With St. Pete Pride just a week away, there are plenty of local LGBT events going on in our area.
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.