Watermark’s 2017 Ultimate LGBTQ Anthem – Final Four

By : Jeremy Williams
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The best things come in fours: The Beatles, the Gospels, the seasons, the number of letters in the best words; and now we have our “March Fabness” Final Four on our way to find out the Ultimate LGBTQ Anthem. The best of the best.

Our last round saw us lose the remaining male-sung anthems leaving our Final Four to be either female solo singers or all-female groups. Sorry George Michael, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis but the only men left in this competition are the ones raining down in The Weather Girls’ anthem, Hallelujah!

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Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber among final four choices to host 2018 NGLCC Convention

By : Alexis Vilaboy
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TAMPA – The Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber of Commerce will know by mid-April if Tampa will play host to the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 convention.

The annual gathering, which (if chosen) would takes place Aug. 7-10, 2018 in Tampa, is the world’s largest LGBTQ business development event and brings thousands of visitors and millions of dollars to the host city.

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Overheard in Tampa Bay

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Buckhorn urges NCAA to return in 2016

The NCAA women’s tournament has come and gone through Tampa (it was held April 3-5) but Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn saw an opportunity to keep it another year. The LGBT friendly mayor addressed a letter to NCAA president Mark Emmert on April 2 encouraging the organization to pull the 2016 tournament out of Indiana and return it to Tampa. “A championship host city should reflect that spirit of sport. Championship games held in the state of Indiana with the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in effect can no longer do so. I encourage you to relocate the 2016 Women’s Final Four to Tampa from Indianapolis.” Tampa is already slated to host the 2019 tournament. No word on if the NCAA will take Buckhorn up on his 2016 offer.

Leslie Jordan booked for Polk Pride

He goes by many names—Beverly Leslie, Brother Boy. But the Emmy Award-winning actor Leslie Jordan rarely needs an introduction to LGBTs. Jordan will launch Polk Pride 2015 on June 19 with a performance at the Polk Theatre in Lakeland. The openly gay actor has been a staple on the comedy circuit for years and an icon ever since his “Brother Boy” role in the film Sordid Lives. Tickets start at $32.50 and are available through PolkTheatre.org.

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