Readers respond to Watermark’s story remembering Paul Wegman

By : Jamie Hyman
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It was ten years ago that Central Florida lost an entertainer who was both a force and a friend – Paul Wegman. In Issue 21.10, we published an article that was a tribute to Wegman’s life and legacy.

Several readers took to the comments section to post their own memories of Miss P. Read what they had to say after the jump: 

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UCF listed among top 50 most LGBT-friendly colleges and universities

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Orlando – Campus Pride released is annual “Campus Pride Top LGBT-Friendly Colleges & Universities” listing for 2014 and the UCF Knights made the cut.

The University of Central Florida graced the list of institutions of higher learning that were considered the most LGBT-friendly, making it the only school in Florida to appear on the list. Normally, Campus Pride releases a “Top 25 List,” but this year was the first year it released the fifty “Best of the Best.”

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Third Thursday August 2014

By : Danny Garcia
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Watermark staff, readers and advertisers gathered at Gilded Home Aug. 21 for Watermark’s Third Thursday Social. Raffles raised more than $150 for Hope and Help of Central Florida, Inc.

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Gender identity and expression added to Orlando’s anti-discrimination ordinance

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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Orlando – Changes to Chapter 57 the City of Orlando’s ordinance for protections against discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations—were unanimously adopted Aug. 11 to now include protections for the transgender community.

“Society in general has changed, in that people are much more inclusive and much more accepting of the LGBT community,” said Gina Duncan, transgender inclusion director of Equality Florida.”But secondly, which is what has really driven us, is that the transgender community has also stepped up and is visible, so that people see and are more aware of transgender people.”

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Jacobs weighs in on marriage equality

By : Tom Dyer
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A Monroe County circuit court judge recently declared Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. Four more cases are pending, including one in Miami-Dade. With the issue front-and-center in the state, activists on both side of the issue have sought the opinion of Central Florida’s most powerful elected official, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs. Watermark requested an interview with Mayor Jacobs, which has been promised in the near future. This afternoon, Mayor Jacobs released this exclusive statement to Watermark publisher Tom Dyer.

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Nash eyes Hillsborough’s District 7 countywide seat

By : Steve Blanchard
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Tampa – Mark Nash is a familiar name in Hillsborough County politics. The Brandon native was a key strategist in Commissioner Kevin Beckner’s successful 2008 campaign and also campaigned with Kathy Castor when she first sought her statewide position as Florida’s 14th District representative in 2007.

Now, two years after an unsuccessful bid for the District 4 seat in 2012, Nash, an openly gay Democrat, has his eyes set upon the countywide District 7 seat. That seat is currently held by Mark Sharpe, who cannot seek re-election due to term limits.

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4th of July Fireworks Round-up 2014

By : Jamie Hyman
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Wanna see the sky go BOOM this 4th of July weekend?

From Tampa Bay to Orlando to Daytona, Watermark has a round-up of Central Florida’s 4th of July 2014 celebrations.

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Issue 21.14: St. Pete Pride Post Coverage

By : Jake Stevens
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Our First Night Out! St. Pete Pride boasts 200,000 weekend attendance with its first night parade and separate street festival, Florida court hears marriage equality case, Outfest to celebrate the modern family in Central Florida, local news, celebrity interviews, events, photos, and much more!

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GLBT Center executive director resigns

By : Jamie Hyman
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Orlando – The GLBT Center of Central Florida, Inc. needs a new leader.

Randy Stephens, who was executive director of the organization for about five years, resigned his post June 30.

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Issue 21.13: St. Pete Pride

By : Jake Stevens
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Night Moves: St. Pete Pride’s grand marshals share the message of global equality at its first-ever night parade June 27, Your St. Pete Pride checklist, June 28 Festival entertainment line-up
Mary Lambert and the 27/92 concert, St. Pete City Hall will fly pride flag, Our extensive Gay Days coverage, local news, celebrity interviews, events, photos, and much more!

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UCF rules frat did not discriminate against gay student

By : Christal Hayes
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Orlando – The University of Central Florida fraternity accused of kicking out a pledge based on his sexual orientation was found not in violation of UCF’s discrimination policy and the fraternity’s constitution on June 16.

George Dumont, 20, claimed Beta Theta Pi rejected him five days before the fall 2013 initiation because he is gay. In addition to this claim, the sophomore posted a video to his YouTube account that received more than 15,000 views and created a stir in the UCF community.

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Oldest Orlando-area synagogue OKs performing same-sex unions

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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Maitland – Congregation Ohev Shalom, the oldest synagogue in the Central Florida area, will now perform and recognize same-sex unions. The synagogue’s Executive Board made the decision unanimously with the full support of the Board of Trustees of Congregation Shalom in Maitland, Fla.

“I anticipated there might be a number of people that would see this as a turning wave from being a traditional congregation,” Senior Rabbi Aaron Rubinger said.

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