Nephew of the Week: Michael Rahming

This hot young man is a hard worker who plays even harder with his family. His husband Shawn has been our sister in sin for many years! You will find Michael at City Side and in GaYBOR on the weekends.

You Just Can’t Make This Stuff Up!

Living with Carrie for over 38 years is still a hoot. We were recently at one of those big box stores and purchased a big five-pound bag of shrimp. We decided that we could break it up into smaller bags and freeze some. At home I pulled out four one-gallon freezer bags. Carrie looks shocked and picked up much smaller bags. He then proceeds to put 15 shrimp into each bag.

With a big smile he tells me, “We can each have 7 at a meal, then fight over who gets the last one.” REALLY?!?!?! The next time I made shrimp and pasta I opened two bags. After the meal, Carrie told me that he gave me the extra shrimp.

Tampa Pride Fall Benefit Bingos Set at Hamburger Mary’s

Tampa Pride 2016 announced Benefit Bingos at Hamburger Mary’s. The community big Pride event is scheduled for next March 26. All bingos are on Sunday nights, starting at 7 p.m. with announcer Stephanie Shippae. Make plans to come out Sunday nights: August 9, September 13, October 11, November 8 and December 6. Look for more upcoming events for Tampa Pride 2016 at

The Purple Rhino

Located at 2920 Beneva Road in Sarasota, The Purple Rhino is a non-profit organization providing a place of fellowship to the LGBT community and their supporters.  On Saturday, August 26, from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., there will be a very special fundraiser there. This event will be hosted by Al and Chuck. Below is their facebook invitation.

The Purple Rhino, the organization in Sarasota for the gay community, has been designated their charitable status now by the IRS (501c3). To help them, Chuck and I are going to host a special Saturday evening and night where we are going to be hosts and bartenders. 100% of all proceeds are going to the new 501c3. PLEASE SAVE THE DATE and if you can help us in any way (or want to be on our host committee) please contact me at

Metro Wellness & Community Centers Adds New Services

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that it has awarded Metro Wellness & Community Centers with $350,000 over 5 years in new funding to provide HIV High Impact prevention. This funding is part of the CDC’s $216 million project to reduce the rates of infection in the hardest-hit areas of the United States.

Florida currently ranks first in the nation for newly diagnosed HIV cases, and third in the nation for newly diagnosed AIDS cases. Hillsborough County ranks first in the state with newly diagnosed HIV cases and Pinellas County as seventh.Dish-3031_copy

Some additional services provided through the funding includes couples counseling, increased treatment adherence education and ensuring access to Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for individuals at high risk of infection. Metro just recently announced the opening of LGBTQ Primary Care Clinics which will provide these increased services to help stop the spread of HIV in our communities.