Tampa Bay’s LGBTQ community gives back in Hurricane Irma’s wake

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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TAMPA BAY | In preparation for Hurricane Irma, residents of Tampa Bay ransacked grocery stores, emptied gas pumps, boarded windows and exhausted the words “hunkered down.”

Bottled water became liquid gold before and after the storm passed through, carbs became a must-buy again, and following Irma’s destruction, residents found themselves tasked with extensive clean-up efforts and—in many cases—in the dark.

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Metro Gala honors Longstreth and others

By : Adam T. McLaughlin
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2ST. PETERSBURG – The replica high school gymnasium dance floor and metal bleachers were filled with what looked like cast members plucked from the set of Grease, as the 4th Annual Metro Wellness Gala kicked off Sept. 10. The Gala was a benefit to raise funding for programs at Metro and to recognize community partners.

Metro was established in 1993 with programs designed to meet the needs of and provide support to the LGBT community. Various programs are offered through Metro for seniors, youth, transgender and the LGBT community as a whole.

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Overheard in Tampa Bay: Trophies and awards all around!

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Monica Moore takes ASAP crown
The Annual Miss ASAP Pageant packed Hemingway’s Restaurant within the Flamingo Resort on April 6 as four contestants vied for the coveted title. But it was Monica Moore who walked away with the crown after a nearly three-hour display of pageantry, talent, special entertainment and raffles. The night was emceed by ASAP’s own Jay Aller, who kept things moving with the drawings, a costume change including a pink leather harness and, more seriously, taking a rapid HIV test live on stage. Miss ASAP 2013 Anjila Cavalier sang live during her final number as the title holder and proudly pinned this year’s crown on Moore at the end of the night. Moore will now be required to appear with ASAP at Pride events, official ASAP events and she will host fundraisers for the HIV/AIDS organization.

Make that the “award-winning” Jorge Show
The Jorge Show is gaining traction in a big way! The cable access talk show began its second season last month and on April 4, it secured its first-ever award at the Regional Talkie Awards held at the Tampa Pitcher Show! Jorge Alvarado, host, interviews various celebrities from throughout Tampa Bay and caught the eye of the Talkies, which honors New Media creations, like his show, which is also web-based. The show won “favorite talk show,” of course, and the filmed reaction of the Jorge Show crew is hilariously posted on YouTube. It’s obvious the show was shocked by the win. If you watch the clip, keep the volume low—their screams of delight are quite deafening! Congratulations to the entire crew at The Jorge Show. For details, visit TheJorgeShow.com.

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Gay St. Pete House celebrates its 6th anniversary

By : Steve Blanchard
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Gay St. Pete House celebrated its sixth anniversary on April 6 with a pool party on 5th Avenue North in St. Petersburg.

A spread of barbecued burgers and hot dogs, summer-style sides and drinks was accompanied by party music poolside. Proprietor Brian Longstreth encouraged guests to bring their own swimming attire and jump in the pool, which many did. And for those who forgot to bring pool-appropriate wear, he had a store ready to accommodate the latest fashions.
Follow the jump to check out Watermark‘s photos from the anniversary celebration:

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