Nominate the Most Remarkable People of 2017

By : Jeremy Williams
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Since the end of 2012, Watermark has highlighted “Remarkable” people of the year in Central Florida and Tampa Bay. It is that time of year again where we ask you to help decide who deserves recognition for their inspiration, contribution or achievement in the 2017 calendar year.

Who are those unsung heroes who have gone out of their way to improve the community? Who has made an impact in Central Florida and Tampa Bay to make the lives of LGBTQ people better?

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Big Gay Busch Gardens Day celebrates its fifth anniversary at Tampa Bay Park

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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Autumn may have begun on Sept. 22, but no one told Tampa Bay or its LGBTQ community. On Oct. 7, they’ll rally together to celebrate the fifth annual Big Gay Busch Gardens Day, presented by local drag favorite Kori Stevens.

The event, which last year drew 250 participants, calls upon the LGBTQ community to come together for familial fun in the sun at Busch Gardens, the popular theme park and zoo in the Tampa Bay area.

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From coast-to-coast, Central Florida and Tampa Bay celebrate Pride in the fall

By : Jeremy Williams
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Many people think of the month of June when someone says Pride, but thanks to National Coming Out Day and the state’s cooler temperatures, October is fast becoming Florida’s big Pride month.

Whether you are looking to march through the streets or spend a few hours in the park with your friends, October has got a Pride for you.

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Tampa Bay’s LGBTQ community gives back in Hurricane Irma’s wake

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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TAMPA BAY | In preparation for Hurricane Irma, residents of Tampa Bay ransacked grocery stores, emptied gas pumps, boarded windows and exhausted the words “hunkered down.”

Bottled water became liquid gold before and after the storm passed through, carbs became a must-buy again, and following Irma’s destruction, residents found themselves tasked with extensive clean-up efforts and—in many cases—in the dark.

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: All Hallows invitations are out and hate groups close to home

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TAMPA BAY READIES FOR ALL HALLOWS

Whispers on the wind and secrets in the shadows (okay, emails) have indicated that the invitations for Tampa Bay’s 41st Annual All Hallows’ Ball will soon be mailed, revealing the by-invitation-only event’s theme in the process.

The celebrated not-for-profit Halloween party, organized by a secretive group of locals and spearheaded by a friendly neighborhood “ghost” known only as Casper, will hold this year’s party at the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in mid-October. (We’d give you more information, but we’re not sure Casper would appreciate it. No one wants to anger a ghost.)

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St. Pete Pride Executive Director Resigns

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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St. Pete Pride announced this week that the organization’s Executive Director, Eric Skains, has resigned to “pursue new opportunities.”

In a press release, Skains said that his five years with the organization“have been extremely fulfilling and always challenging,” noting that “retooling and strengthening [the] organization tested [him] in ways [he] never expected.”

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Four LGBTQ Central Florida and Tampa Bay chefs on finding their tribe in the restaurant life

By : Holly V. Kapherr
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The idiom “love is love” became a rallying cry throughout the LGBTQ community since the Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal in 2015. But for these four gay and lesbian chefs in Orlando, Tampa and St. Petersburg, food is love.

Most of them grew up cooking at the feet of their families. Jeannie Pierola, chef and owner of the Edison Food + Drink Lab in Tampa, learned from her Spanish and Cuban grandmothers. Top Chef Seattle alum and executive chef at St. Pete boîtes BellaBrava and Stillwaters Tavern, Jeffrey Jew, learned from his father and half-Chinese grandfather.

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Veterans Art Center Tampa Bay Hosts Navy Seal Veteran and Artist Kristin Beck

By : Jeremy Williams
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The Veterans Art Center Tampa Bay will be honoring retired Navy SEAL Kristin Beck as well as hosting the film screening of the 2014 documentary “Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story” on Friday, June 23 at the FreeFall Theatre followed by an Artist Reception and book signing on Saturday, June 24. Both events are free and open to the public.

Veterans Art Center Tampa Bay Hosts Navy Seal Veteran and Artist Kristin Beck

By : Jeremy Williams
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The Veterans Art Center Tampa Bay will be honoring retired Navy SEAL Kristin Beck as well as hosting the film screening of the 2014 documentary “Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story” on Friday, June 23 at the FreeFall Theatre followed by an Artist Reception and book signing on Saturday, June 24. Both events are free and open to the public.

As St. Pete Pride celebrates its 15th Anniversary, we look back on how it all got started

By : Jeremy Williams
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It may surprise a lot of people outside of the Tampa Bay area, but St. Pete Pride is the largest Pride celebration in the state of Florida. They obtained that title in 2006 and continued to grow, welcoming more than 100,000 people in St. Petersburg the last weekend of June in 2012, then nearly a quarter of a million in 2015.

This year, St. Pete Pride continues to grow and expand with Pride splitting the parade from the street festival in the Grand Central District and moving the route to downtown St. Petersburg along Bayshore Drive. More than a dozen events will be happening in the days and weeks leading up to Pride weekend, this year happening June 23-25, and more people than ever before are expected to attend these events all over Pinellas County.

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The Cheaters rock out at The Abbey

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Tampa Bay’s all-girl band The Cheaters brought their rocking, kickass concert back to The Abbey in Orlando June 2 for Gay Days weekend.

The talented cover band played some of the biggest pop and rock hits while their fans cheered and sang along.

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Dining Out For Life supports Tampa Bay HIV/AIDS efforts

By : Felicia Roopchand
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TAMPA BAY – Dining Out For Life is a charity event both your stomach and your wallet can get behind. In cities all across the world on April 27, selected restaurants will be participating in the event by donating at least 25 percent of their proceeds from that day to the licensed HIV/AIDS service agency in their city. In exchange for their financial support, restaurants are listed in a citywide marketing campaign in an effort to increase customer traffic. The Tampa Bay area will be among the various cities included.

“You know, Gulfport kind of comes in with a vengeance. All the restaurants in Gulfport participate and we’ve got a couple of new restaurants coming on over towards the Tampa side. I think we’re going to have a really good year.” said Joy Winheim, executive director of Empath Partners in Care (EPIC).

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