LGBTQIA

The Grey Area

Kale Boucher Are you a boy or a girl? Why are you ashamed of your body? What do you expect people to think? You don’t want to be a man? Why doesn’t your girlfriend just date a dude? It’s just the way it is. Keagan Anfuso, a woman and creator who just happens to feel comfortable rocking loose fitting clothes and a “boyish” haircut, copied these quotes from memory onto index cards. In preparation to pitch their film, co-director Drew Brown suggested Keagan write down all the comments she could remember: anything funny, hurtful, or outright confusing someone has said …

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Say Gay

Florida, you have disappointed me once again. As if the LGBTQ+ community did not have enough to fear already, Florida legislation is adding a new law to ensure schools can no longer be a safe space for its students. We all know certain Florida government officials to be very controversial, but this absolutely takes the cake. The new legislation, if signed into law, will restrict primary schools from teaching students about sexual orientation and gender issues. What is the Parental Rights in Education bill? The bill, commonly known as the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill, is legislation passed by the Florida …

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JASMYN

As the LGBTQ+ community faces more and more obstacles, including the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill, a safe place for the community is needed now more than ever. JASMYN is stepping up to take on the challenge in an effort to build a community where young LGBTQ+ members can freely be themselves, despite any backlash those members may face with friends and/or family. JASMYN is an organization that aims to provide a safe place offering health and wellness services to young members of the LGBTQ+ community. They offer development opportunities and promote equality for all. They believe the young members are …

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Filmmaker Keagan Anfuso: Definitions of Gender and How that Affects the Life of Masculine Women

The Grey Area, Keagan and Drew Brown, The Grey Area: Local Filmmaker Keagan Anfuso Explores the Masculine Female Perspective

The Grey Area: Local Filmmaker Keagan Anfuso and the Masculine Female Perspective Photos by Verance Photography and Geek Chic Photo Keagan Anfuso is more than the sum of what you see. She’s a filmmaker, rock-climbing enthusiast, experience junkie and a consummate talker. She speaks in complex ribbons of thought, layering paragraphs as needed to illustrate a point. She’s passionate about film and dedicated to creating compelling art that sparks meaningful conversation. A single question often elicits a multi-pronged response, branching off down different paths, but ultimately winding up exactly where she was meant to be.  She looks you in the eye and is …

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Ada Vox performs at River City Pride Fest

The 2018 River City Pride festival marks the 40th anniversary of the city’s signature LGBTQIA+ event with a weekend celebration designed to foster a sense of community, equality and diversity. The parade and festival are vibrant extensions of that mission with a broad spectrum of entertainment in every shade of the rainbow. Among this year’s featured performers is who celebrated her own landmark milestone as the first drag queen to advance to the semi-finals on season 16 of American Idol. The show provided Vox with a platform to showcase her talent but share her story as well. “I am beyond …

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k.d. lang is Asking Big Questions

It seems like an odd reversal of roles, given that she’s doing press for her current tour, Ingenue Redux. Actually, it’s pretty commonplace. In the 25 years plus since lang endeared herself to her fans with Ingenue, a soaring collection of torch songs that showcased her versatility and vocal range in sharp focus, she still feels like an imposter. The name is synonymous with a genre-bending sound that perfectly accessorized her genderfluid aesthetic. Like water, her voice fits any space and reflects different tones and colors in its decidedly perfect pitch. As an artist just starting out, she flirted with …

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At the Intersection of Art and Activism

Hope McMath with The Space Gallery Directors, Matthew and Laura Bennett // Photo by Francesco Salomoni

EVENT: A More Perfect Union: Explorations of Human Rights DATE: February 3 to February 28 VENUE: The Space Gallery (120 E. Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202) MORE INFO: Facebook Event When curator lifted A More Perfect Union from the as the title of her latest exhibition project, she knew exactly what she was doing. “As a nation,” says McMath, “we haven’t even met the baseline of what’s been defined as ‘a perfect union.’ But that baseline kind of sucked.” Through the Union of 25 mixed-medium artists at in downtown Jacksonville, McMath aims to highlight the post-election conversation surrounding universal human rights. …

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Erasing Hate: The Laramie Project

It’s been 18 years since University of Wyoming student was kidnapped and beaten, tied to a fence, and left to die on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming, because he was gay. Five weeks after his murder, playwright and fellow members of the traveled to Laramie and conducted more than 200 interviews over the following year with townspeople. From these interviews, they wrote the play , a chronicle of the life of the town of Laramie in the year after the murder. Under the direction of Associate Professor , The Laramie Project will be staged October 20-22 in . The project exposes …

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Unifying, Family-Friendly Events Planned for 37th Annual River City Pride

River City Pride, Jacksonville, Florida, Equality for All

“River City Pride is where we as a city celebrate who we are and come together in pride and support for the LGBT community.” JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Sept. 29, 2016 – River City Pride 2016 presented by , to be held Oct. 1-2 and themed “Together In Pride,” is a family-friendly event open to all. Expected to draw well over 15,000 attendees over the two-day period, this is the 37th annual Pride event in Jacksonville. “We are excited to be celebrating the 37th annual River City Pride Parade together at our family-friendly parade and community festival,” said Mike Nicholson, president, River City Pride. “River …

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