Gay Chorus Deep South

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Closing Night Program of Tampa International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
David Charles Rodrigues, 2019, USA, 98 min

The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus set out to bring their message of hope and resiliency in response to the 2016 presidential election by spending a week touring throughout the deep south.

The Chorus, joined by The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, brought a message of music, love, and acceptance to communities and individuals confronting intolerance. Over 300 singers travelled from Mississippi to Tennessee, through the Carolinas, and over the bridge in Selma. They performed in churches, community centers and concert halls in hopes of uniting us in a time of difference. The journey also challenged Director Tim Seeleg and other Chorus members who fled the South to confront their own fears, pain, and prejudices, on a journey towards reconciliation. The conversations and connections that emerge offer a glimpse of a less divided America, where the things that divide us – faith, politics, sexual identity – are set aside by the soaring power of music, humanity, and a little drag.

There is beautiful vocal performance in this movie. But there is much more than singing to this thoughtful documentary that chronicles a journey that began as a challenge to the oppression of the deep south and ended in the delight of southern people steeped in their love of gospel music and hungry for conversation. This remarkable film demonstrates that, clearly, there is a whole lot of fixing that singing can do.

SFGMC Director Tim Seelig is scheduled to Skype with the audience following the film.

Women Make Music – 25 Years of Crescendo: The Tampa Bay Women’s Chorus
Sunny Hall, 2019, USA, 8 min

Preceded by a performance by the Tampa Bay Gay Men’s Chorus.

Join us at Bizou Brasserie at Le Méridien (601 N. Florida) after the closing film to celebrate another festival bringing fierce, fabulous, LGBTQ+ film in Tampa Bay. Food and drinks for purchase.


The Underpants

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The renowned comic actor and author of Picasso at the Lapine Agile provides a wild satire adapted from the classic German play about Louise and Theo Markes, a couple whose conservative existence is shattered when Louise’s bloomers fall down in public. Though she pulls them up quickly, he thinks the incident will cost him his job as a government clerk. Louise’s momentary display does not result in the feared scandal but it does attract two infatuated men, each of whom wants to rent the spare room in the Markes’ home. Oblivious of their amorous objectives, Theo splits the room between them, happy to collect rent from both the foppish poet and the whiny hypochondriac.

Running in our Backstage Theater:
October 10-12, 2019 at 8:00
October 17-19, 2019 at 8:00
October 13 and 20, 2019 at 2:00

Issue: 26.20: Planet Pride

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Come Out With Pride goes eco-friendly for 2019 festival and parade at Lake Eola, LGBA marches into Orlando for annual conference, Come OUT St. Pete returns for third outing, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

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Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019, Joseph is one of the most enduring shows of all time, a reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, 11 brothers and the coat of many colors. This magical musical is full of catchy songs with unforgettable classics like “Any Dream Will Do” and “Close Every Door.”

Sept. 18-19, and 21 at 7:30
Sept. 24-26, 28 at 7:30
Oct. 3-5 at 7:30
Sept. 22, 28, 29, and Oct. 6 at 2:00

#RED Guide 2019

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Watermark’s Complete Guide to Orlando’s Big Gay Weekend.

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12.27.18 Publisher’s Desk

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It’s hard to believe the end of the year is here. It’s cliche to say, but when you live your life in two week cycles across two metropolitan areas—time flies. 2018 zoomed by in the blink of an eye.

Watermark did well in 2018. We saw an increase in sales, so thank you to the businesses and organizations that support us and help us to continue bringing the latest in LGBTQ news to our readers—and congratulations to Senior Account Manager Sam Callahan who had a stellar year. We also saw an increase in distributions sites and are now available at over 600 locations in Central Florida, Tampa Bay and surrounding areas.

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Update: GayDayS, Inc. moves dates for 2019 event; One Magical Weekend, Girls In Wonderland to remain

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ORLANDO | GayDayS, Inc. stirred up controversy within the community as it announced new dates for their annual LGBTQ celebration in Central Florida from the first weekend in June to mid-August starting in 2019.

Gay Day at the Magic Kingdom began the first Saturday in June 1991 when a group of LGBTQ people came together wearing red shirts for a day of celebration and visibility at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. Over the last three decades several organizations—including GayDayS, One Magical Weekend, Girls In Wonderland and Tidal Wave—have been formed surrounding Gay Day increasing the one-day celebration to nearly a week of theme parks, pool parties and vendor fairs.

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