Watermark Giveaway: Annual Food & Wine Classic at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

By : Jeremy Williams
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Watermark is giving away a pair of tickets to attend the annual Food & Wine Classic at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort Oct. 27-28.

You and a guest will stroll the causeway where you will be tempted with a diverse selection of delectable delights prepared by award-winning chefs and sample fine wine, beer and spirits from around the world. This is a great opportunity to sample beverages you may not have thought to try before.

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Orlando’s Overheard: Splashy winners, Equality Florida helps and Trump in the Hall of Presidents!

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Making a Splash at Fringe!

For the first time in Orlando Fringe history, Watermark chose to acknowledge LGBTQ shows and performers with an award, the Watermark Splash Award!

During the run of the 26th annual Orlando International Fringe Festival, patrons were asked to vote for their favorites online. The categories included Favorite LGBTQ Performer in a Leading Role, Favorite LGBTQ Performer in a Supporting Role, Favorite LGBTQ Director, Favorite LGBTQ Writer and Favorite LGBTQ Show.

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Watermark Giveaway: 7th Annual Food & Wine Classic at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

By : Jeremy Williams
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Watermark is giving away a pair of tickets to attend the 7th Annual Food & Wine Classic at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort Saturday, Oct. 29.

You and a guest will stroll the causeway where you will be tempted with a diverse selection of delectable delights prepared by award-winning chefs and sample fine wine, beer and spirits from around the world. This is a great opportunity to sample beverages you may not have thought to try before.

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5.19.16 Editor’s Desk

By : Billy Manes
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You can’t make this shit up. Some 26 years ago, LGBT activists took a step into a fantasy world. Donning red shirts and hands that actually hold together, they walked out of past cultural abuses and into the open arms of a new future. A castle worthy of a blonde named Cinderella awaited and there were plenty of small worlds to discover, some goofy moments, some animatronics to endure and even a haunted mansion. If it all sounds terribly obtuse and the wayback lens seems to be covered in Vaseline, well maybe it is. We like to dream here in Florida. And when we dream, we make things happen. We dream big.

This month, we welcome the onslaught of all of the many machinations that comprise Gay Days. Whether it’s an official GayDayS.com situation or one of the tentacles that has grown in its glow – One Magical Weekend, Girls in Wonderland, the grape-picking drag of your local watering hole, that guy on the side of the road with the body you always wanted – we are here to celebrate, and we’re not stopping until we fall on our faces, brush off our pants, put another layer of lip balm on and carry on up the charts. This time we know it’s for real!

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Watermark Year in Review: June 2015

By : Jamie Hyman, Billy Manes and Jeremy Williams
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Glamorous Orlando superstar Ginger Minj (OK, Joshua Eads Brown) took the world by storm this year, placing second on Season 7 of RuPaul’s Drag Race. The drama of all the drama, though (and there was lots of drama), was Brown’s reconciliation with his father. Oh, also, there’s a completely accurate Adele interpretation to contend with. Well done.

Following the departure of editor-in-chief Steve Blanchard, two-decade bottle of Orlando Weekly hair products Billy Manes started at Watermark on June 22 in that position. Have you ever heard of him? HAVE YOU? This writer is he, and is very happy about his decision.

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Editor’s Desk 8.27.15

By : Billy Manes
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Beyond all of the “It’s a Small World” and “Be Our Guest” tropes of Walt Disney World and the screaming children behind them, a stronger tide of inclusion has washed over Central Florida’s largest employer, one that threatens to make a believer out of even this cynic. That’s why it’s a Magic Kingdom, right? Shut up, turkey leg.

This week, it’s all about the shifting culture of acceptance and celebration of diversity at the park of all parks, thanks in no small part to WDW President George Kalogridis, our cover model. Kalogridis was kind enough to offer up his personage in order to discuss the park’s expanding acceptance of LGBT individuals; he is one.

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WDW hosts LGBT workplace equality conference

By : Kirk Hartlage
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Walt Disney World hosted the Out & Equal Equality Institute last week, designed to fostering an inclusive workplace for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees. Approximately 600 Business leaders from over 300 companies attended the day-long seminar held at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.

Out & Equal Workplace Advocates is a nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workplace equality. The group works with Fortune 1000 companies and government agencies to provide a safe, welcoming and supportive environment for LGBT employees; The Walt Disney Company is a presenting partner.

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Overheard in Orlando: Pour it up at Savoy

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GoFund yourself
A GoFund me account was recently created for Danielle Hunter, which you may have read on WatermarkOnline.com had claimed mistreatment for being transgender after being admitted to the Lakeside Behavioral Center after a suicide attempt. She has since been moved to a new facility, but according to her GoFund me, which was created by Terry DeCarlo at The Center, Danielle’s bank account is in the negative and she doesn’t have any insurance to cover the cost of her treatment. Danielle is the Entertainment Manager for FMI (Funky Monkey & Divas). Although there has been a slew of well wishes and support, the GoFund me page had at least one very Negative Nelly who made some incredible accusations we’re not going to repeat here. The comment and a rebuttal have since been removed. The fundraising goal is set at $5,000; just over $1,200 was raised as of press time.

Bibbidi-Bobbidi-MONEY!
Walt Disney World Resorts showed more than 100 organizations the money, to the tune of $4.5 million in grants. The Zebra Coalition and the Orlando International Fringe Festival were among the recipients, allowing them to continue to positively affect families and children in Orlando. The Mouse gave a total of $4.5 million worth of grants to 102 organizations in Central Florida at a ceremony held at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on March 30. The Zebra Foundation for Youth, which funds Zebra Coalition, received $20,000, and Orlando Fringe received $5,000. Now that’s what we call some Disney Magic!

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Zebra Coalition, Orlando Fringe Festival receive grants from Disney

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Orlando Fringe Executive Director George Wallace and President Joyce Arbucias accept a 2015 grant from Disney.

Orlando Fringe Executive Director George Wallace and President Joyce Arbucias accept a 2015 grant from Disney.

Lake Buena Vista, Fla. – The Zebra Coalition and the Orlando International Fringe Festival were both presented with a grant from Walt Disney World Resorts allowing them to continue to positively affect families and children in Orlando.

They gavea total of $4.5 million worth of grants to 102 organizations in Central Florida at a ceremony held at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on March 30.

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Hate plane “warning” about Gay Days is back for 2014 (probably)

By : Jamie Hyman
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Because nothing says “defending American values” like wasting thousands of dollars, the Florida Family Association is at it again, raising funds to fly a plane over the Disney area during Gay Days weekend, “warning” families about all the scary gay people who will be at the parks.

During Gay Days 2013, Watermark obtained FFA’s invoice to rent the plane. For 40 hours of flight time on May 41 and June 1, and to hire multiple planes – one even pulled a banner written in Spanish – FFA spent a whopping $16,400. The banner read: “WARNING GAY DAY AT DISNEY 6/1.”

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Disney severs support for Boy Scouts

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Orlando – Walt Disney World cut its business support of the Boy Scouts of America over the organization’s refusal to end its ban on openly LGBT adults acting as troop leaders and volunteers.

For years, the “Ears to You” grant program presented by Walt Disney World made donations to organizations that volunteered their time, which included a variety of Boy Scout troops. As was announced Feb. 28, it will no longer fund local Scout units in support of employees’ volunteer work. Walt Disney World’s corporate Standards of Business Conduct states the company itself and any other affiliates of Disney must not allow “any form of harassment or discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identification, national origin, age, marital status, covered veteran status, disability, pregnancy or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.”

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Smash Hits: Elton John, Billie Jean King shine at AIDS fundraiser

By : Tom Dyer
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