Issue 21.15: Truvada/PrEP

By : Jake Stevens
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The new safe sex with Truvada: Take daily pill, throw away condoms forever, and have as much unprotected sex as you like and never worry about contracting HIV, because that’s how it works… right? WRONG. Hillsborough County considers protections for LGBTs, Idol vet Melissa McGhee steps out with new music, appearances, Any day now: Florida cities prepare to celebrate marriage decision, local news, celebrity interviews, events, photos, and much more!

Watermark Issue 21.15 // July 17-30 2014

On the Cover| Page 27
Truvada is seen by many as a miracle drug. But the once-a-day pill that helps reduce HIV’s ability to be transmitted is not a replacement for condoms, despite what many gay men may think. Illustration by Jake Stevens

Idol Eyes | Page 35
American Idol veteran and Tampa native Melissa McGhee has returned to her music and is living out and proud for the first time since her appearance on the FOX reality show.

Page 8 | Orlando News
A small but dedicated group of 2,000 or so attended the first-ever Outfest, which celebrated the modern family; George Wallace has been named the executive director of the Orlando Fringe Festival; Orlando will hear about transgender protections; more

Page 12 | Tampa Bay News
Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner urged his fellow commissioners to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the county’s human rights ordinance July 16; Mark Nash launches a bid for a commission seat; St. Pete Pride announces parade winners.

Page 16 | Marriage equality
At press time a Miami judge had not yet ruled on the constitutionality of Florida’s same-sex marriage ban, but activists are prepared to celebrate; conservative group Liberty Council is not happy with AG Pam Bondi’s lackluster defense of the state’s same-sex marriage ban; more.

Page 53 | Looking Back
In this issue, publisher Tom Dyer looks back at the years 2007 and 2008 as we get closer to Watermark’s big 20th Anniversary issue, coming out in September. Take a look at the big stories from those two years and see how people may have changed in seven years!

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