Venice announces first ever Pride Festival

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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Venice’s LGBTQ community and its allies will celebrate diversity and visibility during the inaugural Venice Pride Nov. 3.

The celebration will be held on the five-acre campus of SunCoast Cathedral Metropolitan Community Church, described as a safe spiritual home for the LGBTQ community and its allies, from 1-5 p.m.

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Watermark’s Wedding Bells: Joshua Alex Cruz and Richard Mahoney Jr.

By : Aaron Drake
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“We were in New York at a rooftop bar and I remember looking at Rick and realizing that there wasn’t anyone else that I would want to be next to there or anywhere else,” Joshua Alex Cruz says about his now husband, Richard Mahoney Jr.

“I had spent 5 years living in NYC and I never had a sense of calm in the city with anyone that I had met, so for me it was a bit of revisiting a place where I had only really known without him, and feeling a sense of peace with someone in a place where I never knew any, that made me realize he was the one.”

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03.08.18 Tampa Bay’s Bureau Chief’s Desk

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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I recently learned that I’m a monster. Before I get too far into how, I’d first like to thank readers for choosing me as Tampa Bay’s favorite LGBTQ–friendly writer in Watermark’s annual WAVE Awards. It’s a category I share with some very talented writers, like my Central Florida counterpart and syntax sister, Jeremy Williams. He’ll never let me win again.

It’s my goal as the Tampa Bay bureau chief to represent our community and our allies to the best of my ability, something I couldn’t do without all of you. I’m very proud to be in the position that I’m in, and so grateful that I get to learn so much from the community that we’re here to serve.

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LGBT Music and Arts Festival

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A FREE 2-day Music and Arts Festival for the LGBT Community and their allies, featuring 150+ vendors, 20+ bands, food trucks, classes, demonstrations, and more! Vendor and Entertainment Lineup announced soon!

A post-marriage primer for ally activism

By : Jamie Hyman
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JamieHymanHeadshottCongratulations, allies!

Marriage equality is the law of the land, 26 million of us turned our profile pics into a pretty rainbow, we wished a hearty “Mazel Tov!” to our flurry of newly-engaged gay pals, and our work here is done, right?

Nope.

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LGBTs—and a restricted number of allies—vie for World Series rights

By : Chris Muscardin
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Every Sunday morning—since 1993 in Tampa and 1996 in Orlando—LGBTs and allies wake up early, put on their softball gear and head to the fields.
This year is no different, as both leagues are in full swing of their spring season which serves as a qualifier to the Gay Softball World Series, slated for Dallas this summer.

The Central Florida Softball League in Orlando threw its first pitch of 2014 on Feb. 23 at Lake Fairview Park, where well over 100 people gathered. The “Sounds of Freedom,” the local LGBT marching band, played the national anthem proudly at full blast as Parliament House owner Susan Unger threw the first pitch of the day.

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