Issue: 26.15 LGBTQ Blue

By : Dylan Todd
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LGBTQ cops talk about being out and proud in Central Florida and Tampa Bay, Orlando LGBTQ pioneer Joel Strack passes away at 59, Flamingo Resort St. Pete announces imminent closure, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Acrobat who plunged 100 feet to his death left final message for boyfriend

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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An acrobat who fell to his death while entertaining festival-goers before a Green Day concert at Mad Cool Festival in Madrid on Friday posted a heartbreaking message to his boyfriend on Facebook the day before.

Pedro Aunion Monroy, 42, was performing inside a glass box suspended by a crane 100 feet in the air. Although he was reportedly wearing a harness, Monroy plummeted to the ground in front of 35,000 people and later died from his injuries. It is still unclear exactly how Monroy fell. A video of Monroy’s fall has been circulating online with almost half a million views.

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Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me!

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Now in its 19th season, Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me! is National Public Radio’s Peabody Award-winning quiz show. Host Peter Sagal leads a rotating panel of comedians, humorists and journalists, listener contestants and celebrity guests through a comic review of the week’s news. Contestants vie for the most coveted prize in all of public radio: a custom-recorded greeting by scorekeeper emeritus Carl Kasell for their voicemail.

Gay Days 2016: Watermark’s Complete Coverage

By : Jamie Hyman
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Welcome to your one-stop shop for all the news, photos and updates about Orlando’s Big Gay Weekend! Bookmark this page – it will be updated through the weekend with coverage of the Expo, parties and events, all weekend long!

First up, check out our GD2016 Guide

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Gay rights groups oppose Oklahoma bills, name them anti-gay

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Oklahoma City (AP) – Gay rights supporters say Oklahoma is at the forefront of a wave of anti-gay legislation that is unfairly discriminatory and they plan to launch a campaign to oppose more than a dozen bills introduced for the session that begins next week.

Some measures would give broad authority to businesses and corporations to discriminate against gay people. Others would ensure court clerks wouldn’t have to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

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Saunders kicks off 2014 campaign

By : Tom Dyer
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Orlando – Less than a year ago, Joe Saunders celebrated his historic election to Florida’s House of Representatives with a party at The Abbey in downtown Orlando. On Tuesday, Oct. 15 he returned to the same venue to launch his re-election campaign before a packed house of enthusiastic supporters.

Last November, Saunders defeated former UCF student body president Marco Pena by an eight point margin to become the first representative for the newly created District 49. He was also one of two openly gay candidates elected to the legislature, a first for the Sunshine State.

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Top Ten Things Watermark Is Thankful For

By : Watermark Staff
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Top Ten Things Watermark is thankful for:

10. The best, most interactive General Election coverage we’ve ever done.

9. A 2012 WAVE Awards that shows how vital and vibrant LGBTs are in our respective communities.

8. Marriage equality, slowly spreading across the states.

7. The new staff members we added this year: Sam and Bill! It’s great having you in our Watermark family.

6. Smartphones, because they  make it so much easier to cover news live from the scene!

5. 2,972 likes on Facebook and counting – can you help us get to 3,000 by 2013?

4. Mashed potatoes. What? We like carbs.

3. A record number of LGBTs holding political office! Let’s keep the trend going!

2. Our families, be they human or furry or the unconventional families we cobble together from those who mean the most to us.

1. Our intelligent, exceptional readers who are never afraid to challenge us or support what we do. We truly couldn’t do it without you. Thank you for your interest, insight and loyalty, year after year.