Overheard in Orlando: Joe the Supermodel, odd art and a new Fringe

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Not your average Joe
Former Florida House representative Joe Saunders, now Southern Regional Field Director for the Human Rights Campaign, is flashing his pearly whites as a model. No, he’s not pulling a Marky Mark and posing in his CK’s (unfortch!). But, he’s modeling the latest in HRC “No hate in our state” wear, where the website says 100 percent of the proceeds go to LGBT rights. The website also offers a variety of clothing and tchotchkes which will allow you to tell the world you’re proud to support the HRC. No word if this will be another career move for Joe.

Keep Orlando Odd
If you happened to have strolled through the streets of downtown Orlando last week you may have seen some really eclectic art, with the Art in Odd Places – downtown Orlando was overrun with visual and performance art which featured the works of local artists like Brendan O’Connor (Street Urchins), Doug Rhodehamel (1001 Paper Bag Mushrooms) and Masami Kochikawa (self-portrait as a Butterfly Woman). According to event producer, Tim Turner, dates have yet to be set, but he assured Watermark there will be a next one for sure. With a few considering factors, they want the festival different part of the year, Winter/Spring versus this year’s Summer/Spring. Unaware Sunday funday revelers fell into three categories: those that got it, those that didn’t and those too blitzed to even notice the giant pipe man riding a bicycle.

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1st gay couple married at West Point are attacked in NYC

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NEW YORK (AP) – The New York Police Department is investigating a bias attack on two men who were the first gay couple to be married at West Point.

Police say it happened at a SoHo food store while Daniel and Larry Lennox-Choate were shopping Sunday afternoon.

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THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF WANZIE: Hated for the Joy of It

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The Orlando International Fringe Theater Festival is underway through Memorial Day, mostly in and around Loch Haven Park at the confluence of Mills, Princeton, and Rollins Avenue. If you live anywhere in Central Florida and have never attended, that’s a damned shame!

First, in the interest of full disclosure, and certainly not because I would ever dream of stooping to utilizing this coveted ink to self-promote, I feel I owe it to the readers of this column to point out that I am involved with three productions at the Festival this year: The Lion Queen And The Naked Go-Go Cub, Dragness of God And The Naked Holy Ghost and 1969 Stonewall.

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Poland elects first openly gay mayor in elections

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WARSAW, Poland (AP) – Robert Biedron already made history once in Poland by becoming the first openly gay lawmaker in parliament in 2011. On Dec. 1, he became the country’s first openly gay mayor.

The 38-year-old’s political successes are a marker of how quickly this deeply conservative and Catholic country has changed in the decade since it joined the European Union. Back then, in 2004, gay rights marches were still being banned and homosexuality was treated as a huge taboo. Since then a growing acceptance of gays and lesbians has arrived hand-in-hand with a flourishing economy.

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Watermark’s 2014 Halloween Roundup!

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It’s that time of year when you get to dust off your costumes, load up on sweets and have loads of scary fun — Halloween! Not sure exactly how to spend your Halloween, or do you want to find out about other festivities happening toward the end of the month? Well, Watermark has you covered.

Here is a roundup of some events happening throughout Central Florida, Tampa Bay and Sarasota where you can get into the Halloween spirit!

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Seattle cyclist killed was attorney who fought DADT policy

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SEATTLE (AP) – The bicyclist who died in a collision with a truck in downtown Seattle was identified as a well-respected attorney who was part of the American Civil Liberties Union legal team that successfully challenged the U.S. military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy for gay service members.

The King County Medical Examiner’s office identified the bicyclist as Sher Kung, 31, who had been working for the firm Perkins Coie.

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St. Pete mayoral candidates tackle Pride, police and policies at LGBT debate

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Two of the three candidates for mayor of St. Petersburg participated in a debate July 9 at the Metro Wellness and Community Center before a standing room only crowd of mostly LGBT residents. Current Republican mayor Bill Foster and Democratic challenger Rick Kriseman were on hand, while candidate Kathleen Ford, also a Democrat, was notable in her absence.

StPeteMayorDebate2013CapFord had sent word through her staff to organizers that she had another appearance at a neighborhood association but would try and make the event. Despite organizers delaying the start time of the debate a half hour in attempt to accommodate her schedule, she failed to show entirely.

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Monday Ripples: When the Toilet Paper is Brown

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â┚¬Å”We have it in our power to change the world over.â┚¬Â – Thomas Paine

Before we set sail on our Monday Ripples, I wanted to cordially invite you to a Special Leap Year Edition of The Do-Gooder's Coffee Klatch on Wednesday, February 29 at 11:00 AM at the Coffee House @ Downtown Credo, located in College Park. If you're out there doing good, we might be able to help! Just click here to tell us a few things, so we know you're coming.

Now here are four links I hope will inspire you in the week ahead. Click, read, and pass along. Your small act will create a ripple and, who knows, it might wind up a wave on the other end.

Brown is the New Green
If That Toilet Paper Is Brown, It Must Be Green
An interesting read from Utne Reader regarding eco-marketing. It seems like only yesterday that the selling point of green goods was the fact that they are green goods, now it seems companies feel they need to reach out to us subliminally (and maybe they do). Let me know your thoughts on the suggestion at the end of the article.

You Better Walk
Walk while you work? Many employees join healthful trend
For the past year or so, non-traditional work environments have been on my mind. I think it started with articles I read on standing while you do things â┚¬â€œ like work â┚¬â€œ being healthier for you than sitting and, surprisingly, even more so than exercising. I've taken a high table at home and converted into my desk â┚¬â€œ I'm standing while I write this. Greg Dawson's article shows how some workplaces are taking things a step further â┚¬â€œ exercise while you work.

Getting Rid of Ten Pounds
I am going to donate Ԛ£10 a month to a charity. Which Charity should it be?
I'm kind of a geek for social media. I'm constantly amazed at the things I've discovered through someone's random tweet. So I was a little surprised when, in discussion, someone lumped in Quora with all the big social media players and I had never heard of it. I'm still not completely sure what to think, but I didn't like this discussion I found and it may be a good example of what Quora is all about. A person is donating Ԛ£10 a month to charity asking the community (world-wide, at that) for suggestions.

Making the Flintstones Proud
Dutch Kids Pedal Their Own Bus To School
This is worth a click just to see the adorable picture! How much can you say about this idea? There's exercise involved, a positive environmental impact, and a teambuilding spirit. With this vehicle, you also have a bike big enough to get motorists to take notice. My thoughts turn to seeing kids from schools in downtown Orlando walking from place to place holding onto a rope to keep everyone together. I hope De Café Racer sells the idea so it can be mass produced and we'll see it everywhere.