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We, the executive board members of the GaYbor District Coalition, are concerned about recent coverage of our coalition and some of our members. As you are aware, the GaYbor District Coalition was formed �ive years ago to assist gay and gay-friendly businesses to better serve the GLBTA community in Ybor City and surrounding areas. To that end, we see ourselves as allies to your publication in that we share many of the same goals and a similar constituency. We certainly would not have a concern when issues that confront our community are handled in a fair and balanced method in your publication. Recently, we have sensed that certain issues involving our coalition or member businesses have not been reported in that manner. Some examples of our concern follow. Recently, your publication reported a perceived rift among members of our coalition. While the matter was handled fairly, it was noteworthy based on the amount of coverage you afforded it as your cover story. In the same issue, there was scant mention of the fact that our coalition had just been awarded the �irst ever “Equality Means Business” award from Equality Florida, an honor of which we are quite proud. While we understand that controversy sells, the juxtaposition of the two “news” items was perplexing. Later, you reported an issue with one of our member institutions, Hamburger Mary’s. You stated correctly that there were issues with the Health Department. The facts were greatly skewed, however. Your story claimed scores of serious violations (there was one), and a forced closure of several days (in reality, it was mere hours). Those

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“We request that you examine your coverage of our coalition and our membership.” —GAYBOR DISTRICT COALITION BOARD are facts that could easily be con�irmed. It would not take much research to see that Mary’s overall health department rating was second only to Columbia’s in Ybor City. Somehow, that was excluded as well. We are also concerned about an implication on your part that Hamburger Mary’s does not give back to the community. In fact, they have given an unprecedented amount of money to both gay and straight agencies in the area from proceeds of their twice-weekly bingos and untold other initiatives and fund-raising activities. Finally, our board recently was honored to be invited to Mayor Buckhorn’s historic signing of Tampa’s Domestic Partner Registry law. Our members were photographed by the Tampa Bay Times and received the pens used in the signing. In your retelling [online], those honors went to Equality Florida and Nadine Smith. We were there, and she was not. In conclusion, we would be disappointed to think that Watermark is not giving our coalition a fair shake in regard to our efforts to improve the lives of our

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Don’t lie, be proud I lost my brother, sisters, and even my grandparents coming out of the closet [Editor’s Desk, 19.10]. The hardest loss came from my second ex-wife that hid my child from me until she became an adult because, “Everyone knows homosexuals are child molesters.” I was so proud to watch Jules become the Secretary of the Gay-Straight Alliance at Valencia College. I will always remember my grandmother (RIP) asking me why I told her my secret. I said, “because grandma, you raised me to not lie to you, to be proud of who I am.” TODD KOTTMEIER SARASOTA


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But when I read Log Cabin Executive Director R. Clarke Cooper’s response to Obama’s marriage equality support, I was stunned. “That the president has chosen today, when LGBT Americans are mourning the passage of Amendment One, to �inally speak political pressure that President up for marriage equality is offensive Obama has �inally come around and callous.” to the Dick Cheney position on How can that be? How can you be marriage equality,” GOProud offended when someone offers you chairman Christopher Barron said support immediately following news passive-aggressively in a statement. of a win for the opposition? “This is hardly a pro�ile in courage I get that Republicans may not by President Obama. For years agree with Obama’s health care now, President mandate, his handling Obama has tried of economic issues or his hardest to have the way in which he Why are gay it both ways on the tackles foreign affairs. issue.” Republicans But to be completely While I agree blinded by a dislike of slamming the that Obama has a political party even juggled the marriage president’s when a member of equality ball for way that party supports too long, the fact that support for rights so far denied to he was �inally honest you is asinine. marriage about his support of Why are gay LGBTs on national equality instead Republicans television should slamming the of grilling Mitt be applauded. president’s support Expressing Romney about for marriage equality disappointment instead of grilling with the president’s his support Mitt Romney about embrace of marriage his support of a of a federal equality is like federal constitutional resenting your constitutional amendment banning boyfriend because same-sex unions? amendment he didn’t propose This June marks fast enough, or banning same- 43 years since the bad-mouthing a Stonewall Riots. friend who sends sex unions? We celebrate with you a belated gatherings in Florida’s birthday card. theme parks and street festivals in Don’t we all wish things we St. Petersburg. wanted would have happened This year we have a new sooner? Would a young gay man milestone to celebrate. The who was turned away by his family country’s highest elected of�icial be disappointed if his family had has openly shared that he views a change of heart years later? Of our relationships as equal to his course not. own. Pride month is not about the While many of my political views economy or party af�iliation. It’s differ with those of the Log Cabin about recognizing our community Republicans, I can respect the work and advances in equality. they have done on national issues— namely leading the �ight for the And I can’t think of a better time repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. than now to celebrate. |  |

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COMPLERA (emtricitabine/rilpivirine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate) is a prescription medicine used as a complete single-tablet regimen to treat HIV-1 in adults who have never taken HIV medicines before. COMPLERA does not cure HIV or AIDS or help prevent passing HIV to others.

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INDICATION COMPLERA® (emtricitabine 200 mg/rilpivirine 25 mg/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate 300 mg) is a prescription HIV medicine that contains 3 medicines, EMTRIVA® (emtricitabine), EDURANT™ (rilpivirine), and VIREAD® (tenofovir disoproxil fumarate) combined in one pill. COMPLERA is used as a complete single-tablet regimen to treat HIV-1 infection in adults (age 18 and older) who have never taken HIV medicines before. COMPLERA does not cure HIV and has not been shown to prevent passing HIV to others. It is important to always practice safer sex, use latex or polyurethane condoms to lower the chance of sexual contact with any body fluids, and to never re-use or share needles. Do not stop taking COMPLERA unless directed by your healthcare provider. See your healthcare provider regularly.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION Contact your healthcare provider right away if you get the following side effects or conditions while taking COMPLERA: • Nausea, vomiting, unusual muscle pain, and/or weakness. These may be signs of a buildup of acid in the blood (lactic acidosis), which is a serious medical condition • Light-colored stools, dark-colored urine, and/or if your skin or the whites of your eyes turn yellow. These may be signs of serious liver problems (hepatotoxicity), with liver enlargement (hepatomegaly), and fat in the liver (steatosis) • If you have HIV-1 and hepatitis B virus (HBV), your liver disease may suddenly get worse if you stop taking COMPLERA. Do not stop taking COMPLERA without first talking to your healthcare provider. Your healthcare provider will monitor your condition COMPLERA may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how COMPLERA works, and may cause serious side effects.

Do not take COMPLERA if you are taking the following medicines: • other HIV medicines (COMPLERA provides a complete treatment for HIV infection.) • the anti-seizure medicines carbamazepine (Carbatrol®, Equetro®, Tegretol®, Tegretol-XR®, Teril®, Epitol®), oxcarbazepine (Trileptal®), phenobarbital (Luminal®), phenytoin (Dilantin®, Dilantin-125®, Phenytek®) • the anti-tuberculosis medicines rifabutin (Mycobutin), rifampin (Rifater®, Rifamate®, Rimactane®, Rifadin®) and rifapentine (Priftin®) • a proton pump inhibitor medicine for certain stomach or intestinal problems, including esomeprazole (Nexium®, Vimovo®), lansoprazole (Prevacid®), omeprazole (Prilosec®), pantoprazole sodium (Protonix®), rabeprazole (Aciphex®) • more than 1 dose of the steroid medicine dexamethasone or dexamethasone sodium phosphate • St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) • other medicines that contain tenofovir (VIREAD®, TRUVADA®, ATRIPLA®) • other medicines that contain emtricitabine or lamivudine (EMTRIVA®, Combivir®, Epivir® or Epivir-HBV®, Epzicom®, Trizivir®) • rilpivirine (Edurant™) • adefovir (HEPSERA®) In addition, also tell your healthcare provider if you take: • an antacid medicine that contains aluminum, magnesium hydroxide, or calcium carbonate. Take antacids at least 2 hours before or at least 4 hours after you take COMPLERA • a histamine-2 blocker medicine, including famotidine (Pepcid®), cimetidine (Tagamet®), nizatidine (Axid®), or ranitidine hydrochloride (Zantac®). Take these medicines at least 12 hours before or at least 4 hours after you take COMPLERA • the antibiotic medicines clarithromycin (Biaxin®), erythromycin (E-Mycin®, Eryc®, Ery-Tab®, PCE®, Pediazole®, Ilosone®), and troleandomycin (TAO®) • an antifungal medicine by mouth, including fluconazole (Diflucan®), itraconazole (Sporanox®), ketoconazole (Nizoral®), posaconazole (Noxafil®), voriconazole (Vfend®) • methadone (Dolophine®) This list of medicines is not complete. Discuss with your healthcare provider all prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, or herbal supplements you are taking or plan to take.

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Before taking COMPLERA, tell your healthcare provider if you: • have liver problems, including hepatitis B or C virus infection • have kidney problems • have ever had a mental health problem • have bone problems • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if COMPLERA can harm your unborn child • are breastfeeding; women with HIV should not breast-feed because they can pass HIV through their milk to the baby Contact your healthcare provider right away if you experience any of the following serious or common side effects: Serious side effects associated with COMPLERA: • New or worse kidney problems can happen in some people who take COMPLERA. If you have had kidney problems in the past or take other medicines that can cause kidney problems, your healthcare provider may need to do blood tests to check your kidneys during your treatment with COMPLERA • Depression or mood changes can happen in some people who take COMPLERA. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the following symptoms: feeling sad or hopeless, feeling anxious or restless, or if you have thoughts of hurting yourself (suicide) or have tried to hurt yourself • Bone problems can happen in some people who take COMPLERA. Bone problems include bone pain, softening or thinning (which may lead to fractures). Your healthcare provider may need to do additional tests to check your bones • Changes in body fat can happen in people taking HIV medicine. These changes may include increased amount of fat in the upper back and neck (“buffalo hump”), breast, and around the main part of your body (trunk). Loss of fat from the legs, arms and face may also happen. The cause and long-term health effect of these conditions are not known • Changes in your immune system (Immune Reconstitution Syndrome) can happen when you start taking HIV medicines. Your immune system may get stronger and begin to fight infections that have been hidden in your body for a long time. Tell your healthcare provider if you start having new symptoms after starting your HIV medicine

Common side effects associated with COMPLERA: • trouble sleeping (insomnia), abnormal dreams, headache, dizziness, diarrhea, nausea, rash, tiredness, and depression Other side effects associated with COMPLERA: • vomiting, stomach pain or discomfort, skin discoloration (small spots or freckles),

and pain Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. These are not all the possible side effects of COMPLERA. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist. Call your healthcare provider for medical advice about side effects. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088. Take COMPLERA exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to take it • Always take COMPLERA with a meal. Taking COMPLERA with a meal is important to

help get the right amount of medicine in your body. A protein drink does not replace a meal • Stay under the care of your healthcare provider during treatment with COMPLERA and see your healthcare provider regularly

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COMPLERA may help: • Reduce the amount of HIV in your blood. This is called your “viral load”. • Increase the number of white blood cells called CD4+ (T) cells that help fight off other infections.

Important: Ask your doctor or pharmacist about medicines that should not be taken with COMPLERA. For more information, see the section “What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking COMPLERA?”

Reducing the amount of HIV and increasing the CD4+ (T) cell count may improve your immune system. This may reduce your risk of death or infections that can happen when your immune system is weak (opportunistic infections).

Read this Patient Information before you start taking COMPLERA and each time you get a refill. There may be new information. This information does not take the place of talking to your healthcare provider about your medical condition or treatment. What is the most important information I should know about COMPLERA?

COMPLERA does not cure HIV infections or AIDS. • Always practice safer sex. • Use latex or polyurethane condoms to lower the chance of sexual contact with any body fluids such as semen, vaginal secretions, or blood. • Never re-use or share needles.

