Watermark Year in Review: October 2015

By : Jamie Hyman, Billy Manes and Jeremy Williams
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Cindy Barnes is a woman who knows how to leave on a high note. After six years as chairwoman of Sarasota Pride, in 2015 Barnes announced she’s stepping down as the successful event’s big cheese.

Come Out With Pride caps a comeback year with a vibrant, crowded, but well-organized event. After the firing of COWP’s executive director in late 2014, the Pride committee worked overtime in overdrive to ensure that 2015 Orlando Pride would do Orlando proud. Mission accomplished.

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My View From A Broad: Hallmark Cards Should Thank Me

By : Jill Shargaa
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JillShargaaCapI love giving cards. I love receiving cards. I can spend 45 minutes standing in the card aisle at Walgreens, Publix or Target and open, read and search for just the right card to send to someone. Yes, I could go home and design one. I’ve done that too, but there’s something about the hunting, the gathering. All that.

When you receive a card in the mail, I’ll bet it’s the first thing you open. Be honest. It is for me. Someone took a pen and wrote my address on it, they put a stamp on it, and they mailed it. It’s the human touch that still makes us happy or connected and alive. Sometimes I keep the card; sometimes it goes in the trash after I’ve read it, or gets displayed on my kitchen counter for a few days. Maybe it’s a girl thing. Mom taught my sister and me to always send a thank you card to the person who gave you a gift or invited you to something. At the time, it felt like a chore, but I am so grateful now for the lesson. (Should I send Mom a thank you card?)

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Opening ceremonies to the Sisters’ Conclave

By : Danny Garcia
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Opening ceremonies for the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence’s Conclave were hosted by the Orlando Sisters and the Parliament House on March 19.

The beginning  service was the ceremonial  mixing of the glitter. Each sister representing their order would mix the glitter all together for the blessing and, once mixed, took some back for their Sisters.

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Screened Out: A Legendary Start to Summer

By : Stephen Miller
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Starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoë Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch, Peter Weller

Starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoë Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch, Peter Weller

The thrilling Into Darkness proves that J.J. Abrams is the right director to helm this franchise (as well as his recently assigned takeover of Star Wars). This is a big, overly complicated popcorn movie-a well-deserved action thriller with some of pop culture’s most beloved characters.

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Rollins remembers suicide victims on Day of Silence

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If Carl Walker-Hoover were alive he would have turned 16 this week and probably looked forward to getting his driver’s license. Instead, the Massachusetts middle-school student took his own life in 2009 after enduring daily taunts for being gay.

Walker-Hoover was one of 16 young people honored today at “Voices for the Silenced” at Rollins College. Hosted by Spectrum, the college’s LGBTQQIPAA Alliance (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning, pansexual, ally), the event brought dozens of people together for the International Day of Silence, which commemorates the epidemic of LGBT suicides from bullying.

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