PHOTOS: Florida Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith says YAS! to Pride proposal from partner Jerick Mediavilla

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | Come Out with Pride 2018 had a lot of memorable events, but few came close to the marriage proposal during the Pride Rally at the Walt Disney Amphitheater Oct. 13.

LGBTQ activist Jerick Mediavilla went down on one knee in front of thousands of Pride attendees and proposed to his partner, State Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith.

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PHOTOS: COWP’s Most Colorful Parade brings pride, pageantry and politics to Lake Eola

By : Jaime Donelson
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ORLANDO | Come Out With Pride had the eyes of the city on them as The Most Colorful Parade passed through the streets of downtown Orlando for thousands of attendees Oct. 13.

The parade route was filled with rainbow-colored floats, performers and — this being an election year — lots of voters, activists and politicians.

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PHOTOS: COWP’s Pride Festival at Lake Eola had something for everyone

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ORLANDO | Thousands of people gathered, danced and showed their Pride around Lake Eola in downtown Orlando to celebrate Come Out With Pride on Oct. 13.

The day-long festival included live performances, vendors and entertainment for all ages. Rainbow colors were on display everywhere you looked.

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PHOTOS: Parliament House shows its Pride

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ORLANDO | Parliament House was all about that Pride Oct. 13 with its Come Out With Pride after party.

The huge party was headlined by COWP Grand Marshal, and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” judge, Carson Kressley, as well as Monet Xchange and Orlando’s very own drag superstar, Ginger Minj.

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PHOTOS: Come Out With Pride wraps a full week of events with Recovery Brunch

By : Danny Garcia
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ORLANDO | After the parade, fireworks and after parties we were in need for a little recovery. Luckily, Come Out With Pride had us covered with its Pride Recovery Brunch at Celine Orlando Oct. 14.

The event included a catered brunch featuring rainbow pancakes, bottomless mimosas and a large Bloody Mary bar, and featured music by local DJ Scott Roberts.

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PHOTOS: Pride starts the day off with the wedding of Debo Ofsowitz and Milena Jacobina

By : Rick Claggett
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ORLANDO | Come Out With Pride kicked off with a special celebration Oct. 13.

COWP’s Debo Ofsowitz and fiancee Milena Jacobina shared their wedding vows at noon on Lake Eola, surrounded by friends and family.

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PHOTOS: Pride Rally at Lake Eola brought the love

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | Come Out With Pride held a Pride Rally at the Walt Disney Amphitheater during Saturday’s celebration at Lake Eola.

The crowd heard from Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan, State Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith and more.

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PHOTOS: Come Out With Pride’s Block Party took over the streets at Stonewall Orlando

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | Come Out With Pride took Friday night to Stonewall Bar, and its surrounding streets, this year for the COWP Block Party Oct. 12.

The streets were blocked off for people to enjoy big video screens, vendor tents and an outdoor street bar. COWP definitely got the weekend started with the music pumping and the party in full swing, inside and outside, all night.

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PHOTOS: OIC and Orlando Weekly’s Big Gay Brunch was a huge Pride hit

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ORLANDO | The Orlando Immunology Center and Orlando Weekly carried on the tradition of having the Big Gay Brunch at The Abbey Oct. 13 for Come Out With Pride, and it was a huge success.

The event was packed with people looking to get their brunch and drink on before the festivities at Lake Eola began.

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PHOTOS: COWP strikes a pose with House of Pride at Edge Reunion

By : Meghan Sweeney
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ORLANDO | The Come Out With Pride festivities continued at the House of Pride: Edge Reunion at the Ace Cafe Oct. 10.

The event featured music by Chris Deejay Smeejay with a headlining performance by Jose Extravaganza — who rumor has it, taught Madonna how to Vogue.

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One Orlando Alliance names Board Chair Jennifer Foster as new Executive Director

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ORLANDO | Jennifer Foster, who served as board chair for the One Orlando Alliance since formation, was named the organization’s founding executive director Oct. 11.

Foster’s appointment as the Alliance’s director comes on National Coming Out Day and during Orlando’s Pride Week — a weeklong celebration led by Alliance member Come Out With Pride.

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Betty Who headlines the Come Out With Pride festival concert

By : Melanie Ararat
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Betty Who is a 26-year-old Australian singer-songwriter best known for her infectious dance songs. Her singles “Human Touch,” “Somebody Loves You” and “I Love You Always Forever” have all hit No. 1 on the U.S. Dance charts.

Who also opened the Australian leg of Katy Perry’s “Prismatic World Tour” and Kylie Minogue’s “Kiss Me Once Tour,” as well as headlined her own worldwide tours in 2015 and 2017.

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