Watermark’s 2019 WAVE Awards Final Round – Tampa Bay/Sarasota

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We asked for your local favorites and you responded in the largest numbers we have ever seen. The 2019 WAVE Awards are now in full swing and, thanks to you faithful readers, we have our Top 3 in each category.

Now it’s time to tell us the top of the tops.

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Watermark’s 2019 WAVE Awards Final Round – Central Florida

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We asked for your local favorites and you responded in the largest numbers we have ever seen. The 2019 WAVE Awards are now in full swing and, thanks to you faithful readers, we have our Top 3 in each category.

Now it’s time to tell us the top of the tops.

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Watermark’s 2019 WAVE Awards Final Round – VOTE NOW

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We asked for your local favorites and you responded in the largest numbers we have ever seen. The 2019 WAVE Awards are now in full swing and, thanks to you faithful readers, we have our Top 3 in each category. Now it’s time to tell us the top of the tops.

The WAVE Awards, or the Watermark Awards for Variety and Excellence, 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 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 WAVEs 2019 — Let your fans know to vote for you!

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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.

There are 50 categories to vote in. In each category, we ask our readers to write in who best represents the values of the LGBTQ community in your area. It can be any person, group or business that falls anywhere in our alphabet soup — including allies — as long as they have demonstrated their support for the community.

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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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2017 WAVE Award winners – Tampa Bay

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FAVORITE LOCAL POLITICIAN/ACTIVIST
First: St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman
Second: Equality Florida Executive Director Nadine Smith
Third: Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner

GREATEST STRAIGHT ALLY TO THE LOCAL LGBTQ COMMUNITY
First: St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman
Second: U.S. Representative for District 14 Kathy Castor
Third: St. Pete Pride President Scion Provenzano

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2017 WAVE Award winners – Central Florida

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FAVORITE LOCAL POLITICIAN/ACTIVIST
First: Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan
Second: Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer
Third: Orange County Democrats Chairman Wes Hodge

GREATEST STRAIGHT ALLY TO THE LOCAL LGBTQ COMMUNITY
First: Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer
Second: Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs
Third: Mama Dee Richter

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3.9.17 Editor’s Desk

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Love, exciting and new; come aboard, we’re expecting you! It’s WAVEs week, which means that we’ve been buried in profiles and lost in the madness of photo shoots and the interstate, but it also means that we love you, as do many other people.

Without being too repetitive (see the actual WAVE section inside), this issue is one of our favorites to put together. The Tampa Bay community and Central Florida community have come to know and love the WAVEs for nearly two decades, and this year they turned out in droves. This year, of all years, our LGBTQ community needed it. This year we received one of our largest responses in history.

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2017 Watermark WAVE Awards – WAVES FINALIST ROUND

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Watermark spent the last week sorting through and counting every ballot, and here it is – the FINAL round for the 2017 Watermark WAVE Awards!

Below are links to the FINALISTS for Central Florida and Tampa Bay/Sarasota.

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A toast and a stumble through 2016, the year we will never forget

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We could go on and on about our gripes with the letter “P” this year, generally circulating around two terms: “Pulse” and “Politics.” So, indeed, that’s what we’ll do. Though we may have seen some wonderful developments in the year that God forgot, for the most part, many of us are grabbing at straws, trying to make sense of how it is that we descended so deeply, that we became the eye of the target of absolute terror.

Some may say that 2016 was the backlash for all of the gifts we were given by 2015, most notably marriage equality in both state and nation. Others might opine that there is something else going on here with the media, with conspiracies, with a new Cold War. We can’t be certain, but we certainly have each other’s backs, as has been proven by the many acts of kindness that rose up to meet the beast of an election year gone awry and a local community cut to its core. We are not a weak people; we have seen trouble before. But this year owns a special place in our hearts, one we hope that heals over without forgetting those who suffered and those who commandeered offenses that none of us could have been prepared for.

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