The Watermark, Vol. 9, No. 20, September 26-October 9, 2002

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The Watermark, Vol. 9, No. 20, September 26-October 9, 2002

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Watermark, Vol. 9, No. 20


Gay culture--United States


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 candidates Katherine Harris (R) (b. 1957) and Jan Schneider (D) (b. 1947). It also features a look into the Hope &
Help Center's annual Headdress Ball benefiting the HIV/AIDS organization, the success of the Out &
Equal Workplace Summit, and a full schedule of the 13th annual Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. The issue discusses how various states and countries were voting to protect their LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, and others) communities. This included California's domestic partners' inheritance law, South Africa's gay adoption policy, and the continuation of Miami, Florida's Human Rights Ordinance. Other articles include a spotlight on actor, Heath Ledger, and the aspirations of the Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival's director, Margaret Murray.

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 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 shifting to an online publication style. In 2016, Rick Claggett purchased The Watermark.


Blake, Michael
Campbell, Scottie
Chisman, Erin J.
Craige, Shelley
Crescitelli, Jim
Donahoo, Logan
Dyer, Tom
Guarino, David R.
Guay, Rena
Hartlage, Kirk
Jackowitz, Enid
Jackowitz, Syd
Kundis, Ken
Martinac, Paula
Masters, Billy
Rojas, Arturo
Smith, Scott Jackson
Sullivan, John
Triggs, Greg
Varnell, Paul
Viren, Sarah
Walen, Rick
Westveer, Drew
Wiggins, Jayelle
Wilde, Diane


Original 68-page newspaper: The Watermark, Vol. 9, No. 20, September 26-October 9, 2002: Publications Collection, GLBT History Museum of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida.


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ca. 2002-09-26

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Digital reproduction of original 68-page newspaper: The Watermark, Vol. 9, No. 20, September 26-October 9, 2002.

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68-page newspaper






Orlando, Florida
Tampa, Florida
Sarasota, Florida
Miami, Florida
New Orleans, Louisiana
Sacramento, California
Johannesburg, South Africa
Tampa Theatre, Tampa, Florida
Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, Orlando, Florida
Gulfport, Florida

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O'Neil, Rhiannon

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