Shawn Mendes opens up about the stress of gay rumors

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Singer Shawn Mendes got candid about the stress the public’s interest in his private life has caused him specifically about “this massive, massive thing for the last five years about me being gay.”

The 20-year-old singer spoke with Rolling Stone on the pressure he’s felt to “prove” he’s not gay.

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South Florida gay man claims Lyft driver pulled gun, shouted homophobic slurs

By : Jaime Donelson
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MIAMI | A South Florida gay man is claiming his Lyft driver pulled a gun on him and shouted homophobic slurs while he was on the way to a friend’s office in downtown Miami Nov. 15, according to NBC 6.

After placing two large boxes in the back seat of the Lyft driver’s car, Andres Berreondo says he sat in the passenger seat next to the driver.

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Issue 25.23: Pursuing Passion

By : Jake Stevens
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Two inspiring individuals prove leaving the corporate world can really pay off, voters elect a more liberal, progressive Central Florida, EPIC Generations coalition forms to support aging LGBTQ community, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Watermark’s Holiday Guide 2018

By : Jake Stevens
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Once again, it’s here, it’s queer, and FULL of holiday cheer! Read our best holiday guide yet!

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California man pleads not guilty in killing of gay student

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SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) | A Southern California man pleaded not guilty Nov. 9 to the murder of a gay University of Pennsylvania student in a hate crime.

Samuel Woodward, a 21-year-old from Newport Beach, California, entered the plea during a hearing in Orange County Superior Court.

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Issue 25.22: Blue Wave, Red Tide

By : Jake Stevens
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Equality focused organizations, candidates and voters hope to tun the tide November 6, the LGBT+ Center of Central Florida celebrates 40 years with a Studio 54-inspired party, breast cancer survivor confronted at Bucs game, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Yara Shahidi urges fight against ‘identity blind narrative’

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LOS ANGELES (AP)| Yara Shahidi brought the crowd to its feet at the GLSEN Respect Awards as she warned against an “identity blind narrative” in the struggle for acceptance of all.

“We should all feel deserved and supported in expressing our right to being our whole selves, limited by nothing regardless of ethnicity, gender, identity, sexuality, ability, religion or any other identity that we choose,” the 18-year-old “grown-ish” actress said Oct. 19 at a ceremony in Beverly Hills, California. “More than that, the common spaces we must maneuver through should be safe spaces in which our presence and existence are inherently valued.”

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Issue 25.21: This is Halloween

By : Jake Stevens
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Central Florida and Tampa Bay prep to eat, drink and be scary, Metro relaunches St. Pete Welcome Center, new children’s book explains Pulse tragedy to kids, One Orlando Alliance announces new executive director, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Watermark’s Sarasota Living with Pride

By : Jake Stevens
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Find all the greatest spots in Sarasota for arts and entertainment, dining, nightlife and much, much more!

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Issue 25.20: Matthew’s Legacy

By : Jake Stevens
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20 years after his tragic death, Watermark remembers Matthew Shepard and the work done in his name, Come Out With Pride keeps Orlando dancing at Saturday parade, festival, Come OUT St. Pete returns with inaugural parade in second Pride-filled year, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Orlando 7-Eleven employee accused of attacking customer for being gay

By : Jaime Donelson
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ORLANDO | Orlando resident John Richards took to Twitter Sept. 27 claiming he and his friends were assaulted in a hate crime perpetrated by an employee at a downtown 7-Eleven late evening on Sept. 26.

Richards, in an email to Watermark, says he and five friends attend an art show in Downtown Orlando and, on the way back to their car, decided to stop in the 7-Eleven located at 124 W Pine St. Downtown Orlando to purchase drinks and use the restroom.

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Issue 25.19: Local Love

By : Jake Stevens
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Lakeland filmmaker brings ‘At the End of the Day’ to Tampa Bay International Gay and Lesbian Film Fest 29, The Reformation Project hosts sixth national LGBTQ Inclusion Conference in downtown Orlando, Pasco Pride holds inaugural festival, first in Pasco County, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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