Orlando’s Overheard: ‘Gaycation,’ a new Stonewall, Osceola Arts and Opera

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Ian and Ellen’s Orlando Gaycation

After the tragedy on June 12, Ellen Page and Ian Daniel, the hosts of Gaycation that airs on Viceland, were spotted around town. Ellen and Ian met with witnesses at Pulse and various other people of the community and even attended a few of the local gay bars with their cameras in hand. The special episode they were taping is set to premiere on August 24 at 10 p.m. Viceland’s Gaycation has taken the hosts globe-trotting to various locations that are both gay friendly and not: Brazil, Japan and Jamaica, among others. It was a natural fit that the attack on Pulse brought their docu-series to Orlando.

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The Creative City Project is launching again, and October can’t come soon enough

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In 2012, Cole NeSmith decided to rub Orlando’s face into its own Creative Culture.

NeSmith decided to create an event that could not only showcase our homegrown talent, but also take over our public spaces, and transform our community through art, if only for one night. It’s a chance for local artists and organizations to shake off the accrued institutionalized dust that comes from operating behind closed doors, and reveal themselves to their public, en masse … a flasher flash mob, if you will. And the public loves it. Each year more artists take part, and each year more and more people turn out to see them. Downtown Orlando’s fourth annual celebration of local creative culture is ramping up for one of the biggest years yet.

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A New Goal: The Orlando Pride brings women into the city’s soccer craze

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“Everybody knows our team. You see magnets of our teams on people’s cars, and it’s great to see people embracing our team. People come up to me on the street and say they’re coming to the home opener and they know us. It’s great to always feel that vibe from the city,” Orlando Pride attacking midfielder Lianne Sanderson says.

Deemed as the “Soccer Capital of the South”, Orlando’s soccer community has been present and growing since October 2010, when Phil Rawlins first announced that he had acquired the Orlando City Soccer Club with his hopes of expanding it into the MLS within three to five years. Six year later, and not only has that happened, but Orlando is adding women’s soccer to its list of growing professional sports teams: the Orlando Pride, Florida’s first National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) team. The response so far has been predictably effusive.

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LGBT Community & Allies Reception supporting Bob Poe for Congress

By : Jamie Hyman
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Community members backing Bob Poe for Congress met Feb. 29 at The Mezz in downtown Orlando for a LGBT Community and Allies Reception.

Attendees mingled and munched on light bites while learning more about Poe and his platform. 

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Orange County DEC Legacy of Action awards reception

By : Jamie Hyman
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At their Legacy of Action Awards reception, the Orange County Democratic Executive Committee celebrated the lives and legacies of local grassroots activists Feb. 19 at Elixer in downtown Orlando.

The DEC presented the Harris-Namey-Waxman Lifetime Legacy Award, Cannon-Porta Woman of Action Award and The Bill Nelson Activist in Government Award in honor and celebration of exemplary service, patriotism and dedication to the values of the Democratic Party and the people of Central Florida.

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Zebra Run 5K 2015

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Colorfully-clad runners took to the streets of downtown Orlando for the second annual  Zebra Run 5K, benefiting the Zebra Coalition, a local organization that supports LGBT youth.

Race results coming soon – watch this space, we’ll update when they become available.

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Come Out With Pride 2015 Parade photos

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We’re still waiting for the official numbers from Orlando Police Department but from our view atop the Watermark float, this looked like one of the biggest COWP parade viewing crowds ever.

Led by Grand Marshal Ginger Minj, colorful floats and rainbow-clad marchers filled the streets of downtown Orlando.

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PHOTOS: Come Out With Pride 2015 Kick Off

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It was a festive gathering at The Veranda in downtown Orlando for the official Come Out With Pride 2015 launch party October 8.

The event featured music, live entertainment and a silent auction. 

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Snap! Couture Culture Photos

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Snap! Couture Culture,  an exhibit which at once idealizes and deconstructs the notion of fashion and beauty, was Sept. 18 2015 at Snap! downtown Orlando. The event featured high fashion and couture photography, plus live music and cocktails.

Photos by Deanndra Meno. 

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A finish line is in sight for Stonewall Orlando’s extensive renovations

By : Jamie Hyman
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Orlando – Stonewall Orlando is known for its fiercely loyal regulars, but even they might not recognize the nightclub once the current, extensive renovation project is complete.

Steven Watkins, Stonewall’s owner, says he’s wanted to renovate the bar since it opened its doors eight years ago. The project has been ongoing since 2013, and there is an end in sight – Watkins says the project is “85 percent complete,” and his contractor is telling him that a renovated Stonewall will be open for business by Orlando Pride in October.

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Equality Connection at the Grand Bohemian

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Equality Florida hosts Equality Connection, a networking event for EQFL members new and old, at The Grand Bohemian in downtown Orlando.

Gina Duncan, EQFL Director of Transgender Inclusion, gave an update on transgender issues and challenges.

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First look: The LGBT Center renovation

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It’s finally happening! Crews have broken ground on a long-awaited renovation and refresh for The LGBT Center of Central Florida on Mills Ave. in downtown Orlando.

First up, workers are sandblasting off 30 years worth of paint, as you can see in photos after the jump:

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