Vote for your Orlando Fringe favorites in the first ever Watermark Splash Awards

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The Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival kicked off its 27th year and, even though it’s only just begun, we cannot believe the amount of talent we’ve seen already.

The shows have started hitting us in our hearts, minds and funny bones; and we here at Watermark can’t decide which ones have been the best, so we are asking you, our amazing readers, to pick for us in the first ever Watermark Splash Awards.

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Only in our dreams!: Parliament House announces its GD2017 lineup and it’s pretty great

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Sometimes we get lost in our eyes, sometimes we try to walk away and we choke. This time, this year for the annual GD2017 festivities, Parliament House has just announced that it is really going to take care of us in these moments.

As has been rumored for a bit here and there, Parliament pulled out some big ticket choices this time around.

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Sandwich Fundraiser for The Dru Project to be held at Pom Pom’s

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Head over to Pom Pom’s Teahouse and Sandwicheria this Valentine’s Day to help raise money for The Dru Project. They will be graciously donating $1 to The Dru Project from every Sweetheart Sandwich sold.

The Dru Project is an LGBTQIA advocacy organization on a mission to spread love across the nation and promote gay-straight alliances. They are a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit in the state of Florida. The organization was created in memorial to Christopher Andrew “Drew” Leinonen and his partner Juan Ramon Guerrero, who were among the 49 killed in the Pulse nightclub shooting.

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Planned Parenthood lists resources for marches this weekend

By : Billy Manes
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There’s nothing clever to be said here beyond the resonating jokes about the president-elect and the Alec Baldwin impersonations on SNL that make us feel like we’re laughing while crying. BUT! BUT! BUT! Not giving up is part of life, and we can’t really give up on minority rights, women’s rights and LGBTQ rights, can we?

To that end, there are some fairly well publicized marches in the works for the Trump inaugural weekend. Below, after the jump, you can find ways to get involved. This info comes from Planned Parenthood, which stands to lose any federal funding if the incoming administration has its way. There are events in most of our readership areas, as well, of course, in Washington, D.C. Know what you can do, where you should be and how you should act in the face of adversity. This isn’t just a march for women, it’s a march for all of us. Hold tight. We’ll get through this.

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Lisa Lampanelli ticket giveaway ahoy! Enter now … like, NOW!

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We could all use a little bit of laughter during this time of our shady glances and crossed fingers, so Watermark is giving away two tickets to Lisa Lampanelli’s Orlando show at Hard Rock on Friday, Jan. 20!

Don’t be insulted, just laugh at the pieces. The queen of mean promises to bring some super-shady fun to the area on inauguration weekend – so much more fun than the existential crisis we’ll all be enduring under an orange fop of hair on a figurehead.

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Pride. Prejudice. Protest.: Preserving Orlando’s GLBT Community History in a Digital Age event Saturday

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In what is being called a “history harvest,” the UCF History Department, the GLBT History Museum, and UCF’s RICHES Project, a digital platform for historic documents and photos, will be at Orlando’s GLBT Center from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, hoping to collect any bits of LGBTQ historical value – yes, they are giving them back to you after they are scanned – for an ambitious project meant to create a comprehensive online hub of perpetual posterity. Any old news articles, bits of memory, photos from formative Pride parades and filigree are welcome. You can also record an interview for an oral history video that is being developed. In times like these, it’s important to remember where we came from and how far we have come. Donors will also receive free digital copies.

Watermark Giveaway: Family Fun Pack to OTRONICON at the Orlando Science Center

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GET YOUR TRON ON!

Watermark is giving away two (2) Family Fun Packs (4 tickets in each set) to visit the Orlando Science Center for OTRONICON running January 13-16.

OTRONICON lets you explore the science, art, technology, careers and fun behind simulation, robotics, video games, virtual reality and digital media. Each year, multiple industry partners join Orlando Science Center to celebrate how digital media technologies impact the way we live, learn, work and play.

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Watermark’s 2017 WAVE Awards – nomination round

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It’s that time of year again, time to do the WAVE!

Watermark Awards for Variety and Excellence, best known in these parts as the WAVE Awards, look to award the best in both the Central Florida and the Tampa Bay area LGBTQ community in the realms of activism, service, fun and more.

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Remembering Pulse six months later

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Though it still remains so fresh in our minds and equally hard to believe, the six-month marker of the hate crime that shook Orlando, and indeed the whole world, is coming quickly.

Monday, Dec. 12, several events will be popping up to honor the 49 killed and the 53 injured on June 12 at Pulse Orlando. Some of us at Watermark are still numbed by the incident, and many in the community are still grieving. But, as we do, we will carry on with vigilance and with respect for those who left us far too soon in far too ugly a manner.

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2016 World AIDS Day events round-up

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The 28th Annual World AIDS Day is Dec. 1. From the early morning hours of that day at the YMCA in Ocala to the not-as-early morning hours of Saturday’s AIDS Walk in St. Pete, the community will be honoring the memories and celebrating the lives of those impacted by HIV/AIDS.

World AIDS Day is held on the first of December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day, held for the first time in 1988.

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Model call! The Venue is casting runway types for “Pose for Pride” show

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Our friends at Pride Radio – you might have read about them here – are putting on a fashion show on Church Street at the old Orchid Garden (gorgeous, darling) Tuesday, Dec. 13.

Tomorrow, a sort of casting call will be held at the Venue in the evening. We would go into all of the details littering our pretty little heads – sometimes Jane Fonda in Klute just pops up there like she’s really happening – but, instead, allow us to allow you to visit the website and plan accordingly. Don’t fall in those heels. This is in the name of pride.

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Watermark Giveaway: Movies Out Loud – A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge

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We are giving away tickets to attend Movies Out Loud, presented by Orlando Fringe and Watermark, at The Abbey Oct. 12.

Come watch as Logan Donahoo and Michael Marinaccio take on the 1985 gay subtext-filled, cult-classic A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge. Prepare yourself as Freddy Kruger spends 90 minutes trying  to enter a young man’s body.

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