Tampa Bay’s Overheard: TIGLFF has a sordid movie night coming and the IGLTA travel to the ‘Burg

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A very sordid night

It’s been 17 years since the sordid lives of a small-town Texas family were plastered on the movie screens of Cineplex’s across the country in the film Sordid Lives.

The film, based on the play of the same name by Del Shores (also the film’s writer and director), takes a look at this colorful, crazy family as they come together for a funeral. The movie obtained a cult status equal to that of an early John Waters film and has sparked rumors of a possible sequel ever since the original film was released and the short-lived TV series on Logo was cancelled after just one season.

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Leslie Jordan to bring ‘Straight Outta Chattanooga’ to TIGLFF

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Leslie Jordan is the small-in-size, grand-in-stature comedic actor whom you have seen in nearly everything on television since the ‘90s. From American Horror Story to his Emmy Award winning turn in Will & Grace, he’s the big mouth full of Southern charm.

Now on the road with his new one-man show Straight Outta Chattanooga, Jordan’s star is burning brighter than ever, and the belle of the ball is bringing that show to the Tampa Theatre for the Tampa Bay International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Oct. 5.

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Watermark Giveaway: ‘Sordid Lives’ at the Footlight Theatre at the Parliament House

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Win a pair of tickets to see Sordid Lives at the Footlight Theatre at the Parliament House Friday, September 2 at 7:00 P.M.

The Friday performance will also feature a Talkback after the show with playwright and Sordid Lives creator Del Shores.

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Overheard in Tampa Bay: It’s a Tupperware party!

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Tampa Theatre offers unisex bathroom
We’re not sure if it was a coincidence or not, but did anyone else find it nice that the Tampa Theatre offered a unisex bathroom during the Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival’s opening weekend? The basement restroom that has served as the women’s room in previous years had a “Unisex” label taped to it on Oct. 3. The other restroom next door appeared to be closed, but there were no signs of maintenance. Those using the facilities barely blinked at the unisex set-up, but one woman did pause at the door when she saw a man inside and politely asked, “Is it okay if I come in?” Coincidence or not, we’re thrilled that the sign for transgender inclusion was prevalent at TIGLFF’s 25th anniversary.

Proud. Determined. United.
Nearly 200 people braved the driving rains of Tampa Bay to help Tampa Pride kick off its official fundraising program at The Honey Pot on Friday, Sept. 26. The celebration, titled “Out of the Storm,” gave the newly formed organization a chance to raise some money, share the excitement about the March 28 parade and festival in Ybor City—and a stage to announce the theme. Pride president Carrie West said the 2015 theme is “Proud. Determined. United.” To get the inaugural event off the ground, Tampa Pride must raise $70,000 by Feb. 1! A GoFundMe.com account has been set up and more fundraisers are in the works. The “Out of the Storm” title, by the way, officially had nothing to do with former Hillsborough County Commissioner Ronda Storms, who banned LGBT Pride in the county—wink, wink, nudge, nudge.

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