Issue 21.16: Dubious Appeal

By : Jake Stevens
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Dubious appeal: Despite shifting public opinion, Attorney General Pam Bondi keeps battling for Florida’s marriage ban, Huh? Orange Mayor Jacobs on marriage equality, Hillsborough takes steps toward protecting LGBTs, Orlando Museum of Art debuts ‘Art in Equality’, Gay Christian singer Shawn Thomas heads to Florida’s west coast, local news, celebrity interviews, and much, much more!

Watermark Issue 21.16 // July 31-Aug. 13 2014

On the Cover | Page 17
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi continues to fight for Florida’s same-sex marriage ban, even though every indicator points to it being overturned. We re-imagine the thrice-married Republican as a Drop Dead Gorgeous pageant participant. Illustration by Jake Stevens

Page 8 | Orlando News
Orange County Jacobs’ statement on marriage equality elicits cheers and jeers from Orlando’s LGBTs; Orlando takes step toward trans protections; Parliament House remains operational despite bankruptcy filing; more

Page 12 | Tampa Bay News
Rep. David Jolly of District 13 shares why he supports a south Florida judge’s decision that Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional; The Hillsborough County Commission takes steps toward creating an LGBT-inclusive human rights ordinance.

Page 29 | Art in Equality
The Orlando Museum of Art begins a new program in August to reach a broader LGBT audience. Art in Equality showcases local LGBT artists within the museum’s halls and will continue to do so the first Thursday of every month.

Page 32 | Shawn Thomas
Finding his voice: Out, Christian songwriter and performer Shawn Thomas brings his message of hope and love to several west coast churches in August. He tells us about his journey and his inspiration.

Page 53 | Looking Back
In this issue, publisher Tom Dyer looks back at the years 2009 and 2010 as he continues his look back at 20-years of Watermark history. The paper celebrates its anniversary in September this year.

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