Watermark’s Most Eligible LGBTQ Singles Search 2019

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Last year, Watermark brought you 10 of our most eligible singles in our Valentine’s Day issue and it was a big hit.

So we are back to bring some love, and maybe a little romance, into the lives of LGBTQ singles in the Central Florida and Tampa Bay area for 2019.

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12.27.18 Publisher’s Desk

By : Rick Claggett
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It’s hard to believe the end of the year is here. It’s cliche to say, but when you live your life in two week cycles across two metropolitan areas—time flies. 2018 zoomed by in the blink of an eye.

Watermark did well in 2018. We saw an increase in sales, so thank you to the businesses and organizations that support us and help us to continue bringing the latest in LGBTQ news to our readers—and congratulations to Senior Account Manager Sam Callahan who had a stellar year. We also saw an increase in distributions sites and are now available at over 600 locations in Central Florida, Tampa Bay and surrounding areas.

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11.29.2018 Publisher’s Desk

By : Rick Claggett
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“Print is dead.” I’ve heard this for at least 10 years and it is just as false a statement today as it was back then. The internet has made strides that some newspapers couldn’t survive, but dead? We’re still breathing and we are in good company.

I was in college by the time the internet was taking off—thanks, Al Gore. Only a few students even had a personal computer. My roommate was one of them. He spent a lot of time in AOL chatrooms, dialing long distance to meet and talk to new people all over the world. I never really warmed up to that aspect of the internet. I never felt “internet cool.” Maybe it’s because I say things like “internet cool.” I always preferred meeting people face to face.

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PHOTOS: St. Pete Pride 2018 begins with the Stonewall Opening Reception

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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St. Petersburg | St. Pete Pride’s Sweet 16 officially began June 20 with the Stonewall St. Pete Pride Reception party at the Museum of Fine Arts.

The evening was hosted and sponsored by the museum and featured the annual event’s largest turnout yet. Guests included a who’s-who from around Tampa Bay and beyond, including Mayor Rick Kriseman and Florida Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith.

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

By : Jake Stevens
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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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PHOTOS: St. Petersburg breaks records at Equality Florida’s 2018 gala

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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Equality Florida’s 2018 St. Pete Gala was held May 12 at the city’s Mahaffey Theater, raising a record total of $354,287 to support the organization’s work.

A total of 708 attendees dined, danced and donated in the name of equality. The event was the most-attended of any Equality Florida Gala and over $26,000 was raised in auctioned items alone.

Watermark was on hand to help celebrate the event, and you can check out some of our photos after the jump.

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PHOTOS: St. Pete gathers for Taste of Pride 2018

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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St. Petersburg | 500 area foodies, beer connoisseurs and art enthusiasts gathered on March 3 at the Coliseum to celebrate the return of St. Pete Pride’s Taste of Pride.

Local restaurants, bars and breweries offered some of their best samplings, with attendees weighing in on their favorites to award the inaugural Taste of Pride (TOP) Award to the Flying Boat Brewing Company. Following their favorite feasts, guests were treated to outstanding drag performances by Kori Stevens, Kenya Black, Chanel P. Cartier, Nicole T. Lane and PheYonce Montrese, with music from DJ L. Mo.

Watermark was on hand to join in on the dining and dancing, and you can check out our photos below. For more information about St. Pete Pride’s other upcoming events, click here.

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PHOTOS: Swipe Right Party Tampa Bay

By : Jake Stevens
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Watermark celebrated love in honor of Valentine’s Day by hosting a “Swipe Right” party at Enigma St. Pete on February 8. Attendees looking for their love match were encouraged to wear colored bracelets to indicate their availability and interest. To help get the ball rolling, some of Tampa Bay’s most eligible LGBTQ+ bachelors and bachelorettes, as featured in the current issue of Watermark, were in attendance.

More photos of the night’s fesitivities, and hot singles, after the jump.

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The Last Page with Tampa Bay Bureau Chief Ryan Williams-Jent

By : Rick Claggett
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Since former editor-in-chief Steve Blanchard departed Watermark to work for the Moffitt Cancer Center and Jeremy Williams returned to Orlando, we have been looking for someone to take the reins in Tampa Bay.

At a Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber of Commerce meeting, one of their board members approached Jeremy about a potential freelancer who was interested in covering news. It’s rare to find someone who isn’t looking to cover just entertainment or who is looking to become the next Carrie Bradshaw, so we were excited about the prospect.

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11.30.17 Publisher’s Desk

By : Rick Claggett
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I’m not much of a doomsday theorist, nor do I have patience for anyone who is. I try not to use this space to whimper the blues of how dark society has become and lament the good ole days. Instead, I try to relate something from my past to today’s strifes in an effort to make sense out of them or to find a path to the next right thing. I’d much rather talk about solutions than problems. Today I am finding that difficult to do.

There are so many recent topics any given liberal could use to demonstrate how our current president is failing our society by manipulating truths. The concept of fake news is one that grates on my nerves. It’s misnamed. The problem here comes when we forget that news is news and facts are facts. Just because you don’t like a story doesn’t make it fake. Likewise, just because you wrote about your opinion, it doesn’t make it news. Perhaps opinionated news, not fake news, is a better term to use when the writer’s opinion matters more to the reader than facts. Lumping all media into the same category compounds the problem as well. There are clear options for news that employ journalists with integrity. It’s easy to find them when you read their articles, not just the headlines.

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Metro Tampa Bay takes it back to the ’20s with the Great Gatsby Gala

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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Metro Wellness & Community Centers commemorated its 25th year with their annual gala, themed after the Great Gatsby and held at the appropriately-titled Gatsby’s Bistro, Nov. 11.

The evening was hosted by comedian Christine O’Leary, nominated by Curve Magazine to be one of the “50 Funniest Lesbians in America,” with additional entertainment provided by local favorites like Jennifer Real and DJ Bill Kody.

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The 41st All Hallows Ball brought out the creativity of Tampa Bay

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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The silver, scary and scantily-clad descended on the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) Oct. 14 for the 41st Annual All Hallows Ball, partying until 2:00 a.m.

With over 20,000 square feet to mingle, dance and drink, guests inspired by (or completely ignoring) the “Clara Futura” theme enjoyed music by local spin-master D.J. Reagan.

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