PHOTOS: Halloween night was filled with tricks and treats at Parliament House

By : Danny Garcia
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ORLANDO | It was another epic Halloween at the Parliament House Oct. 31 with amazing costumes across the courtyard and throughout the resort.

With a total of $8,000 cash prize – $5000 cash prize awarded on Saturday to a “Day of the Dead, Calavera” bride and $3,000 given to the X-men’s Archangel featuring quite the impressive wing span.

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PHOTOS: Halloween weekend was spooktacular at Parliament House

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | The first of Parliament House’s costume contests brought out all of Orlando’s most creative costumers Oct. 27.

From the scantily clad to the big-budget players, everyone showed off their skills vying for that $5,000 prize money.

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PHOTOS: Parliament House shows its Pride

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | Parliament House was all about that Pride Oct. 13 with its Come Out With Pride after party.

The huge party was headlined by COWP Grand Marshal, and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” judge, Carson Kressley, as well as Monet Xchange and Orlando’s very own drag superstar, Ginger Minj.

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Come Out With Pride to keep Orlando dancing with this year’s parade, festival

By : Christen Kelley
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ABOVE: COWP’s Most Colorful Parade at downtown Orlando in 2017. Photo by Brian Becnel

ORLANDO | Come Out With Pride (COWP) is gearing up for its most colorful day of the year — its 14th annual Pride festival and parade held on Oct. 13.

Aligning with National Coming Out Day and LGBTQ History Month, COWP is one of the largest Pride events in Florida with over 160,000 attendees last year. COWP President Jeff Prystajko says there will likely be even more this year.

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Florida’s drag families prove Mum’s the word

By : Ryan Williams-Jent, Divine Grace
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Drag culture is intrinsically tied to the LGBTQ community, from Stonewall to the life-dependent lip-syncs now featured weekly on VH1. Now more than ever it borders on the mainstream, with the art form highlighted (and contoured) on televisions worldwide and available now on iTunes.

As drag paints itself even further into the history of pop culture, it can be easy to forget that it has its detractors, often found in the safe spaces drag performers share. It can lead to camaraderie amongst entertainers as they gravitate toward one another for belonging and assistance, creating both a sense of family and of home.

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06.28.18 Central Florida Bureau Chief’s Desk

By : Jeremy Williams
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Growing up there were a lot of things I wanted to do with my life. I remember my mom telling me stories about when I was a kid telling her I was going to be the President of the United States. Well that didn’t happen, and at this point I don’t think I would want that office.

I developed a passion for writing not long after that. When I was a young teen that passion for writing turned into a passion for journalism after I saw the movie “All The President’s Men” on HBO. If I couldn’t be President, maybe I could be one of the guys who brought one down.

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The Big Gay Prom coming to Parliament House Orlando

By : Colton Adkins
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ORLANDO | Did your first prom not go as well as you would like? Did you not even go to your high school prom?!?! Well the Parliament House wants to fix that and give the LGBTQ community a second chance at it with its first Big Gay Prom on June 30.

The Big Gay Prom will take place in the Parliament House’s Disco from 8-10 p.m. and will bring the full prom experience including the crowning of Prom King and Queen, decorations, high school-themed performances, music and a professional photographer taking prom pictures.

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06.14.18 Central Florida Bureau Chief’s Desk

By : Jeremy Williams
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As you are reading this it has been a few days since the two-year mark of the Pulse tragedy, but because of how deadlines and press days fall, I am writing this the day before the June 12 date.

June 12 carries a weird energy with me now. For those who don’t know, I share my birthday with the same day that a disturbed individual decided to take 49 lives at Pulse. Last year at the one-year mark, while attending memorials and vigils, I was receiving notifications of Happy Birthday and messages wishing me a fun and happy day all while grieving with my community and consoling friends.

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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: Deborah Cox performs at Parliament House for Gay Days 2018

By : Layla Ferris
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Thousands of people flocked to Parliament House to see Deborah Cox live in concert on June 2.

Cox played hits such as “Things Just Ain’t the Same” and “Absolutely Not.” Cox also celebrated the 20th anniversary of “Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here” with the crowd.

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PHOTOS: Parliament House Orlando brings the Gay Days party with Alaska Thunderf*ck

By : Colton Adkins
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Alaska Thunderf*ck performed at the world famous Parliament House Orlando for its Friday night Gay Days at Parliament House concert June 1.

Along with the “RuPaul’s Drag Race” winner, the night featured Ms. Darcel Stevens, the Footlight Players, adult film stars and much more.

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Parliament House kicks off Gay Days with traditional PI@PH

By : Danny Garcia
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The world famous Parliament House got its Gay Days started with its PI @ PH celebration.

P House’s annual tradition featured amazing drag performances, the hottest music and a fantastic show from Hamburger Mary’s Broadway Brunch Bunch.

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