Ask your healthcare provider if you have any questions about how to prevent passing COMPLERA can cause serious side effects, including: 1. Build-up of an acid in your blood (lactic acidosis). Lactic acidosis can happen in HIV to other people. some people who take COMPLERA or similar (nucleoside analogs) medicines. Lactic Who should not take COMPLERA? acidosis is a serious medical emergency that can lead to death. • Do not take COMPLERA if your HIV infection has been previously treated with Lactic acidosis can be hard to identify early, because the symptoms could seem like HIV medicines. symptoms of other health problems. Call your healthcare provider right away if you • Do not take COMPLERA if you are taking certain other medicines. For more get any of the following symptoms which could be signs of lactic acidosis: information about medicines that must not be taken with COMPLERA, see “What • feeling very weak or tired should I tell my healthcare provider before taking COMPLERA?” • have unusual (not normal) muscle pain • have trouble breathing What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking COMPLERA? • have stomach pain with Before you take COMPLERA, tell your healthcare provider if you: - nausea (feel sick to your stomach) • have liver problems, including hepatitis B or C virus infection - vomiting • have kidney problems • feel cold, especially in your arms and legs • have ever had a mental health problem • feel dizzy or lightheaded • have bone problems • have a fast or irregular heartbeat • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if COMPLERA can harm your unborn child Pregnancy Registry. There is a pregnancy registry for women who take antiviral medicines during pregnancy. Its purpose is to collect information about the health of you and your baby. Talk to your healthcare provider about how you can take part in this registry. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the following symptoms • are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed. The Centers for Disease Control and of liver problems: Prevention recommends that mothers with HIV not breastfeed because they can pass • your skin or the white part of your eyes turns yellow (jaundice). the HIV through their milk to the baby. It is not known if COMPLERA can pass through • dark “tea-colored” urine your breast milk and harm your baby. Talk to your healthcare provider about the best • light-colored bowel movements (stools) way to feed your baby. • loss of appetite for several days or longer Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription • nausea and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. • stomach pain 2. Severe liver problems. Severe liver problems can happen in people who take COMPLERA or similar medicines. In some cases these liver problems can lead to death. Your liver may become large (hepatomegaly) and you may develop fat in your liver (steatosis) when you take COMPLERA.

You may be more likely to get lactic acidosis or severe liver problems if you are COMPLERA may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may female, very overweight (obese), or have been taking COMPLERA or a similar affect how COMPLERA works, and may cause serious side effects. If you take certain medicines with COMPLERA, the amount of COMPLERA in your body may be too low and medicine containing nucleoside analogs for a long time. it may not work to help control your HIV infection. The HIV virus in your body may become 3. Worsening of Hepatitis B infection. If you also have hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection resistant to COMPLERA or other HIV medicines that are like it. and you stop taking COMPLERA, your HBV infection may become worse (flare-up). A “flare-up” is when your HBV infection suddenly returns in a worse way than before. Do not take COMPLERA if you also take these medicines: COMPLERA is not approved for the treatment of HBV, so you must discuss your HBV • COMPLERA provides a complete treatment for HIV infection. Do not take other HIV medicines with COMPLERA. therapy with your healthcare provider. • the anti-seizure medicines carbamazepine (CARBATROL®, EQUETRO®, TEGRETOL®, • Do not let your COMPLERA run out. Refill your prescription or talk to your healthcare TEGRETOL-XR®, TERIL®, EPITOL®), oxcarbazepine (TRILEPTAL®), phenobarbital provider before your COMPLERA is all gone. (LUMINAL®), phenytoin (DILANTIN®, DILANTIN-125®, PHENYTEK®) • Do not stop taking COMPLERA without first talking to your healthcare provider. ® ® • If you stop taking COMPLERA, your healthcare provider will need to check your health • the anti-tuberculosis medicines rifabutin (MYCOBUTIN ), rifampin (RIFATER , RIFAMATE®, RIMACTANE®, RIFADIN®) and rifapentine (PRIFTIN®) often and do regular blood tests to check your HBV infection. Tell your healthcare provider about any new or unusual symptoms you may have after you stop taking • a proton pump inhibitor medicine for certain stomach or intestinal problems, including esomeprazole (NEXIUM®, VIMOVO®), lansoprazole (PREVACID®), omeprazole COMPLERA. (PRILOSEC®), pantoprazole sodium (PROTONIX®), rabeprazole (ACIPHEX®) • more than 1 dose of the steroid medicine dexamethasone or dexamethasone sodium What is COMPLERA? COMPLERA is a prescription HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) medicine that: phosphate • is used to treat HIV-1 in adults who have never taken HIV medicines before. HIV is the • St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) virus that causes AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome). If you are taking COMPLERA, you should not take: • contains 3 medicines, (rilpivirine, emtricitabine, tenofovir disoproxil fumarate) • other medicines that contain tenofovir (VIREAD®, TRUVADA®, ATRIPLA®) combined in one tablet. EMTRIVA and VIREAD are HIV-1 (human immunodeficiency • other medicines that contain emtricitabine or lamivudine (EMTRIVA®, COMBIVIR®, virus) nucleoside analog reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs) and EDURANT is an EPIVIR® or EPIVIR-HBV®, EPZICOM®, TRIZIVIR®) HIV-1 non-nucleoside analog reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI). • rilpivirine (EDURANT™) It is not known if COMPLERA is safe and effective in children under the age of 18 years. • adefovir (HEPSERA®)

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healthcare provider and pharmacist when you get a new medicine. Your healthcare provider and your pharmacist can tell you if you can take these medicines with COMPLERA. Do not start any new medicines while you are taking COMPLERA without first talking with your healthcare provider or pharmacist. You can ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for a list of medicines that can interact with COMPLERA. How should I take COMPLERA? • Stay under the care of your healthcare provider during treatment with COMPLERA. • Take COMPLERA exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to take it. • Always take COMPLERA with a meal. Taking COMPLERA with a meal is important to help get the right amount of medicine in your body. A protein drink does not replace a meal. • Do not change your dose or stop taking COMPLERA without first talking with your healthcare provider. See your healthcare provider regularly while taking COMPLERA. • If you miss a dose of COMPLERA within 12 hours of the time you usually take it, take your dose of COMPLERA with a meal as soon as possible. Then, take your next dose of COMPLERA at the regularly scheduled time. If you miss a dose of COMPLERA by more than 12 hours of the time you usually take it, wait and then take the next dose of COMPLERA at the regularly scheduled time. • Do not take more than your prescribed dose to make up for a missed dose. • When your COMPLERA supply starts to run low, get more from your healthcare provider or pharmacy. It is very important not to run out of COMPLERA. The amount of virus in your blood may increase if the medicine is stopped for even a short time. • If you take too much COMPLERA, contact your local poison control center or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away. What are the possible side effects of COMPLERA? COMPLERA may cause the following serious side effects, including: • See “What is the most important information I should know about COMPLERA?” • New or worse kidney problems can happen in some people who take COMPLERA. If you have had kidney problems in the past or take other medicines that can cause kidney problems, your healthcare provider may need to do blood tests to check your kidneys during your treatment with COMPLERA. • Depression or mood changes. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the following symptoms: - feeling sad or hopeless - feeling anxious or restless - have thoughts of hurting yourself (suicide) or have tried to hurt yourself • Bone problems can happen in some people who take COMPLERA. Bone problems include bone pain, softening or thinning (which may lead to fractures). Your healthcare provider may need to do additional tests to check your bones. • Changes in body fat can happen in people taking HIV medicine. These changes may include increased amount of fat in the upper back and neck (“buffalo hump”), breast, and around the main part of your body (trunk). Loss of fat from the legs, arms and face may also happen. The cause and long term health effect of these conditions are not known. • Changes in your immune system (Immune Reconstitution Syndrome) can happen when you start taking HIV medicines. Your immune system may get stronger and begin to fight infections that have been hidden in your body for a long time. Tell your healthcare provider if you start having new symptoms after starting your HIV medicine.

Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. These are not all the possible side effects of COMPLERA. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088). How do I store COMPLERA? • Store COMPLERA at room temperature 77 °F (25 °C). • Keep COMPLERA in its original container and keep the container tightly closed. • Do not use COMPLERA if the seal over the bottle opening is broken or missing. Keep COMPLERA and all other medicines out of reach of children. General information about COMPLERA: Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Patient Information leaflet. Do not use COMPLERA for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give COMPLERA to other people, even if they have the same symptoms you have. It may harm them. This leaflet summarizes the most important information about COMPLERA. If you would like more information, talk with your healthcare provider. You can ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for information about COMPLERA that is written for health professionals. For more information, call (1-800-445-3235) or go to www.COMPLERA.com. What are the ingredients of COMPLERA? Active ingredients: emtricitabine, rilpivirine hydrochloride, and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate Inactive ingredients: pregelatinized starch, lactose monohydrate, microcrystalline cellulose, croscarmellose sodium, magnesium stearate, povidone, polysorbate 20. The tablet film coating contains polyethylene glycol, hypromellose, lactose monohydrate, triacetin, titanium dioxide, iron oxide red, FD&C Blue #2 aluminum lake, FD&C Yellow #6 aluminum lake. This Patient Information has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Manufactured and distributed by: Gilead Sciences, Inc. Foster City, CA 94404 Issued: August 2011 COMPLERA, the COMPLERA Logo, EMTRIVA, HEPSERA, TRUVADA, VIREAD, GILEAD, and the GILEAD Logo are trademarks of Gilead Sciences, Inc. or its related companies. ATRIPLA is a trademark of Bristol-Myers Squibb & Gilead Sciences, LLC. All other trademarks referenced herein are the property of their respective owners. © 2012 Gilead Sciences, Inc. All rights reserved. 202123-GS-000 02AUG2011 CON12407 4/12

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BETTER LATE THAN NEVER: It took nearly two years, but Orange County commissioners passed a countywide domestic partnership registry on May 22 in front of LGBT supporters wearing red. PHOTO BY DAVID MORAN

Finally, Orange County moves on DPR The countywide ordinance will take effect in July David Moran

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RLANDO | After a year and a half of discussion and negotiation, the Orange County Board of Commissioners passed a countywide domestic partnership registry (DPR) on May 22. With a vote of 6-1, District 2 Commissioner Fred Brummer was the lone dissenter. Hope pervaded the atmosphere of the meeting chambers with optimistic DPR supporters decked out it red. It was a �itting day to pass the registry as it was also Harvey Milk Day, what would have been the 82nd birthday of the late gay San Francisco elected of�icial. While testifying in favor of the registry, Randy Stephens, executive director of The Center Orlando, quoted Milk’s famous “Hope Speech,” saying “you’ve gotta give them hope” to

the Board of Commissioners as he called upon them to set an example of equality. The ordinance will go into effect in July. “I’m very proud of where we are today. I know it has taken a lot longer than anyone wished but I think that we are doing something ground-breaking,” said Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs. “I think Orange County is open and friendly to the [LGBT community] and I think [the ordinance] con�irms that.” Equality Florida Field Director Joe Saunders called it a “great day” for Central Florida. “After two years of organizing, our county commissioners, a board of six Republicans and one Democrat, voted 6-1 to recognize and protect our families,” Saunders said. “Today’s victory gives me hope that no community is off the table. We can make all of Florida as

PLANTING ROOTS: Dexter Foxworth, director of Zebra Coaltion, unveils the new location of the Zebra House, which will serve as office space, meeting space, a drop-in center and emergency shelter for LGBTQ youth. PHOTO BY JAKE STEVENS

inclusive as Orange County.” Mayor Jacobs proposed the Health, Education and Life Protection (HELP) ordinance on May 10 but drew criticism from LGBT activists who said the lack of a speci�ic domestic partner registry meant the ordinance would fail to protect Central Florida’s gay families. On May 22, Jacobs released an amended ordinance addressing some of those concerns. According to a release from the Orlando Anti-Discrimination Ordinance Committee (OADO), the modi�ied proposal lets unmarried couples, regardless of sexual orientation, choose between the HELP plan or a domestic partner registry. Though the domestic partnership registry was passed, District 5 Commissioner Ted Edwards proposed a last-minute amendment striking punitive damages and attorney’s fee protections from the ordinance. Commissioner Edwards opposed the ordinance allowing an Orange County DPR participant to sue for

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New home for Zebra House Jamie Hyman

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RLANDO | The Zebra Coalition is getting some news stripes—a new leader and a new home base. Dexter Foxworth has been the coalition’s director for about three months now. The Zebra Coalition is a network of organizations which provide services to LGBT and questioning youth ages 13–24, whether they need medical care, counseling, emergency housing, transitional housing or education. Foxworth said Zebra’s volunteers reach out to their service partners to provide these services for the young people who need them. The Zebra House is the Coalition’s headquarters, plus of�ice space for Foxworth and an outreach counselor, a drop-in center, hotline home base and even emergency housing for teenagers who need a place to sleep for the night. The Zebra House’s new location is on North Mills, directly across from Funky Monkey Wine Company and a diagonal walk from The Center. “Our goal is to move in this summer and be fully functional and operating there,” Foxworth said.

