Equality Florida Action PAC stands with George Sheldon on this historic day.

Posted on September 22, 2014 - 2:12pm by Sue.

Today should have been the day Florida’s marriage ban ended forever, but Pam Bondi and Rick Scott made sure it didn’t and are continuing to block thousands of Floridians from marrying the person they love.

Faced with a parallel decision four years ago today, George Sheldon showed true leadership as he joined with then Gov. Crist and a republican attorney general in refusing to continue to defend the adoption ban.

On this day four years ago when this district court struck down Florida’s adoption ban George Sheldon stopped enforcement of the ban immediately telling his staff statewide to no longer use sexual orientation as a qualification for adoption and instead to look only at a parent’s ability to provide a safe and loving home.

It’s the kind of leadership we must have from our state’s top lawyer. Unfortunately, Rick Scott and Pam Bondi have done the exact opposite. Their cowardly attempts to hide from the issue of marriage equality while simultaneously crusading to keep the ban in place have made them candidates who cannot be supported by anyone who values equality.


Truvada Whore: The War Escalates With AHF’s Anti-PrEP Campaign

Jason Parsley Published: Sep 22, 2014

"I think AHF has become the Tea Party of HIV prevention." Adam Zeboski (far right) Truvada advocate

It was 1996. And Michael Lucas had a boyfriend. All was well. Until the boyfriend tested positive for HIV. “It was fearful. So unpleasant,” Lucas, 42, recalled. “He accused me of giving it to him and we went to get tested and I was negative. Seeing him so desperate, I was scared for him.” Lucas no longer fears getting the virus because he now takes Truvada and believes that’s enough to protect him from a disease that has taken the lives of so many gay men. Today he is a famed gay porn director and has become an outspoken advocate for Truvada, which is being touted by many as a way to stop the HIV epidemic. What is Truvada?

Truvada is a mainstream HIV medicine that is now being used to prevent HIV in what’s called pre-exposure prophylaxis, more commonly known as PrEP. Doctors in the U.S. have used pre-exposure prophylaxis for decades to prevent other diseases such as malaria in American’s traveling abroad. The drug has been around for about a decade and is produced by California-based Gilead Sciences. It’s one of the key drugs used (in combination with others) in the basic treatment for HIV.

The Food and Drug Administration approved Truvada for PrEP on July 16, 2012. In May of this year the U.S. Public Health Service (the agency in charge of the Centers for Disease Control) released the first comprehensive clinical practice guidelines for PrEP recommending pre-exposure prophylaxis with Truvada to be given to high infection risk populations. “This is another great tool against HIV,” said Jack Mackenroth, a celebrity HIV activist. “We have a drug that’s proven to prevent HIV transmission so why isn’t everyone taking it?”

Mackenroth has been taking Truvada for 7 years — for treatment of his HIV, not prevention. Some have argued that the long-term side effects of Truvada are unknown, another reason to not take the drug. Mackenroth said: “I haven’t had any side effects. You know what does have side effects though? HIV.”


U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan officiates her first same-sex wedding

Associated Press  Monday, September 22, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena KaganAP

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan WASHINGTON — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan has officiated for the first time at a same-sex wedding, a Maryland ceremony for her former law clerk and his husband. Kagan presided on Sunday over the wedding of former clerk Mitchell Reich and Patrick Pearsall in the Washington suburb of Chevy Chase, Maryland. Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said Monday that the same-sex ceremony was the first at which Kagan officiated. Retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg have previously officiated at the wedding of gay and lesbian couples, including at the Supreme Court. Ginsburg most recently performed the wedding of Washington theater director Molly Smith. The court could decide in its upcoming term whether same-sex couples nationwide have the right to marry under the Constitution. © 2014, Associated Press, All Rights Reserved.

Efforts Underway To Change The GOP On Same Sex Marriage

CNN | Leigh Ann Caldwell Published: Sep 22, 2014 Hits: 84

(CNN) -- Gay conservatives are undertaking the most coordinated effort yet to change the Republican Party's position on same-sex marriage. Their approach: one state and one Republican activist at a time.

While the official stance of the Republican Party says the "the union of one man and one woman must be upheld as the national standard," conservative same-sex marriage advocates want to change that.

