RuPaul lands daytime talk show pilot

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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RuPaul is filming a pilot for a daytime talk show.

According to Variety, the pilot is for Telepictures, which is a part of Warner Bros. Television. Telepictures is behind popular shows such as “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “The Real” and “TMZ Live.”

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Fresh and Flavorful Vegan Sushi Bowl

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Join Victoria Rooney from True Radiant You as she shows you how to transform a variety of vegetables into a flavor-packed sushi bowl that’s fresh, healthy and delicious! She’ll include how to make Daikon noodles, cauliflower rice and a cucumber “rose.” For more information, visit TrueRadiantYou.com. Space is limited. Registration required.

Local Author Festival: In Celebration of Women’s History Month

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Meet and greet local authors at a special edition of our Local Author Festival in celebration of Women’s History Month. Authors from a variety of genres will share their experiences and books. Each author will have books available for purchase and signing.

Fans petition Warner Bros. to make Wonder Woman bisexual

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Gal Gadot in ‘Wonder Woman.’ (Photo courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures)

“Wonder Woman” fans want the upcoming sequel to honor canon and make the Amazonian warrior princess bisexual.

Writer Greg Rucka confirmed that the Amazons of Themyscira engage in same-sex relationships in the comics.

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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars’ season three, ‘Untucked’ greenlit to return

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars” will be returning for a third season on VH1 along with its after show “RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked,” Variety reports.

“The world is calling out to see more of these beautiful queens and I am going to give them every bit of it they can handle,” RuPaul told Variety. “’All Stars’ represent the best of the breasts, legs, and thighs. They are giving everything and you’re not going to want to miss it!”

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Hacker leaks ‘Orange is the New Black’ season five episodes

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A hacker has leaked episodes of Netflix’s hit series “Orange is the New Black” and is threatening to release shows from other studios such as ABC, Fox, IFC and National Geographic.

The hacker, known as “thedarkoverlord,” threatened to release the episodes if Netflix didn’t pay an “unspecified amount of money,” Variety reports. Netflix didn’t comply and the hacker released 10 episodes of the series. In an online post, the hacker explained only 10 episodes were obtained because the cyber attack took place before the last three episodes became available.

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Jude Law cast as young Dumbledore in ‘Fantastic Beasts’ sequel

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Jude Law will play a young Albus Dumbledore in the “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” sequel, according to Variety.

Set in the 1920s, the film will show Dumbledore as the professor of transfiguration before he became Hogwarts headmaster and mentor to Harry Potter. Johnny Depp will also appear in the “Harry Potter” prequel as the villainous Grindelwald, Dumbledore’s childhood friend and first love.

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Not ready to back down: St. Petersburg Commissioner Steve Kornell fights the power and wins

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During a critical year for the St. Petersburg city commission, where the shadow to the Tampa Bay Rays loomed over the election, Steve Kornell was able to retain his seat against all odds and without an endorsement from the area’s largest newspaper.

The Tampa Bay Times wrote many articles about Kornell this past year as he was fighting to get re-elected in District 5. Kornell opposed the deal by St. Petersburg mayor RickKriseman that would allow the Rays to look for stadium sites outside of St. Petersburg, but within the region.

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HRO discussions truck along in divided Jacksonville

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About 750 people packed a gymnasium at Edward Waters College for the second of three “Community Conversations” on a proposed human rights ordinance for the city of Jacksonville.

Attendees went through heightened security, with a metal detector and bag search, presumably because there was a bomb threat after the first meeting Nov. 17.

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Israel to begin enlisting HIV-positive soldiers

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JERUSALEM (AP) – The Israeli military said Dec. 1 it will begin enlisting soldiers who are HIV-positive, in a policy shift putting the country at the forefront of military inclusivity toward people with the virus that causes AIDS.

Military service in Israel is compulsory for Jews, but until now people with HIV were automatically deemed unfit to serve for medical reasons.

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22.23 Editor’s Desk

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There are things we choose to remember, and there are things we can never forget along this bumpy road toward full equality for the LGBT community. A sort of monumental “Where were you when the sky turned blue – or black?” flashback syndrome of the historical variety, littered with victims and victors, footprints moving forward and sometimes back.

For me, Jan. 6, 2015, sticks right there in the craw for the same-sex marriage victory in Florida, as it should; nearby, you’ll find Feb. 14, 2015, the day that I married my best friend and husband Tony at a glorious outdoor wedding, hastily assembled as if out of fear that we might be imagining things or that it could disappear within the blink of an Alito eye. Then there was June 26, 2015, the day on which we could all – for now, anyway – breathe a sigh of relief, unclench our fists, put on some rings and hold hands in matrimony in all 50 states.

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METRO announces new service program for LGBT elders

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St. Petersburg – METRO Health, Wellness and Community announced the launch of SAGE Tampa Bay in a press release Nov. 2.

SAGE, or Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders, is the country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender older adults, according to their website.

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