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ISSUE 9.22 OCTOBER 24 NOVEMBER 6, 2002

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W3 W54 FILTHYES, BOBBY TRENDY IS REALLY LIKE THATCelebrity Gossip by Billy MastersBilly Masters: Falcon Exclusive. Not likely especially given the reception my anonymously submitted nudes received at Falcon (laughter is never a good sign). No, Billy isnt turning to a life of porn, but my appearance at Gay Day at Disneyland did bring up the question, since I was wearing a red Falcon muscle shirt courtesy of the video company. I say, Be a porn star, or just look like one. But I digress. Gay Day 2, 2002 was a huge success. Conservative estimates put the number of gay attendees at roughly 20,000. And 1,400 of those stuck around for Kingdom, the first-ever gay dance party held in Disneyland. Although Disney strictly enforces a rule that shirts must be worn in the park, this edict was quickly abandoned in the midst of the circuit-like atmosphere. Among the hot men dancing at Kingdom, I thought that I spotted ORYON The next day, I confirmed that the sexy singer was among the revelers. He let me know that his new CD, The Single Collection has just been released and is available on his Web site, . A quick perusal of his site will show you some hot pics of the stud, including some that can be purchased in poster size. Since I mentioned the words Falcon Exclusive, I should quickly report that Singer ORYON was spotted dancing shirtless with the rest of the boys at Gay Day 2 in Anaheim.MATTHEW RUSH has been named to a Falcon Lifetime Exclusive only the second person to receive this honor. I hasten to add that the first lifetime exclusive was T OM CHASE and hasnt his output been prolific ever since! In some theatre news, we just learned that our very own JOHN BARROWMAN will headline a West End revival of Anything Goes His big number will be If Im The Bottom, Youre The Top. Bada-bing! Im here all week, folks! And now, on to DEBBIE GIBSON Starting on Oct. 29, Debbie will be appearing in Chicago at the North Shore Music Theatre in Massachusetts. Its a long way from Beverly to Broadway, Debbie! Didya miss CHER s farewell tour this summer? If so, you can still catch it, since the Dark Lady is revisiting most of the same cities this fall. Why not? And if you miss the Living Proof tour altogether, have no fear NBC is planning to bring it directly into your living room in time for May sweeps. Yes, the Peacock Network is filming the Miami shows in November. PEPPER MASHAY Just typing those two words makes me want to take off my shirt and writhe around in a state of oblivion. Our diva of the dance tracks is working like a crazy woman. You can check out her burgeoning schedule at . Shell stop touring long enough to lend a video for her new song, I Cant Stop, and shes enlisted the expertise of porn directrix Chi Chi LaRue. Of course, it wouldnt be a LaRue video without some skin, which a little birdie tells me may be supplied by MATT SUMMERS (he of no gag reflex fame). On the down side, Im told that BOBBY TRENDY will make a cameo because one of his beds is being used in the video. Gee, wouldnt it be an awful tragedy if a light or some other heavy equipment fell on him during the shoot? Speaking of heavy equipment, many, many fans have been asking me about ANNA NICOLE SMITH Bobby Trendy, and the whole train wreck of a show. So, let me take this opportunity to answer a few of your questions. 1) Is Bobby that way in real life? Yes. 2) Is Anna that way in real life? Yes. 3) Is any of the show staged? Yes and no. You see, in everyday life, Anna basically eats, sleeps... and eats some more. Not much of a show there. Thats where the people at E! come in. They suggest things like, Anna, why dont you try out a few chefs? or, Anna, why dont you go to Magic Mountain? or, Anna, why dont you try to get out of a tub unassisted? Ah, the magic of television. Could it be that a certain porn pup has a little something going on with his own pup? So say witnesses at a local foreign eatery who swear that the diminutive devil is inseparable from his four-legged friend. (I believe that the dog is bigger than the boy eh, that could be a chihuahua). It was bad enough when he started fondling his dogs testicles at the table, stating, Theyre just like beautiful plums. Then it got downright creepy when he added, Ive had him since he was a baby, so I can do whatever I want to him. Talk about a wee-ho! Only in Hollywood, kids or San Diego, I suppose. When Barrowmans a bottom and Rush is a top, then weve definitely come to the end of yet another column. Have any questions for me? All you have to do is send an e-mail to Billy@filth2go.com and I promise to get back to you before Cher sings a full concert live! Until next time, remember, one mans filth is another mans bible. W PUBLISHER T om Dyer ........................................................... Ext. 40 EDITOR Scott J. Smith ..................................................... Ext. 13 CREATIVE DIRECTOR David Stowe ....................................................... Ext. 15 CREATIVE ASSISTANT Katie Fitzpatrick ................................................ Ext. 12 BUSINESS MANAGER Mike Ames .......................................................... Ext. 11 DIRECTOR OF SALES & PROMOTIONS Jeff Jones ............................................................ Ext. 14 ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT Rick Claggett ..................................................... Ext. 10 STAFF REPORTER John Sullivan ..................................................... Ext. 20 ADVERTISING SALES Roxanne Morrison (Orlando) ............................ Ext. 18 Jill Stansbury (Tampa Bay/Gulf Coast) ......... (813) 655-9890, Ext. 24 NATIONAL ADVERTISING REPRESENTATIVE Rivendell Marketing Co., Inc. ............. (212) 242-6863 rfntfbffCONTENTS of WA TERMARK are protected by federal copyright law and may not be reproduced in whole or part without the permission of the publisher. Unsolicited article submissions will not be returned unless accompanied by a self-addressed, stampedenvelope. Although WA TERMARK is supported by many fine advertisers, we cannot accept responsibility for claims made by advertisers. Publication of the name or photograph of any person or organization in articles, advertising, or listing in WA TERMARK is not to be construed as any indication of the sexual orientation of such persons or members of such organizations.WA TERMARK is published every second Thursday. Subscription rate is $55 (1st class). The official views of WA TERMARK are expressed only in editorials. Opinions offered in signed columns, letters and articles are those of the writers and do not necessarily represent the opinions of the newspapers owner or management. We reserve the right to edit or reject any material submitted for publication.WA TERMARK is not responsible for damages due to typographical errors, except for the cost of replacing ads created by WA TERMARK that have such errors.Orlando Office P TEL T ampa Bay Office TEL 813.655.9890 F www.watermarkonline.comCONTRIBUTING WRITERSScottie Campbell, John Sullivan, Diane Wilde, Jim Crescitelli, Rick Walen, Ken Kundis, Greg Triggs, Arturo Rojas, Billy Masters, Jayelle Wiggins, Paul Varnell, Kirk Hartlage, Shelley Craige, Enid Jackowitz, Syd Jackowitz, Sarah Viren, Paula Martinac, Logan Donahoo, Drew Westveer, Rena Guay, Michael Blake, Erin J. Chisman, David R. Guarino, Gregg ShapiroPHOTOGRAPHERS & ILLUSTRATORS Alison Bechdel, Eric Orner, Jill Porter, Algieri Pabon, Rex Maniscalco, Christine E. Reynolds, Dennis Butler, Francesca, Wheat Wurtzburger. PROOFREADING Drew Westveereditor@watermarkonline.com ffbfbffnfffffffffnfbnfffbfbnnnnbnbfnbb fffnbfnfnfnfbffffnbfnffnfbfbbfffnfbfbfnbf nnfbfnfbf fnnffffnffffnffnfnbbffbffb nffbffnrfffb fnfffnbbbff ff ff ffrfffbtfbfn nbnffffbfrffbbnf GLBT-friendly supporters joined in the Give Us The Vote rally at Orlando City Hall on Oct. 14.Do you know how hard it is to be so angry all the time? Its exhausting and ulcer-inducing. Why all the rage? Lets get started Im in a mood! Howell. McInvale. Howell. McInvale. Howell. McInvale... seems like six of one, half a dozen of the other if you ask me. I see McInvale as a conservative Democrat and Howell as a fairly liberal Republican. So, really, whats the difference? The best thing I can say for McInvale is that she doesnt embarrass me. I cant tell you how many times Ive groaned over Howells campaign tactics. I mean, come on. Putting a picture of John F. Kennedy a Democratic on his campaign mailer? Thats tacky. To be fair, though, I dont think Howell is necessarily a bad guy. I just think hes a little misguided. And lets talk about being misguided. Did you hear about the ad that ran in the Orlando Sentinel urging Orlandoans to rally against equal rights? It was a shameful display. In it, the People For A United Orlando asserted that militant national gay and lesbian organizations have targeted Orlando as a key conquest. What? There arent any militant gay groups hell, gays arent even allowed in the military. If we did have militant groups, I still doubt that we would be extremists like the Iranian cleric who called for Jerry Falwells death after the religious zealot made anti-Muslim statements. And guess what happened in that situation? A few days later Falwell apologized. I love that story. But calling for someones death is obviously wrong... funny but wrong. A co-worker suggested that the gay and lesbian community doesnt need militant leaders. Instead, we need our own version of Larry Flynt. In 1998, Flynt set up a hot line and offered to pay up to $1 million for true tales of adultery with politicians. Flynt succeed in chasing out of office a House Speaker, his heir apparent, and a popular chair of the House Budget Committee. Using Flynts controversial model, I will post all the names of the people who signed the disgraceful advertisement on WatermarkOnline. And while I cant offer a cool million for tidbits on these people who dont like to be referred to as homophobes or bigots Im certainly curious to see if our readers know anything about them that would shatter their holier-than-thou images. There is something funny about that frightening ad: the people pictured are not from Orlando. They used a stock photo. I wonder if the shiny, happy models know that their images were used to promote intolerance. Someone should tell them perhaps theyll sue for defamation of character. One day after the despicable ad ran, Orlando Mayor Glenda Hood finally weighed in with her opinion on adding sexual orientation to the citys antidiscrimination ordinance. I dont believe there is a need to change the law, she said. Her statement sent ripples though all of Orlando. And, thankfully, the Orlando Sentinel s editorial board was brave enough to challenge her. It takes real leadership with vision and courage, qualities that Mrs. Hood apparently lacks, to open minds and help a community face and resolve divisive issues, the board wrote. And speaking of ineffectual leadership, how about those Bush brothers? I hate to break it to you, Barbara, but Rosemary had a better baby than you ever did. Now do you see why Im miffed? Man, I just wore myself out. And now I dont have any room to tell you about this issue. In a nutshell, its our second annual WAVE Awards issue. Check out the pullout section to see who you voted as the best that the GLBT community has to offer. Also, we have a voters guide featuring endorsements and profiles (p. 20), an update on Orlandos Give Us The V ote rally at City Hall (p. 6), news about T ampas most successful gay and lesbian film festival to date (p. 12), and we take you inside Orlandos city council workshop where Mayor Hood finally scheduled a date to vote on the citys antidiscrimination ordinance (p. 11). There is so much packed into this edition. As always, we hope you enjoy reading this issue of W atermark as much as weve enjoyed putting it together for you. Let us hear from you. And dont forget to vote on Nov. 5.

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GAINESVILLESAT., OCT. 26One of the premiere performance artists in the world, LAURIE ANDERSON has consistently intrigued, entertained, and challenged audiences with her multimedia presentations. This time around she brings her new show, HAPPINESS, to the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Happiness is a distinct change from Andersons widely known technodriven sound of the last two decades. Although not entirely devoid of music, this solo piece is underscored by simple, mainly acoustic instruments. A preperformance discussion, free and open to the public, will precede the concert at 7 PM. Tickets are available by calling the box office at (352) 392-ARTS.ORLANDOMON., OCT. 28In case you missed it the first time around, Winter Parks GLAZE UNDER FIRE presents an encore of Diva Night, hosted by O-towns very own MS. SAMMY For those of you not in the know, Glaze Under Fire is a paintyour own pottery studio and their brand new theme night comes complete with your favorite drag queen comedian, gourmet munchies, all female diva music, and a chance to spin the wheel of prizes. Come dressed in proper diva attire to receive a discount. For more information call (407) 644-8088.ST PETERSBURGSAT., NOV. 2Shes zany! Shes sexy! Shes the allAmerican lesbian! SUZANNE WESTENHOEFER returns to the Bay area with her unique brand of comedy for one night only. Her all new Banned in Pittsburgh show has left them rolling in the aisles from one end of the country to the other. This special performance, at the PALLADIUM THEATER, is a benefit for the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses. So come out and laugh your ass off for a good cause. For ticket information call (727) 822-3590.NOV. 7Through DEC. 8. For the first time ever, CIRQUE DU SOLEIL will raise its big top, the blueand-yellow Grand Chapiteau, in the parking lot of Tropicana Field and present its live production of QUIDAM. Director Franco Dragone transforms an anonymous world into a place of hope and connection. With more than 50 performers from 10 countries, the production is a thrilling combination of acrobatic artistry, technical expertise, extravagant design and exceptional musical inspiration, woven into a seamless whole by an emotional dramatic thread. For tickets call (800) 678-5440. Strange angel LAURIE ANDERSON will bring a little Happiness to Gainesville on Oct. 26. W5 W52 Somebody tell Ellen DeGeneres to call off the toaster oven campaign! According to Gallup poll numbers r eleased on Oct. 7, much of the American public thinks that one in five people are gay or lesbian. Weve long known that the old standby 10 percent was steeped in assumptions. And we also know that anti-gay organizations love to distract from the real issues by debating how many of us there are as if being only two percent of the population means we dont deserve the same civil rights as the other 98 percent. The message that the community should be sending, now that these numbers are sure to be the hot topic, isnt how many gay people are there but how many of us are enough to deserve equal treatment? Once again, in the media, around the water cooler, and at happy hours from coast to coast, well witness another debate about how many gay and lesbian people really exist. What should matter most is that we are treated as equals, not percentages or numbers.rfnfHyperion Interactive Media (H.I.M.) r ecently announced the launch of their new retail site, , and their flagship item for the upcoming holidays: Dildoll. Described as a toy for naughty boys and naughty girls, Dildoll, the softest hard-on ever, is harmless and disturbing at the same time. The toy is handmade of only the finest materials, including sumptuous plush, luxurious fabrics, and the softest leather. Soft stuffing, anatomical details that feel real, heavy beanbag balls and a moveable foreskin make it loads of fun to play with. Every Dildoll comes with an individual number that is the owners entry code to the Dildoll Family Tree, where one can meet other Dildoll playmates. Dildoll is the heart-on of Markus & Markus of Zurich, who started making the phallic toys for the fun of it back in 1998. For more information and to see pictures of what will surely bring new meaning to Stuffed Toys check out LambdaShopping.com. Why do gays and lesbians want to marry? And why cant we? Seeking the freedom to marry in the U.S., twenty long-term (1055 years) same-sex couples from across the country agreed to give a rarely seen glimpse of their personal lives in the forthcoming documentary I Cant Marry You In the film the couples discuss the many obstacles that gays and lesbians face to substantiate the tremendous need for access to the over 1,000 rights, benefits, and protections that the institution of marriage provides. Betty DeGeneres, mother of Ellen DeGeneres and a gay rights activist in her own right, hosts the documentary. Documentary Filmmaker Catherine Gray says DeGeneres was the perfect choice and that she accepted the invitation to participate without hesitation, saying that she would be honored to host a documentary on this topic. The project is now in postproduction and will soon be scheduled for release at film festivals worldwide. For more information visit .ttb rrBETTY DEGENERES (R) hosts the documentary I Cant Marry Y ou, made by filmmaker CATHERINE GRAY. rfft bfr ADVICE-O-RAMAA POTENTIALLY FA T AL ENCOUNTERAdvice by Keith Baber, M.Ed. MOVING ON: The Gay & Lesbian Victory Funds executive director, Brian K. Bond, will leave his post in the early part of 2003. After six years at the helm of the organization, Bond will relocate to New York City to build a family and to continue his work in politics. HAPPY BIRTHDAY: clubkid ORKID (10/27), W atermark WAVE Award logo designer JOEY GOMEZ (11/8) CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS: composer LEONARD BERNSTEIN (10/25), prose writer EVELYN W AUGH (10/28) author STEPHEN CRANE (11/1), porn star CASEY DONOVAN (11/2), artist ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE (11/4), playwright TERRENCE McNALLY (11/3), famous Greek SOPHOCLES (11/6)Dear Keith, I recently met a guy online and after enough chat to feel secure that he wasnt a serial killer I agreed to meet him in person. We met at a local bar and after a few drinks and more conversation I went with him back to his place. We got naked and had a lot of sex and since he had already told me twice that he was HIV negative we did all of this without condoms. I am HIV negative and had planned on staying that way, but now I have found out via mutual acquaintances that this guy is HIV positive and he goes around telling guys that he isnt, only to have unsafe sex with them. Most of his playmates he meets online and I am sure he has infected or tried to infect a lot of people. I am afraid to get tested again and at the same time I am very angry that there are people out there who are doing this. This is the kind of thing that makes all of us look bad.I think that people need to know what this guy is doing. Are there any legal steps that can be taken in a case like this? Is it legal for me to go into a chat room where he is and warn the other people in there? What can we do about this?Signed, Positively Negative Dear Negative, There are people in our world that will make destructive decisions that significantly affect themselves and others. What is important to keep in mind is that we ultimately have zero control over the decisions that others make. However, what we do have control over is how we choose to interact or respond to their actions. It is illegal for an individual to knowingly attempt to infect another with the HIV virus. Your best course of action for preventing this perpetrator from attempting to infect others is to report his actions to law enforcement. A visit to a local HIV center for psycho-educational counseling would probably be in your best interest. The professionals at the center can talk with you about your behavior and make recommendations for any additional support services. The identification of safeguards that protect you from repeating this type of risky behavior in the future will assist you in the long run. The decision to have an HIV test is a personal one. It is my belief that it is best to know because of basic medical preventative strategies that can be implemented and overall peace of mind. So I do advocate for testing.LEONARD BERNSTEIN rr

