PHOTOS: Trump Baby, Proud Boys make appearance at ‘Win With Love’ event

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ORLANDO | The stage was set on Church Street in Orlando June 18 with Donald Trump announcing his re-election campaign at the Amway Center in front of thousands of supporters while a large crowd of resisters gathered for the “Win With Love Rally” at Stonewall Orlando down the street.

Watermark did not attend the rally at the Amway Center as our request for media access was denied. The counter event at Stonewall had many resisters show up with anti-Trump signs, colorful costumes and smaller versions of the famous Trump Baby balloon—which also made an appearance at the rally.

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PHOTOS: Orlando VA celebrates LGBTQ Pride Month

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ORLANDO | The Orlando VA Medical Center in Lake Nona celebrated its ninth annual LGBT+ Pride Month Celebration in Orlando June 14.

More than two dozen VA services, LGBTQ organizations and community programs gathered in the VA’s Lake Nona Auditorium to educate LGBTQ veterans and celebrate Pride.

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Orlando bans single-use plastics, foam on city properties

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ORLANDO | Former Orange County Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor and environmental activist Eric Rollings says he was beside himself with joy when the Orlando City Commission voted unanimously to ban plastic straws, plastic bags and polystyrene single-use containers in the city of Orlando on all its properties.

“I was just one giant goosebump seeing it actually happen,” Rollings says with a smile.

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MBA Orlando changes name to Pride Chamber

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ABOVE: Members of the Pride Chamber at the organization’s business mixer June 5. (Photo by Jeremy Williams)

ORLANDO | After 27 years as the Metropolitan Business Association (MBA Orlando), Central Florida’s LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce announced it will be changing its name to the Pride Chamber.

The announcement came from MBA Orlando Executive Director Kellie Parkin at the organization’s June Business Connect at Orlando Shakes June 5.

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Florida lawmakers call for Pulse to be named National Memorial Site

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ORLANDO | U.S. Representatives Stephanie Murphy (FL-07), Darren Soto (FL-09) and Val Demings (FL-10) announced they would like Congress to establish the Pulse nightclub as a federally recognized National Memorial Site.

Pulse owner Barbara Poma joined the Orlando-area representatives at a press conference held at the Pulse interim memorial June 10, two days before the three-year mark of the shooting.

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City of Orlando, Orange County proclaim June 12 ‘Orlando United Day’

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ABOVE: Artwork from Orlando County Regional History Center’s 2018 exhibit “Another Year Passes: Orlando After the Pulse Nightclub Massacre.” (Photo by Layla Ferris)

ORLANDO | Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, along with the Orlando City Commissioners and Orange County Commissioners jointly proclaimed June 12, 2019 to be “Orlando United Day.”

“As we approach the three-year mark of the Pulse tragedy, our community continues to honor the 49 innocent lives taken on June 12, 2016, and support the survivors and victims’ families,” said Dyer. “I am proud to join Mayor Demings to proclaim this June 12 as ‘Orlando United Day’ in the City of Orlando and Orange County and help show that we are still responding to that hateful act with love, compassion and unity.”

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OpenTable names 5 Central Florida, Tampa Bay restaurants among top LGBTQ-owned in US

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OpenTable named five LGBTQ-owned restaurants in the Central Florida and Tampa Bay area among the best in the United States.

“It’s global Pride Month and we’re celebrating with this list of LGBTQ+ owned and operated restaurants,” OpenTable wrote to kick off its “Proud To Be Open” list. “From chefs that bring activism to the table to restaurateurs holding special Pride celebrations, see how this stellar group of restaurants is dedicated to the kitchen and the cause.”

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Mojoman Swimwear & Clothing announces move to larger shop in Colonial Plaza

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ORLANDO | Lane Blackwell opened Mojoman on April 1, 2012 and has since then become one of Central Florida’s go-to shops for the LGBTQ community’s swimwear, underwear and sexy clothing needs.

In fact, Mojoman has become so popular that a second location was opened in 2016 in the Ivanhoe Village area, right nextdoor to the popular LGBTQ bar Savoy. The Ivanhoe Village shop joined the location on Maguire Blvd. in selling more than 250 styles of swimwear, 200 styles of underwear and an array of clothing, shoes, jewelry and novelty items. Mojoman carries brands such as Andrew Christian, Tribe, BWet, Nasty Pig, Pump! and more.

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PHOTOS: One Orlando Alliance holds ‘Love and Kindness’ event, announces new Barnie’s coffee honoring Pulse victims

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ORLANDO | One Orlando Alliance gathered people at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Orlando for “Love and Kindness on the Lawn” on June 9.

The event was to honor the spirit of #OrlandoUnited!, and featured food trucks, games and dancing as well as performances by Jasmin Rhia, Melissa Crispo, the Orlando Gay Chorus and Pulse survivors Joshua Lewis and Vico Baez Febo.

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Orange County Regional History Center opens Pulse-inspired exhibit

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ORLANDO | “Love Speaks: Artistic Responses to the Pulse Nightclub Tragedy,” an exhibition featuring artwork from across the nation created in the wake of the Pulse shooting opened at Orange County Regional History Center in Orlando June 8.

“These diverse works – from paintings to basketry to graphic novels – all pay tribute and serve to remember those who were taken during the tragedy and to inspire a better tomorrow for those who remain,” read the exhibits press release.

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PHOTOS: The 49 Fund announces scholarship winners at Orlando City Hall

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ORLANDO | The 49 Fund at Central Florida Foundation announced its four scholarship recipients at a ceremony held at Orlando City Hall’s Rotunda on June 8.

Created in 2017 as a partnership between Central Florida attorney and LGBTQ activist Barry Miller and The LGBT+ Center Orlando, The 49 Fund awards scholarships of $4,900 to students who self-identify as an out member of the LGBTQ community, attend an accredited two- or four-year institution of higher learning on a full-time basis, earn a 3.0 GPA or higher and demonstrate a commitment to making Central Florida a better place.

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PHOTOS: CommUNITY Rainbow Run honors memory of the Pulse 49 with 3rd annual event

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ORLANDO | The onePULSE Foundation’s CommUNITY Rainbow Run at Wadeview Park in Orlando had a huge turnout June 8.

The third annual event had hundreds of people walking, running and dancing for 4.9k through Orlando neighborhoods including down Orange Ave. in front of Orlando Health and the Pulse Memorial to celebrate diversity while honoring those 49 lives that were taken in the Pulse tragedy.

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