Tampa Bay drag queen star Natasha Richards dies at 44

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Renowned Tampa Bay drag performer Natasha Richards, who lit up every stage she stepped on, died Dec. 2.

The Clearwater-based performer won dozens of titles in local and national drag pageants, including Miss National 2003 and Miss Gay USofA 1996.

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: Kriseman at Mary’s, HRC on St. Pete and Chick-fil-A in politics

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Mary’s Grand Opening

While the new Hamburger Mary’s at Tyrone Square in St. Petersburg has been opened for a few weeks now, they made the entire thing official with a grand opening ceremony Oct. 13.

A huge crowd gathered in the kitschy, fun restaurant known for big juicy burgers and even juicer drag queens as St. Pete mayor and super politician Rick Kriseman, along with family in tow, cut the ribbon. Mayor Kriseman wasn’t the only local celeb there. The event was also attended by former Republican governor (and future Democratic Congressman?) Charlie Crist, Tampa Bay gay royalty Mark & Carrie and Mary herself as they all let their hair down and celebrated the newest location.

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Del Rio’s comedy film ‘Hurricane Bianca’ gets release date

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Bianca Del Rio, the fabulous forked-tongue queen best known for winning season six of RuPaul’s Drag Race, finally has a release date for her comedy film Hurricane Bianca.

Del Rio stars as a teacher in a small town in Texas who is fired for being gay. Del Rio is run out of town only to come back as “Bianca” ready to extract revenge on those who ran her off.

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PROM Party!

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Join us at Quench Lounge for our 4th Annual “The PROM You Wish You Had” on Saturday, July 30th!

The PARTY starts at 9pm! Dress in your best for a chance to be crowned PROM “King” or “Queen” of 2016 at Midnight!

Billboard Reporting DJ Bruce Devery starts spinning the best PROM soundtrack at 9PM!

At 11PM, it’s DRAG time with Jaeda Fuentes, Eden Deck, & Kori Stevens!

After 9PM, we’ll have $4 Bacardis, $2 Quench Drafts, $5 Stolis, & $5 Southern Comfort Hooch!

Southern Comfort will be in the house to make your PROM experience extra special with tons of giveaways!

Mark your calendars for one of the biggest parties of the year at Quench Lounge!

Roxxxy Andrews, Ginger Minj among the new cast of ‘RuPaul’s All-Stars Drag Race 2’

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RuPaul’s All-Stars Drag Race will be back on Logo for its second season August 25 and the cast has been revealed!

“The girls dropped whatever they were doing to do this,” RuPaul said in an exclusive cast-revealing interview with Entertainment Weekly. “We’ve got a hundred girls now, so we could pretty much do All Stars forever.”

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American Stage presents Everett Quinton’s drag-filled, one-man adaptation of A Tale of Two Cities

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“It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.”

The line that opens one of Charles Dickens’ most famous pieces of literature is known by almost everyone, even those who cannot name the story that follows. It is this line that led Everett Quinton to adapt Charles Dickens’ novel A Tale of Two Cities into a play in 1989 about an aspiring drag queen during the AIDS crisis in the 1980s.

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How to Get Around: Making the most of your Big Gay Weekend

By : Kirk Hartlage
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This ain’t our first rodeo, nor is it our first Big Gay Weekend in the middle of the haze of somewhere we might have been before but can’t remember (thanks, 1990s). As the big GayDayS celebration and all of its surrounding festivities hit the ground running for their 26th year of red shirts, we want to make certain that you, dear reader visiting from anywhere in the world, have a sense of place in all of the many splendored places. There’s nothing like being in the wrong place at the wrong time – mind, some of the best surprises happen there – but just to get your ducks, mice and bears in a row, we’ve compiled a partial list of potential adventures for you to choose depending on the color of your mood ring. You asked for a tour guide, right? No? Well you’re about to get one! Clearly, the whole region turns into a rainbow for this very long weekend, so if you throw a magical wand, you’re bound to find something to tickle your fancy.

Happy partying, stay safe and have a magical day or six.

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The lovely and talented Miss Coco Peru brings some somewhat happy life advice to your gay weekend

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“Oh, hello!”

Certainly most of the “Coco-puffs” living in the hilarious wake of Miss Coco Peru’s genius are familiar with this lilt of a welcome, whether by way of misscocoperu.com or just the random noises jangling in their heads on those really rough walks of shame. Miss Coco is actually Clinton Leupp, a drag performer with that odd hint of humility not typically ascribed to our favorite ladies of the night.

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Win a VIP Divas of Drag prize package from Watermark!

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Watermark is giving away a VIP experience for Divas of Drag when the show hits House of Blues April 10!

Winners will receive dinner for two in the House of Blues restaurant, a pair of tickets for VIP Loge seats for the Divas of Drag show, and admission for two to the House of Blues Gospel Brunch. Find out how to win: 

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Overheard in Tampa Bay: Tampa Pride’s celebrity

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Tampa Pride snags its celebrity
With about a month to go, details for Tampa Pride are starting to come in and get finalized. After last year’s huge success when 40,000+ attendees filled the streets in Ybor the pressure is on to try and be bigger and better. Tampa Pride held there Miss Tampa Pride pageant and selected their queen. The grand marshals have been plunked from the community – Fox 13 News morning anchor Russell Rhodes and CEO of Metro Wellness & Community Centers Lorraine Langlois – and now we have our celebrity grand marshal, photographer and designer Mike Ruiz. You might remember Ruiz from Logo’s reality series The A-List, or his appearances on Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, America’s Next Top Model and RuPaul’s Drag Race. Ruiz has also been recognized and praised for working to help LGBT homeless youth.

There be Mormons outside this theater
One of Broadway’s biggest hits, the Book of Mormon, paid a visit to the bay area and had a sold out run Feb. 16-21 at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. If you were lucky enough to get a chance to see the show, you probably noticed something charming occurring right outside the theater. A group of well mannered, clean cut, real life Mormons! That’s right, the light hearted Latter Day Saints were parked outside saying “Hello!” to guests as they entered the show. Unlike many conservative, religious groups who would set up camp with picket signs and yell out ignorant chants, these young lads hung out Two by Two with a sign that read, “have your picture taken with the real thing.” They smiled, they shook hands and they talked with anyone about anything without pushing any agenda, only talking about the All-American Prophet and handing out the Bible Part 3, if you so wanted to. They even hung out after the show, asked theater goers if they had a good time and enjoyed themselves and never once condemned anyone to a Spooky Mormon Hell Dream. Well done boys.

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Lesbian settles lawsuit after being fired from job at Kansas City church

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Kansas City, Mo. (AP) – A former Kansas City church worker who said she was fired after her same-sex marriage was publicized settled her lawsuit with the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.

The amount awarded to Colleen Simon, a former food pantry coordinator, was not released after her lawsuit was settled, The Kansas City Star reported. Simon was seeking unpaid wages, fringe benefits, compensation for emotional distress and punitive damages.

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“Separate but equal” marriage license bill moves to Senate floor with bipartisan support

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Frankfort, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky lawmakers want to create two marriage license forms, one designed for gay couples and another for straight couples, in a move critics say harks back to the “separate but equal” days of the civil rights movement.

One marriage license form would note the “bride” and “groom” and the other form would note “first party” and “second party.” Bill sponsor Republican Sen. Stephen West of Paris said couples, both gay and straight, could use either form.

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