Young Conservatives for Freedom to Marry hopes that by the time the Republican convention rolls around in 2016, they will have recruited or persuaded enough like-minded party activists and young conservatives to remove the restrictive language and replace it with this: "We encourage and welcome a thoughtful conversation among Republicans about the meaning and importance of marriage, and commit our Party to respect for all families and fairness and freedom for all Americans."


Anti-Gay Preacher Drowned Out by Students' Hymn

EDGE Media Published: Sep 22, 2014

Here's something for a Sunday that will make even the most jaded LGBT activist feel a little better about Christians.

Proving that the guitar is mightier than the sword, an anti-gay preacher with a mission of spreading the gospel of hellfire and damnation, got some unwanted accompaniment this week on the campus of James Madison University in Virginia this week, when counter-protesters drowned out his message of hate with a modern hymn of love.

With rhetoric like "All homo's are going to hell", "If you love masturbation, you know what you are? You're a potential homosexual" and "All you horny frat boys that love to do drugs and get drunk, you are going to hell," Ross Jackson, founder of Revival Mission Ministries already faced an uphill battle trying to get his message of hate and intolerance through to a group of Millenials.

According to the Huffington Post, listening to country music is also on Jackson list of things guaranteed to get you a one-way ticket to Lucifer's lounge. Suitable then, that students on JMU's campus last week chose Christian Country singer David Crowder's "How He Loves" to overpower the bigot's message.


Gay Married Couples Rose To 252,000 In 2013, Census Bureau Reports

By On Top Magazine Staff
Published: September 21, 2014

The Census Bureau released new data last week that includes the spouses of gay and lesbian couples for the first time.

According to Pew Research Center calculations based on the bureau's 2013 American Community Survey, the number of married adults over the age of 18 dropped to 50.3% from 50.5% in 2012.

Households headed by same-sex married couples increased to nearly 252,000, a notable increase from 2012, when the government estimated the figure at 182,000.

There are 56 million married couples in the U.S.

The Census Bureau previously reclassified two people of the same gender who said they were married as cohabiting partners.

Meanwhile, a Pew Research poll also released last week shows that most LGBT adults believe that society has become more accepting of sexual minorities. Still, a majority of LGBT adults say that they have been discriminated against because of who they are.

Pope Francis' First Major U.S. Appointment Is A Moderate On Gay Marriage

By On Top Magazine Staff
Published: September 21, 2014

Pope Francis' first major appointment in the United States is a moderate on social issues such as abortion and gay marriage.

Bishop Blase Cupich, of Spokane, Washington, on Saturday was appointed the archbishop of Chicago.

When he takes over the post in November, he'll succeed Cardinal Francis George, an ardent opponent of marriage equality, who is fighting a cancer diagnosis.

In 2011, gay rights activists called on George to resign over comments he made comparing the LGBT community to the Ku Klux Klan.

“The rhetoric of the Klu Klux Klan, the rhetoric of some of the gay liberation people. Who is the enemy? Who is the enemy? The Catholic Church,” he told Fox Chicago at the time.

He's also criticized Illinois' law allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry.

“The law now holds that men and women are interchangeable in marriage, as if children did not need both a mother and a father to be born and raised with some security. These are laws that mark societies in decline, demographically as well as morally,” he wrote in a July op-ed.


Brazil: Schoolboys wear skirts in protest after trans girl fined for wearing female uniform

Nick Duffy 21st September 2014, 1:36 PM

The students all donned skirts in protestThe students all donned skirts in protest

A group of boys at a Brazil school have donned skirts, after a transgender girl was fined by teachers for wearing the “incorrect” uniform.

17-year-old Maria Muniz, who recently came out as trans at São Cristóvão do Colégio Pedro II, was disciplined by teachers and handed a fine after she wore a skirt to school, instead of the regulation boys’ trousers.

The school claimed that their Code of Ethics did not permit “male” students to wear female uniforms – but was forced to backtrack on the decision when the girl’s classmates decided to protest by all wearing skirts to school too.

Maria Muniz said: “I always turned up in trousers but I felt repressed and for me wearing a skirt was about expressing my freedom over who I am inside and not how society sees me.

“I am really happy about the way my classmates supported me and I hope it serves as an example to others to feel encouraged to do the right thing.

“I was always taught at school to accept who you are, I am only trying to live that.”

The school said in a statement that it would change the rules to allow for greater gender expression, saying: “The current Student Code of Ethics will be overhauled with the participation of the whole community, including the active participation of students, who may suggest changes they deem necessary.”






