PHOTOS: Polk Pride rises up for fifth annual celebration

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LAKELAND, Fla. | Polk Pride held its fifth annual celebration at Munn Park June 15.

“We’re not Tampa and we’re not Orlando,” Polk Pride Executive Board Member Dustin Shay shared ahead of the gathering. “There’s still a heavy need in the Polk County area to provide a safe space and opportunities for activism and celebration.”

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Polk Pride rises up for fifth annual celebration

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LAKELAND, Fla. | Polk Pride will hold its fifth annual celebration June 8-15, rising up to honor the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots.

“Polk Pride’s fifth year promises to be bigger and better than ever,” Polk Pride President Scott Guira says. “Events are planned to reach every member of the community, inclusive of all backgrounds, and will surely be a great time no matter if this is someone’s first Pride or fiftieth Pride.”

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Tampa Bay Overheard: Tampa Bay Drag Race cast announced

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The Flamingo Resort has announced its cast of ten queens who’ll vie for the crown, $2500 in cash and the title of “Tampa Bay’s next Drag Superstar” in the hotspot’s seven-week competition beginning Nov. 3.

The opening night will also feature RuPaul’s Drag Race finalist Trinity Taylor as local queens Ja’Staria Sherrington, Eden Deck, Judah Kiss, Lady Liemont, Samaya Sinsastion, Beyja King, Felin LaPaige, Miah Van-Cartier, Trixi Allshade and Mio Hikaru begin their competition.

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