Zebra Coalition receives national awards

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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Orlando – The Zebra Coalition received two national recognitions at the American Counseling Association’s 2015 Conference, which was held in Orlando this year at the Hyatt Regency Orlando.

The conference had its National Awards Ceremony on March 14, and Zebra Coalition was awarded $1,500 by the American Counseling Association (ACA) and its Human Rights Committee from the ACA Human Concerns Fund. The Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling (ALGBTIC), one of the 19 divisions of the ACA, also awarded and recognized Zebra Coalition for its work with LGBT youth, yet the amount of ALGBTIC’s award wasn’t available at press time.

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Rupaul’s Drag Race ‘Battle of the Seasons’ ticket giveaway

By : Jeremy Williams
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Rupaul’s Drag Race is coming to Central Florida and you can win a pair of tickets to see it.

“Battle of the Seasons” is coming to The Ritz Ybor in Tampa on March 31 and to the Plaza LIVE in Orlando on April 1, both shows start at 9 p.m.

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Hope and Help Center to celebrate 20 years of AIDS Walk Orlando

By : Andrew Ramos
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Orlando – The Hope and Help Center of Central Florida is raising funds and awareness for the 20th year in a row via the Orlando AIDS Walk at Lake Eola on March 28.

Kristine Iverson, director of development and marketing for the Hope and Help Center, said the organization has been highlighting why participants will be walking this year.

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Queen of Versailles judges pageant at Parliament House

By : Jeremy Williams
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Parliament House played host to the Mr. and Miss All-star Continental Pageant among cameras following Orlando’s Queen of Versailles, Jackie Siegel, as they filmed for her upcoming reality show.

Darcel Stevens and Sassy Devine emceed as the contestants competed in categories scoring in best talent, swimsuit and evening wear. Siegel was on hand as one of the judges.

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AIDS Walk Orlando needs a boost

By : Andrew Ramos
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A week and a half away from AIDS Walk Orlando and there are just over 600 walkers singed up, down from 1200 walkers in 2014.

That’s according to Kristine Iverson, director of development and marketing for the Hope and Help Center of Central Florida, Inc.

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Headdress Ball 2015 has date and theme

By : Jeremy Williams
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The Hope and Help Center announced the date and theme for their 26th annual Headdress Ball.

The annual fundraiser will be at the Hilton Orlando off I-Drive Oct. 17.

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2015 WAVE Award Winners

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For the first time in our history, we asked our readers to vote for their favorites in the Watermark Awards for Variety and Excellence (WAVE) in the spring, rather than the fall. And once again, you did not disappoint with your participation.

Votes rolled in from across Central Florida through two rounds of balloting. In January, we asked for nominations. In February, we compiled those nominations, condensed them to a “Top 3” listing and asked you to vote again. We’re pleased to share those results on the following pages.

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Central Florida/Orlando 2015 WAVE Award Winners!

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FAVORITE LOCAL POLITICIAN/ACTIVIST
1. Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan
2. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer
3. Former State Representative Linda Stewart

GREATEST STRAIGHT ALLY TO THE LOCAL LGBT COMMUNITY
1. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer
2. Jack and Margo Dixon
3. Former State Representative Linda Stewart

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Out and About at the Central Florida Fair

By : Jake Stevens
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LGBT individuals and families headed to the Central Florida Fairgrounds March 3 for the first-ever Out and About night at the Central Florida Fair!

Many took advantage of a special offer – bring the Fair’s Watermark ad to the door and get in free.

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Melissa Manchester talks about her incredible career and the influence LGBTS have had on it

By : Stephen J. Miller
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It’s hard to pin Melissa Manchester’s style down—that’s what becomes immediately apparent in her newest album, You Gotta Love the Life. The Grammy-winning, Oscar-nominated singer-songwriter isn’t scared of shaking it up. With over four decades in the business, Manchester has embraced the new and crowd-funded her latest work, loaded with many musical styles.

“It’s about show business. The challenge is the key component of an artistic world. You’ve got to be okay with this version of normal—the unsteady, insane and unsure path. I am, and I’ve always been,” says Manchester, who’ll turn 64 on Feb. 15.

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Dining Out for Life expands to Orlando

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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Orlando – After years of success in Tampa Bay, Dining Out for Life will make its way to the Orlando area this April with benefits from the day-long fundraiser going to The GLBT Center of Central Florida.

Dining Out for Life raises money for AIDS service organizations. It happens every year all over the nation, and the Tampa Bay area was the closest area in Central Florida to participate. That event benefits the AIDS Service Association of Pinellas (ASAP). Local restaurants register to donate a minimum of 25 percent of their gross food and beverage sales on the day of the event, or make a single contribution of $750 or more. Each restaurant is provided a volunteer ambassador that will invite potential customers to the restaurant for the event and also help at the restaurant on that day.

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Education Fund Launch to raise money for LGBT scholarships

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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Orlando – The Zebra Coalition is working to ensure LGBT students have the opportunity to access their education needs.

Zebra is launching their Education Fund at The Sanctuary Downtown Feb. 27 to kick off fundraising for the Jefferson R. Voss Education Fund for the Zebra Coalition Youth.

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