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: Disneyland Paris made Pride month history with ‘Magical Pride’ event

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Disneyland Paris made LGBTQ history earlier this month when it celebrated Disney’s “Magical Pride,” the first Disney-organized and affiliated Pride celebration for the LGBTQ community in one of its theme parks.

The celebration took place on June 1 and featured a parade, exclusive character meet-and-greets and live musical performances from British pop group Years and Years, 80s French Disco queen Corine and LGBTQ icon Boy George, who performed a Pride-filled DJ set.

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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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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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PHOTOS: Girls In Wonderland take over Pointe Orlando for RED Shirt Pride Days

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Girls In Wonderland brought the parties to Pointe Orlando May 31 and June 1 for RED Shirt Pride Days.

Starting with the big Climax party at Cuba Libra on Friday and followed up with its Signature event “Wonderland,” featuring a concert from Australian duo The Veronicas, at BB Kings.

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PHOTOS: Hamburger Mary’s Broadway Brunch gets ‘Disney Twisted’ for RED Shirt Pride Days

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In honor of RED Shirt Pride Days, Hamburger Mary’s Orlando’s Broadway Brunch Bunch showed their villainous side with a special Twisted Disney-theme show on Sunday, June 2.

The show – hosted by Angel and The Sphinx – had performances from the wickedly delightful Winifred Sanderson of “Hocus Pocus” and Maleficent. The show also featured a few heroes including “The Little Mermaid” herself Ariel, street rat Aladdin and more!

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PHOTOS: Parliament House closes out Orlando’s Big Gay Weekend with huge Sunday Funday

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The Parliament House pool area filled up quickly June 2 as folks gathered to soaked up the Florida sun and celebrate resort’s Sunday afternoon Andrew Christian pool party and underwear contest.

The contest was won won by Tampa Bay photographer and personal trainer Jamarcus Mosley, who won over $200 in prizes.

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PHOTOS: One Magical Weekend’s host hotel was a nonstop party for RED Shirt Pride Days

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One Magical Weekend had three days of hot pool parties and cool vendors at the Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort May 31-June 2.

Each day featured a different themed pool party — Flamingo Friday, Red + Wild Saturday and Emoji Sunday — but the one constant for all three was show some skin. 

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PHOTOS: One Magical Weekend had us snatching wigs at the first ever Wig Party

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One Magical Weekend closed the weekend out with its first ever Wig Party at the Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort June 2.

The wigs came in all shapes, sizes and colors and the creativity in hair, makeup and outfits (in some cases lack thereof) had our wigs snatched.

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