May’s Watermark Wednesday Social Networking Mixer

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Join us for Watermark Wednesday – a networking social mixer hosted at Red Mesa Cantina.
We’ll provide the Light Bites and if you bring your business card and receive your first drink free!
Also, bring cash for some fabulous raffle prizes all to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas and West Pasco Counties!

Tennessee Titans oppose state’s anti-LGBTQ bills

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The Tennessee Titans have issued a statement opposing a series of anti-LGBTQ bills in the state, nicknamed the “Slate of Hate.”

These bills would target LGBTQ individuals in multiple ways. One bill would allow adoption agencies to reject same-sex parents on the basis of religious beliefs. Another bill would prevent government agencies from considering a business’s nondiscrimination policies before selecting a contract and another bill would ban gay marriage in Tennessee.

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ includes Marvel’s first gay character

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Avengers: Endgame” is already breaking box office records but it’s also taken a step toward more LGBTQ inclusion.

In the scene an unnamed man, played by co-director Joe Russo, is seen in a support group for people whose loved ones were lost to Thanos at the end of “Avengers: Infinity War.”

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‘Andi Mack’ canceled after three seasons

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: ‘Andi Mack.’ (Screenshot via YouTube)

Disney Channel has canceled its groundbreaking coming-of-age tween series “Andi Mack” after three seasons.

The series was the first Disney Channel show to feature a coming out storyline on its channel. It also was the first show to have a character say the words “I’m gay” on the channel.

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United Methodists edge toward breakup over LGBTQ policies

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NEW YORK (AP) | There’s at least one area of agreement among conservative, centrist and liberal leaders in the United Methodist Church: America’s largest mainline Protestant denomination is on a path toward likely breakup over differences on same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBTQ pastors.

The differences have simmered for years, and came to a head in February at a conference in St. Louis where delegates voted 438-384 for a proposal called the Traditional Plan, which strengthens bans on LGBTQ-inclusive practices. A majority of U.S.-based delegates opposed that plan and favored LGBTQ-friendly options, but they were outvoted by U.S. conservatives teamed with most of the delegates from Methodist strongholds in Africa and the Philippines.

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April Third Thursday Networking Mixer at Fairvilla

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Join us for our April Third Thursday at Fairvilla!
Light bites and first drink will be provided. Remember to bring cash for the raffle tickets to win some great prizes!
This month’s social benefits Pug Rescue of Florida.  This event is 18+

PHOTOS: Orlando Fringe gives a taste of what’s to come at this year’s festival

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ORLANDO | Orlando Fringe kicked off its 28th year by giving audiences a taste of what to expect at this year’s festival with the annual preview shows, one for general audiences and one for the more mature shows, at the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre April 15.

Performers had two minutes each to woo the audience with a preview to their show. Check out the photos below and stay tuned to Watermark as we bring you our annual LGBTQ preview of Orlando Fringe in the coming weeks.

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Morehouse College to admit transgender men starting in 2020

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The country’s only all-male historically black college will begin admitting transgender men next year, marking a major shift for the school at a time when higher education institutions around the nation are adopting more welcoming policies toward LGBT students.

Leaders of Morehouse College in Atlanta told The Associated Press that its board of trustees approved the policy on April 13. 

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It’s official: Mayor Pete Buttigieg declares 2020 presidential campaign

By : Chris Johnson Of The Washington Blade, Courtesy Of The National LGBT Media Association
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Before a crowd of adoring supporters in South Bend who braved the rain to hear him speak, Pete Buttigieg made his 2020 presidential campaign official by declaring he’d pursue the Democratic nomination to run for the White House.

“I’m here to join you to make a little news,” Buttigieg said. “My name is Pete Buttigieg. They call me Mayor Pete. I am proud son of South Bend, Ind., and I am running for president of the United States.”

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‘Dirtwoman’ lives on through documentary coming to Florida Film Festival

By : Abigail Brashear and Amanda Espinosa
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Running for mayor, defecating in the back of a police car, mud wrestling and helping to raise tens of thousands of dollars for food banks: Donnie Corker, otherwise known as Dirtwoman, did it all.

Corker, who was a drag icon in Virginia’s LGBTQ community, is known for his outrageous attitude, raunchy acts and kind heart. The 350 lb. legend earned the nickname ‘Dirtwoman’ after a particularly interesting incident.

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Para lograr la igualdad LGBTQ, primero debemos abordar la discriminación dentro de nuestra propia comunidad

By : Jerick Mediavilla
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Hacer compras en el supermercado es una tarea normal para la mayoría, lo que identificar los productos que desea comprar rápidamente mientras camina por el pasillo del supermercado resulta crucial. Por esto, mantener la consistencia de las formas, colores, tamaños y texturas de los productos hará su vida más fácil. Pregúntele a cualquier aficionado del mercadeo qué tan exitosa es esa botella específica de jarabe de maple con forma femenina, y qué dulce hace sus panqueques en la mañana.

Las etiquetas han visto beneficios a lo largo de nuestra historia, desde la definición de los movimientos artísticos a lo largo de los siglos como el Renacimiento, el período barroco o el arte pop hasta comprender la diferencia entre una rosa y un tulipán. Esta diferenciación puede ser una situación de vida o muerte al diagnosticar una enfermedad que requiere tratamiento y atención específicos. Las etiquetas son útiles, porque cuando hablamos de objetos, es clave discernir entre lo que te atrae y lo que no. La naturaleza discriminatoria de nuestro cerebro nos permite dar sentido al mundo físico, y en ese contexto, decidir cuándo dejar de buscar información adicional y comprometernos con una elección se convierte en una tarea orgánica.

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To gain full LGBTQ equality we must first address discrimination within our own community

By : Jerick Mediavilla
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Grocery shopping is seen as a chore for most, so it is crucial to identify the products you want to buy quickly as you walk down the supermarket aisle. Because of this the consistency of the shapes, colors, sizes and textures of products will make your life easier. Ask any marketing aficionado how successful a specific female-shaped bottle of maple syrup is, and how sweet it makes your morning pancakes.

The branding of objects has seen benefits throughout our history, from defining the artistic movements throughout the ages like the Renaissance, the baroque period or Pop art to understanding the difference between a rose and a tulip. This differentiation can be a life or death situation when diagnosing an ailment which requires specific treatment and care. Labels are useful, because when we talk about objects, it is key to discriminate between what speaks to you and what does not. The discriminatory nature of our brains allows us to make sense of our physical worlds, and in that context, deciding when to stop searching for additional information and commit to a choice becomes an organic chore.

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