Orlando’s Overheard: Jim retiring and Bears migrating

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Philips’ Phinal Bow

Real Radio 104.1’s The Philips Phile has been a long time staple of many Orlando residents drive home. And when Jim Philips announced his official retirement from the show will be in January, many were shocked and honestly saddened to hear the news.

Jim Philips, a longtime ally and advocate of the LGBTQ community, is a multi-WAVE award winner as chosen by our readers for the many years he publicly stood up for the community, and he’s not afraid to tell you so.  As he put it in his 2016 interview with Watermark,  “Because I say and I believe it that I was the first person in this town media-wise – electronic and print, mainstream – that was in support of the LGBT community for years and years and years and years and years. I made no bones about it, and I took a lot of grief for it on the air. I didn’t give a shit. It didn’t bother me. I was proud of it. I was proud of it when they would call up and call me names or whatever, because I knew I was always right.”

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Assisted Living: The Musical

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Victory Productions presents Assisted Living: The Musical®

Show date: Sunday, July 31, 2016
Show times: 3 p.m. & 6 p.m.
Tickets start at $35.00
Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater

Assisted Living: The Musical® is an 85-minute, one-act vaudevillian revue. The show’s host couple enters heaven, suspecting their son pulled the plug to get his hands on Dad’s vintage Corvette. They don’t seem to mind. Instead, the couple fondly remembers Pelican Roost, an active, full-ser¬vice retirement community. There, the two actors play eighteen different characters who sing and dance, revel and kvetch, celebrate and bloviate their way through later life. The humor is pointed without mocking. The songs are evocative, clever and quick, featuring: “Help! I’ve Fallen (For You) and I Can’t Get Up,” “My Hide”, “The Uplifting Viagra Medley” and MANY more. You’ll get to know such characters as:

Naomi Lipshitz-Yamamoto-Murphy regularly upgrades her living arrangements as an unintended con¬sequence of spousal mortality.
A Stetson-ed lawyer promises that legal com¬pensation hides in every act of aging.
A Wellness Center nurse actively – very actively – recruits organ donors.
A 93-year-old Cadillac owner redefines “Drive-Thru Window.”
A frenetic hypochondriac chases…
Well, you get the idea. Each one is living his and her life — in the moment — to the max.

Overheard in Tampa Bay: Lance Bass invades Ybor

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Retirement, again!
More than two years ago, Suzanne Noe announced that she was stepping away from the operational side of ProSuzy.com, the lesbian mega-list of events she created more than a decade ago. Now, Noe is ready to enter into full retirement. On Friday, March 27, Noe will hold a second retirement party that will completely sever her ties with the incredibly popular women’s website. As with her first party, the celebration will be at the Gulfport Casino and will have a “White Party” theme. Noe tells us she’s looking forward to retiring and plans to leave the area. She hopes to move to The Villages later this year. We secretly hope she’ll start another website in the notably socially conservative community. Seriously, we wish her well and thank Noe for her amazing contributions to the women’s community of Tampa Bay.

All about Lance Bass
Liquid Tampa turns three years old in April, and it’s celebrating in a very big way. The popular Ybor bar on 7th Avenue and 15th Street announced it will host Lance Bass of N’sync fame the evening of Saturday, April 11. Limited meet and greet tickets are $30 and advance general admission tickets are only $10. Bass is expected to perform as well as serve as party emcee throughout the evening. We’re not sure if his husband, Michael Ruchin, will be in attendance, but maybe they can make a honeymoon out of it. The couple did, after all, recently tie the knot in front of cameras for a reality show. Why not make a sequel and set it in Ybor City?

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LGBT baby boomers face tough retirement hurdles

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NEW YORK (AP) – For Kathy Murphy, the difference between being gay or straight is $583 a month.

Retirement should have been a “slam dunk,” the 62-year-old Texas widow says. She saved, bought a house with her spouse and has a pension through her employer.

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Collins, NBA’s 1st open gay player, to retire

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NEW YORK (AP) — Jason Collins, the NBA’s first openly gay player, announced his retirement on Nov. 19.

The 35-year-old Collins played 22 games with the Brooklyn Nets last season and was not on the roster this season.

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