Come OUT and show off your colors for 4th of July weekend!

By : Rachel Dececco
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Get your sparklers ready, Central Florida and Tampa Bay have a variety events to kick off 4th of July weekend!

Whether it’s a day with the family, or a night at the club make sure to check out some of your local parks, museums and night clubs so you don’t miss out on the fun!

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Orlando’s Overheard: Southern heads south and The Big Easy heads to Universal

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Southern Nights goes down

South that is. On January 24, co-owners to Southern Nights Orlando announced they would be opening a Southern Nights Fort Lauderdale.

Originally opening more than three decades ago as one of Central Florida’s favorite gar nightclubs, the location on Bumby Avenue has gone through many makeovers and name changes from Southern Nights to RBarr to the NEW Southern Nights then Revolution, eventually re-opening as RBarr, but didn’t sit too well with locals.

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Trans of thought: Finding myself, meeting you

By : Melody Maia Monet
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MaiaMonet_MugHi, I am Maia Monet. Or at least I am now. You see, there was a time I went by a different name in my other life. I won’t tell you what that name was, but suffice it to say I am transgender and Maia is much more to my liking.

Watermark has asked me to write in from time to time and provide you my perspective as someone who identifies with two letters in LGBTQ+ (hint: not the G, B, Q, or +). It seems they think I’m good with words, which isn’t surprising considering how much attention transgender people pay to words. Of course words, such as pronouns, have a particularly deep impact on how our identity is affirmed, or not, by the public.

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Tampa Bay Overheard: Masquerade Ball, Metro grant and the Best of the Bay

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The heroes Tampa Bay deserves

After one of the most talked about parties last year, Balance Tampa Bay kicked it way up Saturday night, Aug. 6, for the second annual Masquerade Ball, presented by the AIDS Heathcare Foundation. This year’s Masquerade Ball had the theme “Rio,” and stepping into District 3 in downtown Tampa was like taking a step into Brazil’s Carnivàle. This year’s event benefited Francis House, a Tampa HIV supportive service charity serving about 450 clients each month, and early estimates have the event raising $30,000 for them. The “Masquerade Ball: Rio” was attended by more than 400 people and featured stilt walkers, scantily clad beauties and more feathers than the Olympics’ Opening Ceremony. Once the party cooled at District 3, Balance Tampa Bay took the dancing to Southern Nights in Ybor City for an after-party that went on into the wee hours of the night. But helping the community doesn’t allow for sleeping in, not even on the weekends. A dozen or so of those dedicated Balancers got up at 7 a.m. Sunday morning and took to Hyde Park United Methodist Church to help feed the homeless. Charitable actions all weekend long; the power of Christ compels you!

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Traffic Jam at Southern Nights

By : Jamie Hyman
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Good energy, good crowd and lots of pretty, pretty ladies at Southern Nights June 2 for Traffic Jam.

It’s Girls in Wonderland’s annual Thursday night party, where guests wear different-colored glow necklaces depending on how available they are.

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Days of Gays at Southern Nights shows muscle with Flex Friday

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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Southern Nights kicked off Gay Days 2015 with a bang with their Flex Fridays presents THE DAYS OF GAYS: “A Night for Men Who Like Men.”

They had a cover that included either all you can drink wells, calls, or premiums and domestic beers at different price levels.

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Babes in Bonnets 2015 at Parliament House

By : Jake Stevens
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Babes in Bonnets raised over $12,000 for the Orlando Youth Alliance at the Parliament House Resort on April 13.

Darcel Stevens hosted the event, despite the onset of a pretty nasty cold, and Blue Star was the evening’s auctioneer.

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