150K revelers pack Lake Eola for Come Out With Pride’s 10th
By : Jamie Hyman,
October 21, 2014
Orlando – The final numbers won’t be in until later this week,
but early estimates from the Orlando Police Department show
about 150,000 people crowded Lake Eola for the 10th anniversary
of Come Out With Pride. Oct. 11.
It’s the highest number yet, up from last year’s estimate of
120,000 in attendance, according to COWP executive director
“I think we’ve outgrown our space,” he said. “People were coming
earlier and staying longer which is always a great thing.”
Audebert mentioned that in previous years there have been some
nearly empty spots along the parade route but “this year, it was
packed,” and some of the crowd even overflowed onto the road
along Central Avenue.
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Key marriage case deadline is Oct. 24
By : Jamie Hyman, October 21, 2014
Tallahassee – Same-sex Florida couples could start getting
married Oct. 24, depending on what happens in a Tallahassee
federal district court.
The possibility stems from Grimsley and Albu v. Scott, a case
filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of eight
married same-sex couples and SAVE, a South Florida LGBT rights
organization. The case fights for marriage recognition for gay
couples legally married out-of-state.
On Aug. 21, U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle ruled that
Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. As in
other Florida marriage equality cases, an appeal by Florida
attorney general Pam Bondi meant a stay was placed on the
ruling. On Oct. 6, when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear
same-sex marriage appeals from five states, it opened the door
for the ACLU to attempt to kill Florida’s stay on marriage.
Parents push Volusia County School Board toward better
By : Samantha Rosenthal, October 21, 2014
Deltona, Fla.- Two families are pushing back against Volusia
School Board policies that prevent their transgender children
from using restrooms and facilities aligned with their gender
Kyle Mournian, a senior student who was born a female but is now
a fully transitioned male, was told by staff at Deltona High
School he couldn’t use the boy’s restroom or other facilities
despite the fact that he identifies as a boy, has been taking
hormones for more than a year and has a girlfriend.
Florida ranks No. 3 on HRC’s 2014 ‘Leaders in LGBT
Healthcare Equality’ survey
By : Staff Report, October 21, 2014
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation released its Healthcare
Equality Index (HEI) 2014 report, showing Florida as No. 3 in
the number of recognized HEI 2014 “Leaders in LGBT Healthcare
26 Florida healthcare systems were recognized as “Leaders in
LGBT Healthcare Equality,” tying with Ohio and coming behind
California and New York. The following healthcare systems in
Central Florida and the Tampa Bay area were recognized:
The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System (VAHCS)
Poinciana Medical Center in Kissimmee
VA Orlando Medical Center
Doctors Hospital of Sarasota
Edward White Hospital in St. Petersburg
Palms of Pasadena Hospital in St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg General Hospital
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in Tampa
VA James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa
President Obama praises Supreme Court’s gay marriage orders
By : Wire Report, October 21, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama says the U.S. Supreme
Court’s recent gay marriage orders may have the biggest impact
of any ruling of his presidency.
Obama told The New Yorker that the court’s Oct. 6 rejection of
appeals from states seeking to preserve gay marriage bans is the
best of his tenure.
The former law professor says although the court was not ready
to expand gay marriage rights nationwide, “it was a
consequential and powerful signal of the changes that have taken
place in society and that the law is having to catch up.”
The rejection effectively made gay marriages legal in 30 states
and could lead to an expansion nationwide.
Obama says he doesn’t see himself ever serving on the Supreme
Court because it would be too “monastic” for him
The Disappointment of Michael Sam Getting Cut From the
The Atlantic By Kevin O'Keeffe
3 hours ago
Just as when first-ever openly gay NFL player Michael Sam was
dropped from the St. Louis Rams in August, today's announcement
that he's been cut from the Dallas Cowboys' practice squad is
likely to inspire two responses. First: This cut is not about
sexuality, this is about the game of football. Second: This cut
is absolutely about sexuality. At this point, though, both views
seem too simplistic.
Sam has been the victim of several close calls all season long.
He was a seventh-round draft pick for the Rams, and as a
defensive end, he had to fight for a permanent spot on the team
against several others in that same position. He eventually lost
out, didn't get picked up on waivers, and was picked up for the
Cowboys' practice squad shortly after.
An openly gay player in the NFL was thought impossible, and yet
here it was. And now here it isn't.
Now, Sam has been cut to make way for linebacker Troy Davis on
the practice squad. That may make perfect sense for the team.
That doesn’t mean that people who had emotionally invested in
Sam because of what he stood for aren’t entitled to
disappointment—no matter what people who understand the decision
logically might say. In other words: Calling the Cowboys' or the
Rams' decision to cut Sam homophobic might be an overreach. But
it's an understandable overreach.
Sam cried on national television when he got the call from the
Rams. He kissed his boyfriend. They cried together. He was
surrounded by supportive family. It was an image that felt
glorious not just because of how happy people were for Sam, but
for all that he represented. That kiss was a personal moment. It
was a football moment. It was also history. And it's easy to get
caught up in history.
