Tampa Bay’s Overheard: Streisand at Amalie and Equality Florida at UT

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Hello Gorgeous!

Most people at the age of 74 are kicked back in retirement, sipping on a cocktail and enjoying the warm weather of a tropical climate such as that in Florida, but most people aren’t Barbra Streisand. Babs has had a year that would exhaust a person in their twenties, but this Funny Girl has been globetrotting to promote her new album Encore and looking flawless along the way.

Now, she is out on tour, selling out venues across America, and apparently she decided that a winter stay in the Sunshine State with the snowbirds might not be such a bad gig. So here she comes! For the first time ever, this Hollywood legend and gay icon will be in Tampa at Amalie Arena for a live concert Nov. 30. Time to Guilt Trip some Little Fockers into getting you a ticket so you can see Yentl belt out her greatest hits The Way We Were meant to hear them… LIVE, All Night Long!

Speaking of Equality

The University of Tampa’s Center for Public Speaking and the university’s speech program are launching a new speaker series to showcase some of Florida’s most talented speakers. For the 2016-2017 series, UT will partner with an organization that is loaded to the brim with some of the best speakers we have ever heard from Equality Florida. The series will feature four speakers from EQFL: two in the fall semester and two in the spring semester.

While they haven’t announced the spring speakers yet, we know who will grace the stage this fall. The series will kick off with EQFL’s public policy director Hannah Willard on Tuesday, Oct. 18. Willard has been responsible for all the work EQFL has done in the state capital, including the efforts at passing of the statewide nondiscrimination bill to protect LGBTQ Floridians. She also manages local policy campaigns, including anti-discrimination ordinances and safe school policies.

The series’ second speaker will be on Thursday, Nov. 3, and will be none other than the chair of TransAction, Equality Florida’s transgender inclusion initiative, and former Watermark cover model Gina Duncan. Duncan has trained major corporations across the United States on transgender inclusion and was a guest speaker at the Global Summit on Human Rights in Milan, Italy, sponsored by the Harvey Milk Foundation. The series will be held in the Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values on campus and is free and open to the public.

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