PHOTOS: Voting is the message of the night at Equality Florida’s Greater Orlando Gala

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ORLANDO | Equality Florida had a huge turnout for its Greater Orlando Gala at the Orlando Museum of Art Nov. 2, and its message to everyone in attendance: “Get out and vote this Tuesday!”

The event was a who’s who of Central Florida’s LGBTQ, Democrat and progressive communities. The crowd watched as Pulse survivor and gun safety advocate Brandon Wolf was awarded the Voice For Equality Award and Michael Thomas of John Michael Exquisite Weddings and Events accepted the Equality Means Business Award.

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PHOTOS: The LGBT+ Center of Central Florida celebrates 40 years with Studio 54 concert

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ORLANDO | The LGBT+ Center of Central Florida celebrated its 40th anniversary with a concert at The Plaza Live on Nov. 3.

The Studio 54-themed event was hosted by Jorge Estevez and featured showstopping musical and dance numbers by the Orlando Gay Chorus, a sensual burlesque dance from VarieTEASE’s Blue Star, Tymisha Harris and the Ladyboys’ Gadiel Vazquez, hysterical drag by Gidget Galore and a once-in-a-lifetime special performance from one of the queens of disco, Martha Wash.

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PHOTOS: ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ steals the show at Stonewall Orlando’s Halloween night

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ORLANDO | It was FUN HOUSE Happy Hour at Stonewall Orlando for Halloween Oct. 31. Hosted by Erica Roberts, the event was filled with fun games and fantastic prizes, including theme park tickets!

The FUN HOUSE wrapped up with its Halloween Costume Contest at 9 p.m., where Kurt Kors and CJ Clontz won dressed up as “The Nightmare Before Christmas” King of Halloween Jack Skellington and his love Sally … with their ghostly pooch Zero in tow, of course.

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PHOTOS: Venice Pride holds inaugural celebration

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VENICE, Fla. | Venice’s LGBTQ community and its allies celebrated diversity and visibility during the inaugural Venice Pride Nov. 3.

The celebration, which proclaimed “We Are Here” with its theme, was held on the five-acre campus of SunCoast Cathedral Metropolitan Community Church from 1 – 5 p.m. According to Senior Co-Pastor Rev. Vickie Miller, one of the organizers, the theme was chosen to make a statement that the LGBTQ community exists in the area. “We want our voices to be a part of the community,” she shared with Watermark. “We want to be unified and work together on issues that impact us.”

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PHOTOS: Halloween night was filled with tricks and treats at Parliament House

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ORLANDO | It was another epic Halloween at the Parliament House Oct. 31 with amazing costumes across the courtyard and throughout the resort.

With a total of $8,000 cash prize – $5000 cash prize awarded on Saturday to a “Day of the Dead, Calavera” bride and $3,000 given to the X-men’s Archangel featuring quite the impressive wing span.

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PHOTOS: Sanford Pride brings rainbows and clear skies for weekend festival

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SANFORD, Fla. | The weather was perfect for the third annual Sanford Pride festival held in downtown Sanford Nov. 3.

Attendees were treated to live entertainment, food trucks, drag performances and a city proclamation from the Mayor of Sanford.

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PHOTOS: St. Petersburg holds ‘We Won’t Be Erased’ transgender support rally

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ST. PETERSBURG | LGBTQ community leaders and advocates gathered Nov. 4 at Williams Park for St. Petersburg’s “We Won’t Be Erased” transgender support rally.

Nathan Bruemmer organized the rally following reports that the Trump administration may attempt to define gender as an immutable condition determined at birth. Partner organizations included Equality Florida, TransAction Florida, Metro Wellness & Community Centers, St. Pete Pride, the Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber of Commerce and Project No Labels. “We rally for our rights, for our future and for our lives,” Bruemmer shared with Watermark ahead of the event. “These rallies are happening all over our country right now. I hope the politicians who need to hear this message do so and act.”

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PHOTOS: Spooky Empire gets scary for its Ultimate Horror Weekend

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What would the Hallow Season be without Spooky Empire? The Ultimate Horror Weekend took over the Caribe Royale from Oct. 26-28 providing attendees with a chillingly good time!

Convention-goers were treated to a full “X-Files” reunion featuring stars David Duchovney and Gillian Anderson, “Hocus Pocus” star Kathy Najimy posed with fans and over 200 vendors sold their delightfully scary wares.

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PHOTOS: Halloween weekend was spooktacular at Parliament House

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ORLANDO | The first of Parliament House’s costume contests brought out all of Orlando’s most creative costumers Oct. 27.

From the scantily clad to the big-budget players, everyone showed off their skills vying for that $5,000 prize money.

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PHOTOS: Tampa sets its frights on 42nd annual All Hallows’ Ball

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TAMPA | The spooky to the scantily-clad filled the Bryan Glazer Family JCC in Tampa for the 42nd annual All Hallows’ Masquerade Ball Oct. 27, celebrating or completely ignoring this year’s theme of “Scary Movie Night.”

All Hallows’ Masquerade Ball, the haunting not-for-profit billed as one of Tampa’s longest-standing traditions, offered attendees over 20,000 sq. ft. to meet, mingle, dance and drink – including Watermark. You can check out some of our spooktacular photos below.

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PHOTOS: ‘We won’t be erased’ rally held at Orlando City Hall after Trump administration’s anti-trans memo leaked

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ABOVE: An audience gathers on the steps of City Hall Plaza in Downtown Orlando for the Orlando We Won’t Be Erased Transgender and Allies Support Rally on Oct. 27. Photo by Melanie Ararat

ORLANDO | Colorful flags and posters waved in the air as people chanted “We won’t be erased” outside City Hall Plaza in Downtown Orlando on Oct. 27. The chant was led by Gina Duncan, Equality Florida’s director of transgender equality.

“We send this message to the White House saying that the Orlando transgender and gender nonconforming communities will not be erased,” Duncan says. “We will not be defined out of existence.”

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PHOTOS: Equality Florida Action PAC hosts fundraiser for State Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith

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ORLANDO | The Equality Florida Action PAC hosted State Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith’s final re-election fundraiser before the Nov. 6 general election at The Venue in Orlando on Oct. 23.

Dozens of Central Florida voters listened as The Venue owner Blue Star and Smith’s partner Jerick Mediavilla spoke about the importance of voting for the self-professed “proud progressive, liberal, feminist, gay, Latinx, democrat.”

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