‘Sunday School’ exhibit examines religion, social climate

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ST. PETERSBURG | John Gascot—Tampa Bay WAVE Award winner for Favorite Local Artist—has announced “Sunday School,” a new exhibit opening April 5 that explores his views on religion.

“As a gay Latino man, I don’t have much positive to say about organized religion or the current administration,” Gascot says. “Creating these pieces has been a fun productive way to let out some of that steam.”

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The 2019 Watermark WAVE Award Winners

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When we first introduced a two-part voting structure for our annual Watermark Awards for Variety and Excellence, or WAVEs, we wondered if the added step would leave a lower turnout at the polls.

We were surprised to find that the first year with the new system fetched us more votes than we had ever had before. In the past two years, we have continued with the two-part voting process and you have continued to surprise us with your turnout.

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The 2019 WAVE Awards: Tampa Bay

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FAVORITE LOCAL POLITICIAN
First: Rick Kriseman, St. Petersburg Mayor
Second: Bob Buckhorn, Tampa Mayor
Third: Jennifer Webb, Florida House Representative – District 69

FAVORITE LOCAL ACTIVIST
First: Nadine Smith, Equality Florida
Second: Todd Richardson, Equality Florida
Third: Nancy Desmond, PFLAG

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The 2019 WAVE Awards: Central Florida

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FAVORITE LOCAL POLITICIAN
First: Buddy Dyer, Orlando Mayor
Second: Patty Sheehan, Orlando City Commissioner
Third: Carlos Guillermo Smith, Florida Representative- District 49

FAVORITE LOCAL ACTIVIST
First: Patty Sheehan, Orlando City Commissioner
Second: Dr. Edwin DeJesus, Orlando Immunology Center
Third: Ben Johansen, The Ribbon Maker

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PHOTOS: Watermark’s 2019 Tampa Bay WAVE Awards Party

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ST. PETERSBURG | Tampa Bay celebrated the 2019 WAVE Awards on March 8 at the newly-remodeled and WAVE Award winning Metro Inclusive Health.

All of the evening’s eats and entertainment were provided by fellow WAVE Award winners. The Stuffed Mushroom served fine hors d’oeuvres, Miguel Fuller of The Miguel & Holly Show hosted the festivities and DJ Duane Cook kept the crowd moving as Alyssa, Boys’ Entrance, Daphne Ferraro, Matthew McGee and Victoria Michaels wowed the crowd with their performances.

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PHOTOS: Watermark’s 2019 Central Florida WAVE Awards Party

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ORLANDO | Watermark made quite the splash for the 2019 Central Florida WAVE Awards party on March 7 at Ember Orlando.

Miss Sammy was the perfect host for the evening with show-stopping performances by April Fresh, Tora Himan and Lacie Browning. DJ Scott Robert was on hand to provide the perfect soundtrack as drinks flowed and guests mingled well into the night.

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Watermark’s 2019 WAVEs nomination round – VOTE NOW

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Welcome to 2019! Fresh off the historic blue wave that swept progressives into political offices in Central Florida, Tampa bay and across the country; we bring you a wave of our own … the purple WAVE!!!

The Watermark Awards for Variety and Excellence, or the WAVEs for short, recognize the best in Central Florida and Tampa Bay’s LGBTQ community in the areas of activism, service, entertainment and more.

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Watermark’s 2019 WAVEs – Central Florida nomination round

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Welcome to 2019! Fresh off the historic blue wave that swept progressives into political offices in Central Florida, Tampa Bay and across the country; we bring you a wave of our own … the purple WAVE!!!

The Watermark Awards for Variety and Excellence, or the WAVEs for short, recognize the best in Central Florida’s LGBTQ community in the areas of activism, service, entertainment and more.

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Watermark’s 2019 WAVEs – Tampa Bay/Sarasota nomination round

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Welcome to 2019! Fresh off the historic blue wave that swept progressives into political offices in Central Florida, Tampa Bay and across the country; we bring you a wave of our own … the purple WAVE!!!

The Watermark Awards for Variety and Excellence, or the WAVEs for short, recognize the best in Tampa Bay and Sarasota’s LGBTQ community in the areas of activism, service, entertainment and more.

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2018 WAVE Awards Spotlight: Alexis De La Mer

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TAMPA BAY’S FAVORITE LOCAL PERFORMER: DRAG, WHO SHOULD BE ON THE COVER OF WATERMARK’S WAVES ISSUE

“Coming from New York, my drag is a little outrageous and a little more colorful than most of the drag queens in the Tampa Bay area,” Alexis De La Mer says. “Drag is an art form to me.”

The queen’s name stems from her favorite soap opera Dynasty, and in particular its character Alexis Carrington. “She was always dressed up in beautiful evening gowns and business suits with furs,” De La Mer says, “and dripping in jewelry. She always had a beautiful, hot young man by her side… I said, ‘I want to be just like her.’”

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2018 WAVE Awards Spotlight: Iberian Rooster

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TAMPA BAY’S FAVORITE LGBTQ-FRIENDLY STRAIGHT BAR/CLUB

Russell Andrade introduced the Portugese fusion restaurant and speakeasy Iberian Rooster to St. Petersburg in November 2016 with a clear purpose.

“Everyone was afraid of what was going to happen,” Ana Corsi-Travali, the location’s catering director says. “Is my loved one going to be deported? Is my loved one going to be banned from a bathroom? Is my best friend going to get their marriage revoked because something might get overturned?”

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2018 WAVE Awards Spotlight: Tyler’z Barbershop

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TAMPA BAY’S FAVORITE LOCAL HAIR SALON

Tyler Cochran and Zeyra Sanchez adore one another, in and out of Tyler’z Barber Shop.

The duo shares and cultivates a mutual love and respect that radiates all throughout the business, something that began long before Tyler’z opened in 2015 when they met at the American Institute of Beauty. “Zeyra’s been in every decision making process, down to our design, even before we opened,” Cochran says. “She’s been in the shop since day one.”

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