G St Pete announces imminent closure

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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ST. PETERSBURG | G St Pete shared Aug. 19 that they will close Aug. 24, just three weeks after celebrating their one-year anniversary.

“We are sad to announce that this coming weekend at G. St. Pete will be our final weekend,” they advised via social media. “We love St. Pete but just couldn’t make it work in our location.”

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08.08.19 Tampa Bay Bureau Chief’s Desk

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I was young, probably around 12 or 13, but I vividly remember the first death I helped cause. They say you never forget your first.

I was in middle school and likely clad in a pair of husky jeans, the free whale necklace that came with the “Free Willy 2” VHS and a “Batman and Robin” tee beneath my Starter Jacket. Clutched against my side was the thickest Trapper Keeper a family like mine could afford, something I rarely let out of my sight during school hours because it protected two of my dearest possessions.

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PHOTOS: Flamingo Resort St. Pete’s farewell party

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ST. PETERSBURG | Flamingo Resort held its final Sunday Tea Dance July 28, a poolside farewell after serving Tampa Bay’s LGBTQ community for more than 10 years.

Flamingo General Manager Jon Jusino confirmed the resort’s imminent closure July 22. Speculation began July 20 after Bay Area Auction Services Inc. advertised an “everything goes” sale on resort property scheduled for Aug. 6. 

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Issue: 26.15 LGBTQ Blue

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LGBTQ cops talk about being out and proud in Central Florida and Tampa Bay, Orlando LGBTQ pioneer Joel Strack passes away at 59, Flamingo Resort St. Pete announces imminent closure, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Flamingo Resort St. Pete announces imminent closure

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ST. PETERSBURG | The Flamingo Resort will close at its current location July 31 after serving Tampa Bay’s LGBTQ community for more than 10 years.

Speculation about Flamingo’s closure began July 20, when full service auction company Bay Area Auction Services Inc. posted a yard sign on resort property. It advertised an “absolute auction, everything goes” sale for Aug. 6 and was removed after attracting attention on social media.

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Gay Sax: Saxophonist Alan Darcy brings his talents to the Flamingo Resort

By : Krista DiTucci
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Tampa – Saxophonist Alan Darcy has showcased his musical talents to Florida and the rest of the U.S. for more than 20 years. Because his recent performance at the Flamingo Resort in St. Petersburg was so successful, locals can now find him there for poolside performances the second Saturday of each month.

The Staten Island native has resided in Florida intermittently since his youth. Darcy’s family experienced a great loss when his sister passed away suddenly after struggling with cancer. Darcy has used his music to help heal his own heart, as well as the hearts of his loved ones.

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Overheard in Tampa Bay: TBGLCC is ‘mixing’ it up

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New band forming for Tampa Pride
If you plan an instrument or have ever twirled a flag or a rifle, you have a chance to be part of the brand new Tampa Bay Pride Band. The new organization, led by John Davis, David Rosa and Nancy Corporon, are looking for charter members to join Tampa Bay Pride Band. The new group rehearses every Monday at 7:15 p.m. in Ybor City. The group plans to debut at Tampa Bay Pride on Saturday, March 28. If you can’t play an instrument and don’t want to twirl, your services could also be utilized in the form of a social media leader. For details and more information on rehearsals, email TampaBayPrideBand1@gmail.com.

Flamingo’s new head bird
The Flamingo Resort has undergone some renovations to its rooms, and now it has shaken up its hotel staff. The hotel welcomed new manager Robert Bowden at the beginning of January, and the new man in charge has some plans for the popular resort. Expect some new headlining, out-of-town entertainers in the coming months and more themed weekends, he told GSHRadio.com during a recent show. You can also expect a few other improvements, like a larger dinner menu at the resort’s restaurant and expanded hours to feed those after hours crowds. For more information, visit FlamingoFla.com.

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Overheard in Tampa Bay: Pageant season is among us!

