Watermark’s Wedding Bells: Steve Blanchard and Jay Dilley

By : Jeremy Williams
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It’s a tale as old as time, in the digital age, for this Disney-loving dynamic duo.

Steve and Jay first connected like many do these days, through a dating app. A relationship can’t be sustained through a data plan, so after chatting for a bit they agreed to meet.

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Watermark’s Most Remarkable People 2017: Nicolas Cardello, Tampa Bay photographer and bay-area Santa Claus

By : Steve Blanchard, Media Relations Coordinator at Moffitt Cancer Center
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In 2017, Nick Cardello and his husband, Kurt, became the international faces of same-sex relationships when they recreated a photo of themselves kissing at the March on Washington. That photo, which positioned the couple in the exact same pose as 24 years earlier, went viral and got worldwide media coverage. But for the LGBTQ community of Tampa Bay, Nick was already synonymous with our community.

Several years ago, Nick became a photographer for Watermark. Soon he was appearing at LGBTQ events on both sides of the bay with his trusty camera in hand. He shot numerous covers for the newsmagazine and soon became the official photographer for other LGBTQ organizations. The Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival noticed Nick’s skills as did ASAP (which merged into EPIC). Nick also continues to shoot for Tampa’s Creative Loafing.

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Fit to Print: When flattery turns into harassment

By : Steve Blanchard
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I don’t follow pop culture. I’m so out of the loop that if I watch any show with “celebrity” or “stars” in the title, I’m asking my friends who’s who in the lineup of famous faces.

But there is one celebrity name in the headlines that caught my attention: Kevin Spacey.

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10 Worst Costumes

By : Scottie Campbell
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We asked 10 notable people in our readership what their worst Halloween costume was and why.

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Watermark Year in Review: 2015

By : Jamie Hyman, Billy Manes and Jeremy Williams
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We’re not sure about you, but we’ve had a hell of a year!

In the forthcoming links of literature and reflection, you’ll see some of our highs and our lows as a community, but we’d be lying if we didn’t scream “we made it!” to the tune of ABBA’s “Happy New Year” at this point. There’s a lot in here, and, sadly, some that is not (comment and tell us what we overlooked, please!)

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METRO Tampa Bay Gala Rouge 2015

By : Jamie Hyman
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St. Petersburg – METRO Tampa Bay had a huge turnout for the Third Annual Gala held at the amazing Historic Train Station in St. Petersburg’s Warehouse Art District Nov. 7.

As promised, Gala Rouge was “a true voyeur’s delight” with more than 200 people packing the venue to watch Femmes & Follies perform a seductive burlesque show, enjoy delicious eats provided by Stillwaters Tavern and of course, celebrate with an open bar.

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METRO Tampa Bay to celebrate community with Gala Rouge

By : Jeremy Williams
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St. Petersburg – The Third Annual METRO Tampa Bay Gala will be held at its new venue within the Historic Train Station in St. Petersburg’s Warehouse Arts District Nov. 7.

The event, headlined as Gala Rouge, will be a night of scantily clad men and women, delicious eats, hand-crafted beverages and a historic venue and is being called “a true voyeur’s delight” according to METRO’s website.

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5.7.15 Editor’s Desk

By : Steve Blanchard
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After a solid decade at Watermark, it’s time to say goodbye.

On one hand, it feels like I’ve been a representative of this newsmagazine my entire life. On the other, it seems like only a few months ago that I was a freelancer, frantically searching for the “LGBT angle” and the sources required of my assignments.

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4.9.15 Editor’s Desk

By : Steve Blanchard
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SteveBlanchardHeadshot_137x185Suddenly, I believe in miracles.

I’m not talking about the kind that turns water into wine, makes a disabled person suddenly walk or removes a disease with the simple touch of a televangelist.

I’m talking about more subdued, yet no less-special, miracles.

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3.12.15 Editor’s Desk

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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SteveBlanchardHeadshot_137x185I’m competitive, but I don’t necessarily like contests. I’m not one of these new age people who think everyone should get an award or a trophy for just showing up. Trophies, tiaras and awards should be given to those who earn them. But contests—no matter the type—can cause hurt feelings, bitterness and resentment.

When I was in school I excelled at track & field. I was a hurdler—running in both the 110 high hurdles and the 300 intermediates. I am proud to say I have a collection (somewhere in my parents’ basement, I suppose) of medals from local, small town meets to the state finals. During those late teenage years, track was my life. I measured my success on the number of shiny medals hanging on my bedroom wall.

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Watermark Wednesday February 2015

By : Steve Blanchard
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Watermark Wednesday was a huge success on Feb. 25 where more than $600 was raised for the volunteer organization Balance Tampa Bay.

City Side Lounge in Tampa hosted the event on its back patio were more than 60 people gathered for the evening. More than 15 prizes were awarded via a raffle.

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1.29.15 Editor’s Desk

By : Steve Blanchard
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SteveBlanchardHeadshot_137x185Let’s be honest. Wedding cake isn’t all that different than a regular cake—at least in flavor. It just looks fancier. But lately it seems that’s the only thing major media outlets want to talk about.

In what is quite possibly the dumbest argument to come out of the same-sex marriage debate—and there have been a lot of asinine arguments—we’re suddenly a country that cares about not only weddings, but the food at the reception.

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