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Watch the Viral Smash “In A Heartbeat” and Meet It’s Creators

In a Heartbeat

A short film about a middle schooler whose heart literally leaps from his chest over a crush on another boy captivated the world last week, racking up more than 10 million views on YouTube in less than 72 hours. It’s been a wild few days for filmmakers Beth David and Esteban Bravo, who brought the idea from pitch to viral sensation over a span of 18 months. Both believe this sudden success stems from the personal significance of the story to each of the out creators’ lives. In a Heartbeat resulted from the collaboration of two Catholic school graduates, one a lesbian from Ohio and the other a gay man from Mexico City, who ended up studying at the same Florida digital animation program. “It’s the kind of story we wish we had seen growing up,” says David. “A lot of the underlying feelings of fear and guilt that our main character goes through, it’s a very personal story.” It’s also a significant amount of ground to cover over four minutes of cartoon video, but rave reviews from around the globe show David and Bravo managed to convey the complex sentiments into a condensed number of frames. Since being posted, …

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Pride Fort Lauderdale New Venue Is HUGE Success!

Pride Fort Lauderdale regroups and puts together a fantastic event on the beach. Blue skies for miles and a cool ocean breeze, that’s Fort Lauderdale in February. This year Fort Lauderdale Pride was held at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park South and everyone we talked to seemed pretty excited about the change in venue and philosophy. Fort Lauderdale Pride has always been a “pay to play” event where attendees paid $10 to come in and celebrate with their fellow cohorts. Some have maintained that Pride is a celebration of who we are and celebrating should be a free experience. Well, those people got what they wanted this year! Not only was Pride Fort Lauderdale a free event but it was held in one of the hottest spring destinations on earth. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect and though parking was a challenge, shuttle services were provided and like my mother always said, “Walking isn’t crowded.”  If you missed this year’s event, look forward to next year because if Pride Fort Lauderdale continues on this path, it will be THE event of the year. Find pictures of the event, click here!  

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Gun World is A Comfortable World for Women

Gun World

Being a woman in a man’s world has never been easy, especially when it comes to gun ownership. When I was buying my first gun, I did all my research online because I was too intimidated to go into a gun shop or attend a gun show to get more information. Is it surprising to do online research? No, not in this day and age but the reason in this case is all too common. A typical gun shop is generally a very male dominated space and let’s face it, ladies, men very rarely understand the emotional viewpoint of a woman. We’re just made different and that’s ok but in terms of gun ownership, it’s very important to have your needs understood. After I purchased my gun, I needed to learn how to shoot it and practice. I’ve utilized several shooting ranges and as I had imagined, it was a very intimidating space. Enter Gun World in Deerfield Beach. The facility is woman owned and operated and as a woman…I can really appreciate that! Owner, Kim Waltuch was brought to the helm of the business through a series of traumatic events. Gun World was the vision of her husband and …

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Staycay the Florida Way

Blue Springs State Park

It’s summer time in South Florida and there’s no better time to see the sights. Here’s a few ideas for the annual staycay.  Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park Cape Florida State Park is currently ranked 10th Best Beach in Dr. Beach’s annual “Top Ten Beaches in America”. Home of a historic lighthouse built in 1825 and reconstructed in 1846, it is the oldest standing structure in Miami-Dade County. For more information visit: www.floridastateparks.org/capeflorida/     Hutchinson Island in Fort Pierce The beaches of Hutchinson Island in Fort Pierce are proud to be one of the only places within the state of Florida that permits horseback riding on the beach! The beaches designated for this activity are secluded, rustic, and picturesque. For more information visit: www.visitstluciefla.com/horseback_riding     Explore Old Florida along the Ridge Scenic Highway The Ridge Scenic Highway introduces travelers to historic communities and rural agricultural that Central Florida is famous for. View scenic vistas and have access to lakes, natural areas, citrus agricultural fields and unique Florida attractions. A trip along the Ridge Scenic Highway will provide you with a taste of what Florida was like in the early 1900′s. For more information visit: www.floridascenichighways.com   John …

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SEVEN INTERESTING CLITORIS FACTS

The clitoris is the female sex organ that has one purpose and one purpose only…PLEASURE! Yet it’s the most overlooked female body part! DID YOU KNOW 29% of college women are unable to locate the clitoris on an anatomy diagram? (Compared to ONLY 25% of their male counterparts!) 70 – 80% of women reach orgasm via clitoral stimulation alone, so without this pleasure-giving organ, women would be SOL when it comes to orgasms. So without further ado, give me a hand in welcoming these seven interesting facts that you may not have known about the organ that makes women’s eyes roll into the back of their head: THE CLITORIS IS REALLY A PENIS! The clitoris comes from the same embryonic tissue as a penis. During the development phase (approximately 12 weeks), the genitalia decide whether or not they’re going to become a penis or labia based on the chromosomes it was dealt. It’s components are similar to a penis as well… it has a glans, a foreskin (aka the hood), erectile tissue, and a tiny shaft. ONLY 1/4 OF THE CLITORIS IS VISIBLE! The clitoris is much bigger than you think! Did you know the clitoris extends up to 5 inches …

