Watermark’s 16 Most Remarkable People of ’16

By : Watermark Staff
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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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Trans activist: Nate Quinn spent 2016 fighting to keep trans students safe in the bathroom

By : Jeremy Williams
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Doing something that would deem you remarkable is difficult enough. To do so as a teenager is a whole new level, but Nate Quinn is definitely deserving of that kind of praise.

Quinn came out to his parents as transgender when he was 16 years old, but unlike the typical teen who rebels away from authority, he sat down with them.

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Sarasota County still not allowing bathroom equality for transgender students

By : Anna M. Johnson
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The Sarasota County School District, after four months of community upheaval over the issue, still has no official policy that protects the rights of transgender students to use bathrooms that align with their gender identities.

In January, Pine View Charter School created a policy that gave transgender students the right to use the bathroom that aligns with their gender identity. This change came about after Nate Quinn organized a call-in day for allies to encourage the Pine View administration to adopt an inclusive stance. Since then, the Sarasota County School Board has heard from community members on both sides of this issue through their participation in protests, emails, phone calls and public board meetings.

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