Watermark’s Remarkable People of 2022

Toward the end of each year, Watermark highlights local, unsung heroes who have gone above and beyond to show with action just how remarkable they are.

Being the LGBTQ news source in Central Florida and Tampa Bay for almost 30 years, we know that there is no shortage of remarkable people in the community who are doing remarkable things all the time, so it can prove to be a difficult task.

After much discussion, we managed to get that list down to the 10 we needed — 5 in Central Florida and 5 in Tampa Bay — and what a list it is. It is filled with local leaders, politicians, entertainers, artists and more; heroes who stand up for, love and honor our LGBTQ community.

For each remarkable person, we asked someone in the community who knows them to write a profile expressing why they feel the person is remarkable. You can read more about each individual below.

If you would like to find a print issue while it is still available, you can check out our distribution map here. Congratulations to each of of this year’s honorees for on a truly remarkable 2022.


Maxwell Alejandro Frost, U.S. House of Representatives-elect, District 10

Andrea Montanez, Hope CommUnity Center LGBTQ Immigration Coordinator

Michael Slaymaker, Orlando Youth Alliance Chief Executive Officer

Keri Griffin, Orlando VA LGBTQ+ Veteran Care Program Coordinator & Special Emphasis Program Manager

Will Larkins, Central Florida student and LGBTQ activist


Nicole Berman, St Pete Pride Executive Director

Rocky Butler, 9 Colors Initiative Founder

Roger Capote, CAN Community Health Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer

Samantha Luque, SLlama Productions Founder

David Fischer, Tampa Bay Entrepreneur

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