PHOTOS: Project No Labels dances into second Prom in Wonderland

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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ST. PETERSBURG | Project No Labels (PNL) kicked off St. Pete Pride weekend June 22 by heading down the rabbit hole and into the organization’s second annual One Love Prom in Wonderland.

“Everyone deserves to experience prom and some LGBTQ+ individuals may have never had the opportunity to attend or bring the person they wanted to go with to this special occasion,” PNL shared ahead of the celebration, which featured beats by DJ Ace Vedo. 

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PHOTOS: St. Pete comes together for 2018’s SP2 concert

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ST. PETERSBURG | St Pete Pride kicked off its 16th year of festivities with the annual SP2 concert June 22 in North Straub Park.

The concert, a fundraising event which assists in funding various Tampa Bay community organizations, featured a mix of fan-favorite area entertainers and was hosted by “RuPaul’s Drag Race” alum Coco Montrese. Watermark was on hand to help celebrate and you can check out some of our photos below.

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PHOTOS: St Pete Pride celebrates its 2018 Festival

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ST. PETERSBURG | St Pete Pride held its latest and greatest street festival June 24 in the Grand Central District, the perfect close to the celebration’s 16th year.

Pride-goers browsed block after block of the area’s best eateries, advocates and entertainment throughout the district in style, and Watermark was on hand to help close out St Pete Pride 2018. You can check out some of our photos below.

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PHOTOS: AIDS Healthcare Foundation opens new St. Pete healthcare center

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ST. PETERSBURG | The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) opened its newest healthcare center June 25 in St. Petersburg to combat Florida’s growing HIV/AIDS epidemic.

AHF hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate their St. Petersburg expansion, where AHF Tampa Bay Medical Director Dr. Jeanette Cancel was joined at the podium by AHF President Michael Weinstein, Southern Bureau Chief Michael Kahane and other AHF leadership. St. Petersburg Police Department LGBT liaison Markus Hughee, city LGBTQ liaison Jim Nixon, Pinellas County Commissioner Kenneth T. Welch and other community leaders also spoke, thanking AHF for their commitment to St. Petersburg.

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PHOTOS: St Pete Pride Celebrates its Sweet 16

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ST. PETERSBURG | St. Pete Pride celebrated its 16th parade in style  June 23 along downtown St. Petersburg’s waterfront.

The party officially began at 2 p.m. with fan-favorite entertainers Kori Stevens and Daphne Ferraro kicking off festivities in both North and South Straub Park, readying Pride-goers for the evening parade which began at 7 p.m. with the second annual TransPride March. Hot 101.5’s Miguel & Holly hosted the evening as friends, families and floats invaded Bayshore Dr. en masse.

Watermark was on hand to help celebrate St. Pete Pride’s Sweet 16 and you can check out some of our photos below.

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PHOTOS: St. Pete Pride parties on the rooftop at the Kimpton Hotel Zamora

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St. Petersburg | St. Pete Pride kicked off its 16th year of festivities on top of the Kimpton Hotel Zamora at St. Pete Beach June 21.

Pride-goers drank and danced the night away against panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico and the Intercoastal Waterway, and Watermark was on hand to help celebrate. You can check out some of our photos below.

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PHOTOS: St. Pete Pride 2018 begins with the Stonewall Opening Reception

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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St. Petersburg | St. Pete Pride’s Sweet 16 officially began June 20 with the Stonewall St. Pete Pride Reception party at the Museum of Fine Arts.

The evening was hosted and sponsored by the museum and featured the annual event’s largest turnout yet. Guests included a who’s-who from around Tampa Bay and beyond, including Mayor Rick Kriseman and Florida Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith.

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PHOTOS: Polk Pride in the Park

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Munn Park in downtown Lakeland was the site of Polk Pride in the Park this past Saturday. A large crowd came out to be visible as members of the LGBTQ+ community and to show their support. Drag performer Kathryn Nevets hosted the entertainment, which included a rousing rendition of “This is Me” and closed with lesbian band Halcyon.

More photos after the jump.

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The LGBT+ Center names new expansion after Orlando City Foundation

By : Colton Adkins
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ORLANDO | The LGBT+ Center Orlando announced a collaboration with Orlando City Foundation, who donated funds to help the Center expand its current building with a catering area, June 15.

The Center’s plans to expand, according to Executive Director George Wallace, will include a renovated second floor and an extended section to the building where HIV/AIDS testing will take place.

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PHOTOS: Tampa Bay shows its Pride with the Rays’ Pride Night

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St. Petersburg | The Tampa Bay Rays faced off against the Seattle Mariners June 8 at Tropicana Field for the team’s 13th annual Pride Night.

LGBTQ organizations from across Tampa Bay gathered their own groups to attend to the game, and baseball and pride enthusiasts who purchased tickets ahead of the June 7 cutoff received a special Tampa Bay Rays pride-themed hat, seen above. While the Rays didn’t win the game, Project No Labels was a big winner: the organization was awarded Volunteer of the Year by the team for their dedication to the LGBTQ community.

Watermark was on hand to help celebrate this year’s Pride Night — and you can check out some of our photos after the jump.

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PHOTOS: onePULSE Foundation’s 2nd annual CommUNITY Rainbow Run honors the 49

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ORLANDO | Thousands gathered to participate in onePULSE Foundation’s second annual CommUNITY Rainbow Run at Wadeview Park in Orlando June 9.

The run — a 4.9 mile path through Orlando that passes in front of Pulse — is held to “honor the 49 lives taken in the Pulse tragedy, and celebrate our diverse backgrounds that brought us all together during the healing process following that tragic day.”

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PHOTOS: Mourners reflect on the Pulse tragedy with History Center exhibit

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ORLANDO | Mourners came to Orlando from across the country for the two-year mark of Pulse to honor and remember the 49 lives lost at the LGBTQ nightclub on June 12, 2016.

One place they visited was the Orlando County Regional History Center for its limited edition exhibit “Another Year Passes: Orlando After the Pulse Nightclub Massacre.”

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