Watermark’s Most Eligible LGBTQ Bachelors and Bachelorettes Search

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New year resolutions and goals vary as much as the people who set them, but there seems to be one common thread that passes through all of them; the world needs more love.

We here at Watermark couldn’t agree more, and that’s why we are doing what we can to bring some love, and maybe a little romance, into the lives of LGBTQ singles in the Central Florida and Tampa Bay area.

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Watermark Giveaway: Two tickets for Science Night Live featuring Otronicon at the Orlando Science Center

By : Maia Monet
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Watermark is giving away two (2) tickets to visit the Orlando Science Center for the 21-years-and-older-only Science Night Live featuring Otronicon on January 13.

Enjoy the chance to interact with the latest in technology and gaming in an adults-only setting! Experience the four floors of Otronicon programming, play with lab experiments in Dr. Dare’s lab, and check out the available food and adult beverages.

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Rhodes Perry to hold live ‘The Out Entrepreneur’ podcast in Orlando

By : Jeremy Williams
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One year after launching his LGBTQ business podcast “The Out Entrepreneur,” host Rhodes Perry is heading to Orlando for the show’s first-ever live recording at The Orange Studio Dec. 11.

The Out Entrepreneur is a weekly podcast in which Perry gets to “interview today’s most inspiring LGBTQ bosses crushing it in business,” as he says to start off each podcast.

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“Liberal Redneck” Trae Crowder talks about his ties to the LGBTQ community and incoming tour

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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Trae Crowder, the 31-year-old comedian better known as the “Liberal Redneck,” gained national notoriety after he and his southern drawl supported transgender rights in April 2016.

He’d been a stand-up comedian for nearly six years at the time, but it was his condemnation of North Carolina’s bigoted HB2 “bathroom bill” that thrust him into the viral video spotlight. That first video, originally uploaded to his personal Facebook page, has garnered over 980,000 YouTube views to date. In total, his hot takes have drawn over 50 million.

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Central Florida and Tampa Bay recognize World AIDS Day with events from coast to coast

By : Jeremy Williams
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World AIDS Day is the first ever global health day and has taken place every Dec. 1 since 1988. It is a day which the entire planet comes together to remember the nearly 40 million lives lost to the virus, but also to acknowledge those still living with the disease today and to celebrate the advances made in fighting HIV/AIDS.

From candlelight vigils to luncheons and HIV testing sights, several groups and organizations have events throughout Central Florida and the Tampa Bay area for you whether you want to pay your respects or know your status.

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Watermark Holiday Giveaway: Win tickets to see Trans Siberian Orchestra at the Amway Center

By : Jeremy Williams
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Trans Siberian Orchestra is as synonymous with the holiday season in the U.S. as Santa Claus and Christmas trees, so it seems only fitting that during this yuletide season we send one lucky reader and a guest to see them live in concert.

We have a pair of tickets to see TSO in their 2017 winter tour, “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” at the Amway Center in Orlando Dec. 16 at 3:00 p.m.

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Watermark Holiday Giveaway: Win tickets to “A Drag Queen Christmas: The Naughty Tour” at the Straz Center

By : Jeremy Williams
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You better watch out. You better not cry. You better not pout, I’m telling you why. Drage Queens are coming to town!

Get ready as queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race are performing live on stage this holiday season in A Drag Queen Christmas: The Naughty Tour. Hometown hero Trinity Taylor hosts alongside some of the most talented queens this side of the North Pole including Sasha Velour, Latrice Royale, Farrah Moan, Kim Chi, Naomi Smalls, Chi Chi DeVayne and Eureka O’Hara.

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Transgender Day of Remembrance 2017 events in Central Florida and Tampa Bay

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Transgender Day of Remembrance, held annually every Nov. 20, is a day to commemorate and reflect upon transgender individuals who have passed away due to transgender-related violence.

The day began after a transgender woman named Rita Hester was brutally stabbed in her Massachusetts apartment in 1998. Graphic designer and advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith held a candlelight vigil in memory of Hester. Every year, there are services and candlelight vigils held across the nation to commemorate the death of Hester and all transgender people lost to violence.

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A night of fashion, visual art and music combine in a fundraiser to support HIV/AIDS organization Miracle of Love, Inc.

By : Holly V. Kapherr
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On November 8, Miracle of Love, an HIV/AIDS education and awareness organization based in Orlando, will stage its second Project Red: An Art Experience event at Parliament House on Orange Blossom Trail. The event will feature artists from around the area in theatre, visual art, fashion, music and other mediums. Proceeds from the event will go to fund Miracle of Love’s community endeavors, including programs for pregnant women, housing for HIV positive individuals, and care management assistance for underinsured or non-insured individuals with HIV/AIDS.

The first Project Red: An Art Experience took place in 2015, when an artist approached Miracle of Love with the idea to stage an art show that communicated to an audience what the color red meant to them.

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The Fitness Marshall looks to take over the world one cardio-filled dance video at a time

By : Jeremy Williams
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Caleb Marshall is your typical Mid-Western, gay millennial. He loves his boyfriend Cameron, he loves his Starbucks coffee and he loves him some Britney Spears. Marshall stands out in his sometimes overly criticized generation as the fun-loving, energetic and infectious online persona known as The Fitness Marshall.

Dressed in his is trademark camo pants and black tank top, Marshall uses his part Richard Simmons/part Energizer Bunny character of The Fitness Marshall to motivate his millions (that’s right, millions!) of online viewers to dance, have fun and get in shape.

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Orlando gathers downtown to celebrate Come Out With Pride

By : Jeremy Williams
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Lake Eola Park, and it’s surrounding streets, were packed Oct. 14 for Orlando’s annual Come Out With Pride parade and festival.

The big, colorful floats and LGBTQIA+ marchers took their turns proudly around the lake as thousands of community members and supporters cheered.

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Libby’s Legacy to celebrate a decade of Scooters 4 Hooters

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | Libby’s Legacy Breast Cancer Foundation celebrates 10 years of its breast cancer fundraising event, Scooters 4 Hooters, at Wall Street Plaza in downtown Orlando Oct. 21.

Libby’s Legacy was founded in 2007 by Robin Maynard-Harris in honor of her mother, Libby Maynard, who passed away due to Stage IV Breast Cancer. That same year Maynard-Harris launched what would become the organizations signature event, Scooters 4 Hooters.

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