Orlando’s Overheard: Ginger Minj gets married and Irma comes to the City Beautiful

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Disney’s newest Princess

At the New York 2017 RuPaul’s Drag-Con, fans of RuPaul’s Drag Race were treated to an unexpected surprise.

Soon after a make-up panel—where Central Florida’s Ginger Minj (Josh Eads) gave 8-year old internet drag sensation Lactatia a make-over—Ginger asked Lactatia “I’ve done your make up and your wig, can you do something for me? Do you want to be my flower girl?” Then Ginger announced she was getting married today.

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Overheard: Woodstock closing, Queens get crowned and Southern gets crafty

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If a tree falls at Woodstock

The Orlando City Bears finally found their new home at Woodstock and after a couple of weeks they announced the night would be postponed due a small fire.

Within a week, one of the owners of Woodstock made the announcement via Facebook that (The Fullmoon at) Woodstock Orlando will be officially closing the weekend of August 26th. We reached out to Kevin Naylor who cited several issues with the city regarding permitting and code violations. Unfortunately, (The Full Moon at) Woodstock Orlando never landed a loyal following as they often found themselves using the space for special events versus developing the typical bar/club theme nights.

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Orlando’s Overheard: Final trivia, Ginger Minj makes ‘Friends’ & closed attractions

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Scottie’s Last Day

For nearly three years, The Hammered Lamb has played host to Scottie Campbell’s Trivia Night, which raises money for Florida Little Dog Rescue.

Week after week, Scottie hosts on The Hammered Lamb’s outdoor patio, with many trivia fans arriving early just to guarantee a seat. However, Scottie’s trivia days are nearly over. The official Last Day of Trivia arrives on Tuesday, Aug. 29.

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Orlando’s Overheard: Love, honor and remember

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Love is Love

Earlier this year we mentioned that MegaCon Orlando —the Southeast’s largest comics, sci-fi and gaming event —in conjunction with comic book writer Marc Andreyko of DC Comics hosted the “Love is Love” fundraiser in honor of the victims from the Pulse tragedy.

Andreyko, you may recall, was the project organizer for the graphic novel Love Is Love, the oversize comic containing tributes to the victims of Pulse and celebrating the LGBTQ community.

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Orlando’s Overheard: Alliance honored, Outloud’s new host and more

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One Orlando Alliance honored

On July 15th, Orange County Mayor Theresa Jacobs honored the One Orlando Alliance with the 2017 Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award, the first time the county gave the award to a group.

The One Orlando Alliance is made up of over 40 local service organizations, including Watermark, and serves as a vital support system to strengthen the community in the wake of the Pulse tragedy.

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Orlando’s Overheard: Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

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Terry’s new title

A press release was sent out by the GLBT Center of Central Florida July 3 announcing Terry DeCarlo, who was the executive director, is stepping down but will by remaining with the agency as their Chief Communications Officer, a position created for him.

The change in position, which was immediate, will now consist of DeCarlo handling the demands of media relations, communication and events. 

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Orlando’s Overheard: Jim retiring and Bears migrating

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Philips’ Phinal Bow

Real Radio 104.1’s The Philips Phile has been a long time staple of many Orlando residents drive home. And when Jim Philips announced his official retirement from the show will be in January, many were shocked and honestly saddened to hear the news.

Jim Philips, a longtime ally and advocate of the LGBTQ community, is a multi-WAVE award winner as chosen by our readers for the many years he publicly stood up for the community, and he’s not afraid to tell you so.  As he put it in his 2016 interview with Watermark,  “Because I say and I believe it that I was the first person in this town media-wise – electronic and print, mainstream – that was in support of the LGBT community for years and years and years and years and years. I made no bones about it, and I took a lot of grief for it on the air. I didn’t give a shit. It didn’t bother me. I was proud of it. I was proud of it when they would call up and call me names or whatever, because I knew I was always right.”

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Orlando’s Overheard: Hate signs, Digital Pulse and the new Center

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Preach Love Not Hate

From drag queens to bears, we know what to expect at a Pride event. Some of those expectations are the religious fanatics usually protesting in their designated sections.

Unfortunately, on Monday, June 12, a day of remembrance for the 49 victims of the Pulse shooting, approximately three “Christians” showed up with hateful signs and words.

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Orlando’s Overheard: Splashy winners, Equality Florida helps and Trump in the Hall of Presidents!

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Making a Splash at Fringe!

For the first time in Orlando Fringe history, Watermark chose to acknowledge LGBTQ shows and performers with an award, the Watermark Splash Award!

During the run of the 26th annual Orlando International Fringe Festival, patrons were asked to vote for their favorites online. The categories included Favorite LGBTQ Performer in a Leading Role, Favorite LGBTQ Performer in a Supporting Role, Favorite LGBTQ Director, Favorite LGBTQ Writer and Favorite LGBTQ Show.

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Orlando’s Overheard: Univision banned, MegaCon invites and Pink Collar Comedy is coming

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Uni-vited

On May 4, Pulse survivors, families of the victims, city and county officials and various media representatives gathered for an announcement regarding the future of the Pulse nightclub site. As people were checked and moved behind the fence, one news outlet was turned away.

Latin outlet Univision was denied access, and when questioned why, they were referred to the onePULSE Foundation’s public relations contact.

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Orlando’s Overheard: Savoy legal woes and ASH for sale?

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Sa-Woes for Savoy

On March 17, a lawsuit was filed against Sister Wives Inc. (the new Savoy) which also named Savoy owners Patrick Razo, Brandon Lllewellyn and Chris Hannay. The complaint for breach of promissory note was filed by George Butler and Randall Lambright, original owners of Savoy for a breach of contract.

In April of 2013, the three had an agreement to purchase Savoy for the sum of $210,700.

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Orlando’s Overheard: A review of Orange County and a preview of Orlando Fringe

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Hand in Hand

On April 7, Orange County Mayor, Teresa Jacobs hosted the State of the County address at the Orlando Eye on International Drive.

During her address, Mayor Jacobs paid tribute to the Pulse tragedy by addressing the massacre and sharing a video. In her own words, Mayor Jacobs said, “The world watched as we mourned and rallied with the common goal of supporting our LGBTQ and Latinx communities and all of those affected. Through our response to the greatest attack we’ve ever withstood, the greatest loss we’ve ever suffered, we learned something incredible about ourselves: We know that our culture of collaboration has allowed us to accomplish so much – but we [also] discovered that it is our culture of compassion that makes Orlando such an incredible place to live.”

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