2020 WAVE Award Spotlight: ‘The Golden Gals’

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Central Florida’s Favorite Local Theatrical Show

The second the audience went nuts after hearing “The Golden Girls” theme song, drag queens Ginger Minj and Gidget Galore knew they had something special.

“We didn’t know how the audience was going to respond,” Minj says. “I’ll never forget the first performance. The lights went down, the theme song started and the audience started to sing along.”

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Watermark’s 2020 WAVE Award Winners – Central Florida

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FAVORITE LOCAL POLITICIAN

First: Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer

Second: Orlando Commissioner Patty Sheehan

Third: State Rep. Anna Eskamani

FAVORITE LOCAL ACTIVIST

First: George Wallace, LGBT+ Center

Second: Eric Rollings, Foundation for the Florida Environmental Protection

Third: Brandon Wolf, Equality Florida

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PHOTOS: Central Florida celebrates its WAVE winners with party at Parliament House

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ORLANDO | Central Florida celebrated the 2020 Watermark Awards for Variety and Excellence (WAVE) winners with a huge party at the Parliament House in Orlando March 6.

Hosted by Gidget Galore, the night’s event featured entertainment by WAVE Award-winners Erica Roberts, Rebekah Piatt, Lady Boys of The Peek-A-Boo Lounge’s Salvation Mercy and Hamburger Mary’s Orlando’s Broadway Brunch Bunch. A special thank you to Parliament House, a  multiple WAVE winner this year, for not only hosting the event but also catering it from its second place finisher for Favorite Locally-owned Restaurant, the Rainbow Cafe, and to the WAVE-winning team at Lee Forrest Design for the beautiful centerpieces.

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Orlando queens bring TV classics to the stage

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ABOVE: Gidget Galore (L) as Jackie and Ginger Ming as Roseanne in “Rozeanne,” the first show in their TV Land Live series. (Photo from Ginger Minj’s Facebook)

ORLANDO | It all started with “The Golden Girls” and Taco Tuesday. The journey to local drag queens’ Ginger Minj and Gidget Galore’s new stage series “TV Land Live,” began with them sitting down a year prior at Galore’s house and watching “The Golden Girls” on Hulu.

“We decided we wanted to do something fun, and something that reinvigorated us as far as drag goes,” Minj says. “We just happened to be watching ‘The Golden Girls” and we just said to each other ‘Why don’t we do this? Why don’t we take this show that we love so much and just run it on its feet?’”

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Divine Grace channels comedic icon Bea Arthur in two upcoming stage shows

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Bea Arthur is a comedy legend. She was a fixture on Broadway stages and television screens throughout the back half of the 20th Century, but she is probably best known as the witty, sarcastic Dorothy Zbornak in the groundbreaking 80s sitcom “The Golden Girls.”

That is where Central Florida drag performer and actor Divine Grace delved into the mind of Arthur.

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Taffy’s back with a drag queen party bus to Tampa

By : Lora Korpar
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Get on the bus bish, we are heading to the Bay!

Orlando performer Doug Ba’aser—also known by his drag persona, Taffy—is organizing a night of “drinking, dancing and depravity” with Taffy’s Tampa Trip Oct. 5.

The night will begin at the world-famous Parliament House at 7 p.m. followed by a luxury coach ride from Orlando to Tampa.

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Drag Queen Story Hours enchant Central Florida, Tampa Bay

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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Once upon a time, in the mystical land of San Francisco, wordsmith Michelle Tea had a dragulous idea.

As the Lambda Literary Award winner for Best Lesbian Fiction and the creator of RADAR Productions, the nonprofit that develops groundbreaking literary work by supporting LGBTQ artists, she understood both the power of community and the written word—and so Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH) was born.

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PHOTOS: ‘The Golden Gals LIVE!’ celebrate Orlando’s Big Gay Weekend with a pair of sold-out shows

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“The Golden Gals LIVE!” returned to the Footlight Theatre at the world famous Parliament House for two special performances — one on Friday and one on Sunday — during Orlando’s Big Gay Weekend.

Ginger Minj, Divine Grace, Gidget Galore and MRMS Adrian were back as drag versions of Blanche, Dorothy, Rose and Sophia to recreate a pair of episodes from the groundbreaking TV series “The Golden Girls.”

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‘The Golden Gals LIVE!’ heads back to Parliament House for Orlando’s Big Gay Weekend

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ORLANDO | Get your cheesecake ready, because the gals are back!

“The Golden Gals LIVE!”—the smash hit show that played to sold out crowds in March—is coming back to the world famous Parliament House’s Footlight Theatre for just two special performances during Orlando’s Big Gay Weekend.

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Orlando’s Big LGBTQ Weekend still has something for everyone

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The newly created KindRED Pride Foundation is bringing some of the weekend’s most anticipated events, but the kickoff weekend to Orlando’s big Pride Month is packed full of some returning favorites and big surprises.

Just as with the last several years, RED Shirt Pride Days has a designated Disney theme park for each day from May 30-June 2.

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Drag Queen Story Hour comes to life with Gidget Galore at The LGBT+ Center in Orlando

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ORLANDO | Central Florida drag queen Gidget Galore was not on her usual stage March 21 at The LGBT+ Center in Orlando, but instead sat in a circle with nearly 20 children reading stories to them.

“I look like a clown. I’m big, bright, sparkly and colorful and kids love it,” says Galore. “I have been looking forward to this since [we did it at] the Kids Fringe Festival and George [Wallace, The Center’s executive director] asked, and I said ‘Yes, this is for me!'”

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‘The Golden Gals Live’ to take the stage at Parliament House

By : Lauren Lee
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ORLANDO | Picture it: Orlando, 2019. The Parliament House’s Footlight Theatre sets the stage!

Some of Central Florida’s most talented drag queens are getting together over a few cheesecakes at Parliament House to bring you “The Golden Gals Live.”

Ginger Minj, Divine Grace, Gidget Galore and MRMS Adrian will take the stage as Blanche, Dorothy, Rose and Sophia, respectively. Rounding out the cast will be Watermark WAVE winner Doug Ba’aser playing a lesbian.

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