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We are getting to the end of LGBT Pride Month. It’s been such a fun and busy time for all of us at Hotspots. We covered Gay Disney Week in Orlando, we wrote about Polk Pride in Lakeland, we had great representation at Stonewall Wilton Manors, and now we’re at St. Pete Pride. A lot of fun activities and entertainment are in store. It’s always fun to see all the people enjoying the lively nighttime parade, followed by the daytime festival. Hope to see you out there! Lots of love to you all!

 

Thursday June 25

$200 goes to the winner of the amateur strip contest at Bradley’s on 7th WHCF-3025_thursdayin Tampa this evening! Joey Brooks and Kori Stevens will be hosting a drag show, which begins at midnight, followed by the strip-off! May the best man win! Be sure to catch Joey Brooks and her diva revue shows this weekend: on Friday the cast includes Esme Russell and Angel Sheridan, and on Saturday Joey and Esme are joined by Apple Love and Missy Meyakie LePaige. Showtimes on weekends are 11:30 p.m. and 1:15 a.m.

Georgie’s Alibi in St. Petersburg is launching a new theme night called “One Love Thursdays.”WHCF-3025_thursday2 This also serves as the St. Pete Pride pre-party. There will be burlesque entertainers who will be taking their talents to the dance floor, as well as local advocates who will tell you all about what’s going on right now at Equality Florida, Metro Wellness and Community Centers, and more. Mayven Missbehavin will be your host. Be there at 10 p.m.

Did you know Florida’s Leading Lady, Leigh Shannon, is bringing her Hamburger Mary’s Orlando Illusions in Revue show to The Villages? Leigh will perform her show in a special engagement at Savannah Center in September. To find out how to purchase tickets, visit leighshannon.com.

 

Friday June 26

Enigma in St. Petersburg has a lot going on this Pride Weekend! First, they will be hosting a WHCF-3025_fridaymeet and greet with Alex Newell, the headliner of the 27/82 Concert, at 11 p.m. There will also be two drag shows featuring Daphne Ferraro, Chi Chi Lalique and Kathryn Nevets, with showtimes at 10 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. Enigma will also host a Pride “finale party” on Sunday with two special drag shows (showtimes 7 and 9 p.m.), featuring Daphne, Jocelyn Summers and Yvonne Divina.

Flamingo Resort in St. Petersburg has a lot going on for Pride too! Let’s start with the Pride kick-off party poolside at 2 p.m., followed by line dancing at 9 p.m. and a drag show hosted by Anjila Cavalier at 11! Then on Saturday, there will be a Pride pool party, a party in the Code Bar at 9 p.m., and drag shows at 3 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Then on Sunday, enjoy one of the Flamingo’s famous tea dances beginning at noon. Trolley service to Central Avenue from the Flamingo is just $1 each way Saturday night and Sunday afternoon! Book your room now: (727) 321-5000.

 

Saturday June 27

Some sexy men from NBC’s daytime drama Days of our Lives are coming to Tampa Bay just inWHCF-3025_saturday time for Pride Weekend! Christopher Sean, who plays the gay character Paul Narita, will be in attendance, as will actors Bryan Dattilo (Lucas) and Casey Moss (J.J.). The weekend’s events begin at noon with a luau-themed meet and greet lunch. To buy tickets, visit starstruckfanevents.com.

At last week’s soft opening, you got to see a little bit of what Southern Nights Tampa is going to offer every night of the week. You should definitely come out tonight and see their men’s night, which is called Swank Saturdays. The doors open at 9 p.m. and there will be lots of sexy men and great music.WHCF-3025_saturday2

Parliament House in Orlando is keeping their pool open late, until 3 a.m., for an awesome party! It’s called “Boxers and Briefs and Bikinis” and the person wearing the sexiest swimsuit will win $300 cash and a $150 gift card to Mojoman Swimwear & Clothing. The Footlight Players will perform at 10 p.m. and midnight. DJ Brianna will be spinning in the disco and DJ Scott Robert will be poolside.

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Mike Halterman
Mike Halterman has been the editor of Hotspots Central since its launch in July 2016. He joined the Hotspots Media Group family as editor of Hotspots' South Florida magazine in June 2013. A former "40 Under 40" honoree in The Advocate magazine, Mike lives in the Tampa Bay area.