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W51 W6 ORLANDO Several hundred people gathered on the steps of Orlandos City Hall on Oct. 14 to rally in support of adding sexual orientation as a protected class to Chapter 57 of the Orlando city code. The protest was organized by the Orlando AntiDiscrimination Ordinance Committee (OADO), in an effort to persuade Mayor Glenda Hood to bring the proposal to a vote before the City Council. The wellbehaved crowd carried signs that ran the gamut from end workplace discrimination to hate is not a family value. Rainbow flags could be seen being waved everywhere, including some of the historic rainbow banners that were flown throughout downtown Orlando several years ago. More than twenty speakers addressed the crowd including members of the OADO Committee, Orange County Deputy Sheriff T om Woodard, Rollins College professor Lisa Tilman-Healy, mental health counselor Nancy Newbie, and openly lesbian City Commissioner Patty Sheehan. Equality cannot exist for anyone until it exists for everyone, said Larry Smith, an attorney and member of the OADO committee. Many supporters of the ordinance believe that Mayor Hood is stalling the vote until after the November elections. The mayor has repeatedly denied these allegations. According to an earlier memo from Mayor Hood to the city council, an Oct. 21 workshop will include an opportunity for council members to move toward a preliminary vote, which could be held Nov. 18. A final vote could then be held in December, the memo suggests. The delay has proved to be nothing more than expensive, needless, and divisive, says Smith. Her actions will speak louder than her words. Mayor Hood needs to lead, follow, or get out of the way. If approved, the antidiscrimination ordinance would prohibit employers from firingORLANDOS GAY COMMUNITY RALLIES FOR VOTEsomeone because they are gay. Property owners couldnt refuse to rent or sell to someone because they are gay. And public accommodations such as restaurants or hotels could not refuse service to someone just because they are lesbian or gay. T roy Newton, one of the speakers at the rally, said that he has experienced workplace discrimination firsthand. Newton spent six months as a fire fighter in Clermont before being fired for being gay. The fire chief told him, There is no room for females or faggots in the fire service. The harassment he endured while on the job went as far as having his protective fire gear tampered with by bigoted co-workers. We are not asking for special rights, says Newton. We are asking for the right to be who we are. A small handful of people protestingOADO member DEBBIE SIMMONS: Even though the turnout was good, there could have been more people out there. Photo by John Sullivan As many as 400 gays, lesbians, and supporters rallied outside Orlando City Hall, demanding that Mayor Glenda Hood schedule a vote on the proposed anti-discrimination ordinance. Photo by Tom Dyer Cont inued P age 25

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W7 W50 T AMPA Twenty athletes from Tampa Bays gay and lesbian community will head to Sydney, Australia to participate in the 2002 Gay Games as a part of Team T ampa Bay. T eam Tampa Bay was founded in 1997 by the current president and competitive wrestler Lou Hidu. The team went to the 1998 Gay Games in Amsterdam with 35 athletes and came home with fourteen medals, two of which were gold. We have a number of past medal winners going to Sydney to represent us, and I think that we have some really strong competitors in other fields, says Hidu. I am confident that Team Tampa Bay will bring home a gold medal in wrestling this time. The Gay Games, which runs Nov. 2 9, is a quadrennial athletic and cultural event that brings gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered athletes together fromT AMPA BAY ATHLETES HEAD DOWN UNDERaround the world. Athletes compete in both traditional and non-traditional sporting events like bowling, aerobics, golf, wrestling, figure skating, swimming, and track and field competitions. Hidu says he will not be going to Sydney with his team this time due to the cost of the trip coupled with the fundraising difficulties that the team has faced in the last year. The goal of their fundraising has always been to provide financial aid to athletes who would not otherwise be able to go. A number of factors made fundraising particularly difficult during the last year, one of which was the events of Sept. 11. I think that so many people gave to charities after 9-11 that consequently many non-profits suffered later on down the road, Hidu explains. Its sort of like charity fatigue. Plus the economic down turn had an effect on a lot of people. One of their major sponsors for the 1998 Games came through a grant from the Sanderson Foundation, a local charitable organization that gives to gay and lesbian causes. The team applied for the same assistance this year but was told that the foundation would be unable to help this time. Hidu says that looking back hes a little disappointed that his group wasnt more proactive when it came to fundraising. With fundraising, in order to make money you need to spend money. And if you have no money to spend then its really difficult, says Hidu. Team members dug deep into our own pockets to keep the team going until we were able to raise funds. T eam Tampa Bay was able to raise enough funds for three scholarships, which they did through letter solicitations and actual presentations to groups within the community. Jim Garciga Travel came through for them in the form of a cruise that they raffled off, while additional sponsorship came from Georges Alibi, the Pharaohs, and Larry Fisher, CPA. Although the Gay Games, as visualized by the events founder Tom W addell, is an opportunity for any gay man or woman to strive for their personal best within the arena, there are many athletes who feel that the sports have taken a back seat to the culture and partying. This has been a real problem within the federation because there are people saying this is a sporting event while rfntbtnbfntttrnr rfntbtnbfntttrnr rfntbtnbfntttrnr rfntbtnbfntttrnr rfntbtnbfntttrnrAdult softball league open to both gay men and lesbians of all abilities. (407)893-4966.ttt ttt ttt ttt tttOrlandos fun bowling league. Bowls Saturdays, 7 PM at the BowlAmerica in Winter Park. (407)875-5045. Ask for Peter.nrtn nrtn nrtn nrtn nrtnNew gay bike group meets at Winter Garden Station of West Orange Trail, Sundays at 9 AM. For info write to GayBikeOrl@aol.com or call Mike at (407) 230-6798.ntrntnnfrrt ntrntnnfrrt ntrntnnfrrt ntrntnnfrrt ntrntnnfrrtOrlandos water ski headquarters for bi, gay, and lesbians. 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The standards are very high as there are some incredible athletes in the gay community, but thats the excitement of the games, to be up there with world class athletes and to be able to be open about who you are. T eam Tampa Bays newly elected officers are: Alan Ross, president; Jerry Keeran, vice president; Bob Lorenzen, secretary; and Eric Siglin, treasurer. To learn more about Team Tampa Bay or to make a contribution to the organization, visit . W John Sullivan r NO MORE ORLANDO MIRACLE IN 2003The Orlando Miracle franchise will be relocated from Orlando next season to a city to be designated by the WNBA, WNBA President Val Ackerman announced on Oct. 21. San Antonio has applied for a WNBA franchise in 2003 and is nearing its goal of 6,000 season ticket deposits. The league is also in discussions with several potential owners in various cities who are interested in acquiring a WNBA team. We have had many expressions of interest from prospective WNBA team owners in both NBA and non-NBA cities, and we expect to make a decision concerning the new home for the Miracle in the coming months, said Val Ackerman.FIFTH ANNUAL MISS OBTA PAGEANT A HUGE SUCCESSOct. 17 saw the most successful Miss OBTA Pageant in the events five-year history. The female impersonation pageant comprised of contestants from within the Orange Blossom T ennis Association raised over $5,000 for St. Francis House Homeless Shelter and this was then matched by Maureen Musial in memory of her recently departed husband, Danny Sterle. The competition at Orlandos Parliament House was very close, but the 2002 court winners are: second runner-up Eureka Liquor; first runner-up Tequila Mockingbird; and Miss OBTA 2002, Wilma Dikfit.Members of Team Tampa Bay will compete in the 2002 Gay Games in Sydney from Nov. 2 9.

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W11 W46 HAIR HAIR LANDSCAPING HOME THEATER SOLUTIONS HOME IMPROVEMENT HEALTH FOOD STORES INSURANCE JEWELRY & GEMSTONES MASSAGE MASSAGE ORLANDO Orlandos gay and lesbian community was shocked by an advertisement that ran in the Sunday, Oct. 20 edition of the Orlando Sentinel Opponents of the proposed amendment to add sexual orientation to Chapter 57 of the city antidiscrimination code placed a full-page ad denouncing the language change to the ordinance. Calling themselves People For A United Orlando (PFAUO), the group paid $14,000 for the ad that is signed by roughly 500 people including pastors, business people and local politicians. The ad claims that gays and lesbians in Orlando do not need to be protected from discrimination because it doesnt exist. Alan Chambers, spokesperson for PFAUO and executive director of the exgay ministry Exodus, says that the proposed amendment is nothing more than a launching pad for other pro-gay legislation and the legalization of pedophilia. I believe the gay community is a good group of people but with groups likeOrlando Mayor GLENDA HOOD: Our community does support lifestyle choices, but I do not see evidence to warrant this. PFAUO spokesperson ALAN CHAMBERS: I wouldnt rent to someone who is gay any more than I would rent to a person who is a practicing witch.ORLANDO Orlandos City Council held another workshop on Monday, Oct. 21 to decide the fate of the proposed amendment to Chapter 57 of the Orlando City code. This meeting was a follow up to the September presentation by the citys Human Relations Board in which the board unanimously suggested that the city add sexual orientation to the list of protected classes that are already a part of Orlandos antidiscrimination ordinance. In front of a crowd of over 250 people, Mayor Glenda Hood asked each of the city commissioners to weigh in on whether or not this should move forward through public hearings and an eventual vote. Commissioner Phil Diamond said that the issue was something that the council should definitely consider and vote on. Commissioner Betty Wyman suggested just the opposite, stating that this is not something that the city council should decide but that it should be voted on by the citizens of Orlando through a referendum. Commissioner Vicki Vargo, the councils most vocal opponent of the proposed ordinance, again claimed that there is a lack of evidence to show widespread discrimination. W e already are a progressive city, and I dont believe we need to divide our community, she said. There is a lack of evidence to show that there is broadbased discrimination by the marketplace against gays in the city of Orlando. Openly lesbian City Commissioner Patty Sheehan said that the amendment is not divisive as suggested by Vargo and W yman. It is divisive to allow discrimination against gays and lesbians, Sheehan said, speaking candidly of her fear that a city like Orlando would deny basic rights to the gay population. After seeing the anti-gay full-page ad in the Oct. 20 edition of the Orlando Sentinel Sheehan admitted that she was horrified to live in a town that feels that way. Sheehan said that she was fearful of one day returning to a workplace where gay people have no protections whatsoever. Sheehan also presented hundreds of postcards from the ordinances detractors. These are the people who wouldMAYOR SAYS THERES NO NEED TO CHANGE ANTIDISCRIMINATION LAWdeny me a job, Sheehan said. Commissioner Daisy Lynum joined Sheehan in voicing her support of the amendment The same arguments are now being made against gay people that I have heard about black people, Lynum said. She went on to point out to the church leaders in attendance at the meeting that she has her own personal relationship with God, and that nowhere in the New Testament of the Bible did Jesus say anything against gay people. She did point out, however, that Christ became angry with the church leaders for wrongdoing. This is a human rights issue, Lynum told them. And I will not be intimidated. The only commissioner who did not offer his opinion on the matter was Ernest Page, although he did say he supports a future vote on the issue by the council. Perhaps the biggest surprise of the day came when Mayor Hood actually ceased her waffling and stated that she is against adding sexual orientation to the citys anti-discrimination policy. As an elected official I have looked at this issue from a personal, legal, and community perspective. Our community does support lifestyle choices, said Hood. But I do not see evidence to warrant this, there is not a demonstrated need to change the law. The following day, the Orlando Sentinel s editorial board lambasted Hood for her statements. Mrs. Hood gave in to small-minded thinking when she formally expressed her opposition to a city ordinance to protect gay people from discrimination, the Sentinel board wrote. Hoods sentiments did not come as a surprise to many in the gay community. Hood is a Republican and a Bush supporter. She is also a member of the congregation of First Baptist Church of Orlando, and her own pastor has spoken about opposing the measure. The next meeting on Chapter 57 will take place on Nov. 18 at 2 PM when public comments will be taken. A second hearing and the vote are scheduled for Dec. 2. w John Sullivan ANTI-GAY AD IN THE SENTINEL SPARKS CONTROVERSY, QUESTIONSNAMBLA riding on their coattails, Chambers said. The ad also claims that this is a campaign being promoted from afar, by militant national gay and lesbian organizations. When Chambers was asked about the identity of the militant group he said that he had no idea, that was a question he thought the Liberty Council could answer. The Liberty Council, a branch of the Jerry Falwell ministries with offices in Leesburg, turned up nothing on the supposed militant national gay group. Not one person in their offices including two lawyers had any idea about the identity of the group. Chambers says that PFAUO is for discrimination in housing, jobs, or public service, except for where religious organizations are concerned. But as an owner of property in downtown Orlando, I wouldnt rent to someone who is gay any more than I would rent to a person who is a practicing witch, Chambers said. w John Sullivan

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W45 W12 GRAPHIC DESIGN FLOORING DAY SPA ELECTRICIANS FINANCIAL PLANNERS HAIR COMPUTERS & ITERNET COUNSELING COUNSELING COUNSELING CLOSET ORGANIZERS rST. PETERSBURG Acclaimed author Eric Marcus will participate in the St Petersburg Times Festival of Reading on the campus of Eckerd College on Sunday, Nov. 3. Marcus has penned eight books, including What If Someone I Know Is Gay? The Male Couples Guide, and T ogether Forever as well as the bestselling Breaking the Surface which he cowrote with Olympic diver Greg Louganis. Marcus latest book is Making Gay History: The Half-Century Fight for r UNITY LEADERSHIP TAMPA BAY RECEIVES GILL FOUNDATION AWARDThe Gill Foundation has presented a $1,000 Local Community Organizing Leadership A ward to Unity Leadership Tampa Bay. The award was presented at the groups biannual meeting on Oct. 19 at the Doubletree Hotel on Cypress St. The Gill Foundation is a Colorado-based charitable organization that funds worthy glbt initiatives. Unity Leadership Tampa Bay is in its third year of gathering community leaders together to network and identify common goals.ROBERTSON PRESENTS AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL ONE-MAN SHOWT ampa author, poet and activist Lorenzo Robertson is staging his oneman play, Me, Myself & I: Searching for Solace at St. Petersburgs Central Stage Theatre at 8 PM on Friday, Nov. 8 and Saturday, Nov. 9. The challenging, uplifting show takes a poignant look at one mans journey as he seeks inner peace and his greater self. Tickets are $15, and can be reserved by calling (727) 327-7529. LORENZO ROBERTSON T AMPA After twelve days of films and more than 12,000 attendees, the Tampa International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival wrapped its thirteenth year at a Sunday, Oct. 13 Closing Night Party at Chambers nightclub. That day, hundreds listened to campaign speeches and milled about in front of the Tampa Theatre at the Equality Florida Street Fair and Candidates Forum. Afterward, they lined up around the block to gain admission to the all-but-sold-out closing night film, All the Queens Men starring Matt LeBlanc. One of the vendors at the Street Fair was Connie Kurtz, who was selling her art and promoting the documentary, Ruthie and Connie: Every Room in the House The film,FILM FAST ANNOUNCES AW ARD WINNERSwhich depicts the sacrifices and personal growth of two Jewish housewives who fell in love, won the festivals Audience Award. The first-ever Connoisseur Award went to the stunning Karmen Gei a musical based on Bizets opera Carmen that was confiscated by the Senegalese government and held in a vault for two years. On closing night, Film Fest board member Jim Harper asked audience members to help with the estimated $10,000 deficit from this years event. And W atermark and Stephanie Shippae presented a surprised festival director Margaret Murray with flowers for what all agreed was a job well done. W T om Dyer RUTHIE BERMAN (left) and CONNIE KURTZ (right) with Film Fest volunteer coordinator MAX MORRIS. Photo by Rex Maniscalco. STEPHANIE SHIPPAE drops to her knee to present MARGARET MURRAY with flowers and thanks. Photo by Rex Maniscalco. MAKING GAY HISTORY AUTHOR PART OF FESTIVAL OF READINGLesbian and Gay Equal Rights which features interviews with more than sixty people who have contributed to the transformation of gay men and women. Historian Studs Terkel hailed the book as one of the definitive works on gay life. The Times Festival of Reading, now in its tenth year, celebrates the spoken and written word. More than 30 authors, including two Pulitzer Prize winners, will participate this year. For more information, and to find out when Marcus will speak, visit www.festivalofreading.com.

