150K revelers pack Lake Eola for Come Out With Pride’s 10th Anniversary

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 Mikael Audebert.

“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 transgender policies

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 identities.

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 Equality.”

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 Cowboys

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 Same-Sex Couples

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 marriage equality

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 straight.

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 2013.

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.”


Rainbow Springs State Park

Date: Saturday and Sunday, October 18 & 19, 2014. 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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 at 352-489-8841.


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 light.

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 news.

“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 matrimony?”


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 Bernice Oyagak.

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 Treiber.

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 said.

“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 politics.”

What did matter to her, though, was being able to marry in Alaska.

“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 News reported.

“It was really kind of special to be able to share the day with them,” Hilderbrand said.


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 Time magazine.

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 story."


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 African-American.

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 said.

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 ruled unconstitutional.

“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 national narrative.

“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, sound mixing).

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, 2014

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 Robbie Rogers

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 the series.

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 series.

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 Association 2014

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 it.

"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 quickly."


Four Wanted In Vicious, Anti-Gay Attack

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 statements.

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 Sunday.

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.

October 12
The Photographers (National Geographic)

October 19
Klimt: The Post-Impressionists

October 26
Gargoyles: Guardians of the Gate

November 2
Food for the Ancestors

Free for members; included in the price of admission for nonmembers.
After-School Explorations
Clay Sampler
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 7-12.


Session dates: October 14, 21, 28, November 4, 11


$75 per session for members; $100 per session for nonmembers.


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
November 21

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 the Season.

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 the Wash!
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 the exhibition. 
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 and endurance.





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CF Emergency Vehicle Operations Course Begins Nov. 7

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 since 2006.

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 filled.

Register Now for CF Unarmed Security Officer Course

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 officers.

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 reception Thursday,

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 Collection:
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.

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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Area Events

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!

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.

featuring  Healthy “Art” Styles

Sept. 16 – Nov. 3

The Healthy “Art” Styles exhibition examines the powerful connection between art and medicine

and the field of art, music and dance therapy. The exhibit was curated by Tyrus Clutter for the

Webber Gallery on the Ocala campus of the College of Central Florida. The Fall 2014 exhibition

was created to be on display during a performance of the AXIS Dance Company, which is one of

the groups and artists featured in the exhibition. The exhibition includes film excerpts and an

interactive clay art “handshake” station (featured below). Also featured are photographs from the

UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine programs and work from artists Holly Hanessian and Kathy Hettinga.

Closing reception for this exhibit will be on Monday, Nov. 3 from 5:30 – 7 p.m., just prior to the

AXIS Dance company’s performance (Dassance Fine Arts Center). To purchase tickets to AXIS Dance

Company performance on Nov. 3, 2014, 7:30 p.m. are, call the CF Box Office at 352-873-5810 or

visit www.tickets.cf.edu.

Check out more photos of our exhibit at http://www.tyrusclutter.com/exhibitsHealthyArt.html

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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.
This paid electioneering communication, which is independent of any party, candidate or committee, is produced, sponsored and paid for by the The Palm Beach County Human Rights Council Voters Alliance.

The Palm Beach County Human Rights Council Voters Alliance.
Post Office Box 267
West Palm Beach, Florida 33402
(561) 358-0105

The Palm Beach County Human Rights Council Voters Alliance

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  

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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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