For three decades, openly gay crooner Suede has made a name for herself in the jazz, blues, and cabaret worlds as a one-of-a-kind performer. She'lll be in town Saturday night performing at a fundraiser for Metro Wellness and Community Centers that also doubles as a celebration for the organization's 20th anniversary.
"It's gonna be a great, great night for a great cause," Suede said, "And I plan on asking people to dig deep for it — but in a fun way ... So be ready, people!"
It’s never been tougher being an artist, with less people spending money on the arts these days.
It’s even harder being a gay artist.
That’s why Julie Haber, a photographer and small business owner in Tampa, organized “32 Shades of Gay”, an original art and fashion event featuring gay and gay-friendly artists from the area. She’s opening up her home and backyard for the free event this Saturday, Nov. 3 from 2 to 10 p.m.
One look at Kiyomi McCloskey and you know she eats, breathes and swaggers rock and roll. Whether she's taking the stage with her band Hunter Valentine or lighting up the small screen on this season of The Real L Word, this ultra-cool singer epitomizes rock and roll attitude.
This weekend, the charismatic frontwoman and divisive reality show star will bring her band's bold, brazen and inimitable brand of rock to the Tampa Bay area. The Toronto, all-female band — now Brooklyn-based — are headliners for the Girls Out Loud lesbian music festival on Saturday, Sept. 15. "We're really excited about the festival," McCloskey said. "We had been talking about how we wanted to get down to Florida again."
Finally. An event that’s all about the ladies.
We all know the Tampa Bay area is super LGBT friendly. But most events and establishments cater mainly to gay male or mixed crowds. Now, Girl2Girl Productions is introducing an exciting new music festival that will be sure to have all the lesbians atwitter.
The GOP is scrambling to improve its cred among Hispanics, African-Americans, women … but what about the gay community? That's a minority whose relationship with the Republican party is, um, complicated.
But gay Republicans do exist — and some of them are in town for the RNC this week.
What's it like to be a gay Republican — seen in some quarters as a walking contradiction in terms? What's the prognosis for support of same-sex unions in the GOP? What would a Romney presidency mean for the LGBT community? Florida is starting to elect openly gay Democratic legislators; are there any openly gay Republicans waiting in the wings?
We'll discuss these questions and more tonight at Creative Loafing's panel discussion, "LGBT@the RNC: Oxymoron or Happy Marriage?" from 6:30-8 p.m. at CL Space, 1911 N. 13th St., Ybor City, Tampa. Panelists are Sarah Longwell, a member of the Leadership Committee of Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry and national board secretary of Log Cabin Republicans; Sally Phillips, president of the Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus; and Nadine Smith, executive director of Equality Florida. CL Editor in Chief David Warner will moderate.
And come hungry: We'll be serving hate-free chicken sandwiches from Hamburger Mary's.
CL Space is located in the Creative Loafing offices in Ybor Square, directly above Spaghetti Warehouse. Admission to the panel is free. For more info, call 813-739-4854.
St. Pete for Peace's film series has secured a new location at the L Train in St. Petersburg starting the first week of August. Originally, T & Me Tea Company asked to host the series on their outdoor patio. But the owners at the Art Village Courtyard, a part of T & Me, reviewed some films and stated the films weren't "appropriate".
Happy Monday everyone.
The run of cool live music happening in Tampa continues tonight with Wilco coming to the Straz Theatre downtown. Saturday night you had Chris Cornell performing solo at the Tampa Theatre, and last night yours truly was among the lucky group of folks to see and hear Washed Out at the Crowbar in Ybor. Great show!
This reporter also among the thousands who ventured out to WMNF's Tropical Heatwave Saturday night. In recent years the music (of which there was more than ever in the event's history with a total of 73 acts — perhaps too many, program director Randy Wind?) has been almost secondary for me in recent year to the good times engendered by meeting up with old and new friends, but two acts did sustain my interest — the first being the Austin band The Preservation, who were dynamic, in particular their ferocious closing cover of Iggy Pop's "I wanna be your dog."
San Francisco's Chuck Prophet was also fun to watch this year, especially to hear some of his Bay Area flavored songs that populate his new album, Temple Beautiful, which featured "The Left Hand and the Right Hand," a ditty about the Mitchell Brothers, best known for their club on O'Farrell, The Mitchell Brothers Cinema. Sort of the Joe Redner of San Francisco. Google it if you must.
There's still lots of buzz in media circles about Barack Obama's rhetorical embrace of same sex marriage last week, a topic that was explored on all of the Sunday morning talk shows. The biggest takeaway is that most D.C. Republicans don't want to talk about it, preferring to concentrate on the economy. But conservatives who love the social issues aren't in agreement with that attitude. Oh, and check out Newsweek's cover this week.
Critics of Barack Obama for playing way too nice with Wall Street perhaps received more support for that stance after JPMorgan Chase's Jaime Dimon confessed last week that his institution had suffered a $2 billion trading loss last week, after initially dismissing such concerns.
And on Friday, a group out of St. Petersburg announced a new facility that will be powered exclusively by solar power. Advocates for building a solar power farm in the city hope this will create more synergy for that to become a possibility in the sometime future.
According to the Freedom to Marry website, more than 80 mayors of major U.S. cities have now pledged to support same-sex marriage. According to the website, the mayors hope to expand public and political support for ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage.
"I've always been a supporter of equality as it relates to marriage for the gay and lesbian community, and the reason is, we all take it basically as a given," Mayor Emanuel said, listing the health and retirement benefits that heterosexual married couples share with their partners.
Other notable mayors who have signed on include New York's Michael Bloomberg, Los Angeles' Antonio Villaragosa and Boston's Thomas Menino.
One notable omission? Tampa's Bob Buckhorn.
St. Pete's month-long pride celebration culminated yesterday in the annual parade and street festival, attracting thousands to the Grand Central district of downtown. It was the ninth year of this celebration for the LGBT community.
St Pete Pride will be back next year. Stay up to date at their web site. And if you had your photo taken with a rainbow at Creative Loafing's photo booth, make sure to visit our Facebook page later today and see it. You may download the photos for free. And PLEASE tag yourself (with pride!) while you're there.