Watermark selects 10 of the most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes in the Central Florida and Tampa Bay areas

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Here we are, approaching that love-filled holiday known as Valentine’s Day: a day that brings butterflies to our stomach as we wonder what romantic surprises our significant other, or others, have prepared for us.

Will it be a fancy dinner, expensive gifts or a beautiful bouquet of long-stem roses? Will it be a night out on the town or a quiet evening at home together? Or, for you singles out there, will it be another terrible, not so good, horrible day that’s full of reminders that you still don’t have someone?

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Newly-out Aaron Carter hits the road with his first album in 15 years

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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“For me, it’s all about the music,” Tampa-born Aaron Carter says. “And if there is one lesson I’ve learned this [last] year, it’s not to dwell on the past, but to live for the future.”

It’s a wonderful sentiment for the multi-platinum pop star on the eve of the release of LøVë, his first studio album in 15 years, particularly following a year of highly publicized ups and downs. But to understand Carter’s zest for his upcoming release and for the future, one has to examine his past.

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02.08.18 Tampa Bay Bureau Chief’s Desk

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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I don’t know which genius opted to name a size of children’s blue jeans “husky,” but I do know that in the fourth grade I had to wear them. It does wonders for a kid’s self-esteem.

It was the year that my parents and I moved, resulting in a new elementary school mid-year for my husky-clad self. In hindsight, it was the best move my parents could’ve made for our family. At the time, however, I drowned my sorrows in Snapple—likely resulting in an even huskier pair of jeans by the end of the year.

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Watermark’s Wedding Bells: Lucas and Jeremy Bourgeois-Knox

By : Holly V. Kapherr
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Destination I do’s at a Mexican all-inclusive resort were a no-brainer for Tampa couple Jeremy and Lucas.

Jeremy looked across the lobby bar at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando and saw Lucas, who was in town for a conference in October of 2013. They made eye contact and started chatting. “There were instant sparks,” says Jeremy Bourgeois-Knox, a Winter Park native. “We texted on and off for several months, but the distance was a barrier.” At the time, Lucas was living in Jacksonville and Jeremy had settled in Orlando.

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Metro Wellness, GLSEN hosts annual LGBTQ+ Youth Leadership and Empowerment Summit

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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Tampa | Metro Wellness and Community Centers is partnering with the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) of Tampa Bay to hold its annual LGBTQ+ Youth Leadership and Empowerment Summit on Feb. 17.

“It is 2018, and our local and national leaders are looking to youth to rise up and create positive change!” Metro’s press release on the event reads. “The objective of the LGBTQ+ Youth Summit is to provide information on health, education and empowerment so that every attendee walks away knowing that they belong and have an important voice in the community.”

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Tampa Pride announces 2018 grand marshals, grand couple and award recipients

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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Tampa | Tampa Pride has announced the event’s 2018 grand marshals, grand couple and community award recipients ahead of their fourth annual celebration.

Former Tampa Police Department Chief Jane Castor spearheaded the list of grand marshals, with the organization touting her decisive leadership which endured for her 31-year career. Castor was the first woman to lead the Tampa Police Department, and has previously served as a grand marshal.

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PHOTOS: Tampa Bay celebrates with the Diamonds in Diversity Awards

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The Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber of Commerce held its annual “Diamonds in Diversity” ceremony on Feb. 3 at the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel, and Watermark was on hand to help celebrate.

The event was hosted by Daytime on NBC’s Cyndi Edwards and Jerry Penocoli and featured entertainment from Josh Walther and The Phase 5 Band. It began with dinner, ended with dancing, and according to the chamber’s Facebook page, $7,850 was raised for the Diamond Scholarship Foundation during the evening’s silent and live auctions.

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Watermark Giveaway: Haters Roast “The Shady Tour 2018”

By : Maia Monet
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Watermark is giving away two tickets to the Haters Roast “The Shady Tour 2018” hosted by Ginger Minj and starring Trixie Mattel, Latrice Royale, Trinity Taylor, Thorgy Thor, Derrick Barry & Eureka O’Hara! The show is on February 17 at 8pm at the Straz Center in Tampa, FL.

To enter, comment on this post and tell us the name of your favorite drag performer from RuPaul’s Drag Race.

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Lacking resources for an aging LGBTQ community

By : Steve Blanchard
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Aging is a reality we all face. Everyone gets older and everyone eventually finds himself or herself in the twilight years.

But for older LGBTs, aging can be more challenging than for their heterosexual counterparts. That’s mostly because resources and those who provide them are not specifically geared toward the LGBT community.

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Joey Arrigo leads Cirque du Soleil’s VOLTA to Tampa

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Out aerialist, dancer and choreographer Joey Arrigo portrays the lead in VOLTA, Cirque du Soleil’s 41st original production, but his story with the largest theatrical producer in the world actually began at age 5 with a VHS tape.

He says he watched his parents’ VHS tape, which featured one of the company’s first shows, “so many times, not even really comprehending what it was and what it even took to get there.” More importantly, he asserts, it “sparked something in me.”

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Watermark’s 2018 WAVE Awards Final Round – VOTE NOW

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We asked for your favorites and you responded in droves. The 2018 WAVE Awards are in full swing and, thanks to you faithful readers, we have our Top 3 in each category. Now it’s time to pick the best!

The WAVE Awards, or the Watermark Awards for Variety and Excellence, recognize the best in Central Florida and Tampa Bay’s LGBTQ community in the areas of activism, service, entertainment and more.

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2018 Watermark’s WAVE Awards – Tampa Bay/Sarasota Final Round

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We asked for your favorites and you responded in droves. The 2018 WAVE Awards are in full swing and, thanks to you faithful readers, we have our Top 3 in each category. Now it’s time to pick the best!

The WAVE Awards, or the Watermark Awards for Variety and Excellence, recognize the best in Tampa Bay’s LGBTQ community in the areas of activism, service, entertainment and more.

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