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|  | Zebra House from pg.13 In order for that to happen, Foxworth said it needs, “a lot of volunteers, additional funding and right now we’re looking for folks who can provide services such as electrical and construction to bring this thing to life. We’re really going to rely on the community to get us in there.” Phil Toll, director of the Center for DrugFree Living and Foxworth’s supervisor, said the organization wants to renovate but it also needs to ensure that the facility is fully handicapaccessible. “It’s a drop in center as well as a meeting site as well as of�ice space,” Toll said. “First and foremost we want it to be a site where youth can feel comfortable and be there on a regular basis, whether they’re seeking services or just sharing their experiences with others.” Foxworth said the funding for the house purchase was provided by the Zebra Coalition via private donations, corporate contributions and grants, but they could still use additional funding and donations can be made at their website, ZebraYouth. org. Toll said that visibility is the key bene�it of their new location. “It’s in an area of town that has high traf�ic and very close to The Centers’ location so youth can be referred over,” Toll said. “[The location is] very important —PHIL TOLL from a drop-in perspective, because it’s a place where clients can hang out, do homework, meet with other youth their age and see life can be normal and we can support you through [the coming out] process.” Foxworth said it’s the Coalition’s policy not to turn away any youth who needs help, and Toll added that the support system is the key to helping LGBTQ youth who are struggling. “Finding people like [your]self is an important factor when dealing with life’s struggles,” Toll said. “Had there been a place like this when I was going up it would have made my life a lot easier.” Foxworth added that even once the Zebra Coalition moves into the new location, it will maintain the apartments it uses as traditional housing for their clients ages 18–24, who deal with homelessness the most. According to Foxworth, about 42% of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ and 26% of youth who come out to their parents are told to leave home. He said that Central Florida does not currently have any existing shelters or organizations with the ability or staff to take in those young people in trouble. |  |

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punitive damages and attorneys’ fees if their rights were violated. “I support granting these rights and I understand their symbolic importance, but I don’t understand why we are adopting an ordinance that sets ourselves up for attorney’s fees,” Edwards said. The amendment removing punitive damages was approved unanimously by the board. Though OADO member and attorney Mary Meeks was thrilled about the ordinance passing, she said she was disappointed that some of the ordinance’s legal language was cut. “I think the board got some bad legal advice. It’s not that Orlando or another other city chose not [to include punitive damages and attorney’s fees in their ordinance], they couldn’t do it by law, but the county can,” said Meeks. The ordinance is still enforceable in court without the right to punitive damages and attorney’s fees, but Meeks expressed concerned about adequate compensation for a DPR couple whose rights are violated. “To enforce your rights, you can still sue for compensatory damages. The issue is in this kind of situation, you may not have compensatory damages or loss of money,” she said. “The real issue is if you’re not allowed in the hospital room as your partner is dying, you didn’t lose any money. That’s where punitive damages would cover that to punish someone for doing such a horri�ic thing even if it didn’t cost you any money.” The �inal vote on the registry �inally came down after three hours of discussion and debate with most of the time devoted to the public

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ACLU of Florida and a faculty member from Embry-Riddle University who discussed how the registries help companies properly issue domestic partner bene�its to their employees. Under the registry, couples 18 and older who are unmarried receive visitation rights to hospitals and jails. They will also be noti�ied forum. Twenty supporters and three opponents weighed in on the registry. MBA President Gina Duncan spoke about the importance of guaranteeing human rights and being on the right side of history. She candidly talked about how the ordinance affects her as a transgender woman and a mother with an openly gay daughter and son who is a straight ally. Duncan quoted President John F. Kennedy, “If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity,” emphasizing the importance of fostering a hopeful world for all children. A mother and her two children, clergy, straight allies, LGBT activists, politicians, attorneys, business owners, and people of faith, both for and against, were among the voices heard. Many supporters also stressed the importance that the ordinance be speci�ically

in case of an emergency and can make funeral arrangements for one another. The couples will pay $50 to become part of the registry. While similar to the registry already in effect in Orlando, Volusia County’s registry is the �irst countywide domestic partner registry in Central Florida. |  |

county-wide rights and protections for unmarried same-sex and opposite-sex couples, including hospital visitation, jail visitation, emergency noti�ications, guardian decisions, healthcare decisions, funeral/burial decisions and participation in a child’s public education. The City of Orlando passed a similar ordinance in November. Orange County’s passage comes four days after Volusia County Council members voted to create Central Florida’s �irst countywide registry. Tampa approved its DPR in March and Gulfport was the �irst Pinellas County municipality to adopt such an ordinance earlier this month. St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Belle Isle, Sarasota, and Pinellas County have all started the process of creating domestic partnership registries in their respective areas. Mayor Jacobs said that her staff will work over the next month to educate Orange County citizens on how the domestic partner registry process will work. She encouraged interested couples to continue to check for updates —ORANGE COUNTY MAYOR TERESA JACOBS on the county website. called a “Domestic Partnership As the Central Florida LGBT Registry” instead of the vague HELP community celebrates another ordinance. It’s unclear what exactly victory, Stephens said there is the ordinance will be of�icially titled, still work to do to support gender but Jacobs did stress that when the identity protections, LGBT tourism county promotes the ordinance on and marriage equality. its website and elsewhere, it will be Stephens said that it was time to called a domestic partner registry. go back and add gender identity to The county attorney mentioned a Orlando’s Human Rights Ordinance. possible addendum to the ordinance It was omitted from the ordinance stating as such. when it was originally passed. |  | The ordinance will provide

“I know it has taken a lot longer than anyone wished but I think that we are doing something ground-breaking.”

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GULFPORT MAKES HISTORY: Gulfport Mayor Michael Yakes shows off the new Gulfport Domestic Partner Registry ordinance at a public signing ceremony with supporters and council members on May 16. PHOTO BY GREG STEMM

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ULFPORT | With a unanimous 5-0 vote, the Gulfport city council created the �irst Domestic Partner Registry (DPR) in Pinellas County on Tuesday, May 15. Pinellas is home to the larger cities of St. Petersburg and Clearwater, and while both municipalities and the government of Pinellas County are considering such registries, tiny Gulfport (pop. 13,000) made the move �irst. Gulfport has a history of supporting equality measures, having passed the state’s most comprehensive Human Rights Ordinance in 2005, the �irst city in the Tampa Bay area to pass such an ordinance. Thunderous applause and a standing ovation from a standing room only council chamber followed the vote. There were so many

way,” Smith said May 1. “When we went to talk to St. Petersburg, we mentioned that fact that this was something Gulfport was looking at . . . the county will be taking it up in attendance that some had to soon, [and] we were able to point to watch the proceedings outside the Gulfport for leading the way. This is chamber on TV. No one spoke in not merely symbolic, this provides opposition to the ordinance. real protections for people.” “The President of the United The ordinance passed its �irst States just publicly supported reading on May 1 with a 4-1 vote. marriage equality,” said Gulfport Newly elected resident Jan council member Lowe. “Since Dan Liedtke he is unable cast the lone to issue an dissenting executive vote. He order in that expressed regard, some some would say his concerns declaration that the is a symbolic ordinance —MICHELE KING, FORMER GULFPORT didn’t go gesture. The COUNCILWOMAN DPR is also far enough a small step and toward marriage equality.” pressed for a clause to be included Also present at the meeting was that would require those that �iled Equality Florida Executive Director to get a durable power of attorney Nadine Smith, who spoke directly to and that partners name each other the council during the ordinance’s as health care surrogates. He said he �irst reading earlier this month. “You are in fact leading the Continued on page 18 |  |

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BOR CITY | A surprise health inspection at Hamburger Mary’s in Tampa yielded no violations on May 16, giving the popular restaurant and show bar a 100% score from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. According to Mary’s proprietor Kurt King, he and his staff weren’t expecting an inspection until sometime in July. In March, the restaurant was closed for two hours after violations were discovered by the same organization. Those violations were immediately corrected, according to King. “It was just one item that was bad,” King explained of the March inspection. “The rest of the issues were �ixed on site.” King said that a critical violation in March—related to evidence of rodents—was an issue affecting most of the building because one business, Blue Dog, never hired a pest control company. That business is now closed and King has hired a new pest control company. No evidence of rodents or any pests were found on May 16. “This inspection says we corrected any issues we had and we’ve turned it around and the problem is gone,” King said. “People can feel safe coming to Hamburger Mary’s.” King said he didn’t take the March inspection lightly and that he and his staff will stay on top of it so the restaurant can continue receiving 100% approval ratings when it’s inspected. Watermark reported on the March inspection on its website and then in a mid-March issue, sparking several letters to the editor about the safety of the popular restaurant and bar. Hamburger Mary’s has been a long-time contributor to charities and LGBT organizations in Tampa Bay. In January, it was the main sponsor of the Gasparilla Softball Tournament. On Wednesdays, its popular Drag Queen Bingo raises money for charities throughout Tampa Bay. “There is no denying that we give back,” said King, citing serveral organizations Mary’s supports. King expects to see the health department again, especially with the Republican National Convention looming in August. All establishments serving food can expect thorough inspections throughout the next two months, he added. “We’ve had seven inspections so far this year,” said King, adding that typically restaurants get two to three a year. “Every time they come I take notes and make sure I’m aware of what needs to be �ixed or maintained. |  |

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T. PETERSBURG | With a unanimous vote on May 17, St. Petersburg’s City Council approved the �irst reading of its proposed domestic partnership registry ordinance, which puts it on the fast track to approval in the month of June. According to City Councilman Steve Kornell, the unanimous vote puts the second reading of the ordinance on track for a June 7 meeting. It will likely pass unanimously again. Mayor Bill Foster is expected to sign the ordinance once it is passed, given he has already ordered the city to implement domestic partnership bene�its for all city employees. “It will just take a couple of weeks for staff to implement [the DPR] and then it will be available,” Kornell said. “So that is a done deal in the process of being implemented.” The City of Clearwater is also on track to approve its own DPR. The Clearwater City Council approved the �irst reading of its ordinance at its meeting May 17. That puts Clearwater on track to �inalize its DPR ordinance on June 7 as well. In Clearwater, couples could begin registering the next day, June 8, at City Hall. The registration will cost $30. There is a move for Pinellas County to follow suit later this month. Commissioner Ken Welch has expressed support for a countywide ordinance, with a clause allowing individual cities to opt out, if desired. The City of Tampa approved its DPR ordinance in March. |  |

