“Carol,” “The Danish Girl” earn Oscar acting nominations, shut out in Best Picture

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The nominations for the 88th Oscars were announced Jan. 14 and LGBT films Carol and The Danish Girl picked up multiple nominations but none for Best Picture or Best Director.

Carol, a story about a lesbian photographer developing an intimate relationship with an older woman, picked up six nominations including Best Actress for Cate Blanchett, Best Supporting Actress for Rooney Mara and Best Adapted Screenplay.

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Road to Tampa Pride begins with grand marshals announcement, Miss Tampa Pride pageant

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In the midst of preparing for the 2016 Miss Tampa Pride pageant, festival organizers issued a press release announcing the names of the parade’s grand marshals Jan. 13.

Lorraine Langlois, CEO at Metro Wellness and Community Centers, and Russell Rhodes, FOX TV 13 Morning Anchor for “Good Day Tampa Bay,” will be the grand marshals for Tampa Pride 2016.

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Diamond Awards set to launch a huge year for the TBGLCC

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Tampa – Get your formal attire to the cleaners because the Tampa Bay Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce are honoring the community once again at the second annual Diamond Awards at the Tampa Garden Club Jan. 16.

“It’s a celebration of the continued diversity in the Tampa Bay area, or the growing diversity as we call it,” says Ashley Brundage, TBGLCC President and nominee for Business Person of the Year. “This is where we will celebrate the best in business and the best in the community.”

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A year later, Leelah Alcorn’s message still resonates

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Cincinnati (AP) – The message of a transgender teenager who urged people to “fix society” before she stepped in front of a tractor-trailer in southwest Ohio still draws attention – one year later.

Leelah Alcorn, 17, of a northeastern Cincinnati suburb, walked onto Interstate 71 in the early morning hours of Dec. 28. Her death was deemed a suicide. A note on her Tumblr blog pleaded for her death “to mean something.”

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Bono launches all-star AIDS campaign

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New York (AP) — Would you like to spend quality time with George Clooney as he showers you with compliments?

How about walk a red carpet with Meryl Streep or visit the set of “Game of Thrones”?

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Screened Out – When My Sorrow Died: The Legend Of Armen Ra and the Theremin

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Documentary directed by Robert Nazar Arjoyan

This is an oddly straightforward documentary about a beguiling, off-center subject.

When My Sorrow Died pretty much tells you what it’s about in its longer title. It explored an intriguing drag personality who plays a supremely weird electronic instrument and who possesses a colorful history. Perhaps there are no technical bells and whistles the filmmaker could add, really. So, this flick is a pretty artless approach to a person full of art.

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METRO Tampa Bay to celebrate community with Gala Rouge

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St. Petersburg – The Third Annual METRO Tampa Bay Gala will be held at its new venue within the Historic Train Station in St. Petersburg’s Warehouse Arts District Nov. 7.

The event, headlined as Gala Rouge, will be a night of scantily clad men and women, delicious eats, hand-crafted beverages and a historic venue and is being called “a true voyeur’s delight” according to METRO’s website.

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Homo Erectus: The Evolution of Us: On Being Racist, Sexist, and Having Gay Cave People’s Brains

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I have a confession to make: I’m a racist.

For those who know me, that might come as a shock, since I’m a diversity and inclusion consultant. But yes; I’m racist. But you know what? To some extent you are, too.

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Miss Gay Venezuela crowned

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CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — There’s a beauty contest for almost everyone in pageant-obsessed Venezuela.

In the popular Miss Gay Venezuela competition, men don elaborate wigs and layers of makeup to show off their skills in what they call “the art of transformation.”

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Team Watermark’s pumpkin carving contest

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Team Watermark is getting into the Halloween spirit and hosted a jack-o-lantern contest at the office today. Here are all the entries:

October 16, 2015

JACK’O’LATERN contest at Watermark

And the winner is… 

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Pride Weekend at Parliament House featuring Jordin Sparks

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More than 3,400 attendees – a new record, according to Parliament House – packed the Orlando nightclub Oct. 11 for a live show by American Idol winner Jordin Sparks. She headed to PH after appearing in the COWP parade that same afternoon.

Sparks’ opening acts were the Footlight Players and DJ VTech, who kept the crowd moving until the main event.

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Tyra Sanchez getting heat for suicide comment

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RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 2 winner and former Orlando resident Tyra Sanchez is attracting some hate for telling a Twitter user, “go kill yourself.”

Some LGBT activists are pushing to have Sanchez’s Drag Race crown revoked, in light of Tyra’s comments and the high rate of suicide among LGBT youth. 

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