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

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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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Big Gay Busch Gardens Day celebrates its fifth anniversary at Tampa Bay Park

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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Autumn may have begun on Sept. 22, but no one told Tampa Bay or its LGBTQ community. On Oct. 7, they’ll rally together to celebrate the fifth annual Big Gay Busch Gardens Day, presented by local drag favorite Kori Stevens.

The event, which last year drew 250 participants, calls upon the LGBTQ community to come together for familial fun in the sun at Busch Gardens, the popular theme park and zoo in the Tampa Bay area.

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10 Family-Friendly Must Boos

By : Scottie Campbell
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You know who loves Halloween? Your babysitter. Which means you may have to take the little ones out with you for some spooky fun. Here are 10 Family Friendly events sure to be scary good for both kids and parents alike.

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Scare Up Some Prizes

By : Scottie Campbell
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Halloween can be a profitable night, in addition to being fun. Even if you’re not looking to compete, the big prizes are a good indication of where some of the most creative costumes can be viewed. Here some of the prizes we knew about at press time.

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10 Must Boos

By : Scottie Campbell
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You have your costume picked out, your makeup perfect and all the right accessories, now what? You can’t just sit around the house all by yourself looking that good. Here are 10 Halloween events you can show off your new threads at.

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Cazwell heads to Parliament House Orlando for Labor Day Weekend

By : Aaron Drake
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(Above photo by Anthony Humphryes.)

Cazwell took YouTube by storm with the music video for his provocative brain candy, “Ice Cream Truck.” Currently the video has more than 5 million views, so this out “white dude” rapper has found quite a fan base, along with a bit of critical acclaim and commercial success. It’s no wonder with his unique sense of style, edgy lyrics and relevant social commentary on current issues that his fans are drooling for more.

Fans and newcomers alike will be able to experience Cazwell’s sexiness in person this Labor Day weekend as he takes over Parliament House for a live performance at the club’s New York Street Party. Watermark had the chance to catch up with him before the show to chat about his newest single, upcoming projects and what his fans can expect in Orlando.

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Come OUT and show off your colors for 4th of July weekend!

By : Rachel Dececco
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Get your sparklers ready, Central Florida and Tampa Bay have a variety events to kick off 4th of July weekend!

Whether it’s a day with the family, or a night at the club make sure to check out some of your local parks, museums and night clubs so you don’t miss out on the fun!

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St. Pete Pride is spreading its wings, so here are sparkling details of all the big events for the weekend

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It’s no secret that for the first time in its 15 years, the St. Pete Pride parade is moving from the Grand Central District and heading downtown, but that isn’t the only change to the schedule.

“There are always lots of events during Pride month and this is the first year that we actively went out to recruit events from all over Pinellas County,” St. Pete Pride Executive Director Eric Skains says. “We have an extensive list of events compiled from all this information we received, and they are all amazing events.”

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