Republican AZ Attorney General Ends Fight Against Loving
Posted on October 20, 2014 - 5:09pm by brittany.
VIDEO: 59 Seconds Attorney General Bondi Must Watch
Last Friday, Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne held a press
conference to explain why he's not going to fight marriage
equality in the state anymore - even though he disagrees with it
personally. It's time for Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi to
follow the example of AG Horne and the other Attorneys General
across the country. These senseless appeals and fighting for
Florida's unconstitutional ban on marriage for same-sex couples
does nothing but waste tax-payer money and inflict harm on those
families affected by the ban.
"The decision that I make today is based on legal conclusions
rather than policy considerations. I believe the first duty of
the AG is to be a good lawyer.
Lawyers live under rule 11, which provides it is unethical for a
lawyer to file a pleading for the purpose of delay rather than
to achieve a result. The probability of the 9th Circuit
reversing today's district court decision is ZERO. The
probability of the US Supreme Court accepting review of the 9th
circuit decision is also ZERO.
Therefore the only purpose that would be served by filing
another appeal would be to waste the taxpayers' money. That is
not a good conservative principle. I have decided not to appeal
today's decision, which would be an exercise in futility and
would only serve to waste the taxpayers' money."
Orange County Commission signs onto brief in support of
By : Jamie Hyman,
Orlando – In a 5-2 vote, the Orange County Commissioners decided
to sign onto amicus briefs in support of marriage equality. The
briefs will be filed in the ongoing Florida lawsuits fighting
for same-sex marriage.
Commissioner Tiffany Moore Russell proposed that the board take
on the issue, and moved to vote in favor. Commissioner Jennifer
Thompson seconded. Mayor Teresa Jacobs, vice mayor Pete Clarke
and Commissioners Ted Edwards, Thompson and Moore Russell voted
in favor of the measure. Commissioners Fred Brummer and Scott
Boyd voted no.
About a dozen citizens spoke about the issue at the Commission’s
regular Oct. 14 meeting, with just two speakers opposing the
County Commission supporting the brief. Joanne Rodriguez, whose
partner of 13 years, Liz Molina, is dying of cancer, presented a
moving testimony. Rodriguez said her partner initially responded
to treatment and they made plans to expand their family – right
now, Rodriguez is 34 weeks pregnant with Liam, a sibling for
Molina’s daughter Bella. When the cancer returned, and spread,
Molina did not have insurance and because they were unable to
marry, she couldn’t go onto Rodriguez’s insurance.
Hillsborough approves domestic partner registry
By : Watermark.com Staff Report,
October 15, 2014
Tampa – Hillsborough County Commissioners unanimously approved a
domestic partnership registry Oct. 15, even though more than two
thirds of the those speaking on the measure opposed it.
“There’s a hidden agenda here. Please, vote no,” said Mike
Frank, of Thonotossassa.
Hillsborough’s registry, similar to those passed in Tampa and
Pinellas County, ensures rights such as hospital visitation and
end of life decision-making for unmarried couples, gay or
The unanimous vote is another LGBT-rights victory in a county
typically associated with socially conservative views. This same
commission, for example, rejected a similar registry in January
Times have changed, several commissioners pointed out. Kevin
Beckner, the county’s first and only out commissioner, pushed
for the domestic partner registry.
“This just isn’t about one segment of our community, it is about
our entire community,” Beckner said. “I absolutely believe that
this is something essential that we need in this county.”
ART IN THE PARK SHOW AND SALE (TAKING PLACE OCTOBER 18TH AND
Rainbow Springs State Park
Date: Saturday and Sunday, October 18 & 19, 2014. 9:00 a.m. to
Visitors are able to come and browse through tons of local art.
All kinds of art, jewelry, framed originals, framed prints, and
smaller prints are available for purchase and viewing. Come and
see some amazing art work right at the headsprings of the
beautiful Rainbow River. Visit the Fall Art Show at Rainbow
Springs State Park and fill your senses with the art and
scenery. This event is brought to you by the Friends of Rainbow
Springs State Park Citizen Support Organization.
Fees: $2.00 park admission.
Contact: For more information, call volunteer Mary Lou Amirault
Rainbow Springs State Park day use area is located three miles
north of Dunnellon on the east side of U.S. 41. From I-75, exit
at the second Ocala exit onto State Road 40. Take State Road 40,
west. Drive until it dead-ends at U.S. 41. Turn left; the park
entrance is on the left-hand side of the road. From Tampa, take
U.S. 41, north. Drive through the town of Dunnellon. The
Headsprings Entrance is located on the right-hand side of the
road, approximately 2.5 miles north of Dunnellon. From areas in
the northwest, take U.S. 41 to the town of Williston. After
passing through Williston, you will come to a traffic light
where State Road 40 has come to a dead-end. Go through this
The Campground, Tube Area and Headspring each have a separate
entrance. Please use the information below to locate the
entrance you need.
