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Designer Armando “Mondo” Guerra talks being on ‘Project Runway,’ coming out as HIV-positive and representing Dining Out For Life

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Denver designer Armando “Mondo” Guerra first made a splash with TV audiences in the eighth season of Lifetime’s Project Runway. Guerra not only wowed with his stylish designs but  also with his openness and honesty as he revealed he was HIV-positive on the show.

Guerra gained recognition on Project Runway opening up opportunities to come back and win the first season of Project Runway All-Stars, have his collection sold at Neiman Marcus and to be a mentor to aspiring designers on Tim Gunn’s spinoff series, Project Runway: Under the Gunn; but no other title gives him more pride than that of spokesperson for the Dining Out For Life, the annual dining fundraiser event to raise money for HIV/AIDS service organizations.

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Governor signs bill to help gay veterans get vets benefits

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ABOVE: Gov. Gina Raimondo (c) celebrates Pride Month June 3. Photo via Raimondo’s Facebook page.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) | Rhode Island’s governor has ceremoniously signed legislation to help veterans get state and local benefits after being discharged from the military because of their sexual orientation.

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo signed it Friday at the State House. She officially signed it into effect as the legislative session ended in June.

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Priest begs gays not to leave church over bishop’s tweet

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) | A priest is asking parishioners not to leave his church over a tweet by Rhode Island’s bishop urging Roman Catholics to not support or attend LGBTQ Pride Month events.

The Rev. Edward L. Pieroni begged gay and lesbian parishioners not to leave the church during Sunday services at St. Raymond’s Roman Catholic Church in Providence, The Boston Globe reported.

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Differences between parents, children explored in new doc

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Openly gay writer Andrew Solomon (best known for “The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression”) has a simple but powerful dream for the new documentary “Far from the Tree” which opens today (Friday, Aug. 3) at the Landmark Bethesda Row Cinema.

“I’d like it to diminish the isolation of people who are different,” he says.

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Rhode Island becomes 10th state to ban ‘ex-gay’ therapy

By : Chris Johnson of the Washingston Blade, Courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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The governor of Rhode Island signed into law Wednesday a measure that bans widely discredited “ex-gay” conversion therapy for minors, the 10th state in the nation with such a prohibition.

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, a Democrat, announced on Twitter she signed the measure via a retweet of a Human Rights Campaign sticker declaring “victory for LGBT youth in Rhode Island.”

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Looking back on a gay nightclub that almost wasn’t; looking forward after a massacre

By : Alma J. Hill
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The news coverage of Pulse is a 24-hour cycle of tragedy. Again and again, readers are forced to relive chaos and carnage. Images of the battered wall fill our news feeds, and the faces of the 49 float in and out of our consciousness on a regular basis. Bodies in corners, mothers crying in cars, candles in the rain; remembering Pulse has come to almost exclusively mean reliving the events of June 12th.

Rarely is the legacy of the club discussed. As an LGBTQ friendly space that had been operational for well over a decade, Pulse represented many firsts for Orlando. It was the first Orlando nightclub to feature a space even remotely similar to its famed futuristic white room (that changed colors). In 2013, it became one of the first gay clubs in Central Florida to give a Saturday night home to a Latin night. The club’s opulent interior garnered national attention, earning Pulse coverage in both Club and Mondo magazines.

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John Waters, Del Shores and parties are just part of TIGLFF’s 25th anniversary plans

By : Jamie Hyman
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Tampa – Margaret Murray remembers the early years of the Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. It was long before the film fan became the organization’s executive director—for the second time. It was in the early 1990s when the festival was only three or four years old and she experienced LGBT cinema with a fresh, wide-eyed perspective.

“It seemed like this glamorous exciting event, and it was,” Murray said. “There were protestors out there every single day of the film festival. We had to have a heavy police presence to protect us.”

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Readers share their Valentine's Day greetings

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It's February, which means Christmas is a long-ago memory and the focus is on candy, flowers, hearts and love. As in years' past, we invited you to place your special Valentine's Day greeting in our â┚¬Å”Loveâ┚¬Â issue and again you didn't disappoint. We even spotted a marriage proposal in this year's batch! Is it directed at you?

To: Daniel
Thank you for being an amazing boyfriend! I love you, and you are the BEST boyfriend EVER!

To: Luis Hilson
If not now, when? They may love you good, but I will love you better, better, better, better! Xox

To: My Sweet Young Prince
The ability to trust, fuels the ability to Love. How far will our love take us?
â┚¬â€Your Ray of Loving Sunshine

To: Allyson
It’s been 8 years. So let's do it. Let's get married. Ally will you b my wife? I nub u. Bemineforever?
â┚¬â€Amy â┚¬Å”Peterâ┚¬Â

To: Kris
I love you more today than a random day in October, 2001. It’s only just begun Dear…

To: Dave Lindsay
Happy Valentines Day!
â┚¬â€Mac McGowan

To: Phoenix
I love you to the moon and back… Happy Valentines Day Boo Bear!!!

