Watermark readers respond: HRC endorses Hillary Clinton

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You guys had a lot to say about the Human Rights Campaign’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton for U.S. President.

Read a round-up of Watermark reader comments after the jump: 

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Florida Leather n Fetish Pride 2015

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The 3rd annual Florida Leather n Fetish Pride took over Flamingo Resort in St. Pete Nov. 8-10 and featured the 2nd annual Florida Puppy Contest, plus the debut of the Ms. & Mr. Florida Leather n Fetish Pride Contest.

The event features vendors, demos, fundraisers, classes and parties.

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Halloween 2015 at Parliament House

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Costume-clad revelers packed Parliament House for Halloween Saturday night, with an entrance line that stretched down the block for more than four hours.

“Cecil the Lion’s Revenge” took home the big $10,000 costume contest prize, featuring a jeep, a National Geographic photographer and an unfortunate dentist draped over the hood.

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Olympic freestyle skier comes out

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DENVER (AP) — When Gus Kenworthy would let his mind wander into how his perfect Olympics might play out, he pictured a certain scene.

He’d land his best tricks on his final run, win a medal and then – the capper – jump into the stands, ski boots and all, to share a big hug and kiss with the man who meant so much to him.

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Miss Gay Venezuela crowned

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CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — There’s a beauty contest for almost everyone in pageant-obsessed Venezuela.

In the popular Miss Gay Venezuela competition, men don elaborate wigs and layers of makeup to show off their skills in what they call “the art of transformation.”

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Team Watermark’s pumpkin carving contest

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Team Watermark is getting into the Halloween spirit and hosted a jack-o-lantern contest at the office today. Here are all the entries:

And the winner is… 

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Clinton says Kim Davis deserved jail time

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MOUNT VERNON, Iowa (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton says that jail was the “right thing” for a Kentucky clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Speaking in Iowa Oct. 7, the Democratic presidential hopeful said Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis was “treated as she should have been treated.”

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Biden gets top billing at HRC event

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Not yet a presidential candidate, Vice President Joe Biden will have a prime perch to appeal to LGBT voters when he headlines a glitzy national gala. Yet it may be too late to win over influential gay Democrats already committed to Hillary Rodham Clinton should he join the 2016 Democratic contest.

At the Human Rights Campaign’s sold-out soirée Oct. 3 in Washington, it’s Biden who will get top billing. In a way, Clinton will be his warm-up act; she’ll speak to the group’s board and staff in the morning, but won’t be on stage for the star-studded dinner.

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Southern Decadence 2015 takes over New Orleans

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New Orleans (AP) – What started as a small costume party held to bid farewell to a friend has blossomed into a huge annual celebration of gay culture that’s headed into its 44th year.

More than 100 events are scheduled for Southern Decadence, the annual gay pride festival that started Wednesday and runs through Sept. 7 in various bars and clubs throughout metropolitan New Orleans, but primarily in the French Quarter.

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Obama pushes African nations to treat gays equally under law

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NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) – President Barack Obama nudged African nations Saturday to treat gays and lesbians equally under the law, a position that remains unpopular through much of the continent. Obama’s Kenyan counterpart responded by calling the matter a “non-issue” for his country.

Obama tackled the sensitive matter on his first full day in Kenya, the country of his father’s birth. He drew on his own background as an African-American, noting the slavery and segregation of the U.S. past and saying he is “painfully aware of the history when people are treated differently under the law.”

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Pride Night at Tropicana Field sets attendance record

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Tampa – Pride Night at the Trop held on June 12 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg set a new attendance record for the event with over 700 tickets sold, three times the number that the event has attracted in the past.

“I’m pretty sure we started this event the first year of Pride,” said Brian Longstreth, founder and prime sponsor of the annual affair. “it’s always been a good strong Pride event, but this year we forged some new relationships with organizations like Equality Florida, the Metro Center and Tampa Pride and we got our promotions out early this year which really helped boost our ticket sales.” He thinks the event has been held every year since St. Pete Pride began in 2003 with the exception of perhaps one year at the peak of the recession in 2008.

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Over 100,000 party at Tel Aviv Gay Pride Parade, the biggest of its kind in the region

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JERUSALEM — Thousands of bare-chested muscular men, drag queens in heavy makeup and high heels, women in colorful balloon costumes and others partied at Tel Aviv’s annual gay pride parade on June 12, the largest event of its kind in the region.

Well over 100,000 people were participating in the parade, police said, while Israeli media put the number at 180,000. The event also drew thousands of people from around the world.

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