The Last Page: Chad Mize, Artist and Gallery Owner

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The Last Page is dedicated to individuals who are making a positive impact on the LGBTQ community in Tampa Bay and Central Florida.

This issue, we check in with St. Petersburg’s Chad Mize, MIZE Gallery owner, multimedia designer and the artist who drew the cover for this issue of Watermark. Keep an eye on this space to learn more about the movers and shakers of your community.

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Sarasota unveils ‘welcoming, inclusive’ crosswalk

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The City of Sarasota unveiled a multi-colored crosswalk some residents see as LGBTQ affirming on Feb. 14.

“COLORFUL CROSSWALK,” the city shared via social media along with a video. “Our Public Works crew painted this vibrant crosswalk overnight in the 1500 block of Main Street. It’s part of our ongoing effort to enliven downtown and make it more pedestrian friendly. What do you think?”

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Michael Kors replaces Debra Messing for CAN Community Health gala

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ABOVE: Michael Kors, photo via CAN Community Health.

SARASOTA | Fashion designer Michael Kors will headline CAN Community Health’s second annual Red Ribbon Gala Feb. 22, replacing original headliner Debra Messing.

Messing, who was announced as the gala’s headliner Oct. 7, is best known for her role on NBC’s “Will & Grace.” CAN Community Health shared she would be unable to attend via video message Feb. 17 after the actress suffered an injury.

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Community Cafe, Drag Queen Story Hour find temporary home

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ABOVE: Mandy Keyes at the original Community Cafe in the Grand Central District. Photo courtesy Community Cafe.

ST. PETERSBURG | Former Grand Central District restaurant Community Cafe, the home of Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH) Tampa Bay, has found sanctuary at the LGBTQ-affirming Allendale United Methodist Church.

Owner Mandy Keyes opened Community Cafe in 2013 to become “your home away from home,” offering a full menu specializing in vegan and vegetarian options. It served as a safe space in St. Petersburg’s traditional “gayborhood” until late last year.

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Pasco Pride seeks countywide Human Rights Ordinance

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Pasco County, Fla. | Pasco Pride has launched a concentrated effort to enact a Human Rights Ordinance (HRO) in Pasco County to protect LGBTQ residents from discrimination.

The organization held its second annual festival last October. It exists to strengthen and support Pasco County’s growing LGBTQ community and sees the passage of a countywide HRO as an extension of that mission.

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Watermark Giveaway: Tickets for Gina Chavez at the Straz Center

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Bilingual, folk pop songstress Gina Chavez and her bewitching voice are heading to the Straz Center for the Performing Arts on Feb. 24, and Watermark has your chance to win tickets!

The openly LGBTQ singer/songwriter has won acclaim as the 10-time recipient of the Austin Music Award and the Grand Prize winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Award.

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10 Central Florida and Tampa Bay eligible singles too sweet for words

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The sugary taste of love is flowing through the air as the soft nougat-filled center of our hearts long to spend Valentine’s Day with the one who we hope to be our Turkish Delight. If V-Day is approaching that means it is that time of year for Watermark to present our annual list of the 10 most eligible singles.

We have searched the Candy Cane Forest and Gumdrop Mountain, as well as consulted with Queen Frostine and Gramma Nutt, to compile a list of the sweetest singles — five in Central Florida and five in Tampa Bay — who are ready to grab a drink with you at the candy bar. And trust us, you won’t find any artificial sweeteners in this batch.

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Watermark’s Most Eligible Singles 2020: Topher Larkin

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AGE: 38

BORN IN: Tampa, Florida

IDENTIFIES AS: Gay male

PRONOUNS: He/Him/His

SIGN: Capricorn

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Watermark’s Most Eligible Singles 2020: Jim Nixon

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AGE: 54

BORN IN: Greensboro, North Carolina

IDENTIFIES AS: Gay male

PRONOUNS: He/Him/His

SIGN: Leo

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Watermark’s Most Eligible Singles 2020: Nate Taylor

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AGE: 37

BORN IN: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

IDENTIFIES AS: Gay male

PRONOUNS: He/him/his

SIGN: Sagittarius

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Watermark’s Most Eligible Singles 2020: Amy Dalzell

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AGE: 47

BORN IN: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

IDENTIFIES AS: Lesbian female

PRONOUNS: She/Her/Hers

SIGN: Cancer

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Watermark’s Most Eligible Singles 2020: Michael Womack

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AGE: 25

BORN IN: Tampa, Florida

IDENTIFIES AS: Gay male

PRONOUNS: He/Him/His

SIGN: Capricorn

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