The Last Page with Nathan Bruemmer

By : Rick Claggett
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What kind of writing do you do for Watermark?

Right now I’m focusing on issues for LGBTQ+ youth, detailing their perspectives and the issues they face.

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09.20.18 Tampa Bay Bureau Chief’s Desk

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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Thanks to the wonders of Facebook’s “On This Day,” a feature which allows users to grin or grimace at their social media posts from yesteryear, I recently discovered I’ve been living in Florida for 11 years.

For whatever reason, I still tell folks I’m from Cincinnati, Ohio when they ask. They tend to figure out that I’m from the North when I correctly describe Diet Coke as “pop,” but I suppose I should really start telling my Lyft drivers that I’m from St. Pete. I put too much thought into small talk, which is probably why I’m so bad at it.

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06.28.18 Tampa Bay Bureau Chief’s Desk

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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You can ask any of my friends or family, here at Watermark or otherwise, and they’ll tell you it’s no secret that I love drag.

I don’t do it myself, given my penchant for facial hair and the amount of foam it would take to give me a proper backside, but it’s something I’ve respected for most of my life. It’s a love and respect that began in 1996.

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4.19.18 Publisher’s Desk

By : Rick Claggett
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I haven’t always loved my job. Who loves anything all of the time? Even a parent who loves their child might want to slap them “into the middle of next week” occasionally. So I hear. I don’t have children, but I have adorable dogs that drive me crazy as much as they warm my heart.

I remember I was at a low point in 2004 with my career at Watermark. The repetition of an administrative assistant position with a local niche newspaper was taking its toll on me. I was young, stupid and combative. Up to this point, I never held a job for more than a year and a half and I was currently over two years at Watermark. I was starting to get antsy, so I looked for another job. Walt Disney World accepted me to their entertainment team as a production assistant and I took a few days off at Watermark to enroll in the Disney training class known as Traditions. The only thing left to do was put in my notice and leave.

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Watermark’s Wedding Bells: Lucas Wehle and Rachyl Carey

By : Holly V. Kapherr
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“It seemed the universe was intent upon us meeting,” says Rachyl Carey of her fiancé, Lucas. They met through Instagram, where Lucas was featured on a profile called “Barbells and FTMs.” Lucas told Rachyl she was pretty. Rachyl told Lucas she thought he was fine. It worked out.

Lucas says, “After a couple of days of conversing on Instagram, we learned that we had a few mutual friends, which was really random considering she was in the area – home from college for the summer – for the first time in seven years!” According to Lucas, there were probably a few times when the pair could have met otherwise, but they ended up coming together via social media.

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Women, minorities and the LGBTQ community march in St. Petersburg and Orlando for equality

By : Felicia Roopchand
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Groups in St. Petersburg and Orlando participated in the Women’s March that took place across the nation, and world, on Jan. 21.

The marches began with inspiring speeches which were followed by huge crowds marching for equality. Many brought signs, both witty and smart: a majority in protest of the new President of the United States and his proposed policies.

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Have a Great Gay Weekend: June 10, 2016

By : Anna M. Johnson
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There so many LGBT-related things to do this weekend and many support local business. And almost all of them involve drinking! Grab someone that will treat you right and paint the town red… or rainbow.

You can even come to these events if you identify as straight. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

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Overheard in Tampa Bay: Marines’ Toys for Tots, Trump, IGLTA conference and dance party honors

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Toys for Tots is one of the most beloved and respected holiday charities in the country and it isn’t hard to see why. The amazingly talented and beautiful Marines showcase those big muscles of theirs, their hearts, as they gather toys for less fortunate children for Christmas. So it is no surprise that for the fifth year now the Marines’ Toys for Tots is being associated with the amazingly talented and beautiful Kori Stevens for a benefit and toy drive at St. Pete’s Flamingo Resort. Make sure to clear your Sunday evening Dec. 13 and come join in on the tastes, talent and toys of a charitable tradition, and who knows, you may actually get to take home a Marine.

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GoFundMe started for Georgie’s Alibi employees

By : Jeremy Williams
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St. Petersburg, Fla. – The news of Georgie’s Alibi closing spread quickly through the community after Watermark broke the story Sept. 9. Many took to social media to share stories of the LGBT watering hole and to ask what this means for the gay bar scene in St. Pete.

Along with the many events and charities Georgie’s sponsored and helped with over the years, the establishment was the workplace for more than 50 people who, once the doors close, will be out a job.

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St. Pete police department to be trained in transgender sensitivity

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The St. Petersburg Police Department is launching a new transgender sensitivity training program.

The training comes two months after a Tampa transgender woman’s murder — and law enforcement’s handling of it — captured national attention.

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St. Pete Pride celebrates 13 years of the LGBT community in paradise

By : Steve Blanchard
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Thirteen years ago, a small number of community leaders gathered in a bar and decided St. Petersburg was ready to celebrate its LGBT community. Today, the city boasts the largest LGBT Pride celebration south of Atlanta. Many may view 13 as an unlucky number, but for St. Pete Pride it could be the best number yet.

The annual festival celebrating Tampa Bay’s LGBT community returns to St. Petersburg’s Grand Central District for its 13th anniversary June 24-28 and includes a fashion show, VIP reception, an outdoor concert, the return of the highly successful night parade and the outdoor vendor fair.

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North Florida Drummer contest held at Flamingo Resort

By : Steve Blanchard
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Six contestants competed for the title of Drummer and Drummerboy at the North Florida Drummer contest at the Flamingo Resort in St. Petersburg May 2.

A cast of five judges chose one Drummer and one Drummerboy to participate in the Drummer North America contest scheduled for April 2016.

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