Watermark’s 2020 WAVE Award Winners

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The Watermark Awards for Variety and Excellence, better known as the WAVES, are back and the competition was intense this year.

We asked you, our faithful readers, to tells us your local LGBTQ favorites in both Central Florida and Tampa Bay in nearly 50 categories — some new (Favorite Theatrical Show), some old (Favorite LGBTQ Club/Bar) and some returning classics (Favorite DJ) — and you did not disappoint.

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PHOTOS: Tampa Bay celebrates 2020 WAVE winners at Bradley’s on 7th

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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TAMPA | Tampa Bay celebrated the 2020 WAVE Awards on March 5 at the WAVE Award-winning Bradley’s on 7th.

The evening’s incredible eats and entertainment were provided by fellow WAVE Award winners. Orange Blossom Catering served delicious hors d’oeuvres, Bloom Envy Boutique provided beautiful arrangements and DJ Mike Sklarz hosted the festivities.

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PHOTOS: Central Florida celebrates its WAVE winners with party at Parliament House

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | Central Florida celebrated the 2020 Watermark Awards for Variety and Excellence (WAVE) winners with a huge party at the Parliament House in Orlando March 6.

Hosted by Gidget Galore, the night’s event featured entertainment by WAVE Award-winners Erica Roberts, Rebekah Piatt, Lady Boys of The Peek-A-Boo Lounge’s Salvation Mercy and Hamburger Mary’s Orlando’s Broadway Brunch Bunch. A special thank you to Parliament House, a  multiple WAVE winner this year, for not only hosting the event but also catering it from its second place finisher for Favorite Locally-owned Restaurant, the Rainbow Cafe, and to the WAVE-winning team at Lee Forrest Design for the beautiful centerpieces.

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03.05.20 Tampa Bay Bureau Chief’s Desk

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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One of the interesting things about my position as Tampa Bay Bureau Chief, a self-enforced rule more so than a mandated one, is that I work diligently to check many of my personal positions at the door.

It isn’t always easy when you’re writing a column. This space exists so that we’re able to connect with readers; so that to a certain extent you’re able to know us as we work to know you. I’m thankful to have this column for that reason, even if it’s the most self-scrutinized thing that I write, because I care deeply about our community.

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Watermark’s 2020 WAVE Awards Final Round – Tampa Bay

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Our WAVEs 2020 vision has gotten a bit clearer. You nominated, we counted and now we have your Top 3!

The Watermark Awards for Variety and Excellence, or the WAVEs as we call them, recognize the best in Tampa Bay’s LGBTQ community in the areas of activism, service, entertainment and more. In each category, we asked our readers to write in who best represents the values of the LGBTQ community in your area. You have spoken and here is the final round. Now tell us your favorite from the Top 3.

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Watermark’s 2020 WAVE Awards Final Round – VOTE NOW

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Our WAVEs 2020 vision has gotten a bit clearer. You nominated, we counted and now we have your Top 3!

The Watermark Awards for Variety and Excellence, or the WAVEs as we call them, recognize the best in Central Florida and Tampa Bay’s LGBTQ community in the areas of activism, service, entertainment and more. In each category, we asked our readers to write in who best represents the values of the LGBTQ community in your area. You have spoken and here is the final round. Now tell us your favorite from the Top 3.

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Watermark’s 2020 WAVE Awards Final Round – Central Florida

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Our WAVEs 2020 vision has gotten a bit clearer. You nominated, we counted and now we have your Top 3!

The Watermark Awards for Variety and Excellence, or the WAVEs as we call them, recognize the best in Central Florida’s LGBTQ community in the areas of activism, service, entertainment and more. In each category, we asked our readers to write in who best represents the values of the LGBTQ community in your area. You have spoken and here is the final round. Now tell us your favorite from the Top 3.

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Watermark’s 2020 WAVEs nomination round – VOTE NOW

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We are Watermark, your local LGBTQ news source, and this is 2020! We are settling into the new decade quite nicely and have lots of fun things to share with you as the year goes on. First thing we want to share with you is the first round of voting for our annual WAVEs!

The Watermark Awards for Variety and Excellence, or the WAVEs as we call them, recognize the best in Central Florida and Tampa Bay’s LGBTQ community in the areas of activism, service, entertainment and more.

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Watermark’s WAVEs 2020 — Let your fans know to vote for you!

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The Watermark Awards for Variety and Excellence, or the WAVEs for short, recognize the best in Central Florida and Tampa Bay’s LGBTQ community in the areas of activism, service, entertainment and more.

There are 50 categories to vote in. In each category, we ask our readers to write in who best represents the values of the LGBTQ community in your area. It can be any person, group or business that falls anywhere in our alphabet soup — including allies — as long as they have demonstrated their support for the community.

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Watermark’s 2020 WAVEs – Tampa Bay nomination round

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We are Watermark, your local LGBTQ news source, and this is 2020! We are settling into the new decade quite nicely and have lots of fun things to share with you as the year goes on. First thing we want to share with you is the first round of voting for our annual WAVEs!

The Watermark Awards for Variety and Excellence, or the WAVEs as we call them, recognize the best in Tampa Bay’s LGBTQ community in the areas of activism, service, entertainment and more.

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Watermark’s 2020 WAVEs Central Florida nomination round

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We are Watermark, your local LGBTQ news source, and this is 2020! We are settling into the new decade quite nicely and have lots of fun things to share with you as the year goes on. First thing we want to share with you is the first round of voting for our annual WAVEs!

The Watermark Awards for Variety and Excellence, or the WAVEs as we call them, recognize the best in Central Florida’s LGBTQ community in the areas of activism, service, entertainment and more.

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03.07.2019 Publisher’s Desk

By : Rick Claggett
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I try not to watch the president when he’s on TV. I’m sure somewhere there is an argument to be made that I should watch so I am informed, but I’d rather just read about the highlights. It’s like watching a comedian fail. I get uneasy, embarrassed for him and the country. Why is it so difficult to speak in coherent sentences?

Now I have this image of the commander in chief hugging the American flag while mouthing, what appears to be, the word “mama” at the Conservative Political Action Convention. This of course preceded an hours-long stream of consciousness oration that mimicked a cocaine-induced rant.

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