07.11.19 Central Florida Bureau Chief’s Desk

By : Jeremy Williams
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Anyone who is involved in the LGBTQ community can tell you June is a busy month, especially this past June. Not only was it LGBTQ Pride month, which ushered in a month full of Pride festivals, parades and parties; but it also began with the inaugural Red Shirt Pride Days which gave way to the three-year mark of the Pulse tragedy and concluded with the 50th anniversary of The Stonewall Inn riots and WorldPride in New York.

I didn’t make it to WorldPride, but many LGBTQ Central Floridians did and, from what I saw on social media, they represented us all proudly. While watching parts of the all-day parade online I couldn’t help but wonder what life was like 50 years ago. With the cheers of millions of people in the streets of New York in the background, I pulled out my phone and Googled “1969.”

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07.11.19 Tampa Bay Bureau Chief’s Desk

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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In 1905, Sigmund Freud coined the term “childhood amnesia.” It describes the inability of adults to recall our earliest memories, a phenomenon that psychologists continue to research today.

One study found that few adults can remember anything that happened in our lives before the age of three—go on, try it—and determined that memories begin fading at age seven. Research has also shown that emotions play a role in storing our memories and that at a certain age our experiences become more meaningful to us, leading to stronger recall.

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Drag Queen Story Hour comes to life with Gidget Galore at The LGBT+ Center in Orlando

By : Lauren Lee
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ORLANDO | Central Florida drag queen Gidget Galore was not on her usual stage March 21 at The LGBT+ Center in Orlando, but instead sat in a circle with nearly 20 children reading stories to them.

“I look like a clown. I’m big, bright, sparkly and colorful and kids love it,” says Galore. “I have been looking forward to this since [we did it at] the Kids Fringe Festival and George [Wallace, The Center’s executive director] asked, and I said ‘Yes, this is for me!'”

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2019 Watermark WAVE Awards: Editorial Picks

By : Watermark Staff
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Every year, we ask the LGBTQ community of Central Florida and Tampa Bay to tell us who they think are the best of the best in dozens of categories in Watermark’s Awards for Variety and Excellence (WAVEs) and every year they pick the most amazing people, groups, places, things and organizations both areas have to offer.

While we are on board for every one of their picks, the editorial team here at Watermark has a few of our favorite things that we love to tell people about. So below we offer you our 2019 WAVE Editorial Picks.

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Drag queens may read to kids at a Louisiana library

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A Louisiana library has agreed to let Drag Queen Story Time take place in one of its meeting rooms, the ACLU of Louisiana said.

The Lafayette Public Library said in a statement emailed Jan. 4 that any group following its meeting room guidelines and patron behavior policy may use meeting rooms.

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10.18.18 Tampa Bay Bureau Chief’s Desk

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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I was recently confronted by a woman wearing one of the most disturbing masks I’d ever seen, at least up close.

I’ve seen some frightening things in my time. I’ve trudged through Howl-O-Scream, I’ve watched this administration fill Supreme Court vacancies and I’m from Ohio. But this was different.

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Tense debate at library board over Drag Queen Story Hour

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LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) | A Louisiana library’s plans to host a “Drag Queen Story Hour” have led to sometimes tense debates at local government meetings.

The Lafayette Public Library’s Board of Control heard from opponents and supporters of the planned Oct. 6 program.

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City considers resolution critical of Drag Queen Story Hour

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LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) | Two members of the governing council in a Louisiana city are pushing a resolution critical of their local library’s plan to host a “Drag Queen Story Hour.”

The resolution by Lafayette City-Parish Councilmen Jared Bellard and William Theriot is to be considered by the council on September 18. 

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Drag Queen Story Hour is teaching kids about gender fluidity, acceptance

By : Layla Ferris
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Drag Queen Story Hour is teaching children throughout the nation about gender fluidity.

The 45-minute program is led by a drag queen who is trained by children’s librarians to read picture books, sing and guide children through craft activities, according to the New York Public Library website.

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