Watermark’s Wedding Bells: Twyla and Pamela Avellino of Daytona Beach, Florida

By : Marianella Falbo
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Twyla and Pamela Avellino’s story started with friendship and trust. The couple met through the local BDSM community in Daytona Beach, which at the time was being run by Twyla, when Pamela moved to Florida in 2004.

“We became friends immediately and when a situation arose among the group, Pamela was the first person to point me to the proper legal advice to know how to handle it. Our friendship blossomed after that,” Twyla says.

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Embry-Riddle addresses student concerns after LGBTQ monument defaced

By : Jeremy Williams
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. | Leadership at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla. are responding to student and community outrage with a call for respect after an LGBTQ-painted monument was defaced with homophobic and transphobic phrases.

The incident occurred overnight Oct. 31 after the university’s LGBTQ organization, P.R.I.D.E., painted the campus’ Spirit Rock — a large rock the school’s groups take turns painting supporting various causes. P.R.I.D.E. painted Spirit Rock with the trans pride flag colors on one side and the rainbow pride flag colors on the other with the phrase “#WontBeErased.”

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Orlando’s Overheard: Orlando gets a perfect score

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The Human Rights Campaign’s annual Municipal Equality Index is out and Orlando did pretty well for itself. The organization’s MEI score represents how inclusive a city’s laws, policies and services are for the LGBTQ people who live and work there.

The City Beautiful ranked with a perfect score of 100 yet again. Orlando has scored the top score the three previous years as well. The HRC rates a city’s equality based on five categories: Non-Discrimination Laws, Municipality as Employer, Municipal Services, Law Enforcement and finally Relations with the LGBTQ Community.

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Watermark Giveaway: RENT: 20th Anniversary tour, at The Peabody Auditorium in Daytona Beach

By : Jeremy Williams
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Watermark wants to send you and a guest to see the 20th Anniversary tour of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical RENT at The Peabody Auditorium in Daytona Beach on Thursday, Oct. 6 at 7:30 PM.

To enter, comment on this post and tell us your favorite song from RENT.

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North Carolina man arrested in Daytona after killing gay man is a neo-Nazi

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Daytona Beach – The man picked up by police on Daytona Beach for killing a print shop employee at a North Carolina community college says he’s a neo-Nazi who hates gay people.

Kenneth Morgan Stancil III told Raleigh’s WRAL-TV he killed Ron Lane because Lane had made sexual advances to Stancil’s 16-year-old brother. Lane’s cousin, Steven Smith, told that TV station that Lane never made sexual advances toward children or anyone he worked with.

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North Carolina man arrested in Daytona after killing gay man

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A man accused of killing a gay community college worker in North Carolina says the slain victim molested his relative and doing prison time is “the easy part.”

Kenneth Stancil made the unsolicited comments April 14 when he appeared before Judge Christopher Kelly in Daytona Beach. The judge warned Stancil he had the right to remain silent.

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Daytona man attacked for dressing as a woman

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Daytona – A Daytona man is calling for the arrest of a group of men who were caught on video beating him at a gas station while he was dressed as a woman.

William Jackson, the victim, said it started when he broke up a fight that his girlfriends had with other another group of girls. Thirty minutes later, a group of men beat him up at the Citgo on International Speedway Boulevard. Jackson said he wants the men found and arrested. As of press time, Daytona police said there have been no arrests in the case.

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