Tampa Bay’s Vanessa Vanjie Mateo sashays onto RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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Tampa Bay’s Vanessa Vanjie Mateo has sashayed her way onto the upcoming tenth season of VH1’s RuPaul’s Drag Race.

The upcoming season’s queens were “ruvealed” in a promo following the latest episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars 3 late Thursday, Feb. 22, as well as the show’s official Twitter account:

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: burger flippin’ and mud slingin’

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Proud Mary’s wheels are turnin’

After a summer of teasing from Mary letting the St. Pete area know that a new Hamburger Mary’s would be moving into the neighborhood, it finally happened. Hamburger Mary’s—or as this location is known, Sunshine City Mary’s—is opened for business. If the first few weeks are any indication, that business won’t be slowing down anytime soon.

The doors opened Aug. 25 and the guests started coming; including a “welcome to the neighborhood” greeting from Punky’s Brian Longstreth. Sunshine City Mary’s is located across from Tyrone Square Mall in the old Hooters building. Anyone who has been to any of the Hamburger Mary’s locations across the country, or one of the other two Bay Area locations, knows that a trip to Mary’s isn’t just about the food (don’t get us wrong, the food is reason enough to go), it’s the show that goes with it.

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Overheard in Tampa: Miss Gay Days, Gelatin Plunge and Hamburger Mary’s

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Hometown Royalty
Miss Gay Days 2016 was crowned earlier this month and the winner was none other than Tampa Bay’s own Alexis Mateo. Although Mateo now calls St. Petersburg home, she is a Florida, Puerto Rico native. In 2011, Mateo competed on the third season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, making it all the way to the top three. Since then she has also been a contestant on the first season of RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race and appeared as a guest professor on RuPaul’s Drag U. This beauty currently serves as a national queen at the All American Goddess Pageantry and a Mary Diva at the Tampa location of Hamburger Mary’s. Congratulations girl! You are a superstar and we can say we knew you when.

Hot sun, cool gelatin
When the heat reaches unbearable temperatures there are few things more refreshing than a dip in a pool, except maybe a dip in a pool of gelatin? Why not, everyone loves the jiggly dessert, and you know what they say: There’s always room for Jell-O. If you can help out an amazing organization in the process then all the better. This is the fourth year the Children’s Cancer Center has held the Gelatin Plunge, and all in total contributions have risen over $300,000 for the center (and dunked more than 500 people in 2,000 gallons of colored gelatin). This year host of The Miguel Show and 2016 St. Pete Pride grand marshal Miguel Fuller took the plunge. Others who joined him were the guys from the Fresh Kitchen and Ben Landon of Landon Plastic Surgery.

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LGBTs from around the world brave the heat for Gay Days 2016

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Orlando – Highlights from Gay Days weekend 2016 included hot weather, packed pools and a gay couple making it pop by popping the question during Kesha’s set at the One Magical Weekend main event party June 4.

According to Chris Manley, president and co-owner of GayDays.com, this year’s event was “bigger than ever,” and they sold out their official host hotel, the Doubletree by Hilton at SeaWorld, earlier than ever before.

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Miss GayDays Pageant

By : Alex Storer
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Sassy looks, sequin-covered dresses and shimmying hips dominated the stage at the Miss GayDays 2016 pageant on June 3. The pageant’s theme – “Marvel-ous” – encouraged contestants to impersonate female superheroes, and impersonate female superheroes they did. The queens embodied Rogue, Tigra, Captain Marvel and more.

After Imani Valentino’s heart-wrenching final performance as Miss Gay Days, Alexis Mateo of St. Petersburg was crowned the winner, with Rhiannon Todd being named first alternate and crowd favorite, a new category for the 2016 competition.

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