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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Orlando Magic gets proud with first-ever Pride Night

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The community came out for the Orlando Magic’s first ever Pride Night against the New York Knicks at the Amway Center March 6.

The crowd was filled with t-shirts featuring the Magic logo in rainbow colors and read “Pride Night 2017.”

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: St. Pete Pride Grand Marshal nominees and Equality Florida’s record-breaking fundraising

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St. Pete Pride makes decision on move, Grand Marshal finalists

St. Pete Pride announced March 2 via Facebook that the annual parade will move to the downtown area, but will keep the street festival in the Grand Central District. The new parade route begin’s at Albert Whitted Park and proceeds along Bayshore Drive to Vinoy Park. The compromise will allow St. Pete Pride to keep that city funding.

The night before St. Pete Pride met with the city to discuss parades and festivals, they announced the finalists for Pride’s Grand Marshals.

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Orlando Magic presents first Pride Night

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Orlando – It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Orlando’s signature sports league the Orlando Magic would be hopping onto the “Pride Night” train. After all, Orlando has been in the global spotlight since last year’s Pulse massacre which took the lives of (eventually) 50 victims. The Magic has made a point of its engagement with the community and the community has paid in kind (nearly $500 million) to build the Amway Center, the spired city landmark that hosts the basketball team and its games. The league is proud of its varied community, staff says. Giving back is what it is all about.

“We, over the last two years have been introducing more theme nights for our community around myriad things,” Linda Landman Gonazalez, vice president of philanthropy and multicultural insights for the Orlando Magic, says.“We’ve always done Black History Month; we’ve always done Hispanic Heritage Month, Latin Night; we’ve always done everything.”

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Take Me Out to the Ball Game: Tampa Bay Rays president Brian Auld is loud and proud about LGBTQ Pride

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A lot of stereotypes exist around the LGBTQ community and sports. Gay men don’t like them, lesbians are in love with them and the people behind the teams would rather not have anything to do with the community. Enter Brian Auld and the Tampa Bay Rays.

Auld has been with the Rays for 12 years and has been the team’s president since 2014, and, in his time at Tropicana Field, nothing else has been engrained into the Rays more than the inclusion of the entire community: inclusion of women, minority groups and the LGBTQ community.

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Watermark Giveaway: American Stage’s PRIDE Night presentation of TARTUFFE

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Watermark wants you and a guest to spend a night OUT at American Stage as they present a Pride Night special presentation of a new American Stage adaptation of TARTUFFE, Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 7:00 p.m.

Moliere’s political comedy gets a modern up-date with the lead character resembling a certain  business man turned politician, and we are giving away 2 pairs of tickets.

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Solar Bears to launch season with Pride Night Pulse benefit

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ORLANDO – The Orlando sports world continues to rally around those affected – directly and indirectly – by the June 12 massacre at Pulse Orlando that left 49 dead and 53 wounded. Though much of the spotlight has rested upon Orlando City Soccer Club through Orlando’s darkest summer (the soccer league hosted a Pride-themed event on Oct. 2), all of the area’s sports teams have been present in some manner, fundraising and raising awareness for the needs of victims and responders alike. Orlando’s hockey team, the Solar Bears, will lend a hand and some cash when it launches its season on Oct. 22.

“Right away, we jumped on board with Orlando City Soccer, the Orlando Magic and the Orlando Predators to do the T-Shirts as fundraising efforts,” Solar Bears chief financial and legal officer Chris Heller says. “Shortly thereafter, we were trying to figure out how else we could recognize and support with our season being so far away.”

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Billy Bean teaching MLB teams about inclusion in clubhouse

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NEW YORK (AP) – Billy Bean has come full circle, throwing out the first pitch for the first Mets Pride Night Aug. 13 against his former San Diego team.

Bean came out as gay after he left the Padres in 1995. Now he’s Major League Baseball’s vice president for social responsibility and inclusion. In the past two years, he’s talked to all 30 MLB ownership groups, various teams and players about struggling with his sexuality during his career and gay and lesbian inclusion in the workplace.

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Tampa Bay Rays’ Pride Night raises $300,000 for Pulse victims

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The Tampa Bay Rays raised more than $300,000 for the victims of the Pulse shooting at their 10th annual Pride Night against the San Francisco Giants June 17.

The team announced June 14 that all remaining tickets for the game would be $5 and that the proceeds raised for and during the game would go to the Pulse Victims Fund.

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Overheard in Tampa Bay: 10th Rays Pride Night

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Tampa Bay Rays and a decade of Pride
The Tampa Bay Rays and Equality Florida are organizing another event to recognize LGBT fans during a Rays home game at Tropicana Field. The official Pride Night will be June 17 as the Rays take on the San Francisco Giants. Pride Night 2016 marks the 10th year the Rays have invited LGBT groups to participate in a night dedicated to the community at the field. The Rays have been active with the Tampa Bay LGBT community for many years. Not only do they hold Pride Night each year, the team also participates in LGBT events in the area including St. Pete Pride and Tampa Pride. In 2011, the Rays released a video for the Trevor Project and the It Gets Better campaign to help end bullying.Tickets for the Pride Night are $99 for field level near the Ray’s bullpen and $30 in the higher section.

Hamburger Mary’s in Primetime
The popular CBS show Undercover Boss kicked off its seventh season with a few firsts. It was the first time the show featured co-owners of a company, it was the first time it featured identical twins going undercover and it was the first time world famous Hamburger Mary’s was featured on primetime network television. Twins Ashley and Brandon Wright own the 13-restaurant chain, five of which are here in Florida, and decided to go undercover at several locations. For those who have not seen the show, the owners of a company go undercover to see how the business is running and how the employees act. The Wright twins went in disguised as servers, bartenders and drag performers and they visited Hamburger Marys across the country. While they didn’t visit the two amazing locations we have here in the Tampa Bay area, the Clearwater location does have a connection to the show. Kenny Lawson was a server the show followed at the Kansas City location. In the show, Lawson told the undercover owner how he came to Kansas City after being kicked out of his house in Texas after coming out and found a new family at Hamburger Mary’s. Lawson is now at the Clearwater location waiting tables and signing autographs (we assume) after the very adorable Lawson was featured. Thanks to the owners, Lawson is now cruising the coast in a new car and basking in the Florida sun. Oh, and boys, he’s apparently single.

Tampa Bay Rays will play the San Francisco Giants for Equality Florida’s Pride Night

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The Tampa Bay Rays and Equality Florida are organizing another event to recognize the LGBT fans during a Rays home game at Tropicana Field.

The official Pride Night will be June 17 as the Rays take on the San Francisco Giants.

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