Watermark’s 16 Most Remarkable People of ’16

By : Watermark Staff
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Watermark has chosen those who stood out from the LGBTQ community – 16 remarkable individuals who made a mark in 2016; whether through activism, generosity or beating the odds.

It has been a difficult year for all of us, both politically and personally, and those we have selected have made the most change, been the most inspiring and helped to make our LGBTQ community that much stronger in the face of adversity.

Below, our 16 Most Remarkable People of ’16.

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Love More: Power couple Jeff Miller and Ted Maines work to make a better Orlando

By : Billy Manes
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Sometimes your cup runneth over. Sometimes you realize that you have a duty to society. Few in Orlando carry that weight – and amazing artistry in their downtown condominium – better than Ted Maines and Jeffrey Miller. While they both have their side duties – you know, running an interior design business or being a lawyer – there’s something more to this more- than-once-named-power-couple. They’re kind. And they back it up.

“First of all, because we live here, we work here, and we both own businesses here, we feel we have a responsibility to make it the best place it can be, not only for ourselves but for everyone that lives here,” Maines says. “It’s just to give back. We’ve been very lucky and very fortunate in our lives, and we feel that, because of our ability to try and do things with both our time and our resources, we feel that it’s something we have an obligation to do.”

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Equality Florida 2014 Greater Orlando Gala

By : Jake Stevens
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Equality Florida’s 2014 Greater Orlando Gala raised more than $200,000 for the organization on Nov. 14. The event, held at The Mezz in downtown Orlando, boasted a sold-out crowd – nearly 400 guests.

EQFL honored their 2014 Voice for Equality honorees Dr. Kathryn Norsworthy, Ted Maines and Jeff Miller.

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Overheard in Orlando: LGBT couple rank among most powerful in Orlando

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Zebra Coalition founder Jeff Voss named “Everyday Hero”
In his work life, Jeff Voss is a bigwig with The Tavistock Group. Tavistock owns Lake Nona and Isleworth locally, but invests all over the world in real estate, hotels, restaurants and other ventures. In his community life, Voss is the visionary behind the Zebra Coalition, which he established to provide support to LGBT youth experiencing bullying, abuse or isolation from their families. Voss was named an “Everyday Hero” by CFN News 13 recently for his work with Zebra and support of LGBT youth. In an interview with TV reporter Ed Heiland, Voss talked about his idea for the little house on Mills Avenue where Zebra has its headquarters. “In my mind, I always had this idea of coming up with a place that kids that were LGBT could go if they needed help, for anything,” Voss said.

Maines and Miller recognized—again and again
Social media was abuzz earlier this month after the Orlando Sentinel released its 2014 listing of “Orlando Power Couples.” Winter Park interior designer Ted Maines and attorney Jeff Miller were listed amidst power pairs like “For the people” attorney John Morgan and wife Ultima, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings and former Orlando Police Chief Val Demings.Maines and Miller were the only LGBT pair named. But this isn’t the first time the duo has been named a power pair for their work to stop bullying, raise money for worthy causes and fight for marriage equality. Miller points out that before the Sentinel, Orlando Magazine listed them as the number one power couple in town. By the way, Miller says, Watermark Publisher Tom Dyer was the very first to recognize them. “That was probably six or seven years ago in an article on LGBTs “Movers and Shakers,” Miller wrote in a chat. “Always honored and humbled to be recognized!”

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