The Last Page: Dr. Steve Yacovelli

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

Viewpoint author; basically random thoughts on how I’m seeing the world as it relates to our community.

What made you want to write for Watermark?

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The Last Page with Aaron Drake

By : Rick Claggett
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What do you do for Watermark?

Wedding announcements, local interest and travel stories.

What made you want to write for Watermark?

I’ve been writing for local LGBT publications since I was a teenager. When I moved to St. Pete it was one of the first places I reached out to.

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The Last Page with owner/publisher/editor Rick Claggett

By : Jeremy Williams
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Other than founder Tom Dyer, there is no other person more synonymous with the Watermark name than current owner/publisher/editor Rick Claggett.

Rick recently entered his 16th year with Watermark turning his love for Central Florida and Tampa Bay’s LGBTQ communities into his life’s passion of telling their stories, but that wasn’t the direction he originally saw his life moving.

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The Last Page with Tampa Bay Bureau Chief Ryan Williams-Jent

By : Rick Claggett
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Since former editor-in-chief Steve Blanchard departed Watermark to work for the Moffitt Cancer Center and Jeremy Williams returned to Orlando, we have been looking for someone to take the reins in Tampa Bay.

At a Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber of Commerce meeting, one of their board members approached Jeremy about a potential freelancer who was interested in covering news. It’s rare to find someone who isn’t looking to cover just entertainment or who is looking to become the next Carrie Bradshaw, so we were excited about the prospect.

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The Last Page with Creative Assistant Jason R. Donnelly

By : Jeremy Williams
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Jason Donnelly has deep roots in Orlando. He graduated from Dr. Phillips High School during the creation of ‘NSYNC and, as most of us have done, worked for the Mouse.

Jason met his husband, Chad Lewis, at the Parliament House during a run of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The couple moved to California to be closer to Chad’s family some years later. When it was time for their wedding ceremony, they returned to Orlando for a ceremony at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater Festival officiated by good friends Beth Marshall and Michael Wanzie.

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The Last Page with Multimedia Assistant Melody Maia Monet

By : Rick Claggett
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Maia Monet began her career with Watermark as a freelancer. She has been the woman behind the viewpoint column “Trans of Thought” for the past two years. When Watermark posted the Multimedia Assistant position, Maia jumped at the chance. “I wanted to be part of an organization dedicated to telling our stories within our community and outside of it,” she says.

Watermark also jumped at the chance to have her join the team. Maia is a graduate of Princeton University with vast knowledge of social media skills and internet celebrities, skills no doubt that will help her manage Watermark’s online profile via our website and social media accounts. In addition to her digital duties, Maia will be assisting in administrative tasks. Maia is excited to start this new adventure in her life and exclaims, “I get to be professionally lesbian and transgender!”

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