LGBTQ youth who are making a difference: Elliott Darrow

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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21 | Transgender | He/Him/His

Whether surrounded by land or sea, St. Petersburg native Elliott Darrow is dedicated to making a difference.

As an educator at The Florida Aquarium, the University of South Florida student teaches children about conservation, ecology and animal welfare. He also volunteers with the Foundation for Sustainable Families, where for years he’s advocated for the LGBTQ community and focused on providing resources to all communities in need.

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10 LGBTQ youth in Central Florida and Tampa Bay who are making a difference in their communities

By : Jeremy Williams & Ryan Williams-Jent
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We may be biased, but the LGBTQ communities in Central Florida and Tampa Bay are overflowing with passionate leaders, trend-setters and inspiring champions. That’s why each year we select the cream of the crop and name them as our Most Remarkable People of the Year.

As we looked around our community we noticed something interesting—that many of the community advocates standing up to be leaders, making a difference in the world and all-in-all being remarkable were getting younger and younger. That’s why we decided to recognize the tremendous work these amazing individuals are doing.

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Illinois conducts surveys on crime against LGBTQ individuals

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CHICAGO (AP) | State officials are conducting a survey on crime against LGBTQ individuals that will help inform how to disperse funding and state and local policies.

The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) says research shows LGBTQ individuals experience crimes at a higher rate, particularly violent crime. The agency is seeking information on topics including victims’ experiences and the need for services.

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San Francisco police chief apologizes to LGBTQ community for past treatment

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) | San Francisco’s police chief apologized Aug. 27 for the way the department historically treated LGBTQ people and for “the harm that was caused.”

“Unless the wrongs of the past are acknowledged and dealt with appropriately, our past will continue to put a stain on the present and on our future,” Chief William Scott said during a “Reflection and Reconciliation Session” aimed at increasing trust between the LGBTQ community and police.

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Issue: 26.17 25th Anniversary

By : Dylan Todd
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Watermark celebrates its 25th Anniversary in this commemorative issue, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Watermark 25: Tampa Bay Bureau Chief’s Desk

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Watermark began covering Tampa Bay’s LGBTQ community in 1995, not long after its 1994 founding in Orlando.

It was more than a decade before I would move to Florida and more than two before I would be fortunate enough to become Watermark’s Tampa Bay Bureau Chief, but it’s a decision I’m very thankful that our founder Tom Dyer made just the same.

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Watermark’s August Third Thursday Social Networking Mixer

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Please join us for Watermark’s August Third Thursday Networking Social at Fairvilla Megastore as we network and socialize all for a great cause!

This is a FREE EVENT! Thursday, August 15 from 6-8 p.m.
(18+ ONLY)

HOSTED BY FAIRVILLA MEGASTORE

1740 N Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32804

We’ll offer light bites & with your business card, your First Drink is FREE!

Bring CASH for your chance to win lots of FUN & FABULOUS RAFFLE PRIZES.

PROCEEDS FROM THE RAFFLE WILL BENEFIT PUG RESCUE OF FLORIDA

California city denies Straight Pride rally permit for guy who said ‘We’re a totally peaceful racist group’

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MODESTO, Calif. (AP) | A Northern California city has denied a request to hold a so-called Straight Pride rally at a park.

Modesto city officials denied an application Aug. 9 by the National Straight Pride Coalition for an Aug. 24 event at Graceada Park.

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LGBTQ publication Gay Star News closes

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U.K.-based LGBTQ publication Gay Star News is closing immediately after running for eight years.

Gay Star News founders Tris Reid-Smith and Scott Nunn announced the news on the website saying that the publication is “now more widely read, watched and loved by the international LGBTI audience than ever” but “our problem has been entirely financial.”

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The Center Orlando to host Stonewall National Museum exhibit

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | The LGBT+ Center in Orlando has been selected to host the national traveling exhibit from Stonewall National Museum & Archives, the organization announced July 30.

The Center will be one of 20 LGBTQ community centers in the U.S. to feature selections from the museum’s Stonewall National Education Project, a program of 14 LGBTQ educational exhibits.

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Issue: 26.15 LGBTQ Blue

By : Dylan Todd
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LGBTQ cops talk about being out and proud in Central Florida and Tampa Bay, Orlando LGBTQ pioneer Joel Strack passes away at 59, Flamingo Resort St. Pete announces imminent closure, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Issue 26.14: Reading Rainbows

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Reading Rainbows – Drag Queen Story Hours enchant Central Florida and Tampa Bay, “Newsies” comes to Osceola Arts, and Tampa hosts statewide LGBTA Caucus, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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