PHOTOS: COWP and QLatinx screen international short film ‘MAR’ at Reel Pride

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ORLANDO | A week of Pride continued on Oct. 10 when Come Out With Pride, in partnership with QLatinx, presented the inaugural Reel Pride at The Venue in Orlando.

Reel Pride screened the international LGBTQ short film “MAR (The Sea),” directed by Portuguese-Canadian filmmaker William Vitoria. Vitoria was on hand for the event and held a Q&A session after the audience watched his film.

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PHOTOS: Through rain and shine, runners took to Baldwin Park for COWP’s Drag Race 5K

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ORLANDO | The weather didn’t keep the runners away as more than 200 people showed up to Harbor Park to participate in the first ever Come Out With Pride, partnering with the Zebra Coalition, Drag Race 5K on Oct. 8.

The runners sprinted, strolled and walked through the sometimes clear, sometimes rainy Baldwin Park dressed in their most colorful and fashionable attire.

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Libby’s Legacy kicks off Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a treasure hunt

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ORLANDO | October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Libby’s Legacy Breast Cancer Foundation is starting it off with its first-ever Treasure Your Chest Scavenger Hunt at the Wall Street Plaza in downtown Orlando on Oct. 6.

“Libby’s Legacy has been known for doing unique, fun, interactive events,” says Tracy Maynard-Harris, executive director of Libby’s Legacy and wife of founder Robin Maynard-Harris. “So we came up with the idea of a scavenger hunt. It’s a team-focused foot race type event.”

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Come Out With Pride to keep Orlando dancing with this year’s parade, festival

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ABOVE: COWP’s Most Colorful Parade at downtown Orlando in 2017. Photo by Brian Becnel

ORLANDO | Come Out With Pride (COWP) is gearing up for its most colorful day of the year — its 14th annual Pride festival and parade held on Oct. 13.

Aligning with National Coming Out Day and LGBTQ History Month, COWP is one of the largest Pride events in Florida with over 160,000 attendees last year. COWP President Jeff Prystajko says there will likely be even more this year.

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Equality Florida brings transgender workplace training to Orlando

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ABOVE: Gina Duncan speaking at an Equality Florida event at Orlando City Hall in 2015. Photo by Dana Ng

ORLANDO | Equality Florida will host the organization’s Transgender Dynamics in the Workplace workshop at the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 16.

The workshop includes a panel discussion with corporate leaders, as well as an appearance from Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. The event looks to educate attendees on transgender workplace issues and concerns, as well as offer ways to improve policies and protocols for transgender employees.

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Orlando 7-Eleven employee accused of attacking customer for being gay

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ORLANDO | Orlando resident John Richards took to Twitter Sept. 27 claiming he and his friends were assaulted in a hate crime perpetrated by an employee at a downtown 7-Eleven late evening on Sept. 26.

Richards, in an email to Watermark, says he and five friends attend an art show in Downtown Orlando and, on the way back to their car, decided to stop in the 7-Eleven located at 124 W Pine St. Downtown Orlando to purchase drinks and use the restroom.

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Watermark Giveaway: A pair of tickets to the Orlando Science Center’s Science Night Live

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Do you love learning? Do you love drinking? If you answered yes to both of these questions than the Orlando Science Center has the perfect event for you!

Science Night Live, a 21+ event, is back with another chance to experience the Orlando Science Center after dark with fun, education, drinks and light bites and we want to send you and a friend to experience it.

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HRC, NextGen America encourage UCF students to “charge your vote”

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ORLANDO | NextGen America, a nonprofit and political action committee focused on environmental advocacy, dispatched teams across Florida for National Voter Registration Day Sept. 25, attempting to register as many students as possible before the Oct. 9 deadline.

The organization claims it has registered almost 40,000 voters in the state so far for the 2018 election and received over 15,000 pledges to vote.

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Frenchie Davis to kickoff Pride weekend with a soulful concert at the official COWP Weekend Launch Party

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Come Out With Pride has an entire week of festivities planned for locals and visitors alike to celebrate their coming out. One event is the official Come Out With Pride Weekend Launch Party which will feature Grammy-nominated performer Frenchie Davis.

Davis came out as bisexual in 2012. As a strong advocate for the LGBTQ community, she has performed at Pride events in Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, Honolulu and San Francisco.

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William Vitoria’s “MAR (The Sea)” to make US film debut at Come Out With Pride

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“MAR” director William Vitoria

Come Out With Pride’s expansion to a full week of events partners Pride with QLatinx to present Reel Pride, an international film screening of the LGBTQ-themed short film, “MAR .”

“MAR” is directed by Portuguese-Canadian filmmaker William Vitoria.

“I was born in Toronto where I lived until I was seven years old, then my parents moved me to Portugal,” says Vitoria, 28. “I lived there for 14 years and moved back to Toronto.”

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Space Coast Pride kicks off 11th year with week full of events

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MELBOURNE, Fla. | Space Coast Pride is expanding its festival for the first time in its 11-year history to include a full week of events.

SCP President Cortney Thompson says this year’s event is bigger than ever, with double the number of marathon runners and festival vendors.

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Diversity Mural of mosaic hearts dedicated in Orlando

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ORLANDO | The Diversity Mural, a rainbow made from more than 700 mosaic hearts, was dedicated to the city of Orlando Sept. 21.

The mural’s mosaic hearts, installed on the side of The Lamp & Shade Fair building at 1336 N. Mills Ave. throughout the month of August and September, were made by people across the U.S. and several other countries throughout the world. To represent diversity, no two hearts in the mural are alike.

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