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W13 W44 The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely on advertisements. Before you decide, ask us t o send you free written information about our qualifications and experience. ATTORNEY CHIROPRACTOR ATTORNEY CLEANING SERVICE ATTORNEY ATTORNEY ATTORNEY COMMITMENT CEREMONIES CLEANING SERVICE CLEANING SERVICE SARASOTA This may well be the most important ballot initiative ever for our community, said Triangle Democratic Caucus president Rev. Jim Merritt. And we need to make sure it passes this time. Merritt was referring to the upcoming ballot referendum that would give Sarasota residents non-discrimination protections including discrimination based on sexual orientation for the first time in the citys history. The ballot initiative was unanimously approved by the Sarasota City Commission earlier this summer, and will be decided by voters on Nov. 5. If passed, discrimination on the basis of age, disability, gender, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation and veterans status would be prohibited in the areas of housing, employment and public accommodation. The Sarasota Equality Project is spearheading a drive to get out votes for the referendum. To volunteer, call (941) 928-2606V OTERS TO DECIDE ON NONDISCRIMINATIONBUSINESS GUILD, TRIANGLE DEMS HOST CANDIDATES FORUMThe Southwest Florida Business Guild and the Triangle Democratic Caucus will host a Candidates Forum for those seeking elective office in the Sarasota area. The forum begins at 7 PM on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at the Sudikoff Center at New College.OFF-WHITE PARTY BENEFITS UNITED CEREBRAL PALSYSarasotas gay and lesbian community is coming out in force to benefit the local chapter of United Cerebral Palsy. The Off-White Party beings at 9 PM on Friday, Nov. 8 at Michaels On East Ballroom. Tickets are $45 in advance, $55 at the door. Attire is limited only by creativity and it must be off-white.BRUNCH BY THE BAY BENEFITS ALSO, PFLAGA Nov. 10 brunch at beautiful Marina Jacks will benefit the Sarasota chapter of PFLAG as well as ALSO for Gay Youth. The cost is $40, and Harry May and Larry Thompson are sponsoring the fundraiser. Call (941) 365-4232 or (941) 252-2576 to make reservations by Oct. 25.VENUS With the success of the Sawmill Campground, northeast of Tampa, it was just a matter of time before more outdoor recreation facilities targeting gays and lesbians opened in Florida. Camp Mars, an hour east of Sarasota in the tiny hamlet of Venus, opened two weeks ago and already 200 campers have used the facility. The six owners, all frequent visitors to Sawmill, purposely placed their campground further south to take advantage of warmer winter weather and proximity to Sarasota, Ft. Myers,GAY CAMPGROUND OPENS NEAR SARASOTAPalm Beach and Fort Lauderdale. Memberships are $10 per year, and campsites then range from $10 (rustic) to $30 (motor homes) per night more for a two bedroom cottage and yurts or heavy-duty tents with skylights and a/c. There is a small spring-fed lake on the property, as well as a rustic rec hall. According to Simpson, a swimming pool and general store will be added soon. For more information, call (863) 6996277 or visit www.campmars.com.

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W43 W14 T AMPA Florida AIDS Action (FLAA) recently announced a series of proactive enhancements that are a result of the agencys strategic planning process intended to deal with the ever-changing face of AIDS and other healthcare issues now facing Florida and the nation. The past several months have been a period of growth and positive change. said Dr. Gene Copello, FLAA executive director. Florida AIDS Action opened an office in Washington, D.C. in August of this year. Presently, the Washington office is staffed by consultants. FLAA also maintains fulltime offices in Tallahassee and Miami as well as its administrative center in Tampa. Our goal is to be able to advocate for the 100,000 Floridians living with HIV/ AIDS, as well as the nearly one million Americans with HIV disease, explained FLAA Board President Valerie Mincey.MINNESOTA RESEARCHERS MAY HAVE UNLOCKED A KEY HIV MYSTERYUniversity of Minnesota researchers may have unlocked another key mystery surrounding HIV. The discovery appears to explain why a quarter of the patients infected with the AIDS virus respond poorly to the powerful drug cocktails while others show dramatic improvements. It still has to be confirmed by a larger study. If the initial findings turn out to be accurate, the discovery could be used to predict how well patients will respond to drug treatments. It also could lead to more effective therapies and potential cures for a disease that currently infects about 60 million people worldwide.OPTIMISM MAY HAVE A NEGATIVE IMPACT ON HIV PATIENTSA new study suggests that optimism often breeds bad decisions, especially within the HIV community. In a survey of 220 people infected with HIV, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania found that those with the most hopeful views of the future were most likely to skip doses of AIDS drugs and have unsafe sex. Researchers judged levels of pessimism and optimism by asking HIV-positive people to describe their feelings when first diagnosed, their feelings now and how long they expect to live. Members of minority groups, along with women and drug users, were most optimistic about their futures. White people, those with low levels of education and those with weaker immune systems, were more likely to be pessimistic.HEADDRESS WINDFALL COMES JUST IN TIME FOR HOPE & HELPORLANDO The Hope & Help Center of Central Florida netted a nifty sum as the beneficiary of the proceeds from the successful 2002 Headdress Ball. The HIV/AIDS organization said that they were awarded a check for $203,000 from the producers of this years annual event. The monies, it turns out, came just in time. On Sept. 10, Hope & Help and other area HIV/AIDS centers lost a significant amount of Ryan White Title I funding. In all, $1.2 million was cut by the Orlando EMA HIV Health Planning Council, effecting 20 agencies whose missions are to serve people with HIV disease. Hope & Help said that these cuts to their budget will affect all of the services they provide, including food pantry, transportation, case management, health education, and adherence counseling. In addition, Hope & Helps consumers drugs and co-pays may have to be cut and there is concern that HIV patients may have to be put on a waiting list for medications. Central Florida HIV/AIDS agencies are asking Orange County Chairman Richard Crotty to investigate the funding cuts and the actions of the Planning Council. Concerned citizens can also contact Crotty at (407) 836-7370 or by e-mailing chairman@ocfl.net. W Scott J. SmithFLORIDA AIDS ACTION EXPANDS TO MEET NEEDS OF HIV/AIDS COMMUNITIESAs well as opening the Washington office, FLAA also announced its affiliation with the University of South Florida (USF). Florida AIDS Action has launched a new Center for Public Policy Research and Ethics in partnership with the Division of Infectious and Tropical Diseases at the USF College of Medicine.In addition to the work with USF, FLAA has transformed its Southeastern HIV/AIDS Resource Exchange (SHARE) Program into a high-quality healthcare advocacy association that focuses on networking, training and technical assistance to communities throughout Florida and the United States. It is now referred to as the Institute of Healthcare Advocacy Training.To learn more about Florida AIDS Action, and for more information on how to become involved in AIDS advocacy work, call (813) 232-5886 or e-mail information@floridaaidsaction.org. ACCOUNTING Barber & LattoCertified Public Accountants639 Ramona Lane(West Colonial & Ramona)Orlando, FL 32805(407) 843-9582 ACCOUNTING A TTORNEY ATTORNEY ATTORNEY ATTORNEY AIR CONDITIONING & HEATING The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely on advertisements. Before you decide, ask us t o send you free written information about our qualifications and experience. APARTMENTS / PROP. MGT. ATTORNEY A TTORNEY

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I CAN FIND YOUR DREAM HOME!Stan MadrayREALTOR407-928-7791T rampas Riggs407-415-2265 HOME BUYING MADE EASY!I CAN MAKE YOUR DREAM LOAN! W15 W42 W omyns Fest from Page 29 they plan on adding a tent that will accommodate more campers. The only thing to worry about then is the 747s otherwise known as mosquitoes buzzing around. (Dont forget your Deep W oods Off and youll be fine.) W omen come out of the woodwork to experience the Withlacoochee festival. They make the road trip from all over Florida, although the majority of the participants are from Tampa Bay. Woodrum says he expects anywhere from 800 to 1,000 women this year. He also expects the age groups to round the spectrum. In the past, women anywhere from 18 to 78 have attended, with the majority in their 30s. Now thats a selection! Not only does Sawmills relaxed and comfortable environment set the mood, but the performers themselves bring an amazing energy and spirit to the festival. The music kicks off on Friday and doesnt stop until Sunday. Shannon considers the festival a launch pad for entertainers to show off their talent. The musical variety is also astounding, ranging from soulful jazz to country to folk and even to Christian music. W ithlacoochee is definitely a festival where up-andcoming artists can be enjoyed in an intimate setting. Kristen Hart is one of the performers people will be mesmerized by. Her chords seem to pour effortlessly from her acoustic guitar. She could easily be lumped into the category of folk, but her music is so much more than that. She combines haunting vocals with jazz, blues, and folk beats to create her own style. With the lack of meaningful lyrics in music today, she is a refreshing deviation from the norm. Hart has had quite a few gigs around Orlando recently, but if you havent had a chance to check her out yet, this is an opportunity not to be missed. Ruth King is another musician whose energy will take this festival to a whole other level. Although some might compare her to Melissa Etheridge, it isnt fair to compare her to anyone. Ruth King has formed her own style that starts with her soul and travels through her fingers to the strings of her guitar and finally erupts out of her voice. The result is truly magic. Ive had the pleasure of seeing her perform at the House of Blues where she literally stopped me in my tracks. A selftaught artist, the Orlando-based singer seems at home wherever she performs. On the comedy end of the festival, Michele Balan headlines the festival. Originally from New York, this comedian is edgy, witty, and full of attitude. She has performed all over the country and has appeared on many TV networks. Balan is the type of woman you want to invite over for dinner and drinks. Her humor is down to earth and relatable, but still absolutely hysterical. Her stand-up act touches on everything from gay bowling to her musical rendition of Celine Dion songs. To watch a New Yorker complete with accent try to put up a tent will be comedy enough. Have I mentioned the nudity yet? Oh yes, my personal favorite part: the clothing optional pool. As if we needed an excuse at a womens festival to take our clothes off. For the more shy, dont worry, you can wear as much or as little as you like. What could be better than live music? Live music and naked women. And for all of you aspiring drag kings out there, bring your tuxes and solutions for world peace. This year boasts the first ever Mr. Sawmill Drag King contest to find a king worthy of sitting on the throne next to Miss Sawmill. The pageant includes a question and answer portion and a formalwear competition. Be as conservative or flashy as you want, but dont forget to pack your bulge! T ickets to the Withlacoochee Womyns Music & Comedy Festival are still available, but get them quick. This year promises to be the most exciting show yet. Just $25 gets you all access to three days of live music and comedy performances. For tickets and information, call (352) 583-0664 or visit . W A self-taught singer and songwriter, the Orlando-based RUTH KING will bring her inspiring act to the Sawmill from Nov. 1 3. rfrntY ou Never Know What Youll Find.

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W41 W16 MY DOCUMENTSGAY.COM IS NOT EVERYONES FAVORITEQueer computing by Erin J. Chisman rI love the favorites features in the major Web browsers; a place for every user to house all the sites they travel to frequently and then go back to them whenever they want with the click of a mouse. Being the horrible typist that I am, if I put a site in my favorites once, then I dont have to worry about those pesky 404 errors telling me the page is not found. I cant seem to type in a Web address correctly to save my life. So it was interesting to hear from my editor that Gay.com was voted Best Web site by our readers in the annual WAVE A wards poll. Gay.com is not only not a member of my favorites folder, it doesnt even register in my drop-down history. I decided to see what all the fuss was about and find out why it came in first, ahead of online destinations like PlanetOut or LesbianNation offers news and information related to a wide variety of travel topics, including vacation travel, cruises, adventure travel and more. Navigaytion.com also offers gay travel vacation booking online, as well as a comprehensive directory of gay and gay-friendly accommodations and travel agents. The site is free for all to use.RAINBOW LAW OFFERS GLBT COMMUNITY POLITICAL RIGHTS SITEGAYducks.org is designed as a simple resource and referral site where gays and lesbians can easily access groups and organizations. The site lists information about laws and legislation affecting the GLBT community, voting records and contact information for local, state and national politicians and candidates, information about how gay and lesbian partners can protect their relationships and rights, a lawyer referral service, and links to local and national GLBT organizations. f rn rttt bn r tn rt b

