Tampa Bay’s Overheard: Gaga for Tampa, GLAAD for the Times and Bolts Pride

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Mother Monster is Gaga for Tampa

Anyone who saw Lady Gaga’s Halftime Show at the Super Bowl (and with more than 100 million people tuning in, it’s likely most of you did) saw the goddess that is Mother Monster put on one of the hottest shows to ever take the field.

Moments after her performance – filled with drones, Gaga’s biggest hits and a dive from the top of the stadium – the Poker Faced diva announced the dates for her next world tour, supporting her fifth studio album, Joanne.

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Op-Ed: Orlando Democratic Chair Wes Hodge on privilege and patriotism in the face of the new administration

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wes-hodgeIt’s clear that life in the U.S. is changing at a rapid pace. With pen strokes, centuries of policy and progress are being erased. No longer is America the country open to the world’s huddled masses. A land made up almost entirely of immigrants has suddenly slammed the door shut! Communities which have struggled for decades to gain recognition and equality are almost immediately having them stripped away.

This is a new America. No longer are we the land of the free and the home of the brave. But as described in a dark inauguration speech, “from this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first.” Donald Trump, listen to me loud and clear, this is NOT my America.

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Orlando’s Overheard: Southern heads south and The Big Easy heads to Universal

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Southern Nights goes down

South that is. On January 24, co-owners to Southern Nights Orlando announced they would be opening a Southern Nights Fort Lauderdale.

Originally opening more than three decades ago as one of Central Florida’s favorite gar nightclubs, the location on Bumby Avenue has gone through many makeovers and name changes from Southern Nights to RBarr to the NEW Southern Nights then Revolution, eventually re-opening as RBarr, but didn’t sit too well with locals.

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: Queer cities and pageant Queens

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Queer Bay

St. Petersburg and Tampa were named among the “Queerest Cities in America 2017” by The Advocate. What makes them so queer you may ask? Well lucky for you The Advocate gave the criteria they looked at to decide; everything from how many lesbian bars and Trans Pride parades the town has to how many theaters were showing Moonlight and hosting the music group Pwr Bttm.

Tampa came in at number 19, called Florida’s more “cosmopolitan” city (The Advocate hasn’t decided if Tampa is a Carrie or Samantha yet). According to The Advocate, this is where the young people flock to getting their education vibe on at the University of South Florida and Tampa University. They also mentioned the non-stop party of the GaYBOR district.

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: Safety last

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Protesting Marco
Everybody already knows about Sen. Marco Rubio’s absence of affinity for the LGBTQ community, his general towing of the party line, his teeter-totter take on immigration and his (alleged) past of defrauding taxpayers via his party when he was in the Florida Legislature. Everybody also already knows that he ran for president this one time and he lost. He also was noticeably absent from many votes in his previous senatorial stint. It’s easy to get bored when your laundry list gets long, but Rubio remains a bit of a bore, regardless of any of those terms. Somebody shake him and wake him up!

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Orlando’s Overheard: Outloud Not Out

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Outloud not Out
After the passing of David Jeremiah Zedonek, also known as Justice to many of his friends/fans, the future of the WPRK radio and podcast show he created Outloud Orlando: The Homo Happy Hour was uncertain.
A pet project for many years, David brought an attempt to be a shock-jock frat-boy to the local radio show. It was recently announced on the Facebook page there would be “The NEW Outloud Orlando.” The show will continue on WPRK 91.5 FM starting in late January on Tuesdays from 4-5 p.m., streaming live on gayradioshow.com.

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Orlando’s Overheard: Artistic Expression

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Send me an Angel

Orlando Pulse survivor Angel Colon was honored by La Clé through the 2017 Unlock Project, where Angel designed a limited edition multi-colored key necklace and custom refocus wrist band with the message “Keep Smiling.”

Angel, who was actively involved in the community prior to the events at Pulse has chosen that 50 percent of the proceeds will go to the Hope and Help Center of Central Florida, a cause dedicated to inspiring, equipping and mobilizing people to take action against HIV/AIDS.

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: A Proud Bay

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Friends in Good Places

In the fight for equality, the LGBTQ community has always appreciated the backing of our straight allies. One of those allies in St. Petersburg has always been Barclay Harless.

A scroll through your newsfeed on Facebook will find pictures of Harless celebrating a birthday with Hot 101.5’s Miguel Fuller or hanging out with St. Pete Pride’s Eric Skains or standing with the community at a Pride event or march or rally. That commitment to the community is now leading Harless to pursue a position that will let him do good for all of St. Pete.

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Orlando’s Overheard: A league of their own

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Six months after Pulse

Six months after Pulse and as a community we continue to come together.

Recently, the Angel Wings, designed to block a religious hate group protesting a funeral for some of the Pulse victims, were donated to the Center. The wings will be displayed at the Center when the new location opens early next year. According to Terry Decarlo, they will also be used for future events.

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: We can be heroes

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Tampa Bay Lightning honors local trans student as community hero

The Tampa Bay Lightning honored transgender student Mary Jane Taylor as the 11th Lightning Community Hero of the 2016-17 season at the Amalie Arena during a game against the Washington Capitals Dec. 3.

Taylor serves as the founder and president of the Trans Support Group at Jefferson High School and was recently invited to speak to Hillsborough County School’s principals and assistant principals on safety and awareness for the transgender population.

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Orlando’s Overheard: Defying expectations, P-House entertainment, Orlando Gay Chorus and Ida heads to Tally

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Pride takes a seat

Over the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend, Orlando City Soccer and Orlando Pride’s Phil Rawlins certainly gave us something to be thankful for. He shared an image of the new soccer stadium.

In the image was a set of seats he called the Pulse tribute seats designed in rainbow colors to honor the victims of the Pulse massacre with the hashtag #DefyExpectations. In the world of sports, founder and president of Orlando City Soccer Rawlins has been very actively involved in supporting the LGBTQ community, and with the audience the Orlando City and Orlando Pride games attract, it’s no surprise the LGBTQ community supports them in return!

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: SMART Ride, the Pink Triangle and Ybor shows the love

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RIDE FOR A CAUSE

After a two day track full of blood, sweat and tears, across a 165-mile stretch from Miami to Key West, the 2016 SMART Ride is done. At the end of the ride, which was held Nov. 17-18, organizers raised $1,037,140, about $45,000 of which came from right here from Tampa Bay area cyclists.

SMART Ride got started in 2003 with less than 100 riders and raised $169,000, all of which went to HIV/AIDS organizations in Florida. Fast forward 13 years, and with SMART Ride now raising more than $8 million in total, all going back to HIV/AIDS groups in the state, they are the second-largest AIDS bicycle ride in the country.

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