Watermark Wednesday – May Social

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Come out to the Watermark Wednesday for the month of May as we meet and mingle at Watermark’s new offices in St. Pete! As always, light bites will be provided and your first drink is on the house. Bring cash for raffle prizes. Proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay.

Join us as we celebrate our new office in the Tampa Bay area.

See you there!

Watermark’s Third Thursday – January Social

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Come out to the first Watermark Third Thursday of 2018 as we meet and mingle at Celebration Gardens in Winter Park. As always, light bites will be provided and your first drink is on the house. Bring cash for raffle prizes. Proceeds benefit Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando. See you there!

Watermark Wednesday – January Social

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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!

Networking for Writers

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Networking is a great way to learn about the industry, stay motivated and form connections that will enrich your career. The word may strike fear into writers’ hearts, but networking should also be fun and natural. Author Sarah Nicolas will provide tips on effective networking, both online and in-person, to help you take your writing career to the next level.

Watermark’s September Third Thursday Networking Social

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Join us at The Gardens at Park West Sept. 21 for our September Third Thursday.
First drink is on us and light bites will be provided.
Raffle prizes will be available with the proceeds going to The 49 Fund.

Out & About night returns to Central Florida Fair for second year

By : Adam Manno
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central florida fairThe 104th annual Central Florida Fair runs through March 13, but LGBT families might want to save the date for March 2, the second annual Out & About Night from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.

“Last year was our first year hosting Out & About and we found an increase in attendance of about 1000 people,” says Central Florida Fair Sponsorship Coordinator Frances Rivera.

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Parents join the conversation at 2016 Orlando Youth Empowerment Summit

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From Tumblr to transgender trends, the leaders, teachers and students who attended the third annual Orlando Youth Empowerment Summit tackled a wide range of topics of interest to modern LGBT youth.

Co-sponsored by the City of Orlando in partnership with GLSEN, the Orlando Youth Alliance, and Zebra Coalition, O-YES is a collaborative workshop and panel-based conference aimed at empowering Orlando’s LGBTQIA+ community through dialogue and discourse.

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Central Florida pro sports teams celebrate LGBT Pride

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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October is LGBT History Month, so Orlando City Soccer Club and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are gearing up to celebrate pride with their LGBT fans.

Orlando City Soccer announced that it will be hosting its first LGBT Night on Oct. 3 at the Orlando Citrus Bowl against the Montreal Impact, while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be hosting a LGBT Pride Day for their Oct. 4 game against the Carolina Panthers.

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Equality Connection at the Grand Bohemian

By : Patrick O'Connor
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Equality Florida hosts Equality Connection, a networking event for EQFL members new and old, at The Grand Bohemian in downtown Orlando.

Gina Duncan, EQFL Director of Transgender Inclusion, gave an update on transgender issues and challenges.

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Metro announces new LGBTQ clinics during St. Pete Pride

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St. Petersburg | Metro Wellness and Community Centers announced the opening of the LGBTQ Primary Care Clinics during the St. Pete Pride parade and street festival June 25.

“The LGBT Welcome Center in St. Petersburg is proudly flying a giant rainbow flag above Central Avenue [June 25], and will be at the heart of Metro’s outreach to the community throughout St. Pete Pride weekend,” Metro said in a press release. “As we look to the coming year, the highlight of this year’s Pride season is Metro’s next big step in providing full health and wellness for our community.”

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Tampa Bay networking social takes a turn on the catwalk

By : Steve Blanchard
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The Tampa Bay Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce held its bi-monthly mixer at Quench Lounge in Largo on April 16, but added a twist to the traditional networking social.

The bar and 6S Boutique owners Andrew and Sasha Citino transformed the popular club into an epicenter of fashion complete with a runway.

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Education Fund Launch to raise money for LGBT scholarships

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Orlando – The Zebra Coalition is working to ensure LGBT students have the opportunity to access their education needs.

Zebra is launching their Education Fund at The Sanctuary Downtown Feb. 27 to kick off fundraising for the Jefferson R. Voss Education Fund for the Zebra Coalition Youth.

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