Tampa Bay entertainers stream recurring virtual shows

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ABOVE: (L-R) Stephanie Stuart and Vyn Suazion, photos via Pasco Pride; Beneva Fruitville, photo by Dylan Todd; Daphne Ferraro, photo via Ferraro.

TAMPA BAY | Performers from throughout Tampa Bay are streaming recurring shows via social media to raise funds and awareness for performers financially impacted by COVID-19.

LGBTQ and ally venues began announcing event cancellations, postponements and closures throughout the area to reduce the spread of the coronavirus last month. Gov. Ron DeSantis subsequently ordered bars and nightclubs closed statewide, impacting a number of entertainers financially dependent on scheduled performances.

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Pasco Pride expands in second year

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ABOVE: Supporters flood Sims Park for the inaugural Pasco Pride Oct. 6, 2018. Photo courtesy Pasco Pride.

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. | The second annual Pasco Pride will be held Sept. 29-Oct. 6, expanding from a one-day festival to unite Pasco County’s growing LGBTQ community.

Pasco Pride made history with its inaugural outing in 2018, becoming the first LGBTQ Pride festival held in the county. The organization has since dedicated itself to fostering communication, tolerance, education and mutual support between the area’s LGBTQ advocates and allies.

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Drag Queen Story Hours enchant Central Florida, Tampa Bay

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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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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: For the children

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Tampa Bay literary arts organizer Wordier Than Thou and the community-oriented Tampa Bay Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence will team up on June 9 to present their “Family Pride & Literacy Celebration with Drag Queen Story Hour.”

Children and community leaders will gather from 10:00-2:00 p.m. at Wordier Than Thou’s bookstore in Pinellas Park for a reading of local author Rob Sanders’ “Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag.” Area favorite queen Stephanie Stuart will read and present its colorful pages at 11:00 a.m. While it’s geared toward children ages 3-8, the organization advises that older kids and adults will find plenty to enjoy.

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Unforgettable: friends remember Natasha Richards

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TAMPA BAY – On stage, Natasha Richards demanded attention with her immaculate hair-dos, radiant costumes and flair for theatrics. She had the stage presence that kept all eyes on her.

Richards passed away Dec. 2 in her home at the age of 44. She was born in Queens, N.Y., but moved to New Port Richey, Fla., as a child, and later to Clearwater.

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