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Visionary leadership and exceptional urban planning have turned Channelside, once a languishing dock area in downtown Tampa, into a thriving metropolitan living, entertainment and social hub. Gone are the blocks and blocks of unused, dilapidated warehouses and in their place are thousands and thousands of condos and apartments all with water and port views. Cruise ships now dock at the southern edge and bring with them thousands of people that fill the shops, restaurants and bars that have all opened to feed and entertain this thriving city within a city.The area also includes the Florida Aquarium. The Tampa Streetcar System, Teco Line, runs through Channelside connecting it to downtown Tampa, the convention center and Historic Ybor City, home of the GAYbor entertainment area.


Traveling to Tampa from anywhere served by Amtrak in Florida can be very simple. Board Amtrak at any station and relax for a few hours and you'll end up at Tampa's Union Station, about six blocks from the heart of the Channelside entertainment district and downtown Tampa. Round trip tickets on Amtrak are about $70. Once you're in Ybor City everything is no more than a few blocks away and for longer trips you can board the Teco Line, a streetcar line that connects Ybor City to Channelside Village, a cruise port with more shops and theaters. The streetcar line also runs past the Florida Aquarium, St Pete Times Forum, where the Stanley Cup winners, the Tampa Bay Lightening (NHL), play and ends up near Harbor Island and the Tampa Convention Center.

Tampa is also the home of Bush Gardens as well as Super Bowl winners, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The New York Yankees Spring Training facility, Legends Field, is located near the Buccaneers stadium. The Sunshine Skyway Bridge, spanning Florida's Tampa Bay, is the world's longest bridge with a cable-stayed main span, with a length of 29,040 feet (exactly 5.5 miles or approximately 8.85 km).
 
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Lowry Park Zoo is rated high for Variety of Animals, Humane Display & Care of Animals and LGBT Family Friendly.
 

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Florida's Best Clothing Optional Gay Men's Resorts

Life in the tropics is all about beating the heat. And what better way cool off than to hang out poolside without clothing? Florida has dozens of clothing optional resorts, but which ones are the best? Here's the Mark's List take on the 5 best (in no particular order).
 
In Key West check out New Orleans House and Island House. New Orleans House is located on Duval Street, right in the middle of all of the action. You can count on a great time poolside or in Key West's biggest Gay nightclub, Bourbon Street Pub. Island House is located on a quieter side street and offers amazing rooms, many of them opening onto the pool and patio. There's also an amazing pool side cafe serving up some of the best food (and libations) on the Island. In Fort Lauderdale, we suggest you get your Gay clothing optional groove on at The Grand Resort and Spa, which offers an upscale atmosphere with amenities that include spa services, poolside cabana bars and plenty of tanning lotion to keep your booty from burning. In Central Florida you can head out into the woods and catch some all over rays at the Sawmill Camping Resort. Sawmill offers cabins and plenty of places to park RVs or pitch tents. There's also a large heated pool, a dance hall, restaurant, several themed bars and plenty of trails to go "hiking" on.



Florida's Gay and Lesbian Beaches

We've given our Florida Gay Beaches Guide a makeover. Florida is surrounded by some of the best beaches in the world. From the cool to the touch quartz sand of Siesta Key to world famous beaches in cities like Fort Lauderdale, St Petersburg and Miami, there is something for everyone. You'll find our guide right here: Florida Gay and Lesbian Beach Guide

'A Star is Born' Soundtrack Debuts at #1 on Billboard 200

The official motion picture soundtrack to Warner Bros. Pictures, Live Nation Productions and Metro Goldwyn Pictures’ A Star Is Born has debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 with over 231,000 in equivalent album consumption units. Released via Interscope Records, the album makes this Lady Gaga’s fifth consecutive #1 album and puts her in the lead for the most #1 albums by a female artist this decade. The Soundtrack has also earned the highest album-sales week for a music film soundtrack since Frozen in April 2014 and the biggest week for a soundtrack since the Fifty Shades of Grey album in 2015. 

In addition, the album reached #1 on iTunes in over 75 countries, including the U.S. It has also debuted at #1 on the Official UK Top 40 Albums Chart.
 
Hailed as “impenetrably perfect” by Rolling Stone, the soundtrack to A Star Is Born was released on October 5 (the same day the film opened). The double album features new music from its principal stars: six-time Grammy Award-winner Lady Gaga and the film’s director, four-time Oscar-nominated actoBradley Cooper.
 
Performed by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, the soundtrack’s lead single “Shallow” is currently #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has held the #1 spot on iTunes since the day after its September 27th premiere. The original song was written by Lady Gaga, Mark RonsonAnthony Rossomando, and Andrew Wyatt.

