St. Pete Pride announces the grand marshals for the 2016 Pride parade

By : Jamie Hyman
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st. pete pride grand marshals 2016St. Petersburg – St. Pete Pride announced the 2016 grand marshals for the 14th annual St. Pete Pride Parade at a kick-off event at Enigma Bar & Lounge April 19.

After holding an open selection process during the month of March in which the community voted for their grand marshals, three individuals and one organization were selected.

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Overheard in Orlando: New look for Headdress Ball

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A new Hope
Hope and Help’s Headdress Ball has announced their new theme and name for the upcoming fundraiser. Scheduled for September 17, 2016, LOVE Headdress Ball’s tickets are already available. The 27th annual fundraiser features over the top Las Vegas-style performances and incredible auctions all benefiting the Hope and Help Center. This year’s Headdress Ball will also be held at a new location: the World Center Marriott. Along with the new name and the new venue, Watermark has heard a rumor of a new look coming to the Hope and Help’s logo. Presently the new logo is currently under wraps but will most likely be revealed right before the upcoming AIDS Walk scheduled for April 16.

Drag is an art
Sanford’s Historic Downtown arts district became a total Drag on March 19 as they celebrated the first ever Art is a Drag! This was an interesting take on the typical art walk, replete with a twist, sashay and a fierce look! The walk included an art exhibit, artists sketching live models (who happened to be drag queens). A queen-for-a-day selfie station, gilded throne included and of course a Drag Transformation station, where make-up artists would turn the art lover into a queen that would rival any of the RuPaul Girls. No word yet when the 2017 Art is a Drag will return to Sanford, but we’re breaking in our heels just in case.

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Plan targets health care bias against transgender people

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration proposed Sept. 3 to ban discrimination against transgender people throughout the health care system, expanding anti-bias protections in the president’s health overhaul.

The new protections are part of a much broader proposed regulation by the Department of Health and Human Services. In a first, the overhaul specified that “sex” is a protected category under federal law, and the regulation carries that a step further, clarifying that “gender identity” is included within the Affordable Care Act’s protective umbrella banning sex discrimination.

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2.12.15 Editor’s Desk

By : Steve Blanchard
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SteveBlanchardHeadshot_137x185For the first time in, well, ever, I actually care about Bruce Jenner. Reality shows have never interested me and while I enjoy sports—especially the Olympics—I’m not fanatical about them.

I couldn’t tell you who won what in last year’s Sochi Winter Olympics, much less the Summer Olympics of 2012. And if it wasn’t for Google, I wouldn’t know to write this sentence explaining that Jenner won a 1976 Gold Medal in the decathlon.

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Fashion industry, retailers and the gender binary

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NEW YORK (AP) – As a transgender woman who began her transition about a year ago, Kylie Jack is still figuring out her fashion style, but she wanted one thing right away: well-fitting bras.

Friends recommended Petticoat Fair in Austin, Texas, where she lives. The lingerie shop is known for one-on-one fittings, but Jack was denied access to the area where professionals work privately with customers after being asked if she was an anatomical female.

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