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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LGBT veterans honored at D.C. wreath laying ceremony

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Close to 100 people assembled in D.C.’s Congressional Cemetery on Sunday to pay tribute to LGBT veterans. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Close to 100 people, including LGBT veterans and active duty LGBT service members, assembled at the gravesite of gay Air Force Sgt. Leonard Matlovich in D.C.’s Congressional Cemetery on Sunday to pay tribute to LGBT veterans.

The Veterans Day event, organized by the D.C. Center for the LGBT Community, included remarks by Major General Tammy Smith of the U.S. Army Reserves, who disclosed her status as a lesbian in 2012 shortly after the repeal of the military’s ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ policy.

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Police: Man stole LGBT flags from church

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SAYVILLE, N.Y. (AP) | Police in Long Island say a 21-year-old man stole a number of LGBT pride flags from a local church.

Suffolk County Police say Ronald Tyler Witt, of Sayville, faces hate crime charges and was expected in court Wednesday. Police say Witt first stole a flag from the front of Sayville Congregational United Church of Christ on July 29.

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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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Historic Downtown Kissimmee points the way to the LGBT+ Center

By : Jeremy Williams
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The LGBT+ Center of Central Florida opened its second location in Kissimmee over the summer and while the reception at its ribbon cutting on Aug. 15 was overwhelmingly positive, many were curious how a more conservative city would respond to having an LGBT+ Center.

Well to steal a phrase from The LGBT+ Center’s Executive Director George Wallace, “Kissimmee has welcomed The Center with open arms.”

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Cate Blanchett defends straight actors portraying LGBT characters

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Actress Cate Blanchett believes straight actors shouldn’t receive backlash for portraying LGBT roles.

Blanchett, 49, received critical acclaim for her role as a lesbian woman in the film “Carol.” According to the Hollywood Reporter, Blanchett defended straight actors taking on LGBT roles as she did during a Q&A at the Rome Film Festival.

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Trump vague in response to outrage over report of anti-trans memo

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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President Trump was characteristically vague on Monday in response to outrage over a reported proposal within his administration to eliminate transgender protections in enforcement of civil rights law.

Before boarding Marine One on departure from the White House, Trump said in response to a reporter’s question “different concepts” are on table within his administration for transgender rights.

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Young Catholics urge Vatican to issue inclusive LGBT message

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VATICAN CITY (AP) | Catholic bishops are entering their final week of debate over hot-button issues facing young Catholics, including how the church should welcome gays and respond to the clerical sex abuse scandal that has discredited many in the church hierarchy.

The monthlong synod of bishops ends Oct.  27 with the adoption by the 260-plus cardinals, bishops and priests of a final document and approval of a separate, shorter letter to the world’s Catholic youth.

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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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GLAAD releases second LGBT-friendly children’s book ‘Jack (Not Jackie)’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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GLAAD and Bonnier Publishing USA have released “Jack (Not Jackie),” the second book in their LGBT-friendly children’s book series.

“Jack (Not Jackie)” is written by Erica Silverman and illustrated by Holly Hatam. It aims to teach children about gender identity and expression.  According to GLAAD, “the story centers around a big sister, Susan, who learns to understand and appreciate that her younger sibling identifies as ‘Jack’ rather than ‘Jackie.’ The book also features a loving and supportive Mom, who listens to Jack and is patient with Susan.”

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