PHOTOS: Mayors Dyer and Jacobs declare June 12 Orlando United Day at Pulse ceremony

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | Hundreds gathered at the Pulse memorial June 12 to honor and remember the 49 lives lost just two years ago within the nightclub at the memorial’s location.

The crowd watched performances from the Orlando Gay Chorus, Blue Star, the Orlando Philharmonic and more.

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Watermark Giveaway: Tickets to see the Orlando Magic on Valentine’s Day

By : Maia Monet
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Looking for something special to do with your sweetie on Valentine’s Day? Watermark is giving away two pairs of ticket to see the Orlando Magic on Pride Night, Feb. 14 at 7pm at the Amway Center! Enjoy the game vs the Charlotte Hornets from Ultimate Seats inside the first seven rows of the court. Show your LGBTQ pride as you listen to the Orlando Gay Chorus at halftime. When you and your date get hungry, order from the available in-seat waiter service or head to the Fields Ultimate Lounge. The exclusive lounge has free beverage service including beer, wine, and soda as well as complimentary meat carving stations and a grab-and-go candy wall.

To enter, comment on this post and tell us the name of your favorite Magic player. More details after the jump.

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2016 was the worst year ever, and 2017 was the year we found our footing

By : Jeremy Williams
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In these very pages one year ago we proclaimed 2016 to be the worst year ever. It started off with so much promise and optimism, with the official passing of the torch as the former owner of Watermark turned the reins over to new owner Rick Claggett and Watermark Media became Watermark Publishing Group.

President Barack Obama was heading into the final year of his second term and everything seemed in place for another torch to be passed, that of the first black president passing the country off to the first female president.

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Watermark’s Most Remarkable People of 2017

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In a year filled with many setbacks and obstacles, the LGBTQ communities in Central Florida and Tampa Bay have met those challenges with amazing resilience and resisted all forms of discrimination.

The individuals selected as Watermark’s Most Remarkable People of 2017 come from many walks of life but all share one thing in common, they all were truly exceptional this year.

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Watermark’s Most Remarkable People 2017: James Rode, Orlando Gay Chorus’ artistic director

By : Jeremy Williams
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It’s difficult to take an organization that’s celebrating 25 years and change the way the community sees it, but Orlando Gay Chorus artistic director James Rode doesn’t make decisions based on what’s the easiest thing to do.

OGC celebrated their 25th anniversary in 2015, the same year Rode became the organization’s new artistic director.

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Orlando Gay Chorus launches Voices United! Orlando youth camp

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ORLANDO – For one week, everyone was a star, or at least a star in the making.

In an unexpected move, the Orlando Gay Chorus—with help from a grant from Disney—launched a chorus camp called Voices United! Orlando, a choir camp intended to raise voices to their perfect pitch, all while having fun. From June 5-9, 22 kids of middle-school age came together for a week of bass and treble, alto and soprano, all leading to a final performance that Friday.

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Watermark on the Fringe: Bitch, Perfect!

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Get those well-manicured hands in you a-ca-thespians! The Orlando Gay Chorus is here, for the first time ever, with a full on theatrical show at the Orlando Fringe.

Bitch, Perfect! (a parody of the hit film series Pitch Perfect) is narrated, or more accurately hosted, by John and Joanne (played to biting perfection by Brandon Lopez and Danielle Irigoyen), a pair of sharp-tongued commentators for a national colligeate a cappella tournament in which the students of Mary Qweens of the Universe College in Key West Florida are competing.

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Central Florida celebrates Watermark’s 2017 WAVE Awards at Parliament House

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Watermark celebrated with the Central Florida winners of the 2017 WAVE Awards at the Parliament House in Orlando March 10.

Guests were greeted in Parliment House’s main bar with tunes being spun by DJ Lindsey Leigh, decorated with beautiful arrangements by Lee James Floral Design and a delicious spread courtesy of John Michael Exquisite Weddings and Catering. First place winners took home awards in elegant frames courtesy of Tyrone’s Frame and Mirror from St. Petersburg.

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Orlando Magic gets proud with first-ever Pride Night

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The community came out for the Orlando Magic’s first ever Pride Night against the New York Knicks at the Amway Center March 6.

The crowd was filled with t-shirts featuring the Magic logo in rainbow colors and read “Pride Night 2017.”

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Orlando’s Overheard: Defying expectations, P-House entertainment, Orlando Gay Chorus and Ida heads to Tally

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Pride takes a seat

Over the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend, Orlando City Soccer and Orlando Pride’s Phil Rawlins certainly gave us something to be thankful for. He shared an image of the new soccer stadium.

In the image was a set of seats he called the Pulse tribute seats designed in rainbow colors to honor the victims of the Pulse massacre with the hashtag #DefyExpectations. In the world of sports, founder and president of Orlando City Soccer Rawlins has been very actively involved in supporting the LGBTQ community, and with the audience the Orlando City and Orlando Pride games attract, it’s no surprise the LGBTQ community supports them in return!

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Transgender Day of Remembrance to be held at Valencia East on Nov. 17

By : Billy Manes
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For each the last few years the trans community has been celebrating its way through the hatred and sadness and doing so together in late November. Just as a reminder, tomorrow is Orlando’s Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) and, given the murders of trans folk this year – and the current climate of hatred – we thought you’d might like to join your brothers and sisters in seeing how far they have come. Here’s the info. Hope you can make it. This one is going to be huge.

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), which occurs annually on November 20, is a day to memorialize those who have been killed as a result of transphobia and to bring attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community.

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Community rises up after mass shooting at Orlando gay nightclub kills 49

By : Jamie Hyman
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Orlando is in mourning.

On June 12, we woke up to a world that is different. A world that looks darker and feels more dangerous than it did just one day before.

We stretched, rolled over and checked our phones. Our eyes widened and we raised our hands to our mouths, shocked and appalled to learn the news: the previous night, a man named Omar Mateen had armed himself and entered Pulse, a gay nightclub located downtown. He opened fire.

That man killed 49 of our friends.

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