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AMPA | Nearly 800 people �illed the Tampa Museum of Art May 19 for the gallery’s Pride & Passion LGBT fundraiser, which was a rousing success according to organizers. “We couldn’t be happier,” said event chair Robin Sharp, who mingled with a diverse crowd of lesbians, gay men and straight allies to culminate a year of planning for the event, now in its seventh year. Pride & Passion served as the of�icial kick-off event for St. Pete Pride and saw Alex Sink and Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn in attendance. “Everyone looked so great, and the performances, the vignettes, everything was centered around passion,” said steering committee member Mariruth Kennedy. While Sharp said there’s still room for the party to grow on the museum’s veranda, how large Pride & Passion endeavors to become will be a topic of conversation at the �irst meeting of next year’s steering committee. Final fundraising �igures will be announced in the coming weeks, as will next year’s chair. Upstairs in the museum, the subject was also chairs. New to gallery is the furniture design exhibition “A Hundred Years—a Hundred Chairs” from the Vitra Design Museum. Many partygoers climbed the gorgeous atrium staircase to |  | Gulfport DPR from pg.17

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TAMPA | GaYbor Days 2012 has moved to Memorial Day Weekend. The �ifth annual GaYbor Days festival will stretch for �ive days, this year, beginning on Thursday, May 24, and ending on Monday, May 28. The GaYbor District Coalition Board moved the event from July 4 weekend to Memorial Day weekend to avoid a crossover with events planned for St. Pete Pride. The annual event features live music, food and parties and this year is set to be no different. Organizers have created special entertainment for every night of the festival, kicking off Thursday at the Ybor City Social Club. For a full schedule of events, visit MCFilm.co. |  |

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reconsidered when those concerns were addressed. Interestingly, David Hastings, the council member he defeated in the past election, a local CPA, has offered to provide power of attorney documents to registered Gulfport couples for free. Openly gay city council member Barbara Banno made the motion to approve the new ordinance. She and her partner of eight years plan to be the �irst couple in Gulfport to sign onto the new registry. “I think a vote like this from a

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LIVING ART: Performers wow the crowds at the Tampa Museum of Art during Pride & Passion May 19. PHOTO BY NICK CARDELLO view the equally engaging chairs presented in a swirling array and highlighting the dynamic nature of the pieces. At other points during the evening, The New Century Dance Company emerged down those stairs to engage the audience in numbers such as the dazzling “Fire.” Since Saturday’s weather proved more humid than last year, more people stayed inside, where performance artists vamped and preened to the audience’s delight. “I really want to thank the community for their support,” Sharp said. “This is the seventh year of Pride & Passion and for it to grow to this level would never have been possible without the community. The talented steering

committee and host committee also worked so hard. We are so fortunate to be af�iliated with them. It’s been such a great experience.” Many �irst-time and returning supporters mixed and mingled, including Josh Rodriguez and Randy Ganz, co-workers from Level Salon and Spa in Hyde Park. “It’s just a lovely event,” Ganz said, who supported the event for the �irst time and also gained a year’s membership to the museum as part of the bargain. “It’s the second-largest fundraiser for the museum,” said Sharpe of the museum under the leadership of Todd Smith. “It’s nice to be able to say this was the of�icial kick-off event to St. Pete Pride,” Sharp said. |  |

small city in Florida gives hope to LGBT people living in communities large and small across our state and perhaps around the nation,” said Banno. “I want to say a strong word of thanks to all the residents, gay and straight, who supported this measure. It really says a lot about the character of our community.” Former Gulfport city council member Michele King, who was instrumental in getting the city’s HRO passed said she thought this was a great �irst step in getting all of Pinellas County residents covered by a registry.

“It’s very exciting for Gulfport that the vote was unanimous like the HRO we passed,” said King. “The Domestic Partnership Registry will be just one more step in guaranteeing all people equal rights. But this does not stop in Gulfport. I have personally begun lobbying the county for a countywide ordinance. All the energy spent lobbying Gulfport council people will hopefully continue and be directed at the county level to ensure the rights of everyone in Pinellas County.” |  |

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ARASOTA | It was a sea of red shirts in Sarasota City Hall on Monday, May 21, as LGBTs and allies �looded the chamber to show support for a domestic partnership registry in the city. While the city already provides domestic partnership bene�its to its employees, former commissioner Ken Shelin and Grace Carlson, of Carlson Marketing Studio, said citizens who do not work for the city also need protections. “It’s not a civil union. It’s not a marriage,” Carlson told the city commission. “It’s de�ining a relationship between two loving, committed adults who share a residence and a common life who

provide and care for one another and immediate family members.” The registry could be similar to ones passed in Orlando late last year; in Tampa in March; and in Gulfport, which approved its own DPR just this month. While the registry would protect same-sex couples, it’s not strictly about gay rights. Registries across the state also allow opposite-sex, unmarried couples to register as domestic partners. That registration allows for hospital visitation of partners, authority to make funeral arrangements, and for both partners to be listed as next-of-kin in case of an emergency. Despite suggestions of legal paperwork like powers of attorney, more is needed to protect unmarried couples— especially those who can’t marry

their same-sex partner, according to Shelin. “My partner and I have been together for 35 years,” Shelin explained. “We spent thousands of dollars creating trusts and healthcare directives and powers of attorney, and my partner’s having surgery on Thursday this week and we have already been told that the surgery center will not honor a healthcare directive.” The May 21 commission meeting was just a chance for the citizens of Sarasota to ask the commission to consider a domestic partnership registry. If the commission chooses to act, it could ask its attorney to draft a proposed registry, which would then need to be approved by the commission over two readings. Equality Florida has been at the forefront of many of the recent

SEEING RED: The City of Sarasota commission chamber was flooded with people wearing red to encourage the creation of a domestic partnership registry. PHOTO COURTESY SHANNON FORTNER

pushes for domestic partnership registries, and Executive Director Nadine Smith wrote the Sarasota City Commission, asking them to consider the protections. “No committed couple should ever have to worry about their relationship being questioned in an emergency or whether they’ll be called when their partner is in a life-threatening accident,” she wrote. “We encourage Sarasota

city leaders to model their policy after registries created in Florida communities such as Tampa, Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Monroe, Gainesville and Orlando.” Similar registries are under consideration in Pinellas County, Orange County, St. Petersburg and Clearwater. Earlier this month Volusia County created its own domestic partnership registry. |  |

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ACKSONVILLE, FLA. | Jacksonville City Councilman Doyle Carter says he wants a referendum held this fall on legislation to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation. “I just think it’s an important issue and the citizens of the city should vote on it, not 19 people,” Carter told Jacksonville.com, referring to the council. He said he plans to offer substitute legislation calling for a November referendum when the council Committee on Recreation, Community Development, Public Health and Safety meets early next month. Carter’s plan would replace a bill that Councilman Warren Jones introduced last week to expand the city’s human rights ordinance

to include sexual orientation or sexual identity. The human rights ordinance prevents discrimination in hiring, promotions and access to housing and public accommodations like restaurants and hotels. Carter said the November general election, which traditionally has high turnout levels, seemed to him a better time to tackle the question anyway. But former Mayor John Delaney, a supporter of the bill, said he doesn’t think the question can legally be decided by popular vote. “It’s not a democracy where everyone votes on everything, like ancient Greece,” said Delaney, a lawyer who was brie�ly the city’s general counsel and is now president of the University of North Florida. Florida law, he added, spells out purposes for referendums: Popular votes can be used to change a city

charter, he said, but not to impose a speci�ic ordinance. Delaney said the General Counsel’s Of�ice has ruled some referendums were advisory “straw polls” and that the City Council has followed up by passing laws that re�lect those vote outcomes. The former mayor also argued it is the council’s job to decide on laws, and said not doing that can lead to an explosion of referenda. “It’s an easy thing to do when something is either very unpopular or very popular,” he said. “You can turn into California real quick, where you’re voting on everything.” Councilman Don Redman told the website he couldn’t support protections for gays and lesbians, based on his religious beliefs. “If it’s contrary to the Bible, I’d have to [vote no],” he said. “And it is.” Mayor Alvin Brown has not spoken publicly about the bill. |  |

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ALLAHASSEE | A federal appellate court says Florida’s law requiring ``electioneering’’ groups to register and disclose their �inances is constitutional. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal on May 17 af�irmed a trial judge who rejected a challenge by a group that opposes gay marriage. A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta issued a brief ruling that upheld the law, which places requirements on what are known as “electioneering communications organizations,” or ECOs. The court did not publish its opinion that cited a ruling by another federal appellate court upholding a similar law in Maine. That case was �iled by the same group, the National Organization for Marriage. It argued the state laws are vague and overly broad. The U.S. Supreme Court in February declined to hear an appeal of the decision in the Maine case by 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. |  |

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IN OTHER NEWS MARYLAND: GAY DIVORCE OKAY Maryland’s highest court ruled May 18 that same-sex couples can divorce in the state even though Maryland does not yet permit same-sex marriages. The Court of Appeals ruled 7-0 that couples who have a valid marriage from another state can divorce in Maryland. Same-sex weddings, and by extension divorces, are set to start in the state in January.

SERBIAN CAPITAL BELGRADE SETTING UP GAY SAFE HOUSE Belgrade’s mayor says authorities in Serbia’s capital are setting up temporary housing for gays and lesbians rejected by their families. Dragan Djilas says “it is shameful that we live in a country where someone could give up their own child because of their sexual orientation.’’

MICHIGAN LESBIANS TARGETED BY ARSON A woman says threats and slurs were written throughout the suburban Detroit home she shared with her same-sex partner that was destroyed by arson. Tawana Williams says her home in Novi was burned down while she and her partner were in Las Vegas. Williams says the threats and slurs referenced their sexuality and were written on the refrigerator, the walls and in the couple’s bedroom.

FDA PANEL BACKS FIRST RAPID, TAKE HOME HIV TEST A panel of HIV specialists has recommended that U.S. regulators approve the first over-the-counter HIV test designed to quickly return a result in the privacy of a person’s own home, a new option which could expand testing for the virus that causes AIDS. The 17 members of the Food and Drug Administration advisory panel voted unanimously that the benefits of OraQuick HIV test outweigh its potential risks for consumers. The test kit uses a mouth swab sample to detect the presence of HIV within 20 minutes.

COLORADO GOP KILLS CIVIL UNIONS IN SPECIAL SESSION For the second time in a week, Colorado lawmakers rejected a civil unions measure on May 15. The first defeat came after a Republican filibuster, the second during a special session called by Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper to address the “fundamental question of fairness and civil rights’’ on whether gay couples deserve rights similar to married couples. To avoid a floor vote and likely passage of the bill, Republicans assigned the bill to the House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee, which voted 5-4 along party lines to kill the measure.

