Parliament House makes someone a star at Almost Famous

By : Patrick O'Connor
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There were plenty of laughs to go around at the Mister Comedy Queen Pageant Wednesday night at Parliament House.

The pageant raised money for the Barber Fund, and crowned Mike Van Dyke as the 2015 Mr. Comedy Queen.

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WAVES Party 2015: Tampa Bay

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Georgie’s Alibi was the place to celebrate the best of the best in Tampa Bay and Sarasota at the 2015 Tampa Bay WAVE Awards Party.

Miss Comedy Queen 2014, Kathryn Nevets, emceed the festivities March 12.

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Overheard in Tampa Bay: LGBT football fans show up

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Heeeeere’s Jenny!
One-time Playboy Playmate and former The View co-host Jenny McCarthy and her husband, Donnie Wahlberg, stopped by Enigma bar in St. Petersburg Sept. 20 to a packed crowd. Word of the celebrities making an appearance after McCarthy’s stand-up performance at Clearwater’s Capitol Theater spread quickly through social media and fans lined up for a chance to meet the power duo. McCarthy brought the star quality, appearing in sunglasses as she entered the bar. Paul Kinchen of TinkerFluff.com—who is also a regular photographer for Watermark—managed to arrange the meeting through his connections in Pinellas County. McCarthy and Wahlberg met fans, took photos and enjoyed some pizza while they mingled. The pair stayed most of the evening and seemed to enjoy the attention.

Spathose Designs impresses Martha Stewart
Scott Durfee and George Medeiros have caught Martha Stewart’s attention. Well, at least the attention of Martha Stewart Inc. The St. Petersburg artists are finalists in Stewart’s American Made competition. The annual online contest recognizes ingenuity and excellence in crafts, food, design and style. Winners get a trip to New York City, a spot in Stewart’s American Made Market, a feature in Martha Stewart Living and $10,000 to grow their brand. Spathose builds wearable art and often use Palm Spathes for inspiration. Fans of the art can vote by visiting MarthaStewart.com/AmericanMade and six votes are allowed per day per person. Voting continues through Oct. 13 and winners will be announced Oct. 17.

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Overheard in Tampa Bay: Kathryn Nevets came in like a ‘Wrecking Ball!’

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Ducks spotted in Cleveland
It’s always hot at St. Pete Pride, and Hot in Cleveland is a big hit. So it makes sense that St. Pete Pride sent it’s Ducks softball team to Cleveland this month to participate in the Gay Games. The team, which also participates in the Suncoast Softball League and will also travel to the World Series in Dallas this September. As of press time, the Ducks were doing well, having won their first two games in the week-long tournament. Before the seriousness of the Gay Games began, the team had a chance to tour the city, take some amazing photos of the skyline and then participate in the opening ceremonies, which included a special recorded welcome video by President Barack Obama.

Chefs and bears
Speaking of softball and the Gay World Series, the Suncoast Softball League’s Metrochefs team will be raising money at this month’s Neigh-bear-hood takeover at The Social on Saturday, Aug. 16. The second-place D-division team earned the right to attend the September tournament in Dallas and is hoping to raise the money to foot the bill for travel and hotels. Plans to raise money include selling special shots and drinks and rumor has it one or more of the Chefs will do a strip tease! The more money that’s raised, the more articles of clothing that will hit the floor. The fundraising starts at 9 p.m. on Aug. 16 and continues through the night at the popular Ybor party. Entry to the party is free before 11 p.m. and the monthly party of bear men and their admirers is for the guys only—sorry ladies.

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First Annual Miss Comedy Queen All Star Pageant

By : Jake Stevens
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Trixie Deluxxe hosted the First Annual Miss Comedy Queen All Star Pageant at Parliament House June 4, with all proceeds benefiting the John Tweeka Barber Fund.

Gidget Galore ate half of a Publix cake onstage, threw it in the trash, had second thoughts and took it out and ate more, to the sounds of screams of encouragement from the audience.

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Watermark’s Complete Coverage: Gay Days 2014

By : Jamie Hyman
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It’s finally here! Gay Days 2014 is in full swing, and Watermark has all the stories, photos and updates right here.

Bookmark this page – It will be updated several times a day through the weekend. Happy Gay Days, everyone!

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One million moms for love

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NCAA Supports MBA
NCAA March Madness is coming to Orlando and is offering an exclusive deal for members of the MBA, the LGBT Chamber of Commerce. Members can purchase tickets for the March 20 and 22, 2014 games at Amway Center beginning Wednesday May 1, 2013 through Friday May 31, 2013.

Fighting The Good Fight
Earlier this week, One Million Moms launched a campaign against the 23rd Annual Gay Day at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, scheduled for Saturday, June 1.  On its website, One Million Moms claims that the intent of the LGBT community is “to expose and desensitize children to this lifestyle by same-sex couples holding hands, hugging and kissing.” The group urges its members to e-mail Disney officials and demand the park to ‘no longer go along with Gay Day.’  In response, Darcy Christ, a heterosexual mom in Texas has waged an online battle against One Million Moms and the group’s boycott of Gay Day at Disney. She has created ‘Millions of Moms for Love’ on Facebook and hopes to receive as many “likes” as possible to prove anti-gay beliefs are not shared by most moms in America. OutLoud Enterprises has also set-up a website has also been set up that allows supporters of Gay Day to send a thank you note to Disney for not succumbing to the discriminatory bullying of groups like One Million Moms. “We will not stand silently while groups like One Million Moms or the American Family Foundation spread their anti-gay message,” said Christ in  statement. “A majority of American moms believe that every person has the right to love another person, same sex or not.” Outloud enterprises is also on board battling OMM and spokesperson Wendy Jackson said that “if children have questions about seeing a same-sex couple holding hands, hugging or kissing, it seems that Disney World, the happiest place on earth, would offer a perfect opportunity for parents to teach children about tolerance and acceptance.” For more on the battle, visit Facebook.com/MillionsOfMomsForLove.

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Tampa Bay: Who hung up his bar towel?

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Frerichs’ last call
Countless bar patrons in St. Petersburg have chatted up, drooled over and conversed with Jake Frerichs, the dark haired, handsome bartender at The Garage on Central over the last few years. But Frerichs is hanging up his bar towel for a new career with Times Square Properties, a real estate company in downtown St. Petersburg, and he poured his last drink as a full time bartender on April 12.

The handsome, straight ally worked the bars at The Flamingo Resort and at Beak’s Old Florida restaurant before landing at The Garage. He has also been an active participant in St. Pete Pride – riding on or marching as part of various floats – and a fundraising walker in AIDS Walk Tampa Bay. His new position as property manager will put Frerichs in charge of maintenance and leasing at the downtown property. But that doesn’t mean he’ll never tend bar again. Frerichs said he will return to The Garage during large events, such as St. Pete Pride or themed nights.

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Miss Comedy Queen Holiday Spectacular

By : Aaron Alper
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The Venue played host to Orlando’s “queens” of comedy for the First Annual Miss Comedy Queen Holiday Spectacular Dec. 10. Hosted by Blue Starr, this fundraiser starred April Fresh, Addison Taylor, Miss Sammy, Eureka Fish, Gidget Galore, Bridgette Galore, The Minx and Ginger Minj. A little more than $300 was raised for The Barber Fund, which helps those living with cancer. Photos by Erik Caban.

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