WatermarkOnline’s Top News Headlines of 2018

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WatermarkOnline.com had its largest number of visitors in 2018. Hundreds of thousands of readers came to the website throughout the year for the stories that impacted the LGBTQ community in Central Florida, Tampa Bay and across the country.

Below, we have complied the top five headlines from each of our LGBTQ news sections: Central Florida News, Tampa Bay News, State News and Nation & World News. The sections top headlines are based on the number of clicks on each story.

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Issue 19.25: The End is Queer… and it will be FABULOUS.

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The End is Queer: Your Guide to the End of the World, HRC: Tampa more pro-equality than St. Pete, UCF Student Senate approves Pride Coalition, local news, celebrity interviews and much, much more!

On the Cover: If the Mayans were right and the world is really ending on Dec. 21, then who better than the LGBT community to take the Earth out in style? Illustration by Jake Stevens 

Watermark Issue 19.25// Dec. 6-19, 2012

Page 8 | Orlando News
State Representative Joe Saunders has undergone his orientation in Tallahassee, and had his partner of seven years beside him the whole time; Orlando is ranked as the most equality-friendly city in the state; more.

Page 12 | Tampa Bay News
When it comes to pro-equality, Tampa is further along than St. Petersburg, according to a study released by the HRC; Two dozen people remember those we’ve lost during Transgender Day of Remembrance at St. Petersburg’s City Hall; more.

Page 39 | The End Is Queer
As we race toward the end of the world (if you don’t believe us, rent 2012) we ask some of our favorite people what signs of the end times they spotted and how, exactly, they plan on spending their last days on the planet.

Page 54 | Gallery W
The communities of Orlando and Tampa Bay commemorated World AIDS Day with a variety of events, ranging from HIV testing and lectures on prevention to an outdoor concert featuring local rock bands. We offer a glimpse at some of those events.

 

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Issue 19.23: WAVE Award Winners and 2012 Election Results

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Winners of the highly coveted WAVE-Awards inside! Beckner secures second term, Saunders heads to Tallahassee, Amelia Earhart re-imagined, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, and much more!

On the Cover: Orlando Edition (Back row, L-R) Richard Harem, Chrysanthemum, Duane Hoyle, (Front row, L-R) Pat O’Rourke, Tony Edge, Jamie Hyman, David Dorman and George Wallace pose by Lake Eola in celebration of their respective WAVE Award wins. Photo by Lee Vandergrift Tampa Bay Edition(L-R) Jay Aller, Amy DeMilo, Rev. Phyllis Hunt, DJ Iorio and Chuck Henson represent their various crafts in front of the downtown Tampa skyline. All five are winners of 2012 WAVE Awards. Photo by Nick Cardello

Watermark Issue 19.23// Nov. 8-Nov. 22, 2012

Page 8 | Orlando News
Joe Saunders made history in Orlando, becoming the second out politician to win a seat in Tallahassee; Several local race results appear to benefit LGBTs; Gina Duncan resigns from the MBA; more.

Page 12 | Tampa Bay News
Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner sailed to a comfortable victory in his re-election bid on election night while the Pinellas County Commission appears to be shifting democratic; St. Pete Pride invites the public to meet the new executive director; more.

Page 33 | WAVE Awards
We asked and our readers spoke! The results from our annual WAVE Award ballots are inside, and reveal who won which categories in Orlando, Tampa Bay and Sarasota. Several of our winners share their secrets of success and why they feel the LGBT community supports them.

Page 62 | Gallery W
Each year Halloween brings out the most creative within our community, and we always want to be there to catch it on camera. We highlight a few of our favorite costumes in Tampa and Orlando spotted at parties, clubs and private events.

This issue shipped with the 2012 Edition of our annual Holiday Gift Guide!

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