Orlando Overheard: No Wonder, She’s Super Woman

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The Zebra Coalition’s Community Engagement Coordinator, Robin Daily was recently recognized as an Orlando Family Magazine’s Super Woman.

Orlando Family Magazine wrote: “Daily found her passion for helping others in 2004 when she started volunteering in the local community, and her passion continues to grow each year. She started with Zebra Coalition as a volunteer in 2012 and was hired in April as community engagement coordinator, where she is responsible for executing community outreach initiatives and raising awareness for the organization and the mission they serve.”

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Orlando Overheard: Phile Under Phantastic!

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Despite the public announcement he was retiring in Jan. 2018, LGBTQ Ally and multi-WAVE award winner, Jim Philips recently announced he was sticking around as the host of “The Philips Phile” for at least one more year.

The show will keep the same format with the exception they will only be on the air Monday thru Thursday in the 3:00 -7:00 p.m. slot. 

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Tampa Bay Overheard: Tampa Bay Drag Race cast announced

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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The Flamingo Resort has announced its cast of ten queens who’ll vie for the crown, $2500 in cash and the title of “Tampa Bay’s next Drag Superstar” in the hotspot’s seven-week competition beginning Nov. 3.

The opening night will also feature RuPaul’s Drag Race finalist Trinity Taylor as local queens Ja’Staria Sherrington, Eden Deck, Judah Kiss, Lady Liemont, Samaya Sinsastion, Beyja King, Felin LaPaige, Miah Van-Cartier, Trixi Allshade and Mio Hikaru begin their competition.

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10.19.17 Publisher’s Desk

By : Rick Claggett
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We are nearing the end of Pride season; Oct. 21 marks bi-coastal celebrations in Volusia County and Sarasota, and we close with Sanford Pride Nov. 5. As the Pride door shuts the holiday door swings open.

You can always tell when the holidays are coming, and I include Halloween as the official kickoff to the end of year holiday extravaganza. Pumpkin spice is everywhere, people are complaining that Christmas trees are already on sale and the temperature drops from a balmy 98 degrees to a cool 92. Ah yes, fall in Florida. There really is nowhere I’d rather be. I’m so basic that I love everything pumpkin, it’s never too early for tree shopping and nothing is better than warm weather. Fall is arguably the best time of the year.

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Addison Mizner: The likely gay father of South Florida architecture

By : Graham Brunk, Special to Watermark from the LGBT History Project
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Addison Mizner

Addison Mizner came to Palm Beach in 1918 to die. Instead, he would change South Florida forever, especially Boca Raton, with his enduring signature Spanish revival architecture. Eighty-four years after his death, that imprint is hard to miss.

While many in Palm Beach County know who Mizner was, few probably suspect he may have been gay.

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The Tender Activist: King & Queens

By : Scottie Campbell
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Mom would tell it like she told all of her best stories, barely getting the words out through her laughter and sometimes joyful tears. She and Dad had been to see Carrie. Someone in their party grabbed someone’s arm just prior to Carrie’s hand reaching out of the grave causing that first someone to scream, which made the audience scream, all before the scream Brian De Palma intended but, not to worry, they all screamed then, too.

So I might have connected who the author was when I bought my first Stephen King book when I was 11, but I’m fairly certain it was the cover that drew me in. A silver front with a faceless boy’s head floating on it. The store was B. Dalton Bookstore in the Marquette Mall. That small mall and the McDonald’s down the street were our family’s touchstones to civilization while stationed in the frigid Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Can I tell you about the smell of that book? I cannot, because it smelled like nothing else. The scent of those dull, off-white, pulp pages can only be described in intangibles: raw potential and adventure; that whole store smelled that way.

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Positive Living: What is family?

By : Greg Stemm
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I am honored to be the chairman of the new Equality Florida Family Values Potluck Picnic on Sunday, October 15 from 2 to 6 pm at Pavilion Seven on Gulfport Beach. The event is on the last day of Come Out St. Pete, our big new LGBTQ celebration in the Sunshine City that not only coincides with National Coming Out Day on October 11, but also is running in collaboration with the Tampa Gay and Lesbian Film Festival that week.

Working on this event has me thinking about my own coming out experience and how that traumatic event for me contributed to my own perspectives about family. While I was sitting in the heat and the dark in the six-day power outage after Irma, I had a lot of time to think about things. I asked myself the question…what does family mean to a 56-year-old single only child with a slightly homophobic 82-year-old father in Ohio and very little else in the way of blood kin, living the life of a Quaker gay activist in St. Petersburg, Florida?

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10.5.17 Publisher’s Desk

By : Rick Claggett
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On June 11, 2016, I was out celebrating the birthday of a co-worker and friend. We had plans to have dinner, see a movie and possibly hit a local hot spot to end the festivities. We had a friend with us who spent every Saturday night at Pulse and we were prepared for him to drag us older fellows out there.

The restaurant was crowded so the wait for the table was over an hour. This changed the course of the evening. We missed our movie and had to settle for a later, more obscure film called The Lobster. The birthday boy was ecstatic because we ended up seeing the movie he wanted to see anyway.

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Stonewall Rebellion: It wasn’t Judy!

By : Perry Brass
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Judy Garland, while a gay icon, was not the reason for the Stonewall riots in 1969.

Many things have been said and written about “Stonewall,” the historic confrontation in June 1969 after a police raid at the Stonewall Inn, a Mafia-run gay bar on Christopher Street in New York City’s Greenwich Village that ignited the Gay Revolution—and an incredible change in attitudes and feelings about queer people throughout the world.

Among them, it happened on the night of a full moon, so a lot of the craziness on the streets can be blamed on that—not true. Another rumor is that it was all sparked by the death—and funeral, at Frank E. Campbell’s mortuary, uptown on Madison Avenue and 83rd, around the corner from the Metropolitan Museum—of gay icon Judy Garland. The “girls” were just so discombobulated by grief that they let go of all restraint and started breaking windows, uprooting parking meters (remember them?), throwing 40-pound garbage cans through the windows and even biting cops on the legs.

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Orlando’s Overheard: Trumpster’s Dump

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In the progressive neighborhood of the Mills/50 area, local resident Sam Singhaus, also known to many as the talented Miss Sammy, received an interesting letter regarding a “DUMP TRUMP” banner he hung outside of his home.

Sam explained that after months of writing to his senators and not seeing any change to the current administration, he felt it necessary to express his political opinion. But according to one salty neighbor, in Trump’s America, Sam is wrong.

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Orlando’s Overheard: Pulse survivor carjacked

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Christopher Hansen, the Pulse survivor recognized as the guy in the fedora, was the victim of a carjacking in Little Rock, Ark.

Hansen was visiting his family in Little Rock to celebrate his parent’s 25th wedding anniversary and to retrieve some personal items from a storage unit he was bringing back with him to Florida.

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: OUT-standing

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Sarasota OUT, the city’s LGBT directory of events and businesses, will hold the first annual Sarasota OUT Awards on Sunday, Oct. 8 from 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. at the Purple Rhino Lodge.

“I think Sarasota OUT could be the driving force to help make the LGBT community come together,” Sarasota OUT manager Josh Beadle told Watermark in January. It’s a mission he and his team have accomplished: the community voted for the area’s best of the best in September, and will now come together to celebrate the winners.

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