Watermark’s Wedding Bells: Gavin and Patrick Cooper

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Gavin and Patrick Cooper agree they’ve been stuck on each other since the first time they met.

“A mutual friend thought that we would be good together and encouraged us to add each other on Facebook,” Gavin says. “So we did, but never took the time to really chat or schedule a time to meet in person. More than a year later, we had our first meeting and first date on Feb. 11, 2014. We were inseparable starting that very night.”

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The Last Page with Jason Leclerc

By : Rick Claggett
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What kind of writing do you do for Watermark?

Opinion and editorial.

When did you develop a passion for writing?

First grade. I won a creative writing contest for “Stinky, the Skunk that Didn’t Stink.” I understood what it meant to be different before there was a word in my vocabulary for it.

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As you work toward a healthier and happier you in 2019, we look at some LGBTQ-specific healthcare concerns you should bring up with your doctor

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Members within the LGBTQ community are as diverse as the total population. They cover the entire spectrum of race, sex, gender, age, religion and socioeconomic status; so many of the recommended health screenings and medical evaluations for LGBTQ people are the same as the heterosexual and cisgender communities. However, there are certain health concerns that carry higher risk factors for members of the LGBTQ community.

Because of that, we spoke with LGBTQ-friendly doctors in Central Florida and Tampa Bay about specific community healthcare issues to help you begin the conversation with your primary care physician and get 2019 started off right.

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Start the conversation: transgender people

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How often should you see your primary care physician? What health screenings, evaluations and/or vaccinations should you have? Should you be on any medications? Don’t ask us! We aren’t real doctors, we only occasionally play one on TV.

Just like every fingerprint, snowflake and social media opinion; each person’s individual health concerns are varied and different. That’s why the only effective healthy game plan for you is one that is constructed between you and your doctor.

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Start the conversation: Gay/Bisexual men

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How often should you see your primary care physician? What health screenings, evaluations and/or vaccinations should you have? Should you be on any medications? Don’t ask us! We aren’t real doctors, we only occasionally play one on TV.

Just like every fingerprint, snowflake and social media opinion; each person’s individual health concerns are varied and different. That’s why the only effective healthy game plan for you is one that is constructed between you and your doctor.

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Start the conversation: Lesbian/Bisexual women

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How often should you see your primary care physician? What health screenings, evaluations and/or vaccinations should you have? Should you be on any medications? Don’t ask us! We aren’t real doctors, we only occasionally play one on TV.

Just like every fingerprint, snowflake and social media opinion; each person’s individual health concerns are varied and different. That’s why the only effective healthy game plan for you is one that is constructed between you and your doctor.

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HIV cases increased 4 percent in Connecticut in 2017

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) | Connecticut health officials say the number of cases of human immunodeficiency virus in the state increased 4 percent in 2017.

The state Department of Public Health recently released the HIV figures, which show that 281 people were newly diagnosed with the virus in 2017. That’s up from 269 cases in 2016. Nearly half the new cases were among gay men.

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The Last Page with Sylvie Griffiths

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What kind of writing do you do for Watermark?

I write a viewpoint column focusing on special interests. My writing blossomed from being urged by a close friend and mentor to write a blog about my family. This process led to the connection to Watermark and the rest is serendipity.

When did you develop a passion for writing?

I remember loving writing in elementary school when all my friends were complaining about having to write. I just assumed this was another way I was a nerd, but my true love comes from my mother. She wanted to be a writer professionally, studied literature and imparted her love of reading to me.

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Watermark’s Wedding Bells Jason Ruggerio and Nick Crush

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Jason Ruggerio and Nick Crush met in November 2011.

“On our first date, after dinner, I took him to a little playground off Mills and that’s where I proposed to him five years later,” Crush shares.

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Gender clinic aims to improve transgender patients’ care

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) | It’s been over a decade since Malaysia Walker’s life started a new course.

At the time, Walker was living in her hometown of Jackson, Mississippi, as a gay man.

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Watermark’s Wedding Bells: Mark & Ricky Celaya-Renaud

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“I proposed to Mark – we are both Eagle Scouts and have a shared affinity for the outdoors and nature, so I planned out a camping trip to the Florida Caverns State Park,” Ricky Celaya-Renaud shares. “We did a flashlight tour of the main caverns, and at the last possible chance before leaving the cave, I gathered my courage, got down on one knee and asked him to marry me.”

“Ricky decided to sign us up for a cave tour in the woods – I’m terrified of bats, by the way – where he decided to ask me to marry him at the very end,” Mark Celaya-Renaud adds. “At that point, I would’ve done anything to get out of that cave! Luckily, I didn’t have to do anything I didn’t already want to, so not only did I get to get out of the home of winged-monsters, but I came out of it engaged to the love of my life.”Ricky, a property manager and native of St. Petersburg, currently lives with his husband Mark, a senior analyst and transplant from Granada Hills, Calif., in Tampa.

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Watermark’s Most Eligible LGBTQ Singles Search 2019

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Last year, Watermark brought you 10 of our most eligible singles in our Valentine’s Day issue and it was a big hit.

So we are back to bring some love, and maybe a little romance, into the lives of LGBTQ singles in the Central Florida and Tampa Bay area for 2019.

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