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W17 W40 POTTERS HOUSE CELEBRATES ANNIVERSARYT ampas Potters House Fellowship, a spirit-filled ministry offering hope and the love of Christ for all people, is celebrating four years of outreach with a special service at 9:30 AM on Nov. 3. Pastor Robert Morgan welcomes Pastor Doug Clanton from Phoenix for a morning of music and ministering. For more information on the Homecoming Reunion call (813) 238-6330.P ASTORS GROUP PROTESTS ANNUAL NEW ORLEANS GAY FESTIVALChristian pastors are leading a protest campaign against an annual gay celebration in the French Quarter that they say features lewdness, nudity and public sex. The Rev. Grant E. Storms, who organized the campaign, was one of more than a dozen New Orleans-area pastors who spoke at a City Hall protest on Oct. 11, calling on Mayor Ray Nagin and the City Council to revoke Southern Decadences permits and ban the festival. City officials have not responded to the protests and did not come out of their offices during the demonstration. L YNCHBURG, Va. Anti-Muslim and anti-gay remarks made by Christian fundamentalist Reverend Jerry Falwell are the focus of protests and vigils to be held on Oct. 26 and 27 outside Falwells Thomas Road Baptist Church in L ynchburg, VA. Hundreds of GLBT and allied supporters of Soulforce will descend on Lynchburg that weekend to confront Falwell for his anti-gay and antiMuslim rhetoric. According to reports, statements made by Falwell on a CBS television last Sunday calling the founder of Islam a terrorist sparked rioting in India, which killed five people and injured 47 others Friday. Words have power to hurt and kill, and Jerry Falwell must repent for his words, said Rev. Mel White, co-founder of Soulforce. Falwell is notorious for his anti-gay statements. We have been saying for years that fundamentalist anti-gay rhetoric leads to suffering and death for GLBT people, and now we can say it also leads to death for Muslims. We must stand together against the fear-mongering tactics of the fundamentalists among us, whether the fundamentalists are Muslim or Christian for fundamentalism does not represent the loving spirit of either faith, White said at a joint press release issued by Soulforce and the gay Muslim organization Al-Fatiha. Rev. White and his partner Gary Nixon leased a home across the street from Falwells Thomas Road Baptist Church last month and have been attending services at the church, but Falwell has refused to meet with them since they became neighbors.VA TICAN PREPARING TO EXCLUDE GAY MEN FROM PRIESTHOODSOULFORCE CONFRONTS FA L WELLS ANTIGAY RHETORICThe Catholic News Service (CNS), the W ashington Post and other media outlets are reporting this week that the Vatican has drafted documents that will direct the church to prevent gay men from entering the seminary or becoming ordained. The document will formally reinforce a dont ask, dont tell situation within the priesthood. The CNS reports that the draft, which was penned by the Congregation for Catholic Education, is currently being distributed to church officials for review. According to sources, the church had been considering the issue for many years but the documents inception came on the heels of the Catholic sex abuse scandal that has shaken the American Catholic church. Some in the Vatican will use any excuse to further their agenda of repressing gay people, said Marianne Duddy, executive director of Dignity USA. Were deeply disappointed but not surprised. rfrntbbtb nbttrtr rf ntbbrt Open and welcoming congregation is located at 1124-FF Beville Rd., Daytona Beach. Contact Chris at (386)441-8431. All faiths are welcome at 500 S. Ridgewood Ave. Services are Sunday at 11 AM and Thursday at 7 PM. (904) 2540993. Rev. Jim Lynch, Pastor. W orship in a gay-friendly environment every Sunday morning at 10:30 AM. Downtown location at 1901 E. Robinson St. (407) 898-3621. Rev. Marni Harmony, Minister. Nondenominational support group open to anyone affected by HIV/AIDS. Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month at 7:30 PM at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 5900 Oleander Dr. (407) 277-3939. Monthly meetings for gay Episcopalians. Newcomers always welcome. Call Irv at (407)895-4749. All are welcome at worship services held each Sunday at 8:30 AM, 10 AM, 11:30 AM, and 7 PM at church building, 2351 S. F erncreek Ave. Taize meditation and prayer on Wednesday at 7 PM. (407) 894-1081 or . Rev. Carol T rissell, Senior Pastor. An affirming environment for gay men who wish to begin or continue their faith journey. Meets 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7 PM at First United Methodist Church, 142 E. Jackson St. (407) 895-5368. A spiritually-based transformation-oriented workshop for gay and bisexual men. Community activities include monthly meditations, pot luck dinners, brunches, pool parties, BBQs. Visit for more information or call Mike at (407) 859-8832 or Dan at (407) 895-1194 Everyone is welcome at Sunday Celebration, 10:30 AM at the Maitland Civic Center, 641 S. Maitland Ave. Bookstore, youth church, classes, counseling available. (407) 673-3030. Cath DePalma and John DePalma, ministers. A non-liturgical bible-based church for all, held at the GLBCC Center every Sunday at 6 PM. (407) 425-4527. Every Mon. from 7-9 PM at the Center. Non-denominational. P ersonal empowerment group thats fun and enriching. (407)484-8751. Religion for open minds. Sunday: religious education 9:30 AM, service 10:30 AM. 11648 McCulloch Rd., East Orlando. (407) 737-4018 or . Minority-focused spiritual ministry meets Sundays at 10:50 AM at the House of Power, 750 S. Orange Blossom Tr. Liberation discussion Tuesday at 8 PM. HIV counseling/testing W ednesday at 6 PM. (407) 839-5051 or email upcenter@bellsouth.net. Gay-affirming liturgical church meets for Sunday Mass at 10:30 AM, 7813 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa. (813) 238-6060. Growing reform congregation with special outreach to the gay and lesbian community. Sabbath services are every F riday at 8 PM, 719 Arlington Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 822-7503 or . An all-affirming and nondenominational ministry rooted in Christ and biblically based, pastored by Rev. J. Ricc Rollins, II. Service is at 10:30 AM. At the Doubletree Hotel, 4500 W est Cypress Street, Tampa Bay. (813) 873-1889. Mass for GLBT Catholics, their families and friends on Sundays at 6 PM at King of Peace MCC, 3150 5th Ave., St. P etersburg. A social follows. (813) 238-2868 or . All are welcome at this Christian church that offers a variety of ministries and counseling services. 1025 7th Ave. N., St. Petersburg. (727) 823-1806 or . Rev. Joyce Stone, Pastor. Part of the More Light Presbyterians seeking full participation of GLBT people of faith. Services are Sundays at 10:30 AM at 5 Pa tricia Ave., Dunedin. (727) 733-2956 or . Mass for the lesbian/gay community on Sundays at 7 PM at the Franciscan Center, 3010 Perry Ave., Tampa. (813)229-2695. A non-profit, interfaith day respite center for those affected by HIV/AIDS. (813) 237-3066 or . All are welcome at this support group for members of the GLBT community within the Episcopal church. Meets the 1st Sunday of each month at 6 PM at St. Catherines Episcopal Church in Temple Terrace. (813) 988-5283. Giving support to GLBT Unitarian Universalists and their heterosexual allies. (727) 531-7704. W orship services are at 10 AM each Sunday at 3150 5th Ave N., St. Petersburg. Prayer/Communion service is at 6:30 PM each Thursday, followed by dinner and bingo. (727) 323-5857. Liturgical and Evangelical Christianity. Worship services Sunday at 10:30 AM. Mid-week dinner on Wednesday at 6 PM, with worship at 7 PM. 408 E. Cayuga St. (813) 239-1951 or UFMCCTampa@aol.com. Rev. Glenna T. Shepherd, P astor. Spirit-filled ministry offering hope and the love of Christ for all people. Sunday services are at 10 AM at 2119 West Gray Street. (813) 238-6330 or or P oHoFellow@aol.com. W orship service at 10:30 AM each Sunday at 4133 Thys Rd., New Port Richey. Night services of prayer and praise on Wednesdays at 6:30 PM. (727) 849-6962 or or pastorandy@earthlink.net. Rev. Andy Sidden, Pastor. Evangelical Anglican Church a progressive gay-affirming church in the Anglican tradition. Call (813) 258-0750. Sunday mornings at 10:30 AM at the Pines Conference Center, 7029 Cedar Lane, Brooksville. Call (352) 796-4457 or rbkeim@gte.net. Chaplain Bob Keim. W orship services at 11 AM Sundays, 11400 Morris Bridge Rd. Open and welcoming congregation worships Sundays at 10:30 AM at 2470 Nursery Rd., Clearwater. (727) 531-7704. W orship services are at 11 AM each Sunday, 719 Arlington Ave. N. (727) 898-3294. Outreach by Unitarian Universalists to the local GLBT community. For more information call (727) 531-7704, ask for Rev. Abhi Janamanchi. Sunday meetings at 9:45 AM, service at 11 AM. 710 Crenshaw Lake Rd, Lutz. (813)909-9590 or visit . Rev. Bob and Ruth Fatur, ministers. Rev. Nancy Wilson leads traditional worship services at 9:15 AM, and a contemporary service at 11 AM. 7225 N. Lockwood Ridge Rd. (941)355-0847 or Trinity1srq@aol.com. Reform Judaism synagogue. Shabbat Evening Services are at 8 PM every Friday with Rabbi Shimon Moch. 3374 Keystone Road, T arpon Springs. (727) 938-9000 or . Mass for GLBT Catholics, their families and friends on Sundays at Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota, FL. (941)359-9504 or . An interfaith movement committed to ending spiritual violence perpetuated by religious policies and teachings against GLBT people. Meets the first Tuesday of each month at the ALSO drop in center, 1624 Ringling Blvd. Contact Luann Conaty at (941) 493-9036, e-mail Soulforce.swflorida@verizon.net, or visit . Meets at 11 AM on Sundays for Worship & Celebration with Rev. Dr. Sherry L. Kennedy. 3276 East Venice Avenue, Venice, FL (941)484-7068 or e-mail scmcc@mindspring.com. This welcoming congregation with an openly gay minister features worship services at 10:30 AM each Sunday, 3975 Fruitville Rd. (941) 371-4974. Rev. Don Beaudreault, Minister. *IMS HEALTH National Prescription Audit data for Protease Inhibitors, 7/01/01-12/31/01. VIRACEPT and Agouron are registered trademarks of Agouron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Copyright 002, Agouron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. All rights reserved. 1-V01135-CCBecause its strong and effective. K eep your viral load down with the #1 prescribed HIV medication of its kind.*VIRACEPT works with you to keep your life on track. Because its easy to live with. VIRACEPTs easy dosing schedule and manageable side effects have been helping all kinds of people continue to lead their lives on their own terms. Because it saves future options. Wh en choosing a treatment plan, its important to consider what options you will have in the future.Studies show taking VIRACEPT early on leaves you with choices in treatment for later. Ask your doctor about your future with VIRACEPT. VIRACEPT is indicated in combination with other antiretroviral agents for the treatment of HIV infection. The most common side effect of VIRACEPT is diarrhea, which can usually be controlled with over-the-counter treatments. Some prescription and non-prescription drugs and supplements should not be taken with VIRACEPT, so talk to your doctor first. For some people, protease inhibitors have been associated with the onset or worsening of diabetes mellitus and hyperglycemia, changes in body fat, and increased bleeding in hemophiliacs. 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W39 W18 rLesbian, feminist chorus. Meets Sun.; 6:15 PM; MCC Tampa. (813)6797585; CrescendoSings@aol.com.fGLBT community center. Offers phone referrals, meeting space, resource center and more. Located next to Equality Florida, 3708 Swann Ave. (813)875-8116; .rntfntbtnnrMeets third Thurs.; 6:30 PM; 3708 W. Swann Ave.. (813)870-3735.rntfntbtnnMeets last Thurs.; 7 PM; Positive Expressions. (727)527-3197.rS.A.G.E. sponsored support group for GLBT persons who have experienced a recent death or loss. Meets second Sat.. (813)932-4359.f fttWriters workshop for PLWAs. Meets Thurs.; 6 PM. (727)327-2969fttrrMeets the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Tues., from 6:30 8 PM at 136 4th St., N., St. Petersburg. (727)895-4439.ftbtttrMeets the 1st and 3rd Friday of the month at 136 4th St., N., St. P etersburg. (727)895-4439.ffrrY outh group for GLBT and their supporters ages 14-21. Meets Sun.; 7 PM. (813)935-4101; Fce2FceYouth2aol.com.fttrMeets the first and third Friday of the month at 136 4th.St.N. St. Pete. F or info call (727)895-4439.ftntnrPlaying card variety. (813)832-2999.fntrrCentral Florida Region Lambda Car Club International. .fntrnfrnSocial group for same gender couples. (813)360-6852; (727)347-7412.ftnntrP asco Countys only AA meeting for GLBT individuals. Meets Sun.; 7 PM; Spirit of Life MCC. (727)849-6962.ftnrGay mens social club for non-alcoholic gatherings. (813)960-1664.frfNot-for-runners only club orientated to the gay and lesbian community. Meets Sat.; 9 AM; Old Hyde Park Village and Wed.; 6:45 PM; Fred Ball Park. (813)891-7098.trntrtrMeets Wed.; 7 PM; The Center of Tampa Bay. (813)875-8116.trnttrtrMeets Fri.; 10 AM; The Center of Tampa Bay. (813)875-8116.ntnntrMeets every evening; 8:15 PM; 3644-A Henderson Blvd.. (813)273-8741.frnrMovies, amusement parks, dinig out, water parks, beaches, picnics, etc. 18 and up. Contact Steve at (727)344-0512.tnGay Singles for Health and Monogamy. Social group for sober nonsmokers seeking a lifemate. (727)410-6687.T ue.; 9 PM; United Skates of America. (813)876-5826; .nSupport group for GLBT parents. Meets second Thurs.; Equality Florida. (813)831-8207; .nOrganization working to end anti-gay bias in Hillsborough County schools. Meets third Fri.. (813)872-6393; GLSENTB@aol.com.tMeets third Wed.. (813)960-3022.ttttrntrrSponsored by Works of Mercy, Catholic Coalition of People with AIDS. Meets Thurs.; 7 PM; Parish Center of Sacred Heart Church. (813)2373421.trMeets at UU Church of St. Petersburg. (727)898-3294.n tfF ree dinner on the first Tues. of the month. 140 4th St. N at the St. P etersburg Cathedral Parish Hall. (727)895-4439.ntGay & Lesbian Crisis/Service of Tampa Bay, Inc. Phone volunteers 711 PM; computerized system 11-7 PM. (727)586-4297.n trntfInclusive, diverse Republicans, dinner/coffee 2nd Tues., 7 PM at HoHos chinese/9 PM at Different Grind. Misc. social and political events. (813)7898212, , or LCRTampaBay@yahoo.com.nnLesbians On the Lookout Association. Social club for womyn. (813)9480659; pianolez@aol.com.ntttA community services organization offering HIV/AIDS case management, counseling services, referrals and thrift store. In Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. (727)321-3854. .trOpen meeting for gays and lesbians. Meets Thurs.; 8:15 PM; GALAA Club. ecg@tampabay.rr.com.rfntfAll proceeds benefit AIDS and breast cancer patients in St. Petersburg and Tampa Bay areas. Donations of clothing and household items are needed daily. Located at 631 4th St. North, St. Pete. (866)250-1959.rrnrGay, lesbian and bisexual friendly outdoor activity club. (813)962-8459.fnP arents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. Meets second T ue.; 7 PM; 5800 Nebraska. (813)831-8207; onecoolguy@hotmail.com.tftnntSt. Petersburg AIDS organization dedicated to the needs of the minority community. (727)822-2437; POCAS@aol.com.fntnnP arents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. Meets fourth Sat.; 10 AM; Piccadilly Cafeteria. (727)345-7688; (727)821-2140; PFLAG@tampabay.rr.com.ttffAlcohol-free social group for HIV+ people, their friends and family. Meets Sat.; 6 PM; Positive Expressions Gallery. (727)384-9305.tttNon-profit organization working to empower HIV+ individuals by developing and supporting their self-expression and educating the public through presentations of creative work. (727)384-9305; .tnftnrSupport group for anyone who has a realitive, friend, partner, coworker, etc., who has a drinking problem that is affecting their lives. Meets Fri.; 6:30 PM; King of Peace Church. (727)323-5857.tnntMeets second and fourth Thurs. during the summer; every Thurs. in fall; 8 PM; USF Marchall Center. (813)974-4297.tThe general meeting is held on the second Thursday of each month. (813)854-8160 or .ttfSocial group for mature gay and bisexual men and those younger men who admire them. (813)231-8817; .nttfAIDS service organization dedicated to disseminating updated and accurate information about HIV/AIDS. (813)238-2887; .tttnrInvestment club for the GLBT community. Meets monthly. (813)962-8459.tftntA series of GLBT films, 7 PM, 2nd Saturday of each month except Oct., in the social hall of the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater, FMI (727)531-7704.tDiscusses a new book each month. Meets second Mon.; 7:30 PM. (813)221-1423.trfftnrMonthly gay days in Tampa. Busch Gardens: fourth Sun.; Adventure Island: second Sat.; Brandon restaurant tour: second Sat. at 5:30 PM. carl813@hotmail.com; .tnnrFloridas largest gay and lesbian travel organization. (813)414-9933; (800)881-3600.ntrnA twelve-step program that helps hetero and homosexual men and women understand and recover from unhealthy compulsive sexual behavior. (727) 896-SLAA or .rrGay male non-sexual nudist group. Meets monthly. (813)237-2436. rftnnStarburst of Pinellas Park, support group for cross-dressing and transgendered persons, regardless of stage. Meetings at 7 PM on the third Saturday of every month. Call Georgia at (727)523-8760 for more information.rnnrLevi/leather social club. Meets second and fourth Fri.; 9:30 PM. Member SECC. (727)586-5847; Snctlthr@aol.com.rtMeets third T uesday, Waterside Lounge, P ort Richey. (727) 841-7900. Bears social club. Meets second Fr.; 7:30 PM; Suncoast Eagle Bar. . rtrtnMeets second Tue. (813)237-3751; . tnrMeets monthly in the Tampa Bay Area. For more information visit . rMeets Mon.; 7 PM; Old Springs Theatre. (727)865-9004. rtGay male non-sexual nudist group. (813)265-4005. tbn@tampabay.rr.com .tbrttttttttP asco and Hernandez chapters. Meet first Sun.; Oakhill Hospital. Citrus County chapter. Meets second Sun.; Cellar Pub. (727)863-6112.tntnntffP eriodic social gatherings for both hearing and non-hearing gays. (813)236-3123.rtOffers weekly support groups and recreational and social activities for young people dealing with issues concerning sexual orientation with gay, lesbian and straight advisors. (727)586-4297.fntnBear club. Meets first Sun.; DTs. (727)824-7810; info@westfloridagrowlers.com; .A diverse mix of womyn that do not support intra-community prejudice, separatism, or discrimination of any kind. Meets Sundays at 3 PM at Gulfport Beach. Check their Web site for activities, polls and other discussions .tAIDS service organization. Offers peer counseling, testing, activities, support groups and social events. (941)954-6011; aidsmanasota@prodigy.net; .nGLBT youth group. (941)252-2576; jbalso@aol.com; also.executivedirector@verizon.net.nttfntProvides information about local faith, social, support organizations and events to the GLBT community. (9941)923-INFO.rnfntnrInclusive, diverse Republicans. GulfCoastLogCabin@iname.com or jimbofla@yahoo.com.rnfrMeets Mon.; Universalist Unitarian Church, Sarasota. (941)377-9043; .fnP arents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. Meets third Tue.; 7:30 PM; Unitarian Church. (941)378-3536.ttSocial group for mature gay and bisexual men and those younger men who admire them. (941)359-8212; ptimes@tampabay.rr.com; .rfntrtrtnMeets third Mon.; 6 PM; Quay. (941)953-8419; .Wa termark publishes information regarding organizations as a service to the local GLBT community. We cannot guarantee the legitimacy of any organization, and in many cases have no knowledge of the organization. Requests for listings or changes to listing must be submitted in writi ng to Watermark. rnttrfntbftb rfntbftb rfntbftb rfntbftb rfntbftbHomestyle cooking better than moms! 104 Patricia Avenue, Dunedin. (727)736-6163bf bf bf bf bfDaytonas new place for innovative cuisine. Martini and piano lounge, live entertainment. 642 S. Atlantic Ave., Ormond Beach. (386) 6771006.rbftbf rbftbf rbftbf rbftbf rbftbfAn elegant restaurant featuring fine dining at the SunCoast Resort. 3000 34th St South, St. Pete. (727)867-1111fbfntr fbfntr fbfntr fbfntr fbfntrThis upbeat video bar and restaurant with huge windows and a streetfront patio draws patrons from Tampa and Sarasota. Dance floor, pool, darts, shows, and good food. 3100 3rd Ave. N., St. Pete. (727) 321-2112. .rft rft rft rft rftFamily friendly neighborhood cafe with extensive wine menu and outdoor dining in beautiful garden setting. 463 W. New England A ve., Winter Park. (407)629-1030tfrft tfrft tfrft tfrft tfrftMississippi-Delta inspired cuisine is featured in the restaurant next door to the world-famous concert hall in Downtown Disney. 1490 Lake Buena Vista Dr. (407)934-2583rnttb rnttb rnttb rnttb rnttbQuaint bistro dining just outside the Virginia/ Mills district. Happy hour 5:30 to 7:30. 802 Vi r ginia Dr., Orlando. (407)898-5688fr fr fr fr frThe perfect date restaurant where you cook you own four-course fondue meal. Clearwater 25822 US Hwy 19 North (727)797-4426 Longwood 145 Wekiva Springs Rd. #161 (407)862-8773 Maitland 500 E. Horatio Ave. (407)628-1134 Orlando 7549 W. Sand Lake Rd. (407)903-1100 Sarasota 1055 S. Tamiami Tr. #112 (941)265-2658 St Petersburg 2221 4th Street North (727)895-6358fr fr fr fr fr T ampa 13164 N. Dale Mabry (813)962-6936tffrf tffrf tffrf tffrf tffrfNeo American food and wine. Open for lunch and dinner. 442 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. (813)254-5373brftfbf brftfbf brftfbf brftfbf brftfbfBreakfast, lunch and dinner served in the comfortable cafe of this Orlando landmark. 410 N. Orange Blossom Tr. (407)425-7571bftb bftb bftb bftb bftbFormerly Cafe Allegre, located in the heart of College Park, this restaurant is truly a food, wine and art experience. 2401 Edgewater Dr., Orlando. (407)872-2332ffftfbb ffftfbb ffftfbb ffftfbb ffftfbbA great spot for lunch or for a cup of their specialty coffee and a pastry. 712 E. Washington St., Orlando. (407) 426-8989nt nt nt nt ntPopular deli style restaurant. Try the potato pancakes. Orlando locations Marketplace at Dr. Phillips (407)355-0340 Colonial Plaza (407)894-1718 W aterford Lakes Town Centre (407)249-9475 Altamonte Springs Palm Springs Shopping Center (407)830-1770 Lake Mary Lake Mary Centre (407)833-0848bt bt bt bt btPopular and upscale gay restaurant and lounge in Palma Ceia neighborhood of South Tampa. The food is great, and expect to see friends. Open 4 PM midnight. 2801 S. MacDill Ave., Ta mpa (813) 837-1836frf frf frf frf frfExperience the atmosphere, antiques and food that have made this cafe a dining institution for over 12 years. 1829 N. Orange Ave., Orlando. (407)895-9911 SARASOTA/BRADENTON AREAtt

