Stuart Timmons, author and LGBTQ historian, dies at 60

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LOS ANGELES (AP)- Stuart Timmons, an activist and writer who chronicled the history of gays and lesbians in Los Angeles, has died. He was 60.

His sister Gay Timmons tells the Los Angeles Times her brother died Jan. 28. He had suffered a debilitating stroke nine years ago but remained active in the community.

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Biden launches nonprofit foundation to promote equal rights

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WASHINGTON (AP)- Former Vice President Joe Biden is launching a nonprofit foundation aimed at promoting equal rights and opportunity.

The Biden Foundation will be a platform for Biden to advance priorities he worked on in the Senate and the White House, including cancer research, military families and preventing violence against women.

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From London to LA, women’s marches pack cities big and small

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CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago. Oklahoma City. London. Los Angeles.

Across the globe, cities big and small saw throngs of women, men and children take to the streets Jan. 21 in a show of unity and support for women’s rights. The swarms of marchers came together in the sunshine and rain to rally against sexism, racism and hatred and to protest President Donald Trump.

The crowds were so large that some U.S. cities ground to a halt as demonstrators overwhelmed streets, train stations and parks. The more than 600 “sister marches” were held in conjunction with the Women’s March on Washington a day after Trump’s inauguration.

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Hillary Clinton decries hate in Orlando in new LGBT op-ed

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Editor’s note: This piece was penned exclusively for the Philadelphia Gay News and shared with Watermark and other LGBT outlets nationwide.

PGN reached out to the Democratic and Republican candidates for president, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, to discuss LGBT issues in advance of next month’s election. Clinton provided PGN this exclusive op-ed detailing her LGBT-rights record and her goals for future LGBT-equality efforts. The offer remains open for Trump.

(Clinton wrote an exclusive op-ed for Watermark in June following the Pulse tragedy. You can read that here).

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9.22.16 Editor’s Desk

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How in the hell are we going to do this? That is the main remnant echo that stays between my ears having spoken to Orlando’s Come Out With Pride board over the last week. The frustration reads clearly on most faces.

Everybody talks about grief in different ways, and many people have yet to even fully process the June 12 massacre at Pulse. If it sounds like we’re harping on it, it’s because the world is watching, waiting to see how Orlando – a slight burg in the shadow of a castle – recovers. We are still in it. Now it’s reaching a different level, as grief does.

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The Florida Democratic Party makes some noise at opening for new Clinton campaign office

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ORLANDO – The scene felt a little familiar. Tucked into an office building on Colonial Drive, upstairs in a world of beige cubicles and the walls that they hang upon, another Democratic presidential frontrunner was given the full grassroots treatment – knocking on doors, talking to your friends, hugs and buttons – that her predecessor Barack Obama received on the very same block, in the very same building.

On Aug. 4, local Democrats crowded the new offices to make it known that they were “with her,” and they were ready to fight. Clinton recently visited Orlando and returned for visits to Kissimmee and Tampa Bay in subsequent weeks.

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Ashley Brundage stepping down as TBGLCC president as the Chamber announces diversified name change

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TAMPA – Changes are a necessity for any organization to grow and adapt to changing social climates, and the Tampa Bay Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is no different.

Earlier this year, the executive board started a discussion to make changes to the Chambers’ name and shake up the leadership’s rankings.

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Have a Great Gay Weekend: July 8, 2016

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After a few weeks off, Great Gay Weekend is back to give you some ideas on how to make this the best possible weekend you can have.

While the events vary by type, style and time of day, they all have one thing in common: They all have heart, they all bring love and they are all about community. Enjoy your weekend Watermark readers. You deserve it.

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History Center begins One Orlando Memorial Collection

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Members of the Orange County Regional History Center are starting to remove items from memorial sites at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, as part of the One Orlando Collection Initiative.

Mayor Theresa Jacobs explained during the June 27 inauguration that the City of Orlando is partnering with the History Center to remove and preserve items from memorial sites for the Pulse shooting victims around the city.

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St Pete Pride Street Festival

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The St Pete Pride Festival will be held Sunday, June 26,2016 in St Pete beginning at 11am and ending at 6pm.

Expected to draw more than 50,000 of our friends, the St Pete Pride Street Festival returns to Central Avenue in the Grand Central District promising to be larger, livelier and bolder than ever! The St Pete Pride Street Festival will again be the largest community event of the season as festival goers come together to make history while enjoying a day of live performances and entertainment, community booths, art and fantastic food in paradise.

After last year’s overwhelming demand, the Festival length has been extended by an entire city block, and the St Pete Pride Street Festival will be more diverse and shop-stopping than ever. Over 350 exhibitors will line both sides of Central Avenue for six city blocks in a rainbow celebration of food and beverage vendors, artists, small businesses, corporations, professional sports teams, community outreach groups, non-profit organizations and Pride themed merchandisers.

OPD: Westboro Baptist Church will not be in Orlando

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UDPATE! It now appears that Westboro is planning to protest in Orlando.

Rumors abound that Westboro Baptist Church is headed to Orlando to protest Pulse shooting victims’ funerals.

The Orlando Police Department released a statement via email to community leaders stating that the hate group, also known for protesting the funerals of service members, will not be in Orlando.

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Tales of Transformation

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TALES OF TRANSFORMATION
in the Raymond James Theatre
JUNE 6, 2016 @ 7:00PM

A daring performance and engaging community conversation brought to American Stage by Your Real Stories.

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” In A TALE OF TWO CITIES, an aspiring drag queen opens his door to find a baby left on his doorstep. To stop the baby’s crying, he performs the entire narrative of Dickens’ classic rendition of the French revolution.

The play questions our connections with one another and our history, while challenging perspectives on acceptance in our society. “He’s a straight baby, but we can co-exist. I know it can be done.”

In Tales of Transformation, Your Real Stories presents moving and poignant monologues based on interviews with two inspiring community members, shining a light on their experiencesof performing drag and of transitioning during an era of intolerance. These different, yet juxtaposed local stories reveal what is not understood or remembered about LGBT stories, struggles, and accomplishments in our community.

TICKETS: $12