Hope & Help to take an evening stroll around Lake Eola for the annual Orlando AIDS Walk

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | The Hope & Help Center of Central Florida returns with their annual AIDS Walk on Feb. 3 at the Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park in Downtown Orlando.

Hope & Help moved the event, typically held in the morning, to an evening time last year which proved a huge success, according to Joshua J. Myers, Hope & Help’s community developmental director.

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Luke Evans talks being openly gay in Hollywood

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Luke Evans has opened up about what it’s like for him being openly gay in Hollywood.

In an interview with The Jackal, Evans says he tries to “keep my personal life and my private life separate.”

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Sordid Lives creator Del Shores wants the dating world to know that it is hard out there for a “minor gay celebrity” in his 50s

By : Jeremy Williams
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Few filmmakers write LGBT stories with equal parts humor and heart and even fewer are able to take that story to cult status, but one who seems to do it with ease is Del Shores, writer/director of the successful 2000 cult film Sordid Lives. Shores is heading to The Cuban Club in Ybor with his one man show, SINgularly SORDID, where he talks about politics, religion and returning to the dating world after getting divorced in his 50s. Tinder and Grindr and Scruff, oh my! Shores was gracious enough to speak with Watermark ahead of his Tampa Bay show about Oscar diversity, election coverage and a much talked about sequel in the Sordid franchise.

SINgularlySORDID is your one man show that you are bringing to Tampa. What can we expect to see from you?
I always consider myself a storyteller or a humorist: I observe, I sometimes steal from my own life and other people’s lives and talk about it on stage. This piece has become very personal, because I have gone through a divorce in my 50s and getting back into the dating scene has been crazy, so a lot of that is the SINgularly Sordid part of this. I just tell tales about Leslie Jordan and Dolly Parton and people I have had encounters with, good and bad. I love politics and controversy. My dad was a Southern Baptist preacher, so we’ll cover religion.

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Tom Hardy shuts down reporter after asked about his sexuality

By : Jeremy Williams
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Tom Hardy and a reporter shared an awkward moment at the Toronto International Film Festival Sept. 12.

Hardy was promoting his new film Legend, where the British hunk plays both Ronnie and Reggie Kray. The Kray twins, one of whom is bisexual in the film, were notorious London gangsters.

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Former Nickelodeon Star posts controversial tweets about Caitlyn Jenner

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Drake Bell, a former teen heartthrob and star of Nickelodeon’s Drake and Josh, stirred up controversy June 1 when he tweeted his opinion about Caitlyn Jenner to his over 3 million followers.

The tweet read, “Sorry….still calling you Bruce.”

Shortly after the tweet was posted, Bell deleted and replaced it with, “That’s bravery!”

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Britney on (not) being a gay icon, feeling like an outsider and that ‘adorable and hilarious’ comment

By : Chris Azzopardi
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It’s Britney, bitch.

No, really, it is. She’s on the phone. And Britney Spears’ the meek, reserved, media-shy entertainer doesn’t get on the phone with press very often these days.

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Orlando: Bursting with celebrity

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In and Out
Paradise Lounge on Mills has changed names yet again. The once-upon-a-time Cactus Club was recently sold and is now known as Orlando Nights. That’s not all. It is said to be marketed as a straight bar. While one bar is going straight, another endeavor, keeping the gays in mind, is opening. Jason Lambert, part-owner of Stardust Lounge, has confirmed that he has signed the lease as of Nov. 1 for the space that used to be Lava Lounge on Orange Avenue. “It’s going to be a neighborhood bar that’s obviously super gay friendly,” says Lambert. “I don’t want to put a label on it as just a ‘gay bar’ as I have a lot of straight friends too from working in the downtown bar scene for the last 15 years.” He says that depending on permitting and remodeling, he hopes to open by January at the latest. “Having been part owner of Stardust Lounge for the last 4 1/2 years, I hope to make it similar to that, where everyone – LGBTQ and straight – feels comfortable!

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