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  • Check out the latest in lesbian and transgender news!

  • Check out the latest lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer news!

  • Check out the latest in lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex news!

  • Most LGBT people have a hard time blending into society. Therefore, author Peyton Thomas wrote "Both Sides Now" about a transgender teen finding his place in the world.

  • What can I say about real estate here in the Island City?

  • This year I worked with a few companies to bring products that I have personally tried and tested to our readers. This year I worked with a couple of great skin care companies, adult products and even some of our local theaters to bring you something different in our gift guide this year. Every product was personally tested or review by me.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • A transgender British woman who has been jailed for assault in a men's prison has lost an appeal against her sentence.

  • As she's working the counter at a hole-in-the-wall hot dog stand named Rosie's in upstate South Carolina, Tracy Hooker isn't interested in debating the merits of Donald Trump's proposal to temporarily block Muslims from coming into the United States.

  • Attitude. Outfits. And Hair. Big, show-stopping hair! “RuPaul’s Drag Race” is back with 13 queens for Season 13, and the only things more fierce than the contestants are the challenges blindsiding them from the moment they strut on set.  

  • Dooney Potter, local artist, could not avert his gaze on a certain chandelier when walking by the Wilton Collective.

  • Wilton Manors’ attempt to generate funding for improvements to Wilton Drive now has a board to oversee the efforts.

  • When it comes to decriminalizing marijuana possession in Wilton Manors, Vice Mayor Scott Newton recently said the city should wait until the county takes action. “I think the county should do something first . . . then we can move forward with it.”

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