Central Florida/Orlando 2015 WAVE Award Winners!

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FAVORITE LOCAL POLITICIAN/ACTIVIST
1. Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan
2. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer
3. Former State Representative Linda Stewart

GREATEST STRAIGHT ALLY TO THE LOCAL LGBT COMMUNITY
1. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer
2. Jack and Margo Dixon
3. Former State Representative Linda Stewart

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Tampa Bay/Sarasota 2015 WAVE Award Winners!

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FAVORITE LOCAL POLITICIAN/ACTIVIST
1. St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman

2. Equality Florida CEO Nadine Smith
3. Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner

GREATEST STRAIGHT ALLY TO THE LOCAL LGBT COMMUNITY
1. St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman

2. Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn
3. Hillsborough Clerk of the Court Pat Frank

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Overheard in Tampa Bay: Pageant season is among us!

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Bangkx takes ASAP crown
Performer Ashley Bangkx was crowned Miss ASAP 2015 at Blur Nightclub in Dunedin, becoming the 10th impersonator to claim the title in as many years. The pageant featured three local performers from Tampa Bay and four former title holders were either at the judges table or performing special numbers throughout the night. Outgoing Miss ASAP 2014 Monica Moore served as emcee for the evening and pointed out that everything she wore was red—in honor of the AIDS Ribbon. One outfit—a sparkling red pants suit, could be made into the iconic ribbon, she explained, after standing with her legs slightly apart and her hands clasped above her head. Bangkx will begin her reign as Miss ASAP immediately and will be at the organization’s fundraisers, like AIDS Walk Tampa Bay, Dining Out for Life and the Santa Speedo Run.

Atwell shows support on wedding day
Upon first glance, one would have thought that the two women embracing and laughing were getting ready to tie the knot on the morning of Jan. 6 in Sarasota. But upon closer inspection, it turned out to be Sarasota Pride chairperson Cindy Barnes and Sarasota City Commissioner Suzanne Atwell celebrating the historic day. Atwell has been a long-time supporter of LGBT equality and initiatives in Sarasota and a personal friend to Barnes. Atwell has appeared at Sarasota Pride every year it’s been at JD Hamel Park and also makes it a point to appear at other LGBT events and festivals like the Harvey Milk Festival in May. Atwell could be overheard telling Barnes, “I wouldn’t miss this. We’ve worked so hard to achieve this day.” Thank you, Commissioner. We couldn’t have done it without advocates like you.

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Watermark’s Complete Coverage: Marriage equality comes to Florida

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No doubt about it – January 6, 2015 was an historic day. Same-sex couples all across the state lined up for licenses and celebrated ceremonies.

Here are links to all of Watemark’s coverage of the day that love won in Florida.

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Watermark’s New Year’s Eve 2014 events roundup!

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What are you doing to ring in 2015? Watermark has you covered with a round-up of LGBT and LGBT-friendly options in both the Central Florida and Tampa Bay areas.

Feel free to leave a comment if you know about a great party we missed!

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