New LGBTQ dive bar opening in Orlando’s Milk District

By : Lora Korpar
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ORLANDO | If you are someone who appreciates a good dive bar, then the team behind Southern Nights Orlando and Southern Craft has something right up your alley.

District Dive is opening in Orlando’s Milk District at 2401 E. South St. and is nestled in between your two favorite Southern establishments.

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Equality Florida Action PAC endorses Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer for re-election

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | Equality Florida Action PAC endorsed the re-election of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer in a Facebook post Aug. 22.

“Equality Florida Action PAC is proud to endorse Mayor Buddy Dyer – a champion for our LGBTQ community,” the organization posted.

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Watermark’s Wedding Bells: Bill and Ed Bohannon-Dobski

By : Marianella Falbo
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“Trixie, what do you want for 2018?” That is the question that started it all for Bill and Ed Bohannon-Dobski.

Bill was watching his Facebook friend’s live video on New Year’s Eve 2017. In the video, Ed was asked that very question and his response was “a boyfriend would be nice.”

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Microsoft to reassess PAC money for anti-LGBTQ lawmakers

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Microsoft last week became the first of 49 LGBTQ supportive corporations identified by a new LGBTQ group as collectively contributing millions of dollars through their Political Action Committees to members of Congress with the “worst of the worst” anti-LGBTQ records, to consider halting those contributions.

The new group, Zero for Zeros, identifies itself as a campaign aimed at persuading the nation’s most prominent and well-known pro-LGBTQ corporations to stop a seemingly contradictory practice of giving PAC money to the re-election campaigns of members of Congress who oppose and undermine the LGBTQ supportive policies that corporations like Microsoft say they support.

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Wisconsin prison warden posts memes comparing rainbow flag to Confederate flag, Muslims to garbage

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Richard Schneiter, deputy warden. (Photo from Wisconsin Department of Corrections)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) | A Wisconsin prison official has been posting Facebook memes comparing Muslim children to garbage and flying the LGBTQ rainbow flag with flying the Confederate flag.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Deputy Warden Richard Schneiter in June posted a meme of two black garbage bags next to a Muslim woman and child in black burqas and a caption saying the woman had three beautiful children.

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Central Florida singer-songwriter Billy Mick releases new single ‘Flesh and Bone’

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | Central Florida singer-songwriter Billy Mick released the first single from his upcoming debut album on YouTube July 1.

The song, titled “Flesh and Bone,” is an upbeat track preaching tolerance, acceptance and understanding.

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Florida House candidate Elizabeth McCarthy’s credibility questioned

By : Jeremy Williams
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SANFORD, Fla. | Elizabeth McCarthy—the openly LGBTQ, Democratic candidate running for Florida House District 28, whose full legal name is Catherine Elizabeth McCarthy—has come under fire for inconsistencies about her past, most notably her claims of working as a cardiologist at Orlando Regional Medical Center on June 12, 2016 after the Pulse tragedy.

Florida Politics reported June 15, when confronted about the inconsistencies, McCarthy insisted that “Yes, I am a doctor” and “Yes, I did work the night of Pulse.”

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Facebook bans Milo Yiannopoulos, Alex Jones and other far-right extremists

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Facebook has banned some prominent far-right extremists including Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos, Laura Loomer, Louis Farrakhan, Pete Nehlen, Paul Joseph Watson and others for being “dangerous” and violating the company’s policies on hate speech and violence, the company announced on Thursday. The ban includes Instagram which is owned by Facebook.

Jones, Yiannopoulos, Watson, Loomer, Nehlen, and Farrakhan have all had their personal accounts removed as well as fan pages and groups affiliated with them. Jones’ website Info Wars has also been banned. Any user or group that shares InfoWars content will have the content removed. After multiple violations, the account posting the content will be banned.

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Take the 2019 LGBTQ community survey and have your voice heard

By : Watermark Staff
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Want to help out your LGBTQ community and get the chance to win $50? Of course you do! All you have to do is take part in the 13th Annual LGBTQ Community Survey.

Participation in this survey gives important feedback to our LGBTQ community media and organizations, and provides valid data to companies interested in serving our community, sponsoring our charities and supporting their LGBTQ employees. Last year’s survey yielded 45,000 respondents from 150 countries!

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The Center announces its 2019 Board of Directors

By : Amanda Espinosa
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ORLANDO | The LGBT+ Center Orlando announced its 2019 Board of Directors via Facebook on March 12.

Roxy Santiago, who has been a member of The Center’s Board of Directors for two years, was named board president. Santiago is also a member of the Human Rights Campaign in Orlando.

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Central Florida LGBTQ homeless coalition offers foster parenting informational sessions

By : Abigail Brashear
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The Zebra Coalition, a Central Florida-based network of organizations that provide aid to LGBTQ youth, is offering foster parenting informational sessions for those who are wondering how to become a foster parent. 

Robin Daily, community engagement and coalition manager of the Zebra Coalition, said during these informational sessions, staff from the Zebra Coalition and their partners Devereux and Embrace Families, as well as current foster families, will answer any questions that attendees might have about the process. 

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Melbourne police make arrest in faked bomb threat called into Space Coast no-labels bar

By : Lauren Lee
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WEST MELBOURNE, Fla. | The West Melbourne Police Department announced Feb. 4 that the individual who called in a bomb threat to Twisted Rooster, a no-labels bar in Melbourne, has been arrested.

The caller, identified by police as 18-year-old Randolph Goodwin, contacted Twisted Rooster on Jan. 31 at 4:45 p.m., asked if the business was open yet and if it was a gay bar.

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