To: Pete
I love you honey and am so happy to share this first Valentine’s Day as parents with you.

To: Sameer
You are my sunshine! Ten plus years and counting. I love you!

To: Anthony Murphy
As each year that goes by, I fall deeper and deeper in love with you. You and our little family we created is all I ever wanted. Love you with all my heart.
â┚¬â€David Aiello

To: Slam Adams
SLam is the best roller derby wife ever! She’s my skate support system! Go Orlando Psycho City!
â┚¬â€The Bayou Basher

To: Angie
To my wife, my best friend, & my baby momma, almost 10 yrs & I love you more every day! Happy V Day!

To: Brian
15 years this year! You are my world, my everything. Happy Valentines Day! Love you.

To: Kevin Stuart
I couldn’t have made it through the past 6 months without you. You’re pretty amazing.
â┚¬â€Scott McCauley

To: Brian
“B”… On this day…I remind you… you have my heart…and I love you! You are the “1”:)

To: Ed Leonhard
A hundred hearts would be too few To carry all my love for you. Happy Valentines Day!
â┚¬â€Anthony Barros

To: Pumelgranite
Thank you for being my derby rock. I’m so lucky to have such an amazing wife! 🙂 Happy V-Day!
â┚¬â€Venus Deathtrap

To: Peter Patterson
I am so glad you married me in NYC! I love you more every day. I love being your husband!
â┚¬â€Mark Hardin

To: J
You have my heart (in case you didn’t know).

To: Soul Wreckless
Roses are red, roller skates have wheels; It’s Valentine’s Day, you know how I feels. Derby love!
â┚¬â€Ivana Crushyu

To: Jake
To my favorite valentine: I like you today & I love you today. My life is amazing with you in it!

To: Chainsaw Chelsea, Strangeness Monster, and Hips of Steel
You are the best derby wives a skater could ask for. Love you all!
â┚¬â€Alexis DeLarge

To: Bobby Edington in Anna Maria
Hey Bobby, I wish you a Happy Val Day. Lots of wet kisses. Love J
â┚¬â€Jason Shieffield

To: Ben
Thanks for being the big jizzy to my lil’ teezy. 😉

To: Heather
Happy Valentine’s Day, Buddy!!! Love you!
â┚¬â€LuLu Rivera

To: Kim & Carmen
Happy Valentine’s Day to my favorite couple and the best friends a girl could ask for!
â┚¬â€LuLu Rivera

To: Erin Luckey
Thank you for all you do and for all that you are. Love you! Happy Valentine’s Day!
â┚¬â€LuLu Rivera

To: Bella & Shai
You are simply the reason I breathe! Happy Valentine’s Day, my princesses!!
â┚¬â€LuLu Rivera

To: Naomi Freeman
You are my love, my heart, my soul. I cannot imagine life without you. Te amo.
â┚¬â€LuLu Rivera

To: John Stein
The last 3 yrs have been amazing! I can’t imagine going on without you by my side forever. WILL YOU MARRY ME? OXOX
â┚¬â€Emanuel Santos

To: Lauren
Happy Valentines Day Peaches! Here’s to many more, love you!

To: Venus Deathtrap
Best derby wifey ever, Happy Valentines Day! So glad you said yes to be mine! Much love to you!

To: Todd
Being with you is like wearing my favorite pair of jeans. They fit just right! I love you and for the first time in my life I feel I’ve found a man who loves me as much as I love him! PS: You’re so darn hot! LOVE YOU!

To: Jeffrey Shanks
You’ve had my heart for 13 yrs. Happy Valentines Day Baby! I LOVE YOU!!!
â┚¬â€Bobby Robinson

To: Brandon Fogarty
You make everyday special and i am so happy you have come into my life. Happy Valentine’s Day!
â┚¬â€Paul Leary

To: Antonio Tapia
Tony, Life with you is a kind of heaven. Thanks for being amazing. Love you.

To: Matt
Thank you for fixing all the crap I break and putting up with my crazy. You are my best friend forever and ever.

To: Bella
Lei mi fa sentirsi come la ragazza pia fortunata nel mondo largo ed intero. sempre mi baci la buona

To: Macrae & Aston
Happy Valentines – To the sweetest men in my life. Love you.

To: Bobby M.
Happy Valentines day to my valentine. 26 great years!
â┚¬â€Richard M.

To: DavieDawn
We miss you and love you and can’t wait to see what you do next! XOXO

To: Greg
You are the love of my life and you have made the last 24 years incredible for me. Thank you!

