Never again, but why now?

By : Jamie Hyman
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In the weeks since a shooter killed 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., survivors have been featured in a town hall on national television, visited the Florida Legislature and led a march of more than a million protesters nationwide, demanding sensible gun control.

In the weeks following the shooting at Pulse nightclub in 2016, the levels of advocacy and response were far more muted, which is forcing members of the LGBTQ community to wonder why, after a mass shooting that at the time was the deadliest in U.S. history, government officials, the media and the nation failed to rally behind the Pulse survivors with the volume and intensity that are leading millions to take action today.

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AN EVENING WITH GRAEME OBREE – Presented by First GREEN Bank

By : Danny Garcia
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Meet Guest Speaker Graeme Obree at First GREEN Bank’s new Downtown Orlando Headquarters.

Artist Cindy LaRoe, MD’s cycling prints autographed by Mr. Obree will be available for purchase. Limited prints available.
All proceeds go to The Art of Medicine Foundation

A cyclist from Scotland, Graeme never held a driving license and regularly commutes on his bike complete with mud guards, racks and sometimes a trailer. Graeme is the author of two books, which include his biopic, The Flying Scotsman, and his acclaimed training manual, The Obree Way. He was also featured in the movie, The Flying Scotsman.

Want your voice heard? Take Watermark’s LGBTQ community survey

By : Watermark Staff
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Dear Watermark reader,

We would like to invite you to take a new survey about your opinions and preferences, from an LGBTQ perspective.

There’s power in our Pride! Participating in this study helps open doors and minds around the world, and influences positive changes for our community. Previous surveys have yielded 45,000 respondents from 150 countries! You may have seen it quoted in the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, etc.

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Orlando City SC player buys out Orlando screening of ‘Love, Simon’

By : Jeremy Williams
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Sacha Kljestan

ORLANDO | Sacha Kljestan, a midfielder for the Orlando City Soccer Club, and his wife bought out the 8:00 p.m. screening of the LGBTQ youth film “Love, Simon” at the Regal Winter Park Village for Thursday, March 29 so fans can see the movie for free.

“We saw ‘Love, Simon’ opening weekend and absolutely loved it. The movie spreads the message of tolerance, acceptance and equality. We were inspired by other people who did this, so we just want to pay it forward and help spread the love to the people of Orlando,” Kljestan wrote on Twitter.

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Carson admits to slow-walking trans guidance for homeless shelters

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Secretary of Housing & Urban Development Ben Carson conceded during a congressional hearing Tuesday to having slow-walked the reissuing of guidance on transgender people seeking admittance to homeless shelters.

In response to questions from Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.), Carson said he’s proceeded slowly because HUD has only recently had a general counsel and the issue of allowing transgender people in the shelters is “complex,” citing concerns by women whom he said don’t want to use bathroom facilities with “somebody who had a very different anatomy.”

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John Oliver spoofs Pence picture book about bunny, tops best seller list

By : Wire and Staff Reports
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NEW YORK (AP) — John Oliver has trolled his way to the top.

The HBO host’s spoof of a new picture book by the wife and daughter of Vice President Mike Pence was No. 1 on Amazon.com and out of stock as of midday March 19.

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Positive Living: LGBTs in Gulfport helping to redefine what a library can be

By : Greg Stemm
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In a normal community, if you want to find gay people you might visit a bar or go to a gay pride celebration.

But Gulfport is far from being a “normal” town.

If you want to meet gay people in this small artsy community, virtually surrounded by our bigger but just as gay cousin St. Petersburg, you visit the Gulfport Public Library.

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LGBTQ issues, guns emerge at debate as March 13 election looms

By : Damon Scott of the South Florida Gay News
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ABOVEFort Lauderdale Candidates Forum – Mayor and Commission Seats. Photo from Carolyn Burns Facebook.

Whether the city-owned War Memorial Auditorium should allow guns shows to continue and an LGBTQ-related fundraiser in Miami were two of many issues raised at a mayoral and District 2 commissioner candidate forum Feb. 26 in Fort Lauderdale.

Dean Trantalis and Bruce Roberts are on the ballot to be the next mayor of Fort Lauderdale. The two joined Steve Glassman and Tim Smith, who are vying to be the next District 2 commissioner, at a debate in front of a full room at ArtServe.

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GayDayS Inc. moving host hotels, possible date change for 2019

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | GayDayS Inc. will be right where you left it at the DoubleTree by Hilton at Sea World for 2018, but the Central Florida event–one of the largest LGBTQ events in the world–will be making a move in 2019.

GayDayS Inc. co-owner Chris Alexander-Manley says that the initial need to move is due to scheduling conflicts at the DoubleTree.

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Comedian Margaret Cho on her new tour, bi-erasure and our LGBTQ family

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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“Everything about my life is intimately connected in gay history,” superstar comedian Margaret Cho says. “It’s my community; it’s where I live, where I grew up, who I am, all my friends, all my family.”

That’s been evident in Cho’s decades-long career, beginning with her stand-up in San Francisco near the gay bookstore her parents owned. It continues today with her accolades as a performer, in which her comedic takes on LGBTQ rights, sexuality, bullying and politics have led to five Grammy nominations, an Emmy nomination and being named one of Rolling Stone’s 50 Best Stand-Up Comics in 2017.

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Fit for Print: Rippon and Pence, a missed opportunity

By : Steve Blanchard
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The Olympics are coming to an end, and although politics are supposed to be set aside for the international games, they still manage to float up to the top and make headlines.

So it was no surprise when two openly gay United States athletes, figure skater Adam Rippon and skier Gus Kenworthy, made headlines right at the start of the games with an Instagram photo of them embracing at the opening ceremonies with a caption that included, “Eat your heart out, Pence.”

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Petition calls for separating LGBT materials in Iowa library

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ORANGE CITY, Iowa (AP) — Residents in northwest Iowa are fighting over a petition that calls on the public library to separate material dealing with LGBTQ issues and to request public input before acquiring such material.

Some expressed support for the Orange City Public Library’s integration of LGBTQ materials at a library board meeting Tuesday, the Sioux City Journal reported .

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