Watermark’s 2014 General Election Recommendations

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In a year of changes surrounding equality, Floridians have some interesting choices before them as the Nov. 4 general election approaches. Amid the negative campaign ads, the ludicrous debate scenarios and ongoing battle over same-sex marriage in the Sunshine State, it can be difficult to see through the muck and distorted truths to find a candidates suitable for your vote.

At the request of many Watermark readers—and a responsibility to tradition—we offer our 2014 general election recommendations.

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Watermark’s 2014 General Election recommendations for Central Florida

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Governor: Charlie Crist (D)

Attorney General: George Sheldon (D)

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Cowboys release Michael Sam from practice squad

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IRVING, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys released defensive end Michael Sam from the practice squad Oct. 21, another setback as the NFL’s first openly gay player tries to make an active roster during the regular season for the first time.

Sam spent seven weeks with the Cowboys after signing to their practice squad on Sept. 3, four days after he was among the final cuts by the St. Louis Rams at the end of the preseason.

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Florida ranks No. 3 on HRC’s 2014 ‘Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality’ survey

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The Human Rights Campaign Foundation released its Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) 2014 report, showing Florida as No. 3 in the number of recognized HEI 2014 “Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality.”

26 Florida healthcare systems were recognized as “Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality,” tying with Ohio and coming behind California and New York. The following healthcare systems in Central Florida and the Tampa Bay area were recognized:

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150K revelers pack Lake Eola for Come Out With Pride’s 10th Anniversary

By : Jamie Hyman
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Orlando – The final numbers won’t be in until later this week, but early estimates from the Orlando Police Department show about 150,000 people crowded Lake Eola for the 10th anniversary of Come Out With Pride. Oct. 11.

It’s the highest number yet, up from last year’s estimate of 120,000 in attendance, according to COWP executive director Mikael Audebert.

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2014 Come Out With Pride Parade

By : Jake Stevens
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Always one of the most anticipated events of COWP, the Pride Parade took to the streets of Downtown Orlando Oct. 11. With floats and parade participants representing LGBT organizations and LGBT-friendly organizations all over Central Florida, the event was full of beads, bold costumes and outrageous floats.

The parade, which circled Lake Eola, started at 4 p.m. and featured organizations like the Orlando Gay Chorus, Out & Proud Veterans of America, Wells Fargo, Stonewall and many more.

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Meet The GLBT Center’s new executive director

By : Jamie Hyman
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Orlando – The new chief of The GLBT Center of Central Florida should fit right into Orlando—he’s a Disney fan, a dog lover and he has a long history of working with non-profit organizations.

Terry DeCarlo, 52, started his new role as executive director of The Center Oct. 6.

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Win a pair of tickets to EVERY Come Out With Pride concert!

By : Jamie Hyman
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Come Out With Pride is having a musical year! The 2014 celebration features live shows by Clean Bandit, AJR & Meghan Trainor, Capitol Cities and Lil Kim.

Watermark is giving away a pair of pass to ALL FOUR CONCERTS, which includes a cocktail at each show! Find out how to win after the jump: 

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Central Florida GLBT Center hires new executive director

By : Jamie Hyman
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The GLBT Center of Central Florida, Inc. has a new head honcho.

Terry DeCarlo, Director of Marketing, Public Relations and Events at Broward House in Ft. Lauderdale, has been hired as Executive Director of The Center.

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A Decade of Pride! Come Out With Pride returns for year 10 Oct. 6-11

By : Kirk Hartlage
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Orlando – What a difference a decade makes.

Orlando’s Come Out With Pride celebration turns ten this year, and the event has seen changes and shifts since its debut in 2004. Public perception towards the LGBT community has most certainly shifted towards acceptance, which in turn has helped laws affecting gays and lesbians—such as marriage equality, adoption, and non-discrimination—pass on local, state-wide, and national levels.

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The Center to host HIV and aging awareness event

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Orlando – This year will be the first time the Florida Department of Health in Orange County will help raise awareness about National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day (NHAAAD) by holding an event in Orlando. The Department of Health will be partnering with The Center, Central Florida AIDS Planning Consortium and the community to educate Central Florida about HIV and aging.

The Sept. 18 event is free and will take place at The Center. There will be rapid HIV testing, flu shots, blood pressure screenings and educational resources at the disposal for attendees.

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Preaching to the Converted: How Watermark Ruined My Life

By : Ken Kundis
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KenKundisHeadshotDamn you, Watermark!

In celebration of this newspaper’s 20th anniversary, I’ve been asked to share my observations as a long-time contributor.

My first piece was for the second issue and I have now appeared in the paper more than 500 times—as a first person editorialist, reporter, feature writer, summer fiction author, music critic and advice columnist. I think I can summarize my experience pretty succinctly.

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