People in the Sarasota area looking for LGBT-friendly resources now have a one-stop shop for their needs thanks to Sarasota OUT, Sarasota’s new LGBT directory of events and businesses. “I think Sarasota OUT could be the driving force to help make the LGBT community come together,” Sarasota OUT manager Josh Beadle says.
Beadle says he and Al Ferguson, owner of ALandCHUCK.travel, have discussed the issue of unification within the Sarasota LGBTQ community. Beadle says he and Ferguson noticed that several LGBT organizations were going in separate directions and no one was coming together to support each other.
“I wanted to give us the one place to go to see what’s going on in Sarasota,” Beadle says. “And Al (Ferguson) lit the candle under my ass to do that.”
Tyler Butler is one of the hardest working social media gurus I know. Ever since knowing Tyler, he has been at the pulse of whats happening around town. His socialites group are the center of attention on Friday nights, and now he is in the spotlight himself with his Facebook segment 'Out and About.' I wanted to sit down with Tyler to find out his inspiration behind his many businesses - so we caught up with Tyler on the elliptical machine at the local You-fit to get the “gander!”
Tyler moved to Sarasota from Tampa in search for a slower paced lifestyle but quickly found out that although Sarasota is a beach town, there is a lot of work to be done here. His first project was “The Butler Did It” which is an Estate Management/concierge company where Tyler manages many wealthy homes around town. “Sarasota has so many seasonal residents so it was a great fit” Tyler explained.
"Sarasota has so many seasonal residents
Keeping with the times, Tyler saw the success of his social media from his socialites events and knew he was on to something. While it started as a joke he had no idea how social media would change the direction of his career in the matter of a couple months. While out with the socialites he would broadcast the shenanigans of the night LIVE on Facebook. "I would make funny Videos of people being drunk and falling down"
“I would make funny videos of people being drunk and falling down...”
Tyler recalled. “And they were OK with it, especially when everyone around town would recognize them from being in my videos” Tyler’s videos became a hit receiving thousands of views and Tyler started to get recognized everywhere he went.
"the feeling of giving is so much better then buying a new pair of Louis Vuittons..."
Tyler has received accolades from being in the spotlight as well as people who criticize him for his videos. “I’ve helped so many people for nothing in return, so when people say things about me it really hurts” Tyler said. “I just hope that my videos will do more good and will help build awareness of local businesses and charities around town. I hope that I can make the right business decisions so that OUT & ABOUT can grow into something that could be even bigger than I can dream because ultimately I’m doing this for the community!”
Tyler Butler has exceeded our expectations during our interview and I found myself seeing a little of myself in his story. Many of us start our careers on one path and find ourselves down another serving a greater cause. Tyler has created a platform for himself and what he will do with that platform is exciting for his audience and himself. We couldn't be more proud of Tyler’s success here at SarasotaOUT.com, and are excited to see whats next.
By: Joshua Beadle, Editor and Chief of SarasotaOUT.com
Back To School
Community Aids Network
D.cole Hair Design
Harvey Milk Festival
Interior Design Society Of Sarasota
Jennifer Matteo Event Planning
Manatee Performing Arts Center
Sarasota Film Festival
Spikey Van Dykey
Stephen K. Davis
The Butler Did It
The Purple Rhino
The Starlite Room