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W19 W38 FLORIDAS FIRST GAY AND LESBIAN DAY CENTER TO OPEN IN 2003FT. LAUDERDALE State officials announced that the states first day center specializing in care for gay and lesbian elders will open in February 2003 in Ft. Lauderdale. The Area Agency on Aging, which funds eight senior day centers in Broward County, gave $200,000 in federal seed money this past spring to start the day center at the Sunshine Cathedral. We have a lot of gay people here who are entering their senior years, and we arent really doing anything for them, said Edith Lederberg, the area agencys executive director. About 15,000 gay and lesbian seniors live in Broward County, Lederberg said, and that number is growing. The board and foundation of the Sunshine Cathedral, a member of Metropolitan Community Church, approved the day center in January 2002. The day center will be open Mondays through Fridays, and it will provide activities, meals and support for seniors and their families and partners. I think gay and lesbian people will be more comfortable putting their family members in a situation like this where the whole family is respected, said Sunshine Cathedral Rev. Grant Lynn Ford. KANSAS CITY, Mo. The Applebees restaurant group, which drew fire from a conservative Christian organization for advertising on the Bravo reality miniseries Gay Weddings said on Oct. 1 that the ad ran by mistake. A spokeswoman for Applebees International said the company specifically asked the cable television channel not to run the spot during Gay Weddings As an advertiser, we like most companies prefer to stay with noncontroversial shows, Laurie Ellison said.APPLEBEES SAYS AD ON GAY WEDDINGS RAN BY MISTAKEThe ad ran once during the first episode of Gay Weddings on Sept. 2. The show ran for four nights, each time profiling a gay or lesbian couple preparing to exchange vows. Cathy Renna, a spokeswoman for the national Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, said she was disappointed with Applebees. This is a lost opportunity for Applebees, not to support a show that promotes understanding, she said. (AP) Sterling! Sterling! DAYTONA BEACH/SPACE COASTNetworking organization for gays and lesbians in Seminole and Volusia counties. (407)668-6112.rLesbian social group. (321)951-2172; .fntrttMember of HIV/AIDS Florida Community Planning Group. Meets at V olusia County Health Department. (904)238-4727.nfrfSocial group of bears, cubs and other friends who congregate, not hibernate. or e-mail at gntlbear@comcast.net.fSocial group that meets the 3rd Sun. of the month at 3 PM at Rumors on Nova Rd., Holly Hill. E-mail bears@funcoastbears.org or go to for more information.rGay, Lesbian, Bisexual Association. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University student group. (904) 226-7222 voice mail 3333000;.nbttP eer counseling and support group. Meets the last Mon. (407)777-9833.nrGuild of gay-friendly businesses. Meets every third Mon.; 7 PM. (386)322-8003; .ffHIV/AIDS service organization. Offers testing, counseling and support groups. (904)255-5569; .GLBT and supporters social group for those living in Volusia and Seminole counties. Meets second Fri. (407)400-2879; .trnP arents, Families, Friends of Lesbians and Gays. Meets third Tues.; 7 PM; Hope MCC in Daytona, 500 South Ridgewood Ave. (US1). (386)3224169; support@pflagdaytona.org; .tfSocial group for GLBT and supporters. Meets every other Thurs. (904)228-8187; rapunzel69@hotmail.com. tfrrT welve-step program. Meets each Sun.; 10 AM; GLBCC. (407)2288272; .frrSocial group for bears and their admirers. Meets second Sun.; 4 PM; Full Moon Saloon. (407)896-0239; .rfSocial group for black and white men all are welcome. Meets second Sat.; 2 PM; GLBCC. (407)228-8272; .fBig Mans Club of Orlando. Social club for big men and their admirers. Visit or call Ricky at (407)422-6040 or (407)310-7612.rAmerican Association of University Women social group for those who love to read and talk about books. Meets first Tues. (407)677-1186. ORLANDO fCentral Florida AIDS United Resources. Offers counseling, support groups, educational programs and HIV testing. Phone (407)849-1452. Hotline: (407)841-2437.fT welve-step program dealing with codependency. (407)228-8272; .frChildren of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere. A youth support group for a ges 13-20. (407)897-2266; BardMerlin@aol.com.fffLevi/leather social club. Meets first and third Sun.; 4:30 PM; Full Moon Saloon. (407)647-4604.rSupport group for transgender, transsexual and transvestite persons facilitated by a certified sex therapist. (407)228-8272; .nT welve-step program for overeaters. Meets second and fourth Mon.; 7:30 PM; GLBCC. (407)228-8272; .rGay and Lesbian Association. Valencia Community College student group. Meets each Thurs.; 1 PM; east campus. .rnSocial/support group for gay and lesbian youth and their straight friends. Call Mike McKee for meeting time. (407)282-9685; .tGay Asian Pride. Social/support group for GLBT Asians and Pacific Islanders and their friends. Meets first Mon.; 7:30 PM; GLBCC. (407)228-8272; .nRollerskating night for GLBT and straight people of all ages. First Mon.; 9 PM; Semoran Skateway.frrSocial club of big men and their admirers. Second and fourth Tues.; 7 PM; GLBCC. (407)228-8272; .rfffGay Lesbian Bisexual Community Center. Hosts various social groups and offers programs assisting the GLBT community. (407)228-8272; .rttArranges social events for GLBT parents and their children. Initial meetings GLBCC. (407)301-8070; mbwboyfl@aol.com.rftrA social group for same-gender couples. Various meeting times and monthly events such as potlucks, pool parties, museum trips, etc. Call (407) 644-4486 or visit .Orange County Center Against Domestic Violence. Crisis Line: (407)886-2856. Community Outreach: (407)895-6099. Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence Hotline: (800)500-1119.nGLBT motorcycle riding group. Meets fourth Mon.; 10 AM; GLBCC. (407)228-8272; .r ftGay and lesbian campers. Camping rallies once a month. (407)831-4926.r ffrrInclusive, diverse Republicans. Meets fourth Tues.; 6 PM. (407)9234000; LogCabinOrlando@iname.com.r nfrInternational friends social group for single men and couples of various ethnic backgrounds. (407)324-1846; ifoflor@aol.com.nT welve-step program and support group for recovering marijuana addicts. Meets Sun.; 11:30 AM; GLBCC. (407)228-8172; .ftSupport group for men 18 and over dealing with coming out. Meets W ed.; 7:30 PM; GLBCC. (407)228-8272; .trfGeneral meeting first Thurs. (407)420-2182.tfJewish gay and lesbian group. Meets at the Center Monday night, 7 PM. Please call 407-895-0706 or e-mail Mishpuchamail@yahoo.com for info.tP ansexual support group. Meets third Sat.; 11 AM; GLBCC. (407)2288272; .rnfCommunity chorus; welcomes everyone. Meets Wed.; John & Rita Lowndes building. (407)841-SING; .rfDiscussion group for gay men. Meet Thurs.; 7:30 PM; GLBCC. (407)228-8272; .rffO-QUAC. Social/resources group for GLBT academics and intellectuals. cschippe@mail.ucf.edu; tpugh@mail.ucf.edu.rfrfrA gay mens group to network with other professionals meets monthly at different establishments. Beach outings, parties, and community building activities. Go to for more.rSupport group for women over 40 and the people who love them. Last Thurs.; 7:30 PM; GLBCC. (407)228-8272; .trP arents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. Meets third Wed.; 7:30 PM; First United Methodist Church. (407)236-9177.trnfrF or the polyamorous, poly-curious, poly-friendly or those interested in the concept of loving more than one person. Meets once a month. .tEmotions Anonymous. Twelve-step program for ones individual progress and movement towards health and emotional recovery. Meets second and fourth Sat.; 9:20 AM; GLBCC. (407)228-8272; .Rights and Integration Now. Social/support group for any gender or orientation 18 and over. Meets Tue.; 6 PM; GLBCC. (407)228-8272; .fffrGLBT group of Democrats and Independents. Meest fourth Mon.; 6:30 PM; GLBCC. (407)228-8272; .T welve-step narcotics recovery program geared toward gay community. Meets Wed.; 8 PM; GLBCC. (407)228-8272; .tDiscussion group for gay and bisexual men about lifestyle choice and spiritual development. Meets at Center of Light Church & Spiritual Center. (407)228-0101.rfSocial/support group for men and women of any gender or orientation ages 20-30. Meets Wed.; 7:30 PM; GLBCC. (407)228-8272; .A Social Forum for Singles: Weekly Presentation, Discussion and Social Excercise. Make new friends, network with singles and participate in monthly outings. Alternating Tuesdays and Thursdays at GLBCC. $10 fee, $5 for students. Contact Joe Salg @ 407-716-7207 for information or visit ffrSupport group for lesbians of color. (407)443-6696; ; littleafrica77@hotmail.com.rrfSocial group for both hearing and non-hearing gays. (407)852-0515.ffnGroup of teens and young adults 13 and older who use theatre to educate others on HIV/AIDS. Meets Thurs.; 6:30 PM; GLBCC. (407)2288272; .rfrrLevi/leather/uniform social group. Meets first Sun.; 2 PM; GLBCC. (321)549-0713; .frUniversity of Central Florida Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Student Union. Meets Tue.; 8 PM; Student Union Building on Main Orlando Campus. ucfglbsu@ucf.edu.rrSocial group for women who live in Lake County. Meets second Sun.; Mt. Dora Chamber of Commerce. (352)383-2165.nfSocial/support group for all womyn of all orientations. Meets Thurs.; 7:30 PM; GLBCC. (407)228-8272; .trGroup formed to bring awareness to same sex parenting issues. Meets bimonthly; 7 PM; GLBCC. (407)228-8272; .fBay Area Men of All Colors Together is Tampa Bays local chapter of the National Organization of Black and White Men Together. We are a gay interracial group with a social, political and educational focus. Call (727)4612617 or visit for more information.tttSupport group for friends and family whove experienced a recent loss of a loved one. Meets second and fourth Thurs.; 7 PM; The Center of Tampa Bay. (813)871-2232.tDiscussion group that touches on issues that are germane to samegender-loving men of color. Meets the second Sun. of each month, 5 PM at the Equality Florida Offices, 3708 Swann Ave., Tampa. (813)236-8809. T AMPA BAY AREA THEATER COMPANY EXTENDS INVITATION TO PARTYThe new Suncoast Theatre is set to open in St. Petersburg in November and the first show will be Party The theatre is operated independently of the resort by DH Productions, a company formed by Party playwright David Dillon and director Nic Arnzen. DH Productions is inviting Tampa Bay Business Guild members and other businesses to join them in sponsoring the new theater and the production of Party Earlier this year, Party opened at Central Stage and the gay community embraced the show quickly and enthusiastically as evidenced by the run being consistently sold out. Party is reopening by popular demand and expects to run at the Suncoast Theatre indefinitely. To find out more about the benefits of sponsorship, contact Daniel Harris at (727) 867-1111 ext. 302 or e-mail SuncoastTheatre@yahoo.com.WINDOWS MEDIA SAYS FINANCES ARE STABLEDespite rumors indicating that its demise in inevitable, Window Media, the largest GLBT newspaper chain in the nation, insists it is financially sound and will continue to publish in a slow-moving economy. The status (of Window Media) is good, said William W aybourn, CEO of the company that publishes W ashington Blade and Southern Voice Were dealing with the same issues as everyone else in media. Waybourn said that the company has seen a 12 percent increase in advertising revenue during the last year, its overall circulation is growing and there are plans to acquire other papers in other cities.PLANS DROPPED TO OPEN GAY RETREAT IN TENNESSEEA North Carolina businessman has dropped plans to open a gay retreat in Grundy County because the site was vandalized on Oct. 10. This is a place Im asking friends and guests to come to, and theres no way I would do that without knowing they would be 100 percent safe, Allan Winkler said. Ive already received 10 death threats by e-mail. The security gate system was stolen, and the office building was demolished. Winkler said he called the ACLU and HRC about the vandalism.

