I think we learned a lot about the American Life in 2017. We learned
and adjusting to how things are going to be over the next four
years. I would say getting more comfortable in our "skin"; if
you know what I mean? Let me recap some of 2017, the good and
the bad. Regardless of the outcome we learned some great lessons
last year. Here are just a few things that stand out to me.
We have seen some of the greatest supporting crowds at our local
events like Tampa PRIDE, the OLOC National Convention, and first
time events like the Tampa FRINGE Festival (returning in 2018).
I noticed that the Tampa Bay LGBTQ (and supporting) events are
increasingly more inclusive; equally Gay and Straight, with all
the colors in between. We saw LGBTQ support like we have never
seen before locally. However, on a heavier note, 2017 brought
us the loss of a lot of wonderful people in the Tampa area. I
hope we always remember them for their greatness and the positive
impact they made in our lives. An event I would like to forget,
Hurricane IRMA; not sure anyone wants to remember that! Finally,
there was some Justice
for the 2003 brutal murders of Jason Galehouse and Michael Wachholtz
that rocked the Tampa Bay area. ENOUGH with that recap; WELCOME
January 2018 has been COLD, some of the coldest temps in years!
I hope that it is getting everyone out and moving, because I just
want to stay in bed under the warm blankets. My office is the
coldest room in the house (YIKES); as I sit here typing with frozen
fingers let's look ahead at 2018!
TampaBayGay.TV is finally launching. I know, I
have been teasing this for the last two years but the time has
come; I am anticipating the first videos to start late January.
There are a lot of great events, shows, and movies lined up this
year! First up, Cirque du Soleil's VOLTA at the Tampa Greyhound
Track; it has been years since a show like this has come to Tampa.
True to the Cirque reputation, this show looks amazing! Keep your
eyes out for movies like LOVE, SOMON and TV shows including everyone's
favorite RuPaul's Drag Race. Locally, be on the lookout for more
EXCLUSIVE Interviews with celebs, the Business Highlight section,
local entertainment reports, Dining Out reviews, and more.
As I close the first "From the Editor" of 2018 I am reaching
out to all my readers and asking that we stay STRONG and UNITED.
We show strength in numbers! Try to respect each other, use tolerance,
find common ground on heated topics, support those who reach out,
and most important LOVE one another. To those that drink, "CHEERS
to 2018…" (For those who DO NOT drink, I raise my Cup of Coffee
with you!) To everyone, Welcome into 2018, stay happy, safe
Tampa Bay Gay
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