Taylor Swift Rules the 2018 American Music Awards

From the outrageous fashion to the show-stopping performances, the American Music Awards is one of the most popular award shows each year. The 2018 AMAs show included electrifying performances by Cardi B, Ciara, Mariah Carey, Taylor Swift and Post Malone.

The big winner of the night, however, was Taylor Swift, who broke the record for having the most AMA trophies. Swift has recently been making headlines for another reason: she posted on her Instagram support for the Democratic candidates in her home state of Tennessee, which created an onslaught of both support and criticism for the singer. She used her triumph at the AMAs to further her message and encourage fans to vote in the upcoming midterm elections. 


 

'Bohemian Rhapsody' Releases 'Becoming Freddie' Featurette

Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. Freddie defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound. They reach unparalleled success, but in an unexpected turn Freddie, surrounded by darker influences, shuns Queen in pursuit of his solo career. Having suffered greatly without the collaboration of Queen, Freddie manages to reunite with his bandmates just in time for Live Aid. While bravely facing a recent AIDS diagnosis, Freddie leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. Queen cements a legacy that continues to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day.



Directed by Bryan Singer, the film stars Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Aidan Gillen, Tom Hollander, Allen Leech and Mike Myers.

In Theaters November 2, 2018
 

GoFundMe Launches Centralized Hub to Help Trans Community

Over the last year, the GoFundMe community has come together to support and raise over $100,000 to support gender confirmation surgery around the world. Today, on National Coming Out Day, GoFundMe has launched a new centralized hub enabling the transgender community to quickly start a GoFundMe to find support their gender confirmation surgery.

“It can be really hard to talk about my private medical information, not to mention asking for money," said featured client on Netflix's Queer Eye, Skyler Jay, "But what I found by telling my story through my GoFundMe campaign was that I learned I had an incredibly supportive community that would help me all along my journey. I knew that—no matter what—they were going to have my back and I was going to get the medical attention and financial help I needed. I am so grateful for the new family I have found by being brave and bold throughout this process.”

GoFundMe supports all members of the LGBTQ community and wants to ensure that there is a truly supportive space for all undergoing gender confirmation surgery. 

Cher's 'Believe' Album Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Do you believe in life after love? To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Cher’s 'Believe' album, Warner Bros. Records will release the album for the first time ever on vinyl. The quadruple platinum album that revolutionized pop music is set to be released on vinyl December 7, 2018. You can pre-order the record HERE.

Additionally, Warner Bros. Records has officially released the 'Believe' music video for the first time digitally today. 

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Eric Leonardos Talks Life After ‘Finding Prince Charming’

The final episode of Finding Prince Charming began with bachelor Robert telling the remaining three suitors, Brandon, Eric and Dillon, that while in college he became an escort for many years. Looking back I still haven’t figured out why Robert kept Dillon around for so long. Dillon even realized that his connection with Robert wasn’t very strong, which ultimately led to his departure. 

For the last few weeks leading up to the finale the chemistry between Brandon and Robert was palpable. I thought for sure he would be the one Robert picked, but I was wrong as Robert picked Eric. We caught up with Eric Leonardos to talk about his time on Finding Prince Charming and what's ahead for him. Read the full interview: Eric Leonardos Talks Life After ‘Finding Prince Charming’ 

MANCANDY: Bisexual Adult Film Star Talks Sexual Fluidity

Jaxton Wheeler is not only one of the sexiest (have you seen that hairy body and those legs? DAMN!), and hard working men in Adult Film, but it turns out he is also a nice guy! He has been in over 70 scenes and was nominated for most masculine at the Grabby’s and was awarded best group scene many times. In addition, he was voted AEBN #1 model for sales worldwide. He also trended earlier this summer as part of the “Right in Front of my Salad?” meme. Yep, that was Jaxton in the kitchen!



Check out an interview with Jaxton Wheeler as he prepares for a Labor Day Weekend appearance at the world famous Boardwalk in Fort Lauderdale.
 

Mark's Mancandy: Fitness Model Jose Lazaro

Fitness model Jose Lazaro, 19, is originally from Cuba and has lived in Miami for the last nine years. He describes himself as very optimistic, energetic and determined. Find out how this Latino hottie stays in such great shape and check out the sexy photos from his latest photo shoot (Photos Dale Stine). 

Six Healthy Foods That Satisfy Every Urge

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Adult Film Star Rocco Steele Tackles HIV Stigma

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Mark’s List spoke with adult film star Rocco Steele, who has experienced his fair share of ups and downs with addiction and living with HIV.  He has, however, used these personal experiences as a catalyst to promote HIV awareness and education. Read the full interview after the Jump: Adult Film Star Rocco Steele Tackles HIV Stigma

HOT LIST: Fort Lauderdale's Top 100 Restaurants

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