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W37 W20 Although this is an off-year election, the decisions we make on Nov. 5 may be seismic. On the national level, a shift of just one seat in the Senate and six seats in the House would change the parties in power and substantially impact the nations agenda for the future. Statewide, we face the prospect of electing a new Governor and Attorney General, and determining the makeup of a legislature that will soon consider gay adoptions and the Dignity for All Students Act. Locally, county commissions and school boards will determine whether those communities will embrace or reject gay equality. Meanwhile, gays and lesbians are increasingly important and apparent as a voting bloc. Four percent of voters identified themselves as gay in a national exit poll conducted in 2000, and few elections are won by that margin or more.Equality Florida asked most Florida candidates to respond to a number of questions pertinent to our community. The results of that questionnaire were considered in the voters guide below, and particularly in making endorsements. But we are mindful that GLBT issues will not always determine your votes, nor should they. The 2000 election in Florida vividly revealed the importance of each individual vote. Voting is one of the great privileges and responsibilities of being an American. We hope that the guide below will help you in reaching decisions, but we encourage you to investigate each candidate and reach your own informed voting decisions. WNATIONAL ELECTIONS* bold denotes incumbent. U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 3: Corrine Brown (D) v. Jennifer Carroll (R). Browns term in office has been diminished somewhat by personal troubles and ineffective staff, but she is developing into a good representative for this serpentine and largely African-American district that stretches from Orlando to Jacksonville. Brown supports ENDA, hate crimes legislation, and a domestic partner registry in Washington D.C. Her opponent favors none of these initiatives. W atermark endorses Corrine Brown. U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 4: Ander Crenshaw (R) v. Charles S. Knause (I). Although were not happy about it, conservative incumbent Crenshaw is sure to be re-elected. He opposes ENDA and every other pro-gay measure that ever saw the light of day. Knause is a write-in candidate start practicing your handwriting. W atermark endorses Charles S. Knause. U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 5: Karen Thurman (D) v. Ginny Brown-Waite (R). Thurman has represented this district for 10 years, but it was recently redrawn and Republicans smell blood. There will be about two dozen races that determine control of Congress, said the nonpartisan Cook Political Report And Floridas 5this absolutely in the mix. The district now stretches north from Pasco and Lake Counties, but no longer includes liberal Alachua County. It does, however, include Brown-Waites entire state senate district. Thurman supports ENDA, hate crimes legislation and a domestic partner registry. Her opponent does not, and is further aligned with the most conservative elements of the Republican Party. Re-elect Thurman to a sixth term. W atermark endorses Karen Thurman. U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 6: David E. Bruderly (D) v. Cliff B. Stearns (R ). Bruderly is mostly unknown, but incumbent Stearns is on record opposing ENDA and all other federal pro-gay initiatives. The office needs new blood. W atermark endorses David E. Bruderly. U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 7: W ayne Hogan (D) v. John L. Mica (R). Micas influence in the House increases with each re-election. Now in his fifth term, hes been a strong and effective advocate for solving Central Floridas traffic problems. He also enacted an antidiscrimination policy within his office that includes sexual orientation. But he opposes ENDA and other pro-active gay initiatives. His well-funded Democratic opponent who earned much of his money taking on tobacco companies has been mostly silent about gay issues, and trails by a wide margin in recent polls. W atermark recommends that you be informed and choose wisely. U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 8: Eddie Diaz (D) v. Ric Keller (R). First-termer Keller leads Diaz by a wide margin in the polls, and is expected to win. But the choice is clear. Dumpy and unimpressive (he and Mica have the worst toupees in Congress), Keller is aligned with the most conservative wing of his party. He will vote against us at every turn. Diaz, a former policeman who was shot while on duty, is a steadfast and increasingly articulate supporter of gay equality, and actively courted gay votes along the campaign trail. W atermark endorses Eddie Diaz. U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 9: Chuck Kalogianis (D) v. Michael Bilirakis (R). Incumbent Bilirakis is on record opposing ENDA, hate crimes legislation, and other gay equality measures. Newcomer Kalogianis supports both, and deserves our support. W atermark endorses Chuck Kalogianis. U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 13: Jan Schneider (D) v. Katherine Harris (R). As Floridas Secretary of State, Harris became one of the most recognizable and heavily made up figures in state politics when she supervised the presidential recount to ensure the election of George W. Bush. Shes now running for Congress, but against a surprisingly strong Democratic challenger. Schneider is a Yale Law School graduate whos as impressive as she is likeable. She demonstrates in her own life a commitment to inclusiveness and diversity, says Triangle Democratic Caucus president Jim Merritt. Schneider supports ENDA, hate crimes, and the other things that matter to us. Harris has been mostly unresponsive on issues relating to the gay community but her most influential supporters have not. If elected, Schneider could prove to be one of Congress brightest stars. Lets give her the chance. W atermark endorses Jan Schneider. U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 15: Jim Tso (D) v. Dave Weldon (R). W eldon cosponsored an unsuccessful bill that would eliminate domestic partner benefits within the District of Columbia. The four-term Congressman, who is reneging on a promise not to seek a fifth, is no friend to our community. Tso has not addressed glbt issues during his campaign, but hes intelligent, likeable, soft-spoken and cant be any worse. W atermark endorses Jim Tso.U.S. House District 8 candidate EDDIE DIAZ with supporters JEFF MILLER (left) and TED MAINES (right). After Abba and Ace of Base, Sweden brings forth Alcazar. The group has stormed the European charts with their debut album Casino. The record features an energetic blend of old-school disco, eurodance, and poppy drum n base combined with a heavy dose of camp and confidence. Lead singer Andreas Lundstedt does not seem reluctant to acknowledge his homosexuality, but he stresses that he is protective of his privacy. I am not making a secret of the fact that Im gay, but I dont want to make it a big deal either, explains the singer. I get a lot of fan mail from teenage girls though. They sent me teddy bears and letters. I have no idea if they know I am gay. Glitter galore, Alcazar has also become a huge smash with gay audiences throughout the world with their flamboyant and kitsch live act. The group headlined Sydneys Mardi Gras in March 2002, and also performed at several Pride events in Europe this year. The success is very much about our music, our attitude and our appearance, says Lundstedt. We dont mind dressing up provocative, outspoken and show some femininity. When it comes to openly showing off his male sexuality, Lundstedt says, I am very comfortable with that. Nothing too racy though, I am not a South Beach go-go boy. God no! Further evidence of ABBAs continuing popularity can be found in the success of Mamma Mia! a musical involving three love stories told through ABBA songs. The musical premiered in London in 1999 then moved to Broadway and is currently touring the United States. For going on four decades the unlikely chart-toppers have captivated us with their infectious pop arrangements and with the help of Bjorn Again we can say thanks for the music to this day. W Bjorn Again will appear at House of Blues Orlando on Friday, Nov. 1. To order tickets call (407) 934-BLUE. Tickets may also be purchased at any Ticketmaster. For further information visit .An openly gay singer fronts Swedens latest pop music sensation. By Arjan TimmermansABBA-ESQUE ALCAZAR Openly gay ANDREAS LUNDSTEDT is the lead singer for Alcazar, Swedens newest pop import. 2002 Elections VO TERS GUIDEBy Tom Dyer

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W21 W36 mirrors. Suffice to say that ABBA was probably better off being popular at a time when videos were not prevalent with Ulvaeus puss prominently displayed. However, his words have rung true Bjorn Again has proved quite popular. Since forming in Melbourne, Australia in 1988, the facsimile has amassed more than 2,500 concerts during a career that has spanned 14 years longer than the original group was together. The doppelganger band has played to sold out audiences at Royal Albert Hall and has recorded several albums. One clever album, Erasure-ish supplies two covers of Erasure songs as a thank you for Erasures ABBA-esque on which they covered four ABBA songs. T ry to wrap your mind around that; the tribute band pays homage to the band that covered the tunes of their inspiration with covers of their songs. T oday Bjorn Again is something of a machine with at least two sets of groups touring the planet. With duplicates of the duplicates, Bjorn Again will be appearing at House of Blues Orlando on November 1... and in the United Kingdom on the same night. In fact from time to time the group holds auditions if you are musically inclined and look like a s Swede, then you too could be a copy of the doubles. Y ou might think that these ABBA clones treat their subject matter with complete reverence, perhaps keeping an alter with photographs and burning candles, but Bjorn Again does approach their job with a least a little tongue planted in their cheeks. The groups Web site tells the tragic tale of how the band members Agnetha Falstart, Frida Longstokin, Benny Anderwear and Bjorn Volvo-us helicopter collided with a giant glittery platform shoe. The accident rendered each of them amnesiac, except for these strange melodies running through their heads. To the delight of audiences, the four speak with bad Swedish accents. I am flattered by everything Bjorn Again do but the accents, weighs in Ulvaeus. I hope my accent isnt as lousy as his one. (His one?)Giving credit where credit is due, a tribute bands success is owed in large part to the affection afforded to the original band. A ccording to NorwichBulletin.com: Total U.S. sales of ABBA albums in 2001 were up 32 percent from 2000 sales. Continued Page 22 Thank you for the music. ABBA tribute band BJORN AGAIN will play House of Blues on Nov. 1. U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 24: Harry Jacobs (D) v. Tom Feeney (R). This district was crafted by the Republican State Legislature so that Feeney Floridas Speaker of the House could make the leap to national office. Jacobs is doing everything he can to prevent it, and we should join him in that effort. Feeney opposes ENDA and hate crimes legislation, and is arrogant about it. He once described an opponent as anti-family, pro-gay launching a full scale attack on decent values in America. Jacobs, who has an openly lesbian daughter, actively supports gay equality and would make an impressive legislator for North Central Florida. W atermark endorses Harry Jacobs.STATEWIDE ELECTIONSGOVERNOR: Bill MCBride (D) v. Jeb Bush (R). Recent polls place this race dead even, and it should be no surprise. Our first-term governor has the Bush political machine behind him, but there is clear evidence that Florida is in worse shape now than it was four years ago and voters have noticed. Bush has squandered budget surpluses with tax cuts for the wealthiest. In spite of an outcry regarding Floridas inadequate schools, he has fought increases to the states education budget. And hes indifferent to gays and lesbians, supporting the ban on gay adoptions and ignoring harassment of gay schoolchildren. Folksy Bill McBride isnt the most polished candidate, but hes a smart guy with an impressive record of integrity and achievement. Hes unequivocally supportive of gay and lesbian equality in every important context adoption, antidiscrimination, nonharassment, domestic partnership and named Tampas Ted Howard as his liaison to the glbt community. Vote Bush out, and McBride in. W atermark endorses Bill McBride. AT T ORNEY GENERAL: Buddy Dyer (D) v. Charlie Crist (R). Crist is the states current Education Commissioner nuff said? That office is being eliminated, so hes hoping to shift to another cabinet post. But it took Crist three attempts to pass the bar exam, and his undistinguished career makes him unqualified to be the states top legal authority and advocate. Dyer was editor of the Law Review at the University of Florida, made the highest score in the state on his bar exam, and had a distinguished career as an attorney and state senator. To make the decision even easier, Dyer has consistently reached out to the gay community and supports glbt equality. Crist hasnt and doesnt. W atermark endorses Buddy Dyer. STATE SENATE DISTRICT 19: Gary Siplin (D) v. Anthony (Tony) Suarez (R) v. Beulah Farquharson (I). Suarez, a former Democrat, supports the Dignity for All Students Act, hate crimes legislation, and ending the ban on gay adoption. Siplin, currently a State Rep. in District 39, has been largely silent on gay issues. W atermark endorses Anthony (Tony) Suarez. STATE SENATE DISTRICT 23: Lawrence P. Milford (D) v. Lisa Carlton (R). On the basis of his responses to the Equality Florida questionnaire, W atermark endorses Lawrence P. Milford. STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 35: Marni Berger (D) v. Jim Kallinger (R). Kallinger has been mostly ineffectual in representing the district that includes Maitland, W inter Park, and north Orlando. Berger supports the Dignity for All Students Act, hate crimes legislation, domestic partnership and gay adoption. She has reached out to the local gay community during her campaign and will be an energetic and forwardthinking representative for this district. W atermark endorses Marni Berger. STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 36: Sheri McInvale (D) v. Patrick Howell (R). For gays and lesbians, this race poses intriguing and defining choices. Both are charming, articulate candidates who openly support gay equality. Howells candidacy is particularly tantalizing, however, because if elected he would be the first openly gay man in Floridas legislature and a Republican to boot. But therein lies the rub. Howell needs Democratic votes to win in this downtown Orlando district, and it may be difficult for Democrats to vote for an unabashed advocate of Reaganist trickle down economics that many believe have seriously damaged our state and nation. Howell has proven to be an energetic, driven campaigner, and he would likely be an effective legislator. A boost for gays and lesbians in Tallahassee? Much would depend on his priorities, but his experience would be instructive and fascinating to monitor. More soft-spoken, McInvales intelligence, palpable integrity, and impressive record of service to her community would also make her a standout representative for District 36. W atermark recommends that you be informed, use this race as a tool with which to define your individual political priorities, and choose wisely. STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 38: Jim B. Martin (D) v. Fred Brummer (R). Brummer blocked voting on the Dignity for All Students Act during the last legislative session. Martin, on the other hand, supports gay equality in all contexts short of marriage and staterecognized civil unions. Hes reached out to local gays and lesbians during his campaign, and would make for an honest, affable representative for this West Orlando district. W atermark endorses Jim B. Martin STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 39: Bruce Antone (D) v. Janet Buckles (R). Antone was Buddy Dyers legislative aide for years, and shares the same liberal view on gay equality. Buckles is a formerState House District 36 candidates SHERI MCINVALE (left) and PATRICK HOWELL (right). U.S. House Dist. 24 candidate HARRY JACOBS. Florida gubernatorial candidate BILL MCBRIDE. State Attorney General candidate BUDDY DYER. Clones from Page 29

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A DIFFERENT SHADE OF JADE W35 W22 chair of the local Christian Coalition. W atermark endorses Bruce Antone. STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 40: Andy Gardiner (R) v. John T. Conway (L). Neither candidate is appealing. Incumbent Gardiner toes the conservative Republican Party line, and Conway is a Hillsborough County libertarian who is inexplicably running for this Orange/Osceola County seat and has little chance of being elected. W atermark r ecommends that you be informed and choose wisely. STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 49: Jose Fernandez (D) v. John Quinones (R). Fernandez is one of the most exciting candidates to enter local politics in years. The story of his parents immigration from Nicaragua is moving, and so is his clear and heartfelt commitment to equality of opportunity for all people, including gays and lesbians. W atermark endorses Jose Fernandez. STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 50: Kai Rush (D) v Kim Berfield (R) v. Brian L. Gilbert (L). On the basis of his responses to the Equality Florida questionnaire, W atermark endorses Kai Rush. STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 52: Christopher Eaton (D) v. Frank Farkas (R) v. Alison Lipscomb (L). None of the candidates is supportive of our issues, nor do they make particularly appealing candidates on any other level. W atermark r ecommends that you be informed and choose wisely. STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 54: John Carassas (R) v. Kurt Gratzol (G). Gratzol, a candidate from the Green Party, has little chance of unseating Carassas, but he actively supports our community and has sought our votes. Carassas has done neither. Lets go Green with our votes in this district and send a message. W atermark endorses Kurt Gratzol. STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 55: Frank Peterman Jr. (D) v. Vincent K. Hopkins (R) v Thomas Kilmon (L). Hopkins has a seriously questionable legal record, including a recent arrest for non-payment of child support. He is patently unworthy of our trust in elective office. W atermark endorses Frank Peterman, Jr. STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 56: Sandra L. Murman (R) v. Mark Howard (L). Even though she represents a Tampa district with a high concentration of gays and lesbians, Murman has done nothing to advance gay and lesbian equality during her term in office and is undeserving of our support. Howard, one of just a handful of openly gay local candidates in this election, is running on a shoestring budget. But he is bright, likeable, and would be a riveting voice for gay equality. Send a message and send him your vote. W atermark endorses Mark Howard. STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 57: Scott Farrell (D) v. Faye Culp (R) v. T yson Richmond (L). Another intriguing local election, this one in what may be Tampas gayest state electoral district. Culp, a former state legislator, has a gay son and the steadfast support of Tampa Bays Log Cabin Republicans. With a wink and a nod, she professes her support fo r gay equality. But she calculatedly refused to answer Equality Floridas questionnaire for fear of alienating conservative voters. This begs the question of where her loyalties and priorities will lie if elected. Farrell, an attorney with an impressive record of volunteer activity, is a political newcomer. Charming and telegenic, he has been accused of being Candidate Lite. But he is likewise clear in supporting the Dignity for All Students Act, hate crimes legislation, domestic partnership and gay adoption. W atermark endorses Scott Farrell. STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 60: Sara Romeo (D) v. Ed Homan (R) v. Ryan C. Corley (L). W atermark endorses Sara Romeo.STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 61: Pat Burke (D) v Ken Littlefield (R) v. Joseph Frank Preta Jr.(L ). On the basis of her responses to the Equality Florida questionnaire, W atermark endorses Pat Burke.STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 68: Arlene Sweeting (D) v. Bill Galvano (R) v. James Donald Sallace (L). On the basis of her responses to the Equality Florida questionnaire, W atermark endorses Arlene Sweeting. STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 69: Ken Shelin (D) v. Donna Clarke (R) v. W illiam D. Van Allen Jr. (L). Shelin, another openly gay candidate, has lived in Sarasota with his partner for 20 years. He champions strategic growth for Sarasota that is less based on tourism, and a reevaluation of current education measures. He is invested in gay equality, while none of his opponents is even supportive. W atermark endorses Ken Shelin.LOCAL ELECTIONSHILLSBOROUGH COUNTY COMMISSION DISTRICT 1: Kathy Castor (D) v. Chris Hart (R). W atermark endorses Kathy Castor. HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY COMMISSION DISTRICT 2: Ron Dyser (D) v. Ken Hagan (R) (was Jim Norman-R ). W atermark endorses Ron Dyser. HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY COMMISSION DISTRICT 5: Susan V aldes (D) v. Jim Norman (R) (was Chris Hart-R). W atermark endorses Susan V aldes. HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY COMMISSION DISTRICT 7: Pat Frank (D) v. Brian Blair (R). An interesting race: the much-respected Frank a consistent supporter of gay equality is being challenged by former professional wrestler Brian Blair. In fact, he sounds like a wrestling commentator or Jesse Ventura. I have no strings attached I am only a puppet of the people. I am open-minded but not emptyheaded. Blair has courted gay votes, but has also accused Frank of being ultraliberal and has cited her support of the gay community as evidence. Frank is the strongest and most consistent voice for our community on an otherwise indifferent county commission. We need her back in office. W atermark endorses Pat Frank. HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD DISTRICT 4: Jennifer Faliero v. Larry Martin. W atermark endorses Jennifer Faliero. HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD DISTRICT 6: Caronly Bricklemyer v. Melissa Hernandez. W atermark endorses Melissa Hernandez. ORANGE COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD DISTRICT 1: Joie Cadle v. Barbara Trovillion Rushing. T rovillion-Rushing has been ineffective in this position, and supported her fathers infamously outrageous homophobic comments to a student lobbyist two years ago. Cadle has reached out to gay voters and is sensitive to the issues of gay students No child should be afraid to go to school. She would be a much-needed spark to the school board. W atermark endorses Joie Cadle. ORANGE COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD DISTRICT 2: T im Shea v. Ray Lord. Likeable Tim Shea has expressed his support of protection for glbt students and for nondiscrimination protections for gay teachers and school administrators. W atermark endorses Tim Shea. ORANGE COUNTY COMMISSION DISTRICT 4: Clarence Hoenstine v. Linda Stewart. Incumbent Hoenstine is ineffective, malignantly tethered to development interests, and indifferent to glbt constituents. Stewart has proved to be a quirky campaigner who is not cut from the usual political mold. She has expressed support for glbt issues. It will be interesting to see how she works with the good ol boy County Commission. W atermark endorses Linda Stewart. 9th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT: Jim Henson v. Mark Bender. W atermark endorses Mark Bender. PINELLAS COUNTY COMMISSION DISTRICT 6: David Buby (D) v. John Morroni (R). Buby, a retired oncologist and another openly gay candidate, has run before and is committed to improving the quality of life in Pinellas County. His priorities include health care, transportation, and community safety and he would be a persuasive voice for gay equality measures. W atermark endorses David Buby. PINELLAS COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD DISTRICT 4: Mary Brown v. Ti f fany Todd. W atermark r ecommends that you be informed and choose wisely. W W W W WState House District 69 candidate KEN SHELIN. State House District 57 candidates SCOTT FARRELL (left) and FA YE CULP (right).2002 Elections from Page 21 State House District 56 candidate MARK HOWARD. LAKE COUNTY Activist, fruit picker, plumber, bartender, security guard, Advocate cover person, journalist, and now published author, Jade Fairall has worn a lot of hats in her lifetime. And they have helped to make her the strong woman that she is today. With the recent publication of Riddle Maker her first book, Fairall finds herself in the spotlight, but not for the first time.Fairalls journey has not been an easy one. She spent her childhood and teen years in Freemont, Ohio, a less than accepting environment for a young woman coming to terms with her sexuality. Her parents divorced when she was six and she spent a lot of time with her older sister foraging for food in garbage cans when their alcoholic mother would go on a binge and lock them out of the house. As she got older, life in Ohio didnt get much better. She was outed in high school and was forced by the school to sit at a desk in the hallway where her peers would spit on her and call her names. At my graduation, when I walked up to receive my diploma I grabbed it, turned to face the crowd, and flipped them a double bird before blowing them a kiss. Fairall recalls with a laugh. I left and never looked back. Soon after, she decided that Freemont was not the ideal place for a young lesbian, so she packed her life into her van and headed south. Fairall barely made it to Floridas state line when her van threw a rod. She and her van crawled to Orlando where she didnt know a soul at about 40 miles per hour and ended up on Colonial Drive. After finding an ad for the Parliament House she went there to get a room and something to eat. I was broke and didnt know what I was going to do. Thats when Bill and Mike, who ran the P House back then, offered me a job, Fairall remembers.Her friends at Parliament House liked to tease her and say she looked like a little boy. They encouraged her to compete on a talent night as a male impersonator, something she had never done before. She entered the talent contest at the Palace Club, an after hours bottle club, and barely got a few steps into her act when the crowd swarmed the stage.Women and men were tipping me and that was it, recalls Fairall, I started doing shows at the Palace and at P house. Miss P taught my two left feet how to dance. Fairall continued to do male impersonation in clubs from Orlando to Houston and even won the Ms. Gay French Quarter New Orleans title in 1979. She was a big part of the gay and lesbian club scene in Orlando for almost two decades at P House, Faces, and the Key Largo Lounge. Her activism was something that she fell into when some friends heard her ranting and raving about gay rights. I was made co-chairman of GRAND, Gay Rights Amendments Never Die. I even went up against Governor Askew asking him at a press conference about gay rights, she remembers. W riting was something that Fairall always loved to do. As a child she would write skits for the neighborhood kids to perform. Then in high school she got into some trouble and her teacher told her she needed to write a ten-page fictional piece or she would fail the class. I went home and started writing and ended up with over twenty pages. I remember thinking, This is punishment? Fairall recalls. I passed her class and she told me that if I didnt pursue writing as a vocation then I was a fool. T wo decades later, when a back injury forced her out of manual labor, Fairall went back to school at LakeSumter Community College in Leesburg. It was three of the best years of my life. I did something that I never thought I could do, and that was to go back and get my education, says Fairall. She became the associate editor and then editor of the college paper and also freelanced for the Orlando Sentinel Lake County Edition .W ith Riddle Maker she decided to take a new approach by having the novel published through Iuniverse.com, a Web-based publisher that prints on demand.Fairalls says she always has sights on the future. She has completed her second book, Alone With Demons and has decided that her third book will most likely be autobiographical. For now, though, she is happy living a somewhat quiet life in Umatilla with Darcie, her girlfriend and public relations wizard. She enjoys her day job as an office manager for Robert Vincent Sims, a.k.a. the Garden Rebel. One thing Fairall isnt ruling out is the prospect of running for political office someday. I believe that the only way to change how we are viewed is to speak up and speak out, Fairall says, with more than a hint of determination in her voice. If we continue to whisper about ourselves we will never be heard the way we deserve to be heard. When asked, Fairall says she owes much of her success to her personal philosophy. Dream it, see it, do it, be it, says Fairall. Only you can change the course of events in your life. We are the only ones that change, that can break those chains. W Jade Fairall will conduct a book signing at Faces on Nov. 1 at 7 PM. for more information on Riddle Maker go to . rfnftbA DIFFERENT SHADE OF JADE rf rnn t btb rnn Local author JADE FAIRALL: If we continue to whisper about ourselves we will never be heard the way we deserve to be heard.

