Keeping It Real: No, it’s not over yet

By : Nathan Bruemmer
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So, how many days until summer vacation? After spring break all across this nation, this is one “critical” question most middle and high school students would probably get right. While kids beam with pride when they recite the exact number of days, parents across this nation fall back into shock and awe that another school year is about to end.

Why aren’t we asking our youth a truly critical question—Do you know about HIV and AIDS? April 10th is National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day. This year we celebrate the fifth annual observance of a day created to educate about the impacts of HIV and AIDS on youth.  According to the CDC, 1 in 5 new HIV diagnoses were in young people aged 13-24 years, but only 10 percent of high school students have ever been tested for HIV. That means there is a significant gap between those who have it and those who know they have it. Without knowledge, you cannot prevent transmission. But where do our youth get their education on HIV and AIDS?

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LGBTQ teens start tradition with state’s first ‘rainbow’ prom

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INSTITUTE, W.Va. (AP) — For many teens the prom is the epitome of their high school experience. But for students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer, it can be a challenge to feel like they belong. This year, some West Virginia students decided to start a new tradition: The Rainbow Formal, the state’s first dance for LGBTQ youth.

Last weekend’s event drew students from at least 10 counties to the student union at West Virginia State University. One of them, 15-year-old Steve Sartin from Mingo County, managed the jitters while adjusting his rainbow suspenders and rainbow Converse sneakers.

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Cara Delevingne responds to backlash for praising Beyoncé’s Coachella performance

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Cara Delevigne has responded to the backlash she received for praising Beyoncé’s Coachella performance.

Delevigne, who identifies as bisexual, has been open about boycotting the music and arts festival because its owner Philip Anschutz has donated to a number of right-wing, anti-LGBTQ groups. The 25-year-old model didn’t attend the festival but took to Instagram to fangirl over Bey’s two-hour set which included a Destiny’s Child reunion.

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More than 2K attend gay pride event in VP Pence’s hometown

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COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) — A gay pride festival in Vice President Mike Pence’s Indiana hometown attracted more than 2,000 revelers who watched bands and drag queens perform.

Saturday’s festival in Columbus was believed to be a first for the city about 50 miles south of Indianapolis. The event was organized by local high school senior Erin Bailey, who identifies as bisexual.

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Survey: LGBTQ people more likely to face sexual violence

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Lesbian, gay and bisexual Utah residents are more frequently victims of sexual violence than heterosexual people, according to a new Utah Department of Health survey.

About 10,000 Utah adults took the survey in 2016, answering questions such as whether they had ever been raped or if someone had ever attempted to rape them, the Salt Lake Tribune reported .

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Student spearheads first gay pride festival in Mike Pence’s hometown

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COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) — An 18-year-old Indiana high school student is organizing what’s believed to be the first gay pride festival for Vice President Mike Pence’s hometown.

Erin Bailey says she proposed the Columbus festival last year for her senior project at Columbus Signature Academy New Tech High School. The April 14 event will feature bands, vendors and a drag queen competition.

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Aaron Carter says reports on bisexuality were ‘misconstrued’

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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Tampa-born Aaron Carter has once again spoken out on his highly-publicized coming out, calling reports on his bisexuality “a little misconstrued.”

In an exclusive interview with HollywoodLife, the 30-year-old singer was asked about his coming out, as well as recent interviews in which he had discussed it more in-depth. “The other bomb that you dropped on us… you came out as bisexual,” one of the podcast’s hosts asked. “You didn’t really indicate that you’ve had a relationship with a guy… have you, or is it just more that you’re open to it?”

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Students walk out of class to protest gun violence

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Thousands of students participated in the National Student Walkout march and rally against gun violence at the U.S. Capitol on March 14, 2018. Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers.

Thousands of students who walked out of class on Wednesday in protest of gun violence marched from the White House to the U.S. Capitol.

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Issue 25.05: A WAVE of Success

By : Jake Stevens
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A WAVE of Success
It’s time to celebrate your favorite picks for Tampa Bay and Central Florida’s best! GayDayS Inc. moving hosts hotels, possible date change for 2018, 5th Annual Manatee Pride to coincide with St. Patrick’s Day, Syreeta Banks leads Dreamgirls to The Venice Theater, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Tampa Pride Guide 2018

By : Jake Stevens
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Tampa Pride is back for a fourth year and prepared to be bigger and better than ever!

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Watermark is hiring: Creative Assistant

By : Jake Stevens
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Watermark is seeking a full-time creative assistant. The creative assistant will work with our advertising sales department to create print and online ads, design digital sales flyers, generate graphics for articles on our web site, WatermarkOnline.com. This is an on-site position at our Orlando office. This is the perfect entry-level position for motivated multi-faceted designers seeking real-world design experience who thrive in a challenging, fast paced environment.

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Issue 25.05: Give Me My Roses

By : Jake Stevens
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In celebration of Black History Month, Watermark pays tribute to five generations of black entertainers in Orlando, HRC hosts 5th annual Time to THRIVE conference4 on LGBTQ youth in Orlando, St. Petersburg Diocese forbids transgender parishioner from attending anniversary mass, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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