L, did you know about 24,000 transgender individuals in 10 states, including Florida, may be disenfranchised by strict photo ID laws on Election Day this year?

With one-third of transgender people nationwide unable to update any of their voting IDs, this is a critical issue for our emerging transgender community. Do not let inadequate documentation or an uneducated poll worker keep you from voting in this very important election season!

In cooperation with the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the Equality Federation,
Equality Florida is pleased to share a comprehensive toolkit of resources to arm and educate voters and state-based advocates with information to prevent transgender voter disenfranchisement and to help them in their work advocating for transgender voters.


Be prepared and be able to exercise your right to vote without stress and without complications. Knowledge is power, and this information will prevent disenfranchisement of our transgender community.

We thank the
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the Equality Federation for sharing this valuable information. Click here to view the toolkit.

In Equality,

Gina Duncan
Transgender Inclusion Director
Equality Florida

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After Hours
Alpine Express

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 Oktoberfest.

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 nonmembers.

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 Appleton Collection.”

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 AppletonMuseum.org.



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CF to Host 'Celebration of Will McLean and Florida Folk'

The College of Central Florida will host “Hold Back the Waters: A Celebration of Will McLean and Florida Folk” Saturday, Sept. 20.

The festival will be held 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the center lawn at the CF Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road. “Florida has a strong tradition of preserving the state’s heritage through folk song, and no songwriter was better at this than Will McLean, the father of Florida folk,” said Dr. Ron Cooper, CF professor of Humanities. “Participants will enjoy a day of music, storytelling and discussion about Florida folk music and history.” The festival will feature musicians Dr. Sarah Satterfield, Dr. Peter Smith, Jon Semmes and Chris Kahl. There will be performances by the Ocalí Storytelling Guild and a storytelling workshop.

Many of McLean’s songs express concern for preservation of Florida’s natural features, and the festival will include historical and environmental exhibitors including the Marion County Historical and Archaeological Museum, Citrus County Historical Society, Conservation Trust of Florida, Silver River Museum and many more. CF holds the Will McLean Collection in its Learning Resources Center. During the festival the collection will be on display in the library and accompanied by talks from the library staff.

For information or to enter the songwriting contests, which will be held in conjunction with the festival, contact Cooper at cooperr@cf.edu or 352-854-2322, ext. 1295. Funding for this program was provided by the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the Florida Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Area Events
Walk of Hope
WhenThu, September 11, 8:30am – 12:00pm
WhereOcala Police Deparment to the College of Central Florida (map)
DescriptionA walk and ceremony for domestic violence. For details, please contact Monica Bryant of the Marion County Children's Alliance at 352.875.1248. Enjoy your day!

Walk of Hope
WhenSat, September 13, 8:30am – 12:00pm
WhereOcala Police Department to College of Central Florida (map)
DescriptionDomestic Violence Walk begins at Ocala Police Department to the College of Central Florida with a ceremony. For details, please contact Monica Bryant of the Marion County Children's Alliance at 875.1248. Have a great time.

Ocala Farm Market
WhenSat, September 13, 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 426.8244.

Night of Hope
WhenSat, September 13, 7:00pm – 9:30pm
WhereCitizens' Circle (151 SE Osceola Avenue) (map)
DescriptionAn event to bring about suicide awareness and prevention. Remembering those lost to suicide. For details, please contact Cindy Delbeno of Living Waters Worship Center at 352.817.4747. Have a good day!

Downtown Summer Jams
WhenFri, September 19, 6pm – 10pm
WhereCitizens' Circle (151 SE Osceola Avenue) (map)
DescriptionThis concert series is back for its fourth season. Young local bands perform live music in Downtown Ocala. Enjoy the car show and the great food from the food trucks! For additional details, please contact Stan Creel at 629.8444. Have a musical day!

Ocala Farm Market
WhenSat, September 20, 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 426.8244.

Dance Against Cancer
WhenSat, September 20, 3pm – 8pm
WhereCitizens' Circle (151 SE Osceola Avenue) (map)
DescriptionOcala Outreach fundraiser with dance and music. For additional information, please contact Kevin McGonigal at 321.230.4340. Have a FUNtastic day!

