The Stonewall Democrats of Pinellas County celebrates the holidays and recent election victories at Georgie’s Alibi, 3100 3rd Ave. N., St. Petersburg, 5 to 8 p.m. In 2013, the Stonewall Democrats endorsed seven candidates for public office and all seven won. Meet and greet some of the newly elected public officials, including St. Pete mayor-elect Rick Kriseman.
Tuesday, Dec. 10
Spread some holiday cheer at Ybor City’s Hamburger Mary’s toy drive and bingo fundraiser for Metropolitan Ministries and other organizations assisting single mothers this holiday season. There will be plenty of prizes and bingo starts at 7 p.m. Reservations can be made at (813) 241-MARY.
Monday, Dec. 2
Tampa’s Francis House will hold a World AIDS Day vigil at 5:30 p.m. to remember those who have died from HIV/AIDS in the past year.
Join Hamburger Mary’s in Tampa, 1600 8th Ave., for a night of fun, food and prizes to benefit the Tampa Bay Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. Ten games of bingo costs $10. And bring an unwrapped gift card for Francis House to enter to win a Chamber prize pack. Table reservations can be made by calling Mary at (813) 241-6279.
Georgie’s Alibi, 3100 3rd Ave. N., St. Pete, will hold its Third Annual Toys for Tots Benefit from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. Drop off your donated toys by the fireplace. Proceeds from a raffle and an auction will also benefit Toys for Tots.
Here are some of the events planned throughout Tampa Bay to commemorate the day:
The Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and Muvico Ybor present a World AIDS Day film program on Sunday, Dec. 1 starting at 7 p.m. The event will feature the Florida premieres of the documentary Keep the Promise: The Global Fight Against AIDS and the dramatic short film Stigma.
“Everybody made me feel like part of the family,” he said.
So it was a no-brainer for the California-based filmmaker, co-founder of Guest House Films, to use Tampa, rather than Los Angeles, as the backdrop for his seventh feature-length film, the gay murder mystery Out to Kill.
The new report ranks cities around the country based on their pro-equality policies and the protections they have in place for their LGBT populations. While compiling the ratings, the HRC considered a variety of criteria for each city, including whether there are non-discrimination laws for employment, housing and public accommodations in place or whether they offer domestic partnership registries or civil unions.
Of the 291 cities rated, 25 percent received a score over 78, 10 percent scored over 96 and 25 cities earned a perfect score.
Monday, Nov. 18
Metro Wellness and Community Center and Trans*Action Florida have teamed up to present a Transgender Town Hall event, 6 to 7:30 p.m., at Metro Wellness’ St. Pete location, 3251 3rd Ave. N. A panel will discuss the latest issues facing the transgender and gender-variant communities. Topics include: transphobic violence, intersex issues, Pinellas HRO, health, HIV, the Affordable Care Act, positive outcomes of 2013 and what’s ahead in 2014. Panelists include Dr. Kathleen Farrell; Kyle Lidge, LMHC; and Dana ZZyym, intersex advocate.
Divas After Dark presents “Living with AIDS What a Drag” a Black & White Gayla to benefit Sarasota’s Community AIDS Network’s Emergency Relief Fund. The fundraiser will take place at Michael’s On East, 1212 S. East Ave., Sarasota. Cocktails and dinner begins at 6:30. The drag performance begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $100.
This makes Hawaii the 15th state to legalize gay marriage. Illinois passed similar legislation last week, but its governor won’t sign it into law until Nov. 20.
In this way, ts performers have become X-rated ambassadors of the transgendered community. The more comfortable straight men become masturbating in private to these performers, the more tolerant they will be in public of the transgendered community.
Not only do these rogue performers represent the transgendered community, they also embody the rainbow of diversity that exists in human sexuality and gender. In an effort to better understand this increasingly popular form of erotica, as well as the GLBT community as a whole, I caught up with the lovely TS performer, Tyra Scott.
Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Sophie B. Hawkins, known for her early ‘90s chart-toppers “Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover” and “As I Lay Me Down,” will headline the inaugural Pussycat Festival in Bradenton this Sat., Nov. 9.
The event is a fundraiser for the Gulf Shore Animal League (GSAL), an all-volunteer nonprofit group that provides services for feral and free-roaming cats throughout Manatee County. The organization also rescues infant and ill kittens, and nurses them back to health before finding them a home.
“I’m so excited about it,” Hawkins said. “It’s such a great lineup of artists and for a good cause ... They’re giving me a big space to play. I’m going to get out there and play until they shut us down.”