Tampa Pride has a Grand time in GaYbor

By : Jeremy Williams
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The streets of the Ybor City Historic District were filled with people spanning every spectrum of the rainbow for the third annual Tampa Pride celebration March 25.

From the street festival on 8th to the parade down 7th to the live entertainment that featured out-singing sensation Steve Grand; the crowds cheered, waved flags and showed Pride.

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Manatee Pride does Bradenton proud

By : Jake Stevens
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The fourth annual Manatee Pride had a huge turnout at the Bradenton Riverwalk March 18.

Hundreds of people celebrated under clear skies with dozens of vendors, food trucks and entertainment from Flamingo’s drag performers to a youth group singing Broadway hits.

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Britney Spears visits Disney Springs’ new Planet Hollywood Observatory

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO – International superstar Britney Spears paid a visit to Disney’s newly opened Planet Hollywood Observatory at Disney Springs in Orlando March 13 for a meet and greet with fans.

The pop princess was greeted by hundreds of admirers and spectators who waited to take pictures and get autographs before Spears and her family, including actress and sister Jamie Lynn Spears, “dined with the stars” in the restaurant.

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Central Florida celebrates Watermark’s 2017 WAVE Awards at Parliament House

By : Jeremy Williams
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Watermark celebrated with the Central Florida winners of the 2017 WAVE Awards at the Parliament House in Orlando March 10.

Guests were greeted in Parliment House’s main bar with tunes being spun by DJ Lindsey Leigh, decorated with beautiful arrangements by Lee James Floral Design and a delicious spread courtesy of John Michael Exquisite Weddings and Catering. First place winners took home awards in elegant frames courtesy of Tyrone’s Frame and Mirror from St. Petersburg.

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Tampa Bay celebrates Watermark’s 2017 WAVE Awards at Flamingo Resort

By : Jeremy Williams
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Watermark celebrated with the Tampa Bay winners of the 2017 WAVE Awards at the Flamingo Resort in St. Petersburg March 9.

The Flamingo Resort hosted the event in their new Blu Room Theatre with flowers designed by The Flower Centre of St. Petersburg. First place winners took home awards in beautiful frames courtesy of Tyrone’s Frame and Mirror.

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Orlando Magic gets proud with first-ever Pride Night

By : Jeremy Williams
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The community came out for the Orlando Magic’s first ever Pride Night against the New York Knicks at the Amway Center March 6.

The crowd was filled with t-shirts featuring the Magic logo in rainbow colors and read “Pride Night 2017.”

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HRC gets Disco Fever at Colonial Lanes

By : Jeremy Williams
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The Human Rights Campaign of Central Florida held the sixth annual Disco Bowl at Colonial Lanes in Orlando March 5.

Miss Sammy and Gidget Galore hosted the annual bowl-a-thon to a full house. HRC not only had a day of bowling, but food, raffles and a costume contest.

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Equality Florida gathers at TPepin’s for the 2017 Tampa Gala

By : Jeremy Williams
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Equality Florida had a successful showing Feb. 25 for the 2017 Tampa Gala at TPepin’s Hospitality Centre.

The event was hosted by HOT 101.5’s Miguel Fuller, and featured live and silent auctions, musical entertainment and a powerful spoken word by Equality Florida’s Samira Obeid.

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Pride skates in for a Zebra Coalition fundraiser

By : Danny Garcia
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Nostalgia rolled rampant at Semoran Skateway in Orlando Feb. 12 for Pride Skate.

The skating party was a fundraiser for the Zebra Coalition, and was a throwback to the days when everyone hung out at the weekly Gay Skate.

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Women, minorities and the LGBTQ community march in St. Petersburg and Orlando for equality

By : Felicia Roopchand
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Groups in St. Petersburg and Orlando participated in the Women’s March that took place across the nation, and world, on Jan. 21.

The marches began with inspiring speeches which were followed by huge crowds marching for equality. Many brought signs, both witty and smart: a majority in protest of the new President of the United States and his proposed policies.

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Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber’s Diamond Awards were the night’s best friend

By : Jeremy Williams
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ST. PETERSBURG – The Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber of Commerce’s Diamonds in Diversity continues to shine brighter with each year as the annual awards gala took over the Hilton Bayfront in St. Petersburg Jan. 21.

Hosts Miguel Fuller and Holly O’Connor of HOT 101.5’s “Miguel & Holly Show” kept the show on pace, and the powerhouse vocals of Jennifer Real kept the show in tune, along with musicians Nathan L. Mitchell and Jonathan Thomas, as the elite of Tampa Bay was dressed to the nines.

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Watermark kicks off 2017 Third Thursdays at Winter Park’s Capen House

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Watermark kicked off its monthly networking mixers for 2017, Third Thurdays, at the beautiful historic Capen House located on the ground of the Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens. The crowd was not only able to make new business connections but was also able to participate in a raffle that raised money for the museum. Prizes included show tickets for Leslie Jordan, the Enchanted Jungle Party, the coveted City Oasis Orchid, a weekend getaway from Plantation on Crystal River and many more.

Watermark’s Third Thursday Networking mixers are part of the Watermark Gives Back program. Watermark partners up with a current advertiser that will host the mixer and together they raise money for the host’s charity of their choice, often benefitting LGBT organizations or the arts.

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