Mr Gay World 2014 winner crowned

Gaystarnews · 12 hrs ago The search for Mr Gay World came to an end last night when one lucky man was chosen for the award. 'MGW is more than a beauty contest, it is the toughest job interview in the world! Mr Gay World celebrates the pride and rights of the International Gay Male.

Mr Gay UK Stuart Hatton Jr is the new Mr Gay World. "That's not something we can change. I would like to promote, 'so what, I'm gay'. I would like to leave a legacy behind to show everybody that we are all the same." Suave Mr Gay Cyprus finished second and bubbly Mr Gay Ireland third.

Georgia Teen Assaulted By Parents Raises Over $90,000 In Three Days

The 19-year-old gay man who was assaulted by his parents and kicked out of their house after coming out as gay has been identified as Kennesaw, Georgia teen Daniel Pierce. After the recorded altercation with his parents went viral and gained over 3 million views on YouTube in three days, Pierce is speaking with 11Alive about what caused the shocking reaction in the video, where he plans to go now and what he’s going to do with over $90,000 that has been raised in his name.


Couple Fined For Refusing To Host Gay Wedding Shuts Down Venue

A Christian couple fined $13,000 for refusing to host a lesbian wedding on their New York farm has decided to close the venue rather than violate their religious beliefs. Cynthia and Robert Gifford decided not to host ceremonies anymore, other than those already scheduled, Alliance Defending Freedom attorney James Trainor told The Blaze. ”Since the order essentially compelled them to do all ceremonies or none at all, they have chosen the latter in order to stay true to their religious convictions, even though it will likely hurt their business in the short run,” he said. New Jersey couple Jennifer McCarthy and Melisa Erwin took the Giffords to court when they refused to host their 2012 wedding at Liberty Ridge Farm, where the Giffords host about a dozen weddings a year. The Giffords were willing to host the reception, but not the actual ceremony. A court ruled in favor of McCarthy and Erwin, and fined the Giffords $13,000 for refusing to host the ceremony.

Crist Urges Scott to Declare FL Will Not Challenge Marriage Ruling

Posted on August 29, 2014 - 4:22pm by brittany. Crist Urges Scott to Declare That Florida Will Not Challenge Latest Federal Decision on Marriage for All (August 29, 2014) St. Petersburg, Fla -- Charlie Crist, the People's Governor, sent a letter to Governor Rick Scott today urging him to declare that Florida will not challenge the latest federal ruling on marriage for all issued by U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle.

Letter included below.

Dear Governor Scott:

Four years ago, a district court of appeals ruled Florida’s ban on gay and lesbian adoption unconstitutional. When the ruling came down, I believed it was my job as Governor to exercise the authority vested in me by the people and our Constitution. The day the judge ruled, I declared Florida’s adoption ban over. Gay and lesbian parents began adopting the children they loved immediately. It is one of my proudest moments as an elected official.

Last Thursday Federal District Judge Robert Hinkle gave you the same chance to speak out for what is right when, in a ruling that would apply statewide, he struck down Florida’s ban on same sex marriage.

By declaring the marriage ban finished you could discourage any future appeals and end the nightmare that loving same sex couples all across our state endure every single day, ending court battles that could drag on for months or years Courts throughout Florida are endorsing the principle that government ought not deprive an entire class of citizens the right to marry simply because of whom they love. Florida deserves a governor who will stand up for all of the people of this state.

You have the power to end the suffering of people like Arlene Goldberg. Last March, Arlene lost her wife and partner of 47 years, Carol Goldwasser. At a moment of enormous and understandable grief, Arlene had to suffer the humiliation of not being listed as Carol’s wife on the death certificate. Even worse, she lost her home because she was denied the social security benefits they had earned. When faced with a very similar decision four years ago I did what I believed was best for Florida and best for the thousands of children waiting to be adopted by loving parents. Today, I urge you to do what’s best for Floridians and declare the state will not be challenging Judge Hinkle’s Order or any other orders supporting the rights of all Floridians to marry.

Respectfully, Charlie Crist

Florida Court Won't Delay Gay Marriage Appeals

Associated Press 3 hours 45 mins ago MIAMI (AP) -- A Miami-based appeals court has rejected Attorney General Pam Bondi's request that two gay marriage cases be delayed until the U.S. Supreme Court decides the issue nationally. The 3rd District Court of Appeal ruled Thursday that the cases from Miami-Dade and Monroe counties will move forward. Bondi's office appealed rulings from judges in the two counties that declared Florida's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. The decision comes one day after another court, the 2nd District Court of Appeal, asked the Florida Supreme Court to decide the issue statewide. Judges in Broward and Palm Beach counties have also found the gay marriage ban approved by voters in 2008 to be unconstitutional. A Tallahassee-based federal judge issued a similar ruling but also stayed its effect pending the outcome of appeals.

