Tropical States AAG Prelim

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Quench Lounge is honored to be the host venue for this prestigious competition. More info and details to come as we get closer to the date! Like and subscribe to all of our events to stay up to date and in the know!

GLAAD Media Awards honor Demi Lovato, Caitlyn Jenner

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – Demi Lovato and Caitlyn Jenner are among the recipients of the 27th GLAAD Media Awards.

The awards honor those who further GLAAD’s mission of ensuring that stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are heard through media outlets.

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Overheard in Orlando: New look for Headdress Ball

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A new Hope
Hope and Help’s Headdress Ball has announced their new theme and name for the upcoming fundraiser. Scheduled for September 17, 2016, LOVE Headdress Ball’s tickets are already available. The 27th annual fundraiser features over the top Las Vegas-style performances and incredible auctions all benefiting the Hope and Help Center. This year’s Headdress Ball will also be held at a new location: the World Center Marriott. Along with the new name and the new venue, Watermark has heard a rumor of a new look coming to the Hope and Help’s logo. Presently the new logo is currently under wraps but will most likely be revealed right before the upcoming AIDS Walk scheduled for April 16.

Drag is an art
Sanford’s Historic Downtown arts district became a total Drag on March 19 as they celebrated the first ever Art is a Drag! This was an interesting take on the typical art walk, replete with a twist, sashay and a fierce look! The walk included an art exhibit, artists sketching live models (who happened to be drag queens). A queen-for-a-day selfie station, gilded throne included and of course a Drag Transformation station, where make-up artists would turn the art lover into a queen that would rival any of the RuPaul Girls. No word yet when the 2017 Art is a Drag will return to Sanford, but we’re breaking in our heels just in case.

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GLAAD Media Awards handed out in New York

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NEW YORK (AP) – Kelly Ripa, John Oliver and Thomas Roberts are among the recipients of the 26th annual GLAAD Media Awards.

The awards honor those who further GLAAD’s mission of ensuring that stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are heard through media outlets.

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Zebra Coalition receives national awards

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Orlando – The Zebra Coalition received two national recognitions at the American Counseling Association’s 2015 Conference, which was held in Orlando this year at the Hyatt Regency Orlando.

The conference had its National Awards Ceremony on March 14, and Zebra Coalition was awarded $1,500 by the American Counseling Association (ACA) and its Human Rights Committee from the ACA Human Concerns Fund. The Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling (ALGBTIC), one of the 19 divisions of the ACA, also awarded and recognized Zebra Coalition for its work with LGBT youth, yet the amount of ALGBTIC’s award wasn’t available at press time.

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Words To Live By: Honored

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Rick Claggett

It was mid-November 2013 when Tom Dyer began the discussion with me that I might one day replace him as publisher of Watermark. A few happy expletives and a multitude of emotions flooded my thoughts. The most prevalent among them was “honored.”

I felt honored that the man by whose side I worked for more than 12 years trusted me with his baby, honored that the godfather of gay royalty had chosen me to carry out his legacy, and honored that I would get to work closely with this community in telling the story of our ongoing, yet-to-be-written history.

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