PHOTOS: Watermark kicks off Third Thursday at Hope & Help

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ORLANDO | Watermark kicked off a new year of its Third Thursday networking socials at Hope & Help in Winter Park Jan. 16.

Attendees got a chance to tour the new facilities of the Central Florida nonprofit as well as win amazing raffle prizes, proceeds of which benefited Hope & Help.

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Central Florida intersex woman asks judge for gender change on birth certificate

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ABOVE: Juleigh Amanda Mayfield speaks with the press outside the Osceola County Courthouse Jan. 15. (Photo by Jeremy Williams)

KISSIMMEE, Fla. | A Central Florida intersex woman asked an Osceola County judge for a gender marker change on her birth certificate Jan. 15.

Juleigh Amanda Mayfield was born 47XXY, meaning she has an additional chromosome attached to each pair of her chromosomes. This left Mayfield neither completely biologically male or female, but both. At birth, her parents began raising her as male.

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Local trainers share tips to keep you on track with your 2020 health goals

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If you are looking to make some changes in your life now that we’re in 2020, you are not alone. Making a New Year resolution is as American as apple pie, baseball or any other U.S.A. cliché you can think of. In fact, according to a YouGov survey, nearly seven out of 10 people make some sort of New Year resolution for themselves as they say goodbye to the past year and look ahead to becoming a more focused and determined person.

Each year, the list of the most popular resolutions include spending less money, quitting smoking, getting more sleep and spending more time with family. However, the resolution that tops every list and survey is losing weight.

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LGBTQ workshop to help heal trauma coming to Winter Park

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ORLANDO | The sting of rejection within the LGBTQ community is something therapists Lindsay Kincaide and Marcie Cramer have seen for years, both professionally and personally, and is something they have seen show up in many forms.

“When you look at what people think of trauma and they think about sexual abuse or being beaten or being neglected, at the core of all of those is a rejection because from my perspective, as a community, the community is rejected, so it’s multifaceted and you’ll see it’s really like a gem,” Cramer says. “Wherever you turn, you’ll see a different facet but at the core of this is: ‘Do I have a right to be here?’ ‘Do I have a right to exist?’ ‘What is my worth?’ — and that all comes from rejection.”

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PHOTOS: Orlando Ballet opens new center named for philanthropist Harriett Lake

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ORLANDO | The Harriett’s Orlando Ballet Centre officially opened its doors to the public with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Jan. 10. 

Complete with multiple dance studios, a 400-seat auditorium that can be converted into a 450-seat ballroom and multiple programs for dancers to choose from, the building was opened with round of applause as the board of directors cut the silver ribbon. 

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The Last Page: Jessica Thomas, Thomas Law Firm, PLLC

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The Last Page is dedicated to individuals who are making a positive impact on the LGBTQ community in Central Florida and Tampa Bay.

This issue, we check in with owner of Thomas Law Firm, PLLC, Jessica Thomas from Central Florida. Keep an eye on this space to learn more about the movers and shakers of your community.

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Performer John Michael gets interactive in Orlando with Harry Potter-themed show

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John Michael doesn’t consider himself an actor.

“I usually call myself a performance artist, not an actor,” Michael says. “I try not to outright say that I’m not because it can piss some of my actor friends off, but I guess the reason why that’s helpful for people to understand about my work is my shows are about how I’m really trying to create reality in a sense of fantastical circumstances.”

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01.09.20 Central Florida Bureau Chief’s Desk

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I’m finding it very difficult to write this issue’s Central Florida Bureau Chief’s Desk. I’m having trouble putting words together which, for anyone who knows me, is not something I normally have trouble with. They might not be the smartest words, or even the correct words many times, but lack of words is usually not a problem.

As this is my first column of the most futuristic sounding year since 2000, I had planned to write all about my goals for 2020. To borrow the frequently mocked “Karen mantra,” it was going to be one of those “New Year, New Me” columns. I planned to climb into my comfy chair, legs tucked under my bum, wrapped in an infinity scarf and holding my latte close to my chest to talk about how 2020 is going to be a year of optimism and rebirth, but as I prepared to do this social media alerts started to ping on my phone about how we were about to enter into World War 3. Groovy.

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Come Out With Pride is searching for new board members

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Have you attended Come Out With Pride’s (COWP) parade, festival or any of the amazing events they present each year and wondered how you too could be a part of that amazing organization? Well, here is your chance.

COWP’s Board Member Application process is now open and they are looking for anyone who wants to be a part of the team, the organization announced on Facebook Jan. 3.

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Hope & Help announces AIDS Walk Orlando 2020 date, to host open house

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ABOVE: Hope & Help’s Re-Start group walks in the AIDS Walk Orlando at Lake Eola Park in 2018. (Photo by Maia Monet)

Hope & Help is kicking the new year off with the announcement of the date for its 2020 AIDS Walk Orlando.

The not-for-profit health center — which offers HIV/STD/HEP C testing, treatment and primary medical care — announced Jan. 6 that the 2020 AIDS Walk Orlando will be on Saturday, April 18 starting at 8:30 a.m.

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Watermark’s Most Eligible LGBTQ Singles Search 2020

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While Valentine’s Day is still more than a month away, Watermark is already in the mood for love so we are back to play Cupid for LGBTQ singles in the Central Florida and Tampa Bay area for 2020.

We are again looking for 10 eligible LGBTQ singles throughout our readership area — five out of Tampa Bay and five out of Central Florida — to feature in a very special Valentine’s Day issue of Watermark.

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Orlando Pride’s Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris are married

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ABOVE: Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris. (Photo from Harris’ Instagram)

Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris, players of both the Orlando Pride and National Women’s Soccer League, wed at a ceremony in Miami Dec. 28.

Krieger, 35, and Harris, 34, exchanged vows at Miami’s Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, according to PEOPLE magazine.

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