How to get around: Making the most of your Big Gay Weekend in Central Florida, Orlando Gay Chorus announces changes, EQFL’s St. Petersburg Gala, Sarasota’s first LGBT center, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!
Watermark Issue 23.10 // May 19 – June 1, 2016
On the Cover | Page 29
Choose Your Own Adventure: With so many events and so little time, Kirk Hartlage lays out a few pointers to make sure you get the most out of your big gay weekend.
We Are Family | Page 13
The Orlando Gay Chorus wants the community to know they’re here, they’re queer and they’re ready to sing.
Tampa Bay News | Page 16
“We don’t want to stop discrimination after it happens, we want to pull homophobia, transphobia and all these bigotries up by their roots and where those roots are found are in our schools.”
—Equality Florida’s executive director Nadine Smith during her “State of the State” speech at the St. Pete Gala
Sarasota couple Clark West and Elliott Mitchell look to make their house Our House with the city’s first LGBT center.
Gentle Reminder | Page 35
Drag sensation Coco Peru talks happiness as she prepares for the GayDayS stage at Parliament House.
A Tale in Your City | Page 39
American Stage puts their spin on Everett Quinton’s drag-filled, one-man take on a Dickens classic.
Uprisings | Page 54
Bathrooms and judges and “John Miller,” oh my! Politics are as crazy as a Nevada Democratic State Convention!
This issue comes with GD2016: Watermark’s Complete Guide to Orlando’s Big Gay Weekend