PHOTOS: Watermark celebrates its 25th anniversary in Central Florida

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Watermark celebrated its 25th anniversary in Central Florida Aug. 23 with an event at the Orlando Museum of Art in Orlando.

The event featured a blessing from the Central Florida chapter of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, as well as city and county proclamations. Mayor Jerry Demings was on hand to read the Orange County proclamation and City Commissioner Patty Sheehan read the proclamation form the City of Orlando.

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PHOTOS: Taste of GayDayS

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Taste of GayDayS brought local restaurants together for an evening of delicious food and beverage samples at the host hotel, Wyndham Orlando Resort on Aug. 15.

The speakers roared throughout the ballroom with vibes by DJ Lu-S.

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PHOTOS: GayDayS holds kick-off at Parliament House, announces new host hotel for 2020

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ORLANDO | GayDayS held the kick-off party to its 2019 weekend of events at the Parliament House in Orlando Aug. 13.

GayDayS weekend begins at the Wyndham Orlando Resort on Aug. 15 and runs through Aug. 18 with pool parties, expos and an array of other events.

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Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith and Jerick Mediavilla tie the knot in ceremony at The Venue Orlando

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Love is love, and it was definitely in the air in Orlando this past weekend!

Florida House Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith and LGBTQ activist Jerick Mediavilla were wed in a ceremony at The Venue in Orlando Aug. 4, exactly two years to the day and in the same location that they first met.

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The Pride Chamber honors LGBTQ professionals, community leaders at the 2019 Pride in Business Awards Gala

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The Pride Chamber, formerly known as MBA Orlando, recognized LGBTQ business professionals and community leaders at the 2019 Pride in Business Awards Gala, presented by Two Spirit Health, at Hard Rock Live at Universal’s CityWalk in Orlando Aug. 3.

Hosted by Spectrum News 13’s Eric Levy and the legendary Miss Sammy, the evening featured a VIP reception, live entertainment and an epic after party in CityWalk.

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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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