LGBT Heritage: National Park Service’s Latest Initiative
SFGN Staff | John McDonald 10/16/2014 4:09 pm
Jamie Nickel spends her days telling tourists about the marvels
of Glacier National Park. A native Californian with long, golden
blonde hair, Nickel, 25, came to Montana for the summer to drive
one of Glacier’s historic red buses.
It’s a perfect match. She enjoys the outdoors and likes to hike,
fish and kayak while Glacier gets a friendly face with an
easygoing personality to interpret the park’s many wonders.
So when word spread this summer the National Park Service is
conducting a LGBT heritage initiative, Nickel, was surprised to
see the agency involved. As a lesbian, she was thrilled with the
“Gay rights have come a long way just in the last few years,”
she said. “I’m surprised to see it come to this level.”
Gay marriage pushes Mennonite church to split
Last updated: October 15, 2014 11:46 a.m.
TIM VANDENACK, The Elkhart Truth, MILLERSBURG, Ind. (AP) —
A Mennonite church in Elkhart County has split from its
governing body, citing, most notably, what members say is
increasing acceptance of same-sex relationships.
Representatives from Clinton Brick Mennonite Church announced in
a statement that they formally left Mennonite Church USA and the
Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference. Clinton Brick church
members originally voted for the break on July 13 after seven
months of dialogue, then met with Indiana-Michigan conference
representatives before formalizing the split effective Oct. 1,
Stan Miller, one of the church elders, said Monday, Oct. 13.
"We believe that God created and ordained marriage to be between
one man and one woman and sexual relations to be only between
male and female in that married state," said a statement sent
out Saturday by Clinton Brick, located north of Millersburg.
"All other forms of sexual behavior that deviate from this we
believe are not acceptable to God."
A "number of issues" precipitated the move, but the "largest
rift" related to sexual behavior "and what has become
acceptable" to many in the nation, including members of the
Mennonite Church, said the statement. It was signed by Pastor
Dave Hathaway, Miller and three others in the church, located at
62499 S.R. 13.
Vatican Waters Down Ground-Breaking Report Welcoming Gays
By Carlos Santoscoy Published: October 16, 2014
The Vatican on Thursday released a new translation of a
ground-breaking draft report by bishops welcoming gays to the
Roman Catholic faith.
The alterations come days after conservative bishops in the
United States and other English-speaking regions criticized the
report as error-ridden.
The original document, released Monday by an assembly of bishops
at the Vatican, suggested that the church should be more
accepting of gay people.
“Homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian
community,” the draft report stated. “Are we capable of
welcoming these people, guaranteeing to them a fraternal space
in our communities? Often they wish to encounter a church that
offers them a welcoming home. Are our communities capable of
providing that, accepting and valuing their sexual orientation,
without compromising Catholic doctrine on the family and
Alaska's 1st Known Gay Marriage In Arctic Town
Alaska’s first same-sex couples to marry are (from left)
Kristine Hilderbrand and Sarah Ellis, Kelly Cahoon and
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A remote outpost on Alaska’s Arctic
Coast where people are used to doing their own thing has
applied that independent streak to gay marriage.
A magistrate in Barrow, Alaska – the nation’s
northernmost community, and one that cannot be reached
by road – has performed what is believed to be the
state’s first gay marriage ceremonies days ahead of
schedule after a federal judge struck down the state’s
ban. Couples lined up statewide Monday to apply for
marriage licenses, beginning the clock on a mandatory
three-day wait until ceremonies could be held.
For Kristine Hilderbrand, 30, and Sarah Ellis, 34, it
wasn’t about being first when they sought and received a
waiver to the three-day wait from Magistrate Mary
Monday just fit their schedules better.
After completing their marriage license Monday morning,
they began to check on available dates for a courthouse
ceremony. They then tried to mesh those with their
schedules and those of families and friends.
Because Monday was Columbus Day, a federal holiday,
members of Ellis’ family on the East Coast were able to
call into the court’s sophisticated teleconference
system used for lawyers and defendants spread out over
the far-flung judicial district when Treiber conducted
the marriage ceremony late Monday afternoon.
Hilderbrand’s sister was her maid-of-honor, and her
father and nephew also attended. She said Ellis’ brother
from the Boston area used his thickest New England
accent to crack up the room on the speaker phone when he
said, “It’s wicked awesome that you guys got married.”
Barrow offered a unusual small-town setting for
Hilderbrand and Ellis’ wedding. Barrow has about 4,600
people and is 725 miles north of Anchorage. Many
residents lead a subsistence lifestyle, and the landing
of three bowhead whales last week provided the
passionate discussion, not gay marriage or politics.
