Mike Parrow on being an openly gay wrestler, going viral and what he meant by “masculine-shaming”

By : Jeremy Williams
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Mike Parrow is a 34-year-old professional wrestler in Orlando, Florida. At 6 feet, 4 inches and weighing in at over 300 pounds, he towers over most people he comes in contact with. While his outward appearance impresses confidence, inside Parrow spent years gripped by panic that those around him would discover a secret he was keeping: he is gay.

Parrow first faced that fear about four years ago after he met Morgan—the man who would eventually become his fiancée—by coming out to those closest to him: friends, family and some co-workers.

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Watermark Wednesday – January Social

By : Danny Garcia
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Come out to the first Watermark Wednesday of 2018 as we meet and mingle at Hamburger Mary’s Pub House in Ybor City. As always, light bites will be provided and your first drink is on the house. Bring cash for raffle prizes. Proceeds benefit Tampa Pride. See you there!

Connecticut city’s elected body eliminates gender pronouns

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STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — The legislative body in Stamford, Connecticut, has removed gender pronouns from its written rules.

The Board of Representatives voted last week to remove “he/she” and “his/her” from its rules of order, replacing them with specific titles, including president and clerk, the Advocate newspaper reported.

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PFLAG St Pete January Support Meeting

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PFLAG is America’s largest LGBTQ+ and Ally support organization. The new St. Petersburg chapter holds support group meetings on the third Tuesday of the month at the Metro Wellness & Community Center in St. Pete. If you need support OR know someone who needs support OR would like to offer others support, please join us.

01.11.18 Tampa Bay Bureau Chief’s Desk

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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I’ve never made a New Year’s resolution—at least that I can remember.It isn’t because I don’t hope for a better year than the last, particularly after a rather polarizing 2017. It’s just something that never really occurs to me, especially now that I have to wrangle my husband for my midnight-mandated “kissy” photo op. He hates pictures of people kissing.

There’s nothing wrong with people making resolutions. It works for some, and that’s wonderful. I try to make every day the best it can be, so an over-arching 365-day look-ahead just doesn’t do it for me.

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Watermark’s Most Eligible LGBTQ Bachelors and Bachelorettes Search

By : Watermark Staff
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New year resolutions and goals vary as much as the people who set them, but there seems to be one common thread that passes through all of them; the world needs more love.

We here at Watermark couldn’t agree more, and that’s why we are doing what we can to bring some love, and maybe a little romance, into the lives of LGBTQ singles in the Central Florida and Tampa Bay area.

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Central Florida Overheard: DRIP Dried

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DRIP, the innovative dance show which initially made a big splash at Orlando Fringe, announced via its website that it will close its doors at the end of this month. The announcement did not mention if there will be a new location.

DRIP opened at their International Drive venue five years ago, incorporating performances geared toward the LGBTQ community during the month of June.

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Jacksonville’s Human Rights Ordinance threatened on the federal level by new bill

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. | Jacksonville’s City Council approved an anti-discrimination ordinance protecting the LGBTQ community less than a year ago, but those protections are already in danger at the state level.

Jacksonville Republican Rep. Jay Fant has introduced House Bill 871. It would allow businesses to set their policies in accordance to their religious beliefs—something Jacksonville attorney and LGBT activist Jimmy Midyette calls “insidious.”

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Watermark’s 2018 WAVE Awards – Tampa Bay nomination round

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Welcome to 2018! It’s that time of year where we make New Year’s resolutions, set goals and do the WAVE!!!

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

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Watermark’s 2018 WAVE Awards – Central Florida nomination round

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Welcome to 2018! It’s that time of year where we make New Year’s resolutions, set goals and do the WAVE!!!

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

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FX orders Ryan Murphy LGBTQ dance musical series ‘Pose’

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The FX channel says it’s ordered a scripted dance musical series starring Evan Peters, Kate Mara and James Van Der Beek.

FX said Wednesday that the series, titled “Pose,” will include what it called an unprecedented number of LGBTQ and transgender actors in ongoing roles.

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Watermark’s Most Remarkable People 2017: Pamela Schwartz, Orange County Regional History Center’s Chief Curator

By : Teresa Jacobs, Orange County Mayor
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It’s an honor and privilege to celebrate Pamela Schwartz as a 2017 “Remarkable Person.”

In the early hours after the Pulse Nightclub massacre, when we were reeling with anguish and disbelief from the brutal attack on our LGBTQ, Latinx and Hispanic communities and the unimaginable loss of 49 innocent souls, one person was already thinking about how we could help memorialize the staggering loss and remember the innocent victims. That was Pam Schwartz, who by the next day, had already outlined a plan for the collection and preservation of the tribute items that she knew would come.

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