Cornerstone Leads the Way 5k
WhenSat, September 27, 6:30am – 12:00pm
WhereTuscawilla Park (300-899 NE Sanchez Avenue) (map)
DescriptionA 5k beginning at Tuscawilla Park and meandering through the north side of the downtown area. For more details, please contact Lucy Lesbirel of The Cornerstone School at 352.351.8840. Enjoy your day!

Ocala Farm Market
WhenSat, September 27, 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 426.8244.

Florida Fallen Firefighter Memorial
WhenThu, October 2, 8:00pm – 9:30pm
WhereDowntown Square (map)
DescriptionWalk with the fire truck and honor guard from Fort King Street to the Downtown Square with pipes and drums playing. For details, please contact Richard Brown at 863.287.0913. Have a nice time!

Ocala Farm Market
WhenSat, October 4, 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 426.8244.

WhenSat, October 4, 10:00am – 2:30pm
WherePaynes Prarie Preserve State Park( 100 Savannah Boulevard, Micanopy (map)
DescriptionThe City of Ocala and Florida State Parks present this event to demonstrate how differently abled individuals can participate in active recreation. Please contact Diane Leaf at 401.3916 for more information. Enjoy your day!

One Ocala One America Musical
WhenWed, October 8, 7pm – 9pm
WhereLocation to be announced (map)
DescriptionJoin us as talented musicians, singers, and dancers put on an extravaganza in celebration of our differences. Please contact Stan Creel at 368.5517 for details. Enjoy your day!

Kids iInvolved in Diversity Social (KIDS)
WhenThu, October 9, 6pm – 8pm
WhereE.D. Croskey Recreation Center (1510 NW 4 Street) (map)
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 delightful day!

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 426.8244.

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 426.8244.

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!

CF International Film Series Presents 'The Violin'

The College of Central Florida International Film Series presents “The Violin,” a 2005 Mexican drama, Tuesday, Sept. 30.

This film will be shown at 2 p.m. at the Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., and at 7 p.m. in Building 8, Room 110, at the CF Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road.

Directed by Francisco Vargas Quevedo, this black-and-white film tells the story of Don Plutarco’s life during the 1970s. This elderly man’s rural town is under the cruel control of his country’s government. To help his town, Plutarco smuggles ammunition past soldiers by playing the violin for them. The film is in Spanish with English subtitles. While the film is unrated, it does contain some sexual and violent content.

At the Appleton, viewers pay museum admission unless they are a museum member or a patron of the CF International Film Series. Series membership is $15 for individuals, $25 for dual membership and includes a bonus film each year. For information about membership, call 352-873-5808. The viewing is free at CF.

For more information on the International Film Series, contact Joe Zimmerman at 352-854-2322, ext. 1233, or visit www.cf.edu/foundation/events/events.

CF Webber Gallery Presents 'Healthy 'Art' Styles'

‎Monday, ‎September ‎08, ‎2014,

“Healthy ‘Art’ Styles” opens Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the College of Central Florida Webber Gallery, 3001 S.W. College Road, Ocala. Admission is free.

The exhibit explores the positive results of art therapy on patients and features artists Holly Hanessian and Kathy Hettinga, along with photos from UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine and AXIS Dance Company.

Hettinga, a digital artist and photographer whose work is featured in the book “The Next Generation,” said being a cancer patient gave her art new perspective.

"My work explains the process I was in,” said Hettinga. “The terror of cancer; the poisoning, yet healing work of chemotherapy…the loss of identity as a successful workaholic artist/designer; to the new work documenting the fascination and new-to-me world of health care givers, modern medical imaging, and men who heal in a world of blue and green outfits complete with head gear and shoe nets.”

The exhibit was curated by Tyrus Clutter, assistant professor of Art and Art History at CF.

The closing reception will be held Monday, Nov. 3, from 5:30-7 p.m. After the reception, AXIS Dance Company will perform in the Dassance Fine Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. The company performs “physically integrated dance,” a contemporary dance form that evolves from the collaboration between dancers with and without disabilities. To purchase tickets, call the CF Box Office at 352-873-5810 or visit tickets.cf.edu.

The Webber Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is closed Saturdays, Sundays and college holidays. For more information call 352-873-5809.

CF to Host Lecture on Near-death Experiences

‎Monday, ‎September ‎08, ‎2014

The College of Central Florida Humanities and Social Sciences Department will host a lecture regarding the latest findings on near-death experiences Monday, Sept. 15, from 7-8:30 p.m., in the Charles R. Dassance Fine Arts Center at the CF Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road.

