Orlando Gay Chorus announces new artistic director

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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James Rode

Orlando – James Rode is the new artistic director and conductor of Orlando Gay Chorus.

OGC celebrates 25 years this year and Rode is ready to take on this new challenge.

“It’s exciting and a new adventure to kind of jump on,” Rode said.

OGC’s President of the Board of Directors Karl Haglund made the announcement Feb. 16.

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Carver Middle GSA has first day in court

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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Ocala, Fla. – The fight for a Gay-Straight Alliance at Carver Middle school officially had its first day in court.

March 2 was the first part of a two-day hearing at the U.S. District Court of the Middle District of Florida in Ocala, Fla.

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Judge strikes down Nebraska’s same-sex marriage ban

By : Jamie Hyman
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Omaha (AP) – A federal judge blocked Nebraska’s gay marriage ban and the attorney general’s office immediately appealed the decision to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska sued the state in November on behalf of seven same-sex couples challenging the ban, which passed with the approval of 70 percent of voters in 2000. In addition to prohibiting gay marriage, the ban also forbids civil unions and legalized domestic partnerships.

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Screened Out – Focus

By : Stephen Miller
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Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Rodrigo Santoro, Gerald McRaney

You can feel Focus trying to be as debonair and romantic as the Oceans films and as character-driven as American Hustle. Despites its sites, it never reaches those heights.

It’s not that Smith isn’t an expert at playing slick – he’s less appealing at the romantic banter required here. It’s also not that Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) isn’t sexy. In fact, her glamour and comic timing are the best things about this flick. The complications are entertaining. Although this is pure escapism, it’s just slight on memorable moments and sexual chemistry.

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Mississippi justices dislike delay in gay divorce ruling

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -Two Mississippi Supreme Court justices say the court should find the state’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional and not wait for a gay marriage ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court.

Feb. 26’s 26-page statement, written by Justice Leslie D. King and joined by Justice James Kitchens, was attached to an order by a six-member court majority.

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Issue 22.05: LGBT Youth Human Trafficking

By : Jake Stevens
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Breaking free: Florida ranks third for sex trafficking cases and transgender and gay male youth are especially at risk. Survivors turned advocates share their stories, Tampa Gala brings $350,000 to Equality Florida, Carver Middle’s GSA gets its day in court, local news, celebrity interviews, and much, much more!

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Watermark Wednesday February 2015

By : Steve Blanchard
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Watermark Wednesday was a huge success on Feb. 25 where more than $600 was raised for the volunteer organization Balance Tampa Bay.

City Side Lounge in Tampa hosted the event on its back patio were more than 60 people gathered for the evening. More than 15 prizes were awarded via a raffle.

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‘Watermark’ wants to feature your wedding or engagement!

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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Watermark wants to feature your wedding or engagement under our new section, “Wedding Bells at Watermark.”

If you’re interested in being featured, please email editor@watermarkonline.com and samantha@watermarkonline.com, and include:

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Wedding Bells at Watermark: Michael Scott and Thomas Lawson

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Michael Scott (L) and Thomas Lawson. (Photo by Art Faulkner)

Michael Scott (L) and Thomas Lawson. (Photo by Art Faulkner)

“It’s no longer just about yourself. You make this lifelong commitment to the person that you love, and you want to make sure you uphold those vows and what you said on that specific day,” said Michael Scott, 27, about how his wedding day changed him and made him feel.

Thomas Lawson and Michael Scott met two and half years ago at the April 2013 grand re-opening of Savoy Orlando. The pair tied the knot on Jan. 6.

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Alaska tribal organization gives the go-ahead for gay marriages

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Sitka, Alaska (AP) – The Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska has given the go-ahead to its courts to allow the performance of same-sex marriages.

CoastAlaska News reports the largest tribal organization in southeast Alaska announced its new policy on Feb. 23 following a unanimous vote last week by the council’s seven-member governing board to define legal marriage without a gender requirement.

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Development in Ivanhoe Village means changes for the neighborhood’s LGBT-owned businesses

By : Scottie Campbell
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Orlando – There was a time when the two gray towers looming over Alden Road had a practical use; a train would pull up alongside and fill the towers with small bits of plastic destined to become shower doors. Now dormant, the twin structure serves as a landmark to travelers using Alden’s brick roadway or the increasingly active thoroughfares of Orange Ave. or Virginia Dr., as well as SunRail passengers.

A mid-century touchstone, symbolic of the eclectic neighborhood that has grown around them, it seems fitting that these two stalwarts are the only recognizable features in the renderings of a new Ivanhoe Village development that will begin in November.

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LGBT survivors of human trafficking share their stories to shed light on a brutal practice

By : Zach Caruso
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Nathan Earl—and many more like him—have a story to share. He is a survivor of commercial sexual exploitation—more commonly referred to as human trafficking.

“I was sexually and physically abused when I was very young. The perpetrators were family members, so the protection aspect when I was little, it just didn’t exist,” the Sarasota resident says. “I was going through issues with my own sexuality, and all of this put together, I just felt like I was a mistake. I was initially too scared to run to the streets, so at 11 years old I started sniffing gasoline in the garage as a way to escape reality.

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