Watermark Collection

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The Watermark, Vol. 1, No. 1, August 31, 1994
The inaugural issue of The Watermark was published on August 31, 1994, and focused on several hot topics that were abuzz in the LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, and others) community. Hit topics included the cover story…

The Watermark, Vol. 1, No. 2, September 14, 1994
The second issue of The Watermark was published on September 14, 1994, and focused on a wider spectrum of LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, and others) topics. Kicking off the news was the cover article covering the "Gayby…

The Watermark, Vol. 1, No. 3, September 28, 1994
The third issue of The Watermark was published on September 28, 1994 and continued to focus on family-orientated LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, and others) issues. The front page was dedicated to two articles, one about the…

The Watermark, Vol. 1, No. 4, October 12, 1994
The fourth issue of The Watermark was published on October 12, 1994, and shifted toward a heavier political focus dealing with national LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, and others) issues. The front page is primarily…

The Watermark, Vol. 1, No. 5, October 26, 1994
The fifth issue of The Watermark was published on October 26, 1994, and attempted to balance family and politics in dealing with national LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, and others) issues. This new perception allowed the…

The Watermark, Vol. 1, No. 6, November 9, 1994
The sixth issue of The Watermark was published on November 9, 1994, and discusses community reactions to several LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, and others) issues. Notably, the major issue covered was a discussion of Tom…

The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green, August 31, 1994
The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green comic from the inaugural issue of The Watermark, published on August 31, 1994. The comic strip was created by Eric Orner, an openly gay cartoonist, and centered around Ethan Green, a gay man trying to…

The Mostly Fabulous Eric Orner
A newspaper article about Eric Orner, the openly gay cartoonist who created The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green comic. The comic strip centered around Ethan Green, a gay man trying to balance work with love. The comic was first published…

The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green: Flashback 1976
The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green comic from the inaugural issue of The Watermark, published on September 14, 1994. The comic strip was created by Eric Orner, an openly gay cartoonist, and centered around Ethan Green, a gay man trying…

Dykes to Watch Out For: Let Them Eat Cake
Dykes to Watch Out For comic from the inaugural issue of The Watermark, published on September 14, 1994. The comic strip was created by Alison Bechdel, an openly gay cartoonist, and centered around the lives of a diverse group of characters, most of…

Holy Homophobia!
A newspaper article about an issue of DC Comics' Green Lantern that would address homophobia. According to the author, the idea for addressing the issue of gay bashing—verbal or physical abuse directed at the LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans,…

The Watermark, Vol. 2, No. 2, January 25, 1995
The second issue of volume two of The Watermark was published on January 25, 1995, and focuses on community issues with the LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, and others) movement. The main topics discussed in this issue are…

The Watermark, Vol. 2, No. 5, March 8, 1995
The eighth issue of The Watermark was published on March 5, 1995, and focuses on community issues with the LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, and others) movement. The main topics discussed in this issue include Olympic athlete…

The Watermark, Vol. 7, No. 1, January 6-19, 2000
The ninth issue of The Watermark was published on January 6-19, 2000, and focuses on community issues with the LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, and others) movement. The main topics covered in this issue include a letter from…

The Watermark, Vol. 4, No. 17, August 21-September 3, 1997
The seventeenth issue in the fourth volume of The Watermark was published on August 21, 1997, and featured a broad range of recent developments and interesting stories in the LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, and others)…

The Watermark, Vol. 4, No. 20, October 2-15, 1997
The twentieth issue in the fourth volume of The Watermark was published on October 2, 1997, and covers relevant news in the LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, and others) community. The cover story features the discrepancy in…

The Watermark, Vol. 8, No. 20, September 27-October 10, 2001
The twentieth issue in the eighth volume of The Watermark was published on September 27, 2001 and came after the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Throughout the issue, many columns focused on the tragedy, highlighting the experiences and…

The Watermark, Vol. 12, No. 17, August 25-September 7, 2005
The seventeenth issue in the twelfth volum of The Watermark was published on August 25, 2005 Since 1994, The Watermark has been the cornerstone source of LGBTQ+ centered news for the Central Florida region. Founded by Tom Dyer in Orlando, the…

The Watermark, Vol. 9, No. 18, August 29-September 11, 2002
The eighteenth issue of the ninth volume of The Watermark was published on August 29, 2002, and was the newspaper's annual arts coverage edition. The cover story features two lesbian filmmakers, who would debut their collaboration film, Butch Spa…

The Watermark, Vol. 12, No. 18, September 8-21, 2005
The eighteenth issue in the twelfth volume of The Watermark was published for September 8-21, 2005. This issue covered a variety of issues and events affecting the LGBTQ+ community in the Central Florida area. The main story focuses on home decor and…