The Palm Beach County Human Rights Council 
Voters Alliance Has Endorsed Charlie Crist for Governor

As clearly stated on our website, the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council Voters Alliance endorses candidates who support LGBT initiatives and privacy rights. Endorsements of candidates are made upon consideration of:
* How a candidate has voted on LGBT issues
* How a candidate has supported the Palm Beach County LGBT Community

We have used these criteria for the past 26 years and, as a result, we have helped elect public officials who have made Palm Beach County one of the best places in the country for LGBT people to live, study, work, have families, retire and age comfortably.

In the recent Democratic Primary for governor, we proudly endorsed Senator Nan Rich, a longstanding PBCHRC ally. Nan is an outspoken champion of LGBT equality and as a legislator, she was with us 100% of the time.

After we announced the endorsement, we were contacted by several LGBT and allied voters. They each told us that our endorsement weakened the chances of defeating Rick Scott in November. Now, that made as much sense as the frequently heard argument that same-sex marriages somehow weaken existing opposite sex marriages.
Although Charlie Crist was not supportive of LGBT initiatives during the 18 years he served in public office, he has recently explained that, as a Republican, he felt obligated to tow the anti-LGBT Republican Party line. Since he left the Republican Party, he has repeatedly apologized for years of working - and voting - against LGBT-initiatives. More importantly, at a campaign stop last month at Compass Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Lake Worth and the Palm Beaches, it became clear that Charlie Crist is now an outspoken advocate for LGBT Floridians and our families.

Allen Eyestone, Palm Beach Post Staff Photographer
Florida's LGBT community needs Charlie Crist as our advocate in Tallahassee. We need to have Charlie Crist -- not Rick Scott- - select fair-minded women and men to serve on the Florida Supreme Court, as well as on our state's lower courts.

For these reasons, the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council Voters Alliance has endorsed Charlie Crist for governor.

On a final note, a few weeks after he was last elected governor in 2006, PBCHRC sent a hand-delivered letter to Charlie Crist, asking him to consider issuing an executive order on equal opportunity in state government. And each time another state's governor issued an LGBT-inclusive executive order, PBCHRC renewed its request to then-Governor Crist.

At Compass, Charlie Crist pledged that on his first day back as governor, he would issue an executive order prohibiting discrimination against LGBT state workers.  For that, PBCHRCVA is especially encouraged
Charlie, if you are reading this, we'd really like to be there when you sign the executive order. And we're hoping you'll let us have the pen with which you sign it as a souvenir.

Georgia city moves ahead on benefits for same-sex couples


MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) – A city committee in Marietta has approved a plan aimed at extending retirement benefits to same-sex couples. The City Council is now scheduled to consider the change, which would give employees in same-sex relationships the chance to receive retirement benefits now given to men and women who are married. The Marietta Daily Journal reports that the change in the retirement plan was approved Aug. 27 by a 3-0 vote of the city’s personnel and insurance committee. The change must still be approved by the city council, which is set to take up the matter Sept. 10. The Marietta newspaper reports that the change stems from an Internal Revenue Service mandate which requires retirement plans to recognize same-sex couples if they were married in a state that has legalized gay marriage

Facebook has begun to roll out options for gender-neutral family relationships.

The update, currently in place for some US readers, allows people to select a wider range of relationships with their family, with terms like ‘parent’, ‘child’ and ‘sibling’ now available alongside the pre-existing mother/father,  son/daughter and sister/brother.
It allows people who do not have a conventional family structure, or do not identify as male or female, to reflect their relationships with their family.

Former Child Model Suing Bryan Singer Drops Case Because He Can’t Find A Lawyer

The 31-year-old former child model who accused X-Men director Bryan Singer and several other high-ranking Hollywood executives of molesting him as a minor has dropped his lawsuit against Singer, admitting that he’s unable to move forward with the case because he can’t find a lawyer to represent him. The AP reports that the relationship between Michael Egan and his original attorney Jeff Herman began to “deteriorate” as early as May, when Herman filed a request to be removed from the case. At the time, Herman told the court that he was seeking dismissal from the case because he believed Egan had lied about previous accusations of sexual misconduct against three other men.


Where are the least and most hospitable places in the world to be gay?

