Central Florida’s Overheard: The “Gay, Gay, Gay” trivia rounds are coming to an end

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The answer is: The End of an Era.

Question: What is Doug Ba’aser leaving Hamburger Mary’s TRIVIA Night?

You read that right. After nine and half years of pop culture, current events and some crazy shenanigans, the one and only Doug Ba’aser is bringing his Hamburger Mary’s Trivia Night to an end at the end of this month.

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Central Florida’s Overheard: Riding off into the sunset

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Sometimes after a sheriff has wrestled all the varmints in town and saved the day, they have no other option but to hop on their horse and head west to find more towns who need a hero. So is the tale of Orange County’s first openly transgender sheriff deputy Rebecca Riley Storozuk.

She broke the news on Facebook saying she has accepted a job with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: Read all about it

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The Gulfport Public Library’s LGBTQ Resource Center will hold its inaugural Readout: Books for Lesbians event Feb. 16-18.

The event will begin with a Friday night reception, feature readings, book sales, signings and a keynote speech from author Elizabeth Sims on Saturday. It will conclude on Sunday with workshops and a panel discussion for registered participants.

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Central Florida Overheard: Patty passed up

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Over the Jan. 20 and 21 weekend across the country, women and men joined together to march on the one year anniversary of the original Women’s March held the day after President Trump’s inauguration.

The Orlando march was on Sunday, Jan. 21, at Lake Eola. The peaceful demonstration featured several speakers, but one prominent member of the LGBTQ community and a female elected official seems to have not been invited.

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Central Florida Overheard: Tymisha slays as ‘Josephine!’

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Local entertainer, Tymisha Harris, often seen performing alongside Blue for VarieTEASE and various burlesque performances at The Venue, recently slayed Mama Ru (RuPaul to those who don’t know).

Josephine! began as a pet project for Orlando Fringe’s Michael Marinaccio and Harris in late 2015. They were later joined by the musical genius Tod Kimbro who helped to refine what they started. Josephine! is a musical telling of the life of bisexual performer Josephine Baker, portrayed in the show by Harris.

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Tampa Bay Overheard: The SMART Ride raises $830,245

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The SMART Ride, the only HIV/AIDS bicycle ride in the country of its size to donate 100 percent of funds raised to AIDS/HIV research, has completed its 14th year. Locally, the ride benefits charities like Metro Wellness & Community Centers in Tampa Bay.

The two-day, 165-mile bike ride from Miami to Key West was originally scheduled for November 2017, but Hurricane Irma forced organizers to delay the event after she ripped through the Florida Keys.

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Tampa Bay Overheard: PRIDE-MINDED

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The fourth annual Tampa Pride is just around the corner, and the popular event has revealed this year’s theme: “Diversity Creates Community.”

In addition to the announcement, they’re also calling for all potential vendors, sponsors, and partners to get involved now—while they still can.

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Central Florida Overheard: Hope & Help’s new home

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Now that they’re finally getting settled into their new digs, Hope & Help is having a house warming party and everyone’s invited.

We checked in with Joshua Meyers, the community director at Hope & Help, on what we can expect to see at the grand re-opening.

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Central Florida Overheard: DRIP Dried

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DRIP, the innovative dance show which initially made a big splash at Orlando Fringe, announced via its website that it will close its doors at the end of this month. The announcement did not mention if there will be a new location.

DRIP opened at their International Drive venue five years ago, incorporating performances geared toward the LGBTQ community during the month of June.

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Central Florida Overheard: The Kids Are Alright

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The GLBT Community Center of Central Florida has made a few changes as of late. In addition to new Executive Director George Wallace and the return of their monthly BINGO night, The Center is bring something else back.

According to Wallace, The Center will welcome back the Orlando Youth Alliance for their weekly meetings.

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Tampa Bay Overheard: Fabulous Fifth

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Quench Lounge will celebrate its fifth year on Jan. 20, and they’ve announced a “Winter White Glow Party” to honor the landmark anniversary.

“Quench Lounge is hitting half a decade!!!!” the local hotspot announced, advising they’ll be “serving some of the best drinks and entertainment in the Tampa Bay area” with free birthday cake shots, giveaways and surprises all evening.

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