Tampa Pride kicks off fundraising with a Spooktacular Halloween party

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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Tampa Pride won’t be held until March 24 next year, but fundraising officially began with a bang and a boo on Oct. 19 at Hamburger Mary’s Brandon.

The event’s board, its sponsors and the Mary’s crew joined forces for the “Spooktacular Halloween Kick Off Party,” and Watermark was on hand to celebrate Tampa Pride 2018’s official launch. The audience was treated to a fantastic show hosted by Desireé DeMorney, with special performances by Chris Knolton and the Sanderson Sisters themselves: Daphne Ferraro, Kathryn Nevets and Chi Chi LaLique.

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Orlando gathers downtown to celebrate Come Out With Pride

By : Jeremy Williams
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Lake Eola Park, and it’s surrounding streets, were packed Oct. 14 for Orlando’s annual Come Out With Pride parade and festival.

The big, colorful floats and LGBTQIA+ marchers took their turns proudly around the lake as thousands of community members and supporters cheered.

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The 41st All Hallows Ball brought out the creativity of Tampa Bay

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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The silver, scary and scantily-clad descended on the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) Oct. 14 for the 41st Annual All Hallows Ball, partying until 2:00 a.m.

With over 20,000 square feet to mingle, dance and drink, guests inspired by (or completely ignoring) the “Clara Futura” theme enjoyed music by local spin-master D.J. Reagan.

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Come Out With Pride’s Launch Party kicks off a weekend of Pride

By : Danny Garcia
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Come Out with Pride’s Launch Party kicked off Orlando’s Pride festivities Oct. 12 with a full house at the Veranda in Thorton Park.

Cocktails were served by the staff of The Hammered Lamb and entertainment was provided by some talented local flavor. Emceed by Addison Taylor, the night saw performances from local drag entertainers April Fresh and Bridgette Galore; a musical act by the cast of the upcoming cast of “Debbie Does Dallas”; Gay Bar Star Janine Klein and a trippy dance by the one and only Weego.

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Melbourne celebrates 10 years of Space Coast Pride in style

By : KathleenHarper
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The 10th annual Space Coast Pride was held Saturday, Sept. 30 in the Eau Gallie Arts District in Melbourne.

The event kicked off at 3:00 p.m. with vendor booths inside the civic center and outside on Highland Ave.

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From coast-to-coast, Central Florida and Tampa Bay celebrate Pride in the fall

By : Jeremy Williams
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Many people think of the month of June when someone says Pride, but thanks to National Coming Out Day and the state’s cooler temperatures, October is fast becoming Florida’s big Pride month.

Whether you are looking to march through the streets or spend a few hours in the park with your friends, October has got a Pride for you.

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Come Out With Pride wants you to keep dancing, but also to keep involved

By : Jeremy Williams
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Pride is a word that once carried a negative connotation. One of the original seven deadly sins, it was seen as something shameful and immoral. In the years after the 1969 riots at the Stonewall Inn in New York City, the word Pride was taken up as sign of honor, respect and loyalty by the LGBTQ community.

Pride became how we stood up for ourselves and celebrated who we are. Nearly 20 years later we celebrated the first National Coming Out Day Oct. 11, 1988. Pride was applied to something everyone in the community had to do no matter which letter you identified with in the LGBTQ spectrum. The significance of that day was to mark the one year anniversary of the 1987 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.

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Hope & Help’s 28th Annual Headdress Ball was pure “Imaginarium”

By : Jeremy Williams
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Attendees let their “Imaginarium” run wild as they pulled out some of the most amazing, elaborate outfits ever for Hope & Help’s 28th Annual Headdress Ball Sept. 23.

The evening’s Steampunk theme left the Marriot World Center in Orlando filled with an fashionable blend of industrial age meets science fiction-inspired costumes filled with gears, gadgets and goggles that seemed to blend the worlds of Wicked, Wonderland and Mad Max.

Want to see what we mean, check out the stunning photos from last Saturday’s event.

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As St. Petersburg celebrates Coming Out and LGBTQ film, a new Pride emerges

By : Samuel Johnson
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Two Bay Area LGBTQ festivals are joining forces this October. The Tampa-based Tampa Bay International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is collaborating with the nascent St. Petersburg Come OUT St. Pete. The former has been a staple on the LGBTQ calendar for 28 years; and the latter is in its first year. Although 2017 marks the COSP inauguration, the apex of the celebration falls on Oct. 11: National Coming Out Day which honors the anniversary celebration of the National March on Washington D.C. for Lesbian and Gay Rights 29 years ago. For those of you wondering what gift is appropriate for each anniversary, here is the traditional gift suggestion: Orchids for 28 years and furniture for 29 years.

The partnership between the established TIGLFF and the newborn COSP is rooted in a palette of shared core values: celebration, reflection and education. But most of all it’s a good fit for the twin cities on the Bay.

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Come OUT St. Pete has something for everyone at their inaugural coming out

By : Jeremy Williams
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While the nation will celebrate National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11, Grand Central and the City of St. Petersburg are looking to celebrate for seven pride-filled days with a series of events for everyone across the LGBTQ spectrum.

Whether you are interested in LGBTQ film, food, festive drinks or just relaxing with friends, COSP has got you covered. All events are subject to change, and all films will be announced at a later date, so be sure to keep an eye on WatermarkOnline.com and ComeOutStPete.org for any updates.

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Watermark Third Thursday

By : Jake Stevens
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Watermark’s Third Thursday at Fairvilla. Funds go to Pug Rescue. Ad Pop award presented to Parliament House, received by Darcel Stevens. Performances by Phantasmagoria

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Dirty Bingo

By : Dillan Ramirez
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Blue was thrilled to be back at the Stardust Lounge hosting Dirty Bingo. She had a lot of vulgarity built up and the crowd welcomed it with open arms as she awarded donated prizes from Fairvilla Megastore. Blue will continue to host Dirty Bingo and serve up the dirtiest jokes Orlando has heard for the next 5 Tuesdays.

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