Sarasota County School Board continues debate on trans-inclusive bathrooms

By : Jeremy Williams
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The Sarasota County School Board heard public opinion yet again on whether to implement new trans-inclusive bathroom policies countywide at the March 1 board meeting.

The community has been divided on the issue since the school board first heard public debate on the subject at the Feb. 2 board meeting. A Feb. 16 workshop left the board divided on whether or not to implement the policy leading to a request from them to hear more public discussion.

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Georgia Senate approves LGBT service-refusal bill

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Atlanta (AP) – Georgia’s state Senate approved a bill allowing faith-based organizations to refuse services to same-sex couples without government penalties, including loss of grants or other taxpayer funding.

Senators voted 38 to 14 on party lines Feb. 19, despite fear about damage to the state’s economy expressed by the state’s influential business community and opposition from gay-rights advocates.

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James Corden to host the 2016 Tony Awards

By : Jeremy Williams
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CBS announced that The Late Late Show host James Corden will be hosting to a bit of a larger audience this summer as he has been tapped to emcee the 2016 Tony Awards.

Corden took over hosting duties of The Late Late Show last March from Craig Ferguson and gone viral recently due to a hugely popular segment on his show, Carpool Karaoke.

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Suck Dynasty: Cruz surrogate Phil Robertson wants the gays and those who support them gone; Cruz agrees

By : Billy Manes
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As expected, we’re at that moment when the red-rover game of the Iowa Caucuses meets its sociopolitical nadir. Over the weekend, it was slightly less than entertaining to see what amounts to nothing short of bigotry on display among two of the Republican Party’s top-tier candidates, Ted Cruz and Donald (Dump) Trump. The former chose Duck Dynasty beard Phil Robertson to air his grievances with same sex-marriage on Sunday, according to a CNN Report. We’re “evil” and “wicked,” Robertson said, but in his world “no” probably means “yes,” so we won’t let it bother our sensitive take on humane discourse.

“When a fellow like me looks at the landscape and sees depravity, the perversion – redefining marriage and telling us that marriage is not between a man and a woman? Come on, Iowa!” Robertson grumbled while grease caked in his hirsute hate face. “It is nonsense. It is evil. It’s wicked. It’s sinful. They want us to swallow it, you say. (!!!!!!!! – ed.) We have to run this bunch out of Washington D.C. We have to rid the earth of them. Get them out of there.”

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Ladyfingers: You’re a creep

By : Sabrina Ambra
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Flattery: We’ve all experienced it in some form or another, either with the receipt or delivery of it. Initially, I wanted to say that a wise person once said flattery is the biggest compliment, but a quick Google search showed that I might have mixed that up with some other saying by a person who was cool enough to have someone put their thoughts between quotation marks. I digress. You see, the thing about flattery is that it can be used as a disguise. This is when an individual may say they are trying to flatter you, but really the words they use do nothing of the sort. And they know it.

Now, first let me start by saying I am not referring to the occasional compliment by a stranger; those are lovely, and I think everyone deserves to hear nice things about themselves once in awhile. I’m talking about lines that could be found on page 27 of The Creepy Man’s Guide to Scaring the Shit Out of Women (working title). There is no charm, there is no grace; there is only the reassurance of my sexuality by the shutting of the steel trap that is my vagina. I wish there was room for commendation on creativity, but there is none of that either. These moments I’ve experienced have left me baffled. I am almost always left with my jaw dropped, followed by a borderline-hysterical laugh that distracts Sir Creeps-A-Lot, while my eyes feverishly look for my closest savior. This response is not working; this cannot be my only solution. Let me take you on this small journey, and maybe we can all figure one out together. If not that, then at least we can laugh and cringe in unison, like synchronized swimmers in a pool of unsolicited sexual brickbats. Heads underwater, legs in the air.

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New documentary sheds light on clothing industry for transgender people

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Park City, Utah (AP) – Derek needed a suit for his wedding. Aiden needed something for his bar mitzvah. Everett wanted a sharp interview outfit.

All three found their fit at Bindle & Keep, a custom clothier that specializes in dressing people across the gender spectrum. The New York-based company and its clients are the subject of “Suited,” a documentary premiering at the Sundance Film Festival.

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Petition calls for Ginger Minj as the next Edna in NBC’s “Hairspray”

By : Jeremy Williams
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NBC has turned live musical productions into a television event and after the success of The Sound of Music and The Wiz (Peter Pan was a bit of a letdown commercially), they have announced that the next musical to get the peacock network’s stage will be Hairspray.

Hairspray originated as a film by John Waters in 1988 starring Divine and Ricki Lake and became a Tony Award winning Broadway musical in 2003. The musical was turned into a 2007 film starring John Travolta and Michelle Pfeiffer.

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Adam Lambert joins the cast of FOX’s “Rocky Horror” remake

By : Jeremy Williams
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Fresh off being named the biggest 2015 moneymaker of all the American Idol alumni and getting a spot in the Universal Studio’s Mardi Gras concert series, Adam Lambert has signed onto FOX’s Rocky Horror Picture Show remake.

“I grew up watching Rocky Horror, but could never imagine that I would be part of this new vision. Rocky Horror always made me feel like it was okay to celebrate my weirdness. Hallelujah, bless my soul! I love that old time rock-n-roll,” Lambert said, according to Entertainment Weekly.

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“Carol,” “The Danish Girl” earn Oscar acting nominations, shut out in Best Picture

By : Jeremy Williams
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The nominations for the 88th Oscars were announced Jan. 14 and LGBT films Carol and The Danish Girl picked up multiple nominations but none for Best Picture or Best Director.

Carol, a story about a lesbian photographer developing an intimate relationship with an older woman, picked up six nominations including Best Actress for Cate Blanchett, Best Supporting Actress for Rooney Mara and Best Adapted Screenplay.

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The man in the wings: George Wallace flies high with Fringe

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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While many people know him for his work with the Orlando International Fringe Festival, George Wallace has a lot more going on behind the scenes.

“When I look back at 2015, there were so many more positives than there were negatives, so I think that it was a fabulous year,” Wallace says.

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Viewpoint: The Tender Activist, Reclaim Your Vote

By : Scottie Campbell
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scottie campbell“I like Bernie Sanders,” said my friend across the patio of his Winter Park condo, where we gathered with longtime friends. His soft, kind voice did little to cushion the rest of his opinion: “But he’s unelectable.”

Unelectable. The word shot into my ear, easily cutting through the still Florida-muggy September night air. Three beers in, there was the slight danger of my reaction landing disproportionate to the moment, but I managed, “The only way to change that is to vote for him.”

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Team Watermark: Meet our veterans on staff

By : Jamie Hyman
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This Veteran’s Day, Watermark would like to take a moment to recognize the service of two of our staff members, Sales Director Mark Cady and Tampa Bay Bureau  Chief Jeremy Williams.

Both of them are openly gay men who served their country from in the closet. 

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