The Watermark, Vol. 9, No. 19, September 12-25, 2002
The nineteenth issue of the ninth volume of The Watermark was published on September 12, 2002, primarily highlighting the effect Florida politicians might have on the Central Florida LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, and…

The Watermark, Vol. 9, No. 20, September 26-October 9, 2002
The twentieth issue of the ninth volume of The Watermark was published on September 26, 2002 and continued coverage of Florida politicians running for state and federal legislative seats. This issue highlights the platforms of U.S. House District 13…

The Watermark, Vol. 9, No. 21, October 10-23, 2002
The twenty-first issue of the ninth volume of The Watermark was published on October 10, 2002 and continued to provide coverage of politicians running for state government positions, as the mid-term elections would be held in November. In this issue,…

The Watermark, Vol. 9, No. 22, October 24-November 6, 2002
The twenty-second issue of the ninth volume of The Watermark was published on October 24, 2002, and was the culminating issue of the 2002 midterm elections, providing readers with brief vignettes on where each candidate stood in relation to issues…

The Watermark, Vol. 10, No. 14, July 3-16, 2003
The fourteenth issue of the tenth volume of The Watermark was published on July 3, 2003, and provided coverage on the biggest summer event of the LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, and others) community: Pride. From the Central…

The Watermark, Vol. 10, No. 15, July 17-30, 2003
The fifteenth issue of the tenth volume of The Watermark was published on July 17, 2003. The lead story raises questions about the death of a former Orlandoan hairdresser, Robert Murray (1965-2003), in Louisiana. Murray had been popular in the…

The Watermark, Vol. 11, No. 19, September 23-October 6, 2004
The nineteenth issue of the eleventh volume of The Watermark was published on September 23, 2004, and celebrated the paper's tenth anniversary as well as the fifteenth anniversary of the Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Although the…

The Watermark, Vol. 12, No. 6, March 24-April 6, 2005
The sixth issue of the twelfth volume of The Watermark was published on March 24, 2005, and featured a cover story and interview of comedienne Roseanne Barr (b. 1952). Other interviews include Jeanne White-Ginder, mother of AIDS victim Ryan White…

The Watermark, Vol. 12, No. 7, April 7-20, 2005
The seventh issue of the twelfth volume of The Watermark was published on April 7, 2005, and was the Spring Home Décor issue. The Décor pull out section highlights Central Florida homes and their interior designers' unique styles. Also included in…

The Watermark, Vol. 12, No. 9, May 5-18, 2005
The ninth issue of the twelfth volume of The Watermark was published on May 5, 2005, and was the paper's Business and Finance issue. This section of the paper analyzes the incomes and spending patterns of LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans,…

The Watermark, Vol. 12, No. 10, May 19-June 1, 2005
The tenth issue of the twelfth volume of The Watermark was published on May 19, 2005, and covered stories related to the local, national, and international LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, and others) communities. Topics…

The Watermark, Vol. 12 No. 23, November 17-30, 2005
The twenty-third issue in the twelfth volume of The Watermark was published on November 17, 2005, and covers relevant news in the LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, and others) community. The cover story features the cast of…

The Watermark. Vol. 13. No. 1,  January 12-January 25, 2006
The first issue of the thirteenth volume of The Watermark was published on January 12,2006, and was the newspaper's health and fitness issue. The issue features stories relevant to GLBT physical and mental health, covering stories on cigarette…

Dublin Core

Title

Watermark Collection

Alternative Title

The Watermark Collection

Subject

Gay culture--United States

Description

Since 1994, The Watermark has been the cornerstone source of LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, and others) centered news for the Central Florida region. Founded by Tom Dyer in Orlando, the publication began generating bi-weekly issues beginning August 31, 1994. Since then, The Watermark has consistently published newspaper style issues every other Thursday. Gaining traction, the publication expanded in 1995 to include Tampa and, in 1997, The Watermark became a permanent piece of LGBTQ+ culture when the publication initiated the first large-scale Gay Days Weekend event, the Beach Ball at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon. Before 1999, the publication printed 20,000 copies every week, distributing them to over 500 locations between its two major cities. Following 1999, the publication launched watermarkonline.com shifting to an online publication style. In 2016, Rick Claggett purchased The Watermark.

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Collection

Curator

Smith, Robert
Cepero, Laura
O'Neal, Rhiannon
Hearn, Nikki
Greene, Quintella
Rodriguez, Sharon

Digital Collection

External Reference

"About/Contact." WatermarkOnline.com, accessed July 11, 2016. http://www.watermarkonline.com/aboutcontact/.

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