Looking back on a gay nightclub that almost wasn’t; looking forward after a massacre

By : Alma J. Hill
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The news coverage of Pulse is a 24-hour cycle of tragedy. Again and again, readers are forced to relive chaos and carnage. Images of the battered wall fill our news feeds, and the faces of the 49 float in and out of our consciousness on a regular basis. Bodies in corners, mothers crying in cars, candles in the rain; remembering Pulse has come to almost exclusively mean reliving the events of June 12th.

Rarely is the legacy of the club discussed. As an LGBTQ friendly space that had been operational for well over a decade, Pulse represented many firsts for Orlando. It was the first Orlando nightclub to feature a space even remotely similar to its famed futuristic white room (that changed colors). In 2013, it became one of the first gay clubs in Central Florida to give a Saturday night home to a Latin night. The club’s opulent interior garnered national attention, earning Pulse coverage in both Club and Mondo magazines.

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Watermark Holiday Giveaway: Win tickets to “A Drag Queen Christmas”

By : Jeremy Williams
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Deck the halls with belles in drag kween, FA-LA-LA-LA-LA-YA-AA-AA-AAAAAAASS!

Get ready for the contestants from RuPaul’s Drag Race to perform live on stage this holiday season in A Drag Queen Christmas. Season 8’s winner Bob the Drag Queen (hosting at the Straz Center in Tampa Dec. 27) and fan favorite Thorgy Thor on the violin (hosting at Plaza Live in Orlando Dec. 28) will be joined by Naomi Smalls, Chi Chi DeVayne, Trixie Mattel, Roxxxy Andrews, Tatianna, Milk and Pearl.

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Roxxxy Andrews, Ginger Minj among the new cast of ‘RuPaul’s All-Stars Drag Race 2’

By : Nicole Dudenhoefer
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RuPaul’s All-Stars Drag Race will be back on Logo for its second season August 25 and the cast has been revealed!

“The girls dropped whatever they were doing to do this,” RuPaul said in an exclusive cast-revealing interview with Entertainment Weekly. “We’ve got a hundred girls now, so we could pretty much do All Stars forever.”

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