Gay Days Kick-Off Party

When: Tue., June 2, 6:30-9:30 p.m. 2015

In a town that seems to thrive on juxtaposition, it’ll be a real sight to see Gay Days kick off in the shadow of Bass Pro Shops and Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill at Artegon Marketplace. But maybe that’s the point. LGBT acceptance is at an all-time high in the wake of recent marriage equality rulings (if you don’t count the bizarre backlash/whiplash of those among the religious right who feel their nuptials threatened by same-sex marriage); we should all just get along – celebrate, even! The annual red-shirted, Disney-centered Gay Days event turns 25 this year, and has evolved into a tourism behemoth and, therefore, an economic development driver. That explains why, amidst the Miss Gay Days Pageant and various oonce-oonces of DJ decadence and backtracked vocal histrionics, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer will be on hand (not gay, but gay friendly!) to issue all of the “whereas”-es that he can in a planned proclamation. “Whereas I am not wearing any underwear and I answer to the name ‘Buddy!’” Oh, a girl can dream. – Billy Manes

Price: $10 - $50