Have a Great Gay Weekend: May 20, 2016

By : Alex Storer
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Sing it loud!

Drama, dance and music are abound in Tampa Bay and Central Florida this weekend. Choose from a smorgasbord of theater (both mainstream and alternative), see a Drag Race finalist twice if it strikes your fancy or musical tributes that sing to the heavens and keep it Real.

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Film Previews show TIGLFF has a Beautiful Something for everyone

By : Stephen Miller
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The much beloved TampaBay International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (TIGLFF) is only a week away. The festival now will offer events at different venues throughout Florida’s west coast, though most of the big events from Oct. 2 through Oct. 10 will be at The Palladium – including a show with lesbian comic and chanteuse Lea DeLaria on Saturday, Oct. 3. Movies will play in theaters in Tampa, St. Pete and Gulfport throughout the nine-day festival. Tickets and information are available at TIGLFF.com

Here is a preview of some of the offerings:

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Tears of Gaga give birth to Cary Nokey, the band opens for Drag Race tour in Tampa and Orlando

By : Joseph Kissel
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RuPaul’s Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons is coming to Tampa and Orlando March 31 and April 1. And while drag performers Adore Delano, Bianca Del Rio, Jinkx Monsoon and Sharon Needles are just some of the high-wattage star power fueling the tour, it’s the accompanying band Cary Nokey that’s receiving more and more attention.

The band is the brainchild of songwriter, producer and performer 8-Bit, also known as Rob Fusari. It came about after he painfully parted ways with Lady Gaga.

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RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant Ginger Minj talks drag queen sisterhood, Southern manners and embodying female performance roles.

By : Krista DiTucci
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Ginger Minj may be known as the gospel-loving “Cross Dresser for Christ” on LOGO TV’s RuPaul’s Drag Race: Season 7, but this Florida native considers herself more of a performance chameleon and a Broadway girl. “Give me a microphone and let me work,” says Ginger during the interview. “Rest assured it will be funny and inappropriate.”

Born in Leesville, Ginger grew up in the Lake County theater scene and cites performance and entertainment as being the only life she’s ever known. When she turned 18, she sold everything she owned, moved to New York and performed on Broadway. Ginger left New York in 2006 and moved to Orlando, where she became a regular drag performer for the Sleuth’s Mystery Dinner Theater. 

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Tyra Sanchez arrested for assault

By : Staff Report
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Virginia Beach, Va. – It seems like RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 2 winner and former Orlando resident Tyra Sanchez is in trouble again.

Sanchez, whose real name is James Ross, was arrested Sept. 9 in Virginia for a misdemeanor assault. Virginia Beach court records say Sanchez was arrested 15 days after the offense.

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4.24.14 Editor’s Desk

By : Steve Blanchard
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SteveBlanchardHeadshot_137x185I’m always fascinated by the war on words.

This word is offensive. That word has been reclaimed. And the other word is only okay if it’s used by someone within a certain group or community.

It’s confusing, and if you’re involved in the LGBT community at all, you’ve heard the discussion over LOGO’s decision to pull the “She-Mail” segment from future episodes of RuPaul’s Drag Race. The tongue-in-cheek reference to the host’s communication with the cross-dressing contestants survived for five-and-a-half seasons. But when a “She-Male” titled challenge was thrown into the mix, it raised half-cocked eyebrows even further north.

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It’s all a masquerade for Headdress Ball 2013

By : Susan Clary
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Orlando – When organizers of the outrageous, lavish black tie gala known as the Headdress Ball found out their 2013 event would be pushed to October 26, they took advantage of the delay.

In its 24th year, they are combining Halloween and Las Vegas, for the largest Masquerade Ball held in Central Florida.

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