“I think the scene is different up here,” said
Hilderbrand, a third-generation Alaskan who was born in
Barrow. Residents accept people for who they are, she
“The fact that we’re in a relationship together and have
been for the last six years in this town, people have
just been very accepting and it is just what it is,”
Hilderbrand said. “It’s been such a non-issue here for
so long that we were really more focused on getting
married and getting to spend the rest of our lives
together. We really weren’t concerned about all the
What did matter to her, though, was being able to marry
“I didn’t want to go someplace else and be married and
then come home and have it be a meaningless piece of
paper,” she said.
Treiber followed this wedding by marrying another
lesbian couple at the courthouse. Hilderbrand and Ellis
stayed to celebrate the marriage of their friends.
Kelly Cahoon, 28, and Bernice Oyagak, 27, petitioned
Treiber for a waiver because they were leaving Barrow
for Anchorage on Monday night, and they didn’t want to
marry in the state’s largest city, the Alaska Dispatch
“It was really kind of special to be able to share the
day with them,” Hilderbrand said.
EQUALITY FLORIDA TO HONOR JAZZ JENNINGS, 14 YEAR-OLD
TRANSGENDER ADVOCATE, ONE OF TIME MAGAZINE’S “25 MOST
INFLUENTIAL TEENS OF 2014"
Equality Florida Broward Gala: Sunday, November 16
On Sunday, November 16, more than 500 community,
business and political leaders are expected to attend
the 12th Annual Equality Florida Broward Gala at the
Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six Panorama Ballroom in Fort
Lauderdale. The highlight of the event will be the
presentation of the Voice for Equality award to South
Florida resident Jazz Jennings, who was just announced
as one of the “25 Most Influential Teens of 2014” by
Jazz3Just 14 years old, Jazz is a nationally recognized
transgender teen advocate and has been featured on
20/20, 60 Minutes and The Oprah Winfrey Show. She is
also co-author of I Am Jazz, an autobiographical
children’s book about her experiences growing up as a
transgender girl. "Jazz always knew she was different
from other kids," reads the back of the 32-page book.
"She had a girl's brain and a boy's body. This is her
Meet the First Trans Homecoming King in Texas
By Hannah Smothers,
Photo: Fernando Gonzales
Winning homecoming king in Texas makes you teen royalty:
It’s an honor that usually goes to a star football
player or some other member of the popular crowd. The
homecoming king at Stephen F. Austin High School this
year is not a football star, however — he’s a former
band geek who takes AP classes. He's also transgender.
Four years ago, Mel was living as Melanie, a studious,
chubby girl with an androgynous haircut. Now his
classmates know him as a 17-year-old boy and, he hopes,
a symbol of change.
The summer between middle school and high school is a
classic opportunity for teenage reinvention — a chance
to experiment with eyeliner or lose the last few pounds
of preteen baby weight. And for Mel, that summer marked
the beginning of his transition from female to male. It
was when he first went to the mall with a friend with a
plan to get a buzz cut, despite his parents’ explicit
instructions not to. Mel had kept his hair short since
starting middle school and usually wore boyish clothing;
still, the buzz cut was a symbolic divide. With two
older brothers, he was regarded as the baby of the
family and his parents’ only daughter. You’ll look like
a boy! his mother warned him. Which was exactly what Mel
hoped for — to more easily pass as male in public and in
school around his new classmates. “‘What’s wrong with
looking like a boy?’” he remembers asking his mom. “I
just didn’t feel it was a problem.”
Biden Rallies Broward College
SFGN Staff | John McDonald 10/15/2014 9:17 pm Hits: 122
Vice President Joe Biden (CNN)
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden spoke to a large crowd
Monday afternoon on the North Campus of Broward College.
Biden encouraged the audience to support former Florida
Governor Charlie Crist in his attempt to return to the
mansion in Tallahassee.
Crist, 58 of St. Petersburg, served as Florida’s
Governor from 2007-2011 as a member of the Republican
Party. He has since changed parties and is running this
year as a Democrat.
“It was Charlie who extended the voting hours,” Biden
reminded the audience, a majority of which were
Crist did not speak long at Monday’s event, leaving the
words to Biden, whose theme centered on the middle class
and its struggles. Florida State Senator Chris Smith, of
Fort Lauderdale, introduced Crist and reminded the crowd
of the Democratic Party’s policy of inclusion, including
equal treatment of the LGBT community.
Crist is seeking to oust sitting Governor Rick Scott
from office. Scott, 61, a Republican who lists his home
city as Naples, drew sharp criticism from Biden,
particularly regarding Scott’s decision to refuse
federal funding for train transit.
“Turning down rail cost this state 10,000 jobs,” Biden
Monday’s event drew a large number of college students,
including 22-year-old Matthew Hirsch, who said he
supported Crist because of his approval of same-sex
marriage. Currently, there is a constitutional ban on
same-sex marriage in Florida, which several judges have
“Charlie is going to change that,” said Hirsch, who said
he studies geography at the campus near Pompano Beach.
