Watermark 25: Publisher’s Desk

By : Rick Claggett
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With this issue Watermark celebrates 25 years of publishing, 25 years of sharing information and helping to build a community. I am beyond proud to be a part of this organization.

As I sat down to write this column, I visited the words of Founder and Guiding Light Tom Dyer as he shared his thoughts on the 20th Anniversary of Watermark. It’s funny to see how much has changed, and how little has changed. We still operate with a small, dedicated staff who are as passionate about their work as they are talented. Watermark still focuses on local community news in its pages, offering a voice to stories other publications will not; and at times we still walk the fine line between financial gain and commitment to community partnerships.

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06.13.19 Central Florida Bureau Chief’s Desk

By : Jeremy Williams
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It was the late 1980s and I was hanging around the house with my brother and our friends. My brother and I are only 11 months apart so we shared everything—clothes, friends, a bedroom—I basically had nothing of my own until I was into my 20s.

We were all in the family room watching TV. The movie “Teen Wolf” was on. For those unfamiliar,“Teen Wolf” is a 1985 film where heartthrob Michael J. Fox turns into a werewolf and plays basketball really well. The movie is very 80s, right down to the nonchalant use of the word “fag.”

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Watermark’s Most Eligible LGBTQ Singles Search 2019

By : Watermark Staff
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Last year, Watermark brought you 10 of our most eligible singles in our Valentine’s Day issue and it was a big hit.

So we are back to bring some love, and maybe a little romance, into the lives of LGBTQ singles in the Central Florida and Tampa Bay area for 2019.

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12.27.18 Publisher’s Desk

By : Rick Claggett
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It’s hard to believe the end of the year is here. It’s cliche to say, but when you live your life in two week cycles across two metropolitan areas—time flies. 2018 zoomed by in the blink of an eye.

Watermark did well in 2018. We saw an increase in sales, so thank you to the businesses and organizations that support us and help us to continue bringing the latest in LGBTQ news to our readers—and congratulations to Senior Account Manager Sam Callahan who had a stellar year. We also saw an increase in distributions sites and are now available at over 600 locations in Central Florida, Tampa Bay and surrounding areas.

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11.29.2018 Publisher’s Desk

By : Rick Claggett
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“Print is dead.” I’ve heard this for at least 10 years and it is just as false a statement today as it was back then. The internet has made strides that some newspapers couldn’t survive, but dead? We’re still breathing and we are in good company.

I was in college by the time the internet was taking off—thanks, Al Gore. Only a few students even had a personal computer. My roommate was one of them. He spent a lot of time in AOL chatrooms, dialing long distance to meet and talk to new people all over the world. I never really warmed up to that aspect of the internet. I never felt “internet cool.” Maybe it’s because I say things like “internet cool.” I always preferred meeting people face to face.

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PHOTOS: COWP’s Pride Festival at Lake Eola had something for everyone

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | Thousands of people gathered, danced and showed their Pride around Lake Eola in downtown Orlando to celebrate Come Out With Pride on Oct. 13.

The day-long festival included live performances, vendors and entertainment for all ages. Rainbow colors were on display everywhere you looked.

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Watermark owner creates film company, premieres first movie’s trailer

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ORLANDO | Watermark Film Company premiered the first trailer to its documentary film “Greetings From Queertown: Orlando” at a private fundraising event at The Venue in Orlando Aug. 23.

Watermark Film Company was launched by Watermark Publishing Group owner Rick Claggett as a way to create, produce and distribute films that inform and educate audiences on the LGBTQ experience, according to a press release.

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PHOTOS: onePULSE Foundation’s 2nd annual CommUNITY Rainbow Run honors the 49

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | Thousands gathered to participate in onePULSE Foundation’s second annual CommUNITY Rainbow Run at Wadeview Park in Orlando June 9.

The run — a 4.9 mile path through Orlando that passes in front of Pulse — is held to “honor the 49 lives taken in the Pulse tragedy, and celebrate our diverse backgrounds that brought us all together during the healing process following that tragic day.”

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PHOTOS: Partygoers strutted into Disney Springs’ House of Blues for One Magical Weekend’s RED party

By : Jeremy Williams
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One Magical Weekend continued with the weekend’s biggest parties with RED Vol. III: #STRUT at the House of Blues in Disney Springs June 2.

The days official color of red continued on as many partygoers swapped out the red t-shirt for red shorts, crop tops and harnesses. The dance floor was packed by midnight as thousands moved, shook and strutted under a giant, red 9-foot high heel.

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One Magical Weekend holds therapy sessions at B Resort pool parties

By : Jeremy Williams
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Showing as much skin as possible was the uniform of the day for One Magical Weekend’s Therapy pool parties at its host hotel, The B Resort.

The pool parties featured incredible productions from Europe’s hottest LGBTQ event brand, WE Party. They debuted, for the first time in the U.S., We Party: PINK on June 2. The pool was surrounded by hot bodies and pink everything.

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PHOTOS: Red shirts and rainbow Mickey Mouse ears filled the Magic Kingdom for Gay Days at Disney

By : Jeremy Williams
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Gay Day at Disney’s Magic Kingdom filled the most magical place on Earth with LGBTQ people showing off their best red shirts and being seen June 2.

The most popular accessory among park visitors this year were the rainbow Mickey Mouse ears introduced to the Disney parks in April.

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PHOTOS: GayDayS gets some Expo-sure

By : Jeremy Williams
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GayDayS packed its expo with LGBTQ businesses and vendors, selling everything from underwear to custom bottle openers, when it kicked off at the DoubleTeee by Hilton at Sea World May 31.

Watermark was also there, handing out the latest issue, along with other LGBTQ non-profits and organizations.

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