PHOTOS: Come OUT St. Pete steps out for inaugural parade

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ST. PETERSBURG | Come OUT St. Pete (COSP) held its inaugural parade in the Grand Central District during its second annual celebration Oct. 6.

The parade began at 10 a.m., heading west on Central Ave. from 22nd St. to 31st St. “Bringing a parade back to Grand Central is definitely something the community has voiced for some time,” COSP Co-Chair Jimmy Biascan shared ahead of the event. “It’s really cool to be able to give them what they want.”

COSP did exactly that – and Watermark was on hand to help celebrate. Check out some of our photos below.

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PHOTOS: Come OUT St. Pete celebrates second annual festival

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ST. PETERSBURG | Come OUT St. Pete (COSP) held its second annual street festival in the Grand Central District following its inaugural parade Oct. 6.

Beginning at 12 p.m., vendors shared their goods and services with festival fans across the district. Entertainers also captivated audiences at The Garage, Pom Pom’s, Steep Station, Numex Chile, Right Around the Corner, The Queens Head, URBAN Comfort, Punky’s Bar and Grill, Dog Bar and Old Key West Bar & Grill.

At 1 p.m., community leaders and supporters joined together to celebrate the reopening of Metro Wellness and Community Centers’ LGBTQ Welcome Center. “It was our goal to create a safe place for those looking to build a network of friends or find access to LGBTQ-friendly resources,” Lorraine Langlois, CEO of Metro, shared ahead of the ceremony. “Whether someone is just coming out or in a new city looking to make friends, we want St. Petersburg to have a resource for all.”

Watermark was on hand to celebrate – you can check out some of our photos below.

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PHOTOS: Project No Labels dances into second Prom in Wonderland

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ST. PETERSBURG | Project No Labels (PNL) kicked off St. Pete Pride weekend June 22 by heading down the rabbit hole and into the organization’s second annual One Love Prom in Wonderland.

“Everyone deserves to experience prom and some LGBTQ+ individuals may have never had the opportunity to attend or bring the person they wanted to go with to this special occasion,” PNL shared ahead of the celebration, which featured beats by DJ Ace Vedo. 

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PHOTOS: Tidal Wave goes Under Construction at Disney Springs host hotel

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Big sexy bellies, glow sticks and singlets were the name of the game at Tidal Wave’s Under Construction Party in the main ballroom of the Holiday Inn at Disney Springs June 2.

The music and fun was pumping just as hard in the ballroom as it was at the pool.

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High Dynamic Range Photography with Photoshop

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Create spectacular and vibrant images through high dynamic range (HDR) photography. Learn the basic camera settings necessary and merge photos into an HDR image using adjustment layers.

PHOTOS: Tampa Bay AIDS Walk had a tremendous turnout for its EPIC event

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Tampa Bay’s 14th annual AIDS Walk & 5k was held Dec. 9 at the Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg, benefiting Empath Partners in Care, or EPIC.

In its 14 years, the event has drawn thousands of walkers and runners, with even more donating crucial funds to raise over $1 million to combat HIV/AIDS.

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Holiday Family Photos

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The holiday season is here! Melrose Center staff would like to invite families and groups to have their holiday-themed portraits taken in the Photo Studio. Come photo-ready and we will have the studio ready for your group photos.

Volusia County shows Pride at Old Fort Park in New Smyrna Beach

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The crowds turned out for a day of LGBTQ fun and sun as they celebrated Volusia Pride at Old Fork Park in New Smyrna Beach Saturday, Oct. 22.

Dozens of tents and vendors were set up in the park as the attendees shopped, mingled and watched entertainment from local LGBTQ teen dancers, Central Florida Sounds of Freedom, Becky Brabham and the Orlando Gay Chorus.

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From Headdress with Love

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Hope and Help’s 27th Annual Headdress Ball was a huge success in their new home at the Marriott Orlando World Center Sept. 17, as they raised a record setting $356,000.

The massive ballroom looked like the circus rolled into town with acrobats, dancers and drag queens entertaining at every turn. 

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Parting Frames of Empowerment

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The tone of issue 23.17’s cover story, “We Are All Mercedes Successful,” is obviously pretty heavy. We’re discussing the murders of 19 members of the trans community. How can it not be?

Death is no easy topic to talk about, especially when it involves the murder of your peers. We asked a lot of our trans brothers and sisters who gave us themselves for the story. We asked them to go to that mental place and tell us about the times that they didn’t feel safe. We asked them to stand in front of a camera and present an image of a person who’s fate they could easily share. We asked them to unapologetically present their authentic selves to the world through our readership and demand to be noticed. We asked for a lot. For some, it was understandably just too much, and I am especially grateful for all the people that made the decision to be a part of this story.

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PHOTOS: Hillary Clinton visits Pulse Orlando

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Hillary Clinton visited Orlando July 22 to meet with the families and friends of the Pulse shooting victims, as well as meet with community leaders for a roundtable.

Clinton then paid an unannounced visit to Pulse with Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer and Florida Senator Bill Nelson to leave flowers at the memorial and pay her respects before heading to Tampa for a rally.

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Deborah Cox leads powerhouse performances at St. Pete Pride’s SP2 concert

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It’s a good thing St. Pete Pride’s SP2 concert was outdoors because any roof overtop these ladies would have been blown off.

Deborah Cox – along with local performers Jennifer Real, Karmic Tattoo and Jami Gee – rocked the crowed in St. Pete’s Grand Central District June 24.

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