Biden touched very little on LGBT issues, but
acknowledged that Florida was at the “epicenter” for the
“America is always about tomorrow,” Biden said. “It’s
about that promise that if you work hard and the field
is level you can make it.”
Biden made no mention of his future plans as speculation
continues to swirl around the Vice President making
another bid for the oval office. After his speech, Biden
joined Crist on the rope line, posing for many pictures
and shaking a lot of hands.
The general election is Nov. 4.
Neil Patrick Harris to Host the Oscars
Sorry, Billy Crystal.
BY Alex Panisch.
October 15 2014 6:09 PM ET
For the second year running, LGBT viewers can count the
host of the Academy Awards as "family."
Taking the torch from selfie-queen Ellen DeGeneres,
Variety reports that Hedwig and the Angry Inch star and
Gone Girl actor Neil Patrick Harris will host the next
Oscars ceremony. The event will air live in 225
countries on February 22, 2015.
Hosting the Oscars is a tough job — just ask Seth
MacFarlane, James Franco and Anne Hathaway, or Jon
Stewart. It’s a sweet gig, but you’ve got to maintain
the show’s energy for the entirety of the broadcast.
Ellen proved that she could work the crowd and keep
viewers at home interested last year, but it seems she’s
reluctant to take a third crack at hosting.
For his part, Harris knows his way around an award show,
previously hosting the Emmys and the Tonys. He's
certainly got the showmanship to keep us interested,
even through the less-than-glitzy categories (sorry,
And who knows? Maybe he'll wear something snazzy, like
this number. Or perhaps he'll go the au naturale route.
We'll watch him either way.
Harris appears thrilled with the development, possibly
because it’s the last thing on his bucket list (after
having kids and getting hitched, of course).
Out actor Ezra Miller cast as The Flash in movies
for Warner Brothers and DC Comics
Miller publicly proclaimed himself as 'queer' in 2012
and is first LGBTI star to play major superhero 16
October 2014 | By Greg Hernandez
Photo: Nick Step
Out actor Ezra Miller made some Hollywood history on
Wednesday (15 October) by becoming the first LGBTI star
to be cast as a main superhero in a major studio film.
Miller, best known for the movie
The Perks of Being a Wallflower, has been cast as The
Flash in Warner Bros movies based on DC Comics. He will
star in a 2018 movie built around the character but is
expected to first inhabit the role in 2017's Justice
League Part One, according to Buzzfeed. Rather than
identify as gay or bisexual, Miller uses the term
'queer' to describe himself. “I’m queer,' he told Out in
2012. 'I have a lot of really wonderful friends who are
of very different sexes and genders. I am very much in
love with no one in particular.' -
Man uses Facebook to plan Tahlequah, Oklahoma's
first Pride event
By Nicole Torres, Communications/PR Intern | October 15,
Carden Crow and his spouse, Shronn, just wanted to have
a picnic one day with all their friends, since they
weren’t going to be around for the Tulsa pride parade,
little did they know that there fifteen-person picnic
would turn into an event with over 600 attendees.
Carden created a Facebook event for the picnic he was
having, and within the first week, 50 people had joined
the event. Soon, the guest list reached 100.
“Facebook did exactly what it’s there for. More than
5,000 people saw the event," wrote Carden. "I had no
idea it would get this big. I thought maybe 15 people
tops would come."
ABC Announces Series Inspired by Gay Soccer Pro
Rogers will also be a producer on the show, a sitcom
about an out athlete.
BY Annie Hollenbeck.
October 15 2014 3:48 PM ET
ABC has announced its plans for a new comedy series, Men
in Shorts, based on the experiences of gay pro soccer
player Robbie Rogers, Entertainment Weekly reports.
The series, to be written by Claudia Lonow and Jordon
Nardino, focuses on a young professional footballer who
comes out of the closet. Storyline Entertainment and
Universal Television have optioned his story rights for
While little additional information has been released
about the series, Rogers tweeted his enthusiasm for the
project Tuesday, saying, “Really excited to be a part of
this.” Rogers has signed on as a producer for the
Rogers was one of several high-profile athletes to come
out within the past couple of years, joining the likes
of Michael Sam, Brittney Griner, and Jason Collins. He
has also penned a book, Coming Out to Play, which will
be published in late November. Rogers currently plays
for the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Cumberbatch 'would fight extremism'
Wednesday 15 October 2014 in National News © by Press
Benedict Cumberbatch has said he'd take up arms when it
comes to fighting extremists.
In his new film, The Imitation Game, the British
heartthrob plays gay mathematician Alan Turing who broke
the Enigma code used by the Nazis during World War II
but was later prosecuted for his sexuality.
He spoke to Out magazine about the difficulties facing
gay actors in Hollywood, as well as religious
intolerance around the globe.
"People are being beheaded in countries right now
because of their beliefs or sexual orientations. It's
terrifying. It's medieval - a beheading! I'd take up
arms against someone who was telling me I had to believe
in what they believed or they would kill me," he said.
"I would fight them. I would fight them to the death.