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W23 W34 PAST OUTWHATS SO QUEER ABOUT SONNY AND CHERGay and Lesbian History by Paula Martinac Perhaps no celebrity straight couple has found its career as deeply intertwined with gays and lesbians as Salvatore Bono and Cherilyn Sarkisian LaPierre better known as Sonny and Cher. The story that the two met in a lesbian bar is probably apocryphal, though Cher has acknowledged erotic relationships with women in her youth, liaisons that, she later recalled, werent something that kept my interest. What did keep the lanky, deep-voiced singers interest, though, was the short, charming, goofy crooner 11 years her senior who was initially her roommate, but soon became her lover and in 1964 her husband. Sonny and Cher each had found limited solo success, and their first attempt at working together (touring bowling alleys and skating rinks as Caesar and Cleo) brought little acclaim.But in 1965, Sonny wrote a simple tribute to s-style love, and with I Got Y ou Babe, Sonny and Cher made it big. For the next two years, they ruled the rock scene, with hits like Baby Dont Go and The Beat Goes On. But by the end of the decade, their music had lost its audience and two failed attempts at movie making left them deeply in debt. The duos romance frayed and their tensions played out onstage. But the audience loved it, so Chers put-downs and Sonnys bumbling became trademarks. Their act caught Hollywoods attention, and in January 1972 their own comedy-variety TV series debuted. The show was all camp from outrageous Bob Mackie costumes to sexualized banter. Sonny and Cher began recording again, and their music career was on the upswing just as their marriage could no longer hold itself together.One cause of their breakup was Chersaf fairs, including with record producer David Geffen (who came out as gay two decades later) and southern rock guitarist Greg Allman (whom she married five days after her 1975 split from Sonny). Chers solo variety show (which had something of a gay sensibility its debut featured Bette Midler and Elton John) overwhelmed her, and having failed in his own solo show, Sonny accepted his ex-wifes invitation to create a new Sonny and Cher series, which lasted two seasons. W ithout abandoning entertainment (he played a theme park owner in the 1988 campy cult film Hairspray ), post-Sonnyand-Cher Sonny made a bigger mark in the world of politics. A successful Palm Springs restaurateur, he was elected mayor of that city in 1988. Despite having campaigned as a friend of the resort citys visible gay community, the Republican was widely criticized for slighting gays and lesbians personally and legislatively as mayor. In the 1994 Republican landslide, he was elected to Congress, where he consistently voted against the gay communitys interests. He died in a skiing accident in 1998, and his wife, Mary, was elected to fill his seat.Meanwhile, Cher pursued her acting career, nominated for an Oscar for her lesbian role in 1983s Silkwood and winning one for Moonstruck four years later.Chers music career found new life with upbeat tunes like One By One and Believe that were embraced by audiences worldwide, but especially by gay men. Her icon status solidified as a VH-1 Diva, Cher regularly recognizes the fabulous gentlemen who flock to her concerts and have consistently boosted her career. Perhaps the queerest product of the Sonny and Cher partnership, though, was their lesbian daughter Chastity who was outed by the tabloids in 1990, but became a lesbian activist and writer after she came out on her own terms five years later. W Past Out has been exploring gay and lesbian history for more than six years. Comments can be sent to W atermark or POColumn@aol.com. SONNY BONO and CHER have captivated gay and lesbian audiences for decades. But why do they have such a long-lasting appeal?

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W33 W24 rfntbrrr rfntbrrr rfntbrrr rfntbrrr rfntbrrrrrfn rrfn rrfn rrfn rrfnOct. 30 at 7 PM in the Atlantic Center at Harris House Annex. Part of the Autumn Lecture Series: Celebration of V oices. Free and open to the public. For more information call (386) 423-1753.nfbnrt nfbnrt nfbnrt nfbnrt nfbnrtrfnnfn rfnnfn rfnnfn rfnnfn rfnnfnThrough Nov. 24 at the Museum of Arts and Sciences. Forty facsimile prints of Catesbys illustrations from the 1754 publication The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands from the Florida Atlantic University. For more information call (386) 255-0285 or visit .fnnbr fnnbr fnnbr fnnbr fnnbrOngoing exhibition at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in the Hester Merwin Ayers Gallery. Mitchell is well known for his photos of celebrities as well as dancers. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information call (386) 427-6975.nrr nrr nrr nrr nrrfbnnr fbnnr fbnnr fbnnr fbnnrThrough Nov. 3 at the Museum of Arts and Sciences, Daytona. Selections to complement the Micronesian folk art exhibition. (386) 255-0285 or .frrrnrnr frrrnrnr frrrnrnr frrrnrnr frrrnrnrThrough Sept. 28, 2003 at the Morse Museum of American Art. Twenty-two hats from the Morse collection, spanning some 70 years in time, tell a story of fashion tastes of bygone eras and of three women who enjoyed selecting styles that best suited their own views of themselves. For more information call (407) 645-5311.rrnfr rrnfr rrnfr rrnfr rrnfrOct. 26-Nov. 26 at the Art Bazaar. A mixture of art media and artist. Artists include Audrey Phillips, John McCarey, Brenda Hofreiter, Scott Haaland, Abe Fried, Jon Miller, Claudia Pandolfi, Teara Staples and many more. Paintings, photography, art furniture, sculptures, mosaics, and more. F or more information call (407) 898-8737.nnrfnfnfrnf nnrfnfnfrnf nnrfnfnfrnf nnrfnfnfrnf nnrfnfnfrnfThrough Nov. 8 at the Mount Dora Center for the Arts. The exhibit will feature original work by Central Florida artists from 11 counties. The media includes painting, drawing, pastels, photography, digital, sculpture, fiber, mixed media, and hand-thrown or hand-sculpted ceramics. For more information please call (352) 383-0880.nfr nfr nfr nfr nfrfnfbr fnfbr fnfbr fnfbr fnfbrThrough Nov. 3 at the Orlando Museum of Art. This exhibition takes visitors on a journey into one of the darkest periods of modern history through a series of works that include a tapestry, two stained glass pieces and 13 largescale tableaus. (407) 896-4231 or . rfrrff rrff rrff rrff rrffnbfrn nbfrn nbfrn nbfrn nbfrnThrough Nov. 16 at the Clayton Galleries on South MacDill Avenue. The show consists of oils and watercolors completed by the artist over the past two years while he resided in Sarasota and Portland, Maine. For further information call (813) 831-3753.frf frf frf frf frfrrfrfnfb rrfrfnfb rrfrfnfb rrfrfnfb rrfrfnfbThrough Jan. 5, 2003 at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. P ete. Features 130 prints and a number of threedimensional and large-scale works. Grooms is known for his installations of city scenes and taxis, buses, and subway-cars crammed with people. For more information call (727) 896-2667 or visit .f f f f fThrough Oct. 31 at the Lattitude Gallery in Sarasota. The best of steel, glass, and stone to turn a corner of your yard or patio into a focal point. For more information call (941) 373-0767.frnrnrnfbr frnrnrnfbr frnrnrnfbr frnrnrnfbr frnrnrnfbrNov. 4 at the Embassy Suites Downtown. Roger Butcher, internationally recognized real estate trainer and speaker will be conducting his highly effective three-hour training program. This presentation contains valuable information on using the Internet to benefit your career. Roger will also share his timetested methods regarding listing, selling, time-management and self-promotion. For more information call (800) 422-1462. rfnf nf nf nf nfThe internationally successful off-Broadway comedy by David Dillon, directed by Nic Arnzen, will be opening at the Suncaost Resort in November for an extended run. Needed are understudies and future replacements for all roles. Nudity is required for all roles. For more information please call (727) 867-1111 ext. 318 or e-mail NicArnzen@aol.com.ff ff ff ff ffAll talents, types, ages and interest needed. Casting everything from promo work to musicians and singers. Also needed are comedians, poets, bands and mimes. Fax resume to Peter at (813) 719-2617 or call (813) 719-2019.Calendar of Events is provided on a space available basis and events are listed at Wa termarks discretion. Press releases may be mailed to Wa termark, P .O. 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ORLANDODOWNTOWN ORLANDO PA TRICK JAMES, REALTOR( 407) 466-2779 Olde Town BrokersPa tricmj@aol.com2029 ILLINOIS STCharming 2/1 bungalow in Downtown Orlando. This cutie has hardwood floors, F rench doors and a bonus room. Updated kitchen and bath with vaulted ceilings. Beautiful screened patio with ceramic tile great for relaxing outdoors. This home is a Must See! $156,000DONNA ROGERS REALTOR( 407) 928-3988 R&F Properties of Central Florida, Inc.Adorable 2/1 bungalow with lots of charm and great curb appeal. Hardwood floors, fireplace, and a cozy porch. Updated kitchen and bath. W asher & dryer included. Newer roof. W onderful opportunity to buy or invest in downtown. $126,900DONNA ROGERS REALTOR( 407) 928-3988 R&F Properties of Central Florida, Inc. DOWNTOWN BUNGALOW NEW CONSTRUCTION ST. PETERSBURGThis 2 bd. 1 bath colonial revival classic features a very spacious floor plan. Many original features. Central heat and air, roof, less than 3 years old. Asking $115,000. To see this or other homes, contact:HISTORIC KENWOOD GREG BURTON REALTOR( 727) 823-8000 Realty Executiveswww.gregburton .com DTWN. ORLANDO50S Block bungalow with enchanted cottage charm. hardwood floors through-out; fireplace; large windows; and a screened enclosed porch overlooking Lake Emerald. Close to Dwntwn w/ Boone District. HOME W ARRANTY. $259,900DELANEY PARKDOUG PRINCE GRI ( 407) 448-6649 Olde Town Brokers, Inc.dougjprince@yahoo .comREDUCED REDUCED SUZY SANDERSON, REALTOR( 407) 701-9494 Jackie Sanderson Real Estate (407)-647-76763/3 2 Story, 3 Master Suites 2 up & 1 down, new Gourmay S&W Kitchen with corrian counters and stainless steel appliances The home features oak floors, fireplace, huge closets and storage.Oversized 2 car garage and masonry wall on 3 sides 8 feet high in rear. Lake access & Winter Park Schools Over 2400 Square Feet of Luxury. $399,900MERRITT PARKPRIVATE WARM ELEGANT 3/2/1 Solar heated pool home nestled under a canopy of oaks. Best that Oviedo has to offer. Over 2,500 sq. ft. w/ inside utility, private subdivision (Lafayette Forest), formal LR & DR. See a virtual tour of this beautiful home at www.TomSonger.com or call me today for a personal tour! OVIEDOWWW.TOMSONGER.COM TOM SONGER, REALTOR( 321) 277-9002Coldwell Banker Real Estate, Inc.T omSonger@TomSonger.com 2312 S Palmetto Ave Completely renovated 3 bd/1 ba bungalow Wood floors, gas fireplace, 2 car parking pad off alley Fantastic landscaping and must see Barn! $149,900. SANFORDBUNGALOW AND BARN BARBARA FERRELL, REALTOR( 407) 321-0100 Maria S. Shreve (407) 314-6607 Barbara Ferrell & AssociatesBEF1@ MSN.com SARASOTAUpdated 2 bd., 2 ba, 1,587 SF. Formal living and family rooms, office/den Open floor plan with golf course views New enhancements provide fresh look New paint, new carpet, new light fixtures Convenient location near beaches, shops $207,500FELIX POWER, REALTOR( 941) 586-8958Coldwell Banker Real Estate, Inc.www.SarasotaFLHomes .comDELIGHTFUL GOLF COURSE VIEWS COSTA RICAP ANORAMIC OCEAN VIEWS160-acre oceanfront property overlooking Pacific Beautiful building site with two beaches Area currently under corporate development Nearby airport being expanded.Located on Ochotal Peninsula NW Costa Rica $4,000,000 with terms availableFELIX POWER, REALTOR( 941) 586-8958Coldwell Banker Real Estate, Inc.www.SarasotaFLHomes .com

