GAY DAY: YOUR DAY – INTRODUCTION

By : Kirk Hartlage
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More than any other large-scale Pride-type event, Gay Days Weekend attracts every shade of the LGBT rainbow. It also brings an equally vast range of scenic views, not just from taking part in the numerous events associated with the weekend, but also from behind-the-scenes if you’re making it all happen. We asked a variety of folks, with a variety of backgrounds with the Weekend, to share their favorite mental snapshots. We also asked: What does Gay Days Weekend mean to you, why has it lasted so long, and what impact do you think it’s had in all that time?

While you’re here we’d like to hear from you – tell us how Gay Day is Your Day!

We have divided our Gay Day historians into 5 categories. Follow the links below to hear all of the juicy gossip and heart-warming stories.

THE PARTY PROMOTERS
CHRIS ALEXANDER-MANLEY, President Gay Days Inc.
ALISON BURGOS, Promoter Girls in Wonderland
DAVID BIEHL, Promoter, Tidal Wave Weekend
TOM CHRIST, Promoter, One Magical Weekend

LOCAL VIEWPOINTS
PATTY SHEHAN, Orlando City Commissioner
SCOTT MAXWELL, “Taking Names” columnist, The Orlando Sentinel
DON GRANETSTEIN, Owner Parliament House Resort
JOHN PAONESSA, Owner Hamburger Mary’s Orlando
MICHAEL WANZIE, Writer/Director/Producer Wanzie Presents
TERRY DeCARLO, Executive Director The Center
SUE-BEE LAGINESS, Promoter Phish Phest

THE PERFORMERS
JOE GATHREUAX, DJ
KRISTINE W, Singer at multiple Gay Days events
JEFF JONES, Marketing and Promotions Director Hard Rock Live and Comedian
BLUE, Owner The Venue, Performer at multiple weekend events
COCO MONTRESE, Top 5 finalist RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 5

WATERMARK VIEWS
KIRK HARTLAGE, Watermark contributor
TOM DYER, Founder of Watermark and Original Producer of Beach Ball (now Riptide)
RICK CLAGGETT, Publisher Watermark
SCOTT SMITH, Former Editor Watermark
BILLY MANES, Watermark Editor to be
SCOTTY CAMPBELL, Watermark Contributor

DISNEY VIEWPOINTS
EDDIE SHAPIRO, Author of “Queens in the Kingdom” and Producer of Gay Days Anaheim
DAVE CANNALTE, Former DJ at Mannequins on Pleasure Island
DAVID BAIN, Former Disney Cast Member

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