And, I believe, the older you get, you have to have an
idea of what's right or wrong. You can't have unilateral
tolerance. You have to have a point where you go, 'Well,
religious fundamentalism is wrong'."
Talking about discrimination in the film industry, he
said: "I think if you're going to sell yourself as a
leading man in Hollywood, to say 'I'm gay', sadly, is
still a huge obstacle. We all know actors who are [gay]
who don't want to talk about it or bring it up, or who
deny it. I don't really know what they do to deal with
"Human rights movements and sexual and gay rights
movements have made huge social progress in the last 40
years, without a doubt, but there's a lot more work to
be done. I think it's extraordinary that every time we
get to a point where there's any kind of trouble in
society, people are scapegoated very, very, very
Four Wanted In Vicious,
Associated Press 10/15/2014 9:17 pm
Two of the suspect caught on surveillance video.
NEW YORK — The NYPD is looking for four suspects who
punched and kicked a man while yelling anti-gay
The 28-year-old victim suffered serious injuries and is
listed in critical condition at Elmhurst Hospital.
Police say it happened in Brooklyn around 11:20 p.m. on
The suspects also threw an acrylic glass board at the
victim, striking him in the head.
The NYPD's Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to
call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.
|October 18, 6:30-9 p.m.
Join us for an exciting, art-filled evening at the museum! See
live actors "bring to life" some of the
Appleton's most well-loved paintings, go on a flashlight
scavenger hunt and participate in a hands-
on art making activity in the ARTSpace.
Admission, which includes snacks, goodie bags and more, benefits
the museum's scholarship fund
and educational programming.
$8 for members (all ages), $10 for nonmembers (all ages)
Upcoming Events & Programs
Educational Film Series
Sundays, 2 p.m.
Join us Sundays at 2 p.m. for a different
educational art film every week.
The Photographers (National Geographic)
Klimt: The Post-Impressionists
Gargoyles: Guardians of the Gate
Food for the Ancestors
Free for members; included in the price of admission
Begins October 14
Create clay sculptures, pots and other ceramics
artworks using a variety of hand-building techniques in
this five-week after-school workshop for children ages
Session dates: October 14, 21, 28, November
$75 per session for members; $100 per session for
Please register your child
here or call Marie Fielding, 352-291-4455, ext. 1558
for more information.
Trips 'N' Tours Adventure
Orlando Museum of Art
Festival of Trees
Due to overwhelming demand, the Appleton's Trips 'N'
Tours group has added a second date to visit the
Orlando Museum of Art Festival of Trees, 'Tis
This show includes awe-inspiring professionally
decorated trees, a holiday boutique with wreaths,
beautifully-crafted gingerbread houses, as well as
gift ideas for adults and children. There will be
performances by ballet groups, carolers, pianists
and other seasonal surprises.
Contact Bonnie and Dodie to reserve your seat on
this wonderful trip, 352-291-4455, ext. 4456.
2014 BIENNIAL: Outside the Box
Through October 19
Only two weeks left to see the Appleton's 2014
BIENNIAL: Outside the Box and cast
your vote for your favorite installation in the
People's Choice Award!
Michael Bauman & Kate Helms- FL2907EL
Patricia Schnall Gutierrez- Erased in
Richard Herzog- Creeping Ivy
Terri Lindbloom- Untitled
Judith Salmon- Recollections
Zachary Gilliland- Brokedown Palace
Mikaela Raquel Williams- Rainbow
The winner will be announced at the end of
A Creative Life:
Gladys Shafran Kashdin
Through November 2
A Creative Life features a
selection of paintings, collages and drawings
inspired by Kashdin's love of nature - massive
tree trunks with highly patterned surfaces,
fractured rock facades and eroded canyons that
become revelations of strength, dignity, power
College of Central Florida News
CF Emergency Vehicle Operations Course Begins
The College of Central Florida is accepting
enrollment for its Emergency Vehicle Operations
course that begins Friday, Nov. 7, at the CF
Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road, Building
33, Room 107.
The course completes the education requirement
for Emergency Vehicle Operations and is approved
by the VFIS Insurance Group, which has trained
more than 152,000 emergency service personnel
Classes will meet 8 a.m. Friday, Nov. 7, through
Sunday, Nov. 9. The $125 course fee covers the
cost of training and all materials.
For more information or to register, contact
DeBresha Walker at 352-873-5838, ext. 1381, or
James Charles at ext. 1431. Registration will be
accepted until Nov. 6, or until the class has
Register Now for CF Unarmed Security Officer
Enroll now for the College of Central Florida
Class D Unarmed Security Officer Course that
begins Monday, Nov. 10. The class will be held
at the CF Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road,
in Building 33, Room 107.
The state-approved course meets the 40-hour
education requirement for unarmed security
Classes will meet 6-10 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10,
through Friday, Nov. 21. It is a requirement to
attend every class. The course fee is $140 and
covers all the materials necessary for training.
