When Marvel Studios first brought out 2010’s Iron Man, it heralded a new age where superheroes would dominate the cultural zeitgeist on a level not seen since the coming of Star Wars. While superheroes had had some cinematic success before with characters like Batman, Spider-Man and the X-Men, Iron Man and the Marvel movies that followed would blow the lid off box office, earning hundreds of millions, even billions of dollars.

Here in South Florida where I live, Pride begins early (in Hollywood in January), despite the Red State’s rulers’ intentions to erase us, and continues through October (in Miami Shores). While other places aren’t as fortunate, that doesn’t mean they can’t prepare well in advance of their Pride observances by listening to all the wonderful LGBTQ music available to us.

A crowd filled the seats at Island City Stage. They were there for the world premiere of a podcast that talks directly to them. “Gritz and Glitter” is a new production by Rev. Skip Jennings and activist and author Terry Dyer.

In high school, Carol Wartenberg became a member of the National Thespian Society and in her junior year she became a member of the student theater troupe associated with Buffalo’s professional theater, The Studio Arena. She also directed her first play in high school, a 10-minute condensed version of “Moby Dick.” While an undergraduate, Carrol performed in and assisted local community theaters.

Diversity Honors on Saturday, March 9, at 7 p.m., has announced that Emmy, Tony, and Grammy Award-winning, and Golden Globe-nominated actor, singer, director, composer, playwright, and activist Billy Porter will be receiving a Harvey Milk Champion Medal.


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