By Alexandra Bolles, Media Strategist | August 28, 2014 Gallup, using a worldwide poll, found that 28% of adults describe their areas as "a good place" to live as an openly gay or lesbian person, based on hospitable attitudes in 123 countries. The most hospitable place, with 83% affirming it as such, is the Netherlands. Named as "not a good place" by an overwhelming near-consensus of 98%, Senegal is found to be the least hospitable. The poll does not appear to have surveyed adults about conditions for people bisexual and did not inquire about hospitality towards transgender communities. Additionally, data was not included from 15 nations where it was deemed too dangerous to ask the question, including Egypt, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, and Yemen. From each of the 123 countries included, 1,000 folks ages 15 and up were interviewed.


Prince Harry: I might experiment with gay men if my relationship doesn’t work out


Corinne Pinfold, 

Prince Harry at the launch of Walking With The Wounded Share on WhatsApp 0 reader comments Prince Harry has said he might try relationships with men if he “changes his mind” about women, while on a night out with his current girlfriend. Harry and his girlfriend, Cressida Bonas, were taking a night out together at The Rum Kitchen in Notting Hill on Friday, when Harry was slipped the phone number of Vincenzo Ianniello. He reportedly accepted the number happily, and promised to call Mr Ianniello if he changed his mind about dating women. Mr Ianniello later tweeted about the exchange: “I gave Prince Harry my number tonight, he promised he’ll call me if he changes his mind about women. Or men. #epicwin” Last week Conservative peer Lord True suggested the law needs to be changed to prepare for a married lesbian Queen who conceives using donor sperm. Friends close to James Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge’s younger brother, dismissed rumours that he is gay but also say he’s not “bothered” by them.

 In November 2012 Prince Harry and his brother, Prince William, wrote a letter supporting the Terrence Higgins Trust in its campaign against HIV.

Earlier in 2012 Harry came under fire for using the word “queer”, but was defended by Peter Tatchell, who pointed out that Harry has made a video diary in which he kisses and licks the face of another male soldier.

Jeffrey Tambor Plays Transgender In Amazon's 'Transparent'

BY ON TOP MAGAZINE STAFF PUBLISHED: AUGUST 28, 2014 will release its original 10-episode comedy Transparent on September 26. Created and directed by Jill Soloway (Six Feet Under, United States of Tara), Transparent stars Jeffrey Tambor as Mort. In the show's pilot, Mort debates whether to tell his three adult children (played by Gaby Hoffmann, Jay Duplass and Amy Landecker) that he's actually Moira, a transgender woman. Landecker plays Sarah, who makes out with another woman in the show's premiere episode. Transparent also co-stars Judith Light as Mom. (A trailer for the series is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.) In February, Soloway said the show will “almost immediately” settle into being about the lives of five people. “The math of this show for me, the emotional math, is these five people are magnetized around a secret and in some ways, the mystery – of when they look back on their childhood – the mystery of their childhood is, 'What did we do because we didn't know?' In some ways the secret was the boundary and now that that boundary is being lifted, how do these people find their new boundaries with each other? It's really about family boundaries and anxiety around boundaries, how to love one another without becoming one another,” she said.

BBC Picks Up 'Boy Meets Girl,' Britain's First Transgender Comedy Series

BY ON TOP MAGAZINE STAFF PUBLISHED: AUGUST 28, 2014 UK's the BBC has commissioned the nation's first transgender comedy series. Boy Meets Girl looks at the developing relationship between 26-year-old Leo and 40-year-old Judy. Judy, who is transgender, is played by Rebecca Root, a transgender actor, in the show's pilot, according to The Independent. The script by Elliott Kerrigan was discovered through the BBC's talent search titled the Trans Comedy Award held last year. The BBC confirmed that a trans actor will play the role of Judy in the full series. “Trans people are a minority,” Root said in May. But for every person like me who's made a conscious step do to something about the feeling we've had all our lives, there are plenty who've gone part-way or not at all yet.” Root added that the public is ready to see transgender characters on television.
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Peter Lely, (Dutch born English, 1618-1680)

Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough as a Girl, ca. 1690

Oil on canvas

Gift of Arthur I. Appleton


Born Sarah Jennings, the subject of this portrait had a close childhood friendship with Princess Anne (who later became Queen Anne). In 1673, she entered the household of Anne's father, the Duke of York, to serve Princess Anne's stepmother, Mary of Modena as Maid of Honor. Her family was not wealthy, so it is likely the portrait was painted during her time of servitude. In 1677, Sarah became Duchess of Marlborough when she married John Churchill. 

