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Watermark columnist Jason LeClerc releases second major book, turns perspective on its head

By : Billy Manes
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Tampa Bay-based writer, columnist and self-proclaimed “poet-economist” Jason Leclerc is no stranger to Watermark’s readership. He’s been brave enough – even lexicon-swirled-in-laughter enough – to make a strong argument for being a gay Republican, which is no easy task in these pages. In 2013, Leclerc released his first book, a collection of math and reflections in the mirrors of logic like few before it called, oddly, Momentitiousness. On Aug. 7, Leclerc’s follow-up tome Black Kettle hits the stores and the internet with a different tone. He’ll be doing some reading and mingling and signing among friends from his hometown and fans from all over.

One reading, Leclerc says, will be a story called “Baptizer.” (“I’ve read it a couple times since Pulse, and I weep,” he says. “I don’t know how selfish that sounds. In light of Pulse, I think you’ll get chills, because I wrote it three years before.”)

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The Last Page with Jason Leclerc

By : Rick Claggett
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What kind of writing do you do for Watermark?

Opinion and editorial.

When did you develop a passion for writing?

First grade. I won a creative writing contest for “Stinky, the Skunk that Didn’t Stink.” I understood what it meant to be different before there was a word in my vocabulary for it.

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The Other Side Of Life: Hashtag Amity

By : Jason LeClerc
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I was recently honored to be a guest of Pulse founder Barbara Poma for an intimate talk and tour of the interim #PulseMemorial organized by Equality Florida. As regular readers of this column know, I’m Watermark’s token conservative columnist: a red soul in a sea of blue, even as I have advocated for a just-right-of-center, nuanced approach to political discourse that I call Radical Centrism.

Arguing from a position of empathy and fact-driven rationality in favor of such positions as climate change resiliency, justifiable local taxation and the Florida Competitive Workforce Act, I have riled members of my own Party. In the age of Trump, I’ve become a bit of a #RINOsaur. While there are members of the current Republican power structure who are ready to revoke my membership card for some of my #RadicalCentrist positions, my attendance of an Equality Florida event would likely push them further toward apoplexy.

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Issue 25.19: Local Love

By : Jake Stevens
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Lakeland filmmaker brings ‘At the End of the Day’ to Tampa Bay International Gay and Lesbian Film Fest 29, The Reformation Project hosts sixth national LGBTQ Inclusion Conference in downtown Orlando, Pasco Pride holds inaugural festival, first in Pasco County, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Issue 25.13: Mother Knows Best

By : Jake Stevens
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From the Gulf coast to the Atlantic, Florida’s drag families prove Mum’s the word, Pulse survivor puts Disney on blast, AIDS Healthcare Foundation opens a new St. Petersburg healthcare center, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Issue 24.25 Remarkable People

By : Jake Stevens
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OGC artistic director James Rode expanded the chorus in 2017 and mad the art world take notice, out city council chair Darden Rice’s re-election and remission, Florida Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith name breakthrough LGBTQ politician, anti-LGBTQ group files suit against Tampa’s conversion therapy ban, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Issue 23.15: After the Event

By : Jake Stevens
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Reconciling gun politics with the LGBT community, Orlando businesses around Pulse get back on their feet, St. Petersburg’s Dan Fiorini runs for House District 70, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Issue 23.04: 2016 Primaries

By : Jake Stevens
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#wearewithher: Watermark’s presidential primary endorsement along with some other candidates and races to watch in the coming months, local news, celebrity interviews, and much, much more!

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Issue 22.22: Five for Fighting

By : Jake Stevens
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Five for Fighting: Orlando city commisioner Patty Sheehan isn’t going anywhere, Clark makes her mark: Songwriter Brandy Clark emerges from the shadows to grab her spotlight, Amanda Bearse all: original Watermark cover star returns to talk to old friend Tom Dyer, local news, celebrity interviews, and much, much more!

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Issue 22.17: Back to School

By : Jake Stevens
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Back to School: Sarasota’s Peter Ruiz graduates college thanks to the Zebra Coalition, the return of Culture Club, Pastor Protection Act comes to Florida, local news, celebrity interviews, and much, much more!

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Issue 25.25: Remarkable People

By : Jake Stevens
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Win or lose, Florida Rep. Anna V. Eskamani is standing shoulder to shoulder with the LGBTQ community, St. Petersburg LGBTQ Liason Jim Nix welcomes one and all to the Remarkable Tampa Bay, MBA Orlando selects 2019 board of directors, announces new RED group, LGBTQ accomodations platform FabStayz launching in Tampa Bay, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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12.14.17 Publisher’s Desk

By : Rick Claggett
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Here we are in the thick of the holiday season. It’s sometimes hard to tell that the holidays are approaching in mid-Florida. There is so much to be done this time of year that the days fly by, and it doesn’t help when the weather is in the 70s and 80s. Luckily we are in what Floridians would call a “cold spell” right now, giving us a small taste of North Pole weather.

Christmas has become my favorite time of year. My fondest holiday memories are of when I was a kid. Christmas Eve was a special night for us. It was a night for the whole family to be together. We’d enjoy the lights my dad and uncles put up and snack all night on my mom’s famous date-nut bread. I was in charge of mixing the sherbet and ginger ale, a concoction I apparently couldn’t get enough of when I was young. When it got late, mom would tuck us into bed and read us Luke’s Christmas story from the Bible until we would fall asleep. Sometimes we were too excited so she’d have to read ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas as well. We’d wake up to a wonderland. I remember nothing but warmth, happiness and love. It was magical.

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