2019 WAVE Awards Spotlight: Patty Sheehan

By : Jeremy Williams
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Central Florida’s Favorite Local Activist, Favorite Local Artist, WHO SHOULD BE THE CENTERFOLD OF WATERMARK’S WAVE ISSUE

Patty Sheehan has a couple of things she is particularly passionate about: her community and her art. So it is rather fitting that Watermark readers recognized her for being their Favorite Local Activist and Favorite Local Artist in Central Florida.

There is one other recognition the Central Florida readers of Watermark bestowed upon Orlando’s first openly gay city commissioner: The person who should be the centerfold of Watermark’s WAVE issue.

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2019 WAVE Award Spotlight: Loc Robertson

By : Lauren Lee
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Central Florida’s Favorite Local Radio Personality

“I like to entertain, I like making people smile or making people laugh and making people feel emotions,” says Loc Robertson, Central Florida’s Favorite Local Radio Personality. “That brings joy to my life.”
Robertson regularly appears on “The Homo Happy Hour,” an LGBTQ entertainment talk radio show and podcast based out of Orlando, which airs Tuesdays at 4 p.m. at OutloudOrlandoLive.com.

“I never know how many people tune into the show so to be nominated and recognized even when radio is changing, is really exciting,” says Robertson.

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2019 WAVE Awards Spotlight: The Bow Wow Barber

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Tampa Bay’s Favorite Place to Pamper Your Pet

Like his four-legged clientele and the humans who “own” them, Bill Leuck sees walking into The Bow Wow Barber in St. Petersburg as a real treat.

“We’re extremely pet friendly,” the owner says of his grooming business. “We like to play with the dogs and they love coming here.”

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2019 WAVE Award Spotlight: Parliament House

By : Abigail Brashear
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Central Florida’s Favorite Local Hotel/B&B, Favorite LGBTQ Club/Bar, Favorite Place To Pick Up A Watermark, Which Local Person Or Group Needs A Reality Show? (Ms. Darcel Stevens)

Parliament House is the oldest gay resort in Central Florida, has been selected as the most popular LGBTQ bar in the United States by marketing organizations and has been home to such iconic stars as Miss P, Ms. Darcel Stevens and Tashae Royale Sherrington. It’s no wonder that they’ve won so many awards.

Parliament House was founded as a gay resort in 1975 and since then has become a bar, a theatre, a timeshare and a nightclub, featuring drag queens and LGBTQ icons. It’s seen as both a safe space and as a place where people from all walks of life can relax and have a good time.

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2019 WAVE Awards Spotlight: John Gascot

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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Tampa Bay’s Favorite Local Artist

“Art should be for everyone,” St. Petersburg’s John Gascot says. “It shouldn’t only be for the educated or only for people with a lot of money.”

That’s why the artist’s work is accessible not only in its subject matter and aesthetic, but also its price point. “You can go into my studio and get a hand painted magnet for $5 or a painting for $3,000,” he explains.

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2019 WAVE Award Spotlight: Nadine Smith

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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Tampa Bay’s Favorite Local Activist, Favorite Charitable Event (Equality Florida’s St. Pete Gala)

As the executive director of Equality Florida, the state’s largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for all LGBTQ Floridians, Nadine Smith is no stranger to activism.

In addition to her work with the organization, she was one of the four national co-chairs of the 1993 March on Washington and made history by taking part in the first Oval Office meeting between a sitting president and LGBTQ community leaders. Smith also served on the founding board of the International Gay and Lesbian Youth Organization and serves as chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Florida Advisory Committee.

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The 2019 Watermark WAVE Award Winners

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When we first introduced a two-part voting structure for our annual Watermark Awards for Variety and Excellence, or WAVEs, we wondered if the added step would leave a lower turnout at the polls.

We were surprised to find that the first year with the new system fetched us more votes than we had ever had before. In the past two years, we have continued with the two-part voting process and you have continued to surprise us with your turnout.

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2019 WAVE Award Spotlight: Daphne Ferraro

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At nearly 6 feet 6 inches tall, fans and friends notice when Daphne Ferraro enters a room and takes center stage. It isn’t just because of her height, however, even if she is affectionately referred to as the “Tallest Drag Queen in Captivity.” It’s also because of her heart.

“We have such an incredible community,” Ferraro says of her four years of entertaining as show director at Enigma St. Pete, the WAVE Award winner for Favorite Local Club/Bar and more. “I’ve found a home at Enigma. Every week when I’m getting ready I think about the people I’m going to see—and when I go home I think about how grateful I am for those people. They’re a part of me and I’m so glad to be a part of them. I’ve never felt so energized and excited by any other booking.”

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2019 WAVE Award Spotlight: Pom Moongauklang

By : Amanda Espinosa
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Central Florida’s Favorite Local Chef, Favorite Local Late Night Dining (Pom Pom’s Teahouse and Sandwicheria)

Walking into Pom Pom’s Teahouse and Sandwicheria in Orlando is like stepping into a blend of Willy Wonka and The Mad Hatter. The restaurant’s colorful decor mixed with owner Pom Moongauklang’s amazing teas, sandwiches, salads, desserts and more are only limited by Moongauklang’s pure imagination.

It’s no wonder that she was voted Central Florida’s Favorite Local Chef. When opening Pom Pom’s—which took first place as Favorite Local Late Night Dining and second place as Favorite Restaurant—Moongauklang says she wanted a place with “no hate, no side eye, no discrimination; just a place to eat really good food, have a good time and have good conversation.”

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The 2019 WAVE Awards: Tampa Bay

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FAVORITE LOCAL POLITICIAN
First: Rick Kriseman, St. Petersburg Mayor
Second: Bob Buckhorn, Tampa Mayor
Third: Jennifer Webb, Florida House Representative – District 69

FAVORITE LOCAL ACTIVIST
First: Nadine Smith, Equality Florida
Second: Todd Richardson, Equality Florida
Third: Nancy Desmond, PFLAG

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The 2019 WAVE Awards: Central Florida

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FAVORITE LOCAL POLITICIAN
First: Buddy Dyer, Orlando Mayor
Second: Patty Sheehan, Orlando City Commissioner
Third: Carlos Guillermo Smith, Florida Representative- District 49

FAVORITE LOCAL ACTIVIST
First: Patty Sheehan, Orlando City Commissioner
Second: Dr. Edwin DeJesus, Orlando Immunology Center
Third: Ben Johansen, The Ribbon Maker

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2019 Watermark WAVE Awards: Editorial Picks

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Every year, we ask the LGBTQ community of Central Florida and Tampa Bay to tell us who they think are the best of the best in dozens of categories in Watermark’s Awards for Variety and Excellence (WAVEs) and every year they pick the most amazing people, groups, places, things and organizations both areas have to offer.

While we are on board for every one of their picks, the editorial team here at Watermark has a few of our favorite things that we love to tell people about. So below we offer you our 2019 WAVE Editorial Picks.

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