The 2019 WAVE Awards: Tampa Bay

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FAVORITE LOCAL POLITICIAN
First: Rick Kriseman, St. Petersburg Mayor
Second: Bob Buckhorn, Tampa Mayor
Third: Jennifer Webb, Florida House Representative – District 69

FAVORITE LOCAL ACTIVIST
First: Nadine Smith, Equality Florida
Second: Todd Richardson, Equality Florida
Third: Nancy Desmond, PFLAG

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PHOTOS: Watermark’s Swipe Right Party Tampa Bay 2019

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ST. PETERSBURG | Watermark celebrated love and the release of our second annual Most Eligible Singles issue with our latest Tampa Bay Swipe Right Party held at G St Pete Feb. 7.

The LGBTQ singles mixer featured several of Tampa Bay’s most eligible singles with light bites provided by Iberian Rooster. Attendees were given bracelets representing if they were looking or taken, with blue indicating they were looking for individuals who identify as male, purple for individuals who identify as female and yellow for individuals who identify as non-binary. Orange represented those who were taken and celebrants were free to wear as many as they felt appropriately expressed themselves. Check out some of our photos below.

Photos by Dylan Todd, Russ Martin.

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06.14.18 Tampa Bay Bureau Chief’s Desk

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We live in an age where it can be easy to forget your pride. The White House certainly does. Even with orange prominently displayed in our flag, the current administration declined to issue a proclamation acknowledging LGBTQ Americans for the second year in a row.

The Pentagon followed suit, opting for the first time since the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” to not formally acknowledge LGBTQ Pride Month. It was a bold reflection of the administration’s ever-looming transphobic military policies.

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2018 WAVE Awards Spotlight: Iberian Rooster

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TAMPA BAY’S FAVORITE LGBTQ-FRIENDLY STRAIGHT BAR/CLUB

Russell Andrade introduced the Portugese fusion restaurant and speakeasy Iberian Rooster to St. Petersburg in November 2016 with a clear purpose.

“Everyone was afraid of what was going to happen,” Ana Corsi-Travali, the location’s catering director says. “Is my loved one going to be deported? Is my loved one going to be banned from a bathroom? Is my best friend going to get their marriage revoked because something might get overturned?”

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2018 WAVE AWARD WINNERS – TAMPA BAY

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FAVORITE LOCAL POLITICIAN/ACTIVIST

First: Rick Kriseman, St. Petersburg Mayor

Second: Nadine Smith, Equality Florida CEO

Third: Bob Buckhorn, Tampa Mayor

GREATEST STRAIGHT ALLY TO THE LOCAL LGBTQ COMMUNITY

First: Rick Kriseman, St. Petersburg Mayor

Second: Joanna Garcia Parkin, ESQ., St. Petersburg attorney

Third: Bob Buckhorn, Tampa Mayor

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