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

By : Jeremy Williams
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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: Nick Smith

By : Jeremy Williams
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AGE: 34

BORN IN: Honolulu, Hawaii

IDENTIFIES AS: Gay male

PRONOUNS: He/ him/ his

SIGN: Gemini

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Matthew McGee, Nick Smith revisit classic Halloween films

By : Jeremy Williams
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Do you remember the first time you watched your favorite Halloween movie? Maybe your first paranormal cinema experience was 1984’s “Ghostbusters.” Perhaps you feel better connected to the campy goodness of 1993’s “Hocus Pocus.”

Films like these, seen through our youthful eyes, seem like they should be placed on pedestals and cherished forever, but do they hold up as adults? We asked the “Gate Keeper” Matthew McGee and “Key Master” Nick Smith to review classic films from last century to find out.

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Central Florida, Tampa Bay run amuck, amuck, amuck for Halloween!

By : Watermark Staff
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Get in, boo-ser—we’re going haunting! It’s time for Watermark’s third annual Halloween issue to grab its broom and take fright.

Halloween was love at first bite for many members of Central Florida and Tampa Bay’s LGBTQ communities. The hallowed holiday is a celebration of self-expression, one that has long allowed individuals of any gender identity or sexual orientation to openly live their truth—or someone else’s, all while donning our very best in spooky and spectacularly gay apparel.

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New LGBTQ dive bar opening in Orlando’s Milk District

By : Lora Korpar
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ORLANDO | If you are someone who appreciates a good dive bar, then the team behind Southern Nights Orlando and Southern Craft has something right up your alley.

District Dive is opening in Orlando’s Milk District at 2401 E. South St. and is nestled in between your two favorite Southern establishments.

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Orlando artist Nick Smith turns literary classics into original works of art

By : Jeremy Williams
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Once upon a time, in a land far, far away known as Orlando, an artist by the name of Nick Smith was rediscovering his love of art and began creating original pieces based on classic novels and popular stories.

“I’ve been drawing since I was a wee little lad,” Smith says. “I actually started tracing, that’s one of the things I always tell people, learn how to trace when you’re young so you get an idea of shapes and figures.”

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05.15.19 Central Florida Bureau Chief’s Desk

By : Jeremy Williams
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Change scares a lot of people. You get so comfortable with the way things are—whether they are ideal for you or not—and you figure why change it up? What if you make things worse? What if the payout isn’t what you thought it would be in the end?

I have always been a fan of change. I’ve rarely lived in the same place more than a few years, opting to pack up and change homes, roommates and, in some cases, entire states for a change of scenery. It’s why I always fit well in the military lifestyle, a lifestyle I would most likely still be a part of if not for that pesky “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” thing. No, I wasn’t discharged because I was gay but the hardship of hiding who I was and having to come up with inventive, new ways to explain to my commander why my “roommate” accompanied me to all work functions, family gatherings and annual vacations was more work than I wanted to put into a lie.

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05.15.19 Tampa Bay Bureau Chief’s Desk

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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I despised many things as a child. Some were warranted—like corn, which remains my arch nemesis—but others not as much, like doing nothing on a Saturday. Of the many things that cultivated my childhood angst, however, one in particular stands out: Easter.

I didn’t hate the holiday. There wasn’t much to hate in my family because we rarely did anything for it; gatherings were reserved for “major holidays” like Thanksgiving or Christmas. I wasn’t even aware families congregated for Easter until I was in college, and I was still surprised this year when Publix was closed for the day.

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