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It occurred to me that in order to get more gay people to the polling booth, whose votes matter immensely, perhaps we should create a whole “gay day” theme like we do at Disney World. If we can take over the land of enchantment, why shouldn’t we take over this important day too? Why not have some funs while we send the politicians in Washington packing for home?
The celebration would of course begin weeks in advance, so honey, you are already behind. You’d better drop everything and get started right now.
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Hamburger Mary’s Orlando held its Gay Days-inspired Broadway Brunch, with hosts Nicky Monet and Angel Sheridan and the Broadway Brunch Bunch, June 3.
The show featured great song and dance numbers, deep cuts from the 90s, fabulous costumes and more than few hilarious sharp barbs traded between the hosts. All in all, a really fantastic way to cap Orlando’s Big Gay Weekend.
Thousands of people flocked to Parliament House to see Deborah Cox live in concert on June 2.
Cox played hits such as “Things Just Ain’t the Same” and “Absolutely Not.” Cox also celebrated the 20th anniversary of “Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here” with the crowd.
The world famous Parliament House got its Gay Days started with its PI @ PH celebration.
P House’s annual tradition featured amazing drag performances, the hottest music and a fantastic show from Hamburger Mary’s Broadway Brunch Bunch.
Only four years into her drag career, Aquaria has grabbed the attention of fans around the world in her short time on Season 10 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Prior to joining the show, Aquaria had around 200,000 followers on her Instagram. That number has grown to more than half a million.
Reigning from the New York City drag scene, Aquaria grew up in Pennsylvania when she started expressing interest in wanting to put on makeup for costumes. The drag daughter of Season 4’s winner Sharon Needles, Aquaria has continued to perform well on “Drag Race” by winning two mini-challenges and two main challenges, and she has never been in the bottom.
FAVORITE LOCAL POLITICIAN/ACTIVIST
First: Patty Sheehan, Orlando City Commissioner – District 4
Second: Buddy Dyer, Orlando Mayor
Third: Carlos Guillermo Smith, Florida House Representative – District 49
GREATEST STRAIGHT ALLY TO THE LOCAL LGBTQ COMMUNITY
First: Buddy Dyer, Orlando Mayor
Second: Anna Eskamani, Florida House candidate – District 47
Third: Darren Soto, U.S. House of Representatives – Florida’s 9th District
In these very pages one year ago we proclaimed 2016 to be the worst year ever. It started off with so much promise and optimism, with the official passing of the torch as the former owner of Watermark turned the reins over to new owner Rick Claggett and Watermark Media became Watermark Publishing Group.
President Barack Obama was heading into the final year of his second term and everything seemed in place for another torch to be passed, that of the first black president passing the country off to the first female president.
A rain-soaked resort didn’t keep the crowds away as Grammy-winning singer Macy Gray took the poolside stage at the world famous Parliament House just after midnight June 4.
Gray, along with her full band on stage (a first for a Parliament House Gay Days concert), sang a bluesy, jazz mix of her hits, including “Annabelle” and “I Try,” as well as amazing covers of Radiohead’s “Creep” and the Frank Sinatra classic “My Way.”
It’s the first weekend of June, the beginning of LGBTQ Pride month, and that means it is time again for Orlando’s Big Gay Weekend.
Many groups, businesses and organizations have planned and put together events, parties and surprises across Central Florida that will have you bathing in beauty and soaking up the sun. Just as in year’s past, your friends here at Watermark will be out and about at as many events as our feet can carry us to.
Macy Gray isn’t your traditional artist. Her unique voice and style has allowed her to perform in many different genres without being fully submerged into one. It is unmistakably her when you hear her vocals on a track whether you are listening to R&B, hip-hop, soul, pop or jazz.
Her style – wild and crazy hair along with a relaxed, casual dress – have left many asking her, in interviews and online, if she is more than just an ally in the LGBTQ alphabet, which she is perfectly fine with.