PHOTOS: Project No Labels dances into second Prom in Wonderland

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ST. PETERSBURG | Project No Labels (PNL) kicked off St. Pete Pride weekend June 22 by heading down the rabbit hole and into the organization’s second annual One Love Prom in Wonderland.

“Everyone deserves to experience prom and some LGBTQ+ individuals may have never had the opportunity to attend or bring the person they wanted to go with to this special occasion,” PNL shared ahead of the celebration, which featured beats by DJ Ace Vedo. 

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PHOTOS: St. Pete comes together for 2018’s SP2 concert

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ST. PETERSBURG | St Pete Pride kicked off its 16th year of festivities with the annual SP2 concert June 22 in North Straub Park.

The concert, a fundraising event which assists in funding various Tampa Bay community organizations, featured a mix of fan-favorite area entertainers and was hosted by “RuPaul’s Drag Race” alum Coco Montrese. Watermark was on hand to help celebrate and you can check out some of our photos below.

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PHOTOS: AIDS Healthcare Foundation opens new St. Pete healthcare center

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ST. PETERSBURG | The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) opened its newest healthcare center June 25 in St. Petersburg to combat Florida’s growing HIV/AIDS epidemic.

AHF hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate their St. Petersburg expansion, where AHF Tampa Bay Medical Director Dr. Jeanette Cancel was joined at the podium by AHF President Michael Weinstein, Southern Bureau Chief Michael Kahane and other AHF leadership. St. Petersburg Police Department LGBT liaison Markus Hughee, city LGBTQ liaison Jim Nixon, Pinellas County Commissioner Kenneth T. Welch and other community leaders also spoke, thanking AHF for their commitment to St. Petersburg.

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Watermark Giveaway: Two tickets to see Culture Club and Thompson Twins

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Do you have a “Karma Chameleon” in your life or someone you would like to ask to “Hold Me Now?” What better place to take them than to see Culture Club, with special guest the Thompson Twins at House of Blues in Orlando! Show is July 3 at 7pm, so you can afford to stay out late for the July 4 holiday.

To win the tickets, comment on this post and tell us your favorite hit song from the 80s. We will choose a winner at random at 12pm on June 29, so don’t delay!

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PHOTOS: Polk Pride in the Park

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Munn Park in downtown Lakeland was the site of Polk Pride in the Park this past Saturday. A large crowd came out to be visible as members of the LGBTQ+ community and to show their support. Drag performer Kathryn Nevets hosted the entertainment, which included a rousing rendition of “This is Me” and closed with lesbian band Halcyon.

More photos after the jump.

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Watermark Giveaway: Tickets to see Orlando City Soccer Club!

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Are you a fan of our hometown Orlando City Soccer Club? Would you like to see them play Impact Montreal for “Pride in our City” night this weekend? Well then you’re in luck, because Watermark has two tickets to give away to their match this Saturday, June 23 at 7:30pm!

To enter, comment on this post and tell us the name of your favorite Orlando City player.

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Watermark Giveaway: Two sets of tickets to see Tampa Bay Rowdies Pride Night Game

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies soccer club are holding their Pride Night game on Friday, June 22 at 7:30PM. Come see the first professional sports team in the Tampa area fight it out against Penn FC at their home Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg and show your rainbow colors as you kick off St. Pete Pride!

To win the tickets, comment on this post and tell us the name of your favorite soccer player.

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PHOTOS: UCF’s Rosen College of Hospitality hosts Florida LGBT-Allies Summit

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The 7th annual Florida LGBT-Allies Diversity Summit was held this past Friday at the University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality. Companies from across the state sent representatives to attend panels on “LGBT Equality and Civil Rights” as well as “Transgender Inclusion in the Workplace.”

The morning began with a panel on “Allyship: Voices of the LGBTQ Community” made up of George Wallace the Executive Director of the LGBT+ Center Orlando, Jennifer Walls the Senior Vice President/Area Sales Director for Lee Hecht Harrison, Marco Antonio Quiroga the Program Director for the Contigo Fund, and Kellie Parkin the Executive Director of MBA Orlando – LGBT Chamber of Commerce answering questions on the challenges and benefits of LGBTQ visibility at work. As noted by Parkin, it is estimated that 50% of employees are still in the closet and need support. Walls added that there are still large companies with annual revenue of $100M+ who believe that they do not have LGBTQ employees.

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LGBTQ community to gather for Tampa Bay Rays Pride Night

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St. Petersburg | The Tampa Bay Rays will face off against the Seattle Mariners tonight, June 8 for the team’s 13th annual Pride Night.

Multiple area LGBTQ organizations gathered their own groups to attend to the game, and baseball and pride enthusiasts who purchased tickets ahead of the June 7 cutoff will receive a special Tampa Bay Rays pride-themed hat, seen below:

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Watermark Giveaway: Two sets of tickets to see Tyler Henry the Hollywood Medium

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Tyler Henry the Hollywood Medium is coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall! His new live show “5 Life Lessons I’ve Learned From The Departed” on June 21 at 7:30PM will showcase how his unique gift have affected his everyday life and will also include an audience Q&A. Star of “Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry,” he is highly sought after by celebrities who wish to communicate with loved ones who have passed and find closure. Watermark will be picking two winners who will each receive two tickets!

To win the tickets, comment on this post and tell us who you would like to communicate with through Tyler if given the chance.

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

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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 on June 2.

Enjoy the chance to interact with the center’s exhibits and programs in an adults-only atmosphere! Play in Dr. Dare’s lab, win prizes by answering science trivia, watch giant-screen films in the Dr. Phillips CineDome and enjoy the available light-bites and adult beverages provided by Hard Rock Café.

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Watermark Giveaway: Tickets to see The Magic of Rob Lake at Hard Rock Live

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If you are looking for an alternative to the non-stop parties of Orlando’s Big Gay Weekend, Watermark has you covered with two tickets to Rob Lake’s physics-defying illusions at the Hard Rock Live Orlando on June 2 at 7pm. Rob Lake has been named “The Top Illusionist in the World” by Caesars Entertainment and the youngest winner ever of magic’s highest honor, a Merlin Award for “International Stage Magician of the Year.”

To win the tickets, comment on this post and tell us the name of your favorite magician.

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