Watermark’s Top headlines of 2017

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2017 was a roller coaster of a year. Our highs were marked with great achievements and big celebrations, and our lows were filled with the passing of great LGBTQ leaders and fear-filled headlines we thought we would never read.

Below we look back on the top 5 LGBTQ headlines out of Central Florida, Tampa Bay, from the state of Florida and across the nation, and the world.

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Parliament House sale to Miami-based company announced

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | Miami-based Kenergy Scientific, Inc. announced that it has completed a major milestone in acquiring Parliament Holdings Inc., the company that owns and operates the Parliament House Resort in Orlando, Nov. 13.

In the next 30 days, Kenergy will transition in the new management, file notice for a symbol and name change and plans to expand the existing operations.  In addition, they plan to begin construction on additional buildings to the resort, according to a press release.

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A night of fashion, visual art and music combine in a fundraiser to support HIV/AIDS organization Miracle of Love, Inc.

By : Holly V. Kapherr
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On November 8, Miracle of Love, an HIV/AIDS education and awareness organization based in Orlando, will stage its second Project Red: An Art Experience event at Parliament House on Orange Blossom Trail. The event will feature artists from around the area in theatre, visual art, fashion, music and other mediums. Proceeds from the event will go to fund Miracle of Love’s community endeavors, including programs for pregnant women, housing for HIV positive individuals, and care management assistance for underinsured or non-insured individuals with HIV/AIDS.

The first Project Red: An Art Experience took place in 2015, when an artist approached Miracle of Love with the idea to stage an art show that communicated to an audience what the color red meant to them.

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Parliament House was the place to be this Halloween

By : Danny Garcia
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Our previous issue said it best, Halloween is like our Gay Christmas! The crowds at the Parliament House Resort packed the courtyard with some of the most epic costumes this side of Halloweentown on Saturday, Oct. 28. Surely, the huge cash prizes has nothing to do with it, right?

The ghouls and goblins alike lined up for the big prized money, despite the wet weather. The big winner was Game of Thrones‘ Jon Snow riding a dragon that blew out actual smoke.

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Parliament House goes pink for Libby’s Legacy benefit

By : Jeremy Williams
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Parliament House was all pink for their Libby’s Legacy Breast Cancer Foundation Benefit on Oct. 7.

The evening was filled with pink champagne and lots of “Pink Drink,” as well as a silent auction, live auctions and raffle prizes. The funds raised from all of these, and a portion of the door, went to Libby’s Legacy to provide comprehensive breast health services to the underinsured and uninsured Central Florida community.

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Parliament House helps support Libby’s Legacy with Pink benefit

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | Parliament House makes “Pink the New Black” as they present Pink, a Benefit for Libby’s Legacy Breast Cancer Foundation, on Oct. 7.

“It’s going to be all pink,” says Parliament House’s Marla Harris. ” Everyone is going to be wearing pink and Parliament House will be decorated all in pink, and then we will have our signature pink drinks.”

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Scare Up Some Prizes

By : Scottie Campbell
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Halloween can be a profitable night, in addition to being fun. Even if you’re not looking to compete, the big prizes are a good indication of where some of the most creative costumes can be viewed. Here some of the prizes we knew about at press time.

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Orlando’s Overheard: Ginger Minj gets married and Irma comes to the City Beautiful

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Disney’s newest Princess

At the New York 2017 RuPaul’s Drag-Con, fans of RuPaul’s Drag Race were treated to an unexpected surprise.

Soon after a make-up panel—where Central Florida’s Ginger Minj (Josh Eads) gave 8-year old internet drag sensation Lactatia a make-over—Ginger asked Lactatia “I’ve done your make up and your wig, can you do something for me? Do you want to be my flower girl?” Then Ginger announced she was getting married today.

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Parliament House to sell off part of their land to pay debts

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | Don Granatstein and Susan Unger, owners of the world famous Parliament House, will sell off five acres of land to settle unresolved debt that has hounded them for more than a decade, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Granatstein and Unger are selling the five acres to Lion Financial, a Miami firm co-owned by Ron Simkins and brother Michael Simkins.

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Overheard: Woodstock closing, Queens get crowned and Southern gets crafty

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If a tree falls at Woodstock

The Orlando City Bears finally found their new home at Woodstock and after a couple of weeks they announced the night would be postponed due a small fire.

Within a week, one of the owners of Woodstock made the announcement via Facebook that (The Fullmoon at) Woodstock Orlando will be officially closing the weekend of August 26th. We reached out to Kevin Naylor who cited several issues with the city regarding permitting and code violations. Unfortunately, (The Full Moon at) Woodstock Orlando never landed a loyal following as they often found themselves using the space for special events versus developing the typical bar/club theme nights.

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Cazwell heads to Parliament House Orlando for Labor Day Weekend

By : Aaron Drake
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(Above photo by Anthony Humphryes.)

Cazwell took YouTube by storm with the music video for his provocative brain candy, “Ice Cream Truck.” Currently the video has more than 5 million views, so this out “white dude” rapper has found quite a fan base, along with a bit of critical acclaim and commercial success. It’s no wonder with his unique sense of style, edgy lyrics and relevant social commentary on current issues that his fans are drooling for more.

Fans and newcomers alike will be able to experience Cazwell’s sexiness in person this Labor Day weekend as he takes over Parliament House for a live performance at the club’s New York Street Party. Watermark had the chance to catch up with him before the show to chat about his newest single, upcoming projects and what his fans can expect in Orlando.

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The Parliament House Footlight Theatre 2017-2018 Season Program

By : Jake Stevens
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All of the amazing theater shows happening at the Footlight Theatre!

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