The gloves come off as the race for District 70 gets closer

By : Jeremy Williams
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ST. PETERSBURG – The candidates are upping their attacks as the Democratic primary for District 70 gets closer.

St. Petersburg business owner, and openly gay candidate, Dan Fiorini has called Tampa Bay area lawyer CJ Czaia out for hiring Theresa “Momma Tee” Lassiter as a campaign consultant.

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Orange County Republicans support LGBT non-discrimination bill

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Orange County mayor Teresa Jacobs, along with nearly two dozen Central Florida Republican leaders, signed a resolution pledging support for statewide legislation to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity July 28, according to The Orlando Political Observer.

The resolution was presented at the Orange County Republican Executive Committee Lincoln Day Dinner by Jacobs.

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American pastor expelled from Russia in LGBT case

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MOSCOW (AP) – Jim Mulcahy was sitting with some Russian friends, munching cookies and talking about Roman mosaics, when the Russian police came and took him away, claiming he was planning to perform a same-sex marriage. Hours later, the American pastor was ordered to leave Russia.

Mulcahy’s arrest this month in the city of Samara braids together several of Russia’s most acrimonious issues: gay rights, alleged Western meddling in Russian affairs, and missionary work by religions that don’t have state approval. It attracted particular attention because the arrest was filmed by state-controlled channel NTV, whose reports often take an especially truculent, pro-Kremlin stance.

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7.14.16 Editor’s Desk

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One month in, one tiny month of racing around inside of our minds and outside of our offices, trying to make sense of a senseless tragedy that killed 49 people, and you would think that the callouses would be maturing. They aren’t.

Our resolve is getting stronger, but our lives – and those lives of the revelers left in the aftermath of one night’s insanity – are still numbingly drifting in the theoretical ether, thereafter. June 12 stopped the clock in many ways. June 12 smacked us into action. June 12 made us angry. June 12 made us cry. The victims of the Pulse massacre will never be forgotten, nor will the indelible and shadowing trauma of that very early Sunday morning in which our friends were trapped and killed and maimed.

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New Hamburger Mary’s Sashays into St. Pete

By : Aaron Drake
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Hamburger Mary’s, known as a bastion for fun and deep-fried debauchery, is an instantly recognizable staple for the LGBT community in cities across the nation. Aside from the two locations in Clearwater and Ybor City, there is now a new location that will be opening up next month in St. Petersburg.

The new establishment will set up shop at 2901 Tyrone Blvd., across from Tyrone Square Mall.

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Stronger Together: I’m with you.

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We know their names.

Stanley. Amanda. Oscar. Rodolfo. Antonio. Darryl. Angel. Juan. Luis. Cory. Tevin. Deonka. Simon. Leroy. Mercedez. Peter. Juan. Paul. Frank. Miguel. Javier. Jason. Eddie. Anthony. Drew. Alejandro. Brenda. Gilberto. Kimberly. Akyra. Luis. Geraldo. Eric. Joel. Jean. Enrique. Jean. Xavier. Christopher. Yilmary. Edward. Shane. Martin. Jonathan. Juan. Luis. Franky. Luis. Jerald.

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Tampa Bay Rays, MLB bring Pride and diversity to Tropicana Field

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BillyBeanThe Tampa Bay Rays raised more than $300,000 for the victims of the Pulse shooting as they celebrated a decade of recognizing the LGBT community with the Rays Pride Night June 17.

The team announced June 14 that all remaining tickets for the game would be $5 and that the proceeds raised for and during the game would go to the Pulse Victims Fund.

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New Orleans Pride 2016

By : Anna M. Johnson
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The Crescent City was alight with glitter on the night of June 17.

I was visiting with my boyfriend and his family to celebrate his father’s birthday, a trip that had been planned months in advance. In what felt like a wholly appropriate sign, New Orleans Pride happened to fall on the same weekend as our stay. None of us even knew about it until a bartender with a rainbow bandana tied around his bicep handed us our daiquiris and told us to stick around for the parade on Saturday.

