The Tender Activist: Less typing, more action

By : Scottie Campbell
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What does it take to get us to care? I mean care to the point of action. We’re badass typing, meme-creating, click-here-to-tell-my-senator keyboard warriors on social media, but when it comes time to vote you’d think there had been an outbreak of some unheard of deadly flu or perhaps a zombie invasion.

Case in point: Orlando’s recent city election. The commissioners of three districts in Orlando were up for reelection, making 87,389 voters eligible to vote…and 11,648 did. That comes to 13.33 percent of eligible voters, which is an even smaller percentage of the population. In one district the incumbent won despite running a shamefully racist and dishonest campaign; in another the incumbent won despite having a questionable past and a first term that was laced with scandal. In both instances, the incumbent barely avoided a runoff. One hundred or so people could have changed that; more people than that were in the theatre when I saw the latest drek of a Thor movie at Cinema Cafe.

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Armie Hammer leaves Twitter over article calling him a ‘pedigreed white man’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Armie Hammer has deleted his Twitter account after a BuzzFeed article chalked up his success to being “a beautiful, pedigreed white man.”

Senior Buzzfeed culture writer Anne Helen Petersen penned the article titled “Ten Long Years of Trying to Make Armie Hammer Happen,” which analyzes why Hammer’s career has floundered and spotlights his prestigious background as the great-grandson of an oil tycoon.

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Starbucks holiday cup sparks social media buzz over lesbian hands theory

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Starbucks’ annual holiday cups are causing controversy once again, but this time the scandal involves two people holding hands.

The rest of the pair’s bodies aren’t shown on the cup, which features other holiday doodles like a Christmas tree and presents, leading some people to speculate they are the hands of a lesbian couple.

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Bijou Phillips apologizes for gay-shaming Daniel Franzese on set of ‘Bully’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Bijou Phillips has apologized for gay-shaming and harassing her “Bully” co-star Daniel Franzese.

Franzese, also known for his roles on “Mean Girls” and “Looking,” accused Phillips of being homophobic and fat-shaming him on the set of the 2001 film “Bully.”

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Judge blocks Trump from enforcing transgender military ban

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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A federal judge in D.C. has blocked President Trump’s ban on transgender military service as litigation against it moves through the judiciary, allowing transgender troops currently serving in the armed forces to breath a sigh of relief.

In a 76-page decision, U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, a Clinton appointee, restores the military policy on transgender troops before Trump’s directive under the likely assumption his action violates the right to due process under the Fifth Amendment.

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Kevin Spacey slammed for coming out amid sexual misconduct apology to Anthony Rapp

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Kevin Spacey is facing criticism for publicly coming out as gay in response to Anthony Rapp’s allegation that the “House of Cards” star sexually harassed him as a child.

Rapp, 46, revealed to BuzzFeed that he and Spacey became acquainted while working as actors on Broadway. When Rapp was 14 years old, Spacey invited him to his apartment for a party. Spacey was 26 at the time.

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Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie is the first LGBT character in a Marvel film

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Valkyrie is the Marvel film universe’s first LGBT character.

Tessa Thompson tweeted to clarify that her character is bisexual in “Thor: Ragnarok” just like in the “Fearless Defenders” comic book series.

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Terry Crews reveals sexual assault by Hollywood exec

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Terry Crews gave support to the victims of Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual assault by detailing his own experience with sexual assault in Hollywood.

In a series of tweets on Tuesday, the “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” actor and former Washington Redskins player recalled a Hollywood executive groping him at a party.

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Harvey Fierstein wants everyone to know he is not Harvey Weinstein

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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(Image from Harvey Fierstein’s Instagram.)

Harvey Fierstein found himself having to clear his name after he became confused with Hollywood producer and alleged sexual assailant, Harvey Weinstein.

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Watermark is hiring: Online Media Assistant

By : Jeremy Williams
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Watermark is seeking a full-time online media assistant. The online media assistant will maintain, as well as create, content for our website, WatermarkOnline.com. They will handle all Watermark social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, etc.), organize and promote Watermark contests and support the business manager with administrative duties.

This is an on-site position at our Orlando office. This is an entry-level position for a self-motivated, multi-faceted worker seeking to thrive in a challenging, fast paced environment. Position includes health insurance benefits, dental and 401K options.

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Chelsea Manning says she was denied entry to Canada

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OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) – Chelsea Manning said Sept. 25 she was denied entry into Canada because of her criminal record in the United States.

Manning was convicted in 2013 of leaking a trove of classified documents. She was released after serving seven years of a 35-year sentence, which was commuted by President Barack Obama in his final days in office.

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Ellen DeGeneres says she couldn’t welcome Trump on her show

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Ellen DeGeneres won’t be inviting President Donald Trump to be a guest on her show.

In an interview with Megyn Kelly, DeGeneres asked if she would be open to inviting Trump on her new talk show.

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