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Bangkx takes ASAP crown
Performer Ashley Bangkx was crowned Miss ASAP 2015 at Blur Nightclub in Dunedin, becoming the 10th impersonator to claim the title in as many years. The pageant featured three local performers from Tampa Bay and four former title holders were either at the judges table or performing special numbers throughout the night. Outgoing Miss ASAP 2014 Monica Moore served as emcee for the evening and pointed out that everything she wore was red—in honor of the AIDS Ribbon. One outfit—a sparkling red pants suit, could be made into the iconic ribbon, she explained, after standing with her legs slightly apart and her hands clasped above her head. Bangkx will begin her reign as Miss ASAP immediately and will be at the organization’s fundraisers, like AIDS Walk Tampa Bay, Dining Out for Life and the Santa Speedo Run.

Atwell shows support on wedding day
Upon first glance, one would have thought that the two women embracing and laughing were getting ready to tie the knot on the morning of Jan. 6 in Sarasota. But upon closer inspection, it turned out to be Sarasota Pride chairperson Cindy Barnes and Sarasota City Commissioner Suzanne Atwell celebrating the historic day. Atwell has been a long-time supporter of LGBT equality and initiatives in Sarasota and a personal friend to Barnes. Atwell has appeared at Sarasota Pride every year it’s been at JD Hamel Park and also makes it a point to appear at other LGBT events and festivals like the Harvey Milk Festival in May. Atwell could be overheard telling Barnes, “I wouldn’t miss this. We’ve worked so hard to achieve this day.” Thank you, Commissioner. We couldn’t have done it without advocates like you.

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Overheard in Tampa Bay: Boots, buckles and chaps

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Gay World Series coming to Tampa?
Well, it’s way too early to say for sure, but there is interest in bringing the Gay Softball World Series to Tampa Bay in the not-too-distant future. Organizers of the Suncoast Softball League met this week to discuss the dynamics of bringing the national tournament to Tampa Bay. Details are scarce, and the GSWS certainly wouldn’t come to us in 2015 since it’s already scheduled for Aug. 17-22, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio. But the league has discussed the pursuit been discussing pursuing the long-running series for nearly a year now. Things like the economic impact of the series has helped other cities embrace the tournament. With Tampa Bay’s welcoming cities, we’re hopeful this could become a reality!

The cowboys/cowgirls are coming
It’ll be boots, buckles, Stetson hats and chaps on the stage in the Flamingo Blu Room Nov. 8 as the Florida/Georgia Gay Rodeo Association holds its Mr./Ms./Miss/MsTer FGRA competition. The royalty competition puts participants in several categories, including personal interview, public presentation, horsemanship, western wear and entertainment. The four divisions, in case you are wondering, are for men, women, drag queens and drag kings. The title holders will have the responsibility of promoting the sport of rodeo while being an advocate for charitable organizations and causes. Contestants don’t have to be members of the LGBT community to participate. Boots, Buckles, Crowns and Sashes begins at noon on Saturday, Nov. 8. Get details at FGRA.org or visit Facebook.com/FGRARodeo.

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Trevor’s Notebook: Make Tampa Bay a gay destination

By : Trevor Pettiford
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TervorPettifordHeadshotIt’s fascinating to think that just a few short years ago, the LGBT community was at odds with Hillsborough County Commissioners over their refusal to recognize LGBT Pride. Today, the county joins a long and growing list of jurisdictions that not only recognize LGBT Pride, offer domestic partner benefits and have a domestic partner registry, but are also rolling out the rainbow carpet to gay tourists.

Seeing a local government or company realize all the green in the gay flag is nothing new, but actually targeting LGBT international tourists is a new concept for Tampa Bay. Santiago Corrada, President and CEO of Visit Tampa Bay says, “the Bay Area has a wide variety of hotels and destinations that are very welcoming to the LGBT community.”

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Flamingo Auto Group Car Show at The Expo

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The Flamingo Auto Group, a car club serving the gay and lesbian community, displayed some classic vehicles at this year’s Gay Days Expo, at the Doubletree Hilton Orlando.

Flamingo is the local chapter of Lambda Car Club International, was founded in 1981 and now has over 30 chapters worldwide with approximately 2,000 members.

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No arrests following fight at Flamingo

By : Steve Blanchard
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A fight involving 12-15 people broke out at the Flamingo Resort shortly after midnight on Friday, Oct. 11, but there were no arrests made in the case, according to St. Petersburg Police.

According to Bill Proffitt with the media department of the St. Petersburg Police, none of those involved in the altercation chose to press charges after police arrived. He added that when officers arrived on the scene, most of the fighting had already ended.

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