Watermark Giveaway: Tickets to the 2020 Gasparilla Music Festival

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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TAMPA | The 2020 Gasparilla Music Festival is almost here, and Watermark has your chance to win a pair of tickets!

The 2020 festival takes place in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park and Kiley Gardens Park March 7-8. The annual outing will welcome more than 40 musical acts from a wide variety of genres on multiple stages, including openly LGBTQ headliner Brandi Carlile and Queen of Bounce Big Freedia.

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Big Freedia bounces into Gasparilla Music Festival and beyond

By : Gregg Shapiro
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Music has always been an escape for Big Freedia, the out and proud Queen of Bounce. The New Orleans-based entertainer is a worldwide ambassador of bounce music, indigenous hip hop characterized by Mardi Gras Indian chants, energetic call-and-response vocals, heavy bass and up-tempo beats.

Freedia, who grew up singing in church choirs and admiring artists like Patti LaBelle and the openly gay “Queen of Disco” Sylvester, was first introduced to bounce music by drag entertainer Katey Red in the late 90s. Red is considered the first transgender emcee to rise to prominence in New Orleans and is credited with creating the LGBTQ-inclusive subgenre sissy bounce. She also welcomed Freedia as her backup dancer.

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Bob The Drag Queen drags Azealia Banks in diss track

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Bob The Drag Queen has responded to the Azealia Banks controversy with a read on the controversial rapper.

Banks, who is bisexual, accused RuPaul of plagiarizing her song “The Big Big Beat” in his song “Call Me Mother.” She also ranted against “white gays” and the LGBTQ community.

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