Watermark’s LGBTQ-friendly restaurant listings – Central Florida

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Watermark has been the leading source of LGBTQ news in Central Florida and Tampa Bay for more than 25 years. We intend to continue our service to our community in this rapidly changing world.

As Florida has suspended on-premises dining and alcohol consumption statewide in response to COVID-19, limiting establishments to takeout and delivery orders only, we have compiled a list of Central Florida locations offering these services.

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MrMs Adrian celebrates birthday by streaming ‘Dragsical’ shows

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ABOVE: “Mean Girls: The Dragsical” is one of three shows streaming on Facebook Live. (Photo from Cassandra Riccione’s Facebook)

ORLANDO | Central Florida drag performer and entertainer MrMs Adrian is celebrating a birthday today and — just as the rest of Orange County and many across the state are doing — she is doing so in quarantine.

“Today is my 26th birthday,” Adrian wrote on Facebook. “I haven’t worked in two weeks, and all that I’ve seen from my friends have been FaceTime calls talking about how badly we miss working, and how badly we miss performing for you. And just like that, I decided how I wanted to celebrate this less-than-conventional birthday.”

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Watermark has been the leading source of LGBTQ news in Central Florida and Tampa Bay for more than 25 years.

We intend to continue our service to our community in this rapidly changing world, offering local, state and national news and more. In addition to our distribution throughout Florida, we can also deliver to your home.

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Coronavirus concerns impact Central Florida and Tampa Bay

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An estimated 60,000 people filled the streets of Ybor City for Tampa Pride last year, celebrating Tampa Bay’s growing LGBTQ community. It’s a record that organizers were expecting to break this year until March 12, when they postponed their sixth annual outing originally scheduled for March 28.

Since Tampa Pride’s return to Hillsborough County in 2015, attendees, vendors, parade participants and community sponsors have grown year after year. Its expansion is made possible by its supporters, Tampa Pride President Carrie West says.

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Local performer Philip Ancheta talks about his first national tour, ‘Miss Saigon’

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Orlando performer Philip Ancheta will always remember the day he got the call that changed his life.

“I was with my friend Heather when they called and I just screamed at the top of my lungs ‘Heather, I’m going on tour,’” Ancheta recalls. “I just sat down and cried. It was such a surreal experience and she hugged me on the ground and we cried together.”

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Watermark has been the leading source of LGBTQ news in Central Florida and Tampa Bay for more than 25 years. We intend to continue our service to our community in this rapidly changing world.

As Florida has suspended on-premises dining and alcohol consumption statewide in response to COVID-19, limiting establishments to takeout and delivery orders only, we have compiled a list of  Central Florida, Tampa Bay and Sarasota locations offering these services. Check out the links below for your area to get the information.

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Enzian Theater announces On Demand service as people self quarantine

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ORLANDO | Enzian Theater, Central Florida’s independent film cinema, announced that it will begin making some films that were scheduled to run in its theater available to viewers at home.

Enzian On Demand is “a place you can go to watch art house movies and support Enzian” the nonprofit theater posted on its website and social media March 25.

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For over 25 years, Watermark has been the leading source of LGBTQ news in Central Florida and Tampa Bay. We intend to continue our service to our community in this rapidly changing world.

As many in our community are suffering, so are we. As sales decline in our family of advertisers, so do ours. We can get through this, but we must do it together.

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Florida halts on-site restaurant dining, alcohol consumption

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ABOVE: Gov. Ron DeSantis, photo via Facebook.

Gov. Ron DeSantis has suspended all on-premises dining and alcohol consumption at restaurants across Florida in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The governor issued Executive Order 20-71 March 20. It allows restaurants to continue takeout or delivery orders and extends the sales to alcohol with proper I.D., effective immediately.

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Orlando Fringe’s 2020 Festival is cancelled

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ORLANDO | The 29th Annual Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival, scheduled for May 12-25, has been cancelled, according to a statement from Orlando Fringe Executive Director Alauna Frickics.

“This is an extremely hard decision. Please know how much conversation and thought has brought us to this point,” the statement reads. “We have worked countless financial scenarios, and considered all stakeholders. We believe this is the most prudent course so the festival can come back strong next year.”

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UPDATED: Central Florida drag queens to stream shows on social media as people self-quarantine, bars and clubs close

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ABOVE: (L-R) Addison Taylor, Kitana Gemini and Twila Holiday are among the Central Florida drag queens hosting virtual shows on Facebook Live. (Photos from queen’s Facebook pages)

ORLANDO | Just because the bars and clubs are closed does not mean that you have to sacrifice your drag shows and cocktails.

Several queens across Central Florida are bringing their drag entertainment right into your home thanks to social media streaming.

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Watermark Wedding Bells: Robin and Jennifer Pitrie

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Robin and Jennifer Petrie have always been an adventurous couple.

From day trips peach, strawberry and blueberry picking and kayaking to watching the ball drop in New York City for New Year’s Eve, the couple have lived by phrases like “you only live once” and “live life to the fullest.”

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