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EW YORK, N.Y. | A prominent retired psychiatrist is apologizing to the gay community for a decadeold study that concluded some gay people can go straight through a process commonly referred to as “reparative therapy.” Dr. Robert L. Spitzer, formerly of Columbia University, now says he no longer believes his work showed that. For the study, Spitzer had interviewed 200 people who’d claimed some degree of change. The “fatal �law’’ is that there is no way to judge the credibility of their accounts, Spitzer says in a letter he submitted

last month to a journal that published his work in 2003. The work made headlines when he presented it at a 2001 meeting of the American Psychiatric Association. One reason for the attention was that Spitzer had played a leading role 30 years before in removing homosexuality from the list of mental disorders in the association’s diagnostic manual. Spitzer’s research is widely cited by those who conduct raparative—or conversion—therapy as proof that it works. Spitzer’s study was attacked by critics who questioned the reliability of the accounts from the people he interviewed. At the time, Spitzer acknowledged that he had no proof their stories were accurate, but said

several aspects of their accounts suggested their statements could not be dismissed out of hand. Now he says his reasoning was wrong, and that ``there was no way to determine if the subject’s accounts of change were valid,’’ he wrote in a letter to the editor of the Archives of Sexual Behavior. “I believe I owe the gay community an apology for my study making unproven claims of the ef�icacy of reparative therapy,’’ Spitzer wrote. “I also apologize to any gay person who wasted time and energy undergoing some form of reparative therapy because they believed that I had proven that reparative therapy works with some `highly motivated’ individuals.’’ |  |

for election. Thorne-Begland, a former Navy pilot who was honorably discharged after publicly disclosing his sexual orientation, was one of only two candidates among scores of judicial nominees not to be approved during a marathon session that lingered from 1 p.m. Monday to 2 a.m. Tuesday. Among Thorne-Begland’s �iercest critics was Del. Robert G. Marshall, an outspokenly anti-gay Republican who is among four candidates seeking the GOP’s U.S. Senate nomination in next month’s primary. Marshall said he opposed ThorneBegland on grounds that he lied about his true sexual orientation in a statement he was forced to sign in

the era before President Bill Clinton instituted the “don’t ask, don’t tell’’ policy toward gays in the military. Later, Marshall said he also considered Thorne-Begland un�it for the bench because being openly gay clashes with his duty to uphold the Virginia Constitution, which includes an amendment that de�ines marriage solely as a monogamous union between a man and a woman. “He holds himself out as being married,” said Marshall. “[His] life is a contradiction to the requirement of submission to the constitution.” Thorne-Begland lives with his longtime partner, Michael ThorneBegland, and their seven-year-old twins. |  |

18-year-old Tyler Clementi, threw himself to his death off the George Washington Bridge in September 2010. In addition, Ravi was ordered to get counseling and pay $10,000 toward a program to help victims of hate crimes. “Our society has every right to expect zero tolerance for intolerance,” Judge Glenn Berman said in imposing far less than the maximum, 10 years behind bars. The judge said he would not recommend Ravi be deported to India, where he was born and

remains a citizen. In imposing sentence, the judge said that while someone might argue the �irst spying attempt was a foolish prank, “You cannot make or milk that argument a second time.” The judge also berated Ravi for deleting scores of text messages and tweets and trying to in�luence a witness. Ravi, his family and his lawyers left the courthouse without comment. He is expected to appeal his conviction, and prosecutors are considering contesting the sentence. |  |

Virginia House vote sinks gay judicial nominee Wire Report RICHMOND, VA. | The House of Delegates, voting in the early morning hours of May 15, blocked an openly gay Richmond prosecutor from appointment to a General District Court judgeship in the city. Tracy Thorne-Begland received 33 yes votes, 31 no votes—all from Republicans—and 10 abstentions in his bid to become what gay-rights advocates said would have been Virginia’s �irst openly gay jurist. Twenty-six House members, including seven Democrats, did not vote. A minimum of 51 votes in the 100-member House is required

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“the dailies,” thoughts of what it’s all about and what does “it” mean will eventually permeate through all the clutter and noise of life.

And, if it doesn’t, well, there is the mirror. There is no escaping that one. As a gay man who is waving hello to middle age and reluctantly realizing the days of reckless abandon have started escape my grasp, I observe those who do not have the life experience I possess. Not that I’m judging, because I’m not. Actually, it’s more like praying and thanking God the kids let me get in the sandbox without throwing sand in my face. I used to refer to men of a certain age as “lizards,” “trolls” or “troglodytes.” I am so sorry. I was so insecure and unhappy during the 1980s. AIDS protests and memorial services are all I remember. I was also assured that I wouldn’t make it past my 30th birthday and I probably did think about suicide daily. Having the unexpected good fortune to prove them all wrong, and now to become known as “Iowa’s Gay Wedding Planner,” I am honestly and truly humbled. Among many of my other life-experiences—like traveling the three Americas and every Gay Mecca as a young, wide-eyed model/actor/dancer/waiter/ Studio 54/cokewhore-turned-escort—I can look at life

and younger gay men with wonder, concern and hope. When I turned 30—after three visits to rehab—I was groomed by my mentor, who worked at a start-up magazine simply called Living. That’s when my corporate climb began. I learned about honesty, integrity, a �ierce work ethic and respect for my elders. Everything changed—quickly. As I celebrate my half century of life this year by hanging out with the 20 to 30-something crowd, I �ind myself becoming enlightened, especially about aging gracefully in our LGBT world. Leading by example is all we have to leave behind. HIV/AIDS is still prevalent in our young gay community—one-in-�ive young gay men are positive. That statistic disturbs me, especially with the message society is still trying to sell of a hedonistic, negative and diseased gay culture. It’s no coincidence I still need to af�irm my existence daily as a proud gay man in the bathroom mirror. I have passed the point in my existence where I desire to be one of the hottest guys in the room. As diligently as I tried, I was never the hottest guy in the room anyway. But the quest usually creeps into one’s wish list at some point in life, especially with experiences at Studio 54. Now, if I’m the hottest guy in the room, well, it’s time to change rooms. Not that I just crawled out from under a rock by any means, but the bridalveil has been lifted on the need to be the “it” guy. Now, I think, I just want to be a wall �lower and watch drama unfold from the sidelines. At 50, I think I am holding it together pretty well, actually. Thank Goddess for good photographers, video editing, skin care, hair color, teeth whitening, spray tans, Lasik surgery, waxing, mani-pedis—the list could go on. But seriously, it all boils down to one word: Vanity. Author Jason Thomas, at the DallasVoice. com spoke about turning the Big-5-0 last year: “The moments when I am jolted back into reality if I drift into some false sense of youthful entitlement are when I pass a usually younger, attractive man and he gives the classic ‘glance away.’ Realizing he doesn’t want any sort of human interaction, after locking eyes, he looks away as quickly as the vertebrae in his neck

will allow his head to turn without permanent damage. Add to that the ego-crushing eye roll and quick escape to a safer, younger, nonthreatening groups of guys.” Men, if you are wondering if you’ve ever done that to someone, you probably have. I know I have and want to take this moment to apologize to any gentlemen who have suffered by this thoughtless behavior, wherever you are. I would venture to guess that if we took a poll, most guys would have no clue that they even do this. Some others may revel in their “glance away” expertise. Suf�ice it to say, it’s

a tough world out there for all of us. Especially for us bitter old queens. Older, younger, hot stud, nerd—everyone has their fears of inadequacy. It’s hard to imagine some young, bronzed, square-jawed muscle god having any sense of what the rest of us wrestle with in our minds when it comes to life, love, relationships, self-image and self-worth. I have been out and had friends comment on some exceptionally gifted male specimen: “Wow, look at that!” My comment is usually, “Yes, he looks perfect. I just wonder if he’s proud and happy on the inside.” |  |

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There’s nothing worse than waking up after a kickass fete to check your Facebook and see all the envyinducing photos of the killer evening you missed. Watermark is here to help. Each year, Watermark Online has expanded the avenues and increased the quality of our Gay Days coverage, and this year is no different—it’ll be your most comprehensive source for breaking Gay Days news and information. Here’s a breakdown of where to �ind everything you need to know to make 2012 your best Gay Day ever. Go to WatermarkOnline.com! Watermark’s web site is the headquarters for all of our Gay Days coverage. We’ll have a dedicated article (pro tip: bookmark it) that will link to each piece of coverage. That coverage will include: loads of Shot on Site photo galleries from every event we can squeeze

into our schedule; on-the-scene party reports on who was there, celebrity sightings and how hopping each event is; links to the digital versions of our GD2012 Guide (included in this issue); plus anything and everything you need to know to pack the most fun into your Gay Days weekend. We are sending more correspondents to cover Gay Days events than ever before. The coverage will be useful, fun and extensive, with plentiful photos and juicy gossip, and WatermarkOnline.com will be your complete source everything Gay Days you need to know. But don’t just stop at reading our stuff—post comments and tell our readers what you saw and what you think about all the Gay Days events you’re able to hit. In every print issue, we choose the Top Web Comments to highlight our smartest, funniest readers. That could be you, reader. Follow us on Twitter! Watermark’s day-to-day Twitter feed is Twitter.com/WatermarkOnline, but during Gay Days, we roll out our special, once-a-year Twitter feed totally focused on Gay Days coverage via Twitter.com/GDWatermark. Like us on Facebook! Thousands of readers already “like” Watermark on Facebook (Facebook. com/WatermarkFL). Are you one of them? In addition to our usual highquality photo galleries that will be posted to WatermarkOnline.com, we’ll be �illing our Facebook page albums with staffers’ cell phone snaps straight from all the Gay Days events we can handle. Wanna help us out? We’d love that! Watermark’s Facebook page does have photo sharing by fans enabled, so feel free to upload your favorite shots form the weekend. You never know when you might see one of your pictures in the pages of Watermark. Watermark’s Facebook-based Gay Days coverage is not just limited to photos. Our status updates will double as reports from GD2012 events, all weekend long. Subscribe to our eNewsletter! Okay, this isn’t completely Gay Days-speci�ic, but it’ll de�initely have Gay Days stuff in it and I am really picky about how I curate the eNewsletter—only the best stuff goes in—and it only comes out once a week. So take some friendly advice and subscribe to it already. It’s so easy—just go to WatermarkOnline.

com and you will see a box in the top right of the home page that says “Sign Up.” Plug in your email and hit the button and you are done. If you are already a registered user and logged into the site, you don’t even have to type the email address—it will already be populated for you and all you have to do is click the button. Seriously, that could not be any easier. Stop by and see us! I am so excited about Watermark’s most gadget-y, tricked-out Gay Days Expo booth ever. We’re going to have a computer hooked up to a big �lat-screen so you can interact with WatermarkOnline.com, check out the Gay Days coverage and see if you can

spot yourself in some of our photo galleries. In case you don’t have access to a computer for the weekend, we’ll have an eNewsletter sign-up sheet and a few of the people who sign up at our booth will win Watermark swag packs. It’s not all technology, either. Watermark’s Gay Days expo booth will be the easiest place to pick up a paper and the print version of the GD2012 guide—it’s beautiful this year—and we’ll be giving away loads of Madonna Truth or Dare bracelets and perfume samples. Whether it’s on Facebook, Twitter, online or in person, we hope you’ll stop by to see us this Gay Days weekend. |  |

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The Coalition of African-America Pastors is asking President Obama to reconsider his stance on marriage equality. The president said he supports same-sex marriage in an interview with ABC News earlier this month. The coalition is writing open letters to Obama, clarifying that the “rights we fought so hard to acquire did not include same-sex marriage” and that Obama should stand with the black church to evolve “back to the common sense biblical view that marriage is the union of husband and wife.”

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“Please don’t let the recent General Conference of the United Methodist Church, dissuade you from attending our worship. There is a gay contingent keeping up the good fight. Only by continuing to build our US membership of straight and LGBTs can we achieve success at the next general conference, in 2016.” —GINGER RUDIGER

North Carolina, it wouldn’t have made an iota of difference in that decision and it would have looked worse for Obama. Second, Florida has the repressive and backward laws that it does because Rick Scott is following the ALEC social agenda and this state has a predominantly, Republican-run state legislature.” —JOANNE ROBRAHN

interacting with gay and straight people. But if you’re growing up now, you’re exposed to a lot of different people.” In the study, researchers �lashed randomly-ordered photos of gay and straight men and women in front of students at the University of Washington. The photos were cropped to remove hair and jewelry. Students were about 57% accurate, though some were more than 80% correct with their guesses about sexuality.

