Orlando gathers downtown to celebrate Come Out With Pride

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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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Eric Rollings looks to become the first openly gay Orange County Commissioner with his run at District 3

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ORLANDO | Orange Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor and Board Chairman Eric Rollings will officially announce he is running for the Orange County Commissioner seat in District 3 at the Orange County Administration Building at 10:45 a.m. Oct. 19.

Rollings filed the appropriate paperwork with the Supervisor of Elections Oct. 13. Rollings filed for a run at the District 3 seat for 2020, but may actually be eying to take the seat as early as 2018.

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‘On Your Feet!’ dancer Joseph Rivera talks dance, touring and the Estefans ahead of the show’s Florida run

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Dancer Joseph Rivera is heading to the Sunshine State with the company of the hit Broadway musical, On Your Feet! in both Orlando at the Dr. Phillips Center Oct. 17-22 and in Tampa at the Straz Center Oct. 24-29.

On Your Feet! is based on the life and love of 26-time Grammy Award-winning power couple Emilio and Gloria Estefan. The show is packed with many of Estefan’s chart-topping hit songs, as well as some of the most intense dancing you will see on any stage.

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Come Out With Pride’s Launch Party kicks off a weekend of Pride

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Come Out with Pride’s Launch Party kicked off Orlando’s Pride festivities Oct. 12 with a full house at the Veranda in Thorton Park.

Cocktails were served by the staff of The Hammered Lamb and entertainment was provided by some talented local flavor. Emceed by Addison Taylor, the night saw performances from local drag entertainers April Fresh and Bridgette Galore; a musical act by the cast of the upcoming cast of “Debbie Does Dallas”; Gay Bar Star Janine Klein and a trippy dance by the one and only Weego.

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Bliss CARES recognizes transgender individuals at TRANSaction’s Celebration of Success

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ORLANDO | Bliss CARES recognized nearly 30 transgender individuals for the TRANSaction “Celebration of Success” at the Parliament House’s Footlight Theater Oct. 11.

Bliss Cares is a nonprofit dedicated to saving lives by treating and preventing the spread of HIV, Hepatitis and STDs. Bliss’ TRANSaction program, a six-part instructional series, assists the transgender community in providing education on a variety of topics such as safety, discrimination, medical, name changes and more.

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Nominate the Most Remarkable People of 2017

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Since the end of 2012, Watermark has highlighted “Remarkable” people of the year in Central Florida and Tampa Bay. It is that time of year again where we ask you to help decide who deserves recognition for their inspiration, contribution or achievement in the 2017 calendar year.

Who are those unsung heroes who have gone out of their way to improve the community? Who has made an impact in Central Florida and Tampa Bay to make the lives of LGBTQ people better?

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Watermark Giveaway: Spooky Empire at the Hyatt Regency Orlando

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Watermark is giving away Family 4-Packs of tickets to attend Spooky Empire’s annual convention of horror, fantasy and sci-fi, Oct. 27-29 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando.

Prepare yourself for a weekend full of horror, Halloween, tattoos and Rock & Roll as you get the chance to meet Richard Dreyfuss, John Cusack and Joan Cusack, as well as cast members from Sixteen Candles, the kids from Stephen King’s IT and more.

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Watermark Giveaway: Annual Food & Wine Classic at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

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Watermark is giving away a pair of tickets to attend the annual Food & Wine Classic at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort Oct. 27-28.

You and a guest will stroll the causeway where you will be tempted with a diverse selection of delectable delights prepared by award-winning chefs and sample fine wine, beer and spirits from around the world. This is a great opportunity to sample beverages you may not have thought to try before.

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Watermark Giveaway: Halsey featuring PartyNextDoor and Charli XCX at the Amway Center

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Watermark wants to send you and a friend to the Amway Center in Orlando Oct. 22 to see the amazing Halsey for her Hopeless Foundation Kingdom tour.

Halsey will be singing her biggest hits with special guests PartyNextDoor and Charli XCX.

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Central Florida actor Joshua Roth takes on the titular character in the Footlight Theatre’s production of ‘Jeffrey’

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Most people, when trying to figure out what they want to do with their lives, have that go-to person they talk it out with: a parent, a best friend, maybe a guidance counselor. For Central Florida actor Joshua Roth that person was a bit more removed than that.

“I went to New York with some friends and had a really amazing conversation with this random woman on the subway for like an hour,” Roth recalls. “This woman just came into my life at the right time and she asked me what I love, and I told her that I love singing and dancing and she asked me ‘then why aren’t you doing it?’”

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Parliament House goes pink for Libby’s Legacy benefit

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Parliament House was all pink for their Libby’s Legacy Breast Cancer Foundation Benefit on Oct. 7.

The evening was filled with pink champagne and lots of “Pink Drink,” as well as a silent auction, live auctions and raffle prizes. The funds raised from all of these, and a portion of the door, went to Libby’s Legacy to provide comprehensive breast health services to the underinsured and uninsured Central Florida community.

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