Gay Group Happy Hour, celebrating its 7th year of operation, hosted their annual holiday party Thursday night at Clasico with over 100 guests in attendance. G2H2 is a traveling Happy Hour scheduled on the first Thursday of the Month. Clasico owners were thrilled to be hosting the LGBT community at their business stating "Why would you have wanted to have it anywhere else?" after Cask & Ale canceled the event 2 days prior due to complications with the event contracts. G2H2 collected over 50 toys for "Manasota Guardians of Love" an organization that promotes wellbeing for local less privileged children, the homeless, and families. Check out the photo's below from the event. Sign-up for the G2H2 notifier to stay informed on the locations by visiting www.g2h2sarasota.com
Sarasota's OUT Award winners:
FAVORITE LOCAL LGBTQ ANNUAL EVENT: Harvey Milk Festival
FAVORITE LOCAL NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION: ALSO Youth
FAVORITE LOCAL LGBTQ ACTIVIST: Nate Quinn
FAVORITE LOCAL HAIR SALON: d. cole hair design
FAVORITE LOCAL FITNESS CENTER: CRUNCH
FAVORITE LOCAL REALTOR: Robert Krasow Realtor with Michael Saunders & Company
FAVORITE AREA MUSEUM OR GALLERY: The Ringling
FAVORITE AREA ATTRACTION: Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
FAVORITE LOCAL RESTAURANT: Clasico Sarasota
FAVORITE LOCAL BARTENDER: Hunter Vance
FAVORITE LOCAL BAR: Barrel 87
FAVORITE LOCAL LGBTQ NIGHTCLUB/BAR: Elevate - Level 2 at Starlite
FAVORITE LOCAL HOTEL: Aloft Sarasota
FAVORITE LOCAL TRAVEL AGENCY or AGENT: ALandCHUCK.travel
FAVORITE LOCAL COFFEE SHOP: Pastry Art
FAVORITE LOCAL HAPPY HOUR: Barrel 87
FAVORITE LOCAL PERFORMING ARTS VENUE: Manatee Performing Arts Center
FAVORITE LOCAL ACTOR: Brian Craft
FAVORITE LOCAL ACTRESS: Corinne Woodland
FAVORITE LOCAL MUSICIAN/BAND: Eduardo Correa
FAVORITE LOCAL SOCIAL MEDIA PERSONALITY: Mattyson Barksdale
FAVORITE LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHER: Barbara Banks
FAVORITE LOCAL DRAG PERSONALITY: Brianna Summers
FAVORITE LOCAL ADULT NOVELTY STORE: Giggles Sarasota
2017 OUT ICON AWARD: Beneva Fruitville
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