Overheard in Orlando: Headdress Ball competition hoping to shine like a diamond for 25th anniversary

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Off with their Headdress
With the celebration of 25 years of the Headdress Ball fast approaching, the Hope & Help Center has made a major change to its usual Vegas-like flair. While the organization will focus on the last 25 years of its diamond anniversary, it will drop the featured Headdress competition. The change brought out the claws as glue guns were put away. The lack of a competition drew some criticism from a few local crafters who had already started to stock up on materials. This year organizers of the event will work with supporters and partners across to create custom built headdresses themed after each year of the Headdress Ball. Those creations will be integrated as part of the show rather than having its own dedicated segment of the evening. This will allow for a smoother flow of events. The Headdress Ball is Sept. 20 at the Hilton Orlando.

Brink-ing Back the Drama
It looks like there’s been a shake-up in management at The Brink. According to a post on Facebook by Christopher Tanzi, who has essentially been the face of the bar for more than a year, his business partnership with Jan Harold has fizzled. Details aren’t clear, but Tanzi hinted that he may have been forced out of the operations of the popular bar and Harold is now handling things for both Brink and Firestone Live. In related news, Firestone Live is rumored to be bringing back its LGBT nights later this summer. In the mid- to late-90s the Club at Firestone was known as one of the top clubs in the nation, at one point hosting two LGBT nights before an abrupt change to the format.

Queen of her Queer-dom
The Parliament House was invaded by another Evil Queen, and we’re not talking about one of one-hundred or so Drag Race girls! Once Upon a Time‘s Lana Parrilla who plays ‘Evil Queen’ Regina in the ABC Sunday night drama, stopped by PH for a night of drinks, dancing and wickedness after spending a day greeting fans at Spooky Empire’s May-Hem.

Piano Bar’s Swan Song
The on-again, off-again relationship between Kelly Richards and the Parliament House seems to be truly off—for good this time. Richard has reportedly decided to retire the gig after working at the iconic resort for more than 30 years. Fortunately, his music isn’t ending. He plans on moving onto new adventures but admits he’ll miss his fellow singers and his Parliament House family. We wish him well! 30yrs.

Tip your Dancers
When you see that hot dancer shaking his stuff during Gay Days pool parties this weekend, dig a little deeper for those tips. Some Go-Go boys are reporting that party promoters aren’t able to offer base pay this year, so that means the tips they earn is all the cash they’ll make this time around. So remember when you head to the pool to stop by the ATM first and put some cash in a plastic bag somewhere so you can stuff those G-strings. And don’t worry if the money gets wet, we hear it’s just as valuable as the dry stuff.

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