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gir(L) App Launches, Puts Women’s Community in Touch

gir(L) App

A new app designed for the lesbian and bi-sexual community has officially launched, looks to connect women.  TThe new app, gir(L), hails from the publisher’s of gir(L) Magazine, Shelly Allen and Jackie Branca, and was designed to give women a medium with which to communicate and connect. According to Shelly Allen, “Since New Moon (the local lesbian bar) closed the one question we hear the most at every event we attend is, ‘Where do all the women go?’ I think the most simple answer is, everywhere. I’m just not sure there is one spot specifically for women any more. The world is changing and we can pretty much go anywhere and feel comfortable. Having said that, there is still one major problem. How do you meet new women, make new friends and connect without an established ‘go to’ place? We designed the gir(L) app to fill that gap.” The gir(L) app features groups that are drilled down to specific interests from softball to restaurants but also includes an open chat group. Groups give women the opportunity to chat or ask each other questions about specific topics. “We are really excited to give women access to each other and their experiences. Let’s say you are working on a home improvement project or you’d like to try a new restaurant but want to know how gay friendly it is, you can launch the app and come to …

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THE GIRL KING

Sarah Gadon (L) and Malin Buska (R) in THE GIRL KING - Photo courtesy of Wolfe Video

The story of one of the world’s most famous and controversial women… An international production written by award-winning Canadian writer Michel Marc Bouchard (Tom at the Farm, Lilies) and directed by Finnish auteur Mika Kaurasmaki (Mama Africa, Road North), THE GIRL KING tells the story of one of the most iconic queens in history, Queen Christina of Sweden. Crowned Queen in 1632 at the age of six and raised as a prince, Queen Christina was a brilliant yet enigmatic young leader who fought conservative forces to revolutionize Sweden while falling in love with her lady-in-waiting and exploring her awakening sexuality. Torn between conflicts of political, religious, and personal aspirations, Christina made one of the most controversial choices in history. The Girl King stars Malin Buska (Easy Money, Happy End) in the title role as well as Sarah Gadon (Belle, Enemy, Cosmopolis, The Amazing Spiderman 2, Dracula Untold), Michael Nyqvist (Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Lucas Bryant (Haven, The Vow), Laura Birn (Purge, Inner Trial), Hippolyte Giradot (Lady Chatterly), Peter Lohmeyer (The Miracle of Bern, Killer Condom), Francois Arnaud (The Borgias), Patrick Bauchau (Boy Culture) and Martina Gedeck (Night Train to Lisbon, The Nun, The …

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All About E from Wolfe Video

Mandahla Rose and Julia Billington in ALL ABOUT E

Written and Directed by Louise Wadley A beautiful DJ in Sydney is forced to run when she stumbles on a bag of cash. Can she keep the money, conquer her demons, and get the girl? Starring the stunning Australian actress Mandahla Rose as E A glamorous DJ at one of the hottest clubs in Sydney, where the perks of the job include her pick of beautiful women. But in reality, she’s so deeply closeted to her Lebanese parents that she’s broken up with the love of her life, Trish (Julia Billington). When E and her best mate Matt (Brett Rogers) find a duffel bag full of cash, they soon find themselves on the run, with nowhere to go but the desolate Australian outback and the arms of her ex-girlfriend. Australian writer-director Louise Wadley has fashioned a sexy film that hums with suspense and unexpected twists, full of humor and second chances. SYNOPSIS: To all appearances E (the stunning Mandahla Rose) leads a glamorous life as the sexy star DJ at one of the hottest clubs in Sydney, a job with perks that include her pick of the beautiful women who come to dance to her tunes. But the reality is this …

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Tariffs, not slavery, precipitated the American Civil War

Battle of Gettysburg

Arthur Hirsch’s recent article about the Battle of Gettysburg reveals a disturbing ignorance of the political dynamics that brought this nation to a war that 150 years later remains the most cataclysmic event in our history (“A defining day relived,” July 2). It accepts the shallow but unchallenged premise that the Civil War occurred because slavery was practiced in the South, and that righteous resolve to abolish the institution left the U.S. with no option other than a resort to arms. This is a myopic view with which many historical facts simply cannot be reconciled. The war resulted from causes unrelated to slavery and abolition. It was entirely a consequence of the Southern states’ secession, which occurred despite the undeniable fact that the slave states could not have hoped for better protection of slavery than that afforded by the U. S. Constitution — provided they remained in the Union. Both Lincoln and the slaveholders well knew in 1860 that a constitutional amendment ending slavery would never be mathematically feasible. But Lincoln further understood that the South was gravitating toward secession as the remedy for a different grievance altogether: The egregiously inequitable effects of a U. S. protective tariff that provided …

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Gwen Stefani, Why She is the Most Relevant Female Performer of Our Time

By Shelly Allen Mmany are familiar with Gwen Stefani’s story, but few realize the impact of her personal yet very public journey and its influence on women both young and old. Her Just a Girl lyrics and performance became the anthem of women across the globe. The personal power she attained and has maintained has kept her relevant well into her 40’s. Gwen Stefani was born in Fullerton, California on October 3, 1969. At age 17, Gwen joined her brother’s band, No Doubt as their second vocalist.  It was then she met bassist and future boyfriend, Tony Kanal. Stefani put her full faith and heart into her relationship with her boyfriend, as many young women do. “…all I ever did was look at Tony and pray that God would let me have a baby with him. I was really passive, all I cared about was being in love.” Over the next seven years, No Doubt saw a series of changes with lead vocalist John Spences’ suicide in 1987 (placing Gwen at the helm) and brother Erics’ departure from the band in 1994.  It was around the same time Tony Kanal, after seven years called the relationship quits.  And this my friends, is where the …

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