For additional information or to register
contact Pat Kalfs at 352-873-5838, ext. 1569, or
James Charles at ext. 1431. Registration will be
accepted on the first day of class, but on a
first-come, first-served basis.
Appleton to Exhibit 'ReTooled: Highlights from
the Hechinger Collection'
The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central
Florida, will exhibit “ReTooled: Highlights from
the Hechinger Collection,” an engaging and
thought-provoking look at the unexpected subject
of tools, through 41 inspiring paintings,
sculptures, works on paper and photographs.
Curated by Jared Packard-Winkler and organized
for tour by International Arts & Artists,
Washington, D.C., “ReTooled” is on view at the
Appleton Thursday, Nov. 8, through Jan. 4, 2015,
in the Edith Marie Appleton Gallery.
The Appleton will host a Director’s Circle
Nov. 6, and a members’
opening reception Friday, Nov. 7.
“ReTooled” celebrates the prevalence of tools in
our lives with art that magically transforms
utilitarian objects into fanciful works that
speak of beauty, insight and wit. Providing a
dynamic entry point into the rich themes,
materials and processes of 20th century art, “ReTooled”
profiles 28 visionary artists from the Hechinger
Collection including major artists such as Arman,
Richard Estes, Howard Finster, Red Grooms, Jacob
Lawrence, Fernand Léger and H.C. Westermann;
photographers Berenice Abbott and Walker Evans;
as well as pop artists Jim Dine, Claes
Oldenburg, and James Rosenquist.
Daily admission to the Appleton Museum of Art is
$8 for adults; $6 for seniors 55 or better; $5
for students 18 and over; $4 for youths ages
10-18; and free for members, CF students,
children ages 9 and under, and active military
personnel and their immediate families.
The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday
through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday and
closed on Monday, Thanksgiving, Christmas and
New Year’s Day.
Owned and operated by College of Central
Florida, the Appleton Museum of Art is located
at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, east of
downtown on SR40 (exit 352 east off I-75 or exit
268 west off I-95). Free parking is available.
For more information call the Appleton Museum of
Art at 352-291-4455 or visit AppletonMuseum.org.
About John Hechinger and the Hechinger
John Hechinger’s father founded the Hechinger
Hardware store in 1911, but it was John
Hechinger along with his brother-in-law who grew
the store into a renowned chain throughout the
mid-Atlantic region. Hechinger is often credited
as one of the major figures in the
transformation of the neighborhood hardware
store to the “do-it-yourself” home improvement
business. A fourth generation Washingtonian,
community patron and activist, Hechinger was
appointed by President Lyndon Johnson to be the
first chairman of the D.C. City Council. He used
his position to advocate for civil rights and
diverse neighborhoods. Hechinger’s donation of
his collection to IA&A for the purpose of
sharing it with a broader public is yet another
invaluable legacy. In the 1980s, Hechinger’s
booming chain of hardware stores led him to
purchase a new company headquarters. He found
the offices to be efficient, but sterile. The
barren space sparked an initiative to beautify
the headquarters which launched Hechinger’s
acquisition of a tool-inspired collection of
diverse 20th century art.
October 2, 5-8 p.m.
After Hours returns this fall with four musical
events, beginning with Alpine Express on October 2,
who will play Bavarian music in celebration of
The Appleton's After Hours offers live music and
dancing, special programs by the Ocala Art Group and
tasty samplings from Ocala Events/Mojo Grille.
Admission is free for members and $10 for
Upcoming After Hours Dates:
December 4-Marion Civic Chorale
February 5-Rewind Band
April 2-Southern Express Orchestra
Appleton to Showcase its Newest Art
The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida,
will showcase its recent acquisitions for the first time
in over two years in “Recent Acquisitions to the
The collection of about 40 prints, paintings, coins and
other objects added to the museum’s permanent collection
since 2011 will be on display in the Balcony Gallery
Saturday, Oct. 25, through Feb. 1, 2015.
“These acquisitions reflect the many cultures and time
periods collected by Arthur I. Appleton with the
earliest recent acquisitions of rare coins dating from
Hellenistic Greece and Imperial Rome,” said Cindi
Morrison, museum director. “They will join 20th century
works by American Alexander Calder and Costa Rican
Francisco Zuniga, as well as fine later paintings of
Floridians and the Florida environment by Jack Thursby,
Christopher Still, Mark Messersmith and the German-born
painter Karl Zerbe.”
Cedar Key artist Chick Schwartz is represented with two
whimsical works in bronze and glazed ceramic, while
works by the Cuban artist Sandro de la Rosa bring
captivating realism to the exhibition.
“We also have an elaborately decorated Chinese chest,
which represents skilled craftsmanship in decorative
arts from the past and is a welcome new addition to our
Asian collection,” said Morrision.
Daily admission to the Appleton Museum of Art is $8 for
adults; $6 for seniors 55 or better; $5 for students 18
and over; $4 for youths ages 10-18; and free for
members, CF students, children ages 9 and under, and
active military personnel and their immediate families.
