Drag Queen Story Hours enchant Central Florida, Tampa Bay

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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Once upon a time, in the mystical land of San Francisco, wordsmith Michelle Tea had a dragulous idea.

As the Lambda Literary Award winner for Best Lesbian Fiction and the creator of RADAR Productions, the nonprofit that develops groundbreaking literary work by supporting LGBTQ artists, she understood both the power of community and the written word—and so Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH) was born.

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PHOTOS: ‘The Golden Gals LIVE!’ celebrate Orlando’s Big Gay Weekend with a pair of sold-out shows

By : Jeremy Williams
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“The Golden Gals LIVE!” returned to the Footlight Theatre at the world famous Parliament House for two special performances — one on Friday and one on Sunday — during Orlando’s Big Gay Weekend.

Ginger Minj, Divine Grace, Gidget Galore and MRMS Adrian were back as drag versions of Blanche, Dorothy, Rose and Sophia to recreate a pair of episodes from the groundbreaking TV series “The Golden Girls.”

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‘The Golden Gals LIVE!’ heads back to Parliament House for Orlando’s Big Gay Weekend

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | Get your cheesecake ready, because the gals are back!

“The Golden Gals LIVE!”—the smash hit show that played to sold out crowds in March—is coming back to the world famous Parliament House’s Footlight Theatre for just two special performances during Orlando’s Big Gay Weekend.

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Orlando’s Big LGBTQ Weekend still has something for everyone

By : Jeremy Williams
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The newly created KindRED Pride Foundation is bringing some of the weekend’s most anticipated events, but the kickoff weekend to Orlando’s big Pride Month is packed full of some returning favorites and big surprises.

Just as with the last several years, RED Shirt Pride Days has a designated Disney theme park for each day from May 30-June 2.

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Drag Queen Story Hour comes to life with Gidget Galore at The LGBT+ Center in Orlando

By : Lauren Lee
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ORLANDO | Central Florida drag queen Gidget Galore was not on her usual stage March 21 at The LGBT+ Center in Orlando, but instead sat in a circle with nearly 20 children reading stories to them.

“I look like a clown. I’m big, bright, sparkly and colorful and kids love it,” says Galore. “I have been looking forward to this since [we did it at] the Kids Fringe Festival and George [Wallace, The Center’s executive director] asked, and I said ‘Yes, this is for me!'”

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‘The Golden Gals Live’ to take the stage at Parliament House

By : Lauren Lee
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ORLANDO | Picture it: Orlando, 2019. The Parliament House’s Footlight Theatre sets the stage!

Some of Central Florida’s most talented drag queens are getting together over a few cheesecakes at Parliament House to bring you “The Golden Gals Live.”

Ginger Minj, Divine Grace, Gidget Galore and MRMS Adrian will take the stage as Blanche, Dorothy, Rose and Sophia, respectively. Rounding out the cast will be Watermark WAVE winner Doug Ba’aser playing a lesbian.

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Miracle of Love’s Project Red will have ‘Wigs in Space’ at the Parliament House

By : Lauren Lee
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ORLANDO | Miracle of Love—an organization whose mission is to reduce the number of HIV cases and end the AIDS epidemic by providing comprehensive, multicultural care, education and prevention services in Central Florida—is as known for its fabulous events as it is for its amazing work, and its signature fundraiser event Project Red is always the talk of the town.

This year, Miracle of Love presents Project Red: Wigs in Space, an infusion of art and drag, on Feb. 22 from 7-10 p.m. at the Parliament House in Orlando.

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PHOTOS: The LGBT+ Center of Central Florida celebrates 40 years with Studio 54 concert

By : Danny Garcia
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ORLANDO | The LGBT+ Center of Central Florida celebrated its 40th anniversary with a concert at The Plaza Live on Nov. 3.

The Studio 54-themed event was hosted by Jorge Estevez and featured showstopping musical and dance numbers by the Orlando Gay Chorus, a sensual burlesque dance from VarieTEASE’s Blue Star, Tymisha Harris and the Ladyboys’ Gadiel Vazquez, hysterical drag by Gidget Galore and a once-in-a-lifetime special performance from one of the queens of disco, Martha Wash.

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The LGBT+ Center of Central Florida celebrates 40 years with a Studio 54-inspired party

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | The LGBT+ Center of Central Florida has undergone several name and location changes in its 40-year history, but the mission has always remained the same.

“The focus since the beginning was always advocacy, making sure there was a voice for the community and socialization,” says George Wallace, The Center’s current executive director.

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PHOTOS: HRC Orlando’s 7th Annual Disco Bowl

By : Meghan Sweeney
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Team Watermark attended Human Rights Campaign Orlando’s seventh annual Disco Bowl Aug. 12 at Aloma Bowl.

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Come Out With Pride announces its week-long schedule of events for Pride 2018

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | Come Out With Pride (COWP) announced its schedule of events at its 2018 Big Reveal at Tin Roof Orlando July 30. COWP will extend its official events from the traditional three-day weekend to a full week of events.

COWP’s week-long series of events will take place throughout Orlando Oct. 8-14. Several community leaders took the stage at the Big Reveal to make the announcements.

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Florida’s drag families prove Mum’s the word

By : Ryan Williams-Jent, Divine Grace
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Drag culture is intrinsically tied to the LGBTQ community, from Stonewall to the life-dependent lip-syncs now featured weekly on VH1. Now more than ever it borders on the mainstream, with the art form highlighted (and contoured) on televisions worldwide and available now on iTunes.

As drag paints itself even further into the history of pop culture, it can be easy to forget that it has its detractors, often found in the safe spaces drag performers share. It can lead to camaraderie amongst entertainers as they gravitate toward one another for belonging and assistance, creating both a sense of family and of home.

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