Winter Park’s newest eatery The Glass Knife opens with an official cake cutting

By : Jeremy Williams
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WINTER PARK, Fla. | Winter Park’s newest gay-owned eatery The Glass Knife held its grand opening today, Nov. 10 at 7:00 a.m.

Founder and owner Steve Brown was joined by The Glass Knife’s executive chef Stuart Whitfield, leadership from the City of Winter Park and members of the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce for the commemorative cake cutting and grand opening.

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Watermark’s September Third Thursday Networking Social

By : Danny Garcia
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Join us at The Gardens at Park West Sept. 21 for our September Third Thursday.
First drink is on us and light bites will be provided.
Raffle prizes will be available with the proceeds going to The 49 Fund.

Wedding Bells: Scott Stinson and Raul Salinas

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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Wedding Bells 2319 137“On that first date, I kind of realized that this was probably something that I really wanted to pursue, so we kind of decided to see each other again,” Raul says. “We had a few dates after that, probably for two or three months, and we kept it very platonic and kind of started to get to know each other, which is probably one of the best things we’ve ever done, realizing we probably wanted to go further with the relationship. It was a courtship – it really was.”

Scott Stinson, who is a senior business analyst, and Raul Salinas, a hairstylist, met more than 27 years ago through a friend named Jerry, who cut Scott’s hair.

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Paddy’s grand opening

By : Jamie Hyman
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Paddy’s Gay Piano and Entertainment Lounge in Winter Park hosted a grand opening party all weekend Jan. 8 – 10, 2015.

In addition to full liquor and live piano and singing, Paddy’s offers a customer reward and loyalty program and each day, will support a charity or local cause. 

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Wedding Bells at Watermark: Matthew Riha and Brian Smith

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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Both originally from the Windy City, Matthew and Brian have known each other for 15 years. In 2009, they moved to Winter Park, met a new group of friends and finally decided to officially tie the knot.

“I think that both Brian and I have been very lucky to live in a space where we spent most of our lives and we’ve always felt accepted—by our family members, by our friends, by our co-workers and by our employers,” Matthew says.

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‘POZ’ founder to address the criminalization of HIV

By : Greg Stemm
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Winter Park – For people with HIV, a contentious relationship, a personal misunderstanding or even a minor infraction of the law can lead to a long jail sentence, public shaming and registration as a sex offender. HIV-specific criminal charges have been filed in the United States more than 1,000 times.

About two thirds of U.S. states, territories and possessions have HIV-specific criminal statutes or STD criminal statutes that have been used to prosecute people with HIV. But people with HIV are potentially subject to prosecution for non-disclosure, potential exposure or transmission in every jurisdiction under general criminal statutes. 

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Deanne Gabel welcomes guests to The Alfond Inn at Rollins College

By : Susan Clary
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Winter Park – As soon as Deanne Gabel graduated from high school in Oregon, she flew to Hawaii and took a job as a lifeguard at the Intercontinental Maui. She knew then that she wanted to work in hospitality. She was 19.

On Aug. 11, the career that has taken her from Seattle to Palm Springs to New York and all around the world, has led her to an unique and exciting resting place, The Alfond Inn at Rollins College.

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Watermark interviews former Exodus figurehead Alan Chambers

By : Susan Clary
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Alan Chambers has spent the last dozen years trying to “cure” homosexuality in the name of Jesus Christ as the executive director of Exodus International. It was his own personal story of setting aside gay feelings to marry a woman in the name of religion that inspired his desire to empower others to do the same.

Last month, the Winter Park native went on national television to offer an apology for those efforts and for hurting followers in the process. He said he was shutting down the world’s largest “ex-gay” organization, which has spent nearly 40 years providing “reparative” therapy to thousands of Christian gays seeking to live a “righteous” life as a heterosexual. Responses have ranged from bewildered to elated.

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Overheard Orlando: Holidays officially here!

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Sauced for a Cause
As part of the holiday season, local LGBT watering hole Savoy has teamed up with The Center. Between now and Christmas, if you stop by and purchase a paper ornament at Savoy, 100% of the proceeds go to The Center. Each ornament purchased will display the giver’s name and will be used to fill the trees adorning the bar. Each Ornament is only $5. For more info visit TheCenterOrlando.org.

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