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  • Dancing Swimmers, Lesbian Idols & More in Our Weekly News Round Up, March 26

    Swimmer Doesn’t Dance Long

    Long distance swimmer Diana Nyad was one of the first participants eliminated from season 18 of “Dancing with the Stars.” Last year, Nyad, 64, became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without the assistance of a shark cage. She is a lesbian and for the show’s season 18 premiere, Nyad danced a foxtrot with her professional partner, Henry Byalikov. While she showed no fear in the water, Nyad told her televised dance routines left her “mortified.” “Dancing with the Stars” airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on ABC.

  • News Bites for April 16, 2014

    Milk Forever Stamp Ceremony Announced, and more...

  • News Bites for April 2, 2014

    DNC Chair to Attend Lawyers Gala

    Congresswomen Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL) headlines Sunday’s Gay & Lesbian Lawyers Network Third Annual Charity Gala. Wasserman-Schultz, the chair of the Democratic National Committee, is to be joined at the event by Florida State Representative David Richardson of Miami Beach and Florida gubernatorial candidate Nan Rich of Weston. The Gala is from 4-7 p.m., April 6, at Hugh’s Culinary, 4351 NE Terrace in Oakland Park and proceeds benefit Our Fund, a foundation connecting the LGBT community. George Sheldon, a candidate for Florida Attorney General, and Eugene K. Pettis, President of Florida’s 95,000-member Bar will present a scholarship to a 17-year-old poet. For tickets, see

  • News Bites for April 9, 2014

    Uganda Police Begin Anti-Gay Raids, Windes Joins Scruff Team, and more...

  • News Bites for Feb. 19, 2014

    ‘Homosexuals Should Be Exterminated’

    A confidant of suspected arsonist Musab Masmari turned FBI informant said the motive behind the New Year’s Eve fire at popular Seattle gay club Neighbors stemmed from Masmari’s “distaste for homosexual people.” Further, the informant was concerned that the suspect “may be planning terrorist activity” reports Seattle’s CBS affiliate, KIRO-TV.

  • News Bites for March 12, 2014

    Sunshine Cathedral Hosting Lorna Luft

    Fresh off hosting an outstanding performance by the Yale Whiffenpoofs, Sunshine Cathedral welcomes actress/singer Lorna Luft to Fort Lauderdale. Luft, daughter of the late Hollywood icon Judy Garland, joins actor Scott Nevins for the April 26 engagement.

  • News Bites for March 5, 2014

    Aiken files for Congress

    Singer Clay Aiken, best known for his runner-up finish on the hit television talent show ‘American Idol’ has officially filed paperwork to run for U.S. Congress.

  • News Bites: Aiken, Idaho, & Russian Hook-Ups

    GOP Rep. Slams Aiken, Dozens Arrested in Idaho, Russia Bans Gay Hook-up App , Houston Mayor Marries Longtime Partner 

  • News Bites: Gay Chevy, Winter PArty, and more...

    Chevrolet Features Gay Families

    The world of advertising is finally catching up with its LGBT audience.

    During the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Chevrolet — one of the world's largest car brands — aired two new advertisements with diverse casts that include gay families. The spots blend news clips, social media and real-life events to show that even though the world is changing, the things that matter most remain the same.

    "Chevrolet has nailed it with ads that truly reflect the fabric of our nation, which today includes gay and lesbian families," said GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis.

    Winter Party Seeks Volunteers

    From the internationally acclaimed Beach Party, to a progressive shopping night on the world-renowned Lincoln Road pedestrian mall, to electrifying events exclusively for women, the 2014 Winter Party Festival promises a six-day, non-stop lineup of events and activities.

    Organizers of Winter Party Festival in Miami Beach are seeking hundreds of volunteers to help with a variety of tasks including assisting with nightclub and social events, staffing the welcome center, event production, finance and media relations, among others. Various shifts are available from Monday, March 3, through Monday, March 10. Interested volunteers can apply online at and follow the instructions.

    Methodists in Crisis Over Gay Marriage

    The dispute among United Methodists over recognition of same-sex couples has lapsed into a doctrinal donnybrook, pitting clergy who are presiding at gay weddings in defiance of church law against proponents of traditional marriage who are trying to stop them.

    The intensity of the conflict was laid bare over the last several months, when the church tried, convicted and defrocked Frank Schaefer, a Pennsylvania pastor who presided at the wedding of his son to another man. Schaefer has since been traveling the country giving talks and sermons on gay acceptance.

