Floridians score Gay Games medals

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Several local Floridians left Cleveland’s Gay Games IX with some new hardware. Athletes from both Orlando and Tampa Bay claimed top prizes and posted about their victories on Facebook or contacted Watermark directly about their wins.

Interestingly, the Gay Games organization does not issue the press a list of medal winners, so there is no comprehensive way of knowing exactly who won what, unless individual athletes share it on social media or email outlets directly.

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Teen retaliates to possible outing by breaking into uncle’s home

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Tampa – A 50-year-old man shot and wounded an intruder Aug. 24, and that home invader happened to be his nephew.

According to police reports, the 15-year-old boy broke into the Tampa home shortly after 1:30 a.m. The resident, Maya Williams, heard a crash and someone walking around the home and he grabbed a gun.

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NC governor asked not to defend same-sex marriage ban

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Same-sex couples and their families who want Gov. Pat McCrory to keep out of pending litigation challenging North Carolina’s gay marriage ban are bringing names of their allies to his offices.

Gay rights advocates planned Aug. 27 to deliver petitions to McCrory’s office in Raleigh and regional offices in Charlotte and near Asheville. Equality North Carolina says more than 10,000 people have signed the petitions asking McCrory not to defend the 2012 constitutional amendment approved by voters limiting marriage to a man and a woman.

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Metro to honor Equality Florida CEO at second Gala

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Tampa Bay – Metro Wellness and Community Center will honor Equality Florida CEO Nadine Smith at its second annual Tampa Bay Gala on Saturday, Sept. 13.

Smith will receive the Robert Pop Distinguished Leadership Award for the work she’s done for equality in Florida. The award is given each year to honor someone in the community whose work exemplifies great leadership and accomplishment with regard to the LGBT or HIV communities.

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Grindr flaw reveals exact locations can endanger users

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An anonymous spammer has been sending messages through Grindr by the thousands, warning users that they might be endangering themselves all in name’s sake for a good time.

This unknown person has been warning people of a security flaw that could allow anyone with some computer and programming knowledge to easily trace their exact location. The unknown user has been sending links to a Twitter account, a YouTube video and Pastebin text dump explaining the security flaw, specifically sending the information to users in countries with very stringent anti-gay laws.

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World famous Rose of Tralee pageant crowns first openly gay woman

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The Rose of Tralee, one of Ireland’s longest running festivals and criticized by some as being outdated, crowned their first openly gay winner.

Maria Walsh, who was born in Boston, made the announcement in an interview in the Irish Sun Aug. 24.

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UCF listed among top 50 most LGBT-friendly colleges and universities

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Orlando – Campus Pride released is annual “Campus Pride Top LGBT-Friendly Colleges & Universities” listing for 2014 and the UCF Knights made the cut.

The University of Central Florida graced the list of institutions of higher learning that were considered the most LGBT-friendly, making it the only school in Florida to appear on the list. Normally, Campus Pride releases a “Top 25 List,” but this year was the first year it released the fifty “Best of the Best.”

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Challenges to gay marriage bans: Where they stand

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(AP)– State bans on same-sex marriages have been falling around the country since summer 2013, when the Supreme Court ordered the federal government to recognize state-sanctioned gay marriages. The remaining state bans all face legal challenges, and the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago will hear arguments Tuesday on cases from Indiana and Wisconsin.

Gay couples can marry in 19 states and the District of Columbia. A look at where cases pending in other states stand:

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Nation’s oldest gay bookstore to reopen

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The nation’s oldest gay bookstore will reopen next month in Philadelphia after closing three months ago due to financial problems.

Philly AIDS Thrift says it’s taking over the shop called Giovanni’s Room. It had closed in May after 41 years, citing competition from online outlets.

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Miss Sawmill 2015

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Eight contestants competed for the title of Miss Sawmill 2015 on Saturday, Aug. 23 and a chance to represent the iconic resort in ads and media campaigns for the next year. The 2015 crown went to Orlando performer Imani Valentino.

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Dispute over gay icon Divine’s estate settled

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Orlando – An Orlando district judge has settled a dispute over the estate of gay icon Divine, most famous for being the muse of director John Waters.

Divine’s legal name is Harris Glenn Milstead, and he died in 1988 at the age of 42 from an enlarged heart. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Michael O’Quinn, a friend of Milstead’s mother, Frances, became Frances’ business manager and then was named as beneficiary of Milstead’s estate in her will.

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Third Thursday August 2014

By : Danny Garcia
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Watermark staff, readers and advertisers gathered at Gilded Home Aug. 21 for Watermark’s Third Thursday Social. Raffles raised more than $150 for Hope and Help of Central Florida, Inc.

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