Picture with Santa Day – Toys for tots

By : Danny Garcia
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Stop by A Ruff Day Bark Club on December 7th with your family, friends, and pup(s) and get your picture taken with Santa!

Donate a toy of any value and place it in our Toys for Tots drop off box until December 15th and get your photo taken for free!

Watermark’s Holiday Guide 2019

By : Dylan Todd
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The holidays are in the air! From the Golden Gals to Holiday How-To’s, Watermark’s Holiday Guide 2019 has everything to keep you up to date this holiday season.

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Fit for Print: The warm familiarity of the rainbow flag

By : Steve Blanchard
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Recently, and for the first time in my life, I traveled to another country. My husband and I spent two weeks in Ireland, where we toured historic sites, drank plenty of Guinness and mingled with the locals in several of the country’s beautiful cities and towns. It was truly the trip of a lifetime and one I would do again in a heartbeat.

Ireland is a welcoming country and was the first country to legalize same-sex marriage by a popular vote back in 2015. Knowing that marriage equality was voted into place by the citizens of the country, I knew that we would be welcomed and respected as a couple. In fact, we didn’t see or hear any negativity toward the LGBTQ community during our travels.

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12.14.17 Publisher’s Desk

By : Rick Claggett
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Here we are in the thick of the holiday season. It’s sometimes hard to tell that the holidays are approaching in mid-Florida. There is so much to be done this time of year that the days fly by, and it doesn’t help when the weather is in the 70s and 80s. Luckily we are in what Floridians would call a “cold spell” right now, giving us a small taste of North Pole weather.

Christmas has become my favorite time of year. My fondest holiday memories are of when I was a kid. Christmas Eve was a special night for us. It was a night for the whole family to be together. We’d enjoy the lights my dad and uncles put up and snack all night on my mom’s famous date-nut bread. I was in charge of mixing the sherbet and ginger ale, a concoction I apparently couldn’t get enough of when I was young. When it got late, mom would tuck us into bed and read us Luke’s Christmas story from the Bible until we would fall asleep. Sometimes we were too excited so she’d have to read ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas as well. We’d wake up to a wonderland. I remember nothing but warmth, happiness and love. It was magical.

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Starbucks’ holiday campaign includes lesbian couple

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Starbucks is getting into the holiday spirit with an inclusive holiday campaign featuring a lesbian couple.

In the ad “Giving Good Starts with You,” a hand starts to illustrate doodles as the video reads “the holidays mean something different to everyone.”

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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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Watermark Holiday Giveaway: Win tickets to “A Drag Queen Christmas”

By : Jeremy Williams
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Deck the halls with belles in drag kween, FA-LA-LA-LA-LA-YA-AA-AA-AAAAAAASS!

Get ready for the contestants from RuPaul’s Drag Race to perform live on stage this holiday season in A Drag Queen Christmas. Season 8’s winner Bob the Drag Queen (hosting at the Straz Center in Tampa Dec. 27) and fan favorite Thorgy Thor on the violin (hosting at Plaza Live in Orlando Dec. 28) will be joined by Naomi Smalls, Chi Chi DeVayne, Trixie Mattel, Roxxxy Andrews, Tatianna, Milk and Pearl.

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Una Voce kicks off 15th season with “We Three Queens” holiday performance

By : Krista Di Tucci
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Join the men of Una Voce on Dec. 9 and 11 for their whimsical 15th season holiday performance, “We Three Queens.”

The show is a silly twist on the traditional Three Kings/Wise Men of Christmas. But instead of following the Star of David, the three “queens” – Goldie, Frankie and Murray – follow their own star, Beyonce.

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Watermark Giveaway: “A Marvelous Party : The Noël Coward Celebration” at The Winter Park Playhouse

By : Jeremy Williams
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Watermark is giving away a pair of tickets to see “A Marvelous Party : The Noël Coward Celebration” at The Winter Park Playhouse for any performance from Dec. 1-11.

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Noël Coward

You’re invited to a party as sparkling as a newly-popped bottle of champagne, a dazzling evening of ravishing melody and witty repartee! This effervescent musical revue is a lighthearted romp featuring thirty-three tunes and a bevy of sketches, anecdotes, writings and musings of the incomparable Noël Coward. Devised by David Ira Goldstein, Mark Anders and Patricia Wilcox with musical arrangements by Carl Danielsen.

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Radio City Music Hall attorneys send Wanzie cease and desist over “Christmas Spectacular”

By : Jamie Hyman
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When one sits in Parliament House’s Footlight Theatre and watches The Orange Blossom Trail Living Nativity Christmas Spectacular, featuring Blue Star’s naughty angel, a drag Joan Collins and three wise men pulled from the audience, usually still clutching their cocktails on stage… well. It is almost exactly being in New York City’s Radio City Music Hall, watching their annual Christmas Spectacular.

Except not at all. Too bad Radio City’s attorneys don’t agree, as they’ve sent Watermark columnist and Orange Blossom Trail Living Nativity Christmas Spectacular creator Michael Wanzie a cease and desist letter. 

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Montana governor expands discrimination ban

By : Wire Report
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BILLINGS, Montana — Montana’s governor has expanded prohibitions against discrimination in state employment and state contracts to include pregnancy, military service and gender identity.

Gov. Steve Bullock said in statement that he was honoring the principles of equality fought for by Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Screened Out – Trumbo

By : Stephen Miller
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Bryan Craston, Alan Tudyk, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, John Goodman, Louis C.K., Michael Stuhlbarg, David James Elliott, Robert Bart, Dean O’Gorman

Bryan Cranston got nominated Best Actor for playing Dalton Trumbo; he is better than this movie. Trumbo was the brilliant screenwriter who was blackballed in the 1950s as a Communist. Trumbo was also better than this, too. Trumbo wrote Spartacus, Papillon, Johnny Got His Gun, and the Oscar winners The Brave One and Roman Holiday.

It’s not just ironic, it’s somewhat sad that this script about a genius scriptwriter swings between good and awkward, blunt, and even boring. Only great acting raises this up.

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