Trans of Thought: Good riddance 2019

By : Maia Monet
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I almost killed myself two or three times in 2019. I know that sounds dramatic, but it is also true. I’m not saying this to garner sympathy, or even worse, elicit advice. Rest assured, I am taking the steps necessary to improve my state of mind. It is just that being trans can often feel like existing in a vat of acid eating away at your dignity and integrity. It is the rare trans person who hasn’t contemplated escaping the pain through drastic means. If you don’t believe me, find a trans person in your life you happen to be close to and ask them if they’ve ever created a suicide plan. Don’t be surprised if they have a ready answer.

Perhaps my first column of the year should be about looking forward with a sense of optimism, but that doesn’t reflect my life as part of the trans community. I sometimes wonder if cisgender people appreciate how difficult it is to be transgender in today’s world. They might be able to quote the suicide rate for trans people, but I suspect they are detached from the reality of our everyday lives. They don’t actually experience the emotional stress of hearing about yet another government policy meant to incrementally erase the legal status of trans people. They can’t comprehend the blinding fear of coming out as a trans woman to a cisgender heterosexual man who might decide violence is the appropriate response.

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2019 was a year for the LGBTQ record books

By : Jeremy Williams & Ryan Williams-Jent
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Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Of course not! That’s why after a historical 365 days, Watermark has assembled our annual year in review.

2019 was a landmark year for us here at Watermark. In August, we proudly celebrated 25 years of serving Central Florida and Tampa Bay’s ever-expanding LGBTQ communities.

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12.26.19 Central Florida Bureau Chief’s Desk

By : Jeremy Williams
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“Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes / How do you measure, measure a year?”

If you are familiar with the Broadway show “RENT” — and let’s face it, if you’re reading this then you probably are — you know the answer to that question is “love, seasons of love.” Well, for me I measure a year by pop culture’s five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred “best of” year-end lists. All the greatest magazines, entertainment shows, YouTube channels and Starbucks baristas have them. Heck, this very issue of Watermark, our annual Year in Review, has an A-Z list of the best moments in LGBTQ pop culture.

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12.26.19 Tampa Bay Bureau Chief’s Desk

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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As December comes to a close, taking 2019 with it, I’m most thrilled to reflect on the fact that I’ll be entering the next decade of my life as a nonsmoker. While I spent the majority of the last 10 years craving my next cigarette or shackled to a smoking section, I proudly celebrated one year smoke free this month.

I hit the milestone on Dec. 17, just one day before writing this column and six days after hitting another personal milestone, my second year as Tampa Bay Bureau Chief. I couldn’t be more grateful that I’m still serving in this position here at Watermark – it’s been another incredible year and an amazing December, even if I did turn 35.

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Issue 26.25: The Remarkable People Issue

By : Dylan Todd
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Watermark presents the 19 Most Remarkable People of 2019 from Central Florida and Tampa Bay, NFL seeks LGBT businesses for Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV, Florida Puerto Rican Parade announces LGBTQ Committee, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!
Cover photographs by Dylan Todd, Design by DiBenedetto/Wiedemann.

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Billy Porter, Megan Rapinoe and Baby Yoda are among AP’s top TV moments of 2019

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NEW YORK (AP) | Many have noticed how fragmented our TV viewing is, with multiple competing streaming services and dozens of channels pulling us in different directions. But the year also saw some jaw-dropping moments that found huge audiences, whether it was a royal interview or a viral alien.

The Associated Press has put together a list of the best TV moments in 2019.

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Watermark’s Holiday Guide 2019

By : Dylan Todd
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The holidays are in the air! From the Golden Gals to Holiday How-To’s, Watermark’s Holiday Guide 2019 has everything to keep you up to date this holiday season.

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Gay Chorus Deep South

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Closing Night Program of Tampa International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
David Charles Rodrigues, 2019, USA, 98 min

The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus set out to bring their message of hope and resiliency in response to the 2016 presidential election by spending a week touring throughout the deep south.

The Chorus, joined by The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, brought a message of music, love, and acceptance to communities and individuals confronting intolerance. Over 300 singers travelled from Mississippi to Tennessee, through the Carolinas, and over the bridge in Selma. They performed in churches, community centers and concert halls in hopes of uniting us in a time of difference. The journey also challenged Director Tim Seeleg and other Chorus members who fled the South to confront their own fears, pain, and prejudices, on a journey towards reconciliation. The conversations and connections that emerge offer a glimpse of a less divided America, where the things that divide us – faith, politics, sexual identity – are set aside by the soaring power of music, humanity, and a little drag.

There is beautiful vocal performance in this movie. But there is much more than singing to this thoughtful documentary that chronicles a journey that began as a challenge to the oppression of the deep south and ended in the delight of southern people steeped in their love of gospel music and hungry for conversation. This remarkable film demonstrates that, clearly, there is a whole lot of fixing that singing can do.

SFGMC Director Tim Seelig is scheduled to Skype with the audience following the film.


Women Make Music – 25 Years of Crescendo: The Tampa Bay Women’s Chorus
Sunny Hall, 2019, USA, 8 min


Preceded by a performance by the Tampa Bay Gay Men’s Chorus.

Join us at Bizou Brasserie at Le Méridien (601 N. Florida) after the closing film to celebrate another festival bringing fierce, fabulous, LGBTQ+ film in Tampa Bay. Food and drinks for purchase.

SPONSORED BY TAMPA BAY GAY MEN’S CHORUS

The Underpants

By : playerstheatreSRQ
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The renowned comic actor and author of Picasso at the Lapine Agile provides a wild satire adapted from the classic German play about Louise and Theo Markes, a couple whose conservative existence is shattered when Louise’s bloomers fall down in public. Though she pulls them up quickly, he thinks the incident will cost him his job as a government clerk. Louise’s momentary display does not result in the feared scandal but it does attract two infatuated men, each of whom wants to rent the spare room in the Markes’ home. Oblivious of their amorous objectives, Theo splits the room between them, happy to collect rent from both the foppish poet and the whiny hypochondriac.

Running in our Backstage Theater:
October 10-12, 2019 at 8:00
October 17-19, 2019 at 8:00
October 13 and 20, 2019 at 2:00

Issue: 26.20: Planet Pride

By : Dylan Todd
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Come Out With Pride goes eco-friendly for 2019 festival and parade at Lake Eola, LGBA marches into Orlando for annual conference, Come OUT St. Pete returns for third outing, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

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Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019, Joseph is one of the most enduring shows of all time, a reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, 11 brothers and the coat of many colors. This magical musical is full of catchy songs with unforgettable classics like “Any Dream Will Do” and “Close Every Door.”

Sept. 18-19, and 21 at 7:30
Sept. 24-26, 28 at 7:30
Oct. 3-5 at 7:30
Sept. 22, 28, 29, and Oct. 6 at 2:00

#RED Guide 2019

By : Dylan Todd
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Watermark’s Complete Guide to Orlando’s Big Gay Weekend.

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