Issue 25.23: Pursuing Passion

By : Jake Stevens
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Two inspiring individuals prove leaving the corporate world can really pay off, voters elect a more liberal, progressive Central Florida, EPIC Generations coalition forms to support aging LGBTQ community, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Watermark’s Holiday Guide 2018

By : Jake Stevens
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Once again, it’s here, it’s queer, and FULL of holiday cheer! Read our best holiday guide yet!

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Last lesbian bar in Norvolk, Va. closes doors

By : Wire Report
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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) | Outside of the Hershee Bar’s main entrance, two lit candles sat on a bench Halloween night. Sandwiched between them was a sign.

“Thank you Hershee Bar for ‘being there’ for me when no one else was,” it read.

Inside, flashing lights lit up the dance floor. A 1990s R&B mix blared through the speakers as people dressed as Run DMC, Minnie Mouse and pharaohs flashed their driver’s licenses to get in.

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Issue 25.22: Blue Wave, Red Tide

By : Jake Stevens
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Equality focused organizations, candidates and voters hope to tun the tide November 6, the LGBT+ Center of Central Florida celebrates 40 years with a Studio 54-inspired party, breast cancer survivor confronted at Bucs game, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Yara Shahidi urges fight against ‘identity blind narrative’

By : wire report
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LOS ANGELES (AP)| Yara Shahidi brought the crowd to its feet at the GLSEN Respect Awards as she warned against an “identity blind narrative” in the struggle for acceptance of all.

“We should all feel deserved and supported in expressing our right to being our whole selves, limited by nothing regardless of ethnicity, gender, identity, sexuality, ability, religion or any other identity that we choose,” the 18-year-old “grown-ish” actress said Oct. 19 at a ceremony in Beverly Hills, California. “More than that, the common spaces we must maneuver through should be safe spaces in which our presence and existence are inherently valued.”

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Issue 25.21: This is Halloween

By : Jake Stevens
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Central Florida and Tampa Bay prep to eat, drink and be scary, Metro relaunches St. Pete Welcome Center, new children’s book explains Pulse tragedy to kids, One Orlando Alliance announces new executive director, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Watermark’s Sarasota Living with Pride

By : Jake Stevens
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Find all the greatest spots in Sarasota for arts and entertainment, dining, nightlife and much, much more!

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LGBT History Project: Willyce Kim wrote her own story

By : Jason Villemez, SPECIAL TO WATERMARK FROM THE LGBT HISTORY PROJECT
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ABOVE: A selection of Willyce Kim’s books. Photo: Jason Villemez

Willyce Kim is the first Asian-American lesbian writer to be published in the U.S. She spent her childhood years in Hawaii and California, and graduated from San Francisco College for Women in 1968. Kim was influenced by musicians such as Bob Dylan and Joan Baez and writers including Adrienne Rich and Diane Di Prima.

She self-published her first poetry chapbook, “Curtains of Light,” with her sister in 1970 and soon after she began working with the Women’s Press Collective in Oakland. As a member of the collective, she published works, took photographs and traveled the country to distribute literature and give readings at colleges, bookstores and women’s bars. In the ’70s and ’80s, she published three poetry collections, two novels, and contributed to literary magazines including The Furies, Phoenix Rising, and Conditions.

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Issue 25.20: Matthew’s Legacy

By : Jake Stevens
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20 years after his tragic death, Watermark remembers Matthew Shepard and the work done in his name, Come Out With Pride keeps Orlando dancing at Saturday parade, festival, Come OUT St. Pete returns with inaugural parade in second Pride-filled year, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Issue 25.19: Local Love

By : Jake Stevens
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Lakeland filmmaker brings ‘At the End of the Day’ to Tampa Bay International Gay and Lesbian Film Fest 29, The Reformation Project hosts sixth national LGBTQ Inclusion Conference in downtown Orlando, Pasco Pride holds inaugural festival, first in Pasco County, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Come Out With Pride 2018 Guide

By : Jake Stevens
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This year Come Out With Pride celebrates a week of Pride festivities in Orlando!

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Issue 25.18: Money Shame

By : Jake Stevens
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The taboo subject of money and why not talking about your finances can be detrimental, Orange County has largest voter turnout for 2018 midterms, City of Tampa holds LGBTQ youth forum, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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