The Watermark, Vol. 2, No. 2, January 25, 1995

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The Watermark, Vol. 2, No. 2, January 25, 1995

Alternative Title

Watermark, Vol. 2, No. 2


Gay culture--United States


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 Iran's persecution of gay nightclub patrons, West Palm Beach voters' defeat of a proposal that sought to remove gay rights protections from municipal law, the Metropolitan Business Association's (MBA) Second Annual Expo, a federal court's ruling allowing a veterans group to bar the LGBTQ+ community from marching in Boston's St. Patrick's Day Parade, and Scott Laurent Galleries. This issue also includes letters to the editor, theater and film reviews, restaurant reviews, and comic strips, as well as culture, artful living, travel, marketplace, and classifieds sections.

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.


Kudis, Ken
Bartsch, Carol
Sheehan, Patty
Dyer, Tom
Johnson, D. J.
Brenner, Harmony
Anderson, Mark
Maines, Ted
Bray, Dan
Gustetter, April
Peterson, Keith
Emmer, Sarah
Kilgore, Michael L.
Fowler, G. K.
Schultz, Nan
Toscas, Dimitri
Crescitelli, Jim A.
Newsman, Leslea
Badal, Sharon
De Matteis, Stephen
Sloan, Rosanne
Saran, Joe
Almeida, David
Provencher, William André
Dean, Brandon
Bruin, Patrick
Wilde, Diane
Vassel, Yvonne C. T.
Hartman, Keith
Bechdel, Alison
Orner, Eric
Porter, Jill
Vangelys, Gabriel
Holland, Robert
Messmer, Katie
Kenney, Tera
Williams, Mike


Original 32-page newspaper: The Watermark, Vol. 2, No. 2, January 25, 1995: Publications Collection, GLBT History Museum of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida.


Date Created

ca. 1994-11-23

Date Copyrighted


Date Issued


Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of original 32-page newspaper: The Watermark, Vol. 2, No. 2, January 25, 1995.

Is Part Of

The Watermark Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.




282 MB


32-page newspaper






Bahia Shrine Temple, Orlando, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida
Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, Florida
Boston, Massachusetts
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
Denver, Colorado
United Kingdom
Kansas City, Missouri
Gaborone, Botswana
Daytona Beach, Florida
Scott Laurent Galleries, Winter Park, Florida

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Originally published by Watermark Media.

Rights Holder

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


Smith, Robert
Cepero, Laura

Digital Collection

External Reference

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