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Pink and Lil’ Kim. But Mýa has appeared in the �ilms Chicago, Cursed, Shall We Dance and Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, and is consistently working for various LGBT charities. Mýa was the internationally featured artist for Lifeball to �ight

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Now, this six-pack of Marvel heroes arrives ready to save the earth. It adds up to big, loud fun. The evil god Loki (Thor’s brother, played by Hiddleston) has promised an ancient, eternal energy source to evil aliens, if they’ll help him take over our planet. Loki is cruel and ornery. He steals scientist Skarsgård and brainwashes arrow-slinging Hawkeye (Renner) to help him start the war. At �irst our heroes don’t want to work together. This is when Nick Fury (Jackson) uses both earnest

logic and underhanded psychology to make these super-humans into a team. Producers were smart to hire director/cowriter Joss Whedon—the man behind Buffy and Fire�ly. Whedon knows witty dialogue exposition to reveal character. In fact, Whedon takes nearly half the movie to set up the climactic battle to give them heart. Maybe The Avengers doesn’t have the complexity of The Dark Knight or the emotional beauty of the subway scene in Spiderman 2. Perhaps there are too many protagonists for complete character development. It’s still a very strong, explosive comic �lick you can bet your bucks will come out on top. |  |

The Dictator Starring Sacha Baron Cohen, Anna Faris, Ben Kingsley

In Borat and Bruno, there was This could be titled How To Kill an something gleeful about how Baron Idea, or We Forgot to Tell a Story. This Cohen surprised people. He’d dress up is deadly awful, meandering junk that in disguise to catch the unsuspecting even a gifted cast cannot save. dupe. In Borat, his post-Communist Depp is Barnabas Collins, a 1760s idiot also uncovered the American �ishing mogul who is turned into a idiots he visited. Gay Eurotrash Bruno vampire and buried alive by a lovelorn exposed our country’s ugly undertones witch (Green). Some 200 years later, of homophobia and Puritanism. in 1972, he’s dug up to �ind Green The Dictator is a more traditional now controls his town. He vows tale, so the surprise is gone. The other to return his family their former actors are in on his game, glory. In between, there are and the joke itself is only ghosts, reincarnations, petty intermittently funny. When it thieveries, sex, slaughter, and lots of talk about architecture. RATINGS GUIDE is, though, it’s really funny. Baron Cohen is the maniacal The original was a leader of the fake east African complicated, supernatural Overflowing country Wadiya. His aide soap opera in the late 60s and with glittery Kingsley was supposed to be early 70s. Director Tim Burton fabulousness king. When they have to go and writer Seth Graham-Smith to the U.N. in NYC to answer (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire charges of building nuclear Hunter) took every gimmick Pretty damn weapons, Kingsley sets a trap good, but it’s no from the original series’ six Sunset Boulevard to wrest leadership. Baron years and crammed them into Cohen is abandoned to a this two-hour long miasma. gullible tree-hugger (Faris), There are entirely too many An entertaining who runs an eco-friendly food characters with nothing to enough flick co-op. with perhaps do. Plot holes gape like open a few holes You can guess the general graves. Most jokes are dead arc of the story. Still, a few dull. disgustingly funny gags Is the pretty scenery and Ever so slightly liberate the �ilm. Apparently, makeup enough to resuscitate watchable, just the world’s dictators pay it? Nope. Even the 1970s for that hot actor celebrities for sex; the list is gags aren’t used to their full disturbing and hilarious. At potential. Two hours of one point, Baron Cohen has to The most rage-inducing your life you’ll delve into a famous actress’s element is that there is never get back innards to help deliver a baby. absolutely nothing to cause the Baron Cohen’s speech at the pulse to race. Despite the pedigree of the U.N. is brilliant, political satire. Finally, cast, Depp’s character vacillates between you’ll be downright appalled by what determination and complete confusion. they do with the severed head of a civil The battles never escalate, there are rights leader. no surprises, and nothing leads to the These types of shockers make The climax, which itself is rather wispy. Dictator gross-out hilarious, getting Honestly, Dark Shadows would’ve our vote when the basic plot fails. |  | been better off if it had stayed buried in the past. |  |

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Broadway will also offer a window into the local arts community, since several guest performers from throughout Tampa Bay will take part in the show. Actors will also welcome ticket holders in the lobby, so guests should be prepared to be entertained whether actors are on the stage or not. “We’ll have ‘Eliza Doolittle’ here before the show selling �lowers, and a red carpet complete with a photo area and paparazzi,” Sheldon says. “It’s interactive theater and we encourage people to bring cash— because all the money goes to the music team.” There are also several prizes available before the show that patrons can bid on with donations. The community, Keller says, has come together to support the show in a way that has him excited to return to theater. “We went to Chris Rudisill at St. Pete Pride and he suggested making this an of�icial Pride event, which is huge for us,” Keller says. “We have a lot of professional performers on our team and it’s great to have these SUCH POISE: (L-R) Lauren Bennett and Robert Rocha show a dance move to directors Jaye Sheldon and Trevor Keller during rehearsals of artistic people here and ready to Windows on Broadway: A Musical Revue at King of Peace MCC. PHOTO BY STEVE BLANCHARD lend their talents.” Sheldon says she can already see that. This huge event just happens the emotional connection the cast to be going on inside a church and it has with the music of Windows on features music the LGBT community Broadway. has been a part of from the very “People with talent embrace an beginning of Broadway.” opportunity to share that with the For dancer community,” Sheldon Robert Rocha, says. “As someone the show is an who creates art and opportunity to theater, it’s exciting do what he loves knowing that the while supporting word is getting out the music at the there and that we church. He and have such a big dance partner product of which Lauren Bennett are to be proud. I want characters in the this to become an production who annual event.” he believes will be And if the show embraced by the Sheldon, the musical director of the Steve Blanchard EDITOR@WATERMARKONLINE.COM is a success, that’s production and the church’s director audience. exactly what it will “There are —TREVOR KELLER, become, according T. PETERSBURG | TAKE EVERY PRECONCEIVED of music. candid moments ARTISTIC DIRECTOR “A year ago we realized we had a to Keller. with our notion you may have about productions staged lot of talent on our music team, so “This is a return characters,” Rocha to my true calling as a producer and within churches and throw them out the window. we put together a revue,” Sheldon says. “We’re like second-date remembers. “It was done mostly director and my life in theater,” says optimists who are still �iguring each guiding the audience through the Instead, imagine a night of in-house and only our members Keller. “This also marks my return other out. I think the audience will numbers.” interactive theater on a scale similar knew about it. This year we knew to the stage as a vocal performer—I enjoy our interaction.” More than 25 performers will to a small theme park—and you haven’t done that in 15 years.” |  | we could do something on a much Bennett, who is also helping to take to the stage the night of Friday, have Windows on Broadway: A larger scale.” market the show, says that she and June 8, and about 10 more will be Musical Revue. Once Keller joined the team, MORE INFORMATION Roche have developed a chemistry on hand before the show to help set “This is a modern cabaret,” he and Sheldon put their creative that is both playful and skilled— WHAT: Windows on Broadway: the mood and transform the King explains artistic and dramatic minds together to create Windows something that seems to happen A Musical Revue of Peace Metropolitan Community director Trevor Keller, who many on Broadway, which is an of�icial St. WHEN: Friday, June 8, 8 p.m. naturally when two experienced Church into a cabaret-style theater. local theater fans know as the Pete Pride 2012 event. WHERE: King of Peace MCC, St. Petersburg dancers work together. This is the TICKETS: $15 in advance at 727-323-5857 While the production bene�its the founder of Gypsy Productions. “We “There is still this stigma of being �irst time the two have danced or KingOfPeaceMCC.com; $18 at door church’s music team, the production have two emcees and two dancers gay and going to church,” Keller says, together. itself is very non-church, says Jaye appearing throughout the evening, According to Keller, Windows on “But we have to think outside of

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to a man, a bear, and I’m really comfortable with that,” says Goss, who’s songs have been featured on television and in �ilms. In some ways, driving a Subaru Forester to 50 performances creates a gay musical ambassador. “I’m often having conversations about that as I tour a lot of small towns in the Midwest and Deep South,” Goss says. “They know I’m singing about a man and that’s comforting for a lot of people. That living an open, honest real love between two people of the same gender might be an attainable thing to them. Someone singing openly and honestly about their husband is refreshing.” While Goss realizes his role as

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internet, the three are �inally an out symbol for gay men, Richard playing a show together, despite Cortez from Ft. Lauderdale is knowing each other for several relishing the diminishing role he’s years. playing in that category. Both Cortez and Branham had “I’ve always stepped up and high words of praise for spoken my mind Goss, who’s been at the before because forefront of the LGBT there was such songwriter scene for an overwhelming years. need for musicians “Tom Goss is just who were gay to be a gorgeous guy with out,” said Cortez, beautiful songs, and who manages to the way he delivers weave blue humor he’s just so likeable,” with red-blooded says Branham. emotionalism. As for the show “Of course there itself in the heart of are still things being Gay Days … accomplished, but I “We’re going feel like I can focus a to play to the little bit more on the crowd looking for musical side of things something different,” now. Gay content Branham says. “It’s a lyrically doesn’t have —TOM GOSS great starter for the the shock factor it night. Start here and used to.” go to the Typhoon The man who Lagoon party later,” Branham says. brought the show together is “That’s what we’re doing.” |  | Branham, who previously played at the Gibson Showroom for his latest CD release party. MORE INFORMATION While Cortez and Goss have played together in the past and WHAT: 3 Gay Guys will travel through Florida during WHERE: The Gibson Showroom, the coming month, including an 25 E. Central Blvd. upcoming show in Tampa, this is WHEN: Friday, June 1, 7 p.m. the �irst time “3 Gay Guys” have TICKETS: $10 in Advance at taken the stage together. Facebook.com/3GayGuys, Owing largely to the musical $14 at the door networking capability of the

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Global AIDS; worked with Skool’d to aid homeless LGBT youth; worked on the NOH8 campaign and the ‘Give a Damn’ PSA; advocated gay rights by opening the Out 100 Awards; and in 2010 partnered with Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors tour. More notably, she �inished as a runner up on ninth season of Dancing With The Stars in 2009. On the heels of her seventh album release earlier this year, K.I.S.S. (Keep It Sexy & Simple), she performs at Orlando’s Parliament House June 3, as part of GayDays weekend. Watermark spoke with the accomplished singer and actor to �ind out what else she’s been up to and what fans can expect this time around.

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WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FOR THIS APPEARANCE AT PARLIAMENT HOUSE?

MYA: When Miss Mýa comes to town, just expect to let your hair down and have a great time! I can’t wait to party with you guys!

ALTHOUGH YOU’VE BEEN CONSTANTLY WORKING FOR THE LAST 14 YEARS, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE MYA OF 1998 AND NOW?

Well, I was a kid without much life experience then. I am all woman now, molded by many tests of character and faith. These days, I am completely in charge of everything, not that I want to be or have any control freak issues. [Laughs]

YOU’RE OBVIOUSLY WELL AWARE OF YOUR LEGION OF GAY FANS. WHAT DO YOU ATTRIBUTE YOUR “GAY ICON” STATUS TO?

I’m not exactly sure I’ve reached “icon” status as I’m really just beginning my career now, but I believe my fans appreciate someone who knows themselves. Status is earned by years of experience and the amount of �inesse you do it with. WHO ARE SOME YOUR FAVORITE GAY ICONS IN THE MUSIC WORLD?

KISS IT: Mýa’s seventh studio album, K.I.S.S. stands for Keep It Sexy & Simple.

In the world of theatre and music: Barbara Streissand, Liza Minelli and Chita Rivera. In the world of music: Donna Summer, Grace Jones, Cher and Sylvester.

FOR THOSE NOT IN THE KNOW, WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN UP TO SINCE YOUR LAST US RELEASE IN 2003?

DO YOU THINK THE DECISION TO CHANGE YOUR RECORD LABEL AND MARKET TO ONLY THE JAPANESE MARKET WAS POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE?

Politically incorrect answer: Hmm let’s see; long-ass litigations with shadyass managers, transitions between labels, avoiding going to court for more litigations by just walking away and saying no, constantly eliminating assholes from my life, and just trying to stay out of jail and/or the insane asylum, all while saying no to drugs. Politically correct answer: Well, I’ve been focusing on loving life and all the good things in it. [I’ve been] working with disadvantaged youth through The Mýa Arts & Technology Foundation (tmatf.org), raising breast cancer awareness, working as an animal rights activist via North Shore Animal League America (nsala.org) and global philanthropy via Africare (Africare.org). Outside of charity and the everyday hustle on the road, I’ve taken some time to study sound engineering, record several projects, do a few indie �ilms, teach, run a 26.2 marathon, travel and support the family.

