Issue 22.06: WAVE Awards

By : Jake Stevens
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A Brand New WAVE: Our readers’ favorites unveiled inside, Orlando filmmaker puts Grindr under the lens, Second GSA lawsuit at Carver wraps up, Zebra Coalition racks up $21K for scholarships, Christine O’Leary brings laughs back to St. Pete, TIGLFF to require venues to provide gender neutral restroom, St. Pete Pride announces grand marshal nominees, local news, celebrity interviews, and much, much more!

Watermark Issue 22.06 // March 12-25 2015

On the Cover | Page 23
Tampa Bay Edition – WINNING SMILES: (L-R) WAVE winners James Michael McCracken, DJ L. Mo, Lisa Noe, CJay Tauber and Jerome Bailey of the Suncoast Softball League stand along the riverfront of Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa. Photo by Nick Cardello

Orlando Edition – FESTIVE CELEBRATION: (L-R) Sondra Rae of XL 106.7, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Miss Sammy, Patty Sheehan and Dr. Federico Hinestrosa of the Orlando Immunology Center celebrate their WAVE wins at the opening night festivities of the Central Florida State Fair in Orlando. Photo by Jake Stevens

The Grind | Page 45
Using Grindr is nothing new, but sharing experiences in a very public format like a short film is. Central Florida creator and stars of The Grind talk about it’s recent awards and it’s new life headed to Hollywood.

Orlando News | Page 10
Carver Middle School’s fight over a Gay-Straight Alliance lands in Ocala’s U.S. District Court; James Rode is the Orlando Gay Chorus’s new artistic director; more than $20,000 is raised for Zebra Coalition’s new scholarship program.

Tampa Bay | Page 12
Tampa Chief of Police Jane Castor was the keynote speaker at a youth summit in Ybor City with a mission to curb bullying; area residents have until March 27 to vote for the 2015 St. Pete Pride grand marshals; TIGLFF has a new policy requiring venues to provide at least one gender neutral restroom.

Christine O’Leary | Page 43
Popular comedienne Christine O’Leary is back in Tampa Bay, and this time it’s to raise money for LGBT Youth. The New England funny girl gained local fame when she appeared at St. Pete Pride nearly five years ago. She tells us what she’s been up to.

Gallery W | Page 62
Dancing with the Fringe Stars took over the Hard Rock Orlando recently and we had photographers there to catch every fabulous moment. Check out some of these graceful stars in this issue’s Gallery W.

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