GayDayS Inc. moving host hotels, possible date change for 2019

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | GayDayS Inc. will be right where you left it at the DoubleTree by Hilton at Sea World for 2018, but the Central Florida event–one of the largest LGBTQ events in the world–will be making a move in 2019.

GayDayS Inc. co-owner Chris Alexander-Manley says that the initial need to move is due to scheduling conflicts at the DoubleTree.

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Wet Hot Gay Summer! Orlando’s big gay weekend succeeds despite the weather and a year of mourning

By : Billy Manes
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ORLANDO – It was the best of times, it was the wettest of times.

Whether it was a pool party or a thunderstorm, the underlying theme beneath the gray skies of Orlando’s resort area in its big gay weekend occupying June’s first week was one of water falling, often with thunder and lightning included.

For 27 years, GayDayS Inc., One Magical Weekend and Girls in Wonderland have been tourism drivers for the area, growing from simple notions of red shirts at theme parks all the way to huge circuit parties and even bigger profits. In economic development parlance, the annual June event brings hundreds of millions of dollars to the region.

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Poolside at the Doubletree by Hilton at Sea World for GayDayS

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One of the big draws of staying at the DoubleTree by Hilton at Sea World, GayDayS host hotel, is the eye candy.

Check out a few photos that we got while sitting poolside, sipping on some cocktails.

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GayDayS and the onePulse Foundation came together for LOVE

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GayDayS and the onePulse Foundation came together to present LOVE, a cabaret-style event June 3.

13 acts, including performances from Blush and FHB, wowed and entertianed. Proceeds raised from LOVE went to the onePulse Foundation.

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GayDayS Friday night pool party was all about bear watching

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GayDayS Midway pool was a Grr-eat place for checking out the beautiful bears of the DoubleTree by Hilton at Sea World for the BayWatch-themed pool party “BearWatch” June 2.

Hosted by the very David Hasselhoffian Bearonce Growles; the night was filled with sexy bear go-go dancers, hot sounds and drinks stronger than The Rock’s abs. 

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GayDayS kicks the week off at Disney Springs’ STK Orlando

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GayDayS kicked off Orlando’s big LGBTQ weekend with a party upstairs at STK Orlando in Disney Springs May 30.

The circus was in full swing as RuPaul’s Drag Race‘s Coco Montrese and Gay Days’ Steve Erics played ringmasters at the event.

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Get ready to soak up the fun for one of the planet’s biggest LGBTQ celebrations

By : Jeremy Williams
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What started out nearly three decades ago as a day at Disney’s Magic Kingdom for LGBTQ families has turned into one of the largest, and most lucrative, LGBTQ events in the world.

The first week of June in Central Florida brings over 150,000 LGBTQ people from across the globe to the state and generates millions of dollars every year for the local economy, and this year is without exception.

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5.18.17 Editor’s Desk

By : Billy Manes
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It’s time for a glorious distraction. It’s time to look up and out of our socioeconomic boxes and tear-rusted cages to remind ourselves that we still know how to have fun, whether in red shirts or in swimming trunks that bear a startling resemblance to underwear. It’s time to remind ourselves of what has happened and what is yet to come for the LGBTQ community. In short, it’s time to party.

Though everything feels like it’s being viewed through a dilated pupil right now via our political refractions and their requisite reactions, there is still a lot to be happy about, and much of this issue of Watermark – our annual issue that pays tribute those days for the gays in early June – will throw confetti at your face and kiss you on your cheek, slipping you a number on a cocktail napkin and leaving with a sideways glance.

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6.2.16 Editor’s Desk

By : Billy Manes
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“I think that the Republican Party has been, you know, and I am not the first to say this, I have seen op-eds about it ad nauseam but it certainly makes sense that the Republican Party has been assembling this monster for a very long time with all of their covert racism and sexism and homophobia. And the list goes on and on with the things they want to control and help destroy. You know, rights of women, reproductive rights, the environment and healthcare and poverty and education and healthy eating initiatives. You know, the list is a thousand miles long. They got their monster, but their monster is also unpredictable, and they don’t know what he really is about. So it’s sort of the ultimate endgame for them.”

These are the words that opened my candid conversation with comedian Sandra Bernhard – she’s part of the zeitgeist, you know; fuck Madonna – and the rest of her genius can be witnessed on the pages herein. These are crazy times, rife with any kind of disdain you can muster in even your calmest moods. However, these, too, are amazing times. Bernhard joins a cornucopia of talented performers and concerned exhibitionists in taking Central Florida by storm this week. We would say a certain incorporated term, but for reasons those in the gay-pub business are all too familiar, we’ll just keep it to your Big Gay Weekend, your One Magical Weekend, your GayDayS, and play nice with everyone. And this year’s is going to be a trip.

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The lovely and talented Miss Coco Peru brings some somewhat happy life advice to your gay weekend

By : Billy Manes
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“Oh, hello!”

Certainly most of the “Coco-puffs” living in the hilarious wake of Miss Coco Peru’s genius are familiar with this lilt of a welcome, whether by way of misscocoperu.com or just the random noises jangling in their heads on those really rough walks of shame. Miss Coco is actually Clinton Leupp, a drag performer with that odd hint of humility not typically ascribed to our favorite ladies of the night.

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Ensure your Gay Days survival with these tips

By : Kirk Hartlage
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What’s this Gay Days Weekend’s scariest, heart-pounding, fear-inducing feature? Finding a parking space!

There’s a standard checklist of what to bring if you’re going to any of this weekend’s events: cash; pre-purchased tickets; I.D.; and especially for daytime events—bottled water, sunglasses and sunscreen. We’d like to suggest having the following handy as well: patience, fortitude, perseverance, a bit of luck, and a well-thought out travel plan that includes plenty of time for traveling to—and parking at—every event you attend… unless you can hitch a ride on one of those religious banner-carrying planes and parachute in.

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Ally Agenda: A Mouse Divided

By : Jamie Hyman
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JamieHymanHeadshottWhen it comes to Gay Days, Disney just can’t win.

The first Gay Day was in 1999, and immediately, religious groups blamed Disney for allowing it to happen.

In 1994, after the crowds swelled to tens of thousands, Disney posted signs at the park entrance that both distanced the park from Gay Day, “We are not sponsoring or promoting it,” and made an attempt at welcoming, “We do not discriminate on any basis.”

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