Sea-to-Sea Flag and Art Exhibit

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Section 93 represents a 25-foot section of the world’s largest 1.25-mile original eight-color LGBTQ rainbow flag that was constructed in 2003 in Key West, Florida. The Sea-to-Sea flag stretched from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico and required more than 2,000 people to carry it. It was created by Gilbert Baker, the original artist who created the iconic rainbow flag in 1978. Also known as “The Sacred Cloth,” it is a symbol of the worldwide LGBTQ movement for acceptance, understanding, education, solidarity and inclusion. The County will feature a small exhibit on the first floor atrium of the administration building – the banner of the 49 will by hung and Pulse-related artwork will be showcased.

Booktoberfest

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Sample a tasty variety of beers from America’s Oldest Brewery, Yuengling Beer, and enjoy delicious German fare provided by Rogue Puband Chef 1 Studios Intimate Events. This fun event will feature beer trivia with Curtis Earth Trivia – Making Use Of Your Useless Knowledge, a silent auction with prizes from local businesses and organizations, and live entertainment by the Central Florida Accordion Club. Finish out the night with cookies from Insomnia Cookies. Tickets on sale now!

In advance:
-$15 for Friends members
-$20 for non-members

At the door
-$25 for all attendees

*This event is intended for those ages 21 and up.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™ In Concert with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™ In Concert
with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra

Show date: Saturday – Sunday, Feb. 18 – 19, 2017
Show times vary
Tickets start at $45.00
Walt Disney Theater

The Harry Potter™ film series is one of those once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomena that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. This concert will feature the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra performing every note from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™. Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a giant screen while hearing the orchestra perform John Williams’ unforgettable score.

HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © JKR. (s16)

2017 Calendar Boy Search

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We are looking for the hottest guys in Tampa Bay of all body types and ages (21 & up that is) to feature in our 2017 Quench Lounge Calendar. This week is the 5th week of the competition, and we are having a blast so far.

The night is hosted by Quench Queen Eden Deck and you always have 3 very special judges every week; the awesome Mr. David O’Brien, owner of DATique Ms. Theresa McGivern, and your Half Price Happy Hour Bartender 5 days a week Mr. David Ford.

The winner receives $50 cash, a $25 Quench Gift Card, a pair of underwear from DATique, and a feature in the 2017 Quench Calendar.

All other participants that meet certain criteria will receive a $10 Quench gift card (all you have to do is take your shirt off for 30 seconds!).

Even if you don’t compete, you can still participate thanks to our friends at Toscors2. They have a designed a revolutionary, simple voting app for your phone that will allow you to vote for your favorite contestant!

To win all you have to do is come out with a prepared song (if you don’t have a song that’s ok, Bruce Devery will choose one for you), impress our judges and audience with a little strip tease number, and claim your prize!

And as always, CJay Tauber will be serving you $4 Bacardi Drinks, $4 Smirnoff Kamikaze Shots & $2.50 Quench Drafts after 9pm.

Movies our LOUD! – Can’t Stop the Music

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Watermark Publishing Group and The Orlando Fringe present
MOVIES OUT LOUD!
Sponsored by The Abbey!

Cult Classics lampooned with hilarious commentary, hosted by comedian Jeff Jones and a special guest, celebrity co-host Michael Wanzie!

This month’s feature is the 1980 psudo autobiography of The Village People, “Can’t Stop the Music”

Tickets are only $10 or you can purchase an annual pass to Movies Out Loud for only $60

2017 Calendar Boy Search

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We are looking for the hottest guys in Tampa Bay of all body types and ages (21 & up that is) to feature in our 2017 Quench Lounge Calendar. This week is the 4th week of the competition, and we are having a blast so far. The winner receives $50 cash, a $25 Quench Gift Card, a pair of underwear from DATique, and a feature in the 2017 Quench Lounge Calendar. All other participants that meet certain criteria will receive a $10 Quench Lounge gift card. To win all you have to do is come out with a prepared song (if you don’t have a song that’s ok, Bruce Devery will choose one for you), impress our judges and audience with a little strip tease number, and claim your prize! And as always, CJay Tauber will be serving you $4 Bacardi Drinks, $4 Smirnoff Kamikaze Shots & $2.50 Quench Drafts after 9pm.

Get your masks ready, Balance Tampa Bay is back with “Masquerade Ball: Rio”

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After one of the most talked about events last year, Balance Tampa Bay is back to host the second annual Masquerade Ball, presented by the AIDS Heathcare Foundation.

This year’s Masquerade Ball follows in the steps of the 2016 Olympic Games with its theme “Rio,” and will be at District 3 in downtown Tampa August 6.

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2017 Calendar Boy Search

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We are looking for the hottest boys in Tampa Bay to feature in our 2017 Quench Lounge Calendar. This is week 3 of the contest. The winner receives $50 cash, a $25 Quench Gift Card, a pair of underwear from DATique, and a feature in the 2017 Quench Lounge Calendar. All other participants that meet certain criteria will receive a $10 Quench Lounge gift card. To win all you have to do is come out with a prepared song (if you don’t have a song that’s ok, Bruce Devery will choose one for you), impress our judges and audience with a little strip tease number, and claim your prize!

2017 Calendar Boy Search

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We are looking for the hottest boys in Tampa Bay to feature in our 2017 Quench Lounge Calendar. This is week 2 of the contest. The winner receives $50 cash, a $25 Quench Gift Card, a pair of underwear from DATique, and a feature in the 2017 Quench Lounge Calendar. All other participants that meet certain criteria will receive a $10 Quench Lounge gift card. To win all you have to do is come out with a prepared song (if you don’t have a song that’s ok, Bruce Devery will choose one for you), impress our judges and audience with a little strip tease number, and claim your prize!

Nickelodeon cartoon ‘The Loud House’ to feature interracial gay parents

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Nickelodeon will introduce the first same-sex parents in one of their animated shows July 19.

The Loud House, a cartoon that centers on an 11-year-old boy named Lincoln and his 10 sisters, started airing on the children’s network this past May and has become a big hit already for the cable channel.

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Sarasota Film Festival celebrates the LGBT community

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director/producer Jason Benjamin

SARASOTA – Come out and support the 2016 Sarasota Film Festival as it features seven LGBT feature films, five short films and the free panel “Making LGBTQ Films.” Sarasota Film Festival is partnering with the 2016 Harvey Milk Festival and is receiving grant funding for LGBT series from Our Sarasota Fund.

To celebrate the festival’s LGBT presence, Sarasota’s monthly “Gay Guy Happy Hour” (G2H2) will feature special guest director/producer Jason Benjamin. Benjamin made his directorial debut with Suited, a documentary about the Brooklyn-based tailoring company Bindle and Keep which serves the LGBTQ community. G2H2 will take place on April 7 from 5:30 to 8:30 at Aloft Sarasota, a new festival sponsor.

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“Xena: Warrior Princess” reboot will feature lead characters as openly gay

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The worldwide success in the 90s of the syndicated television series Xena: Warrior Princess, a mythological fantasy show about a female warrior on a road to redemption followed by her faithful companion Gabrielle, has led NBC to look at launching a reboot of the dynamic Greek duo for primetime.

NBC has ordered a pilot from The 100 screenwriter Javier Grillo-Marxuach. Many wonder if the new show will keep the lesbian subtext of the original or let the lead characters be out and proud, but according to Grillo-Marxuach, we can expect that closet door to be kicked down.

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