PHOTOS: St. Pete comes together for 2018’s SP2 concert

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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ST. PETERSBURG | St Pete Pride kicked off its 16th year of festivities with the annual SP2 concert June 22 in North Straub Park.

The concert, a fundraising event which assists in funding various Tampa Bay community organizations, featured a mix of fan-favorite area entertainers and was hosted by “RuPaul’s Drag Race” alum Coco Montrese. Watermark was on hand to help celebrate and you can check out some of our photos below.

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PHOTOS: Chantel Reshae wins Miss GayDayS 2018

By : Colton Adkins
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A new Miss GayDayS was crowned at the fifth annual Miss GayDayS pageant at the DoubleTree by Hilton at SeaWorld June 1.

Hosted by ChiChi LaRue and Coco Montrese, seven queens competed for the crown which by evening’s end went to Chantel Reshae your Miss GayDayS 2018.

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PHOTOS: GayDayS kicks off at Sleuth’s

By : Jeremy Williams
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It’s finally here! GayDayS 2018 got started with its official kickoff party at Sleuth’s Mystery Dinner Show May 29.

Hosted by Coco Montrese and Steve Erics, GayDayS greeted the attendees with food, drink and all things Mardi Gras, the theme for GayDayS this year.

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GayDayS kicks the week off at Disney Springs’ STK Orlando

By : Jeremy Williams
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GayDayS kicked off Orlando’s big LGBTQ weekend with a party upstairs at STK Orlando in Disney Springs May 30.

The circus was in full swing as RuPaul’s Drag Race‘s Coco Montrese and Gay Days’ Steve Erics played ringmasters at the event.

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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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Overheard in Tampa Bay: Walk for a cause, cool down poolside

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Sawmill has new royalty
Eight contestants competed for the coveted title of Miss Sawmill 2015 on Aug. 23, but only one could walk away with the crown. Orlando performer Imani Valentino wowed the panel of nine judges and secured the title. First runner-up was Emoni Sanchez and second runner-up was Stephanie Stuart. The night was a fun one with emcees and former Miss Sawmill title holders Sofonda Cox, Dede Taylor and Alexis Mateo sharing duties behind the podium. Valentino will now appear in ads and promotions for the Dade City Campground in LGBT publications and on websites. See more photos from the pageant at WatermarkOnline.com.

LGBT actors get tons of nods
Theatre Tampa Bay recently announced its nominees for its annual awards ceremony, and it reads like a who’s who of LGBT actors, designers, directors and theaters. Out performers Eric Davis (FreeFall Theatre) has eight nominations including one for his starring role in The Normal Heart, Karla Hartley has three, designer and actor Scott Daniel has three and musician Michael Raabe has two, as does actor Matthew McGee. Speaking of The Normal Heart, the drama surrounding the early days of the AIDS epidemic, the production secured seven nominations total, as did The Divine Sister, and Two Trains Running. The theater company with the most nominations is FreeFall, with 43, followed by American Stage with 24. Both theater companies have large contingents of LGBT actors, directors and employees, as well as LGBT-centric plays. The list of nominees goes on for three pages, much too many to list here. See them all at TheatreTampaBay.org. Winners will be announced Oct. 6 at the Palladium Theater in downtown St. Petersburg.

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Issue 21.11: Coco Montrese Gay Days Weekend

By : Jake Stevens
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Homecoming Queen: Coco Montrese returns to entertain us during Orlando’s Big Gay Weekend, Orlando’s parks offer new attractions for GD2014, Kriseman to support St. Pete Pride in a big way, Steel Magnolias gets the American Stage treatment in St. Pete local news, celebrity interviews, events, photos, and much more!

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