Local filmmaker to hold world premiere of religious LGBTQ film ‘At the End of the Day’ in Lakeland

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LAKELAND, Fla. | Kevin O’Brien, a local-area filmmaker, announced his first feature-length film “At the End of the Day” will premiere at the historic Polk Theatre in Lakeland May 18.

“At the End of the Day” is a dramatic comedy that explores the tensions between the evangelical church and the LGBTQ community. Dave Hopper, played by Stephen Shane Martin, is a conservative professor at a Christian college who goes undercover in a gay support group to try and stop them from launching an LGBTQ homeless youth shelter in his small town.

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Central Florida Overheard: A film for “family”

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“Love, Simon,” which opened in theaters March 16, is a teen dramedy about a high school kid named Simon coming to terms with being gay after starting an email conversation with another closeted gay teen from his school. The film is based on the novel “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” by Becky Albertalli. It is also the first major studio release of a film that focuses on a teen gay romance, which is why celebrities across the country have been buying out screenings of the film and giving away tickets to anyone, particularly young LGBTQers, who want to see it.

Local celeb Sacha Kljestan, a midfielder for the Orlando City Soccer Club, and his wife bought out a screening at the Regal Winter Park Village for March 29 and packed the theater with kids from the Zebra Coalition. “The movie spreads the message of tolerance, acceptance and equality. We were inspired by other people who did this, so we just want to pay it forward and help spread the love to the people of Orlando,” Kljestan wrote on his Twitter. Kljestan is now a part of an impressive list of celebrities including Neil Patrick Harris, Matt Bomer and Kristen Bell who are spreading the word of love and acceptance through this amazing film.

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2018 WAVE Awards Spotlight: Zebra Coalition

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CENTRAL FLORIDA’S MOST EFFECTIVE LOCAL LGBTQ ORGANIZATION

Zebra Coalition embodies every bit of their 2018 WAVE Award title as the most effective local LGBTQ organization. They have a very simple and direct mission—support and inspire LGBTQ+ youth—and they have been very effective in doing so.

“It’s such an important mission,” says Heather Wilkie, Zebra’s Executive Director. “We serve LGBTQ+ youth here. We provide housing services, mental health counseling support and really wrap-around all-around services for the youth here in Central Florida. I think it’s a critical service and clearly the community agrees.”

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2018 WAVE AWARD WINNERS – CENTRAL FLORIDA

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FAVORITE LOCAL POLITICIAN/ACTIVIST

First: Patty Sheehan, Orlando City Commissioner – District 4

Second: Buddy Dyer, Orlando Mayor

Third: Carlos Guillermo Smith, Florida House Representative – District 49

GREATEST STRAIGHT ALLY TO THE LOCAL LGBTQ COMMUNITY

First: Buddy Dyer, Orlando Mayor

Second: Anna Eskamani, Florida House candidate – District 47

Third: Darren Soto, U.S. House of Representatives – Florida’s 9th District

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2018 WAVE Awards Spotlight: Rock Hard Fitness

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CENTRAL FLORIDA’S FAVORITE FITNESS CENTER

Let’s be honest, most people hate working out. Sure there are those friends of ours who love to feel the burn and can’t wait to tell you that it’s leg day, but for the average person gym time is the most dreaded time of the day.

Within the LGBTQ community, that dread may have as much to do with the environment as it does with actually having to sweat and lift heavy objects. The folks at Rock Hard Fitness know this.

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HRC hosts 5th annual Time to THRIVE conference on LGBTQ youth in Orlando

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ABOVE: Betty DeGeneres (L) and Zebra Coalition’s Robin Daily attending HRC’s fifth annual Time to THRIVE conference in Orlando. Photo courtesy Robin Daily.

ORLANDO | The Human Rights Campaign, in partnership with the National Education Association and the American Counseling Association, flocked to the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Feb. 16-18 for the fifth annual Time to THRIVE conference which promotes safety, inclusion and well-being for LGBTQ youth.

This year’s conference was attended by more than 800 youth-serving professionals including teachers, school counselors, administrators, social workers, mental health providers, pediatricians, religious leaders, recreational athletic coaches and youth development staff.

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Watermark’s Most Eligible – Central Florida: Michael Deeying

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Age: 33

Hometown: Orlando, Florida

How you identify: Gay

What’s your sign: Aquarius

Michael is a self-professed nerd; he loves golf, Pokemon Go and board games. Above all, he values one thing the most: intelligence.

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Watermark’s Most Remarkable People of 2017

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In a year filled with many setbacks and obstacles, the LGBTQ communities in Central Florida and Tampa Bay have met those challenges with amazing resilience and resisted all forms of discrimination.

The individuals selected as Watermark’s Most Remarkable People of 2017 come from many walks of life but all share one thing in common, they all were truly exceptional this year.

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Watermark’s Most Remarkable People 2017: Robin Daily, Zebra Coalition Community Engagement Coordinator

By : Heather Wilke, Zebra Coalition Executive Director
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Heather Wilke

Robin Daily has been involved in work with Zebra Coalition since the organization opened a youth drop-in center in 2012. She was a dedicated volunteer for many years until April 2017 when she accepted a position as the Community Engagement Coordinator.

In this role, Robin is responsible for connecting with the community to raise awareness for the mission of Zebra Coalition, to inspire and support LGBTQ youth. Robin excels in this role through her passion for improving the lives of young people.

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Orlando Overheard: No Wonder, She’s Super Woman

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The Zebra Coalition’s Community Engagement Coordinator, Robin Daily was recently recognized as an Orlando Family Magazine’s Super Woman.

Orlando Family Magazine wrote: “Daily found her passion for helping others in 2004 when she started volunteering in the local community, and her passion continues to grow each year. She started with Zebra Coalition as a volunteer in 2012 and was hired in April as community engagement coordinator, where she is responsible for executing community outreach initiatives and raising awareness for the organization and the mission they serve.”

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Rock Hard Fitness worked out bodies and hearts raising funds for the Zebra Coalition

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With Gay Days, Pride month and summer weather all just around the corner; Rock Hard Fitness had more than 30 attendees sweating for their beach bods all while helping out a good cause May 21.

Rock Hard Fitness’ “Sweat For a Cause” boot camp event pushed, pulled and squatted  the group to firmer abs and bigger hearts as they raised over $1,000 for the Zebra Coalition.

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A Night with Varla Jean Merman

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Come see Varla Jean Merman in her award-winning, one-woman show for an ONE exclusive night of comedy and song to benefit The Zebra Coalition, presented by The Orlando Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

You’ve seen her on Project Runway, on stage in Provincetown, on the big screen in “Girls Will Be Girls,” and now she’s performing live in a special one night event at the Parliament House where ALL of the proceeds from the shows will go to charity.

$45 online VIP Tickets get priority reserved seating AND a photo op with Varla Jean Merman. ($50 at the door, if available).

$25 online General Admission is first come – first served seating as long as it lasts, and standing room after that ($30 at the door, if available).

ONE NIGHT – TWO SHOWS! – Pick one:
Early show – 7:00pm
Late show – 9:00pm