2018 WAVE AWARD WINNERS – CENTRAL FLORIDA

By : Watermark Staff
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FAVORITE LOCAL POLITICIAN/ACTIVIST

First: Patty Sheehan, Orlando City Commissioner – District 4

Second: Buddy Dyer, Orlando Mayor

Third: Carlos Guillermo Smith, Florida House Representative – District 49

GREATEST STRAIGHT ALLY TO THE LOCAL LGBTQ COMMUNITY

First: Buddy Dyer, Orlando Mayor

Second: Anna Eskamani, Florida House candidate – District 47

Third: Darren Soto, U.S. House of Representatives – Florida’s 9th District

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11.16.17 Publisher’s Desk

By : Rick Claggett
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Thanksgiving has a long history of being my least favorite holiday. The reason is simple: turkey sucks! There, I said it. It’s ok to have a different opinion, but I’m right. No offense to my mother, but it’s always dry. It isn’t her fault. There isn’t enough water in the ocean to make turkey moist. My childhood memories of Thanksgiving involve two ounces of turkey swimming in four cups of gravy. Not even gravy could save Thanksgiving.

There is one exception to this rule and that is the Thanksgiving sandwich at PomPom’s Tea House and Sandwicheria. They have locations in both St. Pete and Orlando, so check it out. This is not a paid advertisement nor do I expect free sandwiches in return. It’s just that good and needs to be mentioned in any discussion I have about Thanksgiving. I digress.

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Many big restaurant chains give dirty money to right-wing, reactionary causes, We show you the places to eat hate-free!

By : Holly V. Kapherr
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Early last year, I found myself on a yacht off the coast of Isla Mujeres with a group of older adults far beyond my own socio-economic status.

The presidential primaries were ramping up and our evening was winding down – champagne had flowed freely and words came easier than they should have. One woman explained her voting strategy this way, no nuance, an open and shut case: “I vote with my wallet.”

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Overheard in Tampa Bay: Taste of Pride ready to serve up a plateful

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Hot for flannel
The folks over at Sawmill know how to bring in the hot men, and the crowds to cheer them on. The camping resort will hold its second annual Mr. Sawmill competition the weekend of March 13 and hand over $500 in cash to the winner. But the competition is about more than just looking hot in sleeveless flannel and steel-toed work boots. Competitors must conquer several challenges, including a pancake-eating competition, some Tug-of-War, and a barrel/keg toss. All of this will be done in front of an enthusiastic, cheering throng of gay men beginning with registration at 9 a.m. and running throughout the entire day March 15. Want details and photos of last year’s competition? Check out FLSawmill.com.

Shaking Pom Poms…in St. Pete
St. Petersburg’s Grand Central District will soon be home to an Orlando-based restaurant that’s expanding its franchise to the coast. Pom Pom’s Teahouse and Sandwicheria is an incredibly popular and LGBT-friendly eatery in downtown Orlando that serves incredible food. Now, retired Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy Tom Woodard and his partner are bringing Pom Moongauklang’s concept to St. Petersburg at 2950 Central Avenue. That’s right smack in the middle of other popular LGBT restaurants like The Queen’s Head and Beak’s Old Florida. No official word yet on when the restaurant will open its doors, but we’re certain it will be feeding the masses before St. Pete Pride in June.

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