KindRED Pride Foundation forms to continue Orlando’s red shirt tradition

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | KindRED Pride Foundation, a nonprofit organization formed by One Magical Weekend owners Tom Christ and Billy Looper, announced in a press release March 7 their intent to have as many people as possible wear red shirts on June 1.

“On St. Patrick’s Day everyone is inclined to express connection to what that day represents by wearing green on March 17—whether they are Irish or not,” the organization said in the press release.” So the first Saturday of June will continue to be the day that kindred spirits around the world wear RED in solidarity.”

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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: Partygoers strutted into Disney Springs’ House of Blues for One Magical Weekend’s RED party

By : Jeremy Williams
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One Magical Weekend continued with the weekend’s biggest parties with RED Vol. III: #STRUT at the House of Blues in Disney Springs June 2.

The days official color of red continued on as many partygoers swapped out the red t-shirt for red shorts, crop tops and harnesses. The dance floor was packed by midnight as thousands moved, shook and strutted under a giant, red 9-foot high heel.

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One Magical Weekend holds therapy sessions at B Resort pool parties

By : Jeremy Williams
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Showing as much skin as possible was the uniform of the day for One Magical Weekend’s Therapy pool parties at its host hotel, The B Resort.

The pool parties featured incredible productions from Europe’s hottest LGBTQ event brand, WE Party. They debuted, for the first time in the U.S., We Party: PINK on June 2. The pool was surrounded by hot bodies and pink everything.

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PHOTOS: One Magical Weekend’s RIPTIDE brought a wave of partygoers to Typhoon Lagoon

By : Danny Garcia
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One Magical Weekend’s signature event, and the weekend’s longest-running party, RIPTIDE brought thousands of partygoers to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon June 1.

Disney’s 52-acre waterpark was overflowing with scantily clad party animals for a night of dancing, swimming and drinking.

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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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GayDayS moves dates, host hotel for 2019 event

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | GayDayS, Inc. has a new location and dates for their annual Gay Days celebration, according to organization co-owner Chris Alexander-Manley.

GayDayS will call the Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive home starting in 2019 as it becomes the event’s new host hotel. The event will change dates as well moving from its traditional spot on the first weekend in June to Aug. 13-19.

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Wet Hot Gay Summer! Orlando’s big gay weekend succeeds despite the weather and a year of mourning

By : Billy Manes
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ORLANDO – It was the best of times, it was the wettest of times.

Whether it was a pool party or a thunderstorm, the underlying theme beneath the gray skies of Orlando’s resort area in its big gay weekend occupying June’s first week was one of water falling, often with thunder and lightning included.

For 27 years, GayDayS Inc., One Magical Weekend and Girls in Wonderland have been tourism drivers for the area, growing from simple notions of red shirts at theme parks all the way to huge circuit parties and even bigger profits. In economic development parlance, the annual June event brings hundreds of millions of dollars to the region.

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One Magical Weekend was swimming in beauty at their B Resort pool parties

By : Jeremy Williams
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They may have been at the B Resort, but the beautiful people all brought their A-game when they showed off those summer-ready bodies at One Magical Weekend’s pool party this past weekend.

Check out the photos we got while lounging poolside.

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One Magical Weekend showed that #LoveWins at their main event party, Red Vol. 2

By : Danny Garcia
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One Magical Weekend’s big Saturday night party, “The Main Event, Red Vol. 2: #LoveWins,” at Disney Springs’ House of Blues June 3 encouraged party goers to proudly wear their red. The night got started with DJ Deanne and finshed up with international superstar DJ Paulo.

A slew of hot go-go dancers, including one who was flipping and tumbling across the stage, were shaking their bon bons and the night even featured a special performance by Hard Drive Productions, choreographed by Pamela Bowling.

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One Magical Weekend’s signature event RipTide makes a big splash

By : Jeremy Williams
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One Magical Weekend’s RipTide, the weekend’s longest running party during Orlando’s big LGBTQ week, at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon was the place to be June 2.

The people packed the 52-acre waterpark to dance, meet up with old friends, make some new ones and ride some of the most thrilling waterslides in Orlando.

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PHOTOS: Orlando’s Big Gay Weekend

By : Watermark Staff
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It’s the first weekend of June, the beginning of LGBTQ Pride month, and that means it is time again for Orlando’s Big Gay Weekend.

Many groups, businesses and organizations have planned and put together events, parties and surprises across Central Florida that will have you bathing in beauty and soaking up the sun. Just as in year’s past, your friends here at Watermark will be out and about at as many events as our feet can carry us to.

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