“What We Can Learn From Near-death and Other Transformative Experiences!” with Dr. Scott Olsen, CF professor of Philosophy and Religion, is presented in partnership with The Interfaith Alliance of Marion County.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Olsen at olsens@cf.edu or 352-854-2322, ext. 1236.

Nathan Douglas Hall Art on Display at CF Citrus


‎Monday, ‎September ‎08, ‎2014, ‏‎

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 create art.

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 email wirtm@cf.edu.

CF Open House Events for Bachelor of Science in Nursing

‎Tuesday, ‎September ‎02, ‎2014

The College of Central Florida will host open house events to share information about its Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. In these casual question-and-answer sessions, attendees will learn about the new program, career pathways in nursing, and have an opportunity to tour CF’s new Health Sciences Simulation Center.

The first session will be held Wednesday, Sept. 10, from 2-4 p.m. in the center, Building 16 at the Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road. Additional sessions will be held Mondays, Sept. 15 from 4-6 p.m., Sept. 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Sept. 29 from 1-3 p.m. at the same location.

CF estimates that tuition for upper division nursing courses at CF will cost $4,715, which is more than 40 percent less than a student would pay if they earned their degree at a four-year public university.

Dr. Barbara Lange, CF dean of Health Sciences, said the appeal of CF’s BSN degree is more than convenience and affordability.

“Our nursing program is well-established and more successful than many other state and national programs,” said Lange. “Our students’ passing rates on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses are much higher than state and national averages. In 2012, for example, our passing rate was 96 percent, but the state average was 87 percent and the national average was 90 percent.”

For information about the sessions, please contact Nancy Cintron, 352-854-2322, ext. 1433, or Laurie Saputo, ext. 1586.


Cocktails and Conversation  with Martina Navratilova and friends in support of LPAC


LPAC is a Political Action Committee, formed by a group of committed activists and donors, to positively influence the current political and social landscape. After decades of being a small subset of players in women's rights and LGBT rights political efforts, the women of LPAC are stepping up to get organized like never before, aiming to give lesbians a real and meaningful seat at the table. With significant resources behind us, LPAC is making a true impact for lesbians in politics.

The Palm Beach County Human Rights Council Voters Alliance is proud to support LPAC.

LPAC supports candidates who champion a range of issues that impact lesbians and their families, these include:
•Ending discriminatory treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals and their families;
•Supporting sexual and reproductive freedom and women's access to quality healthcare; and,
•Furthering social, racial, and economic justice for all Americans.
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is dedicated to electing candidates who will work to end discrimination

based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.

Palm Beach County Human Rights Council Voters Alliance
Post Office Box 267  West Palm Beach, Florida 33402

(561) 358-0105    www.pbchrc.org    pbchrc@gmail.com  

Facebook: PBCHRC      Twitter: PBCHRC   Blog: http://pbchrc.blogspot.com/   



Crazy For You


Opens Thursday, September 4 at 8pm

Runs through Sunday, September 28


Adults: $25   Students/Children: $12


Bobby Child, son of a wealthy banking family, is trying to make it big in the razzle-dazzle show-biz world of the Zangler Follies in 1930s New York City - until his mother sends him to foreclose on the rundown Gaiety Theater in the sleepy former gold-mining town of Deadrock, Nevada.  read more

The Curtain Raiser

September 2014


Click the September 2014 link above to read The Curtain Raiser and to see more about the exciting shows and events coming up like, "Crazy For You" and more .  All the information can be found in the September 2014 Curtain Raiser.



Season tickets are on sale now!

Now is the time to purchase season tickets for the 2014-2015 season.  


When you purchase a season ticket, you save 20% off the regular price of admission.



If you have any questions about season tickets or would like to sign up, come by the theatre or call us at 352-236-2274. Our box office personnel will be happy to assist you.


Click here  to learn about season tickets and to view our new season brochure.



Get The Word Out!


PFLAG Lady Lake is now the only chapter in a very wide area, possibly the only one in the tricounty area of Marion/Sumter/Lake counties.


"PFLAG Lady Lake is a support group for the parents, families, and friends of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning persons. We educate and help people to come to a greater acceptance of LGBTQ individuals. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of every month at The Holiday Inn Express in The Villages on Hwy 441 at 6:30pm. Contact phone - 352-693-2173" 





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