Parliament House owner says the resort is not up for auction

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ABOVE: The crowd gathers for a concert at Parliament House during Gay Days 2018. (Photo by Layla Ferris)

ORLANDO | Parliament House, Orlando’s longest running LGBTQ club and resort, will not be going up for auction at the end of the month. This according to Parliament House owner Don Granatstein.

Rumors that the more than four decades old LGBTQ resort was up for auction on Feb. 25 started to rise when court documents on the Orange County Clerk of Courts website stating as much began to circulate at the beginning of the year.

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Transgender woman poised to make Argentine soccer history

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ABOVE: Maria Gomez, photo via Instagram.

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) | Dozens of trophies, balls and cups sit on two worn, wooden shelves in the small home in a Buenos Aires suburb of Mara Gomez, who is poised to become the first transgender woman to play professional soccer in Argentina.

Tall and athletic, Gomez looks at the mementos from her arduous journey in soccer and life, and smiles. “When I started I was so bad. I’d kick the ball at the goal and it would go anywhere.”

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The 49 Fund is accepting applications for 4th annual scholarships

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ABOVE: Barry Miller (second from L) with several of The 49 Fund scholarship recipients at Orlando City Hall in 2019. (Photo by Jeremy Williams)

ORLANDO | The 49 Fund, an initiative at Central Florida Foundation, is accepting applications for its fourth annual scholarship awards to honor those lost in the Pulse tragedy.

The fund will award up to 10 local LGBTQ students with a $4,900 scholarship to help pay for college tuition.

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The Center Orlando to host 8th annual Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast

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ORLANDO| The LGBTQ+ Center Orlando will celebrate local LGBTQ leaders and businesses during its 8th annual Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast and Awards on May 20.

The event is in honor of the Harvey Milk, the first openly gay politician in California. Despite a short political career due to his assassination, the event acknowledges the legacy he left and how, 42 years later, he is still one of the most important figures in human rights history.

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Man charged with murder in slaying at Detroit motel

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ABOVE: Bashar Kallabat was a prominent hairdresser in Detroit. Photo from Facebook.

DETROIT (AP) | A Detroit man has been charged in the beating death of another man inside an east side motel room.

Jimmy Pickett, 24, was arraigned on Feb. 14 on first-degree felony murder, according to the Wayne County prosecutor’s office.

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Transgender Hondurans with HIV face uncertain future

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: An LGBTI advocacy group in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, honors Roxsana Hernandez. Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras | Roxsana Hernandez was a transgender woman with HIV from Comayagua, a city that is roughly 50 miles northwest of the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa.

Hernández on May 9, 2018, asked for asylum in the U.S. at the San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Diego after she joined a migrant caravan that left Honduras a few months earlier. Hernández died at a New Mexico hospital 16 days later while in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody.

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LGBTQ activists, Gov. Walz, demand Minnesota ‘conversion therapy’ ban

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ABOVE: OutFront Minnesota, photo by Anne Hodson via OutFront Minnesota’s Facebook page.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) | Gov. Tim Walz and LGBTQ activists rallied at the Minnesota state Capitol on Friday to demand that the Republican-controlled Minnesota Senate pass a ban on “conversion therapy” for minors, a discredited practice that seeks to turn gay people straight.

The proposal passed the Democratic-controlled House last year but an effort to amend it onto a larger bill on the Senate floor by Sen. Scott Dibble failed late in the session. The Minneapolis Democrat, who is openly gay, said he plans to reintroduce it this year, though he acknowledged in an interview that enacting it will be an uphill fight.

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Lily Tomlin to be honored with foot and handprint ceremony at Chinese Theatre

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ABOVE: Lily Tomlin, photo via Tomlin and Jane Wagner’s Facebook page.

A bona fide LGBTQ icon is soon to join the ranks of some of the greatest stars in the history of Hollywood by having her hand and footprints imprinted in the world-famous courtyard of the TCL Chinese Theatre.

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) announced last week that it will honor veteran acress and comedian Lily Tomlin with a hand and footprint ceremony at the landmark movie house during the network’s upcoming TCM Classic Film Festival. The Tony, Grammy, eight-time Emmy and two-time Peabody Award winner will be honored on Friday, April 7.

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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

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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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