PHOTOS: Halloween was scary, good fun at Parliament House

By : Danny Garcia
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ORLANDO | Even with Halloween being on a Thursday this year, crowds packed into the Parliament House in Orlando Oct. 31 to show off their costumes, as well as participate in the club’s weekly Latin Night party and Bearoke in the Bear Den.

The main pool stage was the location for the night’s $3,000 grand prize costume contest. The final two consisted of Saturday night’s costume contest runner-up, Maleficent — with an impressive wingspan — and “Game of Thrones” villain White Walker riding a dragon who breathed actual fire.

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PHOTOS: Costumed pups (and their two-legged friends) attend the Central Florida grand opening of A Ruff Day Bark Club

By : Danny Garcia
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ORLANDO | A Ruff Day Bark Club is the newest business in the Lake Nona area. Their grand opening open house was held Oct. 26 and welcomed pets, and their owners, to check out the amazing new digs.

After the official ribbon cutting took place, all four- and two-legged friends were invited to see the amenities the new business offers to pamper your pets, including luxury staycation suites, self dog-wash services and an observation lounge where pet parents can watch their pups have fun with their friends while partaking in a refreshing glass of wine or an ice cold beer.

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PHOTOS: Parliament House celebrates Halloween early with huge costume party

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ORLANDO | It was a dark and stormy night, well it was earlier in the evening, but once the clouds parted and the rain went away the Halloween revelers crowded Parliament House Orlando for a night of dancing, drinking and all around good scares Oct. 26.

Parliament House’s annual Halloween Costume Contest is notorious for bringing out some of Central Florida’s most creative people all itching to win the grand prize — $5,000 cold hard cash!

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PHOTOS: Orlando Youth Empowerment Summit brings fun and education to LGBTQ youth

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | The City of Orlando, Zebra Coalition and LGBTQ organizations across Central Florida celebrated LGBTQ youth with the fifth annual Orlando Youth Empowerment Summit at Valencia College’s West Campus on Oct. 19.

Dozens of LGBTQ youth, parents, guardians, community leaders and local educators spent the day learning about topics such as queer history, politics and health services to name a few. LGBTQ organizations including Equality Florida, Hope & Help, QLatinx, UCF’s LGBTQ+ Services, GLSEN, One Orlando Alliance and more held a information fair providing information to the youth on what each of them do for the community.

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PHOTOS: Come Out With Pride celebrates 15th annual festival and parade in Orlando

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ORLANDO | Come Out With Pride (COWP) brought rainbows and all to the Pride festival in Lake Eola Park and The Most Colorful Parade in the streets of downtown Orlando for the 15th annual celebration Oct. 12.

Thousands and thousands of attendees poured into the Lake Eola area waving flags, collecting beads and having a gay ol’ time! COWP’s 2019 celebration was also the most sustainable, not only in the history of pride, but ever at lake Eola.

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PHOTOS: Come Out With Pride kicks off its 2019 week of events with Drag Race 5K

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ORLANDO | Come Out With Pride kicked off its week-long Pride celebration with the second annual Drag Race 5K at Lake Baldwin’s Harbor Park in Orlando Oct. 6.

The participants lined up to walk, run and sashay their way around lake Baldwin after starting the festivities off with a good old pep rally.

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PHOTOS: Come OUT St. Pete celebrates annual festival, parade

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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ST. PETERSBURG | Come OUT St. Pete (COSP) celebrated its third annual festival and second annual parade in the Grand Central District on Oct. 5.

The festivities began simultaneously at 11 a.m., welcoming more than 20 parade entries flanked by proud participants enjoying 100 vendors. The route began at 20th St. and moved west on Central Ave to 30th.

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PHOTOS: The Center Orlando premieres first of four Stonewall National Museum exhibits

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ORLANDO | The Stonewall National Museum and Archives has arrived at The LGBT+ Center in Orlando with its traveling exhibition.

The first exhibit, “50 Years: The Stonewall Uprising,” is on display for the public at The Center until Dec. 31.

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PHOTOS: Watermark celebrates its 25th anniversary in Central Florida

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Watermark celebrated its 25th anniversary in Central Florida Aug. 23 with an event at the Orlando Museum of Art in Orlando.

The event featured a blessing from the Central Florida chapter of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, as well as city and county proclamations. Mayor Jerry Demings was on hand to read the Orange County proclamation and City Commissioner Patty Sheehan read the proclamation form the City of Orlando.

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PHOTOS: Taste of GayDayS

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Taste of GayDayS brought local restaurants together for an evening of delicious food and beverage samples at the host hotel, Wyndham Orlando Resort on Aug. 15.

The speakers roared throughout the ballroom with vibes by DJ Lu-S.

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PHOTOS: GayDayS holds kick-off at Parliament House, announces new host hotel for 2020

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ORLANDO | GayDayS held the kick-off party to its 2019 weekend of events at the Parliament House in Orlando Aug. 13.

GayDayS weekend begins at the Wyndham Orlando Resort on Aug. 15 and runs through Aug. 18 with pool parties, expos and an array of other events.

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Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith and Jerick Mediavilla tie the knot in ceremony at The Venue Orlando

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Love is love, and it was definitely in the air in Orlando this past weekend!

Florida House Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith and LGBTQ activist Jerick Mediavilla were wed in a ceremony at The Venue in Orlando Aug. 4, exactly two years to the day and in the same location that they first met.

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