Tampa Bay AIDS Walk and Fun Run has big turn out

By : Jeremy Williams
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AIDS Service Association of Pinellas (ASAP) and Empath Health hosted the 12th annual AIDS Walk Tampa Bay at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg Dec. 12.

More than 1,000 people participated in the walk, which began with a new Fun Run. Early reports from ASAP say they raised $135,000 and with  donations still coming in that number will climb.

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Screened Out – Victor Frankenstein

By : Stephen Miller
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James McAvoy, Daniel Radcliffe

Victor Frankenstein misses a monster opportunity.

It has great acting, a jaunty pace, beautiful costumes, a fantastic score, top-notch art direction, and buckets of gore. What it lacks are a satisfying lightning bolt of a climax and a clear path there. Oh, sure the monster comes alive, but he’s not given enough space to rampage – for us to poke and prod him, to find out who he really is.

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Team Watermark: Meet our Intern!

By : Jamie Hyman
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Like a teaching hospital, Watermark is a teaching publication, and we consider it a priority to hire student interns in the hopes to teach them not only about journalism, but about the LGBT community which we serve.

Our current intern is Ciara Varone, 21, a senior journalism student with a minor in cinema studies. Here’s a little more about Ciara:

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UPRISINGS!: We don’t want to liveblog the Democratic debate tonight (in the wake of unspeakable terrorism in Paris and Beirut), but we’ll give it a go.

By : Billy Manes
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This is how it goes. You starch your sarcasm collar up high and point your judgment nose low, and then everything falls into a saltwater pool of international proportions. While we had planned on digesting tonight’s debate on CBS between the Democratic triumvirate bench in the typical bathroom manner with which we digest small bits of food, today has fallen beneath the pall of last night’s coordinated attacks on Paris and on Beirut. There’s still talk that this plays into the Russian plane crash and any other act of terror that might be bothering the temples on either side of your eyes. In response, CBS told the New York Times that it is realigning its question path to match the timbre of the times. OK, so … will it be like those strange post-9/11 telethons were? Or will it be Hillary’s chance to shine in the international diplomacy mirror? Or will Bernie shut it down with some well-earned outrage? The O’Malley situation seems less relevant by the minute, but he’s eye candy, so there’s that. At any rate, we will be chiming in as appropriate starting at 9 p.m. We apparently didn’t have anything better to do (which is a lie), but we’re also still puffy-eyed with tears from the decay of modern civilization at a freaking concert in Paris. Grab a corndog and watch along as everyone walks the “too-soon” tightrope walk on international conspiracy, the one that tilts as safely as possible to the left. It might not be as fun or funny as previous liveblogs from this particular scribe, but he (I) has a feeling that it may be an important moment in political discourse. And abuse of tenses.

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Uprisings!: Fox Business Network will be hosting the worst Republican dinner party ever tonight. We’ll be liveblogging at 9 p.m.

By : Billy Manes
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And here we thought we were going to go sweetly into that warm bubble bath as the evening met its slumber. Nope. Instead, we’ll be doing what we do best while drinking in our underpants with dogs akimbo: liveblogging our thoughts on the currents and currency of the Republican presidential runaway train as it makes its next wobbly stop on the TEEVEE at 9 p.m. One and all should gather around their television tubes and bend their antennae in the direction of something onerous called the Fox Business Network. OR, you can pull out your phone, your iPad, your Kindle, your hair and just watch as we ruminate on how low politics can go. Either way, it will be fun. There are numerous drinking games, of course, because that’s what we’ve turned into. Our friend Peter Scorsch at saintpetersblog.com has been getting a chub about them all day. However, we have to work early in the morning, and our drinking will likely be supplemented with a lot of “How bloody dare you?” and “What would your mother think?” exhortations. Still, you don’t want to miss it. (We didn’t liveblog Friday’s Democratic “forum” because it was a “forum” and we were busy, but it was pretty spectacular and civil; Rachel Maddow is our spirit animal). Enough ranting for now. We’ll see you for the BIG GAME tonight. Over/under on Jeb and Marco making out? 0/0.

8:48 p.m.: TOOK A NAP! I have no idea what happened in Junior Varsity yet. Sometimes it’s better when you don’t know. Of course, that’s impossible. Bobby Jindal went batshit and Chris Christie’s “side fender” has been dented according to FOX guy.

