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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Orlando’s Overheard: Ash in the House, battle of the bands and armbands for a cause

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Ash you like it

The Parliament House’s Rainbow Café has made a recent and well known acquisition.

The locally celebrated chef from Hell’s Kitchen with Gordon Ramsey, Ashley Nickell is their new chef.

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Orlando’s Overheard: Hate crime in Hollywood, Aloha Alauna and old school fundraising

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RPDR’s Trinity attacked!

In “Trump’s America,” it’s always a tough call when there’s an assault on anyone in the LGBTQ community to not assume it’s a hate crime, but this time in L.A., the hate seems pretty clear.

The incident was reported as a late night attack on March 16 in West Hollywood. The victims of this crime included photographer Jason King and RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 9 cast members Valentina and Orlando’s very own Trinity Taylor.

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Orlando’s Overheard: Guy says hi, Cirque says bye and Orlando stands together

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Guy Fieri takes a full 7

Guy Fieri of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives fame has been in Orlando a lot lately. With the re-launch of the updated Planet Hollywood at Disney Springs featuring Guy’s food and a taping at local eateries, Guy sightings were everywhere, hard to miss that spiked bleach job.

He was recently spotted at the LGBTQ owned Se7enbites; we’re told he was there taping a segment for his show. No word yet as to when the show will appear.

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Orlando’s Overheard: Pro Bowl, scholarship and Spirits

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Label Makers

The NFL Pro Bowl came and conquered Orlando back in January. Football fans from all over flocked to Camping World Stadium to tailgate and watch the games. Places like Stonewall and Parliament House, which is are a short hop, skip and a jump from the stadium saw many pre-gaming at their bars.

Despite the misconception that gays and sports don’t necessarily mix, that wasn’t the case for the Pro Bowl. Especially for local real estate agents Kase Elders and Jeremy Conner who attended the game and now have become the subject of the Ad Council and NFL’s “Love Has No Labels” campaign which feature the two friends kissing. At the forty second mark of the video, the Kiss-Cam makes its way around the stadium and it focuses on Jeremy Conner and a young lady to his side (Kase’s hand resting on Jeremy’s knee); the camera has a heart image framing Jeremy and the young lady. At that point, Kase turns to Jeremy and the two go in for a big kiss, Kase placing his hand on Jeremy’s neck and the stadium goes wild for this touchdown!

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Orlando Overheard: Space Coast bar closure, RuPaul’s local queen and a Bingo break

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The Ultra Lounge is done 

A streak of sad news for the LGBTQ nightlife in the Space Coast: Not long after The Cold Keg burned down late last year, the Ultra Lounge at the historic Cocoa Village recently announced they had shut their doors for good after nearly 10 years.

The Ultra Lounge was a small hole-in-the-wall bar that packed a lot of punch for its small size.In fact, it was another home to Orlando’s Ginger Minj pre- and post-Drag Race. 

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