04.05.18 Tampa Bay Bureau Chief’s Desk

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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It’s often argued that one shouldn’t discuss religion or politics,

so I’d like to talk about both.

When I was in high school, I learned through friends in my Southern Baptist youth group that the deacons of my small-town, smaller-minded church were trying to pray my gay away. Spoiler alert: it didn’t work.

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Editor’s Desk 2.9.17

By : Billy Manes
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This is how it goes. There is an initial spark of horror – in this case, the abject realization that our country had elected a television and real-estate mogul into its highest office in November – and then come the stages of grief.

It is no hyperbole to state that the election of President Donald Trump has already been a source of anxiety for progressives and people who follow either history or politics. These things happen, we tell ourselves. It will get better, we sigh. Maybe we’ll be safe; maybe Trump does like the LGBTQ community; maybe Vice President Pence has a switch on his back that will allow some kind of social diplomacy between the others and himself. Maybe, maybe, maybe.

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What not to miss at this year’s Tampa Bay International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

By : Stephen J. Miller
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Call it spreading the love! After 25 years with the Tampa Theater, the dynamic Tampa Bay Gay International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (TIGLFF) now will offer events at different venues throughout Florida’s west coast. The launch party is this Saturday, Sept. 12, hosted at the Dali Museum. Most the big events from Oct. 2 through Oct. 10 will be at The Palladium – including a show with lesbian comic and chanteuse Lea DeLaria on Saturday, Oct. 3. Movies will play in theaters in Tampa, St. Pete, and Gulfport throughout the nine-day festival. Tickets and information are available at TIGLFF.com

TIGLFF is still working the details of their impressive festival; they currently have 33 LBGT films from the last 3 years. They gave us an early peek, so fans could start flagging must-see films. Here are four flicks they feature that we thought you might like. More movies will be highlighted here at Watermark Online as the festival approaches.

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Overheard in Tampa Bay: Oldest lesbian bar in Florida shuts down

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More room to dance at Georgie’s
During a recent Sunday afternoon at Georgie’s Alibi, patrons noticed that the popular dance area was partitioned off, and sounds of hammers, saws and loud construction wafted through the walls. That’s because the entire dance floor area of the popular St. Petersburg bar has been renovated, providing more space for us to shake our groove things. (For all you kids, that means dance!) The renovation allows for the space to be separated from the sports bar for special events, but also allows for a more club feel. During a meeting with the club’s management, Watermark learned that its Watermark Wednesday event, scheduled for Jan. 22, will be the first official event in the newly renovated space. That free networking event, by the way, is hosted by Watermark’s Steve Blanchard and Bill Jeffries, benefits the Tampa Bay bears, is free to attend and runs from 6-8 p.m.

Stevens goes exclusive
It’s shaping up to be a big year for Kori Stevens. The popular entertainer ended 2013 with a WAVE-Award as Tampa Bay’s favorite drag performer. Now, she is under exclusive contract with Georgie’s Alibi to only perform at that bar in Pinellas County. Stevens shared the announcement on her Facebook page, as well as announcing that Georgie’s now offers happy hour 7-days a week. But don’t look for drink chips. Those are so last year. Stevens will appear at the club five days a week. Follow her on Facebook to find out what events happen on what nights.

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