Tampa welcomes thousands for 2018 Gay Softball World Series

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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TAMPA | Tampa Bay will host the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance’s (NAGAAA) Gay Softball World Series (GSWS) for the first time in the organization’s history Sept. 3-8.

Formed in 1977, NAGAAA is an international sports organization comprised of male and female softball players. The 501(c)(3) is dedicated to providing the LGBTQ community the opportunity to participate in organized competitions throughout North America.

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Issue 24.16: Diamonds are Forever

By : Jake Stevens
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Central Florida and Tampa Bay softball leagues celebrate milestone anniversaries this season, Hope and Help settles into their new digs, Metro Wellness & Community Center puts on youth talent show, Jennifer Real sings her heart out, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Overheard in Tampa Bay: Is St. Pete Pride on the move?

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Tampa to host the NAGAAA Softball World Series
The North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance has named Tampa as the spot for the Softball World Series, well in 2018, so you have a few years to get ready for it. The NAGAAA is an international sports organization (that’s right, they play with Canadians!) that got its start back in 1977 as a way to provide opportunity and access for the LGBT community to participate in organized softball competition in a safe environment. The league is currently working with over 13,000 players from 43 cities, including Tampa. So let’s get out there and throw them balls and swing them bats and make sure that in 2018 Tampa gtes to say they won the whole damn thing in their own backyard.

Is St. Pete Pride moving?
Facebook was all asunder after several members of the community started to voice concerns about where and when St. Pete Pride would be holding the annual Pride celebration this coming summer. In the past, the parade route has started in the empty lot across from Georgie’s Alibi and would move through Kenwood and down Central Avenue through the Grand Central District where the festival would be, but with the closing of Georgie’s it has been speculated that the parade and festival may make a move to downtown. Officially nothing has been announced, and no final decisions have been made (St. Pete Pride’s website still shows last year’s route), but that didn’t stop the battle from waging as the fact that the lot across from where Georgie’s once was is not (and never was) owned by Georgie’s came to light. Many came to the defense of St. Pete Pride calling the other side “keyboard warriors” and stressing that everyone should wait and see before getting upset. An announcement should hopefully be coming soon from the St. Pete Pride camp and once we know, you will know.

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PHOTOS! Orlando Meltdown 2016

By : Deanndra Meno
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More than 900 softball players hit the field Jan 15-17 for the 16th annual Orlando Meltdown Tournament, hosted by the Central Florida Softball League.

50 teams participated in Orlando Meltdown 2016. Here’s who came out on top:

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Watermark Year in Review: October 2015

By : Jamie Hyman, Billy Manes and Jeremy Williams
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Cindy Barnes is a woman who knows how to leave on a high note. After six years as chairwoman of Sarasota Pride, in 2015 Barnes announced she’s stepping down as the successful event’s big cheese.

Come Out With Pride caps a comeback year with a vibrant, crowded, but well-organized event. After the firing of COWP’s executive director in late 2014, the Pride committee worked overtime in overdrive to ensure that 2015 Orlando Pride would do Orlando proud. Mission accomplished.

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Everybody knows his name: Brian Longstreth was Grand Central’s go to guy in 2015

By : Jeremy Williams
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Brian Longstreth, 54, has been one of the most visible faces in St. Pete’s LGBT community since moving to the vibrant beach town 32 years ago. He has also been a driving force in LGBT business.

Longstreth started Your Neighborhood Realty in 1999, opened Gay St. Pete House in 2008 and was one of the original organizers of St. Pete Pride.

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Overheard in Orlando: Bearded lady, honoring Paris, BlueStar and Central Florida softball changes

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Meet the Bearded Lady!
Who says a drag queens can’t participate in Movember? Local entertainer and bartender Addison Taylor is foregoing the typical hairless painted-face look of most drag entertainers, and she’s been sporting a full beard since the start of November.

Movember, also known as No-Shave November, was conceived in 2004 in Australia and New Zealand as a way to raise awareness and funds for men’s health, such as testicular and prostate cancer. It quickly grew fame over the years making No-Shave November an annual event where most men don a beard or mustache.

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Lesbian boxer looks to become female heavyweight champion

By : Kimberly Slichter
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Orlando – By night one way, by day another. So is the life of Laura Ramsey.

When she’s not teaching middle school kids how to solve math problems, Ramsey spends her time training for upcoming boxing matches, the most important of which takes place on Nov. 7.

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ASANA World Series brings first-class women’s softball to Central Florida

By : Ciara Varone
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Altamonte Springs – On Oct. 24, the 2015 Amateur Sports Alliance of North America’s tournament held its final games in the Seminole County Softball Complex, after five long days of softball with 59 competing teams.

In the B division, Houston Blaze defeated runner-up Kansas City Fully Loaded with a final score of 5-1. Sol Fuzion Fort Lauderdale brought this year’s host state a victory with a 5-0 score against Atlanta Laid Back for the C division.

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Altamonte Springs hosts LGBT Women’s World Series

By : Ciara Varone
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Seminole County is hosting the 2015 ASANA Softball World Series, culminating in the championship game on Oct. 24 at the Seminole County Softball Complex in Altamonte Springs. The tournament, with 57 participating teams from across the US, started Oct. 19.

Amateur Sports Alliance of North America and the Central Florida Softball League have worked with the Central Florida Sports Commission, the Florida Sports Foundation, Seminole County’s Tourist Development Council,and Seminole County’s Department of Leisure Services Department, to make this event possible, they said in a press release. It is expected to draw 2,000 female athletes as well as their friends and families to the area. 

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Former coaches file lawsuit saying they were fired for being gay and female

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Three former University of Minnesota Duluth coaches, including women’s hockey coach Shannon Miller, filed a discrimination lawsuit against the university Sept. 28, saying they lost their jobs because they’re female and gay.

Miller led the Bulldogs to five NCAA national championships, but UMD officials cited a budget deficit when they told her last December that they would not renew her contract. The others plaintiffs include former women’s softball coach Jen Banford, who was also director of operations for UMD women’s hockey under Miller, and former women’s basketball coach Annette Wiles.

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Game of Clowns! Liveblogging tonight’s Republican primary debate

By : Billy Manes
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Now that it has become apparent that the Republican presidential field of dreams is about the size of public school’s third grade homeroom class, and the intelligence – minus the public schooling part! – decisions had to be made by the brass at Fox News as to how to cover it. Somebody in an ugly suit sitting at a mahogany table grumbled, “Let’s just pick ten of ‘em.” And so it shall be.

Tonight, we will pop the red popcorn and drink the red drinks as we liveblog the political free-for all that will likely stutter and huff and puff around issues like marriage equality, Obamacare and immigration. We’ll also be sure to notice the nuanced gaffes that make this pageant so amusing and amazing.

And away we go: 

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