Addison Mizner: The likely gay father of South Florida architecture

By : Graham Brunk, Special to Watermark from the LGBT History Project
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Addison Mizner came to Palm Beach in 1918 to die. Instead, he would change South Florida forever, especially Boca Raton, with his enduring signature Spanish revival architecture. Eighty-four years after his death, that imprint is hard to miss.

While many in Palm Beach County know who Mizner was, few probably suspect he may have been gay.

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AIDS conference organizers create $1 million hurricane relief fund

By : MICHAEL K. LAVERS of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: Members of the audience affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma were asked to join singer Frenchie Davis on the main stage at the opening plenary of the U.S. Conference on AIDS in D.C. on Sept. 7, 2017. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Organizers of the U.S. Conference on AIDS on Thursday announced the creation of a $1 million fund to help HIV/AIDS service organizations in areas impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey.

AIDS United’s Southern HIV Impact Fund will distribute the funds, which Gilead Sciences has donated.

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FBI: Man linked to LGBT threats facing federal charge

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – A man linked to social media posts threatening a Pulse-style attack against the LGBT community in South Florida was arrested by the Florida Highway Patrol on an unrelated charge.

According to the FBI, 50-year-old Craig Jungwirth was arrested Sept. 3 for a violating bond conditions in an unrelated pending misdemeanor case.

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Florida’s surgeon general might be fired

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Tallahassee (AP) – Dr. John Armstrong’s future as Florida’s Surgeon General is in doubt after the Senate’s Ethics and Election Committee temporarily postponed his confirmation vote for a second time.

Sen. Garrett Richter said March 1 he’ll ask Senate President Andy Gardiner to convene the committee for at least one more meeting. He must approve any committee meetings over session’s final 10 days.

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Meet the Intern: Adam Manno

By : Adam Manno
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Hey there! I’m Adam and I’m Watermark’s Spring 2016 intern.

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I ran the InternPursuit event at UCF (found: a picture of me with said event, not found: a retoucher with a soul), where Watermark interviewed journalism students hoping to find The Best Intern in the World. I sat down with Rick (Claggett, publisher) and Jamie (Hyman, Digital Media Director) last minute as an unscheduled interviewee. They loved me and I loved them. Now here I am typing into a computer screen between a “Hate Free Zone” sticker and a series of Best Website WAVE awards.

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1.28.15 Editor’s Desk

By : Billy Manes
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Where were you while we were getting high?

By virtue of political plate tectonics and the mahogany-and-starched-shirt drudgery of a state legislative cycle in full swing during a presidential election year, you wouldn’t be wrong to suggest that the earth is actually moving under your feet right now. Nope, not vertigo. Nah, you aren’t drunk (maybe?). High? Hopefully!

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South Florida Water Management protects transgender employees

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West Palm Beach – The South Florida Water Management System confirms that their 1,500 employees are protected from discrimination based on gender identity and expression, whether or not they live in an area that offers those protections.

Executive Director Peter Antonacci made the announcement Dec. 21, after working with the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council to clarify the language, ensuring all employees are fully protected.

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Associated Press poll: Gay marriage top Florida story of 2015

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Miami (AP) – Florida’s biggest news story for 2015 happened in the year’s first days, when the state became the 36th with legalized gay marriage, according to an Associated Press poll of the state’s newspaper and broadcast editors.

Gay marriage easily beat out the No. 2 story, the long-running saga over the districts the Florida Legislature drew for Congress and the state Senate that had to be redrawn because they violated the state’s 2010 anti-gerrymandering law.

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New Miami research unit aims to cure HIV/AIDS

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Miami (AP) – A new research unit dedicated to fighting infectious disease has opened at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

The Miami Herald reports the University of Miami Infectious Disease Research Unit opened Dec. 15 with a goal of finding a vaccine and cure for HIV and AIDS.

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Transgender Day of Remembrance 2015 Events

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Transgender Day of Remembrance is a day to commemorate and reflect upon transgender individuals who have passed away due to transgender-related violence.

The day began after a transgender woman named Rita Hester was brutally stabbed in her Massachusetts apartment in 1998. Graphic designer and advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith held a candlelight vigil in memory of Hester. Every year, there are services and candlelight vigils held across the nation to commemorate the death of Hest and all transgender people lost to violence.

See a full listing of 2015 events:

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ASANA World Series brings first-class women’s softball to Central Florida

By : Ciara Varone
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Altamonte Springs – On Oct. 24, the 2015 Amateur Sports Alliance of North America’s tournament held its final games in the Seminole County Softball Complex, after five long days of softball with 59 competing teams.

In the B division, Houston Blaze defeated runner-up Kansas City Fully Loaded with a final score of 5-1. Sol Fuzion Fort Lauderdale brought this year’s host state a victory with a 5-0 score against Atlanta Laid Back for the C division.

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‘I Am Jazz’: a transgender girl plus a family that loves her

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NEW YORK (AP) – Like many 14-year-old girls, Jazz Jennings goes to school, plays soccer, hangs out with friends, has a thing for mermaids and loves social media, kind of wishes her tummy were a little bit flatter, and lives life feeling good about herself.

She’s also transgender. She was assigned male at birth yet was sure as young as 2 years old that she was a girl. She transitioned into Jazz at 5.

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