USF announces second annual Pride Night

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University of South Florida (USF) football will hold the second annual USF Pride Night Sept. 1.

The Bulls will face competitor Elon at Raymond James Stadium at 6 p.m. for the outing, with Pride Night seats on the 50 yard line. “It’s critically important right now, especially in the political arena that we’re in, that we do all we can to support all of our communities,” Director of Internal Operations for the Bulls Club Todd St. John-Fulton says. “I feel like our community is coming under attack constantly, so it’s incredibly important to raise visibility.”

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Collin Martin becomes first openly gay, active player in MLS history

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Minnesota United midfielder Collin Martin came out via Twitter June 29, making history as the only openly gay, active player in Major League Soccer, and the big five major pro sports leagues.

“Tonight my team, @MNUFC , is having their Pride night. It’s an important night for me — I’ll be announcing that I am an openly gay player in Major League Soccer. #soccerforall,” Martin tweeted.

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PHOTOS: Tampa Bay shows its Pride with the Rays’ Pride Night

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St. Petersburg | The Tampa Bay Rays faced off against the Seattle Mariners June 8 at Tropicana Field for the team’s 13th annual Pride Night.

LGBTQ organizations from across Tampa Bay gathered their own groups to attend to the game, and baseball and pride enthusiasts who purchased tickets ahead of the June 7 cutoff received a special Tampa Bay Rays pride-themed hat, seen above. While the Rays didn’t win the game, Project No Labels was a big winner: the organization was awarded Volunteer of the Year by the team for their dedication to the LGBTQ community.

Watermark was on hand to help celebrate this year’s Pride Night — and you can check out some of our photos after the jump.

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Watermark Giveaway: Two sets of tickets to see Tampa Bay Rowdies Pride Night Game

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies soccer club are holding their Pride Night game on Friday, June 22 at 7:30PM. Come see the first professional sports team in the Tampa area fight it out against Penn FC at their home Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg and show your rainbow colors as you kick off St. Pete Pride!

To win the tickets, comment on this post and tell us the name of your favorite soccer player.

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LGBTQ community to gather for Tampa Bay Rays Pride Night

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St. Petersburg | The Tampa Bay Rays will face off against the Seattle Mariners tonight, June 8 for the team’s 13th annual Pride Night.

Multiple area LGBTQ organizations gathered their own groups to attend to the game, and baseball and pride enthusiasts who purchased tickets ahead of the June 7 cutoff will receive a special Tampa Bay Rays pride-themed hat, seen below:

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

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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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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: Beckner’s next move and Pride Nights for all

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Private Beckner reporting for duty

Many have been curious as to the next move of former Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner since he termed out of his seat last year. Hillsborough’s first openly gay commissioner ran unsuccessfully to be the next Clerk of Courts and since then has remained silent on whether he would pursue another run at an elected position or head back into the private sector.

Well, wonder no more. Beckner posted to his Facebook page April 20 that he has not one but two positions he will be filling: Executive Director of Hillsborough County’s Civil Service Agency and a position with human resource advisory and talent acquisition firm HR Trust.

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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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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: St. Pete Pride Grand Marshal nominees and Equality Florida’s record-breaking fundraising

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St. Pete Pride makes decision on move, Grand Marshal finalists

St. Pete Pride announced March 2 via Facebook that the annual parade will move to the downtown area, but will keep the street festival in the Grand Central District. The new parade route begin’s at Albert Whitted Park and proceeds along Bayshore Drive to Vinoy Park. The compromise will allow St. Pete Pride to keep that city funding.

The night before St. Pete Pride met with the city to discuss parades and festivals, they announced the finalists for Pride’s Grand Marshals.

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Orlando Magic presents first Pride Night

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Orlando – It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Orlando’s signature sports league the Orlando Magic would be hopping onto the “Pride Night” train. After all, Orlando has been in the global spotlight since last year’s Pulse massacre which took the lives of (eventually) 50 victims. The Magic has made a point of its engagement with the community and the community has paid in kind (nearly $500 million) to build the Amway Center, the spired city landmark that hosts the basketball team and its games. The league is proud of its varied community, staff says. Giving back is what it is all about.

“We, over the last two years have been introducing more theme nights for our community around myriad things,” Linda Landman Gonazalez, vice president of philanthropy and multicultural insights for the Orlando Magic, says.“We’ve always done Black History Month; we’ve always done Hispanic Heritage Month, Latin Night; we’ve always done everything.”

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Take Me Out to the Ball Game: Tampa Bay Rays president Brian Auld is loud and proud about LGBTQ Pride

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A lot of stereotypes exist around the LGBTQ community and sports. Gay men don’t like them, lesbians are in love with them and the people behind the teams would rather not have anything to do with the community. Enter Brian Auld and the Tampa Bay Rays.

Auld has been with the Rays for 12 years and has been the team’s president since 2014, and, in his time at Tropicana Field, nothing else has been engrained into the Rays more than the inclusion of the entire community: inclusion of women, minority groups and the LGBTQ community.

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Watermark Giveaway: American Stage’s PRIDE Night presentation of TARTUFFE

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Watermark wants you and a guest to spend a night OUT at American Stage as they present a Pride Night special presentation of a new American Stage adaptation of TARTUFFE, Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 7:00 p.m.

Moliere’s political comedy gets a modern up-date with the lead character resembling a certain  business man turned politician, and we are giving away 2 pairs of tickets.

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