NextGen Florida is Back!

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NextGen Florida is coming to your campus and community and we want you to join us. After working to turnout the Youth Vote in an unprecedented manner in the 2018 election, our work has changed but continues. On March 13th at 6pm join us for our announcement call, where we will go over our plan for the year and how you can get involved. Be sure to fill out the following form so you can join the call! http://nxtgn.us/fz3

We look back on 2018, a midterm year for a country that’s just living on a prayer

By : Jeremy Williams and Ryan Williams-Jent
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It’s been two years since we, as a country, entered into the reality that is the Trump Administration. The country feels more divided than ever and the phrases “fake news” and “it’s all a witch hunt” are commonplace.

The violence that seems to define who Americans are these days is also there, particularly in Florida, where there has been no justice for the five transgender women of color who were murdered and yet another mass shooting—this time at a high school in Parkland, Fla.—pulled the focus of the world to our state.

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12.27.18 Publisher’s Desk

By : Rick Claggett
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It’s hard to believe the end of the year is here. It’s cliche to say, but when you live your life in two week cycles across two metropolitan areas—time flies. 2018 zoomed by in the blink of an eye.

Watermark did well in 2018. We saw an increase in sales, so thank you to the businesses and organizations that support us and help us to continue bringing the latest in LGBTQ news to our readers—and congratulations to Senior Account Manager Sam Callahan who had a stellar year. We also saw an increase in distributions sites and are now available at over 600 locations in Central Florida, Tampa Bay and surrounding areas.

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WatermarkOnline’s Top News Headlines of 2018

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WatermarkOnline.com had its largest number of visitors in 2018. Hundreds of thousands of readers came to the website throughout the year for the stories that impacted the LGBTQ community in Central Florida, Tampa Bay and across the country.

Below, we have complied the top five headlines from each of our LGBTQ news sections: Central Florida News, Tampa Bay News, State News and Nation & World News. The sections top headlines are based on the number of clicks on each story.

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Who was Most Remarkable in 2018?

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Toward the end of each year, Watermark highlights local, unsung heroes who have gone above and beyond to show with action just how remarkable they are.

We want our readers to help decide who deserves recognition for their inspiration, contribution or achievement in the 2018 calendar year. In honor of the year, we are looking for the 18 — 9 from Central Florida and 9 from Tampa Bay — Most Remarkable People of 2018.

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VIDEO: Dancing Hermione at London Pride goes viral

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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Dancing Hermione made an appearance at London Pride voguing her way through a crowd on the street.

The video clip has received more than six million views.

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Rock, Mineral, Gem, Jewelry & Fossil Show

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Central Florida Mineral & Gem Society Inc., a non-profit educational organization, is hosting a Rock, Mineral, Gem, Jewelry & Fossil Show on April 6th, 7th & 8th, 2018 at the Florida National Guard Armory, 2809 S. Fern Creek Ave., Orlando, FL 32806. Show time: Fri. 1pm to 6pm, Sat. 10am to 6pm and Sun. 10am to 5pm. Venders offering beads, minerals, gemstones, jewelry, fossils, artifacts, metaphysical stones, cabochons, wire wrapping, etc. Silent Auction and Door Prizes offered. Demonstrations. Family Activities. Scavenger Hunt. Contact: Salvatore Sansone, 321-278-9294, ssfossilhunter@aol.com

2018 Theatre Odyssey’s Ten-Minute Playwriting Festival

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The 2018 Student Ten-Minute Playwriting Festival will be held February 3–4, 2018, at the Jane B. Cook Theatre (FSU/Asolo Center for the Performing Arts). Scripts will be judged by three theatre professionals. The winning playwright will receive $1,000 and the runner-up will receive $500. These cash scholarships are generously provided by the Dorothy B. Templeton Scholarship Fund at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. 

The 2018 Student Ten-Minute Playwriting Festival is supported in part by our Season Presenter, CAN Community Health, and the Dorothy B. Templeton Fund at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Sarasota Scene Magazine, Leona Collesano, Donna DeFant, Ron & Pat Pantello and The Bobs…Trisolini & Nosal.

 

2018 Theatre Odyssey’s Ten-Minute Playwriting Festival

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The 2018 Student Ten-Minute Playwriting Festival will be held February 3–4, 2018, at the Jane B. Cook Theatre (FSU/Asolo Center for the Performing Arts). Scripts will be judged by three theatre professionals. The winning playwright will receive $1,000 and the runner-up will receive $500. These cash scholarships are generously provided by the Dorothy B. Templeton Scholarship Fund at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. 

