Child drag queen’s mother blasts conservative critics

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Child drag performer Desmond is Amazing received backlash for performing at a gay bar  but his mother is defending her decision to let him perform.

Desmond is Amazing, real name Desmond Napoles, is an 11-year-old self-proclaimed “drag kid” whose credits include appearing in Jinkx Monsoon’s music video “The Bacon Shake.” He was also honored with the Marsha P. Johnson Award during New York City Pride.

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Police: 2 assault transgender woman in N. Carolina bathroom

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) | Police in North Carolina say two women sexually assaulted a transgender woman at a Raleigh bar.

News outlets report 38-year-old Amber Harrell and 31-year-old Jessica Fowler are charged with second-degree kidnapping and sexual battery. Both were released on a $50,000 and a $30,000 bond respectively.

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01.10.19 Publisher’s Desk

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Everything I need know about drugs I learned from Nancy Reagan. Don’t smoke cigarettes as a kid or you’ll end up a homeless junkie scrounging for next dime bag of crack.

Don’t smoke pot or you’ll end up dead on the street with a needle in your arm. Don’t drink underage or you’ll find yourself pushing everything you own around in a shopping cart, dumpster diving for food and keeping warm with trash can fires.

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David’s Bridal TV ad includes lesbian couple for first time

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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David’s Bridal included a lesbian couple for the first time in a television commercial.

The commercial starts off with the narrator reciting the classic wedding rhyme “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.” The ad peeks in on different weddings including a ceremony in a forest and a couple who brings their child up with them to exchange vows.

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis excludes LGBTQ protections from non-discrimination executive order

By : Abigail Brashear
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Gov. Ron DeSantis failed to include LGBTQ protections within an executive order that reaffirmed other existing protections and denied discrimination. 

Executive order 1910 was issued hours after DeSantis was sworn into office on Tuesday and is titled, “Reaffirming Commitment to Diversity in Government.” It repeatedly rejects the idea of discrimination against “age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, marital status or disability,” but fails to mention anything regarding the topic of gender identity or sexuality orientation. 

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Watermark’s Most Eligible LGBTQ Singles Search 2019

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Last year, Watermark brought you 10 of our most eligible singles in our Valentine’s Day issue and it was a big hit.

So we are back to bring some love, and maybe a little romance, into the lives of LGBTQ singles in the Central Florida and Tampa Bay area for 2019.

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Blizzard Entertainment confirms second LGBTQ ‘Overwatch’ character

By : Meghan Sweeney
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Blizzard Entertainment, best known for the hit fantasy MMORPG “World of Warcraft,” has added another LGBTQ character to their online first-person shooter “Overwatch.”

Although “Overwatch” has no real story mode, the company continues to release short-films and comics to extend the lore of the series and provide backstory on the playable characters in-game. 

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New Michigan, Wisconsin guvs sign orders against anti-LGBT bias

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Newly seated governors in Michigan and Wisconsin signed on Jan. 7 executive orders against anti-LGBT discrimination as among the first acts in their new roles.

In Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order ED 2019-9, which bars discrimination against LGBT people in state employment, public services and state contracting.

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Watermark’s 2019 WAVEs nomination round – VOTE NOW

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Welcome to 2019! Fresh off the historic blue wave that swept progressives into political offices in Central Florida, Tampa bay and across the country; we bring you a wave of our own … the purple WAVE!!!

The Watermark Awards for Variety and Excellence, or the WAVEs for short, recognize the best in Central Florida and Tampa Bay’s LGBTQ community in the areas of activism, service, entertainment and more.

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Watermark’s 2019 WAVEs – Central Florida nomination round

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Welcome to 2019! Fresh off the historic blue wave that swept progressives into political offices in Central Florida, Tampa Bay and across the country; we bring you a wave of our own … the purple WAVE!!!

The Watermark Awards for Variety and Excellence, or the WAVEs for short, recognize the best in Central Florida’s LGBTQ community in the areas of activism, service, entertainment and more.

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Watermark’s 2019 WAVEs – Tampa Bay/Sarasota nomination round

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Welcome to 2019! Fresh off the historic blue wave that swept progressives into political offices in Central Florida, Tampa Bay and across the country; we bring you a wave of our own … the purple WAVE!!!

The Watermark Awards for Variety and Excellence, or the WAVEs for short, recognize the best in Tampa Bay and Sarasota’s LGBTQ community in the areas of activism, service, entertainment and more.

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WATCH: ‘Double Dare’ reboot features family with two dads

By : Jeremy Williams
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Nickelodeon’s “Double Dare” made a big splash when it launched a comeback last June after being off the air for nearly 20 years. The hit game show for kids was one of the top-rated children’s programs back in the 80s and 90s, but over the course of the show’s run it never featured a family with same-sex parents until recently.

Host Liza Koshy introduced the modern family of brothers Oscar and Marcos with their two dads, Liberty and Bryan, on the family-edition episode that aired Dec. 27.

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