04.02.20 Tampa Bay Bureau Chief’s Desk

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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If my 35 years on this planet and love of ridiculous memes have taught me anything, it’s that life comes at you fast.

The last few months have certainly reminded me that’s the case. “I’ve never had a particular affinity for cars,” I wrote in this very column Feb. 6, a lifetime ago now that the world is grappling with COVID-19. “I’ve always been grateful to own the ones I have … I’ve just never been one to covet the latest make or model to move about town.”

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Watermark has been the leading source of LGBTQ news in Central Florida and Tampa Bay for more than 25 years.

We intend to continue our service to our community in this rapidly changing world, offering local, state and national news and more. In addition to our distribution throughout Florida, we can also deliver to your home.

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Help Watermark bring readers and restaurants/bars together

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Watermark has been the leading source of LGBTQ news in Central Florida and Tampa Bay for more than 25 years. We intend to continue our service to our community in this rapidly changing world.

As Florida has suspended on-premises dining and alcohol consumption statewide in response to COVID-19, limiting establishments to takeout and delivery orders only, we have compiled a list of  Central Florida, Tampa Bay and Sarasota locations offering these services. Check out the links below for your area to get the information.

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Please help Watermark continue to provide local LGBTQ news with a monetary contribution

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For over 25 years, Watermark has been the leading source of LGBTQ news in Central Florida and Tampa Bay. We intend to continue our service to our community in this rapidly changing world.

As many in our community are suffering, so are we. As sales decline in our family of advertisers, so do ours. We can get through this, but we must do it together.

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Watermark’s 2020 WAVE Award Winners – Central Florida

By : Jeremy Williams
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FAVORITE LOCAL POLITICIAN

First: Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer

Second: Orlando Commissioner Patty Sheehan

Third: State Rep. Anna Eskamani

FAVORITE LOCAL ACTIVIST

First: George Wallace, LGBT+ Center

Second: Eric Rollings, Foundation for the Florida Environmental Protection

Third: Brandon Wolf, Equality Florida

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Watermark’s 2020 WAVE Award Winners – Tampa Bay

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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FAVORITE LOCAL POLITICIAN

First: Tampa Mayor Jane Castor

Second: St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman

Third: State Rep. Jennifer Webb

FAVORITE LOCAL ACTIVIST

First: Nadine Smith, Equality Florida

Second: Claire Elisan, Project No Labels

Third: Ashley Brundage, Empowering Differences

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Watermark, LGBTQ leaders among finalists for Pride Legacy Awards

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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ST. PETERSBURG | Watermark and other LGBTQ-focused organizations, leaders and allies are among the finalists in Project No Labels’ 2020 Pride Legacy Awards, with voting underway until March 12.

“Project No Labels is humbled to present the 2020 Pride Legacy Awards,” the organization previously shared. “This ceremony honors and highlights the tremendous work of those individuals, organizations, and businesses who selflessly give back to the LGBTQ+ community in the Tampa Bay through their time and resources.”

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Watermark, LGBTQ leaders and allies nominated for Pride Legacy Awards

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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ST. PETERSBURG | Watermark and other LGBTQ-focused organizations, leaders and allies have been nominated for Project No Labels’ 2020 Pride Legacy Awards.

“Project No Labels is humbled to present the 2020 Pride Legacy Awards,” the nonprofit shared. “This ceremony honors and highlights the tremendous work of those individuals, organizations and businesses who selflessly give back to the LGBTQ+ community in the Tampa Bay area through their time and resources.”

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Tampa Pride kicks off 2020 fundraising, names grand marshals

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ABOVE: Tampa Pride President Carrie West, Tampa Mayor Jane Castor, her longtime partner Ana Cruz and Tampa Pride Vice President Mark Eary enjoy Pride Zoo-La Nov. 2 at ZooTampa. Photo by Ryan Williams-Jent.

TAMPA | Tampa Pride kicked off its 2020 fundraising Nov. 2 at ZooTampa at Lowry Park, welcoming supporters and unveiling next year’s grand marshals.

More than 350 attended Tampa Pride’s “Wild Carnavale,” the organization’s second annual Pride Zoo-La. Guests enjoyed a silent auction, special performances and interactions with zoo animals, including a giraffe feeding.

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Watermark celebrates its silver anniversary with a look back at the LGBTQ headlines of the past 25 years

By : Jeremy Williams
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For 25 years, in nearly 700 issues, Watermark has been telling the stories of Central Florida and Tampa Bay’s LGBTQ communities.

First premiering in Orlando in 1994, and then expanding into Tampa Bay in 1995, Watermark now covers more than a dozen counties across the state. We can be found in many Florida cities including Daytona Beach, Orlando, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Sarasota—and thanks to WatermarkOnline.com, we have developed an international audience which relies on us for news, politics, sports, arts and entertainment as it pertains to the LGBTQ community.

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Fit for Print: Times change, but Watermark’s mission remains the same

By : Steve Blanchard
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As a child of the 1980s and 90s, I struggled to understand what it meant to be gay. I had heard the perspective of my church, of course, but that message was not exactly positive.

There was no Google search and there weren’t any websites for me to turn to for advice, opinions or factual information about who gay people were. So like many of those from my generation, I relied on the books on my parents’ shelves and the resources at the local library. And when I would read those I felt as though I was in a spy novel, sneaking out whatever information I could in short bursts before my curiosity was discovered.

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Issue: 26.17 25th Anniversary

By : Dylan Todd
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Watermark celebrates its 25th Anniversary in this commemorative issue, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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