To: Tomm M.
Happy Valentine's Day!!! Love Ron, Chiquita, Maggie, Lexxi and Jack.
â┚¬â€Ron P.

To: Chris P.
My love, we are, each of us angels with only one wing; and we can only fly by embracing one another…Happy Valentine’s to the one who own my heart my lovely Chris, I love you so much!!!

To: Kory
Thank you for sharing 9 years of your liife with me and showing me what love is truly about! Every day you take my breath away even more! I love you

To: Philip
We have been together for 33 years, and been through many ups and many downs which has made us stronger, would not have it any other way, I love you….

To: I met you at Halloween Horror Nights XX
I wish I had realized all you meant to me then, I’m ready now. Hope to meet you again someday.

To: Rafe
My hairy little chorizo, you’ve made me smile every day for nine years, and I hope for ninety more.

To: Keith Kelly
Thanks to you for all you do for me. Words cannot express my love and devotion to you. You mean the world to me and look forward to new adventures with you.
â┚¬â€Michael Kelly

Happy Valentine's day Jeremiah.  Thank you for dancing into my life and making every day AMAZING!  
â┚¬â€<3 Rick

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE! Tabatha takes over Watermark!

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Tabatha Coffey refuses to let people define her. The out and proud lesbian and hair powerhouse, best known for changing lives and businesses on her BRAVO show Tabatha's Salon Takeover, is now taking on the publishing world. 

TabathaCoffeyPart memoir, part business manual and part instruction guide to achieving self-acceptance and love, her book It's Not Really About the Hair teaches you how to recognize your own inner strengths and how to get in touch with your own inner bitch. Unfazed by criticisms, Coffey has reclaimed the word â┚¬Å”bitch,â┚¬Â transforming it to the person she is: â┚¬Å”Brave, Intelligent, Tenacious, Creative and Honest.â┚¬Â 

She also explores her struggle with protecting her privacy and honoring her responsibility as an openly gay celebrity and her responsibility to the LGBT community. Coffey, who participated in an early PSA for the NoH8 campaign says she's not one to wave a flag in a parade but will be the first to stand up for equality.

Before heading out on an industrious travel schedule, the savvy 41-year-old Australia native shares her candid commentary about trannies, long-term relationships, standing up for what you believe in and why she hates Justin Beiber. 

When Tabatha isn't filming television shows and promoting products, she can be found cutting hair at her own salon, Industrie Hair Gurus, in Ridegewood, NJ.

Watermark: You're known for being very guarded and private. So, what prompted you to write a book that is so revealing?

Tabatha Coffey: I really have such a wonderful fan base and I don’t take that lightly. I was inspired by the emotional emails I get from fans. I get a lot of non-hair related questions like, “How did you get started in business?” “How did you know you had a passion for hair dressing?” “How did you come out?” “How did you do this?” “How did you do that?” So, I wrote the book. I didn’t want it to be self-indulgent. I don’t think I’m that interesting but I wanted to share stories that were relevant to me that I hope will translate well to other people. I hope it will help explain a little bit more about who I am and give the reader a takeaway like, “It’s ok that I look a little different” or “It’s ok if I come out.” 

You were recently in Tampa to judge the Miss USofA Pageant. How did you get involved with that?
My parents ran strip clubs while I was growing up. So, I was surrounded by drag queens. That was the norm for me. I actually got my start doing drag queens’ hair.

Not much is known about your personal life but from what I read, you’ve been with your partner for 12 years. You purposefully keep her and her identity out of the public eye. Has that caused any strain on your relationship?
Not at all. It’s actually her choice to stay out of the public eye. I’ve chosen to be in the public eye. I’m very supportive of her and she’s very supportive of me. She is just quiet and shy and I respect that. There’s not a strain as long as there’s honesty. She gets that the focus is about me publicly. That's where the strain comes in. The media wants scrutinize couples and “body language” and all that shit. It’s not fair. The truth is, I get to travel and do what I love and she makes me feel safe and happy when I’m home. 

What advice can you offer in regards to sustaining a healthy relationship?
I think it’s compromise. I think it’s work. It’s something that you both constantly have to work at. You both have to ultimately decide that this is what you want and are going to work at it. Don’t look at that as a bad thing. You have to realize there’s someone else involved and you have to be mindful of that. It’s definitely give and take.

When one or both of you don’t think about the other person or think the journey through enough, things happen and then someone’s hurt. Relationships are definitely worth it but you both have to decide if you want it. 

Would you consider marriage?
I think the choice comes down to if it's right for you, if it's the right circumstance, and to do it for the right reasons, because marriage shouldn't be taken lightly whether it's gay marriage or straight marriage.

