Hope & Help’s 28th Annual Headdress Ball was pure “Imaginarium”

By : Jeremy Williams
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Attendees let their “Imaginarium” run wild as they pulled out some of the most amazing, elaborate outfits ever for Hope & Help’s 28th Annual Headdress Ball Sept. 23.

The evening’s Steampunk theme left the Marriot World Center in Orlando filled with an fashionable blend of industrial age meets science fiction-inspired costumes filled with gears, gadgets and goggles that seemed to blend the worlds of Wicked, Wonderland and Mad Max.

Want to see what we mean, check out the stunning photos from last Saturday’s event.

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A Night with Varla Jean Merman

By : Alex Storer
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Come see Varla Jean Merman in her award-winning, one-woman show for an ONE exclusive night of comedy and song to benefit The Zebra Coalition, presented by The Orlando Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

You’ve seen her on Project Runway, on stage in Provincetown, on the big screen in “Girls Will Be Girls,” and now she’s performing live in a special one night event at the Parliament House where ALL of the proceeds from the shows will go to charity.

$45 online VIP Tickets get priority reserved seating AND a photo op with Varla Jean Merman. ($50 at the door, if available).

$25 online General Admission is first come – first served seating as long as it lasts, and standing room after that ($30 at the door, if available).

ONE NIGHT – TWO SHOWS! – Pick one:
Early show – 7:00pm
Late show – 9:00pm

Babes in Bonnets sets fundraising record for OYA

By : Jeremy Williams
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The Parliament House Footlight Theatre was home again to the fabulous bonnet auction known as Babes in Bonnets April 10.

The annual Easter tradition, hosted by Darcel Stevens and Blue Star, is a community wide fundraiser to benefit the Orlando Youth Alliance and featured more than a dozen beautiful bonnets paired with amazing gifts and prizes donated by local businesses and organizations.

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Equality Florida’s Great Orlando Gala at the Orlando Museum of Art

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Equality Florida held the Greater Orlando Gala at the Orlando Museum of Art Nov. 4.

Check out the photos from the event.

Photos by Jake Stevens.

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From Headdress with Love

By : Jeremy Williams
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Hope and Help’s 27th Annual Headdress Ball was a huge success in their new home at the Marriott Orlando World Center Sept. 17, as they raised a record setting $356,000.

The massive ballroom looked like the circus rolled into town with acrobats, dancers and drag queens entertaining at every turn. 

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Broadway’s “Fun Home” comes to Orlando’s Dr. Phillips Center for some healing

By : Nicole Dudenhoefer
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The musical Fun Home has touched the lives of many as an honest, emotional representation of sexual identity issues through nearly 600 shows on its Broadway stage, but the cast of the production is bringing an extra special version of the show to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts stage to touch a community that is in great need of healing and hope.

Fun Home is a Tony-Award-winning musical based on the autobiographical graphic novel of the same title by Alison Bechdel. The story centers on Alison, a lesbian cartoonist, who is writing a graphic memoir about her life, as she tries to make sense of and connect with her father’s life, homosexuality and suicide. Even the show’s title touches on the dark aspects of Alison’s childhood, as her father was the town’s mortician, and she was raised in a funeral home that was referred to as the “Fun Home.”

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Major Pulse funds join forces

By : Jamie Hyman
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Orlando – The GLBT Center, National Compassion Fund and Equality Florida are teaming up with the city of Orlando to distribute funds raised for Pulse shooting victims, survivors and their families.

The city’s fund is called OneOrlando and its total is not publicly published, but as of June 30, OneOrlando, EQFL and The Center combined had raised more than $17 million. As of July 6, EQFL’s fund stood at nearly $7 million and The Center’s total was $545,022.

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WeAreOrlando Jacksonville Fundraiser

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Please join us this Wednesday for a fundraiser for the families of the victims and survivors of the Orlando Pulse tragedy. Blackfin will be donating 10% of its total sales from 3-7PM and giving $1 dollar back from each Tito’s cocktail sold. 100% of the proceeds of this fundraiser will go to Equality Florida’s Go Fund Me to directly support the families and survivors with transportation, funeral arrangments, and any costs as needed.

Donate directly, here: https://www.gofundme.com/PulseVictimsFund

Tampa Bay Rays’ Pride Night raises $300,000 for Pulse victims

By : Alex Storer
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The Tampa Bay Rays raised more than $300,000 for the victims of the Pulse shooting at their 10th annual Pride Night against the San Francisco Giants June 17.

The team announced June 14 that all remaining tickets for the game would be $5 and that the proceeds raised for and during the game would go to the Pulse Victims Fund.

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Pulse employee fundraiser

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As everyone knows of the serious tragedy that has effected not just our gay community and our Orlando community but our service industry community as well. Bartenders, entertainers, managers, security guards, techs, and everyone in between have rent, mortgages, electric bills and all the things we don’t think of that need to get paid for. Our family would like to throw this party to help each and every single one of those individuals for all of those causes. Please come and help us support our extended family we would love to hug and see each and everyone of you!!

Round-up: Pulse fundraising events, cancellations

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A number of organizations and individuals are putting together fundraising events and vigils to benefit those affected by the Pulse shootings, be they injured victims, family members of the deceased or Pulse employees, all of which will need significant financial support in the coming months.

Here’s a rundown of those scheduled events: 

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Babes in Bonnets 2016 Auction Photos

By : Jamie Hyman
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Parliament House Footlight Theatre hosted the annual Babes in Bonnets March 28, and they raised a whopping $26,000 for the Orlando Youth Alliance, crushing their goal of $20,000.

Darcel Stevens played host while Blue Star made big bucks as auctioneer.

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