VIDEO: Teacher who showed students gay bullying film back to work today

By : Wire Report
Comments: 0

Share this story:

Conway Springs, Kan. (AP) – A Kansas teacher is back at work after being on leave since mid-October for showing a controversial anti-bullying film to his students.

Conway Springs school officials said Nov. 6 that Tom Leahy, a social studies teacher at Conway Springs Middle School, is allowed back in the classroom Nov. 9 with some safeguards in place. The Wichita Eagle reported that Superintendent Clay Murphy would not discuss details of the safeguards.

Continue Reading >>

Kansas teacher asked to resign for showing LGBT anti-bullying video

By : Staff Report
Comments: 0

A Kansas middle school teacher is being asked to resign after being placed on administrative leave for showing his classes “Love is All You Need,”a short film with an anti-bullying message, The Wichita Eagle reports. The film takes place in a world where homosexuality is the norm and heterosexuals face discrimination for being straight.

Tom Leahy, who teaches social studies at Conway Springs Middle School in Conway Springs Kansas, said he was prompted to show the film to his eighth-graders after a disturbing occurrence during one of his lessons. Leahy asked the students to divide into fictional colonies and create their own Bill of Rights as part. He was surprised to see one group ban homosexuals from their colony.

Continue Reading >>

Screened Out – Room

By : Stephen Miller
Comments: 0

Jacob Tremblay, Brie Larson, Joan Allen, William H. Macy, Sean Bridgers, Tom McCamus

Happy birthday, Jack! He’s just turned five years old; he’s lived his entire life locked up in a tiny room. His mother has been here seven years, captive of Old Nick. Old Nick is a sicko who built this soundproof trap in his backyard just so he could kidnap and keep a girl prisoner.

To say that Room is harrowing is an understatement. This powerful indie film is the perfect balance of tense, heartwarming, violent, ugly, beautiful, cruel, frightening, and redemptive. It’s the type of tiny movie that shocks audiences, what even the smallest stories can accomplish.

Continue Reading >>

22.22 Editor’s desk

By : Billy Manes
Comments: 0

BillyManesCap“It takes no compromise to give people their rights … it takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no political deal to give people freedom. It takes no survey to remove repression.” – Harvey Milk

From this vantage point, high atop an ivory tower bedazzled with mellifluous ideas and glorious non-functionality, we can clearly say that we are pleasantly exhausted. (We’d like to say, “Elegantly Wasted,” but Michael Hutchence would stare us down for the sky and tell us that sometimes we kick, sometimes we get kicked.) Minus some excess – or INXS, if you will (enough already) – it was an amazing Come Out With Pride celebration in Orlando on Oct. 10, a fabulous Sarasota Pride on Oct. 17 and a ridiculous Headdress Ball benefitting Hope and Help on that very same Saturday.

Continue Reading >>

North Port set to have final vote on HRO

By : Jeremy Williams
Comments: 1

The North Port City Commission will now meet and take the FINAL vote on a Human Rights Ordinance (HRO) Oct. 27 at 5:00pm. according to Equality Florida. The County clerk verified the meeting change due to needing a sufficient amount of time to advertise the final vote. A special session has been called for Oct. 27 specifically to vote on the HRO, says the county clerk office. 

North Port, Fla. – The North Port City Commission will hold the final discussion and vote for a citywide Human Rights Ordinance Oct. 26.

The HRO, which would ban discrimination against employment, housing and public accommodations based on sexual orientation and gender identity, held its first vote Oct. 13 when the commission unanimously voted 5-0 to move it to a final discussion.

Continue Reading >>

Watermark owner refutes East Orlando Post story

By : Tom Dyer
Comments: 1

TomDyerHeadshotWatermark is thrilled to have Billy Manes as our new editor. I agree with East Orlando Post writer Jacob Engels that Manes’ writing is “daring and refreshing.” I hope readers are enjoying his unique take on the vibrant LGBT communities in Orlando and Tampa Bay.

But little else in Engels’ mostly unattributed story is true. (“Billy Manes ‘Saves’ Watermark, Ad Revenue & Readership Skyrocket,” Oct. 13.) His claim that Manes ‘literally saved Watermark from going out of business’ makes for good reading, but it has no basis in truth. And it’s an insult to our 12 talented and hard-working full-time staff members, as well as our numerous freelance contributors.

Continue Reading >>

Screened Out – Crimson Peak

By : Stephen Miller
Comments: 0

Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Charlie Hunnam, Jim Beaver

Every Halloween season – and sometimes beyond – we ache for scares. Maybe some of us like the gore of a bloody, severed limb; others long for the creepy feeling of cold gooseflesh on the backs of our necks. Guillermo del Toro would seem the perfect director to do the latter (Pan’s Labyrinth). Alas, his Crimson Peak is more moods than intrigue, more art direction than directed plot.

“Beware of Crimson Peak!” an apparition direly warns…twice. Perhaps this portent of doom was aimed at the audience.

Continue Reading >>

UN changes guidelines: HIV patients should start treatment immediately

By : Wire Report
Comments: 0

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization has revised its HIV guidelines to recommend that anyone who tests positive for the virus that causes AIDS should be treated immediately.

That guidance fits with what is already recommended in many developed nations, including the United States.

Continue Reading >>

Dustin Lance Black and Tom Daley announce engagement

By : Wire Report
Comments: 0

LONDON (AP) – British Olympic diver Tom Daley and Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black have announced their engagement.

The announcement was published in The Times newspaper Oct. 1, but did not disclose a date for the marriage.

Continue Reading >>

Tom Hardy shuts down reporter after asked about his sexuality

By : Jeremy Williams
Comments: 0

Tom Hardy and a reporter shared an awkward moment at the Toronto International Film Festival Sept. 12.

Hardy was promoting his new film Legend, where the British hunk plays both Ronnie and Reggie Kray. The Kray twins, one of whom is bisexual in the film, were notorious London gangsters.

Continue Reading >>

Local LGBT protections barred by Arkansas law

By : Wire Report
Comments: 0

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Five local measures prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity cannot be enforced because of a new Arkansas law barring such protections, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge wrote in a nonbinding opinion Tuesday.

Rutledge said the state law prohibits ordinances in Little Rock, Hot Springs, Eureka Springs, Pulaski County and Fayetteville from expanding anti-discrimination protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The measures were adopted in response to the Legislature’s passage of the law prohibiting cities and counties from banning discrimination on a basis not covered by state law.

Continue Reading >>

Pride Gala 2015

By : Jamie Hyman
Comments: 0

The Metropolitan Business Association honored Orlando’s best in LGBT business Aug. 22 during Pride Gala 2014 at JW Marriott.

See all the great photo from the night and a complete list of winners after the jump:

Continue Reading >>