While setting the stage for its August 2019 outing, GayDayS paves way for June 2020 return

By : Jeremy Williams
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In the story “The Wizard Of Oz,” a young girl named Dorothy—with dog Toto in hand—is taken over the rainbow by a tornado to the magical land of Oz. While there, she encounters a cast of characters that help her on her journey to the Emerald City to meet the Wizard of Oz who she says can get her back to her home in Kansas because, as she realizes by the end of the story, “there’s no place like home.”

Some similarities between that classic story and the events of GayDayS makes it even more fitting that next year’s theme for GayDayS, which will also be the 30th Anniversary of the original Gay Day at the Magic Kingdom, will be “Emerald City” as the organization returns its events back to its traditional dates in June.

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PHOTOS: Girls In Wonderland take over Pointe Orlando for RED Shirt Pride Days

By : Jeremy Williams
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Girls In Wonderland brought the parties to Pointe Orlando May 31 and June 1 for RED Shirt Pride Days.

Starting with the big Climax party at Cuba Libra on Friday and followed up with its Signature event “Wonderland,” featuring a concert from Australian duo The Veronicas, at BB Kings.

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Issue 26.11: The Veronicas Exposed

By : Dylan Todd
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Australian Pop Duo, The Veronicas, headline Girls in Wonderland concert, 3 Wise Guys on Pulse 3 Years Later, St Petersburg to Recognize LGBTQ Businesses, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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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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RED Shirt Pride Day looks to continue Orlando’s traditional Gay Day at the Magic Kingdom

By : Jeremy Williams
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In June 1991, a group of LGBTQ Central Floridians—led by openly gay Orlando resident Doug Swallow—decided to meet at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom to say to “The Most Magical Place On Earth” that “We’re here, we’re queer and we’d like to see Cinderella’s Castle!”

“[Doug said] ‘let’s go be somewhere where we can be ourselves and let people see that we’re normal people, but let them know that we are gay … we’ll do something like wear a red shirt so we can know who each other are.’ That was totally Doug’s idea, to make that day what it is,” said Michael Wanzie, a Central Florida entertainer who was at the very first event, in an interview with Watermark in 2018.

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With changes to Orlando’s Big Gay Weekend coming in 2019, we look back on the history of Gay Day

By : Jeremy Williams
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Outside of Pride parades and festivals, one could argue that no other LGBTQ event in the world is as recognizable as the one that occurs on the first Saturday in June every year at the happiest place on Earth.

Gay Day at Disney’s Magic Kingdom has gone through many changes and obstacles in its 28-year history. What began as one day at the park ballooned into multiple days of events from many groups who bring circuit parties, concerts, expos and pool parties every year that encircle the original event and carry the same message of visibility that Gay Day at Magic Kingdom was founded on.

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PHOTOS: Girls in Wonderland take over BB King’s for Signature Event

By : KathleenHarper
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BB King’s at Pointe Orlando was the place to be for Girls in Wonderland’s Signature Event June 2.

Over 2,500 women took over the dance floor moving to top 40 beats and more. Guest D.J’s ran the turntables and Jemiini and Reckless rocked the stage with a live performance.

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PHOTOS: Comedian Chaunte Wayans brought the laughs to Girls in Wonderland

By : Layla Ferris
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Comedian Chaunte Wayans and emcee Anna Lepeley brought the house down at the Improv Comedy Club at Pointe Orlando June 1.

Around 250 people filled the Improv for the Girls in Wonderland event. Wayans and Lepeley held a meet and greet after the show to take photos and chat with the fans.

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PHOTOS: Girls in Wonderland reach Climax at Pointe Orlando

By : Layla Ferris
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More than 1,200 women flooded Cuba Libre Rum Bar at Pointe Orlando for Girls in Wonderland’s Climax party June 1.

Go-go dancers energized attendees all night long as they blasted fog into the crowd. DJ DLux and DJ Tatiana kept the ladies dancing inside while DJ Pat Pat took care of the music in the outdoor Salsa Garden.

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PHOTOS: Girls in Wonderland welcome attendees with a Bud

By : Maia Monet
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Welcome ladies!

Girls in Wonderland and Bud Light welcomed attendees at the Grand Orlando Resort at Celebration, GIW’s new host hotel, with a poolside party, with free Bud Light, of course.

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PHOTOS: Girls in Wonderland cause a Traffic Jam at Ember

By : Maia Monet
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Girls in Wonderland held its annual Traffic Light party at Ember in downtown Orlando May 31.

The ladies came out, mingled and sported either a red bracelet for taken, a yellow for proceed with caution and a green for GO FOR IT!

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Update: GayDayS, Inc. moves dates for 2019 event; One Magical Weekend, Girls In Wonderland to remain

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | GayDayS, Inc. stirred up controversy within the community as it announced new dates for their annual LGBTQ celebration in Central Florida from the first weekend in June to mid-August starting in 2019.

Gay Day at the Magic Kingdom began the first Saturday in June 1991 when a group of LGBTQ people came together wearing red shirts for a day of celebration and visibility at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. Over the last three decades several organizations—including GayDayS, One Magical Weekend, Girls In Wonderland and Tidal Wave—have been formed surrounding Gay Day increasing the one-day celebration to nearly a week of theme parks, pool parties and vendor fairs.

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