A Basically Wonderful Showcase

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A Basically Wonderful Showcase will feature a variety of performances. There will be music, poetry, art, and more! Take the opportunity to get to know Basically Wonderful Productions at it’s very first event! Join us at Austin’s Coffee at 7pm to watch some talented performances, a chance to win some prizes in our raffle, and support local businesses! Austin’s has a great selection of food and drink on their menu, so definitely support them while attending! No ticket required, this is a free event.

Watermark’s LGBTQ Community Survey

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We would like to invite you to take a new survey about your opinions and preferences, from an LGBT perspective.

There’s power in our Pride! Participating in this study helps open doors-and minds-around the world, and influences positive changes for our community. Previous surveys have yielded 45,000 respondents from 150 countries! You may have seen Community Marketing & Insights quoted in the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, etc.

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Quench Lounge Weekly Pool Tournament

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Our Weekly Pool Tournament at Quench Lounge is bar none. Not only do the 1st 10 players play for free, we also have weekly cash prizes. Come hang out with CJay Tauber as he will be serving you $4 Fireball Shots, $3.25 Domestic Bottles & $2.50 Quench Drafts. Even if you don’t drink, come play some pool, win some cash, and make some amazing friends along the way!

Quench Lounge Weekly Pool Tournament

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Our Weekly Pool Tournament at Quench Lounge is bar none. Not only do the 1st 10 players play for free, we also have weekly cash prizes. Come hang out with CJay Tauber as he will be serving you $4 Fireball Shots, $3.25 Domestic Bottles & $2.50 Quench Drafts. Even if you don’t drink, come play some pool, win some cash, and make some amazing friends along the way!

Quench Lounge Weekly Pool Tournament

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Our Weekly Pool Tournament at Quench Lounge is bar none. Not only do the 1st 10 players play for free, but there’s also prizes given out every week. Come hang out with CJay Tauber as he will be serving you awesomely cold $3 domestic beer and $4 Fireballs after 9pm. Even if you don’t drink, come play some pool, win some cash, and make some amazing friends along the way!

Pride Happy Hour Kickoff: There’s No Place Like METRO

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Kickoff St. Pete Pride in grand fashion with a happy hour benefitting METRO at Enigma St. Pete. There’s a chance to win prizes and things might get a little messy with jell-o shots!

50/50 Drawing
1 ticket — $2 suggested donation
3 tickets — $5 suggested donation
+ $3 JELL-O Shots!
+ Drawing for a liquor basket provided by Enigma

**Portion of all proceeds from the drawing and jell-o shots will go to METRO’s ongoing capital campaign. To learn more: http://www.metrotampabay.org/product/capital-campaign

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This event is a part of our month-long community awareness campaign to help us raise capital for our renovations.

With the recent purchase of the St. Petersburg location building, METRO now needs the community’s support in raising the funds to complete required renovations to update the building and expand their essential services.

Read more about METRO’s expansion in Creative Loafing: http://www.cltampa.com/news-views/article/20764878/a-little-help-as-hiv-cases-rise-a-local-lgbt-nonprofit-fights-to-meet-demands

Pride Happy Hour Kickoff: There’s No Place Like METRO

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Kickoff St. Pete Pride in grand fashion with a happy hour benefitting METRO at Enigma St. Pete. There’s a chance to win prizes and things might get a little messy with jell-o shots!

50/50 Drawing
1 ticket — $2 suggested donation
3 tickets — $5 suggested donation
+ $3 JELL-O Shots!
+ Drawing for a liquor basket provided by Enigma

**Portion of all proceeds from the drawing and jell-o shots will go to METRO’s ongoing capital campaign. To learn more: http://www.metrotampabay.org/product/capital-campaign

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This event is a part of our month-long community awareness campaign to help us raise capital for our renovations.

With the recent purchase of the St. Petersburg location building, METRO now needs the community’s support in raising the funds to complete required renovations to update the building and expand their essential services.

Read more about METRO’s expansion in Creative Loafing: http://www.cltampa.com/news-views/article/20764878/a-little-help-as-hiv-cases-rise-a-local-lgbt-nonprofit-fights-to-meet-demands

Porn Bingo with Chi Chi Larue

By : Deanndra Meno
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Sometimes, when it’s 100+ degrees outside and it’s Gay Days weekend and you’re sweaty and tired and either a little drunk or hungover (or both), you just want to sit in a ballroom and try to win some porn by listening to the dulcet tones of Chi Chi Larue calling out bingo numbers.

And there is nothing wrong with that.

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Oscar Predictions and Watermark’s 2016 Oscars Pool!

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It’s our annual Oscar column – and it’s a doozy! In the comments, you can submit you predictions. We’ll draw a prizewinner from the correct or most correct. You will win SOMETHING!

The 88th Oscar season is all about diversity…or lack thereof. This year, scads of people are viably upset that there was not a single nomination of a minority in actor or director categories.

Is Hollywood the new Great White Way?

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Tampa City Council commends Ashley Brundage

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Tampa – Transgender activist Ashley Brundage received a commendation from the Tampa City Council at City Hall Dec. 17.

The Tampa City Council unanimously voted to award Brundage the commendation Nov. 19. The motion was made by Councilman Guido Maniscalco of District 6 and seconded by Councilwoman Lisa J. Montelione of District 7.

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Same-sex marriage plaintiff backs ex-Ohio governor for Senate seat

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The lead plaintiff in the landmark lawsuit that led to legal gay marriage nationwide is endorsing the Democratic challenger to Ohio senator Rob Portman, despite Portman’s dramatic position reversal in favor of same-sex unions.

James Obergefell told The Associated Press Dec. 14 he’s backing ex-Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland in next year’s closely watched U.S. Senate contest.

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Alan Grayson is in it to win it for the Senate

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If worst-kept secrets were ever actually kept, we wouldn’t know already that U.S. Rep Alan Grayson, D-SAYS ANYTHING HE WANTS, would announce today that he is joining the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate in order to replace everybody’s favorite hairline, Sen. Marco Rubio. (There is a very long announcement video on his Facebook page). The crisis — sheer panic, we says — within the Democratic party is that he’s running against yawning moderate from Jupiter (more stupider?) U.S. Rep Patrick Murphy. Website Politico.com is positively chomping at the bit on this one, predicting that it will cause the new Great Schism between progressive and moderate Democrats. Both former President Bill Clinton and former astronaut (OK, current U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson) have already fallen in line behind Murphy, so the concerns aren’t necessarily unfounded. However, who doesn’t love a good primary? Also, Murphy is a former Republican, so this could get interesting.

In our last issue, on that tiny subject of marriage equality winning nationwide passage, we spoke with Grayson about his feelings toward the LGBT community, which are already well-known, given that he typically waxes historical about the systemic genius and subsequent abuse of gay British code-breaker Alan Turing, who basically saved the world and then was mutilated by the government. Grayson is on the right side of history, obviously. As are, he says, most people.

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