    New Gay Pool Party Launching in Vegas

    Following a $200 million renovation, the updated Tropicana Resort and Casino, now called The New Tropicana Las Vegas, is launching an LGBT pool party in just a few months.

    Called Xposed!, the weekly Saturday party will feature a pool area with waterfalls, palm trees, daybeds, cabanas, DJs, go-go dancers, celeb performers, two Olympic-sized sand volleyball courts, two heated pools, and lots of half-naked people ready to mingle.

    "We are a strong advocate for the LGBTQ community," Fred Harmon, chief marketing officer for The New Tropicana Las Vegas, said in a statement.

  • SFGN News Bites for January 22, 2014

    Hope for Same-Sex Marriage in Tennessee

    Supporters of gay marriage in Tennessee say they are encouraged by recent federal court rulings in Utah and Oklahoma that struck down state limits on same-sex marriage.

  • SFGN News Bites for January 29, 2014

    Collins invited to SOTU speech

    Openly gay NBA player, Jason Collins, is among the guests who will sit with first lady Michelle Obama Tuesday when President Barack Obama delivers the annual State of the Union address.

  • SFGN News Bites for the Week of March 19, 2014

    Lesbian Makes ‘Idol’ Top 10

    MK Nobilette, the first openly gay contestant on the television talent show “American Idol,” has advanced into the top 10, guaranteeing the 20-year-old from San Francisco a spot on the Idol Summer Tour.

  • SFGN News Bites, January 15, 2014

    Golden Globes Go Gay

    Some of the night’s top honors at the Golden Globes went to movies with gay themes.Matthew McConaughey, won for Best Actor in a motion picture for his role in "Dallas Buyers Club" while his co-star Jared Leto won for Best Supporting actor in a motion picture. McConaughey played a homophobic straight guy with HIV while Leto played a transgender woman with HIV who befriends him. Michael Douglas won for Best Actor in a miniseries or TV movie for his role as Liberace in “Behind the Candelabra” and that movie, a biopic of Liberace’s life, also took home the award for Best TV movie or miniseries.

  • This Week in News Bites, February 26, 2014

    Lesbian Singer Advances on ‘American Idol’

    M.K. Nobilette, the first openly gay contestant on the hit television show ‘American Idol’ has made it into the “top 13.” Nobilette, 20, came in ninth in the voting and says reaction to her coming out as a lesbian has been overwhelmingly supportive.

    Nobilette sang “All of Me,” a John Legend song, during the semi-finals round against the top 10 girls.

    “If this is an indication of where our country is going, it's about time," said judge Harry Connick Jr. "I hope in 10 years we won't even have to talk about this. It's a big world, and everybody lives in it." 

    “American Idol” airs Wednesday and Thursday evenings on Fox.

    Sam Has Disappointing Combine Showing

    Former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam had an uninspiring performance at Monday’s NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis.

    Sam, seeking to become the first openly gay football player drafted into the NFL, ran a slow 4.9 seconds in the 40-yard dash and has some observers wondering if he may be caught in between positions with his size (6-foot-2, 255 pounds.) Sam, the Southeastern Conference’s co-defensive player of the year, went through linebacker conversion drills at Monday’s combine. Scouts are now describing Sam as a mid-to-late round draft selection. The 2014 N.F.L. draft begins May 8.

    Lance Bass to Chair Mississippi Marriage Campaign

    Lance Bass, memorable to most as a member of the boy band, ‘N Sync, has agreed to chair the Mississippi campaign for Freedom to Marry, the bipartisan organization working to bring full marriage support in the South.

    Born in Laurel, Mississippi, Bass was elected vice president of his junior class at Clinton High School. The 34-year-old singer and author came out as a gay man in 2006 in a cover story in People Magazine.

    Mississippi is traditionally one of the most culturally conservative states in the union. Voters in the state approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage as one man, one woman in 2004.

    Actress Sharon Gless Joins Florida Fight

    Multiple Emmy and Golden Globe winner Sharon Gless has joined with Equality Florida Institute in its fight for marriage equality. A vocal advocate for LGBT rights, in 2013 Gless is known for her acting roles in “Cagney & Lacey” and “Queer As Folk.” 

    In January, Equality Florida Institute joined with six couples in a lawsuit challenging the State of Florida’s ban on marriage equality.  In recognition of her support, Equality Florida will be honoring Gless and the six plaintiff couples with the Voice for Equality Award at the organization’s Annual Miami Gala at the Pérez Art Museum on Sunday, March 16.