The 2018 Student Ten-Minute Playwriting Festival is supported in part by our Season Presenter, CAN Community Health, and the Dorothy B. Templeton Fund at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Sarasota Scene Magazine, Leona Collesano, Donna DeFant, Ron & Pat Pantello and The Bobs…Trisolini & Nosal.

 

February 2, 2018

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OAK Central Florida, in partnership with Orange County Health Department, Two- Spirit Health, and Miracle of Love, will be hosting our 2nd Annual Get Tested day event. There will be give a ways, free testing, raffles and entertainment.

DRIP’s Last Shows on I-Drive

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After 5 successful years of bringing innovative, edgy dance shows and art events to the I-Drive area, DRIP will be closing its I-Drive location to focus on new projects.

 

Your last chance to see DRIP on I-Drive is on January 12, 13, 19 (All Ages), 20, 26, and 27, 2018.

 

DRIP shows are usually restricted to 18+ but they will open the Friday, January 19 show up to all ages as long as people under 18 are accompanied by a guardian. The All Ages show will remain edgy and will be the same show experience as the others.

 

This is a great time to come out to DRIP if you’ve always wanted to go or if you are a repeat guest who wants to come one last time. Discounted tickets will be available in January for the remaining shows. Guests can get $25 general admission tickets (regularly $44) with promo code: FINALSPLASH.

 

For tickets and to join DRIP’s email list to stay in the loop of future projects, visit DRIP’s website at www.ILoveDRIP.com.

 

 

“Closing this location is bittersweet but exciting for our team. We put a huge amount of passion into everything created in that space and have amazing memories from the team interacting with the guests. We had terrific experiences over the last 5 years and are eager to re-focus and inject our creativity into the next project.” explains DRIP founder and creative director Jessica Mariko. “We appreciate our fans and are looking forwards to playing with them again soon.”

 

Since DRIP opened their International Drive location, they have produced over 700 shows, artistic events, concerts, festivals, fashion shows, private parties and corporate events. Experiences in the DRIP venue have included a super-hero show during the Megacon Convention, The Blind Date experience for couples during Valentine’s Day, the Underground Vampire Bar experience in October, Gay Days events, Local Art Night, BASE Body Painting Art Events, and many more. DRIP has also been commissioned to develop creative experiences for companies such as Timex, Siemens, L’Oreal, Wrestlemania, and Kawasaki.

DRIP’s Last Shows on I-Drive

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After 5 successful years of bringing innovative, edgy dance shows and art events to the I-Drive area, DRIP will be closing its I-Drive location to focus on new projects.

 

Your last chance to see DRIP on I-Drive is on January 12, 13, 19 (All Ages), 20, 26, and 27, 2018.

 

DRIP shows are usually restricted to 18+ but they will open the Friday, January 19 show up to all ages as long as people under 18 are accompanied by a guardian. The All Ages show will remain edgy and will be the same show experience as the others.

 

This is a great time to come out to DRIP if you’ve always wanted to go or if you are a repeat guest who wants to come one last time. Discounted tickets will be available in January for the remaining shows. Guests can get $25 general admission tickets (regularly $44) with promo code: FINALSPLASH.

 

For tickets and to join DRIP’s email list to stay in the loop of future projects, visit DRIP’s website at www.ILoveDRIP.com.

 

 

“Closing this location is bittersweet but exciting for our team. We put a huge amount of passion into everything created in that space and have amazing memories from the team interacting with the guests. We had terrific experiences over the last 5 years and are eager to re-focus and inject our creativity into the next project.” explains DRIP founder and creative director Jessica Mariko. “We appreciate our fans and are looking forwards to playing with them again soon.”

 

Since DRIP opened their International Drive location, they have produced over 700 shows, artistic events, concerts, festivals, fashion shows, private parties and corporate events. Experiences in the DRIP venue have included a super-hero show during the Megacon Convention, The Blind Date experience for couples during Valentine’s Day, the Underground Vampire Bar experience in October, Gay Days events, Local Art Night, BASE Body Painting Art Events, and many more. DRIP has also been commissioned to develop creative experiences for companies such as Timex, Siemens, L’Oreal, Wrestlemania, and Kawasaki.