Tampa Bay performers announce unofficial, digital Tampa Pride weekend

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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ABOVE: (L-R) Francis Queerbot 9000, Mr. Tampa Pride 2020 Kirk DaVinci and Juno Vibranz, photos via Kirk DaVinci/Tampa Pride.

TAMPA | Tampa Pride 2020 entertainers have planned a weekend of digital performances March 27-29 following the event’s postponement.

The sixth annual gathering was originally scheduled for the same weekend. It was moved to May 30 in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  

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UPDATED: Central Florida drag queens to stream shows on social media as people self-quarantine, bars and clubs close

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ABOVE: (L-R) Addison Taylor, Kitana Gemini and Twila Holiday are among the Central Florida drag queens hosting virtual shows on Facebook Live. (Photos from queen’s Facebook pages)

ORLANDO | Just because the bars and clubs are closed does not mean that you have to sacrifice your drag shows and cocktails.

Several queens across Central Florida are bringing their drag entertainment right into your home thanks to social media streaming.

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LGBT content abounds in summer 2017 streaming, home video formats

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ABOVE: Lesbian performer and Lady Gaga impersonator Athena is one of the people profiled in ‘Vegas Baby.’ (Photo by Amanda Micheli)

Now that the dog days of summer are here, instead of slogging through the heat to a movie theater, you can have some of the hottest recent LGBT releases delivered right to your living room. Between DVDs and a wide variety of Video On Demand (VOD) streaming services, you don’t need to leave the house until awards season begins to heat up in the fall.

One of the most interesting new releases is “Vegas Baby,” which was an audience favorite at the 2016 AFI Docs Film Festival under its original title of “Have A Baby.” Inspired by her own experiences with the economic and emotional toll of infertility treatments, Academy Award-nominated director Amanda Micheli turns her lens on a controversial annual contest.

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