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Screened Out – Labyrinth of Lies

By : Stephen Miller
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Andre Szymanski , Alexander Fehling, Fritz Bauer

It’s amazing to think that anyone could ignore the history of Auschwitz, where over 1.1 million people were exterminated. After the brutalities of WWII and the miraculous financial turnaround of the late 1950s, Germany wanted to do just that – forget. Ex-Nazis hung up their uniforms and quietly slipped back into civilian society. They and the rest of the country hoped that the past would stay in the past.

Labyrinth of Lies is an earnest German-language film about the investigations that brought famous Nazis out of hiding and to trial in the early 1960s. This time, Germans prosecuted Germans, ripping open old wounds.

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‘Deadpool’ film to feature pansexual lead character

By : Jeremy Williams
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The director of the soon-to-be-released Deadpool film has confirmed that the “merc with a mouth” will indeed be pansexual.

Tim Miller was asked in an interview with Collider if the film would feature a “hypersexualized” version of Deadpool like the one seen in the comics. Miller responded, “Pansexual! I want that quoted. Pansexual Deadpool.”

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The gay gloves are off: Log Cabin Republicans endorse Paul Paulson for Orlando Mayor

By : Billy Manes
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(Editor’s note: This post has been edited to reflect late info and to remove the image of someone who did not want to be associated with it.)

We don’t really want to come off negative on the Log Cabin Republicans (in fact, we publish an LCR viewpoint on occasion), but the fact that mayoral candidate Paul Paulson, he of the Doug Guetzloe money train and all that that legally implies, is openly touting his Republican leanings in a nonpartisan race is cause for some alarm.

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Four men and a lady: Liveblogging tonight’s Democratic primary debate

By : Billy Manes
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BENGHAZI! EMAILS! WALL STREET! SOCIALISIM! PRETENDING THAT THERE ARE MORE THAN TWO CANDIDATES! HERE COMES THE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE SHOWDOWN DEBATE!!!!!!!111!!!

Tonight, just like Donald Trump’s hair, we’ll be liveblogging the Democratic stakes as Hillary and Bernie come to blows for what seems to be the first time. Though Sanders is winning the public relations game with Obama-sized rallies, Clinton is still ruling the polls (Sanders is scoring a HUGE one percent among non-white voters according to CNN). Starting at 8:30 p.m., in the depths of Anderson Cooper’s swimming-pool eyes, we will be opining on the backs and the forths of political theater; we’ll also be monitoring the outfield for comments from Martin O’Malley (the cutest), Jim Webb (meh) and Lincoln Chafee (that middle part!). Come play along if you will. It’s going to be fun, fun, fun.

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Sleeves up, pants down: “The Naked Magic Show” promises full frontal illusions at the Straz Center

By : Jeremy Williams
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We’ve all seen a good magic trick where the magician shows you there is nothing up their sleeves, but one magic act is taking it a step further to show they aren’t hiding anything.

Australia’s smokin’ hot magicians, Christopher Wayne and Mike Tyler, have been selling out shows from Australia to New Zealand to Hong Kong wearing nothing but abs, a smile and a top hat, now they are coming to America with “The Naked Magic Show” at the Straz Center in Tampa Oct. 16.

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Clinton plays Val the bartender in “SNL” skit

By : Wire Report
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WASHINGTON (AP) – Set ’em up, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and lend an ear to the troubles of a presidential candidate.

The front-runner for the Democratic nomination appeared on the season opener of Saturday Night Live as a wise bartender named Val who pours a drink or two for, ahem, Hillary Clinton (played by SNL regular Kate McKinnon).

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Maryland prison mistreated transgender inmate, judge says

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BALTIMORE (AP) – A transgender inmate who says she was called “it” and “some kind of animal” by guards who watched her shower has won a legal victory that forces the Maryland prison system to better train for how to treat transgender people, advocates say.

Neon Brown, who goes by Sandy, said in a grievance that she was sent to the state prison at Patuxent in February 2014 for a psychological screening. Brown said she was placed in solitary confinement, and kept there for 66 days despite a directive from the jail warden that staff shouldn’t segregate her from the rest of the population. During that time, she was routinely harassed by guards who made fun of her while she showered, including one who told her to commit suicide, Brown said in the complaint.

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