PHOTOS: The LGBT+ Center of Central Florida celebrates 40 years with Studio 54 concert

By : Danny Garcia
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ORLANDO | The LGBT+ Center of Central Florida celebrated its 40th anniversary with a concert at The Plaza Live on Nov. 3.

The Studio 54-themed event was hosted by Jorge Estevez and featured showstopping musical and dance numbers by the Orlando Gay Chorus, a sensual burlesque dance from VarieTEASE’s Blue Star, Tymisha Harris and the Ladyboys’ Gadiel Vazquez, hysterical drag by Gidget Galore and a once-in-a-lifetime special performance from one of the queens of disco, Martha Wash.

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The LGBT+ Center of Central Florida celebrates 40 years with a Studio 54-inspired party

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | The LGBT+ Center of Central Florida has undergone several name and location changes in its 40-year history, but the mission has always remained the same.

“The focus since the beginning was always advocacy, making sure there was a voice for the community and socialization,” says George Wallace, The Center’s current executive director.

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Watermark on the Fringe: “Blue Star presents: VarieTEASE… Spellbound”

By : Kathy Ruiz
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Spellbound was a captivating performance inspired by Orlando’s famous Blue Star’s battle with Post Traumatic Stress disorder and her journey with EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy.

No detail was too small for this cast, and costumes were no exception. Glittery, feathered, clowns donned the stage for “Spellbound’s” second performance in Fringefest 2018.

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Blue Star puts gender fluidity in the spotlight with The Lady Boys of the Peek-A-Boo Lounge

By : Jeremy Williams
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Orlando performer Blue Star is one person who embodies empowerment and being comfortable in your own skin. Blue came to Orlando in 2000 to attend Full Sail University after a successful dancing career in Atlanta and New York. She planned to stay for just 13 months; she never left. In 2012, Blue opened the theater The Venue.

“I just wanted a place to put on my shows,” Blue says. “But as I say now it’s not my Venue anymore, it’s Orlando’s Venue. It’s a safe place for performers to try out new things and new shows and take risks and really grow themselves.”

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Art in Equality at Orlando Museum of Art

By : Jake Stevens
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Hundreds attended the inaugural Art in Equality event at Orlando Museum of Art August 7. Many local politians and artists were part of the excited crowd, which enjoyed performances by Varietease, Todd Kimbro and the Orlando Gay Chorus. Tom Dyer, Mike Morris, Michael Farmer, and Rick Singh participated in an LGBT property rights panel.

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