Tampa Bay’s Overheard: Zoom, zoom, zoom

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DJ Greg Anderson and entertainer Kiki Butter Lords have announced ZOOM Parties Sarasota, a venue-spanning party highlighting dining, drinks and drag.

“Welcome members to the ZOOM parties of Sarasota, Florida!” Anderson shared on the group’s Facebook page. “Kiki Butter Lords and I are super excited to bring Sarasota a new type of party… tell your friends about Zoom and let’s get Zooming!”

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: Spooky Suprise

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“Casper” and the anonymous hosts behind Tampa’s not for profit All Hallows’ Masquerade Ball have emailed out the first “Save the Date” for the 42nd annual Halloween spook-tacular.

While the group remained mum on this year’s locale, listing only a “surprise South Tampa location,” the by invitation only event will officially begin at 8:01 p.m. on October 27, 2018.

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: For the children

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Tampa Bay literary arts organizer Wordier Than Thou and the community-oriented Tampa Bay Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence will team up on June 9 to present their “Family Pride & Literacy Celebration with Drag Queen Story Hour.”

Children and community leaders will gather from 10:00-2:00 p.m. at Wordier Than Thou’s bookstore in Pinellas Park for a reading of local author Rob Sanders’ “Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag.” Area favorite queen Stephanie Stuart will read and present its colorful pages at 11:00 a.m. While it’s geared toward children ages 3-8, the organization advises that older kids and adults will find plenty to enjoy.

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: Gala Greatness

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Equality Florida’s 2018 St. Pete Gala was held May 12 at the Mahaffey Theater, raising a record total of $354,287 to support the organization’s work.

Una Voce: The Gay Men’s Chorus of Tampa Bay dazzled the sold-out event with song while guests dined, danced and donated in the name of equality. A total of 708 attendees, the largest of any Equality Florida Gala, raised over $26,000 in auctioned items alone.

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: Deck the halls

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Fan-favorite performance arts queen Eden Deck will take a final bow at Quench Lounge in a farewell show on May 26, surrounded by special guests and an adoring audience.

“I’m sad to leave but excited for a new journey and to get to say farewell with good friends!” Deck shared on social media, noting she’ll be joined by local performers Jaeda Fuentes, Lady Janet, Star Montrese Love and others in an Elaine Southern Belle-hosted roast.

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: Marshall Madness

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ABOVE: Cheryl Hawkes and SuZie have been named Community Grand Marshals for St. Pete Pride. Image from Cheryl Hawkes Facebook.

St. Pete Pride has announced the Grand Marshals for this year’s St. Pete Pride Parade following open nominations and an online community vote.

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: Hey, bidder, bidder…

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Local community advocates will come together to raise funds for Metro Wellness & Community Centers’ “Auction for a Night Out with a Community Leader” on April 27.

Participants can bid on the auctionee of their choice and the “night out” experience, which may include dinner or tickets to a local show or museum.

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: Creative Leaving

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The Cleveland-headquartered Euclid Media Group has purchased Tampa Bay’s Creative Loafing.

“We’ve got new overlords, people,” the outlet announced on Twitter April 9.

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: Rock the vote

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Voting for St. Pete Pride’s 2018 Grand Marshals has officially begun.

“Being named a Grand Marshal of the St. Pete Pride Parade is among the highest honors bestowed by the Tampa Bay LGBTQ community,” St. Pete Pride notes. “Individuals and organizations nominated for Grand Marshal have made significant achievements for LGBTQ rights and have made considerable contributions to the LGBTQ community at large.”

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: Calling all marchers

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Registration for 2018’s St. Pete Pride TransPride March is now open.

The march’s hope is “to inspire all trans and gender non-conforming people to realize a world where we are safe, loved, and empowered,” St. Pete Pride’s registration announcement reads. “We invite the entire community to come out and celebrate our Trans family by being a part of St. Pete Pride.”

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: Tell them you love them

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The Gay Men’s Chorus of Tampa Bay took the Amalie Arena by storm on March 31 when they joined Demi Lovato on stage for the final performance of her 20-city nationwide tour.

“No joke—this was us last night on stage,” the group shared on social media afterwards, posting video of their performance with the Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum popstar. “It was such an honor for [the] Gay Men’s Chorus of Tampa Bay to back up singer and LGBT ally Demi Lovato in concert!”

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: Bye Bye Bri

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Multiple WAVE Award-winning realtor and community advocate Brian Longstreth has announced a change in ownership for St. Petersburg’s Your Neighborhood Realty.

“Change in the Neighborhood! After 19 years as the Broker-Owner of Your Neighborhood Realty, it’s time to pass the reigns to Julie Apted-Longstreth,” Longstreth shared via social media in early March. “Julie and husband Jim are taking over with the opening of Your Neighborhood Realty Associates, Inc. in the same location at 2440 Central Avenue.”

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