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6.16.16 Editor’s Desk

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I’m not personally sure if we’ll ever divine the motives here, and as the onion skin peels, we may find out things we don’t want to hear: that our community can be divided in the strangest ways, that homophobia is a real thing, that this is a backlash to us getting our freedoms during last year’s gay marriage ruling.

It was the rudest of awakenings. At 5 a.m. on June 12, as my husband Tony Mauss was preparing to exit for his job, tie and hairnet in place, that I got a tap on the shoulder while half-awake in bed. “Don’t look at your phone,” he said. All internal histrionics aside, this is the kind of warning that one typically reads in reverse, as in, “do look at your phone, dear.” So I did. And I wept for people, acquaintances, lovers of life who were being held hostage in a bathroom or a backroom or curled up in balls on the floor of Pulse pretending to be dead. And I was set into motion, a continuous motion that we at Watermark are still rolling through to the bitter end of this production cycle today.

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Tampa Bay Rays’ Pride Night becomes Pulse Orlando fundraiser

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The Tampa Bay Rays will dedicate their annual Pride Night June 17 to the victims of the mass shooting that occurred at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

Rafaela A. Amador, Senior Director of Public Affairs for the Tampa Bay Rays, says that starting immediately all remaining seats for Friday’s game, played against the San Francisco Giants, will be $5.

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Statement from Watermark Publishing Group regarding the mass shooting at Pulse Orlando

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Watermark isn’t just Central Florida’s LGBT news source; we are members of the local LGBT community. We live here, we work here, we love here. And now, we grieve here.

At approximately 2 a.m. June 12, a man, who police say is named Omar Mateen, entered Pulse nightclub armed with a handgun and an AR-15-type rifle. With those weapons, in cold blood, he murdered forty-nine members of our community, and injured at least fifty more.

The loss is unspeakable.

But the community is strong.

We will survive, and so we must speak.

Right now, we are focused on how to help, and how to get help. As Watermark, we will provide timely, accurate information on resources and support, both how to give them and how to get them. As members of the community, we will hold each other and cry for our friends. We will grieve this loss and we will hurt for the victims and those who loved them.

Then, we will tell the stories of strength and resilience that are already arising from this unfathomable tragedy. The survivors. The responders. The community who is working together to hold itself up, to prove that senseless violence will not destroy us. At this moment, we do not know the precise reason why the suspect chose Pulse as the target for his violence and hate, but the fact remains: he targeted gay people. Therefore, it is more important than ever that the Orlando LGBT community join together and bolster each other, as a message to those who hate us: You cannot silence us. You cannot destroy us. We aren’t going anywhere.

And finally, we will hold those responsible, accountable.

We’ve had worried friends and family, checking in, “Are you okay? Are you okay?”

No, we are not okay.

We may have personally survived the shooting, but fifty members of our close-knit, beloved community are dead. That is not okay. Nothing about this is okay.

But we will be, and here is how we know: Orlando’s LGBT community is organized, and generous, and mighty. We are a family. We will take our broken strands and weave them together, creating an even stronger tapestry of courage and life. Orlando will show the world that our LGBT community cannot be silenced, or ruined, or beaten down.

Our enduring story will not be a tragedy. The world will see our community, the care we have for each other, and how we draw strength from that love. Our story will be one of survival, and hope, and PRIDE.

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PRIDE Night at A Tale of Two Cities

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American Stage presents A TALE OF TWO CITIES adapted by Everett Quinton (Natural Born Killers, Pollock) and directed by Janis Stevens.

Join us for PRIDE Night, where guests will enjoy connecting with the LGBT community and share in the experience of premium live theatre at American Stage.

7PM: Happy Hour in our 2nd Floor Lobby with a BOGO drink special on our signature cocktail ‘The French Rose’ crafted by our friends at Station House St. Pete.

Includes an exclusive presentation from A TALE OF TWO CITIES Scenic Designer Jerid Fox and Suncoast AIDS Theatre Project’s Garry Bruel.

8PM: Performance of A TALE OF TWO CITIES

Use code PRIDE to receive $5 off your ticket (valid ONLY for the Wednesday June 8th performance)

Thank You to Watermark