Issue 26.14: Reading Rainbows

By : Dylan Todd
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Reading Rainbows – Drag Queen Story Hours enchant Central Florida and Tampa Bay, “Newsies” comes to Osceola Arts, and Tampa hosts statewide LGBTA Caucus, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Youth Pride Prom 2019

By : KathleenHarper
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Join us for Zebra Coalition’s first ever Youth Pride Prom for youth ages 14-20 on Saturday, June 22 at the Orlando Museum of Art from 6-10 pm. There will be drag performers, a lip syncing contest, lite bites, photo area and lots of prizes!

Public pressure prompts Ohio library to cancel LGBTQ event

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NEWARK, Ohio (AP) | Public opposition that included Ohio’s Republican House speaker has prompted a county library outside Columbus to cancel an LGBTQ program for teens.

The Newark Advocate reports the Friday event at the Licking County Library in Newark was scheduled ahead of the city’s Pride festival next weekend. It was supposed to feature a tutorial on drag queen makeup, crafts, games and a safe sex program.

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‘Dirtwoman’ lives on through documentary coming to Florida Film Festival

By : Abigail Brashear and Amanda Espinosa
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Running for mayor, defecating in the back of a police car, mud wrestling and helping to raise tens of thousands of dollars for food banks: Donnie Corker, otherwise known as Dirtwoman, did it all.

Corker, who was a drag icon in Virginia’s LGBTQ community, is known for his outrageous attitude, raunchy acts and kind heart. The 350 lb. legend earned the nickname ‘Dirtwoman’ after a particularly interesting incident.

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Colorado Archbishop calls out Catholic school for supporting student drag show

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DENVER (AP) | The Catholic archbishop of Denver called out a local Jesuit-Catholic university’s provost for encouraging faculty to attend a student drag show.

The Denver Post reports Regis University Provost Janet Houser urged teachers to attend the show as a way of supporting LGBTQ students. Houser also suggested they avoid language that reinforces the gender binary — including saying “ladies and gentlemen.”

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PHOTOS: Sanford Pride brings rainbows and clear skies for weekend festival

By : Jeremy Williams
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SANFORD, Fla. | The weather was perfect for the third annual Sanford Pride festival held in downtown Sanford Nov. 3.

Attendees were treated to live entertainment, food trucks, drag performances and a city proclamation from the Mayor of Sanford.

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06.28.18 Tampa Bay Bureau Chief’s Desk

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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You can ask any of my friends or family, here at Watermark or otherwise, and they’ll tell you it’s no secret that I love drag.

I don’t do it myself, given my penchant for facial hair and the amount of foam it would take to give me a proper backside, but it’s something I’ve respected for most of my life. It’s a love and respect that began in 1996.

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Parliament House kicks off Gay Days with traditional PI@PH

By : Danny Garcia
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The world famous Parliament House got its Gay Days started with its PI @ PH celebration.

P House’s annual tradition featured amazing drag performances, the hottest music and a fantastic show from Hamburger Mary’s Broadway Brunch Bunch.

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Drag superstar Bianca Del Rio offers up her own brand of guidance in a new advice book

By : Gregg Shapiro
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When I first heard that Bianca Del Rio had written a book, in true Bianca Del Rio fashion I thought, “Wrote a book? I didn’t even know she could read a book!” Cue the laughs.

Undoubtedly the greatest success story that “RuPaul’s Drag Race” ever launched out of the starting gate, Del Rio consistently sells out concert venues for her live shows, has graced the silver screen in “Hurricane Bianca” and its new sequel “Hurricane Bianca: From Russia With Hate” and now has a new book of advice, “Blame It On Bianca Del Rio: The Expert On Nothing With An Opinion On Everything“ to her name.

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Arrest made in D.C. gay murder

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Sean Anderson was shot to death on March 24. Photo courtesy MPD.

D.C. police announced on Monday that they have arrested a 35-year-old District man for the March 24 shooting death of Sean Anderson, 48, who was found dead in an apartment at the Marbury Plaza Apartments on Good Hope Rd, S.E. in Anacostia.

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: Sashay Away

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Hamburger Mary’s Tampa has filed a motion to dismiss the legal complaint filed by Colorado resident Neldin Molina seeking $1.5 million in compensatory damages from the popular eatery and drag performer “Amanda D’Hod.”

According to paperwork filed in mid-February, Molina’s lawsuit alleges that she was injured by the performer’s breasts during a dinner in 2015, though it notes “Amanda D’Hod” may not be the performer’s name. It further asserts that she wasn’t warned by the entertainment eatery about the evening’s drag performances, and argues that as a result she now faces morbidity, mortality and chronic non-malignant pain from the alleged incident.

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2018 WAVE Awards Spotlight: Alexis De La Mer

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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TAMPA BAY’S FAVORITE LOCAL PERFORMER: DRAG, WHO SHOULD BE ON THE COVER OF WATERMARK’S WAVES ISSUE

“Coming from New York, my drag is a little outrageous and a little more colorful than most of the drag queens in the Tampa Bay area,” Alexis De La Mer says. “Drag is an art form to me.”

The queen’s name stems from her favorite soap opera Dynasty, and in particular its character Alexis Carrington. “She was always dressed up in beautiful evening gowns and business suits with furs,” De La Mer says, “and dripping in jewelry. She always had a beautiful, hot young man by her side… I said, ‘I want to be just like her.’”

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