Andy Cohen joins best bud Anderson Cooper on stage at the Straz Center for a night of conversation

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Andy Cohen is the wide-eyed, energetic host of everything. He executive produces the wildly popular Real Housewives reality television franchise on Bravo, and moderates the explosive reunions of the show’s housewives. He also hosts Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, and is the first openly gay host of an American late-night talk show.

This past summer, Cohen rebooted the ‘80s classic show Love Connection, which he also hosted, and hosts his own SiriusXM radio show called Radio Andy. As if that wasn’t enough to fill the schedules of a dozen people, Cohen also joins his best buddy Anderson Cooper on the road as they tour the U.S. with their show AC2: An Intimate Evening With Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen, coming to the Straz Center for the Performing Arts Oct. 7.

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Miley Cyrus brings agender date to amfAR gala

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NEW YORK (AP) – Miley Cyrus and late-night talk show host Andy Cohen were recognized June 16 in New York at amfAR’s sixth annual Inspiration Gala for their work in the fight against AIDS.

“It’s really fun to be in the company of Miley Cyrus,” said Cohen, the host of Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live.” “Our names have never been spoken in the same sentence so I’m honored tonight. She’s an original and she’s a fighter and she speaks to a whole, new generation.”

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Watermark’s 2015 Orlando Fringe Reviews: 1969: Stonewall

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Bravo, I must say! Written and starring John Ryan, who plays Michael, “1969: Stonewall” was one of my favorite Fringe shows so far this year.

The play takes you back to 1969 in New York City right before, during and after the Stonewall Riots. With inside jokes and “gay humor” galore, the show had the audience laughing at all the right times. The show even had photos and footage from those years on the background screen which was an excellent visual supplement.

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J. Hyde Crawford exhibit at the Orlando Museum of Art is valued at $8.3 million

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Orlando – Two weeks ago the Orlando Museum of Art opened what museum director Glen Gentele calls “the single most important collection of art to come to the Museum in its history.” He was speaking of the new J. Hyde Crawford and Anthony Tortora Gallery.

Named for the late fashion illustrator, the gallery opened with its first exhibit at the 30th Anniversary Gala of OMA’s collecting group on Oct. 9.

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Cardinal to lead St. Pat parade with 1st gay group

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NEW YORK (AP) – There is no more natural spot for Roman Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan — a proud, ebullient Irish-American — than grand marshal of the city’s historic St. Patrick’s Day Parade. But the honor now has an added significance: Parade organizers said Sept. 3 they will allow the first gay group to march under its own banner.

Dolan was quick to issue a statement of support for the parade organizers, accepting their decision. While supporters of gay and lesbian Catholics are cheering, some conservatives want the archbishop to withdraw from the event.

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Vegas offering everything but marriage to LGBT tourists

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — While gay couples still can’t get married in the marriage capital of the world, Las Vegas wants to let them know they — and their money — are more than welcome to the buffet of other activities Sin City has to offer.

The city’s tourism authority recently launched its first mainstream TV campaign aimed at the LGBT community: a commercial featuring a hunk and a heavy dose of innuendo. The first gay nightclub inside a Las Vegas Strip casino opened up this summer.

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Overheard in Orlando: MegaCon2014 rolls into Orlando

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Dance teacher given new lease on life offers same-sex salsa lessons
Lorraine Vasquez, 50, remembers the day two years ago when doctors diagnosed her with breast cancer. She was given a year to live. “I had two young daughters and my doctor told me I should get my affairs in order because I was going to die,” Vasquez recalls. “I just said ‘No, you are wrong’.” Vasquez closed her successful dance studio in Puerto Rico, packed her things and moved to Orlando. She checked into MD Anderson Cancer Center and was shocked to learn she was cancer-free. She had been misdiagnosed. Other good things happened. Vasquez met her partner, Lelis Pagan, while working at the airport. On March 8, she opened Lorraine’s Dance Studio at 1720 N Goldenrod Blvd in Orlando. There are now two generations of lesbians working in the dance business. Her daughter Nita Bravo, 20, and partner Francesca Colon, are helping out. To celebrate, Vasquez has introduced same-sex salsa classes for adults from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays. Vasquez said she is grateful to be given another chance at life. For pricing and to sign up for salsa, call 321-400-0953.

Blue Starr leaves Revolution
After 14 years belting out late night tunes on Bumby, the multi-talented Blue Starr has parted ways with Revolution Nightclub. Starr announced, on Facebook, she will perform exclusively at The Venue, the entertainment place she opened in Ivanhoe Village last fall. The Venue, now home to babybluestar Productions, has been providing affordable rental to the arts community. In addition, a number of fundraisers have used the locale for events. Starr plans drag burlesque, drag king shows, improv, coffee house-esque and more. “Pretty sure there will be a girlie show at The Venue on a Saturday every now and again! That fucking rocks my world! Dreams come true,” she wrote on her post, which had more than 200 likes and dozens of congratulatory comments at press time. For a schedule, visit TheVenueOrlando.com or call 407-412-6895.

