Watermark Giveaway: Tickets to see ‘A Drag Queen Christmas’ hosted by Nina West

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It’s the holidays and Watermark wants to gift you a pair of tickets to see some the most popular queens from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” this season!

“A Drag Queen Christmas” — hosted by Nina West and featuring Latrice Royal, Shuga Cain, Shea Coulee, William, Thorgy Thor, Lady Bunny and more singing seasonal classics and bringing that naughty holiday spirit — will be at The Plaza Live in Orlando Dec. 27 and the Straz Center in Tampa Dec. 29.

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11.27.19 Central Florida Bureau Chief’s Desk

By : Jeremy Williams
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As singer Andy Williams (no relation) stated in 1963 — and nearly every other singer and musician since then — “it’s the most wonderful time of the year!”

That’s right, it’s the holiday season, and this Central Florida Bureau Chief’s Desk publishes the day before Thanksgiving and my next one, the final one of 2019, will be out the day after Christmas. So this is my final opportunity to let you all know what I want for Christmas this year.

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Watermark’s Wedding Bells: Christopher and Kahmari Ellis

By : Tiffany Razzano
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As Christopher Ellis waited for the SkyConnect to take him from Tampa International Airport’s main terminal to the gate of his California-bound flight in November 2018, he paused when he overheard a guy exiting the tram discussing “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”

“This piqued my interest. Being an ex-bartender at Flamingo Resort, I know some of the girls,” he says.

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Ocasio-Cortez goes fangirl for Sasha Velour

By : John Paul King OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) went to a performance by Sasha Velour on Monday night, and came out sounding like the drag queen’s biggest fan.

The House freshman met with the “RuPaul’s Drag Race” alum after the Washington, D.C. show, calling the performance “incredible” and “amazing.”

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7 LGBTQ moments from the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards

By : Lora Korpar
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It was a historic night for the LGBTQ community inside the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles for the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards on Sept. 22.

While the nights top prizes went to “Game of Thrones” and “Fleabag,” many LGBTQ entertainers, shows and issues took center stage. Here are seven of the most talked about LGBTQ moments from the show.

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A look back at some of the biggest LGBTQ pop culture moments over the last quarter century

By : Jeremy Williams
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Pop culture has always been ahead of the game when it comes to opening the hearts and minds of society. Long before the majority of the U.S. supported marriage equality, believed LGBTQ rights were human rights and accepted that we were born this way, the LGBTQ community was being acknowledged in movies, music, TV shows, books and more.

We have gathered the ABC’s of LGBTQ pop culture moments from over the last quarter century on this page to remind you of a few of those times that made us feel like we were being seen.

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VH1 renews ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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VH1 has renewed the “RuPaul’s Drag Race” franchise for two more seasons.

“RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 5” and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” season 12 have been greenlit by the network, RuPaul announced in a video clip posted on Monday.

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Orlando LGBTQ clubs bring the queens for GayDayS weekend

By : Jeremy Williams
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GayDayS weekend will not only be popping at the host hotel. Orlando’s clubs and bars are having parties of their own and they are certain to be lit!

Below we have gathered information on some of the hottest queens taking Orlando’s GayDayS weekend by storm.

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Taylor Swift explains why she got vocal for LGBTQ rights

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Taylor Swift in her music video for “You Need to Calm Down.” (Screenshot from YouTube)

Taylor Swift revealed that she was inspired to get vocal about LGBTQ activism after having a conversation with her friend, choreographer and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” judge Todrick Hall.

In an interview with Vogue, Swift says Hall made a comment to her that changed her perspective on staying quiet.

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‘Pose’ scores six history-making Emmy nominations

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Pose” landed six Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series and a Best Actor nomination for Billy Porter, marking a historic milestone for the first television series to feature the largest cast of LGBTQ actors.

Porter, who portrays Pray Tell on “Pose” is the first openly gay black man to be nominated for an Emmy.

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‘Queer Eye’ star Antoni Porowski gets a drag makeover from Miz Cracker

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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“Queer Eye” food expert Antoni Porowski received a special drag makeover courtesy of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” alum Miz Cracker on the YouTube channel for the LGBTQ publication Them.

Porowski, 35, admits that he’s only dressed up in drag twice in his life. Once in middle school for Halloween and the second as Britney Spears when he and the rest of the Fab Five appeared on “Lip-Sync Battle.”

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PHOTOS: Saturday Night at Parliament House’s Big Gay Weekend was a star-studded occasion

By : Danny Garcia
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Parliament House was the place to be for Orlando’s Big Gay Weekend on June 2.

In addition to the Footlight Players performing, the Parliament House hosted a huge double header at the world-famous resort. “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 3, All-Stars 1 and All-Stars 4 contestant, and fan favorite, Manila Luzon performed and capping off the night by taking us to her house and showing us 100% Pure Love was the legendary Crystal Waters.

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