Queerly Beloved: When “No” is the Greatest Gift

By : Rev. Jakob Hero-Shaw
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It’s a painful reality that “the most wonderful time of the year” is often quite brutal. We get invited to events and parties and told to leave the essence of ourselves behind. Nothing says “happy holidays” like the reification of gender norms. Heteronormativity appears to be at the center of our holiday celebrations, whether of the religious or secular variety. Just because something is expected to be a certain way, does not mean it is right.

There is nothing sacred or holy that sets heterosexuality and gender normativity above queerness. We have been taught so many lies about ourselves, eventually we start to believe them. This is the time of year when self-doubt can run wild. Somewhere between the cheerful music and the shopping we can easily lose our resolve.

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48th Annual Fall Fiesta in the Park

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300 fine artists & crafters, live entertainment, food vendors, kid zone.

#LoveHandlin: Family

By : Jerick Mediavilla
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Everywhere I’ve been in my life—every memory filled with laughter, companionship and solidarity—has been defined by family. From my own family in Puerto Rico, to the families that have cared for me in D.C., Mexico City and now Orlando, to the co-workers I spend so much time with; they have shown me the true magic that two or more people loving each other can create.

It is an insuperable feeling when in hard times, sickness or peril someone from your family circle comes to the rescue, calls you or even texts you. It is our innate response to always be available to others, especially those we have grown up with, shared a life-changing moment with, those we have decided to marry or those who are brought to this earth as our children. I am sure that as your read these lines, many people come to mind, along with flashbacks of those milestones that have defined your relationships to them.

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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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Fostering with Pride Reception

By : Danny Garcia
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We hope that you will join us for the first ever “Fostering with Pride” reception on June 20th, 6:00 pm at The Center.  You can expect a casual networking reception (with appetizers and beer/wine) and brief introduction to how we can become champions for LGBTQ+ and other children served by Embrace Families.

Your invitation and RSVP details appear below.  Time is tight so please RSVP today to events@embracefamilies.org.  Hope to see you there!

*FREE Parking available at ADDITION FINANCIAL, 947 N Mills Ave, Orlando, FL 32803

The Last Page with Sylvie Griffiths

By : Rick Claggett
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What kind of writing do you do for Watermark?

I write a viewpoint column focusing on special interests. My writing blossomed from being urged by a close friend and mentor to write a blog about my family. This process led to the connection to Watermark and the rest is serendipity.

When did you develop a passion for writing?

I remember loving writing in elementary school when all my friends were complaining about having to write. I just assumed this was another way I was a nerd, but my true love comes from my mother. She wanted to be a writer professionally, studied literature and imparted her love of reading to me.

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Fit to Print: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

By : Steve Blanchard
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Christmastime is my second favorite time of the year. My favorite holiday has always been Halloween, but all of the cliches during “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” put me in the jolly spirit every November and December.

I enjoy shopping for gifts (which may be in large part to the miracle that is online retailers), spending time with those closest to me and I am always proud to have one of the brightest homes on the block. I feel like I’m finally the adult that I always wanted to be.

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Hansel & Gretel

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Hansel & Gretel is an operatic retelling of the Grimm fairy tale, with a lush score and charming characters. Enjoy this perfect holiday treat for the family.

Performance will run approximately ninety minutes with no intermission.

Hansel & Gretel

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Hansel & Gretel is an operatic retelling of the Grimm fairy tale, with a lush score and charming characters. Enjoy this perfect holiday treat for the family.

Performance will run approximately ninety minutes with no intermission.

Hansel & Gretel

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Hansel & Gretel is an operatic retelling of the Grimm fairy tale, with a lush score and charming characters. Enjoy this perfect holiday treat for the family.

Performance will run approximately ninety minutes with no intermission.

Watermark’s Wedding Bells: Kathleen Harper and Keith Sadler

By : Aaron Drake
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“We first met through a mutual friend that was living with me in Park Central,” Keith Sadler shares about first meeting his new wife, Kathleen Harper. “He had brought Kathleen over to the condo but he had to leave, so we proceeded to hang out, eat pork tenderloins, crush beers and binge “South Park.” We didn’t hang out again after that, but remained Facebook friends for the next five years.”

“After becoming friends on Facebook, sharing music links and randomly seeing each other out places, we finally had an actual date three years ago,” Kathleen says. “It was thanks to Tinder that we reconnected.”

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Space Coast Pride kicks off 11th year with week full of events

By : Christen Kelley
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MELBOURNE, Fla. | Space Coast Pride is expanding its festival for the first time in its 11-year history to include a full week of events.

SCP President Cortney Thompson says this year’s event is bigger than ever, with double the number of marathon runners and festival vendors.

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