The Watermark, Vol. 12, No. 6, March 24-April 6, 2005

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The Watermark, Vol. 12, No. 6, March 24-April 6, 2005

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Watermark, Vol. 12, No. 6


Gay culture--United States


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 (1971-1990), and circuit DJ Joe Gauthreux. The issue also covers the temporary closure of local Orlando bar, Southern Nights, the merger of two Tampa Bay queer organizations, and a California superior court ruling that found gay marriage prohibition to be unconstitutional. An opinion piece highlights the dangers of limiting students' First Amendment rights in schools after a high school senior wore a tuxedo in her senior portraits and was not allowed to have her picture in the yearbook. This issue closed with the paper's annual Travel and Boating Guide pull-out.

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
Crescitelli, Jim
DeJesus, Edwin
Dyer, Tom
Hartlage, Kirk
Jenkins, Georgia
Karl, John
Kundis, Ken
Leff, Lisa
Masters, Billy
Middour, Bryan L.
Murray-Parker, Karen S.
Nolan, Margaret
Roehr, Bob
Triggs, Greg
Walen, Rick
Wiethop, Dave
Wiggins, Jayelle
Wilde, Diane


Original 64-page newspaper: The Watermark, Vol. 12, No. 6, March 24-April 6, 2005: Publications Collection, GLBT History Museum of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida.


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ca. 2005-03-24

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Digital reproduction of original 64-page newspaper: TheWatermark, Vol. 12, No. 6, March 24-April 6, 2005.

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64-page newspaper






Orlando, Florida
Tampa, Florida
Sarasota, Florida
Leesburg, Florida
Kokomo, Indiana
St. Petersburg, Florida
Sacramento, California
Fleming Island High School, Green Cove Springs, Florida
Southern Nights, Orlando, Florida
Sunshine Cathedral, Metropolitan Community Church, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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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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