The Fitness Marshall looks to take over the world one cardio-filled dance video at a time

By : Jeremy Williams
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Caleb Marshall is your typical Mid-Western, gay millennial. He loves his boyfriend Cameron, he loves his Starbucks coffee and he loves him some Britney Spears. Marshall stands out in his sometimes overly criticized generation as the fun-loving, energetic and infectious online persona known as The Fitness Marshall.

Dressed in his is trademark camo pants and black tank top, Marshall uses his part Richard Simmons/part Energizer Bunny character of The Fitness Marshall to motivate his millions (that’s right, millions!) of online viewers to dance, have fun and get in shape.

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Come Out With Pride wants you to keep dancing, but also to keep involved

By : Jeremy Williams
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Pride is a word that once carried a negative connotation. One of the original seven deadly sins, it was seen as something shameful and immoral. In the years after the 1969 riots at the Stonewall Inn in New York City, the word Pride was taken up as sign of honor, respect and loyalty by the LGBTQ community.

Pride became how we stood up for ourselves and celebrated who we are. Nearly 20 years later we celebrated the first National Coming Out Day Oct. 11, 1988. Pride was applied to something everyone in the community had to do no matter which letter you identified with in the LGBTQ spectrum. The significance of that day was to mark the one year anniversary of the 1987 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.

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Come OUT St. Pete has something for everyone at their inaugural coming out

By : Jeremy Williams
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While the nation will celebrate National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11, Grand Central and the City of St. Petersburg are looking to celebrate for seven pride-filled days with a series of events for everyone across the LGBTQ spectrum.

Whether you are interested in LGBTQ film, food, festive drinks or just relaxing with friends, COSP has got you covered. All events are subject to change, and all films will be announced at a later date, so be sure to keep an eye on WatermarkOnline.com and ComeOutStPete.org for any updates.

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The Grand Central District looks to celebrate coming out this October with a new event

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St. Petersburg – The Grand Central District Association announced plans for a series of events in St. Petersburg and Gulfport in October that will celebrate the LGBTQ community in the bay area in conjunction with National Coming Out Day Oct. 11.

“We want to acknowledge the importance of coming out and celebrate it in St. Pete,” says Shawn Connelly, Committee Chair for Come Out St. Pete. “What is also great about the timing of it is it will run concurrently with the Tampa Bay International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (TIGLFF), which occurs every October. Our timeline will follow along that festival so we are collaborating with them on the planning and implementing of these events.”

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NYC fire department releases “It Gets Better” video

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NEW YORK (AP) — The Fire Department of New York wants struggling lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth know that life does get better.

Commissioner Daniel Nigro announced Sunday that the FDNY has made an “It Gets Better” video, featuring a dozen firefighters, paramedics and EMTs who discuss the challenges LGBT youth face.

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10.24.13 Editor’s Desk

By : Steve Blanchard
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SteveBlanchardHeadshotI live an incredibly gay life. I never intended it to be so glittery and fabulous, but, I constantly find myself surrounded by rainbow colors, female impersonators, festive parade floats and LGBT and LGBT-friendly dignitaries speaking out for equality.

It’s not a bad life at all. In fact, I feel fortunate to have a job that requires me to remain so involved in the community. There’s a certain comfort I take knowing that so many people are working toward one goal to make our state and our country better for everyone.

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10.11.12 Editor’s Desk

By : Steve Blanchard
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SteveBlanchardHeadshotThe day this issue of Watermark is distributed across the state is a big deal in the LGBT community, rather you know it or not.

Oct. 11 is National Coming Out Day, a day celebrated since 1988 as a means to encourage LGBTs to come out of the closet and share their true selves with friends and family. Of course, for those of us already living openly, encouraging others to do the same is easy, and even frustrating when they are reluctant to declare their same-gender attraction. But for those still in the closet, sharing details about their sexual orientation can be much scarier than anything a theme park can dream up for Halloween.

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