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Mormons, leather, lesbians

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Mormons shut down Straz site
Well, that headline may not be exactly right. But it caught your attention, right? This upcoming arts season’s biggest draw to the Straz Center for the Performing Arts is no doubt the Broadway musical comedy The Book of Mormon. It’s been promoted on billboards in Tampa and teased on television and print ads. So when the performing arts venue began selling tickets in mid August, it was no surprise that tickets were being sold faster than the Gospel could be handed out at every door. But the rush of ticket sales came at a price. The heavy traffic brought StrazCenter.org to a grinding halt the day tickets were available, causing the Straz Center to email subscribers (and the media) explaining the problem. The short, apologetic message asked those experiencing trouble purchasing online to call the box office or visit the box office in person to secure tickets. There is no doubt that the musical, penned by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, will pack the large auditorium when it runs Nov. 12-24.

Watching lesbians
Seminole Heights residents Pam DiMuccio and Liz Hillen could make television history this upcoming season. The partners of 14 years are finalists on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live wedding contest, which could mean the couple’s legal wedding in New York could be televised nationally. The couple told Watermark that they had considered a wedding in the past, but always considered it just a huge party since it wasn’t legal. Now, however, with the defeat of DOMA and marriage equality sweeping across the country, the couple is ready to get hitched in front of the cameras. But to make that happen, they need votes. To push the couple across the finish line, visit BravoTV.com/Wedding and vote up to 40 times! Time is running out. Votes can be cast through Sept. 6, so get online and show support for this Tampa Bay couple!

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Kathy Griffin’s stand-up is updated so much that fans rarely see the same show twice

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Kathy Griffin is looking forward to coming to Florida. Not only does her current tour bring her newest stand-up to Orlando’s Bob Carr Center on Friday, July 12, and Clearwater’s Ruth Eckerd Hall on Saturday, July 13, but she is preparing for a healthy dose of spiritual reflection.

“I’m so excited to come to Clearwater and join Scientology!” she says. “The first few times I played Ruth Eckerd Hall, I had people waiting for me in the parking lot, fearfully warning me saying ‘Ms. Griffin, do you realize you’ve just been making fun of Scientology in their hub?’ I said, ‘Yeah, that’s why I do it!'”

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3.14.13 Editor’s Desk

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SteveBlanchardHeadshotStereotyping is a human trait. We’ve all done it, been the victim of it or have seen it directed at someone close to us. It’s a flaw that evolution has yet to eradicate and one that will no doubt be with us until our species ceases to exist.

As a gay man, I’ve seen plenty of it and I know I don’t always fit into the stereotypes so many hold in their mind. While I enjoy musical productions, I’m not obsessed with them, and I couldn’t name one reality TV host or star on the Bravo or HGTV networks without the help of Google. My home decorating skills are essentially non-existent and the fanciest entree I create is fried eggs with a side of toaster waffles drenched in syrup.

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Publisher’s Perspective: Big Year for Big Events

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TomDyerHeadshotWe live in an area rich with options. There are gay churches, community centers and more than 50 gay and gay-friendly bars, nightclubs and restaurants. And there’s an organization or athletic league catering to just about every interest imaginable.

But there are four major events that have come to define the huge local LGBT communities in Tampa Bay and Orlando. The last of them just wrapped, so it’s a good time to take stock.

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The Millionaire Matchmaker: Homophobic or Dead-On?

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â┚¬Å”No sex without monogamy!â┚¬Â â┚¬â€œ Patti Stanger

The Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger's been coming under attack after a recent appearance on Andy Cohen's Watch What Happens Live on Bravo. The website UnicornBooty.com ranted that Stanger â┚¬Å”destroyed all goodwill with the LGBT community by characterizing gays as sex-crazed animals incapable of monogamy.â┚¬Â

What they failed to mention and show in the below clip is that Stanger referenced her gay male clients and more specifically those in California. While I don't know why, she even tried to defend herself.

So, what's the problem? I totally agree with her. I've been saying that for years in my column. Yes, we may say we want monogamy but the problem is that I think most gay men â┚¬â€œ once they have it â┚¬â€œ don't know what to do with it and end up screwing it up. I've encountered this many MANY times among my slew of protospouses.

I've yet to come across true monogamy in my dating and social experiences. I mean, I don't know one gay man that isn't constantly kvetching about wanting to find a relationship but all the while is cruising Adam4Adam or Grindr?! Or I hear, â┚¬Å”we're monogamous in our hearts.â┚¬Â Meanwhile, they're having sex with other people. Can you say â┚¬Ëœbullshit?'

The other night, I was talking to my friend along with a fellow he had recently started going out with about this exact thing. Even with a date present, my friend was scanning Grindr. What the hell?!

Digging into my own repertoire, I had a relationship end because of his inability to understand what monogamy stands for. I like to call it Gay.D.D.; the gay man's version of A.D.D., where there's a clear incapacity to focus on one person for too long out of fear that there's always something better.

That's not to say there's not a handful of gay men who are truly monogamous but why get mad at Stanger for verbalizing it? Is it because she's a straight woman? Or is it because we don't want to have a mirror put in front of us?

Erik Fact: If you spend your time thinking there’s something, someone better around the corner; you could find that you’ve wasted your time waiting and miss out on what’s right in front of you.