Joe Posa as Joan Rivers at Liquid Tampa – July 30, 2016

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You are cordially invited to Liquid Tampa on Saturday, July 3th to a very special event with Joe Posa as Joan Rivers, and special guest Tony Tripoli (Head Writer for Fashion Police). Gather your friends and let’s give them a big Tampa Welcome.

Showtime 7pm – 8:30pm

You may Pre-Purchase your tickets online. $10.00 General Admission.

Check out our Bottle Service Offerings at http://www.liquidtampa.com and place your reservation today!

What Makes Joe Posa the Perfect Joan Rivers

In his new stage show, Joe Posa imagines Joan Rivers performing one last time before entering Heaven. Thankfully, death has not made her any less rude.

Certainly, the figure in the outrageous black and gold ruffled coat and black pants on stage at New York’s Metropolitan Room sounds and looks a lot like Joan Rivers.

As someone fortunate enough to have interviewed the real Rivers a few times—the final time, her last major interview before her death in August 2014—the similarities of voice and presence between the figure—the performer Joe Posa—and Rivers are resonant and mesmerizing.

Joan-who-isn’t-Joan, who is already holding us spellbound, is Joe Posa, an almost 50-year-old actor and former dancer. His “The Bitch Is Back” performance is not a simple drag act: He truly inhabits the Rivers persona—and Rivers herself loved his act.

Rivers died, aged 81, while undergoing a throat procedure; her daughter, Melissa, settled a medical malpractice suit against the facility earlier this month.

Posa-as-Joan comes on stage waving and flapping at the air, like a demented crow, rasping that salty ashtray-growl of hers, and she immediately starts scything merrily away at celebrity images and reputations.

“Celine Dion: She’s so thin. When I saw her in Las Vegas the black suit she was wearing made her look like an umbrella.”

The audience laughed.

“We mustn’t laugh. She just buried her grandfather.” (A typically Rivers response to the death of Dion’s husband, René Angélil, 26 years her senior.) “Joan” says that when she got to Heaven she ran into Robin Williams. He says, “Joan, you’re in a better place.” Rivers replies to him, “I’m not in a better place. I’ve got a house in the Hamptons.”

When Rivers was alive, Posa’s was the classiest imitation act around; now he is traveling around the country with a memorial show. “Joan” is told at the gates of Heaven they’re not quite ready for her, so she has come back to give us one more show.

It is not just Posa’s guttural voice, outrageous clothes, and stooped-missile bearing; Posa captures Rivers’s warm emotional presence too.

Tim Teeman, The Daily Beast

May 27, 2016

First Lady urges youth to vote to ensure LGBT rights, among other things

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Jackson, Miss. (AP) – First lady Michelle Obama told graduates of a historically black university in Mississippi that “the power of voting is real and lasting” and they need to cast ballots to protect civil-rights advances made by previous generations.

She said many young African-Americans have disenfranchised themselves because only about 20 percent of them voted in the 2014 midterm elections.

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Acclaimed poet Derrik Austin brings sexuality, race and bluntness to Orlando reading

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It isn’t the stuff that “lauded poetry” brings to mind, necessarily – the dusty bristle of Caucasian blues set to rhyming schemes and meters – but Florida native Derrick Austin is breaking barriers and furrowing brows with his visceral and poetic take on otherness. And the praise has been plentiful. He certainly isn’t shy.

“Slowly eat out my asshole, slowly while bees
lave daffodils on our balcony and remember
each bloom with dance. You growl. I lick
your armpits. Come, come for me, you say,
our moans made fluid on our canvas of a bed.”
– 6., Trouble the Water, BOA Editions 2016

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Guest column: Remembering Civil Rights leader and LGBT advocate Julian Bond

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If you are involved in fighting for equality and speaking out against injustice, you may cross paths with well-known leaders in the Civil Rights Movement. Many of them travel to cities to inspire younger generations and teach history through their speeches.

Meeting contemporaries of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. provides an opportunity to glean wisdom from their struggles. When I heard Julian Bond would be at the NAACP National Convention in Orlando two years ago, I jumped at the chance to cover it for Watermark.

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GLAAD study finds studio movies behind in LGBT roles

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New York (AP) — An annual study by GLAAD has found that Hollywood studios continue to lag in producing films representing gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, despite a slight improvement over the last year.

Examining the 114 films released by the seven largest movie studios in 2014, the study found that 17.5 percent of them included characters identified as lesbian, gay or bisexual. There were no identifiably transgender characters. The findings, released on April 15, are a slight uptick from the 16.7 percent of “inclusive” movies from 2013.

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LGBT group gives grants to HBCUs to aid inclusion

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The educational arm of an LGBT rights group is seeking to advance LGBT inclusion on the campuses of historically black colleges and universities.

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation has teamed up with Promised Land Film to award $4,000 grants to four schools to allow them to use the documentary, “The New Black,” to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender inclusion.

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‘Orange is the New Black’ at The Brink

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Orange is the New Black‘s Taryn Manning, who plays Pennsatucky, and Dascha Polanco, who plays Daya Diaz, headlined at The Brink July 26.

Manning, who is a DJ, spun jams all night long, including her well-known song “Turn it up.” Polanco joined her on stage and danced for the hundreds of OITNB fans in the crowd.

Follow the jump for more photos from the event.

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Guest column: Diversity requires mutual respect, not jealous ranking of oppressions

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Sierra Mannie, a University of Mississippi senior, wrote a commentary picked up by Time eirlier this month titled, “Dear White Gays: Stop Stealing Black Female Culture.” Here’s a portion:

“I need some of you to cut it the hell out. … I don’t care … how cute you think it is to call yourself a strong black woman, who taught you to twerk, how funny you think it is to call yourself Quita or Keisha or for which black male you’ve been bottoming — you are not a black woman, and you do not get to claim either blackness or womanhood.”
Someone was looking for a throw-down. She talked about Beyoncé, white privilege and the legacies of racism and sexism. She made some valid points. She also said that black women “cannot hide their blackness and womanhood to protect themselves the way that you can hide your homosexuality.”

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Hip Hop Tuesday & Orlando Black Pride Kickoff 2014

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DJ Scott Roberts provided the hip hop beats for the kickoff to Orlando Black Pride June 3. It was held at Parliament House during their regular Hip Hop Tuesday.

P-House looked fabulous and the crowd was high-energy, friendly and ready to party. Watermark spent most of our time with a gang of hot ladies from Tampa who were ready to go crazy. Everyone was already super excited for the Gay Days weekend ahead.

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