Watermark’s 2020 WAVE Award Winners – Central Florida

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FAVORITE LOCAL POLITICIAN

First: Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer

Second: Orlando Commissioner Patty Sheehan

Third: State Rep. Anna Eskamani

FAVORITE LOCAL ACTIVIST

First: George Wallace, LGBT+ Center

Second: Eric Rollings, Foundation for the Florida Environmental Protection

Third: Brandon Wolf, Equality Florida

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Watermark’s 2020 WAVE Award Winners – Tampa Bay

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FAVORITE LOCAL POLITICIAN

First: Tampa Mayor Jane Castor

Second: St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman

Third: State Rep. Jennifer Webb

FAVORITE LOCAL ACTIVIST

First: Nadine Smith, Equality Florida

Second: Claire Elisan, Project No Labels

Third: Ashley Brundage, Empowering Differences

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Watermark’s Tampa Bay WAVE Awards Celebration

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You voted in record numbers and we’ve counted your responses – now it’s time to celebrate the 2020 WAVE Awards with Tampa Bay’s best at Bradley’s on 7th!

Enjoy delicious Orange Blossom Catering hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, incredible entertainment and ride the WAVE alongside this year’s winners at our step-and-repeat for an evening you won’t soon forget!

But are you Coming?: Sex Ed Trivia

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How much do YOU know about sex?? Join EOLA as we host our first event in the Orlando Community! We will have prizes for the winners so be sure to bring your friends with you!

*We will have questions and materials in both Spanish and English.

Cuanto sabes sobre el sexo?? Vengas a nuestro primer evento de EOLA aqui en Orlando para enseñarnos! Vamos a tener premios para los campeones entonces traigan a sus amigX’s!

*El programa va a estar en Español y en Inglés.

2017 WAVE Award winners – Tampa Bay

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FAVORITE LOCAL POLITICIAN/ACTIVIST
First: St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman
Second: Equality Florida Executive Director Nadine Smith
Third: Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner

GREATEST STRAIGHT ALLY TO THE LOCAL LGBTQ COMMUNITY
First: St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman
Second: U.S. Representative for District 14 Kathy Castor
Third: St. Pete Pride President Scion Provenzano

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2017 WAVE Award winners – Central Florida

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FAVORITE LOCAL POLITICIAN/ACTIVIST
First: Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan
Second: Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer
Third: Orange County Democrats Chairman Wes Hodge

GREATEST STRAIGHT ALLY TO THE LOCAL LGBTQ COMMUNITY
First: Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer
Second: Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs
Third: Mama Dee Richter

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Win tickets to see Todrick Hall in “Straight Outta Oz” LIVE!

By : Jeremy Williams
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Watermark is giving away 2 pairs of tickets to see Todrick Hall Presents: Straight Outta Oz. One pair of tickets for July 25 at Capitol Theatre in Clearwater and one pair of tickets for July 28 at The Beacham in Orlando.

Simply comment on this post and tell us which pair of tickets you want to win, the show in Clearwater or the show in Orlando.

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6.15.16 $1000 GRAND Finale So You Think You Can Drag

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Join us Wednesday June 15th as we kick off Southern Nights Tampa’s 1yr Anniversary! So You Think You Can Drag GRAND FINALE Amateur Talent Night! Watch as previous winners compete for $1000 in Cash & Prizes!

Doors Open at 8pm, Showtime at 12am Hosted by Roxy Andrews & Jade Embers!

NO COVER 21+ (18+ Welcomed)
All You Can Drink Specials
$10 wells
$15 Calls
$25 Premiums

DJ INFINITE

#AmateurTalent #TalentContest #Drag #NewComers #AUCD #Wednesday #HumpDay #SouthernNightsTampa #Ybor #Gaybor #Gay #Lesbians #GLBT #GrandFinale #SYTYCD

Gay novel wins literary award for diversity and anti-racism

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gay revolutionNew York (AP) – Books about LGBT rights, the Jazz Age and tap dancing are among the winners of the 81st annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, given for literature that confronts racism and examines diversity.

Five honorees were announced by the Cleveland Foundation, which presents the awards. The winners include Mary Morris’ novel The Jazz Palace, Rowan Ricardo Phillips’ poetry collection “Heaven” and two works of nonfiction, Lillian Faderman’s The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle and Brian Siebert’s What the Eye Hears: A History of Tap Dancing.

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March Madness: Ultimate LGBT Icon – ROUND 2

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Welcome to March Madness, Watermark-style! Over the next month or so, you, our readers, will choose the ULTIMATE GAY ICON in a single elimination tournament.

We started with 32 LGBT contenders and now are in round 2, with 16 LGBT Icons and eight match-ups. They’re divided into four brackets: Divas, Film, Television and Politics & Sports.

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3.10.15 Editor’s Desk

By : Billy Manes
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“I, I will be king. And you, you will be queen,” hero David Bowie once hollered at a generation of people who felt like they were nothing. It’s an interesting quagmire in these times, obviously, as we watch presidential debates with no clear winners and witness election events stacked with confederacies of dunces.

We’re not trying to be too bleak here – though if you bore sacred witness to the nonsense of Donald Trump’s Florida pantomimes in the last week or witnessed the intellectual dissertations on tiny hands by his peers on television, you’re certainly forgiven for rolling your eyes at democracy in cheap denim cut-off shorts. The circus came to town – and will remain here on some level until Florida’s March 15 presidential preference primary – so the gloves are off, the din of futility is rising in decibels, the game is, apparently, an actual game that is on.

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LGBT tech hero Carlos Carbonell hailed at Sentinel’s Central Floridian of the Year gala

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Betwixt the rain, the rush-hour traffic and a packed concert next door, the Orlando Sentinel held its first Central Floridian of the Year event on the evening of Jan. 28 at the Pegasus Ballroom within the University of Central Florida’s student union. Hosted by everybody’s favorite “aw, shucks” political columnist Scott Maxwell, and attended by all of the mucky-mucks and the editorial board members that have crossed them at one time or another (plus Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and his entourage … oh, and the amazing philanthropist Harriet Lake, who left the house for the first time in a long time despite her illness), the catered soiree was just about what you would expect it to be. We had the stuffed chicken.

What we didn’t expect, however, was the presence of LGBT tech entrepreneur Carlos Carbonell, who was shortlisted as one of the finalists for the prestigious Sentinel award. We’ve known other winners and nominees in the past, and you’re not allowed to talk about it. What happens in the paper’s mahogany boardroom STAYS in said boardroom.

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