In Issue 12

GaYBOR & Tampa Bay Gossip & News

Dishing issue 12GAYBOR SUPER HEROES….

The movie screens are packed with comic book super heroes these days, which may be in part due to the economic times we are all living in now. Tampa Bay is full of real life super heroes! In Ybor City eight of these super heroes combined their powers into one truly amazing GLBT super force: The GaYBOR District Coalition, dreamt up by visionaries Mark & Carrie, D. Stephen & Steve, Jon & Michael and Tony & Jose. In the short 16 months since combining forces they have brought to16 new GLBT businesses and new residents to what was empty store fronts surrounded by violence and depression in Ybor City. The Super Heroes includes; Streetcar Charlie’s, The Whiteroom, Honey Pot, Steam Friday’s, Tease Saturdays, Spur’s Country Bar, 1701 Leather Room, L’ Olivier’s Cabaret, Ybor Resort & Spa, The Nest, Ybor Social Club, The Ybor Eagle, Gallery Live, ARTS on Ninth, The Ritz, The Copa (which moved to a larger location in Armenia), [email protected] & The Forge (closed when the building went into foreclosure) & Rehab-Limelight (closed when building was sold). So many nonprofit organizations, individuals and gay friendly businesses have followed suit. Together, these forces have been beaming out a rainbow of light colored with truth, honesty, direction and diversity in our community that has been noticed throughout Florida and in the GLBT world community. The GaYBOR District Coalition that started with a dozen community individuals having only a dream and has now grown to 150+ members.

The VIP party started with everybody meeting on the Terrace at the Waterside Marriott. Then the guests all boarded a private trolley car, complete with a Pink Vodka Bar! When the Trolley car arrived at Streetcar Charlie’s the party was so huge it spilled out into the streets! It was a night of brilliant insanity! With the crowd cheering her on Melanie Minyon performed a drag promenade right there in the streets. Next came the fashion show with people packing the streets to watch the spectacle. Hot boys were walking right down the center strip of the road, just like a fashion runway! Swimwear and underwear included! We can’t wait to see how Charlie’s tops this next year!

The Ybor Social Club, located at 1909 N 15th Street (2 doors from MC Film), will be opening this week! This new club is brought to you by the owners of G. BAR and The Honey Pot, so you know this is going to be FANTASTIC!!! Coming soon in the basement will be the new Ybor Eagle!


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