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

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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

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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

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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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PHOTOS: GayDayS wets the appetite at Taste of Gay Days

By : Jeremy Williams
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GayDayS delivered with one of its tastiest events of the week with Taste of Gay Days in the Voodoo Showroom at the DoubleTree by Hilton at Sea World May 31.

Local businesses showed off their best food and drinks, and GayDayS showed off its talented performers.

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PHOTOS: GayDayS kicks off at Sleuth’s

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It’s finally here! GayDayS 2018 got started with its official kickoff party at Sleuth’s Mystery Dinner Show May 29.

Hosted by Coco Montrese and Steve Erics, GayDayS greeted the attendees with food, drink and all things Mardi Gras, the theme for GayDayS this year.

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PHOTOS: St. Petersburg breaks records at Equality Florida’s 2018 gala

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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Equality Florida’s 2018 St. Pete Gala was held May 12 at the city’s Mahaffey Theater, raising a record total of $354,287 to support the organization’s work.

A total of 708 attendees dined, danced and donated in the name of equality. The event was the most-attended of any Equality Florida Gala and over $26,000 was raised in auctioned items alone.

Watermark was on hand to help celebrate the event, and you can check out some of our photos after the jump.

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Pulse Interim Memorial opens to the public

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | The onePULSE Foundation opened the Pulse Interim Memorial to the public with a dedication ceremony May 8.

The foundation was joined by Pulse victims’ family members, survivors, first responders and community leaders for a dedication that opened with Pulse survivor Brian Reagan singing “Hallelujah” and included a bilingual opening prayer from Rev. Stanley Ramos, a dedication blessing from Orlando Health chaplains Phyllis Fitzwater and Jason O’Rourke, a video message from survivors and family members and a musical performance of “Together Again” by entertainer Tymisha Harris.

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The Last Page with Central Florida Bureau Chief Jeremy Williams

By : Rick Claggett
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Jeremy is Watermark’s consummate journalist, but it didn’t start out that way. Jeremy was a journalism major at Valencia College in 2013 when he saw Watermark was hiring a sales rep.

As an avid reader of the paper, Jeremy applied to get his foot in the door. He pitched the idea of being a part-time employee/part-time student. Unfortunately the demands of the sales position didn’t allow for that structure so we let Jeremy know he could reapply when he finished school. Within a week Jeremy had put his classes on hold to follow his heart.

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1.25.18 Publisher’s Desk

By : Rick Claggett
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It’s good to be back. Last issue Jeremy Williams took over this space in Central Florida and Ryan Willams-Jent wrote the column for Tampa Bay. They will continue their columns every other issue, and I will continue mine in the alternating weeks.

I’ve made no secret of the fact that I have been on a journey to live a healthier and better life—while I still have a few good years ahead of me. There is the physical: regular personal training sessions with Max Dunley at Rock Hard Fitness, eating well, LASIK and braces. There is also the mental, or my version of spirituality. With the help of a twelve step program, I spend a lot of time looking at my past to understand the responsibility I have in the choices I’ve made in the hopes that I will make better decisions in the future.

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