California city denies Straight Pride rally permit for guy who said ‘We’re a totally peaceful racist group’

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MODESTO, Calif. (AP) | A Northern California city has denied a request to hold a so-called Straight Pride rally at a park.

Modesto city officials denied an application Aug. 9 by the National Straight Pride Coalition for an Aug. 24 event at Graceada Park.

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Lauren Mitchell – Live at the Museum

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Modernism Museum Mount Dora will be hosting the Lauren Mitchell Band. The concert will take place in the museum gallery on Saturday, September 8th at 7:00pm. A sparkling and white wine reception is included, which begins at 6:30pm.

Described as “a mesmerizing performer with a voice for the ages,” Lauren Mitchell performs a bold mix of her own original material, songs hand-picked from the repertoires of her friends, and covers of classic tunes performed by Etta James, Bettye LaVette, Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin and Betty Davis. Mitchell tells a blues story that’s been a lifetime in the making. It’s a powerful and stylistically story with a voice to match.

Tickets are $20 for 3MD members and $30 for nonmembers and includes the sparkling and white wine reception which precedes the performance.

Tickets can be purchased at the museum or online by visiting

La Reina Yolanda

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La Reina Yolanda is one woman’s life from childhood adventures to her battle with Alzheimer’s. Sometimes the greatest journeys are the ones in our own mind.

Meet Yolanda, a fierce Latina who we follow from childhood to old age.  Beset by tragedy, she leans on her sharp mind and family to land on her feet. An advocate for her family and the less fortunate, her mind becomes ravaged by Alzheimer’s.  She’s faced with the fight for her mind, sense of self and the family she has fought hard to protect.  When who we are begins to disappear piece by piece, how do we hold on to the essence of what defines us.

La Reina Yolanda will have performances in the WHITE Venue (located in the Junior Achievement building at 2121 Camden Rd, Orlando, FL 32803)

Show times:

Wednesday, May 17th 9:30 PM

Saturday, May 20th 5:30 PM

Monday, May 22nd 5:30 PM

Wednesday, May 24th 5:30 PM

Friday, May 26th 7:00 PM

Saturday, May 27th 4:00 PM

Sunday, May 28th 6:00 PM

Tickets are $10 with a $10 Fringe button

Written/Performed/Produced by Leesa Castaneda

Directed by Paul Castaneda

The Orlando Fringe runs May 16-29, 2017-Loch Haven Park/Ivanhoe Village. Main box office is in the Orlando Shakespeare Theater at 812 East Rollins Street Orlando, FL 32803. Go to the Orlando Fringe website at for tickets and the Festival Dates and location. Fringe office 407-648-0077

North Carolina man arrested in Daytona after killing gay man is a neo-Nazi

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Daytona Beach – The man picked up by police on Daytona Beach for killing a print shop employee at a North Carolina community college says he’s a neo-Nazi who hates gay people.

Kenneth Morgan Stancil III told Raleigh’s WRAL-TV he killed Ron Lane because Lane had made sexual advances to Stancil’s 16-year-old brother. Lane’s cousin, Steven Smith, told that TV station that Lane never made sexual advances toward children or anyone he worked with.

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Guest column: Diversity requires mutual respect, not jealous ranking of oppressions

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Sierra Mannie, a University of Mississippi senior, wrote a commentary picked up by Time eirlier this month titled, “Dear White Gays: Stop Stealing Black Female Culture.” Here’s a portion:

“I need some of you to cut it the hell out. … I don’t care … how cute you think it is to call yourself a strong black woman, who taught you to twerk, how funny you think it is to call yourself Quita or Keisha or for which black male you’ve been bottoming — you are not a black woman, and you do not get to claim either blackness or womanhood.”
Someone was looking for a throw-down. She talked about Beyoncé, white privilege and the legacies of racism and sexism. She made some valid points. She also said that black women “cannot hide their blackness and womanhood to protect themselves the way that you can hide your homosexuality.”

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