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.
Though today marks the 25th anniversary of World AIDS day, ABC's This Week was the only Sunday morning national public affairs program that devoted a few minutes to the virus that currently infects 34 million people around the globe, and has killed approximately 35 million people since it was first discovered in the early 1980's.
Speaking about how antiretroviral drugs are now significantly more accessible to people in places like Africa than when they first came on the market in the mid 1990's, the U2 frontman said:
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.
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.
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.”
Thursday, June 20
Got a rant or a story or a poem? Pick up the mic and show off your stuff at Oral Fixation’s monthly LGBTQ open mic at Ybor City’s R Bar, 1820 North 15th St., Tampa. Doors open at 9 p.m.; show starts at 10 p.m. Performers of all types are welcome and encouraged to share their art.
The West Coast Players Theatre, 21905 U.S. 19 N., presents “The Boys in the Band,” a play that mixes comedy and tragedy while exploring the issues of gay culture in American society. This performance, which begins at 8 p.m., is a fundraiser for St. Pete Pride. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased here.
Friday, June 21
The Florida Diversity Council will hold its second annual Florida LGBT-Allies Diversity Summit at Moffitt Cancer Center, Stabile Research Building’s Couch Auditorium, 12902 Magnolia Dr., Tampa, 7:30 — 11:30 a.m. This year’s theme is “What the HRC Corporate Equality Index Means to Your Business and Our Community,” and will include the discussion of the benefits and challenges that accompany effective inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender team members in the workplace. The keynote address, by Morgan Stanley’s Managing Director Caroline Gundeck, will discuss “Being Commercial: The Power of Diverse Partnerships.” Deena Fidas and Liz Cooper, representatives from the Human Rights Campaign, will explore the Corporate Equality Index in depth. Individual registration is $40; non-profit registration $30; and student registration $20.
The Broken Tusk, 4685 28th St. N., St. Petersburg, is throwing its Official Coming Out Party, featuring drag performances by Jaeda Fuentes, Kori Stevens, and special guests, and dancing with DJ LMo. There will be lots of giveaways. Drag performances are at 11:30 p.m. and 1 a.m.
If you're looking to make weekend plans, there are plenty of LGBT events in the Tampa Bay area.
Friday, June 14
Metro Wellness and Community Centers, will hold the reception for its Community Pride Art Show at its St. Pete Metro Center, 3251 3rd Ave. N., 6 — 9 p.m. LGBT artists from the Tampa Bay area will display their artwork, ranging from paintings to sculpture and photography, throughout June.
Sawmill Resort, Dade City, kicks off its Adult Film Weekend on Friday, June 14. It runs through Sunday, June 16. Enjoy pool parties, porn stars, adult giveaways, dancing and more.
With a career that spans two decades, Ferrick builds on her signature raw and emotive sound on "the truth is." By adding a touch of Americana and lush arrangements, she creates a more rootsy record. She also brought in a bevy of talented collaborators for this effort: Grammy Award-winner Trina Shoemaker (Brandi Carlile, Sheryl Crow) mixed the album; Rafi Sofer (James Taylor, Juliana Hatfield) took on the role of engineer; and fellow Berklee College of Music alum Paula Cole appears as a guest vocalist on the album’s first track, “Wreck Me.”
Atlantic Records signed Ferrick in the mid-1990s, at a time when artists like Liz Phair and PJ Harvey were making waves and the industry was intent on finding the next alt-rock female phenom. Eventually, as the industry evolved, Ferrick went on to form her own independent label, Right On Records, and for the past several years has been signed with MPress Records. She’s released 17 albums throughout her career, including four live records.
Ferrick will be back in the Tampa Bay area this fall, performing at Club Jaeb at the Straz Center on Oct. 28.
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!"