Tampa Bay’s Overheard: Beckner’s next move and Pride Nights for all

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Private Beckner reporting for duty

Many have been curious as to the next move of former Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner since he termed out of his seat last year. Hillsborough’s first openly gay commissioner ran unsuccessfully to be the next Clerk of Courts and since then has remained silent on whether he would pursue another run at an elected position or head back into the private sector.

Well, wonder no more. Beckner posted to his Facebook page April 20 that he has not one but two positions he will be filling: Executive Director of Hillsborough County’s Civil Service Agency and a position with human resource advisory and talent acquisition firm HR Trust.

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Tampa Pride has a Grand time in GaYbor

By : Jeremy Williams
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The streets of the Ybor City Historic District were filled with people spanning every spectrum of the rainbow for the third annual Tampa Pride celebration March 25.

From the street festival on 8th to the parade down 7th to the live entertainment that featured out-singing sensation Steve Grand; the crowds cheered, waved flags and showed Pride.

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Tampa Pride Guide 2017

By : Jake Stevens
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Tampa Pride is back for a third year and prepared to be bigger and better than ever with entertainment by Steve Grand!

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: Mary’s, Monet and Marshals

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That Mary sure does get around

The glitz and glam are heading to Brandon with the opening of a new Hamburger Mary’s restaurant on Town Center Blvd. The new drag stop is set to announce its opening date in the upcoming weeks.

Employee interviews took place on Feb. 14 and 15 and the finishing touches are underway. Before you know it, crowds will be strutting into this new location for fabulous food and a drag queen extravaganza. The building is painted a bright shade of purple showcasing its flamboyant roots and nightclub vibe. This marks the seventh Florida location, and the fourth opened by Mary’s King of Queens, Kurt King. Events will be posted soon so don’t forget to keep an eye out for Drag Queen Bingo and MaryOke! Karaoke nights. Will Hamburger Mary’s be the new LGBT hotspot in Brandon?

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Watermark’s 16 Most Remarkable People of ’16

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Watermark has chosen those who stood out from the LGBTQ community – 16 remarkable individuals who made a mark in 2016; whether through activism, generosity or beating the odds.

It has been a difficult year for all of us, both politically and personally, and those we have selected have made the most change, been the most inspiring and helped to make our LGBTQ community that much stronger in the face of adversity.

Below, our 16 Most Remarkable People of ’16.

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Commission Impossible: Kevin Beckner raised the flag and our expectations of what we hope for from our politicians

By : Jeremy Williams
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The year 2016 saw the end of an era in Hillsborough County as we bid farewell to District 6 County Commissioner Kevin Beckner.

Beckner was elected for his first term in 2008, and then won reelection in 2012, becoming Hillsborough’s first openly gay commissioner. The county was a very different place then.

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After two terms as Hillsborough’s first openly gay commissioner, Kevin Beckner is taking some time to rest before getting back into the ring

By : Jeremy Williams
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TAMPA – For eight years, Kevin Beckner has served as the District 6 Commissioner for Hillsborough County, coming in on the wave of President Obama’s first term of a country that wanted change.

“Like so many at the time, I was not satisfied with the direction our government was going, especially our local government,” Beckner says. “I started thinking of getting in after 2005 when the county commission put a ban on gay pride. That was a tipping point for me. I felt like our local government was not focusing on the issues that were most relevant to the issues of our community.”

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: burger flippin’ and mud slingin’

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Proud Mary’s wheels are turnin’

After a summer of teasing from Mary letting the St. Pete area know that a new Hamburger Mary’s would be moving into the neighborhood, it finally happened. Hamburger Mary’s—or as this location is known, Sunshine City Mary’s—is opened for business. If the first few weeks are any indication, that business won’t be slowing down anytime soon.

The doors opened Aug. 25 and the guests started coming; including a “welcome to the neighborhood” greeting from Punky’s Brian Longstreth. Sunshine City Mary’s is located across from Tyrone Square Mall in the old Hooters building. Anyone who has been to any of the Hamburger Mary’s locations across the country, or one of the other two Bay Area locations, knows that a trip to Mary’s isn’t just about the food (don’t get us wrong, the food is reason enough to go), it’s the show that goes with it.

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Issue 22.04: Love for a Lifetime

By : Jake Stevens
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Love for a lifetime: Long-term relationships really can work and we found the couples to prove it and share how it’s done, Readers share their Valentines, Melissa Manchester credits LGBTs for her career, Dining Out For Life to expand into Orlando, local news, celebrity interviews, and much, much more!

ALSO: Our fabulous, beautiful Spring Arts Guide inside every issue!

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Kevin Beckner to be honored at EQFL Tampa Gala

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Tampa–Equality Florida will present Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner with the 2015 Voice for Equality Award at the Ninth Annual Tampa Gala for his leadership efforts in helping progress LGBT legislation in Hillsborough County.

Beckner was elected as the first openly gay person to hold office in Hillsborough County in 2008. Beckner, a couple months into holding office, introduced a domestic partner registry to the county, which was shot down by a 5-2 vote.

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Hillsborough amends HRO, proceeds with registry formation

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Tampa – With a unanimous vote, Hillsborough County Commissioners passed a law prohibiting workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The law, which became effective immediately, re-establishes protections that were eliminated in the 1990s, when that former commission repealed amendments to its human rights ordinance protecting the gay community.

“There’s been a cultural and political shift,” said Commissioner Kevin Beckner, who pushed for the HRO amendment. “I think people are beginning to realize the importance of making sure everyone is treated equally and fairly.”

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Hillsborough Commission votes 7-0 to create domestic partnership registry

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Tampa – After hearing unanimous support from speakers in favor of a domestic partnership registry in Hillsborough County, the county commission voted 7-0 to move forward in the process of creating a registry for unmarried couples Sept. 17.

The move is a total reversal from a vote held in January 2013, where the board split on the creation of the registry 4-3, and ultimately denied it.

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