The Watermark, Vol. 12, No. 10, May 19-June 1, 2005

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The Watermark, Vol. 12, No. 10, May 19-June 1, 2005

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Watermark, Vol. 12, No. 10


Gay culture--United States


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 include the opening of a new Kissimmee bar, the death of community pioneer Jack Nichols (1938-2005), the overturning of a Nebraska state amendment that would have banned gay marriage, and the homophobia of Catholic priests in Spain. There is also an interview with Betty White (b. 1922), coverage of an AIDS protest outside the White House, and a look into the annual Orlando Fringe Festival. Although the "Editor's Desk" section mentions that this issue has 88 pages, the largest of 2005, there are only 48 pages available.

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


Original 48-page newspaper: The Watermark, Vol. 12, No. 10, May 19-June 1, 2005: Watermark Publishing Group, Orlando, Florida.


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ca. 2005-05-19

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Digital reproduction of original 48-page newspaper: The Watermark, Vol. 12, No. 10, May 19-June 1, 2005.

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The Watermark Collection, LGBTQ+ Collection, RICHES.




48-page newspaper






Orlando, Florida
Sarasota, Florida
Tampa, Florida
Cocoa Beach, Florida
Boston, Massachusetts
Washington, D.C.
Kissimmee, Florida
Madrid, Spain
Omaha, Nebraska

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Originally published by Watermark Media.

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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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