Halloween 2019 events in Central Florida and Tampa Bay

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Whether you are looking for a spooktacular family-friendly outing or scares intended for adults, we have got you covered.

We gathered LGBTQ community and friendly events throughout Central Florida and Tampa Bay. We also took the liberty of listing costume contests throughout each area for those of you who are crafty and looking to earn a little cold hard cash and/or a few Halloween prizes.

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St. Petersburg celebrates sixteen years of Pride

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St. Pete Pride drew 220,000 people to St. Petersburg for its weekend-long celebration last year, around 40,000 short of the Sunshine City’s entire population.

As any event of its size would, particularly one so intrinsically tied to the community it serves, the organization’s 15th year faced its fair share of cheers and jeers. For the first time in its history, the St. Pete Pride parade was held in downtown St. Petersburg rather than in the city’s Grand Central District.

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: Deck the halls

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Fan-favorite performance arts queen Eden Deck will take a final bow at Quench Lounge in a farewell show on May 26, surrounded by special guests and an adoring audience.

“I’m sad to leave but excited for a new journey and to get to say farewell with good friends!” Deck shared on social media, noting she’ll be joined by local performers Jaeda Fuentes, Lady Janet, Star Montrese Love and others in an Elaine Southern Belle-hosted roast.

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2018 WAVE AWARD WINNERS – TAMPA BAY

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FAVORITE LOCAL POLITICIAN/ACTIVIST

First: Rick Kriseman, St. Petersburg Mayor

Second: Nadine Smith, Equality Florida CEO

Third: Bob Buckhorn, Tampa Mayor

GREATEST STRAIGHT ALLY TO THE LOCAL LGBTQ COMMUNITY

First: Rick Kriseman, St. Petersburg Mayor

Second: Joanna Garcia Parkin, ESQ., St. Petersburg attorney

Third: Bob Buckhorn, Tampa Mayor

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: Not so broken pageant

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The fifth annual charity pageant Miss Broken Slut was held on Feb. 25 at Quench Lounge, raising a total of $1,828 for Metro Wellness and Community Centers after the Sawmill Camping Resort donated a generous $1,275.

Nine contestants vied for the 2018 title, with Veronica Vixen claiming the crown. The queens were judged on presentation, creative evening wear, question and answer and their chosen talent. Unlike most pageants, however, tips are factored into the equation—and those tips go right back to the community.

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Tampa Bay Overheard: Fabulous Fifth

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Quench Lounge will celebrate its fifth year on Jan. 20, and they’ve announced a “Winter White Glow Party” to honor the landmark anniversary.

“Quench Lounge is hitting half a decade!!!!” the local hotspot announced, advising they’ll be “serving some of the best drinks and entertainment in the Tampa Bay area” with free birthday cake shots, giveaways and surprises all evening.

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Tampa Bay’s LGBTQ community gives back in Hurricane Irma’s wake

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TAMPA BAY | In preparation for Hurricane Irma, residents of Tampa Bay ransacked grocery stores, emptied gas pumps, boarded windows and exhausted the words “hunkered down.”

Bottled water became liquid gold before and after the storm passed through, carbs became a must-buy again, and following Irma’s destruction, residents found themselves tasked with extensive clean-up efforts and—in many cases—in the dark.

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PROM Party!

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Join us at Quench Lounge for our 4th Annual “The PROM You Wish You Had” on Saturday, July 30th!

The PARTY starts at 9pm! Dress in your best for a chance to be crowned PROM “King” or “Queen” of 2016 at Midnight!

Billboard Reporting DJ Bruce Devery starts spinning the best PROM soundtrack at 9PM!

At 11PM, it’s DRAG time with Jaeda Fuentes, Eden Deck, & Kori Stevens!

After 9PM, we’ll have $4 Bacardis, $2 Quench Drafts, $5 Stolis, & $5 Southern Comfort Hooch!

Southern Comfort will be in the house to make your PROM experience extra special with tons of giveaways!

Mark your calendars for one of the biggest parties of the year at Quench Lounge!

Raising the Bar: How LGBT dance clubs and bars respond to history and look to the future

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Our LGBT bars and nightclubs: throughout history, they’ve served as more than mere entertainment and socialization. They’ve alternately provided protection, community, purpose, a meeting place for political activism, a defining character for subgroups, and even a disseminator of vital cultural and health information. Yet, just like every lasting institution, in order to survive and be relevant, bars and clubs have to change. They can capitalize on what they do well while transforming with the times.