I never changed my record label to only the Japanese market. In 2007, the record label I was signed illegally and accidentally released my album Liberation in Japan. My lawyer said I could spend time and money in court suing them due to negligence or just become independent. From there I created my own indie label called Planet 9. Because the Japanese market accidentally received Liberation, a Japanese record label approached me about doing non-exclusive business in that territory enabling me to own my own masters. After reviewing the offer, I accepted and have been doing non-exclusive business with them in addition to releasing projects stateside just for my fans as well. I gave fans stateside Beauty and the Streets: Vol. 1 in 2010, and now K.I.S.S. There’s a positive and negative to doing anything. Doing absolutely nothing is what I refuse to do.

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Doing absolutely nothing is what I refuse to do. —MYA

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HOW DID YOUR APPEARANCE ON DANCING WITH THE STARS COME ABOUT? DID YOU APPROACH THEM OR DID THEY COME TO YOU?

BESIDES AN OBVIOUSLY AMBITIOUS TOUR AND RECORDING SCHEDULE, WHAT PROJECTS ARE YOU WORKING ON NOW?

A friend of my father’s, a freelance agent, brought the opportunity to the label. It entailed a conference call and then negotiations took place.

[I’m] working on a few in-studio projects; a collaboration album and my eighth studio album, Beauty and the Streets: Vol. 2.

DID YOU GET TO CHOOSE WHO YOU’D BE PARTNERED WITH?

No, my partner was already selected. There were no complaints on my end.

HOW WAS IT WORKING WITH THE HUNKY DMITRY CHAPLIN?

Dmitry was a joy and a challenge to work with. [He was] patient, thank goodness. But he was just way too easy on the eyes. [It was] torture. [Laughs] I had to tell myself, “keep it professional, Mýa.”

YOU’VE WORKED WITH A WIDE RANGE OF PERFORMERS. WHO ELSE WOULD YOU LIKE TO COLLABORATE WITH?

Prince, Lauryn Hill and Andre 3000, to name a few.

YOU WERE QUOTED AS SAYING YOU WOULDN’T RELEASE YOUR NEXT ALBUM UNTIL “IT’S READY AND SUPPORTED PROPERLY. CAN YOU ELABORATE ON THAT?

In order to launch an album in a major way for the masses, it must be supported with millions of dollars to cover, not only the

production, mixing, mastering, photo shoots, music videos, etc, but also to hire the proper radio team for nation/international airplay, a publicity �irm, promotions, advertising, marketing, promotional tour, etc. Though I’ve been releasing boutique projects on a smaller level to get accustomed to doing independent business, I think I owe my fans what they want and that’s the Mýa producing hot music videos, with strong international presence on the radio. I may have to align myself with a major label for that. More music is on the way! |  |

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WHO: Mya WHERE: Parliament House, Orlando WHEN: 1 a.m., Sunday, June 3 TICKETS: ParliamentHouse.com

YA ISN’T THE ONLY POP SUPERSTAR OR MAJOR ENTERTAINER COMING TO TOWN for Orlando’s biggest gay weekend of the year. Sonique, Chaka Kahn and funnyman Johnny McGovern are all scheduled to appear the �irst weekend of June. There are also a few Florida natives taking to the stages. (For a full list of entertainment, see our enclosed GD2012 Guide.) Sonique will perform poolside at the Parliament House at 1 a.m. Friday, June 1. Her hits “I Put A Spell On You,” “It Feels So Good” and “Sky” will surely make it into her concert. The following day, Saturday, June 2, Chaka Kahn takes over the pool stage at 1 a.m. The diva’s “I’m Every Woman” helped fuel the sounds of Whitney Houston’s character in The Bodyguard, and her “Nobody” is played on dance �loors around the world. Tickets to both Sonique and Chaka Kahn are available at ParliamentHouse.com. Looking for skin? Check out the Pornstar XXX Search at Pulse Nightclub on Thursday, May 31. The fun starts at 9 p.m. and will feature porn star Rod Daily and Roxxxy Andrews as they search for the next great adult �ilm star for Next Door Studios. Tickets are available at the door. For laughs over the weekend, check out “Johnny McGovern: Feelin’ Really Faggity” at the Parliament House Footlight Theater on June 1 and 2. The LOGO star will keep you laughing through both shows.

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The delightfully gay musical comedy classic La Cage Aux Folles takes over the Bob Carr Center for the Performing Arts from June 5-10. Stars George Hamilton and Christopher Sieber take to the stage as “Georges” and “Albin,” respectively, alongside a cast of cross-dressing dancers in overthe-top plumage-enshrined costumes. This new production stays true to the original and follows the lives of a drag club owner and his high-strung star performer—and partner—as they juggle their business with the news that their

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son is engaged to be married. Things are great until the couple learns that their soon-to-be daughter-in-law is the child of a right-wing politician with a reputation for passing anti-LGBT legislation. Make sure you get to the theater early, because the show begins even before the curtain rises, with an unexpected guest welcoming visitors to the theater, which is transformed into La Cage Aux Folles. For tickets and show times, visit BobCarr.Orlando-Theatre. com or call 407-849-2577. |  |

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The annual tradition of celebrating everything GaYbor has moved up a month because of where the Fourth of July lands this year. Organizers of the annual GaYbor Days Celebration have moved the annual event to Memorial Day Weekend (May 26-28) and you can bet the bars and clubs will have plenty planned to entertained you. The Honey Pot will play host to the Tampa Bay White Party on Sunday, May 27, following the weekly GaYbor T-Dance at Barbarella from 5-9 p.m. The

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new club Liquid Tampa also plans to get in on the fun by hosting four full days of parties, featuring dancers, DJs and drink specials. Typically, GaYbor Days lands on the July 4 weekend, but because July 4 falls on a Wednesday—and the weekend before is St. Pete Pride, GaYbor of�icers decided to move the annual celebration so as to not directly compete with Pride events. For more information, checkout GaYbor on Facebook or visit GaYbor.com. |  |

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OVERHEARD 3 LOCALS EYE MISS USOFA TITLE While you’re reading this, it’s very possible that a Tampa Bay queen has been crowned the 2012 Miss USofA. Three local performers are competing for the title in Dallas, Tex., and the winner is scheduled to be crowned on Friday, May 25. Locals Alexis Mateo, Anjila Cavalier and Aspen Love are all competing for the title, which has drawn performers from around the country to the Palladium Ballroom in downtown Dallas. Contestants were divided into groups and began with interviews the morning of Tuesday, May 22. Other categories held

throughout the week included evening gown and talent. The top contenders were scheduled to take the stage on �inal night around 8 p.m.

SEVERAL THOUSAND ATTEND HARVEY MILK FESTIVAL

According to organizers, “thousands upon thousands” of people attended the third annual Harvey Milk Festival in Sarasota’s Five Points Park on May 12. The new location helped bring even more foot traf�ic to the event that honors the late San Francisco politician and LGBT rights activist Harvey Milk. President Shannon Fortner told Watermark that

the festival is the only one of its kind in the state and it focuses on the arts—both visually and musically. This marked the �irst year the festival had two headliners—Breton, a band from the United Kingdom, and the Minneapolis-based synth-pop trio CLAPS. The 2012 Harvey Milk Festival was de�initely the largest in its history, and a message of equality was heard by anyone who happened to pass through. That message has signi�icant meaning to Fortner because she and her partner of six years have had to live separately—divided by the Atlantic Ocean—because the United States’ immigration laws won’t allow for the two’s

relationship to be recognized as a marriage. Fortner also happens to share the same birthday as Milk—May 22.

LGBT YOUTH STAR IN STAINED

Differences in race, religion ethnicity and sexual orientation take center stage in the studentpenned play Stained, showing at The Murray Studio Theater within Ruth Eckerd Hall May 31-June 2. The cast of young actors make up “Shattered Silence,” which boasts both straight and LGBT members. One person close to the organization told Watermark that this year is the largest contingent of LGBT youth in

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the group. This original piece of theater looks into the lives of people who are more than just the labels they wear on the outside. It’s geared toward helping viewers understand that we are all more than just a series of labels—pretty deep stuff for a troupe of youthful writers and actors. The group has developed plays over the past several years, and consistently focus on issues of equality. The newest offering coincides with the beginning of LGBT Pride Month. To purchase tickets for the play or for show times, visit RuthEckerdHall.com. |  |

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4- SWEET SEATS: (L to R) Randy Stephens, Joe Saunders and Gina Duncan snag front row seats to the Orange County Commission meeting on the HELP ordinance May 22. PHOTO BY JIMMY DALE 5- I DO: Greg Triggs (left) and Matt Nolen are married by good friend and Watermark publisher Tom Dyer in New York City on May 19.

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Out of 5,203 entries worldwide, Liz Langley’s book, Crazy Little Thing: Why Love and Sex Drive Us Mad, was recently awarded a bronze medal in the Independent Publisher’s Book Awards. To celebrate the local literary, a party is being given Monday, June 4, at the Peacock Room on Mills Ave. While the invite notes that this is not a book signing party, if you bring what is now an award-winning book, Langley will sign it for you. “[I] want to clarify that it is the bronze in the ‘sex and relationships’ category; there were many categories,” she posted. “Considering that an anthology won the gold and

a book about anal play won the silver, I think I did pretty well,” Langley boasts. You can also �ind Langley’s new column on Alternet: “Ten Amazing Discoveries That Are Worth Millions,” a wrap-up of the best/ most underreported science stories of the week. “I’m totally in love with it,” she says. “It’s a total departure for me and I’m totally smitten with it.”

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of the Central Florida theater community. The couple has lived together in New York City since 2005. Close to 100 attended a wedding Dyer described as “emotional and uplifting.”

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featured two shows, complete with interactive projections of fashion images on the bodies of live models at the GAI Building, 618 E. South Street. Snap! is a project of The Lucie Foundation, a national 401c3 charitable foundation with a mission to celebrate master photographers and photography worldwide. The event in Orlando increases the visibility and appreciation of the photographic medium as a signi�icant cultural art form— all while enhancing Orlando’s national presence as a vibrant cultural tourism destination. In other words—there’s more to Orlando than theme parks. For more info on Snap! visit SnapOrlando.com. |  |

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of parties, performances, and promotions, it’s easy to forget that the signature event of Orlando’s Big Gay Weekend takes place at an amusement park. Gay Day, now in its 22nd year, sees members of the LGBT community visiting Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom park en masse. This �irst Saturday of June tradition is also the start to the busy summer season for all of Central Florida’s theme parks.

With hopes of maximizing ticket sales from June to August, the parks typically roll out new attractions, rides and shows in late Spring, which means Gay Days attendees can be some of the �irst people to experience these latest additions. Gay Day returnees will �ind several updates to the Magic Kingdom. The park’s Fantasyland is undergoing a massive overhaul and the �irst phase has recently opened. Guests can take a spin Continued on page 59 |  |

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estimations are correct, more than 8,000 women will participate in Girls in Wonderland events this year. It’s a number attained through years of hard work, organization—and this year’s headlining band, Uh Huh Her. “We are so excited,” Burgos says. “Landing Uh Huh Her is a big deal because they are one of the largest groups that the younger audience really loves.” Uh Huh Her will perform at the Orlando House of Blues on Saturday, June 2, at 9 p.m. Burgos says she expects to sell out the popular downtown venue for the concert.

