The Watermark, Vol. 11, No. 19, September 23-October 6, 2004

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The Watermark, Vol. 11, No. 19, September 23-October 6, 2004

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Watermark, Vol. 11, No. 19


Gay culture--United States


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 front page claims the issue is the nineteenth, it is actually the twentieth. Following back-to-back hurricanes, Charley and Frances, the issue evaluates the impact of the storms on local Central Florida businesses, such as the Parliament House, newly-opened Savoy, and the Suncoast Resort. It also covers the efforts of Canadian provincial governments to legalize same-sex marriages, the closing of Orlando's pride shop, and the decision to allow gay foster parents to keep custody of their two girls. The Water Colors section details the progress of The Watermark since its inception in 1994, while a pull out section provides a daily schedule of the upcoming Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.

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.


Baber, Keith
Blanchard, Steven
Cassidy, Joanna
Crescitelli, Jim
DeJesus, Edwin
Dyer, Tom
Hartlage, Kirk
Jackowitz, Enid
Jackowitz, Syd
Jenkins, Georgia
Karl, John
Kundis, Ken
Masters, Billy
Middour, Bryan L.
Murray-Parker, Karen S.
Nolan, Margaret
Roehr, Bob
Sattler, Jessica
Triggs, Greg
Walen, Rick
Wiethop, Dave
Wiggins, Jayelle
Wilde, Diane


Original 64-page newspaper: The Watermark, Vol. 11, No. 19, September 23-October 6, 2004: Publications Collection, GLBT History Museum of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida.


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ca. 2004-09-23

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Digital reproduction of original 64-page newspaper: The Watermark, Vol. 11, No. 19, September 23-October 6, 2004.

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64-page newspaper






Orlando, Florida
Tampa, Florida
Sarasota, Florida
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Tampa Theatre, Tampa, Florida
Rainbow City, Orlando, Florida
Savoy, Orlando, Florida
Winter Park, Florida
Key West, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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Copyright to this resource is held by Watermark Publishing Group and is provided here by RICHES for educational purposes only.


O'Neil, Rhiannon

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"About/Contact.", accessed January 28, 2018.



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