There goes the gayborhood: The mess closing of Georgie’s Alibi in St. Pete signals potential hard times for the LGBT community, In your ears: Mat Staver’s Liberty Counsel Proffers hate, In your eyes: Jess T. Dugan’s intimate portraits expose truth, local news, celebrity interviews, and much, much more!
Watermark Issue 22.21 // Oct. 8-21, 2015
On the Cover | Page 27
THERE GOES THE GAYBORHOOD: Last month, local institution and gay-bar stalwart Georgie’s Alibi closed to make room for a new housing development. The impact remains to be seen – and, clearly, some stories remain untold – but the move could have a significant impact on St. Pete’s LGBT community which, in many ways, revolved around the Alibi.
Mat Staver | Page 8
Liberty Counsel figurehead Mat Staver has made quite a name for himself lately by standing at the side of Kentucky clerk of courts Kim Davis and the supporters of her anti-equality grandstanding. Staver, however, fronts an officially designated hate group, and he calls Central Florida home. Orlando, we have a problem.
Tampa Bay News | Page 12
Rev. Gina Durbin rises to the rescue of SunCoast Cathedral MCC as interim pastor as the congregation grieves the loss of Rev. Dr. Sherry Kennedy. “Laughter is great medicine,” she says.
Activism is the reason for the season | Page 23
Local civil rights activist and attorney Mary Meeks speaks to the necessity of activism beneath all of the balloons and beads of Orlando’s Come Out With Pride celebration.
Jess T. Dugan | Page 37
“There’s no character. There’s no makeup. There’s no any of that. I actually believe pretty strongly in kind of the, what’s the phrase, like the profundity of the every day. Finding something profound in these very basic moments and the deeply human experience of living is profound on its own.” —Photographer Jess T. Dugan
I perform for you now | Page 45
Tony and Oscar award-winning costumer Tim Chappel dishes on the big hair and even bigger shoes that made Priscilla shine both on stage and screen. Now, the whole shebang is hitting the wild seas. Watch out, world!
“Stuff happens” | Page 62
Our political column Uprisings mourns the loss of 10 students in Oregon and then grimaces at the responses from the candidates running for the Republican presidential nomination. Stuff happens? Really?