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LESBIAN

Annise Parker to be Keynote Speaker at Democratic Gala

(SFGN) The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus 2015 Gala will be held August 22, 2015 at the Doubletree Hotel in Tampa. Annise Parker, the first openly gay mayor of a major U.S. city will deliver the keynote address. Other speakers include State Representative David Richardson, D-Miami Beach, Jerame Davis, Executive Director - Pride at Work, and Sean Meloy, Director of LGBT Engagement - Democratic National Committee. Tickets are $80 including admission and dinner and may be purchased in advance at http://bit.ly/1VXldrh Printed tickets will not be provided. Guests’ names will appear on the pre-paid list at the door.

The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus represents the LGBTA community to the Florida Democratic Party. The Caucus is represented by chapter organizations throughout the state.

GAY

Popular Instagram Gay Couple Break Up

(EDGE) Caleb Anthony and Kordale Lewis, who have been dubbed Instagram's hottest gay couple, have ended their relationship.

People magazine reports Anthony, 27, posted a letter to Instagram to the couple's 187,000 followers to announce that he and Lewis, 26, are "no longer together."

The couple, who reside in Atlanta, have two daughters and a son between the ages of six and eight, and blew up social media last year when a photo of the adorable family showing their morning hair routine with their daughters went viral.

"Being fathers is getting our daughters up at 5:30 a.m., making breakfast, getting them dressed for school and putting them on the bus by 6:30," the caption reads.

People notes the split may come to a surprise to their fans as the couple appeared to be happy when they starred in a two-minute video for Nikon's "I Am Generation Image" campaign back in January.

BISEXUAL

Marvel to Erase Hercules’ Bisexuality

(SFGN) Marvel announced that their Greek demi-god based hero, Hercules will debut in his own feature series this November. But Editor in Chief Axel Alonso said the character, who has previously had flings with heroes and heroines in the Marvel universe including Northstar, Wolverine, Snowbird and Black Widow, will be heterosexual in the new series.

“Hercules and James Howlett’s relationship in X-Treme X-Men took place in a unique alternate universe, similar to how Colossus was gay in the Ultimate Universe, but is straight in the [main Marvel Universe]. Same goes for Hercules here,” said Alonso in an interview with Comic Book Resources. (http://bit.ly/1M13wT2)

The announcement comes as a disappointment to LGBT comic fans who had been hoping to see more in diversity from the comic book icons. Marvel had started making some diversity headway after making hero Iceman gay, and turning Thor into a woman for an upcoming series.

TRANSGENDER

Trans Bodybuilder 'Hesitant' About Competing as a Woman

(EDGE) World champion bodybuilder Jane Marie Kroczaleski came out as a transgender woman this week but spoke with TMZ Sports Thursday and said she is still deciding whether or not she'll continue to compete as a man or a woman.

The athlete said she is worried about any backlash she may receive when it comes to her bodybuilding.

"I'm hesitant because I'm afraid it would do more harm than good," she said. "I'm afraid it's a no-win situation because if I win people will say it's not fair, it's cheating and I'm afraid that it would stir up a lot of people protesting against transgender athletes and I would never want to do anything to harm the transgender community."

On her Instagram, Kroczaleski calls herself a "transgender/genderfluid Alpha male/girly girl Lesbian in a male body.”


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