Win tickets to see The Naked Magic Show in Tampa

By : Jeremy Williams
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Watermark is giving away a pair of tickets to see “Sleeves Up, Pants Down: The Naked Magic Show” at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa July 30.

To win, comment on this post and tell us what your favorite magic trick is.

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Win tickets to “Ragtime the Musical: In Concert”

By : Jamie Hyman
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Watermark is giving away 2 pairs of tickets to see Ragtime The Musical: In Concert, presented by Encore! at the Dr. Phillips Center, July 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Simply comment on this post and tell us your favorite Ragtime song.

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Win Orlando Pride Night tickets from Watermark!

By : Jamie Hyman
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Watermark is giving away a pair of tickets to Orlando Pride‘s Equality Night match on June 26! 

Your Orlando Pride will take on the Portland Thorns 5 p.m. at Camping World Stadium. Find out how to win after the jump: 

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Birth certificates will determine gender for student-athletes in Texas

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Austin (AP) – School superintendents in Texas have overwhelmingly approved a change that requires public school officials to use a birth certificate to determine a student-athlete’s gender.

A referendum ballot submitted to superintendents last month shows they voted 586 to 32 to amend University Interscholastic League rules when it comes to transgender athletes.

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Win a VIP Divas of Drag prize package from Watermark!

By : Jamie Hyman
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Watermark is giving away a VIP experience for Divas of Drag when the show hits House of Blues April 10!

Winners will receive dinner for two in the House of Blues restaurant, a pair of tickets for VIP Loge seats for the Divas of Drag show, and admission for two to the House of Blues Gospel Brunch. Find out how to win: 

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Sordid Lives creator Del Shores wants the dating world to know that it is hard out there for a “minor gay celebrity” in his 50s

By : Jeremy Williams
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Few filmmakers write LGBT stories with equal parts humor and heart and even fewer are able to take that story to cult status, but one who seems to do it with ease is Del Shores, writer/director of the successful 2000 cult film Sordid Lives. Shores is heading to The Cuban Club in Ybor with his one man show, SINgularly SORDID, where he talks about politics, religion and returning to the dating world after getting divorced in his 50s. Tinder and Grindr and Scruff, oh my! Shores was gracious enough to speak with Watermark ahead of his Tampa Bay show about Oscar diversity, election coverage and a much talked about sequel in the Sordid franchise.

SINgularlySORDID is your one man show that you are bringing to Tampa. What can we expect to see from you?
I always consider myself a storyteller or a humorist: I observe, I sometimes steal from my own life and other people’s lives and talk about it on stage. This piece has become very personal, because I have gone through a divorce in my 50s and getting back into the dating scene has been crazy, so a lot of that is the SINgularly Sordid part of this. I just tell tales about Leslie Jordan and Dolly Parton and people I have had encounters with, good and bad. I love politics and controversy. My dad was a Southern Baptist preacher, so we’ll cover religion.

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Watermark endorses Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential primary

By : Billy Manes
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The bluster was all there in Orlando on Feb. 17, as it typically is at Democratic political events held in union offices. There was a violinist, there were stilt-walkers and there were numerous names and faces often associated with the local liberal machine. There was also a cheering squad of three shouting things like, “When I say madam, you say president!” It was all in the name of advancing Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in Florida, of course. Clinton has been opening offices throughout the state in the past weeks, eliciting hyperbolic statements of support. When statements like, “She’s a hard-nosed candidate who can get things done,” are thrown around by union leaders, it’s hard not to notice.

The battle is on.

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India’s top court to re-examine gay rights

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NEW DELHI (AP) – India’s top court agreed to re-examine a colonial-era law Feb. 2 that makes homosexual acts punishable by up to a decade in prison.

The Supreme Court set up a five-judge panel to reconsider its 2013 ruling that only Parliament can change the 1861 law banning gay sex.

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Gay rights advocates say bill giving preference to heterosexual parents unconstitutional

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Salt Lake City (AP) – Legislation that would require Utah judges to favor heterosexual couples over same-sex couples in adoptions or foster care placements is blatantly unconstitutional and won’t hold up in court, according to gay rights advocates.

Rep. Kraig Powell, R-Heber City, said Jan. 29 that last year’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage doesn’t stop Utah from keeping a preference in state law that a child have a married mother and father.

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If Australians vote for same-sex marriage, the government will make it happen

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Melbourne, Australia (AP) – Australia’s prime minister is giving personal assurance that his government would legalize gay marriage if a majority of Australians choose marriage equality in a popular vote.

The center-right government has promised to hold a plebiscite on the gay marriage question if the government is re-elected in a vote due this year.

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Uprisings: The opposite of progress

By : Billy Manes
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UpRisings_TinaFeyWhat if somebody came up to your party (which, for now, we’ll call “your life”) and told you through his or her whitened teeth that all of the victories you’ve fought for, all of the freedoms promised to you by your own constitution in your own country, didn’t matter anymore? We know, we know: This is the same sweaty-pitted badminton argument that comes along with every legislative back-and-forth session, either state or national. Red! Blue! Green! Translucent! But what if those values were so fundamental that their rolling back might result in you rolling into a ball and effectively giving up? What if they would mean that you would be perpetually sick, poor, fired or allowed to die there right next to the decency twig you clung to.

There’s a certain hollowness that comes with these realizations, an identity crisis that sets you apart from what your therapist might call the “river” to which sides you are supposed to cling when you need to catch a breath in a pause in life. Has your chest ever ached with the breadth of absolute futility? Well, given the current climate of state legislators (and presidential candidates) parading a nihilistic Mardi Gras against the rights of women and LGBT people (sometimes both!), that ache should inspire you to do more.

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“Christmas Spectacular” update: Wanzie wins!

By : Jamie Hyman
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We recently reported that Watermark columnist and Orange Blossom Trail Living Nativity Christmas Spectacular creator Michael Wanzie received a cease and desist letter from attorneys for Radio City Music Hall, accusing him of infringing on their trademark of the phrase “Christmas Spectacular.”

Wanzie posted an update, that he’s been back and forth with the attorneys since, discussing the boundaries of satire and the legal battles he has fought (and won) regarding other parody productions. Find out what happened after the jump: 

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