Sweet Divinity: Luck Ain’t a Lady Tonight

By : Divine Grace
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Hello, Dolls!

Well, it’s that time of year again. The stockings have been hung, the tree has been decorated and the department stores have been blaring holiday songs for the third consecutive month. Joanne’s Fabric has had a star on top of their conifer tree since at least the Fourth of July. Now with Black Friday out of the way, the emergency rooms are less-crowded, and most of the blood has been wiped off of the flat-screen televisions at Wal-Mart.

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Divine Grace channels comedic icon Bea Arthur in two upcoming stage shows

By : Jeremy Williams
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Bea Arthur is a comedy legend. She was a fixture on Broadway stages and television screens throughout the back half of the 20th Century, but she is probably best known as the witty, sarcastic Dorothy Zbornak in the groundbreaking 80s sitcom “The Golden Girls.”

That is where Central Florida drag performer and actor Divine Grace delved into the mind of Arthur.

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The Last Page: Ben Johansen

By : Jeremy Williams
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The Last Page is dedicated to individuals who are making a positive impact on the LGBTQ community in Central Florida and Tampa Bay.

This issue, we check in with Embellish FX co-owner Ben Johansen from Central Florida. Keep an eye on this space to learn more about the movers and shakers of your community.

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Sweet Divinity: The Cost of Paying Attention

By : Divine Grace
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Hello, Dolls!

Every day. Every. Single. Day. Every day and each morning brings with it some sort of fresh new Hell. Every sunrise is greeted by the orange Goblin King and some dementia-laden tweet from the First Toilet at five o’ clock in the morning. Who’s the Emperor mad at today? Bette Midler? Maybe it’s John Legend. Perhaps he’s pulling a classic from the stacks and “crooked Hillary” will reprise her role as the Disney Witch trying to demolish the castle he’s building out of a deck of cards.

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Sweet Divinity: An Open Letter to Homophobes during Gay Pride

By : Divine Grace
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Hello, Dolls!

I am fully aware that the only thing more annoying than a sore loser is a sore winner, but you’ll please pardon me today as I gloat, full-blast.

50 years ago, the Stonewall Riots took place in New York City, and the gay liberation began in earnest. For the next five decades, we gays have struggled to be recognized as more than the second-class citizens that you detractors would have us labeled as.

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PHOTOS: ‘The Golden Gals LIVE!’ celebrate Orlando’s Big Gay Weekend with a pair of sold-out shows

By : Jeremy Williams
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“The Golden Gals LIVE!” returned to the Footlight Theatre at the world famous Parliament House for two special performances — one on Friday and one on Sunday — during Orlando’s Big Gay Weekend.

Ginger Minj, Divine Grace, Gidget Galore and MRMS Adrian were back as drag versions of Blanche, Dorothy, Rose and Sophia to recreate a pair of episodes from the groundbreaking TV series “The Golden Girls.”

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‘The Golden Gals LIVE!’ heads back to Parliament House for Orlando’s Big Gay Weekend

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | Get your cheesecake ready, because the gals are back!

“The Golden Gals LIVE!”—the smash hit show that played to sold out crowds in March—is coming back to the world famous Parliament House’s Footlight Theatre for just two special performances during Orlando’s Big Gay Weekend.

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Orlando’s Big LGBTQ Weekend still has something for everyone

By : Jeremy Williams
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The newly created KindRED Pride Foundation is bringing some of the weekend’s most anticipated events, but the kickoff weekend to Orlando’s big Pride Month is packed full of some returning favorites and big surprises.

Just as with the last several years, RED Shirt Pride Days has a designated Disney theme park for each day from May 30-June 2.

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‘The Golden Gals Live’ to take the stage at Parliament House

By : Lauren Lee
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ORLANDO | Picture it: Orlando, 2019. The Parliament House’s Footlight Theatre sets the stage!

Some of Central Florida’s most talented drag queens are getting together over a few cheesecakes at Parliament House to bring you “The Golden Gals Live.”

Ginger Minj, Divine Grace, Gidget Galore and MRMS Adrian will take the stage as Blanche, Dorothy, Rose and Sophia, respectively. Rounding out the cast will be Watermark WAVE winner Doug Ba’aser playing a lesbian.

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2.23.17 Editor’s Desk

By : Billy Manes
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Billy Manes

I had a friend threaten to kill herself this week because she was tired of breathing. I had a collapsing roof that needed to be fixed with haste and all of the nailing and banging and visceral management that comes along with contractors trying to make your life better for thousands of dollars. I watched a famewhore grab a spotlight and run with it, tumbling beneath his own Milo significance, falling somewhere near his pretty little lying face and whatever hair color or sociocultural mythology or, let’s be honest, pedophilia could buy him a headline.

I gazed at the moon; I stared at the ground. And for a few minutes there, I gave up. I mean I really gave up. I won’t even bring up too much of Donald Trump’s scorching of the earth here, because that’s something you all should have expected when you, oh no, hated Hillary for being a woman. My problems get lost in their own translations, and I own my terrors however weak they may be. It’s been a rough patch, to say the least.

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Sweet Divinity: The circus

By : Divine Grace
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divine graceThe last time I attended a circus, I was 10 years old and Ringling Bros. was promising everybody a chance to view a “real-live unicorn.” The unicorn turned out to be a goat that somebody had managed to deform in such a manner that it had only one long horn. I was able to locate a passage that explained how this is done:

“Goat horn buds are only on the skin when born. The inside half of each bud was reattached in the center of the forehead, swapped so the curving would grow inward and make a straight horn.”

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Sweet Divinity: Old Angst Song

By : Divine Grace
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Hello, Dolls.

Well, here we are at the end of 2016. And what a ride, am I right? Usually you have to go to IKEA or Auschwitz for this kind of excitement, but this year has landed enough suffering onto our bruised collective lap to feel like a hysterectomy performed by a steamroller.

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