Mormon county commissioner in Utah comes out as gay

By : wire report
Comments: 0

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) | Republican lawmaker Nathan Ivie says it took him more than 20 years to come to terms with his identity.

But on May 22 the 40-year-old Utah County commissioner sat in front of his computer and publicly shared the secret that has caused him pain and confusion since he was nine years old: He is gay.

Continue Reading >>

IDAHOBiT marked in US, around the world

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
Comments: 0

Politicians and activists in the U.S. and around the world on Friday commemorated the annual International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) issued a statement shortly before the Equality Act, which would add sexual orientation and gender identity to federal civil rights laws, passed in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Continue Reading >>

Jazz Jennings is headed to Harvard

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the Natioan LGBT Media Association
Comments: 0

Share this story:

Jazz Jennings has been accepted to Harvard University and will attend the Ivy League in the fall.

The 18-year-old “I Am Jazz” star and transgender activist posted a photo of herself wearing a Harvard University sweatshirt captioned with the hashtag “#Harvard2020.”

Continue Reading >>

Andy Brennan is the first male Australian pro soccer player to come out as gay

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the Natioan LGBT Media Association
Comments: 0

Share this story:

Andy Brennan is the first male Australian professional soccer player to come out as gay.

The 26-year-old, who plays forward for the club Green Gully, made the announcement in an Instagram post.

Continue Reading >>

The Last Page: Brianna Rockmore

By : Rick Claggett
Comments: 0

To run a regional, niche newspaper you need to have a passion for the community you serve and a passion for how your newspaper is connected to that community. You can only hope that those who work with you share your enthusiasm. With Brianna Rockmore, Watermark won the employee lottery.

I usually write a narrative on this page after submitting questions to each employee, but I was so impressed with what Brianna had to say that I decided to use her words to show you who she is. As a self-described goofy class clown, Brianna sees things in a positive and funny way, using comedy to bring people out of despair and into a “full of life kind of way.” This is Brianna Rockmore!

Continue Reading >>

Wedding Bells: Amber Kuzma and Shelby Kucharski

By : Aaron Drake
Comments: 0

“I met her on Facebook in a group for lesbians,” Amber Kuzma says about how she met her wife, Shelby Kucharski. “I wasn’t looking for anything as I had recently gotten out of a pretty nasty divorce. However, I had moved from Florida—where there were tons of out people—to Michigan, where I was the token lesbian again.”

The two struck up a conversation about Kucharski’s work as an off-leash dog trainer and that was the beginning.

Continue Reading >>

We’re Hiring a Creative Designer

By : Watermark Staff
Comments: 0

The creative designer creates the editorial layouts for all Watermark’s products and manages Watermark’s company brand. This is an on-site position at either our Orlando or St. Petersburg offices.

This is the perfect position for motivated multi-faceted designers who thrive in a challenging, fast paced environment.

Continue Reading >>

Belize: LGBTQ Adventure in the Jungle

By : Aaron Drake
Comments: 0

“Jump in!” one of the tour guides shouted when it was my turn to immerse myself in the crystal clear, freezing cold stream leading into the mouth of the cave. The cave was Actun Tunichil Muknal—better known as ATM by the locals—one of the natural cave systems in Belize that was used by the Mayan civilization for rituals and ceremonies.

It was like something straight out of an “Indiana Jones” movie; after being outfitted with a helmet, headlamp and life vest, we set off on a 45-minute hike through the jungle, crossing three shallow waterways before we literally jumped in. Once inside the cave it got very dark and was a vigorous workout to climb over and through rocks, occasionally stopping to admire the stalagmites and stalactites that had formed over thousands of years.

Continue Reading >>

The Last Page with Senior Account Manager Russ Martin

By : Rick Claggett
Comments: 0

Share this story:

“I have newspaper in my blood and have worked in the industry for nearly 20 years,” says Russ Martin.

Russ began working for Watermark as a part time account manager in March of 2018. Within a few months Russ, and Watermark, realized the demands of managing marketing accounts were not conducive with a part-time schedule. Russ informed Watermark that his then current schedule would not allow him the time he needed to perform his tasks to the best of his ability, and he tendered his resignation.

Continue Reading >>

The Last Page with Creative Assistant/Photographer Dylan Todd

By : Rick Claggett
Comments: 0

Dylan Todd has been Watermark’s Creative Assistant and Photographer for nearly three-quarters of a year, but his quest to join Watermark’s staff began well before that.

In 2015, Dylan was impressed with the quality and community nature of Watermark and wanted to be a part of that mission. He logged onto WatermarkOnline.com and emailed the domain asking how his photography services could be used in the newspaper. He then posted the same inquiry on Facebook. At the time, a position was not open.

Continue Reading >>

Watermark’s Wedding Bells: William Taylor Bulloch and Rafael Torres

By : Aaron Drake
Comments: 0

William Taylor Bulloch and Rafael Torres went on their first date to Urban Wetlands at Greenwood Park.

“It was supposed to be just a lunch date and it turned into a whole afternoon thing,” Taylor says. 

Continue Reading >>

University of Kansas expands transgender student health care

By : wire report
Comments: 0

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) |  The University of Kansas is expanding care for transgender students at its health center so students no longer have to leave campus to seek hormone therapy.

Transgender students will now be able to start and continue hormone therapy through the university’s student health center, Watkins Health Services, the Kansas City Star reported.

Continue Reading >>