By 1661, Peter Lely was a popular portraitist working with a large workshop. It is likely that he painted the head of this portrait and the remainder of the figure and background were painted by studio assistants.



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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Guided Canoe/Kayak Trips

Date: Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Time: 10:00 AM  

Venue: Rainbow Springs State Park, Dunnellon, FL

Bring a friend and enjoy the beautiful Rainbow River! Meet a park ranger at the canoe dock at the headsprings day use section of the park. The trip is approximately one mile downriver and back. Round trip takes about 2.5 hours. Visitors may bring a friend and enjoy the beautiful Rainbow River! Meet a park ranger at the canoe dock at the headsprings day use section of the park. The trip is approximately one mile downriver and back. Round trip takes about 2.5 hours. Visitors may bring their own equipment but it must be hand carried to the launch area. For Rental Info contact Nature Quest at 352-465-3211. Rentals are $11.00/hour and a photo Id is required. RSVP is required! Call the park @ 352-465-8555. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. No disposable food or beverage containers are allowed on the river! Join us for fun and learning about Rainbow Springs. This event is free with standard $2.00 entrance fee per person. See website for Participation Requirements. 2nd Wednesday of every month. 10:00 a.m.

Rainbow Springs State Park


Address: 19158 SW 81st Place Rd.,Dunnellon,FL, 34432


Phone: (352) 465-8555



College of Central Florida News


CF International Film Series Begins Sept. 16


‎Friday, ‎August ‎22, ‎2014, ‏‎12:49:31 PM

The College of Central Florida 2014-2015 International Film Series kicks off Tuesday, Sept. 16, with "Monsiur Lazhar," a 2011 Canadian drama.

After reading about the death of a Montreal elementary school teacher, Bachir Lazhar, a 55-year-old Algerian immigrant, offers his services as a substitute teacher. He is hired, and the cultural gap between him and his class is made immediately apparent. While the class goes through the healing process, nobody in the school is aware of Bachir's painful past, and they do not suspect that he is at risk of being deported at any moment.

Directed by Philippe Falardeau, the PG-13 film is in French with English subtitles.

The International Film Series will present 10 films through March 10, 2015. All films will be shown Tuesdays 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.

Films at the Ocala Campus are free and open to the public. Films at the Appleton are free to all museum and film series members; nonmembers pay museum admission.

Film series membership is $15 for one membership and $25 for two memberships. Contact the CF Foundation at 352-873-5808 to join.

For more information on the International Film Series, contact Joe Zimmerman at 352-854-2322, ext. 1233, or visit

The next film in the series, "The Violin," will be shown Tuesday, Sept. 30.



CF to Host Careers & Colleges Expos in Ocala, Lecanto

‎Friday, ‎August ‎22, ‎2014, ‏‎12:49:08 PM

The College of Central Florida will host two Careers & Colleges Expos in September for prospective students, parents and other interested individuals to learn about opportunities. High school seniors are encouraged to attend.

Presenters from colleges, universities, vocational schools and military academies will share information and answer questions. CF representatives will be on hand to answer questions about its academic programs, including bachelor’s degree programs.

The Citrus Careers & Colleges Expo is Monday, Sept. 8, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the CF Citrus Learning and Conference Center, 3800 S. Lecanto.

The Ocala Careers & Colleges Expo, in partnership with Marion County Public Schools, is Thursday, Sept. 18, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., in the Ocala Campus Gymnasium, 3001 S.W. College Road.

Admission is free. For more information, contact Randolph Bellamy, CF Enrollment Services, at 352-854-2322, ext. 1543, or email


Come and see what’s new on display…


Webber Gallery Presents

“A Vast Expanse: Landscapes from the Collection of the Appleton Museum of Art”




College of Central Florida Webber Gallery, 3001 S.W. College Road, Ocala. Admission is free.


“A Vast Expanse” runs through Sept. 5. The 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 Webber Gallery Presents

'A Vast Expanse' July 10


"A Vast Expanse: Landscapes from the Collection of the Appleton Museum of Art" opens Thursday, July 10, at the College of Central Florida Webber Gallery, 3001 S.W. College Road, Ocala. Admission is free.

Tyrus Clutter, assistant professor of Art and Art History at CF, curated the exhibition.

"The tradition of the landscape in art has ancient roots," said Clutter, who previously curated two exhibitions at the Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida. "Though the images in the exhibition are all from the 20th century, they explore the various dimensions of that tradition over time. All the works are completed through printmaking processes and reveal a great variety of modes of landscape: night scenes, beach scenes, snowscapes and conceptual works."

"A Vast Expanse" runs through Sept. 5. The 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.


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