George Takei posts April Fools Day joke about being final torchbearer at the Tokyo Olympics

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“Star Trek” actor and LGBTQ icon, George Takei admitted that his announcement that he will be the final torchbearer who lights the Olympic Flame when the rescheduled Summer Olympics kickoff in Tokyo in July 2021 was an April Fools Day prank.

Several news outlets, including Watermark, reported the news April 1.

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Ginger Minj and Gidget Galore perform as a part of Digital Drag Fest

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Some of the biggest names in drag have come together to bring a digital drag festival to homes across the globe as a majority of people in the U.S. and around the world are holdup in their homes due to COVID-19.

“Digital Drag Fest 2020,” presented by Producer Entertainment Group (PEG) and the digital concert service Stageit.com, brings dozens of drag and LGBTQ entertainers together in one virtual location and allows you to watch them perform from the safety of your home.

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Benjamin Scheuer releases new song, ‘I Am Samantha,’ for International Trans Day of Visibility

By : John Paul King of the washington blade, courtesy of the national LGBT media association
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ABOVE: Benjamin Scheuer and Samantha Williams (Photo courtesy Canvasback Records/Atlantic Records)

In honor of International Trans Day of Visibility, singer-songwriter Benjamin Scheuer released “I Am Samantha,” a new track that recounts the real-life journey of a transgender woman he met and befriended at a coffee shop in New York City, along with a powerful accompanying music video.

Scheuer is well-known throughout the theatre world on both sides of the Atlantic for his 2014 one-man show “The Lion,” which won numerous awards including a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance, an off-West End Award for Best New Musical and an ASCAP Cole Porter Award for Songwriting. He’s also a published children’s author (alongside wife Jemima Williams) for Simon & Schuster, having written “Hibernate With Me” and “Hundred Feet Tall,” as well as the author of “Between Two Spaces,” which documented his diagnosis with (and successful treatment for) stage IV Hodgkins’ Lymphoma.

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Come Out With Pride to host virtual event to benefit LGBTQ community

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ORLANDO | Come Out With Pride announced March 31 a virtual event to benefit Central Florida’s LGBTQ individuals, nonprofits and organizations effected by the coronavirus pandemic.

“Stay In With Pride” will be an online, interactive event that will broadcast live April 3 starting at 8 p.m. on Come Out With Pride’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

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Dolly Parton to read bedtime stories online

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Legendary musician, philanthropist and LGBTQ ally Dolly Parton will launch “Goodnight with Dolly” April 2, reading bedtime stories online from her Imagination Library.

Parton launched the Imagination Library in 1995. The book gifting program has mailed more than 130 million free books to children from birth to age five in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia and the Republic of Ireland.

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Fringe performer makes hit show, ‘Meatball Séance,’ available to watch at home

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ORLANDO | Orlando Fringe announced March 19 that its annual theatre festival would be cancelled for the 2020 season leaving performers and fans to wait another year before they can get their Fringe on.

To help sate that theatre appetite until Fringe 2021, performer John Michael announced he is releasing his hit show “Meatball Séance” — which played to sold-out crowds at both Orlando Fringe 2019 and its Winter Mini-Fest earlier this year — available to watch at home.

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MrMs Adrian celebrates birthday by streaming ‘Dragsical’ shows

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ABOVE: “Mean Girls: The Dragsical” is one of three shows streaming on Facebook Live. (Photo from Cassandra Riccione’s Facebook)

ORLANDO | Central Florida drag performer and entertainer MrMs Adrian is celebrating a birthday today and — just as the rest of Orange County and many across the state are doing — she is doing so in quarantine.

“Today is my 26th birthday,” Adrian wrote on Facebook. “I haven’t worked in two weeks, and all that I’ve seen from my friends have been FaceTime calls talking about how badly we miss working, and how badly we miss performing for you. And just like that, I decided how I wanted to celebrate this less-than-conventional birthday.”

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Subscribe to Watermark today for home delivery

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Watermark has been the leading source of LGBTQ news in Central Florida and Tampa Bay for more than 25 years.

We intend to continue our service to our community in this rapidly changing world, offering local, state and national news and more. In addition to our distribution throughout Florida, we can also deliver to your home.

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Tony Awards postponed as global pandemic forces Broadway theaters to remain dark

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NEW YORK (AP) | With Broadway shuttered amid the coronavirus pandemic, producers of the annual Tony Awards have postponed this year’s celebration of American theater.

The show was originally scheduled for June 7 but the virus forced all 41 Broadway theaters to go dark and caused turmoil in the Tony schedule. The awards show will be “rescheduled at a later date,” according to producers.

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Local performer Philip Ancheta talks about his first national tour, ‘Miss Saigon’

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Orlando performer Philip Ancheta will always remember the day he got the call that changed his life.

“I was with my friend Heather when they called and I just screamed at the top of my lungs ‘Heather, I’m going on tour,’” Ancheta recalls. “I just sat down and cried. It was such a surreal experience and she hugged me on the ground and we cried together.”

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Enzian Theater announces On Demand service as people self quarantine

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ORLANDO | Enzian Theater, Central Florida’s independent film cinema, announced that it will begin making some films that were scheduled to run in its theater available to viewers at home.

Enzian On Demand is “a place you can go to watch art house movies and support Enzian” the nonprofit theater posted on its website and social media March 25.

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Miley Cyrus says she left Christian church over ‘anti-LGBTQ’ beliefs

By : John Paul King OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Miley Cyrus. Photo via Cyrus’ Facebook page.

Miley Cyrus has revealed that she turned away from her Christian church as a teen because of its anti-LGBTQ beliefs.

The 27-year-old singer, who came out as pansexual in 2015, made the disclosure during her new Instagram Live talk show, “Bright Minded,” as part of an interview with model Hailey Beiber, who is the daughter of actor (and conservative Christian activist) Stephen Baldwin and the wife of pop star Justin Beiber.

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