The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through
Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday and closed on Monday,
Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Owned and operated by College of Central Florida, the
Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver
Springs Blvd., Ocala, east of downtown on SR40 (exit 352
east off I-75 or exit 268 west off I-95). Free parking
is available. For more information call the Appleton
Museum of Art at 352-291-4455 or visit
Kids iInvolved in Diversity Social (KIDS)
WhenThu, October 9, 6pm – 8pm
WhereE.D. Croskey Recreation Center (1510 NW 4 Street)
DescriptionA child-friendly celebration of diversity
featuring cultural programs by area youth, music, dance,
and a festival of food. Contact Kelvin Richardson at
629.8389 for details. Have a fantastic day!
Movie in the Park
WhenFri, October 10, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
WhereCitizens' Circle (151 SE Osceola Avenue) (map)
DescriptionJoin us for an outdoor movie "Million Dollar
Arm" on the really BIG screen. Bring your lawn chairs
and blankets. Popcorn and drinks will be provided.
Contact Stan Creel at 368.5517 for information. Have a
Ocala Farm Market
WhenSat, October 11, 9am – 2pm
WhereBeautiful Historic Downtowm Ocala (map)
DescriptionAbundance! Visit the market on Saturdays to
reap locally grown farm fresh seasonal produce, homemade
jellies and jams, delicious kettle corn, boiled peanuts,
homemade crafts, and plants. The Ocala Farm Market is
open every Saturday. For more details, please call
Ocala Cultural Festival
WhenSat, October 11, 1pm – 8pm
WhereDowntown Ocala (map)
DescriptionA celebration of racial harmony and cultural
diversity. Live music and dance entertainment. Different
cultures will be represented in music, dance, arts and
crafts, and great food. Bring your chairs or blankets
and be part of the One Ocala One America week. If you
need additional information, please contact Stan Creel
at 368.5517. Have a diverse day!
VIP Sculpture Preview Reception
WhenFri, October 17, 5:30pm – 7:00pm
WhereTuscawilla Park - 300-899 NE Sanchez Avenue (map)
DescriptionCelebrate public art and partake in the first
official docent tour of the newly installed sculptures
selected for the Ocala Outdoor Sculpture Competition.
Live music, light fare, and two drink tickets included
in ticket price. $30/ticket or $50/two tickets. Tickets
may be purchased at the Discovery Center. Please call
Melissa Townsend at 629.8447 for additional information.
Have a wonderful day!
Ocala Farm Market
WhenSat, October 18, 9am – 2pm
WhereBeautiful Historic Downtowm Ocala (map)
DescriptionAbundance! Visit the market on Saturdays to
reap locally grown farm fresh seasonal produce, homemade
jellies and jams, delicious kettle corn, boiled peanuts,
homemade crafts, and plants. The Ocala Farm Market is
open every Saturday. For more details, please call
Thrill The World
WhenSat, October 18, 5pm – 10pm
WhereDowntown Square (map)
DescriptionAn awesome Halloween Festival brought to you
by Just Entertainment, Inc. For more information, please
contact Amy Alicia at 352.694.0601. Have a nice day!
Ocala Arts Festival
WhenSat, October 25, 10am – 5pm
WhereDowntown Ocala (map)
Description155 artists, juried art work, food and
drinks. Entertainment on the Downtown Square and at
Citizens' Circle. For more information, please contact
Chayo Comas at 352.867.0355. Have a good day!
Fantastical Film Festival
WhenThursday, Oct 30, 31, and Nov 1, 2014
WhereMarion Theatre (50 S Magnolia Avenue) and Brick
City Center for the Arts ( 23 SW Broadway Street) (map)
DescriptionInternational Film Festival featuring Sci-Fi,
Horror and Fantasy. For details, please contact Laurie
W. Zink of the Ocala Film Foundation at 352.817.4155.
Have a good time!
Nathan Douglas Hall Art
on Display at CF Citrus
Monday, September 08,
The paintings and drawings
of Citrus County resident
Nathan Douglass Hall are on
display at the College of
Central Florida Citrus
Campus, 3800 S. Lecanto
Highway, Lecanto, through
Friday, Oct. 17.
Hall, who moved to Crystal
River from New Hampshire in
1996, graduated from Crystal
River High in 2001. He
graduated from Full Sail
University in Orlando before
moving to Los Angeles to
work in the film industry
where he helped film a
special on Elton John.
Hall went on to teach
conversational English in
China for two years. While
in China, he continued to
There is no fee to view the
exhibit, which is on display
in the upper level of the
Dorothea Jerome Building.
Viewing hours are 8 a.m. to
8 p.m. Monday through
Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 4
p.m. Friday. The exhibit
will be closed during the
weekend. For more
information, contact CF
Associate Professor of
Visual Arts Michele Wirt at
352-746-6721, ext. 6131, or