In your book, you talk a lot about taking ownership of your strengths and weaknesses. What advice can you offer to people like yourself that have felt condemned for their honesty?
You have to be brave. Brave enough to speak the truth. Brave enough to stand up for yourself. I think there’s a big difference between being mean and just being a bitch. If you’re being honest with yourself or being honest with someone else about what you’re feeling; that's not bitchy and you shouldn’t be criticized for it. If you’ve got the balls to be honest then you’re strong enough to stand up for it. 

Were there any instances on the show that had to be cut or salons where you took over that didn’t allow you to finish taping?
A lot of things are cut down, obviously, since we film for a really long time. We break it down to the essentials. We never cut anything out because we’re thinking ‘no one should see this’ and we’ve never been told to “get out and never come back.” 

TabathaCoffeyQuoteWith that, how do you not take it personally when a salon owner or stylist goes off on you or talks bad about you behind the scenes?
I don’t see the final footage. And I don’t want to. That’s my choice to not see the footage. I don’t take it personally; it’s business. I know not to take it personally because I’m there to come in, kick their asses if they need it and put a mirror up to their faces. It’s not always pretty what they see so sometimes you get resistance. I understand that. The thing that keeps me going is that there is always someone there that gets it. There’s always at least one person that gets it; they can see what I’m trying to do. In some cases, the salon owners don’t get it but I know that the staff has gotten it and that’s good enough for me. 

There seem to be a lot of celebrities that don’t like to see themselves onscreen. Why is that?

I’ve learned that if I know too much, it clouds my judgment and I don’t want that. I don’t want to have anything but the facts before I go in. If I know too much, then I’ve already formed an opinion in my mind and that’s not a good thing. I like to just go in and figure out what the situation is and figure out what the problems are first-hand. If I were to watch the surveillance footage, I might make assumptions as to what the situation is or who the people are. I’d go in with an air of “well, that’s ridiculous.” 

You’ve already worked with many celebrities over the course of your career. Are there any that you haven’t that you would just love to get your hands on?
There aren’t any celebrities who I think have hideous hair but there are those whose hair could definitely be better. Sandra’s Bullock’s bangs at The Golden Globes; horrible. [Laughs] There’s no way around it. Normally, I love her but those bangs just looked awful. 

In a previous interview, you mentioned wanting to style Paris Hilton.
She looks better now. [I said that] when she was going through a stage where her hair was just kind of tragic. She had regrowth all the time. 

You, yourself have a very distinctive, chic style. Do you have a stylist or is it all you?

It’s all me. They’re all my clothes. I’m very low maintenance. Although, sometimes I think it’d be very nice to have someone set-up my wardrobe for the week. 

What do you think the next “it” look is?

For women, hair will go short; not as short as mine; more like Michelle Williams. A lot of celebrities are cutting their hair shorter. It’s much more textured, more mondo shag or a longer pixie cut. For men, I don’t mind long hair on guys but I like it to have a rugged texture to it. I can’t stand that Justin Beiber look. A lot of guys are trying to pull it off. Unless your under the age of 16, it’s not ok. When I see like a 30 year old trying to imitate his hair, I just don’t get it. It doesn’t mentally equate with me. It’s not a good look. No one should do it. 

If you weren’t a hair dresser, what would you want to do?
I truly have no idea. I’ve been doing it for so long that I can’t imagine doing anything else. There’s nothing that pops into my head that says “I really want to do that.”  This has been such a great career for me. I’m very lucky that it's led me in very different directions. I’ve been able to travel, have my own television show and now my book. It’s a craft I truly love. 

S + H:
Who: Tabatha Coffey
What: Tabatha's Salon Takeover
Where: Bravo
When: Mondays at 10pm ET

Project Runway designer designs T-shirt fundraiser

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MondoTShirtAbstr_226180682.jpgThere’s a reason Mondo Guerra shared his story about being HIV positive on the fashion design reality show “Project Runway.” It’s just at the time, he wasn’t quite sure what it was.

In hindsight, though, Guerra thinks he was compelled to it because “now I have the ability to bring attention to a cause,” he says.

“Things happen for a reason,” he adds. “Now that this is my life now, it has brought some opportunities. I think it’s inspired a lot of other people to be courageous and step forward.”

He also can raise money for AIDS research in a new partnership with online retailer Piperlime. Mondo, a “Runway” fan favorite this season, designed two limited-edition T-shirts to launch to coincide with World AIDS Day.

For each shirt sold, $20 will be donated to amFAR, an organization that focuses on AIDS research.

One shirt shows a tree with a single heart hanging from a branch and the other features a colorful skull in the Day of the Dead theme that dominated Guerra’s final collection on the TV show.

The Mexican tradition of Day of the Dead isn’t about death at all, he says, it’s about celebrating the memory of loved ones. “I think it’s a smart choice to use this for this cause.”

The T-shirts are for women, though Guerra notes, “They actually printed a male version in extra small just for me.”