Parliament House was the place to be this Halloween

By : Danny Garcia
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Our previous issue said it best, Halloween is like our Gay Christmas! The crowds at the Parliament House Resort packed the courtyard with some of the most epic costumes this side of Halloweentown on Saturday, Oct. 28. Surely, the huge cash prizes has nothing to do with it, right?

The ghouls and goblins alike lined up for the big prized money, despite the wet weather. The big winner was Game of Thrones‘ Jon Snow riding a dragon that blew out actual smoke.

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‘Mean Girls’ star Jonathan Bennett reveals he’s dating TV host Jaymes Vaughan

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Mean Girls” star Jonathan Bennett has gone public with his relationship with “Celebrity Page” host Jaymes Vaughan.

Despite rumors swirling around his sexuality, Bennett has remained close-lipped until now. Bennett has been posting numerous photos of himself with Vaughan letting it be known the two are a couple.

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Why is Halloween like Gay Christmas?

By : Scottie Campbell
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History probably gives us some insight. Halloween is rooted in religion, but those origins are a convoluted mixture of Christian observances and pagan rituals.

The LGBTQ community’s relationship with religion has historically been, and continues to be, tenuous; maybe we recognize ourselves to that aspect of the October 31 celebration. Halloween is generally considered a decadent holiday so much so that Christian bloggers suggest alternatives like, we kid you not, a Reformation Day Party. (One such blogger inexplicably suggests a Noah’s Ark Party as an alternative to trick-or-treating. Now that just screams: “I need gay friends!”)

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Ladyfingers: Spine-chilling buzz kill

By : Sabrina Ambra
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‘Tis the season for scary stories, I hear. Somewhere between the “Dr. Feltersnatch” OBGYN costume and the human skull beer funnel is the timeless Halloween tradition of inducing panic through the telling of horrifying tales.

They are passed down from generation to generation and then, at some point, from generation to Internet where they will live forever alongside funny cat videos and 2 Girls, 1 Cup. It’s like the circle of life, but with scat. That being said, I think there’s no better time than now to hunker down and write my very own frightening tale. And by write, I mean type “www.WikiHow.com” into the address bar. I would be doing a disservice if I didn’t mention that my address bar auto-filled the page for WikiHow: To Get Down From a Bad High (long story, short: Molly from Manhattan is NOT your friend).

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10.19.17 Publisher’s Desk

By : Rick Claggett
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We are nearing the end of Pride season; Oct. 21 marks bi-coastal celebrations in Volusia County and Sarasota, and we close with Sanford Pride Nov. 5. As the Pride door shuts the holiday door swings open.

You can always tell when the holidays are coming, and I include Halloween as the official kickoff to the end of year holiday extravaganza. Pumpkin spice is everywhere, people are complaining that Christmas trees are already on sale and the temperature drops from a balmy 98 degrees to a cool 92. Ah yes, fall in Florida. There really is nowhere I’d rather be. I’m so basic that I love everything pumpkin, it’s never too early for tree shopping and nothing is better than warm weather. Fall is arguably the best time of the year.

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Issue 24.23: Deck The Hallows

By : Jake Stevens
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Why is Halloween like gay Christmas? Eric Rollings announces his run for Orange County Commissioner, Annie Hiotis joins EQFL board, local news, celebrity interviews, and much, much more!

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High Fidelity: The summer of single

By : Miguel Fuller
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The summer of single is officially over. Well, according to the calendar of the Gods we technically still have a while before summer is officially over. But after Labor Day weekend, our minds shift to pumpkin spice lattes and figuring out how much weight we can lose to get into a slutty Halloween costume. That’s directly followed by figuring out how much weight is socially acceptable to gain during the Thanksgiving season. I digress.

The summer of single is officially over. For most of 2017 I have written in Watermark about my breakup, my foils and fumbles of dating and my use of gay dating apps. You know, those apps that we single people delete and then re-download every other week. I do it as well; you are not alone. 

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: All Hallows invitations are out and hate groups close to home

By : Anonymous
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TAMPA BAY READIES FOR ALL HALLOWS

Whispers on the wind and secrets in the shadows (okay, emails) have indicated that the invitations for Tampa Bay’s 41st Annual All Hallows’ Ball will soon be mailed, revealing the by-invitation-only event’s theme in the process.

The celebrated not-for-profit Halloween party, organized by a secretive group of locals and spearheaded by a friendly neighborhood “ghost” known only as Casper, will hold this year’s party at the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in mid-October. (We’d give you more information, but we’re not sure Casper would appreciate it. No one wants to anger a ghost.)

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All Hallows brought out all the ghost and goblins for the 40th anniversary Masquerade Ball

By : Jeremy Williams
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TAMPA – The Halloween season kicked off in a yuuuge way with the annual All Hallows’ Masquerade Ball at the Museum of Science and Industry Oct. 15.

Hundreds of people filled the museum dressed in every costume imaginable as All Hallows celebrated their 40th anniversary with the theme Ruby Red.

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Adam Lambert gives a first look at Eddie in FOX’s ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’

By : Jeremy Williams
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Hot Patootie, bless our souls!

We admit to being a bit skeptical about this Science Fiction, Remade Feature from FOX, but after seeing Adam Lambert in his Eddie getup we are more intrigued now.

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Spooky Empire brings out scares and stars for thirteenth year of Ultimate Halloween Weekend

By : Jeremy Williams
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It’s that time of year again when the Cineplexes will be filled with scary movies, the Burger King’s will be overrun by black bun Whoppers and, for Central Florida, Spooky Empire will roll in with a fright-filled weekend of all things horror, sci-fi and fantasy with the Ultimate Halloween Weekend.

Spooky’s Ultimate Halloween Weekend will be at the Hyatt Regency on I-Drive Oct. 30- Nov. 1 and in proper scary fashion, is celebrating its 13th year of horror conventioning with the biggest stars yet.

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Issue 21.23: Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center

By : Jake Stevens
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A peek behind the curtain: The Dr. Phillips Center brings Orlando’s arts into the 21st century with its grand opening this month, Inside: Our Annual Holiday Guide, MBA fires Orlando Pride director, suspends board, LGBT Welcome Center opens in St. Pete, Scott edges out Crist in governor’s race, local news, celebrity interviews, and much, much more!

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