Sony reportedly planning to introduce bisexual ‘Spider-Man’ in next movie

By : John Paul King of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man (Image courtesy Sony Pictures)

Sony Pictures is making plans for Spider-Man to come swinging back onto the screen soon – and a rumor has emerged that they want him to be bisexual.

According to a report from geek fansite We Got This Covered, the entertainment giant is looking to develop their return to the superhero franchise as a live-action movie in the vein of 2018’s “Into the Spider-Verse,” the Oscar-winning animated film featuring multiple versions of the superhero who are brought together from their respective dimensions to join forces against an enemy seeking to destroy them all.

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Va. House Democrats walk out of pastor’s opening prayer

By : Philip Van Slooten of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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Above: Robert Grant, Jr. at the Virginia House of Delegates (Screen capture via YouTube)

Democrats in the Virginia House of Delegates staged a walkout Feb. 11 to protest a Republican-invited pastor’s attacks on same-sex marriage and abortion.

State Del. Michael Webert (R-Fauquier County) invited Rev. Robert Grant, Jr., a senior pastor at The Father’s Way church in Warrenton, to deliver the opening prayer before lawmakers recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

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Actor Rick Cosnett comes out in Instagram post

By : Jeremy Williams
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Rick Cosnett, the Zimbabwean-Australian actor best known for his roles in TV shows “The Flash,” “Quantico” and “The Vampire Diaries” came out as gay in an Instagram video Feb. 13.

“Dramatic pause — I’m gay,” Cosnett said to begin his roughly one-minute Insta vlog. “Just wanted everyone to know because I made a promise to myself to live my truth everyday and sometimes, that is a really hard thing to do when you have all these subconscious things you don’t even know about from childhood and from society and from being, you know, just life.”

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Lesbian files discrimination complaint against DC Burger King

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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Above: Ingrid, a 19-year-old lesbian from D.C., has filed an anti-gay discrimination complaint against the Burger King where she works. (Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers)

A lesbian who works at a D.C. Burger King says her manager harassed her because of her sexual orientation.

Ingrid, who asked the Washington Blade not to publish her last name, filed a complaint with the D.C. Office of Human Rights last Dec. 23.

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Watermark Giveaway: Tickets for Gina Chavez at the Straz Center

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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Bilingual, folk pop songstress Gina Chavez and her bewitching voice are heading to the Straz Center for the Performing Arts on Feb. 24, and Watermark has your chance to win tickets!

The openly LGBTQ singer/songwriter has won acclaim as the 10-time recipient of the Austin Music Award and the Grand Prize winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Award.

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Connecticut student runners sue to block participation of transgender athletes

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) | The families of three female high school runners filed a federal lawsuit Feb. 12 seeking to block transgender athletes in Connecticut from participating in girls sports.

Selina Soule, a senior at Glastonbury High School, Chelsea Mitchell, a senior at Canton High School and Alanna Smith, a sophomore at Danbury High School are represented by the conservative nonprofit organization Alliance Defending Freedom. They argue that allowing athletes with male anatomy to compete has deprived them of track titles and scholarship opportunities.

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Canadian PM Trudeau raises gay rights with Senegal leader

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Above: Justin Trudeau (Photo by Michael C. Lavers)

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) | Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau raised Senegal’s criminalization of homosexuality during his visit to the West African nation Feb. 12, but Senegal’s leader told journalists afterward that “we’re comfortable with our laws.”

The exchange between Trudeau and Senegalese President Macky Sall highlighted the impasse the United States, Canada and other Western nations have had in persuading Senegal and most African countries not to jail gays and lesbians.

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Man charged with murder of N Ireland journalist Lyra McKee

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LONDON (AP) | Police in Northern Ireland charged a 52-year-old man on Wednesday with murdering Lyra McKee, a journalist shot dead during a riot involving Irish Republican Army dissidents last year.

The killing of McKee caused widespread shock in a region still scarred by decades of violence known as the Troubles, in which more than 3,500 people died.

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Transmasculine Latinx musician Jakk Fynn drops new EP and video

By : John Paul King OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Jakk Flynn, photo courtesy Flynn.

Jakk Fynn, a transmasculine pop music artist who says he is “committed to redefining masculinity,” has released his first EP – and he’s shared a brand new music video to go with it, too.

The new release, which dropped on Wednesday, is titled “Cancelled,” and it’s a collection of emotionally evocative dance pop tracks drawn from what publicity material calls the Latinx singer and songwriter’s “pop-punk and post-hardcore musical roots.”

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10 Central Florida and Tampa Bay eligible singles too sweet for words

By : Jeremy Williams
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The sugary taste of love is flowing through the air as the soft nougat-filled center of our hearts long to spend Valentine’s Day with the one who we hope to be our Turkish Delight. If V-Day is approaching that means it is that time of year for Watermark to present our annual list of the 10 most eligible singles.

We have searched the Candy Cane Forest and Gumdrop Mountain, as well as consulted with Queen Frostine and Gramma Nutt, to compile a list of the sweetest singles — five in Central Florida and five in Tampa Bay — who are ready to grab a drink with you at the candy bar. And trust us, you won’t find any artificial sweeteners in this batch.

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Watermark’s Most Eligible Singles 2020: Topher Larkin

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AGE: 38

BORN IN: Tampa, Florida

IDENTIFIES AS: Gay male

PRONOUNS: He/Him/His

SIGN: Capricorn

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Watermark’s Most Eligible Singles 2020: Jim Nixon

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AGE: 54

BORN IN: Greensboro, North Carolina

IDENTIFIES AS: Gay male

PRONOUNS: He/Him/His

SIGN: Leo

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