The Last Page: Lisa Brown and Dawn Kallio

By : Jeremy Williams
Comments: 0

The Last Page is dedicated to individuals who are making a positive impact on the LGBTQ community in Central Florida and Tampa Bay.

This issue, we check in with Bowled Over Promotions owners Lisa Brown and Dawn Kallio from Orlando. Keep an eye on this space to learn more about the movers and shakers of your community.

Continue Reading >>

The Last Page: Jimmy Biascan

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
Comments: 0

The Last Page is dedicated to individuals who are making a positive impact on the LGBTQ community in Central Florida and Tampa Bay. Here, we check in with graphic designer and creative director Jimmy (not James, it’s Jimmy on his birth certificate) Biascan from Tampa Bay.

Keep an eye on this space to learn more about the movers and shakers of your community.

Continue Reading >>

The Last Page with Creative Assistant/Photographer Dylan Todd

By : Rick Claggett
Comments: 0

Dylan Todd has been Watermark’s Creative Assistant and Photographer for nearly three-quarters of a year, but his quest to join Watermark’s staff began well before that.

In 2015, Dylan was impressed with the quality and community nature of Watermark and wanted to be a part of that mission. He logged onto WatermarkOnline.com and emailed the domain asking how his photography services could be used in the newspaper. He then posted the same inquiry on Facebook. At the time, a position was not open.

Continue Reading >>

The Last Page with Jason Leclerc

By : Rick Claggett
Comments: 0

Share this story:

What kind of writing do you do for Watermark?

Opinion and editorial.

When did you develop a passion for writing?

First grade. I won a creative writing contest for “Stinky, the Skunk that Didn’t Stink.” I understood what it meant to be different before there was a word in my vocabulary for it.

Continue Reading >>

The Last Page with Sylvie Griffiths

By : Rick Claggett
Comments: 0

Share this story:

What kind of writing do you do for Watermark?

I write a viewpoint column focusing on special interests. My writing blossomed from being urged by a close friend and mentor to write a blog about my family. This process led to the connection to Watermark and the rest is serendipity.

When did you develop a passion for writing?

I remember loving writing in elementary school when all my friends were complaining about having to write. I just assumed this was another way I was a nerd, but my true love comes from my mother. She wanted to be a writer professionally, studied literature and imparted her love of reading to me.

Continue Reading >>

The Last Page with Nathan Bruemmer

By : Rick Claggett
Comments: 0

Share this story:

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.

Continue Reading >>

The Last Page: Dr. Steve Yacovelli

By : Rick Claggett
Comments: 0

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?

Continue Reading >>

The Last Page with Aaron Drake

By : Rick Claggett
Comments: 0

Share this story:

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.

Continue Reading >>

The Last Page with owner/publisher/editor Rick Claggett

By : Jeremy Williams
Comments: 0

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.

Continue Reading >>

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

By : Rick Claggett
Comments: 2

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.

Continue Reading >>

The Last Page with Creative Assistant Jason R. Donnelly

By : Jeremy Williams
Comments: 0

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.

Continue Reading >>

The Last Page with Multimedia Assistant Melody Maia Monet

By : Rick Claggett
Comments: 0

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!”

Continue Reading >>