Issue 21.26: Remarkable

By : Jake Stevens
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A Remarkable Legacy: While grieving the death of her partner and raising their newborn, Joan Rodriguez will continue to fight for the equality she and her partner never had. Remarkably courageous: Garry Breul spent much of 2014 battling his own aggressive cancer yet remained committed to raising money for local HIV patients through the Suncoast AIDS Theatre Project, MBA continues its investigation into alleged mismanagement, County singer Ty Herndon talks candidly about his coming out, It’s official: Georgie’s Alibi is for sale, City signs on as co-sponsor of Tampa Pride, local news, celebrity interviews, and much, much more!

Watermark Issue 21.26 // Dec. 16-31, 2014

On the Cover:
Orlando Edition | Page 35
Joan Rodriguez is photographed with her four-week old son, Liam, in her Orlando home. Her remarkable journey this year saw the loss of her partner to cancer and an emotional speech in Orange County that convinced the commission to support same-sex marriage. Photo by Jake Stevens

Tampa Bay Edition | Page 41
Suncoast AIDS Theater Project founder Garry Breul, photographed at Demens Landing in St. Petersburg, continued raising money for people with AIDS in 2014, despite a dire cancer diagnosis in April. Photo by Bruce Hardin

Out with a twang | Page 49
Shortly before Thanksgiving, country singer Ty Herndon announced that he is gay and in a five-year relationship with his partner, Matty. We talk to Herndon about his decision to come out, his music and what he sees for his future as an out country singer in Nashville.

Orlando News | Page 13
The man responsible for the murder of Ashley Sinclair, a popular local performer, has been found guilty of manslaughter; the MBA has not yet filed charges against Audebert; sormer State Representative Joe Saunders begins job with HRC; more.

Tampa Bay | Page 17
The popular St. Petersburg night club Georgie’s Alibi is for sale; The City of Tampa signs on as a co-sponsor of Tampa Pride, offering a much needed boost; Metro Wellness and Community Center hosts the ribbon cutting for its new LGBT Welcome Center; more.

Remarkable People | Page 35
As 2014 comes to a close, Watermark recognizes 14 people who did remarkable things in 2014. Seven Central Florida residents and seven residents of Tampa Bay were selected from nominations submitted by our readers.

Gallery W | Page 70
The annual Santa Speedo Run returned to Ybor City for the fifth year on Dec. 14, and this time incorporated Mrs. Claus in Bras. We, of course, had our photographers at the ready throughout the event, which featured a one-mile run and an after party.

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