Orlando: going viral

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Where the boyz are (or will be)
Following the success of last year’s mega-hit Magic Mike, it was only a matter of time before a renaissance of shows featuring nearly naked men made a huge comeback. And it looks like a show could be coming directly to The Venue in Orlando in the near future. Earlier this month, The Venue, headed by Blue Starr, put out a casting call of sorts for its upcoming show titled, “ShowBoyz!” There isn’t a whole lot of information on the concept yet, but it’s described as “hot boys and artistry coming together to make Boylesque.” Apparently the show will be similar to the shows highlighted in the 2010 film Burlesque, starring Cher and Christina Aguilera, but without all of those tassels and fishnets, according to the announcement. Expect some chiseled physiques to grace the stage and an audience full of loud straight women and screaming gay men once the show is pulled together! Men who are interested in joining the cast of this brand new show are encouraged to email Blue@TheVenueOrlando.com for details. The description doesn’t say it, but we’re assuming attaching a photo or two wouldn’t hurt your chances on getting a call back.

Sharing the love
Following Watermark’s recent story about Walt Disney World’s new big gay head honcho, the Internet took notice. Our staff report on Walt Disney World President George Kalogridis, handily crafted by our own Jamie Hyman, was picked up by several outlets, including BuzzFeed, DailyKos, Joe. My God, UnicornBooty.com and Towleroad. The humble side of us simply responds to this as saying, “We were only doing our job and appreciate these outlets helping spread the news.” But our prideful side sees this as a major accomplishment and we’re thrilled to see our work getting noticed on a national scale. Kalogridis, by the way, has been with his partner Andy Hardy for 12 years and relocated to Orlando from California.

Still riding a high
Even though we’re halfway through the second month of this New Year, our community is still celebrating the landmark year that was 2012. A recent victory celebration held at The Center honored LGBT and LGBT allies who were elected in city, county, state and federal elections last November. Some of the notables who attended the soiree in early February were tax collector Scott Randolph, comptroller Martha Hayne, City Commissioner Sam Ings and Board of Education members Rick Roach and Daryl Flynn. Last year was monumental on all levels of government and produced Florida’s first two openly gay legislators – Joe Saunders and David Richardson – who are currently working diligently in Tallahassee.

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