Watermark is making it rain concert tickets for two lucky winners!

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Watermark is giving away a pair of tickets to four upcoming concerts at The Social and The Beacham in downtown Orlando.

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Seamus channels Benny Hill

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Typical day at the office for Watermark.

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MTV’s ‘Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word’ to air next month

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NEW YORK (AP) — Laverne Cox will host a documentary on MTV and Logo next month that profiles seven young transgender people.

The special, “Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word,” will air simultaneously on the two channels on Oct. 17. Cox, a transgender actress, was nominated for an Emmy Award for her role in Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black.”

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Drag queens dress down Facebook over names

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – San Francisco drag queens are sparring with Facebook over its policy requiring people to use their real names, rather than drag names such as Pollo Del Mar and Heklina. But the world’s biggest social network is not budging from its rules.

In recent weeks, Facebook has been deleting the profiles of self-described drag queens and other performers who use stage names because they did not comply with the social networking site’s requirement that users go by their “real names” on the site.

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Anti-gay Tennessee billboard stirs religion debate

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PORTLAND, Tenn. (AP) — An anti-gay billboard is stirring a debate over bullying and religion in a rural community about 30 miles north of Nashville, Tennessee.

The Tennessean reports that the message reads: “You shall not lie with a man as with a woman. It is an abomination. — God.” The sign says it is “paid for by concerned Christians.”

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Saying goodbye to ‘Grandma Ruth’

By : Steve Blanchard
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Largo – The first time Steven Pearson met ‘Grandma Ruth’ Dallmann, it was her 80th birthday and she rode into the Pro Shop Pub in Clearwater on top of a Harley. The last time he saw her—two weeks before she passed away peacefully on Sept. 13—the bartender at the long-surviving LGBT bar served Dallmann her favorite drink: a vodka cranberry.

“She was one of those people that if you were a new person in the bar, she knew you before you left,” recalled Pearson, a manager at Pro Shop. “She was so unique.”

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Photos: Watermark’s 20th Anniversary Party Orlando

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Hundreds of community members gathered at the Orange Studio Sept. 13 to celebrate 20 fabulous years of Watermark.

Many were engrossed by the slideshow displaying photos spanning the past two decades, while others enjoyed the delicious food and drink provided by John Michael Catering, and music by DJ Capt. Kirk.

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In tragic times, friends Sam Ewing and Hattie Wolfe found a way to make a difference

By : Tom Dyer
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Headdress Ball holds a special place in Orlando’s glittering fall social season. Part Las Vegas and part La Cage, the splashy event attracts gays and straights—including some of the biggest movers and shakers in town—to share a gloriously unlikely evening of costumes, beefcake and drag. In 25 years Headdress Ball has raised millions for the Hope and Help Center, now Central Florida’s largest AIDS service organization.

Most know that Headdress is the creation of respected interior designer Sam Ewing and his dear friend and fellow designer, Hattie Wolfe. But few know the moving story of its inspiration.

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Screened Out – A Walk Among the Tombstones

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Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens, Brian “Astro” Bradley

Though it references Sam Spade and Phillip Marlowe, A Walk Among the Tombstones lacks their panache. It never presents a well-muscled structure or brain-tickling complexity. Either of those things would have made this gritty, bloody thriller much more engaging and entertaining than it is.

That being said, Liam Neeson does a strong, world-weary turn here as an independent detective and badass. Dan Stevens is captivating in a role as far from Downton Abbey as this handsome man could get.

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Watermark 2014 Reader Survey

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Social media users track down group behind anti-gay beating

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Philadelphia (AP) – Police searching for a group of people suspected in the beating of a gay couple got an outpouring of help from Twitter and Facebook users, who located a photo of the clean-cut young men and women at a restaurant and helped match names to faces.

Attorneys representing a number of those seen in the video notified police they would bring in their clients to tell their side of the story, a police spokesman, Sgt. Eric Gripp, said. He didn’t know if any had been interviewed by late Sept. 17.

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Ginsburg: Marriage equality advocates should keep an eye on 6th Circuit

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Minneapolis (AP) – People seeking clues about how soon the Supreme Court might weigh in on states’ gay marriage bans should pay close attention to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told a Minnesota audience.

On Sept. 16, Ginsburg said cases pending before the circuit covering Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee would probably play a role in the high court’s timing. She said “there will be some urgency” if that appeals court allows same-sex marriage bans to stand. Such a decision would run contrary to a legal trend favoring gay marriage and force the Supreme Court to step in sooner, she predicted.

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