PHOTOS: Central Florida LGBTQ trailblazer Joel Strack honored with proclamation from City of Orlando

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | Joel Strack has been an out and proud leader, activist and trailblazer in the Central Florida LGBTQ community for over 40 years.

Strack was instrumental in launching what would become known as Gay Day at the Magic Kingdom, helped create Orlando’s first Pride parade and assisted in founding both the Orlando Gay Chorus and the Gay and Lesbian History Museum.

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Watermark’s Wedding Bells: James and Chaz Butler-Young

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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wedding-bells-2404-james-and-chaz2“He has an outstanding positive outlook on life, on everything in life. He looks at the world with eyes wide open and I just love that about him,” James says.

Chaz, who is a senior management consultant, and James Butler-Young, a lieutenant for the Orlando Police Department, met one night when they were out with their own friends at the Parliament House. Chaz recognized him as the police officer who sometimes worked near the front of the venue, yet he didn’t realize that James caught him and his friend staring while he was trying to figure this out. They later ran into each other and said “hi.” From that point, they were together talking the entire evening.

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