By : Jamie Hyman
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Orlando – The GLBT Center of Central Florida is looking for a few good men (and women).

On Dec. 8, The Orlando City Commission gave final approval to a $146,500 to renovate The Center’s headquarters on Mills Avenue, paving the way for the bidding process to begin. Terry DeCarlo, executive director of The Center, said it is hiring roofers first because that has to be fixed before the board can move ahead with other renovations. DeCarlo said the architect plans are also almost complete.

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