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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Overheard in Tampa Bay: Kathryn Nevets came in like a ‘Wrecking Ball!’

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Ducks spotted in Cleveland
It’s always hot at St. Pete Pride, and Hot in Cleveland is a big hit. So it makes sense that St. Pete Pride sent it’s Ducks softball team to Cleveland this month to participate in the Gay Games. The team, which also participates in the Suncoast Softball League and will also travel to the World Series in Dallas this September. As of press time, the Ducks were doing well, having won their first two games in the week-long tournament. Before the seriousness of the Gay Games began, the team had a chance to tour the city, take some amazing photos of the skyline and then participate in the opening ceremonies, which included a special recorded welcome video by President Barack Obama.

Chefs and bears
Speaking of softball and the Gay World Series, the Suncoast Softball League’s Metrochefs team will be raising money at this month’s Neigh-bear-hood takeover at The Social on Saturday, Aug. 16. The second-place D-division team earned the right to attend the September tournament in Dallas and is hoping to raise the money to foot the bill for travel and hotels. Plans to raise money include selling special shots and drinks and rumor has it one or more of the Chefs will do a strip tease! The more money that’s raised, the more articles of clothing that will hit the floor. The fundraising starts at 9 p.m. on Aug. 16 and continues through the night at the popular Ybor party. Entry to the party is free before 11 p.m. and the monthly party of bear men and their admirers is for the guys only—sorry ladies.

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