PHOTOS: Polk Pride in the Park

By : Maia Monet
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Munn Park in downtown Lakeland was the site of Polk Pride in the Park this past Saturday. A large crowd came out to be visible as members of the LGBTQ+ community and to show their support. Drag performer Kathryn Nevets hosted the entertainment, which included a rousing rendition of “This is Me” and closed with lesbian band Halcyon.

More photos after the jump.

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PHOTOS: Mayors Dyer and Jacobs declare June 12 Orlando United Day at Pulse ceremony

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | Hundreds gathered at the Pulse memorial June 12 to honor and remember the 49 lives lost just two years ago within the nightclub at the memorial’s location.

The crowd watched performances from the Orlando Gay Chorus, Blue Star, the Orlando Philharmonic and more.

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PHOTOS: Girls in Wonderland welcome attendees with a Bud

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Welcome ladies!

Girls in Wonderland and Bud Light welcomed attendees at the Grand Orlando Resort at Celebration, GIW’s new host hotel, with a poolside party, with free Bud Light, of course.

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PHOTOS: Girls in Wonderland cause a Traffic Jam at Ember

By : Maia Monet
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Girls in Wonderland held its annual Traffic Light party at Ember in downtown Orlando May 31.

The ladies came out, mingled and sported either a red bracelet for taken, a yellow for proceed with caution and a green for GO FOR IT!

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Watermark Wednesday for May at Watermark’s Grand Central Offices in St. Pete

By : Maia Monet
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Watermark has long had a footprint in Tampa Bay, but we recently decided to open a more permanent space in the area. It is only fitting then that for our bi-monthly Watermark Wednesday in May, we decided to host it at our brand-spanking new offices at Clear Labs in St. Petersburg. Our friends and clients turned out to mingle, enjoy the impressive new digs, feast on the delicious spread and raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay.

For those of you who couldn’t make it, but would still like to support Big Brothers Big Sisters, they will have a Pride Bowl at Dunedin Lanes on June 9. More pictures of the fun had at Watermark Wednesday after the jump.

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Pulse Interim Memorial opens to the public

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ORLANDO | The onePULSE Foundation opened the Pulse Interim Memorial to the public with a dedication ceremony May 8.

The foundation was joined by Pulse victims’ family members, survivors, first responders and community leaders for a dedication that opened with Pulse survivor Brian Reagan singing “Hallelujah” and included a bilingual opening prayer from Rev. Stanley Ramos, a dedication blessing from Orlando Health chaplains Phyllis Fitzwater and Jason O’Rourke, a video message from survivors and family members and a musical performance of “Together Again” by entertainer Tymisha Harris.

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PHOTOS: Protest at Pulse after trial verdict

By : Maia Monet
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After Noor Salman was found not guilty on all charges today, protesters made their feelings on the verdict known at Pulse. As cars passed by honking their support, the protesters stood stoically and silently carrying signs that read “We will not let hate win.”

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PHOTOS: Tampa Pride 2018

By : Maia Monet
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Tampa | The 4th annual Tampa Pride occured March 24 in all its glory on the streets of Ybor City. Leading things off in the morning was the Festival Marketplace on the campus of Hillsborough Community College Ybor. Filled with vendors, artisans, churches and theater groups, there was a lot to take in and enjoy for the rainbow-bedazzled public greatly enjoying the perfect early spring weather.

The action shifted in the afternoon to the Diversity Parade led by Grand Marshals Rev. Jakob Hero-Shaw, Jane Castor and Christopher Sean. As the parade participants slowly made their way down 7th Ave. through the heart of Ybor City, they were met by thousands of cheering people dressed-to-express their LGBTQ pride and waving rainbow as well as transgender pride flags. Watermark was lucky enough to have a float in the parade and capture some of the sights for your viewing pleasure. Check out our pics after the jump below.

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PHOTOS: WAVE Awards Party 2018 Central Florida

By : Jake Stevens
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The 2018 Central Florida WAVE Awards Party at Celebration Gardens was a star-studded event. Local dignitaries Patty Sheehan and Anna Eskamani attended along with entertainer Blue Star and the WAVE award winners. Providing the entertainment were Doug Bowser, Miss Sammy, Lacie Browning, Gidget Galore and the Central Florida Sounds of Freedom Band and Color Guard. It was a chilly night, but the copious outdoor heaters, fire-pit and adult beverage offerings, kept everyone warm.

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PHOTOS: WAVE Awards Party 2018 Tampa Bay

By : Jake Stevens
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Hamburger Mary’s Tampa was the sight of the 2018 edition of Watermark’s annual WAVE Awards Party. Helping us celebrate with the WAVE winners you selected as Tampa Bay’s favorites, was a bevy of beauties. Amy DeMilo hosted a show that featured our WAVE award winner for favorite local performer Alexis De La Mer, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” season 10 contestant Vanessa Vanjie Mateo, singer Jennifer Real and drag queens Jasmine Jimenez, Esme Russell and Desiree A. DeMornay.

Check out our pics of their performances, as well as the party-goers and Watermark staff who were lucky enough to be on hand to enjoy the festivities.

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PHOTOS: Swipe Right Party Orlando

By : Jake Stevens
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For Valentine’s Day, Watermark hosted an LGBTQ+ singles mixer on February 8 at The Hammered Lamb, where any and all were encouraged to come out to try and find that special someone. Central Florida’s most eligible LGBTQ+ bachelors and bachelorettes, as featured in the current issue of Watermark, mingled with singles to try and find their love match. To make things easier for everyone, attendees were encouraged to wear colored bracelets to indicate interest in men, women, or any combination they wished.

More photos of the night’s fesitivities, and hot singles, after the jump.

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The Last Page with Multimedia Assistant Melody Maia Monet

By : Rick Claggett
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Maia Monet began her career with Watermark as a freelancer. She has been the woman behind the viewpoint column “Trans of Thought” for the past two years. When Watermark posted the Multimedia Assistant position, Maia jumped at the chance. “I wanted to be part of an organization dedicated to telling our stories within our community and outside of it,” she says.

Watermark also jumped at the chance to have her join the team. Maia is a graduate of Princeton University with vast knowledge of social media skills and internet celebrities, skills no doubt that will help her manage Watermark’s online profile via our website and social media accounts. In addition to her digital duties, Maia will be assisting in administrative tasks. Maia is excited to start this new adventure in her life and exclaims, “I get to be professionally lesbian and transgender!”

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