“Let’s face it,” says Steve Watkins, owner of the newly renovated Stonewall Bar Orlando, “social media isn’t going away. It’s a part of the whole experience of going out – heck, of all of life, anymore.”

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Overheard in Tampa Bay

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Buckhorn urges NCAA to return in 2016

The NCAA women’s tournament has come and gone through Tampa (it was held April 3-5) but Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn saw an opportunity to keep it another year. The LGBT friendly mayor addressed a letter to NCAA president Mark Emmert on April 2 encouraging the organization to pull the 2016 tournament out of Indiana and return it to Tampa. “A championship host city should reflect that spirit of sport. Championship games held in the state of Indiana with the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in effect can no longer do so. I encourage you to relocate the 2016 Women’s Final Four to Tampa from Indianapolis.” Tampa is already slated to host the 2019 tournament. No word on if the NCAA will take Buckhorn up on his 2016 offer.

Leslie Jordan booked for Polk Pride

He goes by many names—Beverly Leslie, Brother Boy. But the Emmy Award-winning actor Leslie Jordan rarely needs an introduction to LGBTs. Jordan will launch Polk Pride 2015 on June 19 with a performance at the Polk Theatre in Lakeland. The openly gay actor has been a staple on the comedy circuit for years and an icon ever since his “Brother Boy” role in the film Sordid Lives. Tickets start at $32.50 and are available through PolkTheatre.org.

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Overheard Tampa Bay: Lesbian Happy Hour back by demand!

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Dunk tank, games raise money for ASAP
The Flamingo Resort was the home of several unique fundraising opportunities for the AIDS Service Association of Pinellas, thanks to the Tampa Bay leather community. During the weekend of July 11, the resort’s Wet and Wild Weekend featured performances by show staff and guests, boot blacks and leather contests Friday and Saturday night. On Sunday, the resort provided a dunk tank where members of the Sisters of Perpetual indulgence, DJs, and other notables in the community took turns to get soaked for charity. It cost only $5 for three throws, and if anyone hit the target, the unlucky volunteer fell into 5-feet of chilly water, which was actually refreshing considering the temperatures reached the 90s on July 13. More than $500 was raised for ASAP and Mr. Code 2014 Woodie Barnes welcomed attendees and thanked them for their generosity from throughout the weekend.

Lesbians reunited!
The folks behind the G2H2 (Gay Guys Happy Hour) in Sarasota are bringing back it’s lesbian counterpart, L2H2 (Lesbian Ladies Happy Hour) this month! On Thursday, July 17, the grand re-opening of the group cascaded upon Tsunami Sushi and Hibachi Grill for a reunion of sorts. The women-only event gives lesbians a chance to meet and mingle in a business-style atmosphere and make business connections and new friends in Sarasota. The free event featured a 50/50 raffle, door prizes and complimentary appetizers. For more info on future events, visit the L2H2 Facebook page, where updates are provided monthly.

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Overheard in Tampa Bay: The book of the Book of Mormon

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You’ve seen the musical, now read the book!
When tickets for The Book of Mormon at Tampa’s Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa became available, demand was so high the venue’s website temporarily crashed. So it was no wonder to see a packed house in the 2,610-seat Carol Morsani Hall. What was surprising though, were the real-life Mormon elders who greeted theater goers outside of the complex each night. Local representatives of the church used the smash Broadway musical as a launching pad to talk about the real Book of Mormon and to recruit more followers. Two elders were parked on the foot bridge connecting a downtown parking structure with the Straz and handed out business cards, proclaiming, ‘You’ve seen the musical, now read the book!” We only saw a few people take the informational cards from the two elders, but we have to give the church props for embracing the Tony-Award winning show as a means to market a religion rather than mounting an angry protest. Who ever heard of an angry Mormon anyway?

Quench turnabout turns it out
The first annual turnabout fundraiser at Quench Lounge in Largo raised hundreds of dollars for charity on Nov. 14. Bar staff donned wigs, makeup and heels to shake their stuff for cash and benefit Friends of Strays via the Tampa Bay Bears. Each performer elicited cheers from the crowd as patrons of the popular bar tried to identify which bartender was under which wig. The creative fashions were second only to the creative drag names. Our favorite was bar manager Jeff Beadle’s alter ego, “Wilma Pooperdoo.” When asked to explain his name, he replied, “No, I don’t have a vagina, but Wilma Pooperdoo.” It doesn’t get classier than that! Following the turnabout, Watermark’s own Steve Blanchard hosted a Best Chest contest, where nine men stripped off their shirts to vie for a $25 bar tab. And yes, our editor kept his clothes on, at least until a winner was announced.

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