Tampa Bay celebrates Watermark’s 2017 WAVE Awards at Flamingo Resort

By : Jeremy Williams
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Watermark celebrated with the Tampa Bay winners of the 2017 WAVE Awards at the Flamingo Resort in St. Petersburg March 9.

The Flamingo Resort hosted the event in their new Blu Room Theatre with flowers designed by The Flower Centre of St. Petersburg. First place winners took home awards in beautiful frames courtesy of Tyrone’s Frame and Mirror.

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Equality Florida gathers at TPepin’s for the 2017 Tampa Gala

By : Jeremy Williams
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Equality Florida had a successful showing Feb. 25 for the 2017 Tampa Gala at TPepin’s Hospitality Centre.

The event was hosted by HOT 101.5’s Miguel Fuller, and featured live and silent auctions, musical entertainment and a powerful spoken word by Equality Florida’s Samira Obeid.

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Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber’s Diamond Awards were the night’s best friend

By : Jeremy Williams
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ST. PETERSBURG – The Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber of Commerce’s Diamonds in Diversity continues to shine brighter with each year as the annual awards gala took over the Hilton Bayfront in St. Petersburg Jan. 21.

Hosts Miguel Fuller and Holly O’Connor of HOT 101.5’s “Miguel & Holly Show” kept the show on pace, and the powerhouse vocals of Jennifer Real kept the show in tune, along with musicians Nathan L. Mitchell and Jonathan Thomas, as the elite of Tampa Bay was dressed to the nines.

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Watermark’s 16 Most Remarkable People of ’16

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Watermark has chosen those who stood out from the LGBTQ community – 16 remarkable individuals who made a mark in 2016; whether through activism, generosity or beating the odds.

It has been a difficult year for all of us, both politically and personally, and those we have selected have made the most change, been the most inspiring and helped to make our LGBTQ community that much stronger in the face of adversity.

Below, our 16 Most Remarkable People of ’16.

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Radio Heads: The Will & Grace stylings of Miguel & Holly have made them Tampa Bay’s number one morning show

By : Jeremy Williams
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What makes someone remarkable can vary. It can be a grand standing up for what’s right, or it can be something much more subtle and simple, just being who you are. Miguel Fuller and Holly O’Connor are the morning show hosts for Hot 101.5’s “Miguel and Holly Show.”

The radio duo came to Tampa Bay in 2015 by way of Panama City Beach and have since climbed out of the airwaves and snuggled up to us, becoming the Bay area’s very own Will & Grace.

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: A Proud Bay

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Friends in Good Places

In the fight for equality, the LGBTQ community has always appreciated the backing of our straight allies. One of those allies in St. Petersburg has always been Barclay Harless.

A scroll through your newsfeed on Facebook will find pictures of Harless celebrating a birthday with Hot 101.5’s Miguel Fuller or hanging out with St. Pete Pride’s Eric Skains or standing with the community at a Pride event or march or rally. That commitment to the community is now leading Harless to pursue a position that will let him do good for all of St. Pete.

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The LGBTQ community finds its voice and its musical escape on the air in Tampa Bay and Orlando

By : Billy Manes
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“Because you can’t see tits on the radio, I’ll give you five fingers for a one man show,” the Scissor Sisters belted out more than a decade ago. Well, some things have changed. For one, the industry that has typically been haunted by dusty faces that were, as they say, “made for radio,” have evolved into a different beast, for better and for worse.

On the one hand, the medium has been revitalized by the presence of satellite and internet stations. On the other, there are clouds from both sides now, wherein mainstream industry force presses up against a personality-driven culture, one perfectly suited for the huskiness of a DJ’s voice. More importantly, niche radio stations and mainstream ones alike have opened the door for LGBTQ culture to dance and be heard.

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11.3.16 Editor’s Desk

By : Billy Manes
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“Someone found a letter you wrote me, on the radio. And they told the world just how you felt. It must have fallen out of a hole in your old brown overcoat. They never said your name but I knew just who they meant.”

Those were the words that flew from Donna Summer’s gorgeous mouth in 1979, back when I was five, a latchkey derivative, a mess and a superhero all rolled into one. Those words resonate with me still today, and any time Blue Star – one of our cover stars – plays them to me (she does), I cry into the wood paneling, I wish for a lit up dance floor, I break a heel, but I never fall down.

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High Fidelity: The red suitcases

By : Miguel Fuller
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MiguelFuller_MugSomething weird happens when you look at yourself in the mirror and realize you are a 30-something.

First, the fact that I’m having thoughts about age, life, death, legacy and retirement are crazy to me. Last I remember I was visiting college campuses trying to figure out where I wanted to have my young mind molded. Secondly, you really start to feel your life decisions weigh on you. No longer can you make excuses for a crazy night out – you have responsibilities. Someone is depending on you. Thirdly, you start to realize that you aren’t the young one in the group anymore. Friends are coming to you for serious life advice, not just boy or girl drama.

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PHOTOS! Tampa Bay WAVE Awards Party 2016

By : Deanndra Meno
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Tampa Bay’s Watermark readers came out in droves to celebrate the winners of the 2016 WAVE Awards at Southern Nights Tampa.

They enjoyed specialty purple cocktails, light bites from Puff n’ Stuff catering, and entertainment by Judy B. Goode, Jennifer Real, the Scott and Patti Show and Ashlee T. Bangkx.

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Radio Days Meets Garrison Keillor at Una Voce’s “The Fairy Home Companions”

By : Krista DiTucci
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Entertainment fans can experience live radio show entertainment and comic relief this holiday season at Una Voce’s “The Fairy Home Companions: A Comedic Satire,” on Dec. 11 and Dec. 13.

Joseph Caulkins, Una Voce’s artistic director, says he grew up in the Midwest listening to Garrison Keillor’s live radio variety show, A Prairie Home Companion. He thought it would be a fun idea to turn the show into a parody and “make it a little more gay and exciting.”

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