PHOTOS: Come Out With Pride celebrates 15th annual festival and parade in Orlando

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | Come Out With Pride (COWP) brought rainbows and all to the Pride festival in Lake Eola Park and The Most Colorful Parade in the streets of downtown Orlando for the 15th annual celebration Oct. 12.

Thousands and thousands of attendees poured into the Lake Eola area waving flags, collecting beads and having a gay ol’ time! COWP’s 2019 celebration was also the most sustainable, not only in the history of pride, but ever at lake Eola.

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International drag superstar Pabllo Vittar headlines Orlando’s Pride Stage

By : Jeremy Williams
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Pabllo Vittar may not be as recognizable in the U.S. as she is in other parts of the world yet, but be prepared to remember that name because she is on the verge of becoming a global superstar. Vittar is a musical sensation in her home country of Brazil, has been called “the world’s most popular drag queen” by Vogue magazine and is widely seen as an important voice for South America’s LGBTQ community.

Vittar burst onto the scene in 2014 with an appearance on a Brazilin music-focused television show where she brought the house down with a rendition of Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing.” Since that performance, Vittar has released two albums, collaborated with some of music’s hottest stars and became the first ever Grammy-nominated drag queen.

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Come Out With Pride to go eco-friendly for festival and parade

By : Jeremy Williams
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Come Out With Pride will have a lot of the same things that you have come to expect over the last 15 years since the parade and festival have been held in and around Lake Eola. Food vendors, parade floats, live entertainment, fireworks and thousands upon thousands of attendees.

Some things you won’t see this year—or any upcoming years—will be single-use plastic straws, plastic bags and polystyrene foam single-use food containers. This is because the Orlando City Commission voted unanimously to ban these items from all city properties back in June.

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PHOTOS: Come Out With Pride kicks off its 2019 week of events with Drag Race 5K

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ORLANDO | Come Out With Pride kicked off its week-long Pride celebration with the second annual Drag Race 5K at Lake Baldwin’s Harbor Park in Orlando Oct. 6.

The participants lined up to walk, run and sashay their way around lake Baldwin after starting the festivities off with a good old pep rally.

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PHOTOS: The Center Orlando premieres first of four Stonewall National Museum exhibits

By : Danny Garcia
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ORLANDO | The Stonewall National Museum and Archives has arrived at The LGBT+ Center in Orlando with its traveling exhibition.

The first exhibit, “50 Years: The Stonewall Uprising,” is on display for the public at The Center until Dec. 31.

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UCF kicks off LGBTQ History Month with PrideFest

By : Lora Korpar
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ORLANDO | The University of Central Florida held PrideFest at the Student Union on campus Oct. 2 to celebrate LGBTQ History Month with its students and educate them on local LGBTQ organizations.

Decorated with Pride flags and rainbow lights, PrideFest was the opening ceremony for a series of events at the university throughout LGBTQ History Month.

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Trans March on DC called ‘first major step’ in visibility campaign

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: A rally was held at Freedom Plaza before the National Transgender Visibility March on Sept. 28, 2019. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Organizers and observers said between 1,500 and 3,000 people turned out Sept. 28 for the first ever National Transgender Visibility March on Washington in which scores of participants held signs proudly declaring their status as transgender or gender nonconforming Americans.

The march kicked off at 11:35 a.m. on Sept. 28 from Freedom Plaza in downtown D.C. following the completion of a two-and-a-half hour rally. It traveled along Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., from 13th to 4th Streets, where the march ended four blocks from the U.S. Capitol.

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Taffy’s back with a drag queen party bus to Tampa

By : Lora Korpar
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Get on the bus bish, we are heading to the Bay!

Orlando performer Doug Ba’aser—also known by his drag persona, Taffy—is organizing a night of “drinking, dancing and depravity” with Taffy’s Tampa Trip Oct. 5.

The night will begin at the world-famous Parliament House at 7 p.m. followed by a luxury coach ride from Orlando to Tampa.

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PHOTOS: Watermark Wednesday benefits PFLAG at Sirata Beach Resort

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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ST. PETERSBURG | Watermark’s bi-monthly Tampa Bay social Watermark Wednesday benefited PFLAG Tampa and PFLAG St. Pete at Sirata Beach Resort Sept. 18.

PFLAG is the nation’s first and largest organization dedicated to uniting the LGBTQ community, their families and supporters. It has more than 400 chapters, including Tampa’s which formed in 2011 and St. Petersburg’s which followed in 2017.

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“My mom advocated for me as a gay man, now it’s my turn to advocate for her”: Orlando man joins Walk to End Alzheimer’s for his mother

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ABOVE: Garden pinwheels advertising the upcoming Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

ORLANDO | David Shaw came out to his parents in 2001. To his relief, his mother was loving and fiercely accepting of him as a gay man, changing her life to advocate for her son’s acceptance. Now Shaw says it is his turn.

Carol Shaw was a business manager at her Alabama town’s local church counseling clinic. After her coworkers found out about her son’s sexuality, they treated her differently, eventually driving her away from her job.

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PHOTOS: TIGLFF launches 30th year

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TAMPA | The Tampa Bay International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (TIGLFF) kicked off its upcoming 30th celebration with its annual launch party at the historic Rialto Theatre Sept. 12.

The party was first organized 12 years ago by TIGLFF Co-President Ed Lally. It has since become the festival’s largest fundraiser.

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PHOTOS: Lizzo brings the juice to Tampa

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TAMPA | More than 7,000 of superstar Lizzo’s ever-expanding fanbase—which she affectionately refers to as her Lizzbians—filled the Yuengling Center Sept. 10 for the singer’s sold-out stop of her “Cuz I Love You Too” tour.

Ari Lennox opened for the iconic LGBTQ ally, who subsequently performed 16 songs. Lizzo began with “Heaven Help Me,” making her way through “Cuz I Love You,” “Boys,” “Like A Girl” and ending with her megahit “Juice.”

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