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While the indie rock duo has a younger following, hat’s not to say that Girls in Wonderland events are just for younger women. Burgos is quick to point out that the 11-year-old event that coincides with other large LGBT events the �irst weekend of June has attractions for women of all ages. “Our event is 11 years old and

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we’re all 11-years-older,” Burgos laughs. “For anyone who hasn’t experienced Girls in Wonderland, I hope that they have a laid back experience where they are worryfree and let us take care of all the details.” This year’s Girls in Wonderland activities are centered around its host hotel, the Courtyard Marriott, and its sister hotel within the same village, Fair�ield Inn. While the Marriott is already sold out, Burgos said there are still rooms available at its neighboring hotel, just steps away. Any women staying at the hotels are also invited to attend the Girls in Wonderland pool parties on Friday, Saturday and Sunday—which are free to guests of the hotels.

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Leisha Hailey and Camila Grey make up the indie duo UhHuh Her, scheduled to perform at Girls in Wonderland this year.

“We’re expecting 1,500 women on Girls in Wonderland and at the Saturday and Sunday try to come up with new and parties,” Burgos says, adding that fresh ideas,” Burgos says. “We there are plenty of other GiW have an amazing team, staff and events throughout the weekend. volunteers and we stay in touch The weekend of festivities has with women in an intimate way grown beyond to learn what they want what Burgos or her each year.” business partners GiW works ever expected. closely with “We are thrilled Phish Fest, which that we’re here is producing a 11 years later and Thursday, May that women are 31 dance party, still coming and “Traf�ic Jam,” at supporting our the Funky Monkey events,” Burgos says. at Pointe Orlando. —ALISON BURGOS “I don’t think anyone GiW also raises OF GIRLS IN thought that we’d money for the WONDERLAND grow to this size. National Center for When we started Lesbian Rights. we didn’t have any idea what to “NCLR has been our expect.” bene�iciary for 11 years,” Burgos Keeping a growing event on explains. “We are proud to be track for 11 years isn’t an easy involved with them and the task, but Burgos credits the work they’ve done has changed strong relationship between her the history of LGBT equality in and her two business partners— America today.” who happen to be close friends— For details on GiW and the successful formula events, book rooms or to developed over the past decade. view a full schedule, visit “We know that every year we GirlsInWonderland.com. |  | are going to be working harder

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a scholarship program and a portion of the proceeds from the annual party go toward it every year—$2 from every ticket purchased, to be exact. “This was something I’d always wanted to do and we started it last year,” Biehl says. “We were able to raise enough money to award three $1,000 scholarships and still have enough money left over to start an ongoing fund that we hope will one day be large enough to do something really big.” Biehl said there is currently about $500 in that fund. These $1,000 scholarships are one-time distributions, but re-application is allowed for up to four years of undergraduate study. Scholarships are open for consideration to graduating high school seniors and to returning collegiate students up to age 23. Award selection is based on academic credentials, with at least a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale, an The COWP party is absolutely essay about how applicants feel important, and is one of the their out-and-proud lifestyle will largest fundraisers of the year, produce a positive effect in their according to Mikael Audebert, the future careers and endeavors, and executive director of COWP. two letters of recommendation. “Converge Orlando, a sister Final candidates may be required organization of Come Out With to participate in a short interview. Pride, is a non-pro�it organization Biehl said he partners with The that solely relies on the generosity Center in Orlando, whose board of its members and supporters,” of directors selects the candidates said Audebert. “Its mission is to receiving the scholarships promote Orlando every year. The as an LGBT friendly scholarships are open destination, which, to any LGBT student until recently, the or the parents of of�icial Convention LGBT students, Visitors Bureau and any quali�ied has expressed little student nationwide interest in.” can apply. LGBT tourism “Our event has in Central Florida been very successful is a multi-billionand we are pleased dollar a year that we have the market, Audebert opportunity to give says, adding that something back because Converge to the community Orlando is not that supports us,” publicly �inanced, —MARK BAKER says Biehl “I’m a fundraisers like particular supporter ones during Gay of young people, so I’m glad Days are even more important. we can help a few get a better “It helps create visibility for education with the scholarship this new organization which is dollars that Tidal Wave generates [hoping to bring] the 2018 Gay each year.” Games to Orlando, and it helps Biehl’s group has secured the generate some important cash entire 394-room Royal Plaza Hotel �low through the sale of raf�le exclusively for Tidal Wave Party tickets and door cover,” he says. Weekend guests on Friday, June 1, Charity events seem to go and Saturday, June 2. This year’s well with water-themed parties. Tidal Wave Party, the cornerstone David Beihl, who owns TidalWave bear event of the weekend, will be Productions, produces and held Friday, June 1, from 6 p.m. to promotes the Tidal Wave Pool midnight. |  | party for the bear community. TidalWave Productions has

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theme parks and circuit parties of Gay Days, there is a more serious movement to help not-for-pro�its raise muchneeded money. A few are stand-alone events sponsored by the organizations themselves. Many others are collaborations of suppliers, vendors and organizers who stand to make lots of money the �irst weekend of June, but are also interested in giving back to the community that supports them.

One of those organizers is Mark Baker. His eponymous production and promotion company produces hundreds of events around the country each year, including the White Party in Miami and the plethora of pool parties during Gay Days. Baker says he can use his leverage in the business to help out a notfor-pro�it by producing an event

that is essentially free for the organization to put on, leaving all revenue to go directly to the cause. His company produces the popular “Coming Out with Pride” pool party during Gay Days. The proceeds from that event bene�it Orlando Pride. “All not-for-pro�its seem to be looking for the same thing,” says Baker. “They want a low or no risk

event where their costs are low or non-existent, and they want to do everything to bring as much money as they can.” Baker added that he pays top dollar to his vendors throughout the year, so when he or his company approaches them to donate their services for a charity event, most are happy to do it. For the Come Out With Pride party, Baker says he was able to get the facility for free. “We’re paying top dollar for so many other parties at that hotel that they were more than happy to donate space for one night for a bene�it,” Baker says. There is also an expo component to the event where for-pro�it groups can pay to present their wares to the throngs of party goers. Baker freely donates expo spaces to not-forpro�its. “It gives a number of groups the opportunity to get their message out to a captive audience who might not have that opportunity elsewhere,” says Baker.

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on the new Dumbo the Flying Elephant; the �irst part of the attraction features Dumbo spinning clockwise for the �irst time in Magic Kingdom history. Debuting just a week before Gay Day is The Magic, The Memories, and You!, a nightly spectacular that utilizes Cinderella’s Castle as a giant canvas. During this modern day slide show, hundreds of photos of Magic Kingdom guests taken that day are projected onto the Castle, which is also transformed into a sand castle, an ancient vine-covered ruin, and a tropical aquarium! Speaking of tropical, the Enchanted Tiki Room’s Polynesian revue now pays tribute to the Disneyland original with a new version reminiscent of the attraction’s original show. It’s not just the LGBT community that traditionally visits Disney World each �irst weekend of June. Auto enthusiasts will return to Downtown Disney’s West Side then for Car Masters Weekend, which features a classic car show and a marathon of the Disney-Pixar animated Cars movies. Sci-fans will be out in “force” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for the park’s popular Star Wars Weekends; June 1-3 will see an appearance by Jake Lloyd, who played Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Many guests will also take their �irst trip on the celebration’s centerpiece, the recently retooled Star Tours. Opened just before Gay Day last year, the attraction combines motion simulator-based technology with an original 3-D �ilm to immerse riders in the Star Wars galaxy. At Orlando’s other movie studio theme park, Universal Studios, guests can watch and join in Universal’s Superstar Parade. SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, and the yellow minions from Despicable Me are but a few of the many animated characters that come to life in this new interactive travelling street party. The park also has a new nighttime show, Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular, which celebrates the studio’s most iconic �ilms. Clips are shown on huge waterfall screens in the park’s central lagoon while pyrotechnics and special effects add to the stirring tribute to Universal’s 100

SAND CASTLE: Cinderella’s Castle gets a sandy makeover thanks to a modern-day slide show that projects images onto the iconic Magic Kingdom structure.

INSPIRED BY SPEED: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay introduced its newest roller coaster, Cheetah Hunt, just before Gay Days 2011.

3D & HI-DEF: The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man at Universal’s Islands of Adventure now includes new digital high-definition animation, high-tech 3D glasses, and a cameo by Spider-Man co-creator Stan Lee.

years of �ilm-making history. Often voted the area’s best attraction, The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man at Universal’s Islands of Adventure recently received a facelift. The ride’s makeover includes new digital high-de�inition animation, high-tech 3D glasses, and a cameo by Spider-Man co-creator Stan Lee! Universal’s CityWalk is home to the all-new Hollywood Drive-In Golf, which offers up a “double feature” of two 18-hole courses—The Haunting of Ghostly Greens and Invaders From Planet Putt—themed to the hilariously silly horror and sci-�i movies of the 1950s. Golfers can putt their way through a cemetery

and a �lying saucer, under a giant spider, around a 30-foot robot, and into the basement lab of a haunted house! Busch Gardens Tampa Bay also has several new attractions this summer. World-class skaters, aerial performers, master puppeteers and live animals come together in Iceploration, a Broadway-style stage spectacular that takes audiences on an adventure around the world. Home to 2,000 animals, Busch Gardens is also one of the largest zoos in North America. The park’s new Animal Care Center lets guests observe and take part in the animal care experience; visitors will be able to prepare food for and feed many of Busch Gardens’

TREKKIN’: TurtleTrek is a new 3D/360-degree film showcasing the journey of the sea turtle at Sea World Orlando.

residents. Plus, opened mere days before last year’s Gay Day, the park’s newest roller coaster, Cheetah Hunt, continues to thrill riders with three adrenalinefueled surges of speed inspired by the world’s fastest land animal. SeaWorld Orlando’s TurtleTrek is a new 3D/360-degree �ilm that showcases the epic journey of the sea turtle, combined with two massive saltwater and freshwater habitats. Guests can see turtles, manatees and more than 1,500 �ish swim in naturalistic environments. And while not a new attraction, it is noteworthy that both SeaWorld and Busch Gardens will eliminate plastic gift bags this year, offering recyclable paper bags instead.

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The eco-friendly move will save an estimated 4 million plastic bags from entering land�ills and impacting wildlife. Parents may want to include a trip to Central Florida’s newest theme park in their Big Gay Weekend plans. Located in Winter Haven, LEGOLAND Florida is geared specially towards youngsters ages 2-12. Only the second park of its kind in the U.S., the park celebrates the iconic toy building blocks with more than 50 family rides, attractions and shows. And though the park opened just last October, they’re already expanding for Summer 2012 with the addition of LEGOLAND Water Park, scheduled to open May 26. |  |

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PASSING: Marcia Jeanne Emmons, 61, of Casselberry, pictured at right, passed away May 17. Marcia is survived by her partner, Janice Emmons and daughter, Taylor Emmons.

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CHANGE-OF-LIFE COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS Congratulations E.M. & Voss Solutions Event & Wedding Services owners Sascha Voss and Eric Muenks celebrate 13 years together during Gay Days Weekend. Former Watermark sales representative Josh Evans celebrates his first anniversary with husband Roberto Faller May 16. The two were married in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Jim Sherlock, former executive director of The Center, will be appointed to bishop in a consecration ceremony May 26 at St. Richard’s Church in Winter Park. Wes Miller of Orlando has accepted the position of Senior Digital Content Manager at Deltak. Frank Santos, Rosen Hotels & Resorts’ chief financial officer, was elected to the board of The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

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have relatives [who are] gay. I have a lot of friends [who are] gay, so I’m not condemning gays. “I told [the reporter] I’m against same-sex marriage,” Pacquiao added. “He said, ‘Why?’ I said, ‘It’s the law of God.’ That’s all I said.” The story contained a Bible passage from Leviticus calling for the death of “a man [who] lies with a man,” and Pacquiao said many readers erroneously believed he had quoted that verse. He said he had not, and the writer later clari�ied he had included the verse himself. “My favorite verse in the Bible is ‘Love one another,’ and ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself,’” Pacquiao said. Pacquiao was banned from a popular Hollywood shopping mall after the article was publicized and an online petition at Change.org

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