PHOTOS: Watermark Wednesday benefits Project No Labels

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TAMPA | Watermark’s bi-monthly Tampa Bay social networking event Watermark Wednesday benefited area nonprofit Project No Labels (PNL) at The Franklin Manor Nov. 14.

PNL exists to unite all LGBTQ+ supporters in Tampa Bay through positive activities and events, Development Director Jonathan Soots shared with attendees. The organization promotes volunteerism and activism for a fulfilling LGBTQ+ lifestyle.

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Kentucky Baptist Convention cuts ties with churches

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) | The Kentucky Baptist Convention has cut ties with more than 12 churches that showed support for an organization that lifted a ban this year on hiring LGBTQ employees.

The Courier-Journal reports the Louisville-based Kentucky Baptist Convention voted Nov. 13 to end its relationship with churches that also made financial contributions to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, which formed after conservative leaders gained national control of the Southern Baptists.

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Jussie Smollett didn’t want his ‘Empire’ character to have a white boyfriend

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Jussie Smollett was adamant that his character Jamal Lyon not have a white boyfriend on the Fox series “Empire.”

Speaking on the SiriusXM radio show “The Clay Cane Show,” the 35-year-old out actor says it was important for him to show a loving relationship between two black men.

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Oregon hospital removes gender identification from bracelets

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BEND, Ore. (AP) | A hospital in central Oregon has made a small change that represented a huge difference for its transgender patients: It removed the gender designation from patient identification bracelets.

The Bulletin newspaper in Bend reports the St. Charles Health System adopted the change last month. The ID bracelet is designed to provide caregivers an easy way to identify patients based on two distinct identifiers.

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Watch: Laverne Cox surprises trans man who has never met another trans person

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Laverne Cox gave Rickey, a transgender man from Kansas City, Missouri, the surprise of a lifetime when she met him for Ellen DeGeneres’ new digital series “Fearless.”

The series, hosted by model Ashley Graham, is aimed at “empowering everyday people to be totally, unapologetically fearless.” This episode introduced Rickey, 25, who comes from a conservative family. Rickey explained his struggles being transgender saying that he wears baggy hoodies to conceal his chest until he gets top surgery.

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Judge agrees to trial date in Anchorage transgender case

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) | A federal judge in Alaska has agreed to a 2020 trial date for a lawsuit filed by a faith-based Anchorage women’s shelter against the city over a requirement that it accept transgender women.

In an order filed Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason said she accepted a trial date starting April 8, 2020. That date was requested by the parties.

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New Hulu series ‘The Bisexual’ is smart, sexy and funny

By : Brian T. Carney OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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After she’s slept with a man for the first time, Leila ruefully observes, “I thought sex with a man would be different, but it’s not.” Then she adds, “but with guys, there’s clean-up.”

This exchange is just one of the highlights of “The Bisexual,” a great new six-episode series premiering today on Hulu. The series is an insightful comedy of sexual manners that is smart, sexy and quite funny.

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Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin stepping down

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Equality activist Chad Griffin – president of the nation’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) – announced Nov. 15 that he will vacate the position in 2019 after seven years.

“Under Griffin’s leadership, HRC has become a leader in the resistance to the Trump-Pence administration, and one of the most politically powerful organizations in the country,” the organization shared.

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Issue 25.23: Pursuing Passion

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Two inspiring individuals prove leaving the corporate world can really pay off, voters elect a more liberal, progressive Central Florida, EPIC Generations coalition forms to support aging LGBTQ community, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Kehlani gets real about her struggles as a pregnant queer woman

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Kehlani opened up about the negative backlash she received for announcing her pregnancy in a revealing interview with Nylon. 

The 23-year-old singer told fans she was expecting on social media in October but she says some people doubted her sexuality because she is pregnant.

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Costa Rica lawmakers ordered to legalize same-sex marriage

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The Costa Rica Supreme Court on Nov. 14 formally released its ruling that says lawmakers have 18 months to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples.

“Acts of open discrimination, whether they are expressed or implied, cannot be justified in any way in a democratic society that respects fundamental rights,” reads the ruling.

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Watermark’s Holiday Guide 2018

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Once again, it’s here, it’s queer, and FULL of holiday cheer! Read our best holiday guide yet!

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