Issue 22.26: Remarkable People

By : Jake Stevens
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It’s that time of year again! We feature the most remarkable people across Central and West Florida, local news, celebrity interviews, and much, much more!

Watermark Issue 22.26 // Dec. 17-30, 2015

On the Cover: Page 21
Trans-positive: Tristan Byrnes, a compassionate voice for the transgender community, makes much needed waves in St. Petersburg. You want to understand pride? Just ask Tristan. Photo by

On the Cover: Page 27
Fire with Fire: House candidate and former Orlando Democratic Party chairman Carlos Guillermo Smith comes out from behind the scenes swinging. Photo by Jake Stevens

Drawing Board | Page 8
Orlando’s LGBT chamber votes in new leadership for the new year.

Tampa Proud | Page 23
Mark Bias and Carrie West keep pride alive in Tampa.

It’s good to be queen | Page 23
“This was a huge year of expansion, and thank God for the staff, because you’re here to give me a most remarkable award, and you can only be remarkable by the people you surround yourself with, and I have surrounded myself with some of the most remarkable people.” —Lenore Langalois

The Sound of Silence | Page 30
After more than a decade of keeping the Orlando Phil in the black, executive director David Schillhammer steps down and back.

A beautiful life | Page 46
Ramelle Riley and Tina Rek tie the knot over a bottle of champagne. Lucky!

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