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W25 W32 The crowd cheered as speakers urged Mayor Hood to recognize gay and lesbian rights as human rightsthe ordinance were on hand displaying signs that read say no to special rights. Opponents of the measure say it is unnecessary, claiming that protections for Orlandos gay and lesbian citizens already exist under the constitution. Recently the Christian Coalition sent out a mailing to registered voters in Orlando claiming that the purpose of Chapter 57 is actually to legalize gay marriage. Maitland-based Rev. John Butler Book even went so far as to give the Orlando City Council a tape of a gay street party in California that showed some unflattering behavior. Book claimed that the same behavior would run rampant in Orlando if gay and lesbian citizens were protected. I would like to ask the heterosexual community, is Mardi Gras or the prostitution along Orange Blossom T rail indicative of the normal behavior for your community? Then stop judging mine by extremes, City Commissioner Patty Sheehan said to a cheering crowd. It should be our goal as civilized people to assure the fair and equal treatment of rf nt bn r Continued from Page 6 rfrntbrtnr rfrntbrtnr rfrntbrtnr rfrntbrtnr rfrntbrtnrNov. 8 9 at the Central Stage Theatre. Stars Lorenzo C. Robertson. A poignant look at one mans journey as he searches his soul on his quest for inner peace and his greater self. For more information call (813) 873-1888.ftrrf ftrrf ftrrf ftrrf ftrrfF irst Monday of each month at the IMPROV, located inside Centro Ybor. Just think of it as a bunch of friends gathering around the piano and entertaining each other with Broadway Show tunes. The Broadway Cafe Society is strongly committed to supporting the fight against AIDS and all door and collected donations go to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the PWA Coalition of Tampa Bay. For more information contact Michael Senesac at (800) 943-5592.nff nff nff nff nffThrough Dec. 2 at the Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota. This musical romp shamelessly spoofs the Greek myth of Amphitryon. For more information call (941) 366-9017.rtrbfr rtrbfr rtrbfr rtrbfr rtrbfrThrough Nov. 25 on the IMAX screen at Channelside Cinemas. Narrated by Anthony Hopkins, this film features the dynamic duo of illusions and their beastly companions. (813) 221-5882.rrnf rrnf rrnf rrnf rrnfNov. 7 at the King Center for the Performing Arts. Forty-two years ago in a Greenwich Village coffeehouse, three folk singers combined talents to harmonize their way into our hearts. F or more information call (321) 242-2219.tnnr tnnr tnnr tnnr tnnrNov. 1 at the Peabody Auditorium. Part of the Daytona Beach Symphony Societys International Series. Featuring David Jolley,CALENDAR CALENDARof Events of Events b nbr r r r rNov. 5 10 at the King Center for the Performing Arts. Its comedy to die for as Zombie Prom mixes together equal partsGrease, The Rocky Horror Show and Little Shop of Horrors. F or more information call (321) 242-2219 or visit .r r r r rThrough Oct. 27 at the Carr Performing Arts Center. The musical that took the world by storm is back. Come see and hear what all the hoopla was about. For ticket information call (407) 839-3900 or visit .trrn trrn trrn trrn trrnThrough Oct. 27 at the University of Central Florida, Orlando. Its the hot new musical stage version of the hit film; a bitters weet but ultimately inspiring story of a diverse group of students as they follow their hopes and dreams of artistic success. For more information call (407) 897-0265.rr rr rr rr rrNov. 3 at the Dvone Cafe and Wine Bar. This fun evening will include a classic who-dun-it murder mystery featuring the dvine family vineyards. The evening includes a delicious dining experience, prizes, an Italian sing-a-long and your first glass of wine. For more information call (407) 296-9690.rn rn rn rn rnOct. 26 and Nov. 2 at 8 PM at Parliament Houses Footlight Theater. Get ready for juggling, percussion, music, and physical comedy combined with high-tech special effects to crea te a mesmerizing spectacle thats as funny as it is aweinspiring. For more information call (407) 293-8978 or e-mail jugglermat@aol.com.r r r r rOct. 26 27 and Nov. 1 3. The Celebration Players will present Rodgers and Hammersteins classic at the Celebration Schools Black Box Theatre. For more information call (407) 528-3588.rrfr rrfr rrfr rrfr rrfrThrough Nov. 2 at Theatre Downtown. A play within a play, a young actor suspects his wife is having an affair with their director. For reservations or more information call (407) 8410083 or visit .fnn fnn fnn fnn fnnThrough Dec. 1 at The Mark Two Dinner Theatre. The quintessential Broadway musical is based on the stories and characters of Damon Runyon. For ticket information call (407) 8436275 or visit .rfr rfr rfr rfr rfrThrough Nov. 2. Presented at the Moonlight Warehouse in Clermont. See the play that spawned the cult-film and dance and sing along to The Time Warp. Reservations are required so call (352) 319-1116 or visit .rt rt rt rt rtThrough Oct. 27 at the Mad Cow Theatre. A musical by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt that is the longest running offBroadway show ever. For ticket information call (407) 2978788 or visit . bnr r r r rThrough Nov. 3 presented by Central Stage Theatre. A fiendishly funny musical revue by Scott Keys and Robert Hartmann. F or more information call (727) 327-PLAY or visit . h orn, and Maximiano Valdes, conductor. For more information call (386) 253-2901 or visit .n n n n nNov. 6 at the Hard Rock Live at Universal Orlando. Amy and Emily are back with an acoustic show that is sure to please their fans. For more information call (407) 351-LIVE.rtr rtr rtr rtr rtrThrough Nov. 2 in the Mad Cow Theatre at Avalon Island. Rick Stanley sings and Jason Wetzel plays the music of one of the last centurys greatest songwriters in this intimate look at romance. For more information call (407) 297-8788 or visit .trnnrr trnnrr trnnrr trnnrr trnnrrrr rr rr rr rrOct. 26 & 27 in the Knowles Chapel on the Rollins College campus. A treat for the senses with a 150-voice choir, orchestra, and visiting soloists. For more information call (407) 646-2182 or visit . Orlando-based, alt-glam band Zoa celebrates their first anniversary with a busy week of concerts. Catch them for an acoustic set at the Peacock Room on Oct. 29. On Oct. 30 they plug their instruments back in and blow the roof off of Wills Pub. On Halloween catch them as they open for the Genitorturers at Cairos Hellaween Ball. Later the same night they will be playing at The Social. For more information call (407) 925-1320.rr rr rr rr rrEvery other Saturday night at the Starbucks in Thornton Park. Signup starts at 7:30 PM with performances beginning at 8. Open to all poets, comics, musicians and hosted by Downtown Silas Brown. For more information call (407) 648-2591. bnn n n n nNov. 9 at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. Americas favorite lesbian musical duo returns with an acoustic show that will have the womyn at the edge of their seats and hungry for more. For more information call (813) 287-8844. everyone. We should be less concerned with whom we add to protective legislation than the character flaws in humanity that make this legislation necessary. Many local political candidates were on hand to show their support of the language change to Chapter 57 including Jose Fernandez (State House District 49), Patrick Howell (State House District 36), Jim Martin (State House District 38), Sheri McInvale (State House District 36), and Tim Shea (Orange County School Board District 2). The Orlando Gay Chorus and the Infinite Tribe Drum Corps also entertained the crowd. Orlando activist and rally organizer Debbie Simmons called the event a success, saying that the turnout really exceeded even her own expectations. Even though the turnout was good, there could have been more people out there, Simmons said after the rally. I understand though, many people didnt come because they are still fearful of being outed or seen on the news and then fired from their jobs. It just reinforces the whole idea that we need this kind of protection to begin with. W John Sullivan

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W31 W26 THE LIBERAL ARTS LESBIANTHE MYSTERIOUS WORLD OF GAY MALESSpeaking Out by Sarah Viren I didnt realize until this weekend that I am gay-male illiterate. I had thought because I have gay friends that I am familiar with gay male culture. But Im not at least not in the same way I am knowledgeable of heterosexual culture.The situation that precipitated this whole revelation was a weekend spent with not one but two gay boys, and two gay boys hooking up at that. It was just them and me all weekend long. Me, a girl who likes country music, has no flair for fashion, and knows little about theater. But I learned that one thing overcame our differences: sarcasm. We were all three sarcastic bitches and got along merrily. In our merry-making I got a chance to see and feel what its like to be the girl among a group of gay men. Before as I realized in retrospect it had always been me, a bunch of my dyke friends and one of our gay male buddies. I was in the majority. Or it was just little old me in a group of straight folks. Then I was in the minority, but I was also used to it. I had never really hung out with a group of gay men, let alone a gay male couple. It is hard for me to admit but I think I have fag-hagaphobia. I am scared of being labeled a fag hag. I dont want my identity dependent on other people, especially other men. I admit I was wrong and prejudiced. And I have suffered from this bias. Hanging out with this gay male couple last weekend I realized how most of my life experiences have been limited to straights and lesbians only. I know a lot about straight people. I have to see them day in and day out on TV, on the streets, in the grocery store. They are always kissing, grabbing each others asses and in general making a bad name for their sexuality. Lesbians I am with constantly as well. But I love them! They are a part of me: my culture, my friends, my past. To me the lesbian lifestyle is rich and textured. I revel in its intricacies. Gay male culture is totally a foreign world. I know gay guys, I hang out with them, but I have never truly had a good gay male friend. And I think that this is often the case for many gay men as well. My new gay buddy from this weekend was constantly surprised when I talked about hot women. I am so used to hanging out with other gay guys or straight girls, he said. I keep thinking youre straight. I cant get used to you talking about women. But now we are friends and learning about each other bit by bit. Its a wonderful change. It makes the word queer a rounder, deeper word to me. But it also causes me to question why. Why, if we are all queer, do gay men and lesbians keep separate so often? Our separateness stops us from knowing each other, from learning interesting tidbits like, Do gay men have as many categories for themselves as lesbians do? As dykes we have the lipstick lesbian, the butch, the sporty dyke, the chic dyke, the Chap-stick lesbian, the Birkenstock/granola lesbian, the mullet lesbian, the nun lesbian and on and on.So my deep but entirely superficial question of the day is, What are the categories for gay men? Is there a hippie fag, a theatre fag, a butch gay man, a flamer? And what do these categories mean? They may be superficial and totally unrealistic but they give culture and texture to this random group of people called queers. These classifications help us to read and understand ourselves. If I am forced, because of the reality of our society, to know so much about straight people, I might as well try to learn equally as much about gay boys. Theyre cuter and more interesting if you ask me. They are my sisters and my brothers. They and all other transsexuals, trangendered people, bisexuals and questioning people of the world are my family. Alone we are ostracized and stigmatized. But together we are colorful, powerful, wonderful and queer. rff n tfb b ffn WHAT WOULD GREG DO?GAY MARRIAGE: WHAT THE HELL?V iewpoint by Greg Triggs Do we anticipate anything more than meeting the person with whom we are going to spend the rest of our lives? We fantasize. We hope. We bargain with God, and then it happens. Love comes aknockin and we open the door and the real work begins. Y ou cant run to the store and buy Romance for Dummies Each relationship is unique and ultimately between the two people involved as Senator Mrs. Hillary Clinton reminded us. How do she and Bill endure each other and the scrutiny their marriage receives? Well, perhaps because it is not all that unusual. Theyre married. We do that to people who have said, I do. Some relationships survive cheating. Its true. I used to think I would walk the minute I knew my lover was sleeping with someone else. Now Im older. Please dont let it happen, but Im not certain what I would do.I am, however, not so wishy-washy when I look at the relationships of others. Everyone knows a particular couple and thinks, What the hell are they thinking? The relationship works for them but the world wonders why. And whether we realize it or not, we have all been part of the couple under scrutiny. Each of us has been looked at and someone thought, Thank God its not me. Why do they stay together?For the straights, it usually has to do with marriage and property rights. We all know a couple that stays together for the sake of the mortgage. They are bound to each other by law rather than by a choice they renew everyday. Thats one of the reasons I always get a little uncomfortable around people rallying for same sex marriage. Part of me says, Yeah! We deserve everything theyve got. Screw the hetero-hierarchy and their attempts to keep us down. And part of me thinks, Shut up! If we dont say anything, they wont realize we have it better than they do. I want the commitment because I choose to be committed, not because there is some piece of paper I signed a million years ago that says I am committed by penalty of losing half my stuff. And I want to know that my boyfriend is with me because he loves me not because hes scared that I will get the Saab and he will be stuck with the Neon. I want him to want to be stuck with me Thats probably what straight people want too. We all want to know that we have made the right choice. We want to know that we are where we are going to stay. Every once in a while I look at my boyfriend and wonder what the hell I am thinking. He stresses out about the same three things over and over again. He wont agree on the kind of puppy we are going to get. I cant get him to agree that Senor Ocho is the best dog name ever I cant get him to simply acknowledge that I know best and that if everyone just did as I said the world would be a much better place. The world is a better place because he is part of it. Thats what I know late at night, when we get to spend the night together. He usually falls asleep long before I do probably because he is much older than I am. Im in my thirties. Hes not. He is lying there on the left side of the bed surrounded by tissues that he will never pick up himself but desperately needs because hes allergic to the cat he lets sleep in bed next to us. I look at my left index finger where my Dads wedding ring can always be found and I know that someday I want it on his finger. I want to see that ring dirty with the clay that he works with everyday. But for some reason a big portion of the world has a problem with that. They want us to feel like we arent worthy. But we are. And we dont need their permission to know that. They may look at us and think, What the hell? but it just doesnt matter. W t f trbf b bt b t n

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W27 W30 WATERCRESSSHAVED CATS AND REPUBLICAN POODLESSalad by Jim CrescitelliNIGHT WALKERS David Almeida and I had a great dinner at Logans Bistro recently. Afterwards, there were still bags of time to rummage through so we drove over to tour the homes in a brandspanking new neighborhood which we will call Tasty Meadows. By the time we parked, the night was barely moonlit, but as there were no fences to bar our merry way we simply strolled in as if we were dropping in on the inhabitants of Manderley. There were quite a few houses to tour we discovered, and a lot of intact stairways and temporary banisters which the construction workers had thoughtfully provided for our comfort. We had a lot of fun figuring out the layouts of the different homes, the largest of which have been provided with maids rooms and back staircases. We said things like, They must be going to put a breakfast nook here, and, This must be the bathroom when we spied fixtures such as kitchen sinks and bathtubs. We peered into pitch-black corners and imagined where we would put a chifforobe, a dresser, or Grandma. Priding ourselves on our probable ability to translate blueprints, we tramped along the streets and up the sandy rises, chatting and catching up, not so much dissecting our friends as attempting to analyze their various personality flaws... and quite anxious to see the subdivision completed. Are we going to buy houses there? Probably not. But we would like to see how theyre built just in case. And what better way than to snoop around finding out for ourselves from the ground up? FLORIDA has more gay people per acre than anywhere else in the world, so much so that theyve had to turn over entire neighborhoods to us like Wilton Manors, South Beach, and Thornton Park. In fact, sometimes you can go an entire day without seeing any straight people at all, which can actually be very disconcerting like somethings missing. (Mom?) Occasionally, and especially in Miami, one of those thin, unusual, and perpetually-smoking married French women will show up to hang with the boys, but thats probably because shes doing some sort of vague research for the Gallic version of V ogue We must not forget, however, that for every rainbow flag that flutters proudly from the front porches of the gentrified central and southern parts of the state, north Florida is rife with the sort of people who would egg those very houses at the drop of a hat. In fact, its been said that if you dig down three inches anywhere above Ocala, youll find Alabama! But its a good life; Ive been here 24 years. I came down to Winter Park on a one-way bus ticket when I was eleven and I like it more with each passing year. Is that maybe because my last gay nerve was worked during the summer of 1982 and I just dont feel anything anymore? Whatever. I wouldnt live anywhere else, except maybe Tuscany. PLEASE COME TO BOSTON, the song says, and so we did last weekend to see John and Chris. They have a lovely old house in Lexington, complete with cannonballs embedded in the bedroom walls. We stayed at a guesthouse in Cambridge, however, so as to be farther from the action. Have you ever noticed how odd outof-town television is? I found Kirk watching a British show called V ets In Practice one afternoon when I woke up from a nap; lets just say there were a lot of cats being shaved and some horrifyingly-detailed scenes of breech lambs being forcibly born. Ewe! Oh, Rally I managed to attend the anti-discrimination rally on the steps of City Hall on Oct. 14, huffing and puffing my way down the avenue after closing up shop. It was so nice to see so many of you there... thanks for the phone calls encouraging my presence. I was happy to be in such good company, and I smiled when I found myself surrounded by representatives of all the major political parties. Who knew there were so many gay Republicans? As I stood there politely wearing my McBride sticker courtesy of Bill Pease a gentleman standing next to me instructed his poodle not to be nice once he ascertained my political affiliation. But little Fifi continued licking happily like I was a Milk Bone. Does this mean the Grand Old Party has gone to the dogs? I never said that! W rf r f n ttt NO T IN EQUALITY I participated in Orlandos Give Us The Vote rally on Oct. 15. I was shocked to find myself in a sea of trans-phobia. All I heard that night was that attempting to add gender identity or gender expression will kill our chances for adding sexual orientation to Orlandos anti-discrimination law. The T magically disappeared from the GLBT community. I do hope that the Orlando Anti-Discrimination Ordinance Committee (OADO) will start work on protecting me from discrimination as a trans-woman. Janice Josephine Carney Executive Director of FORGE A GRIZZLY COMPLIMENT I am the publisher of the German Bear magazine. Each year when I visit St. Petersburg or other cities in Florida I pick up W atermark Unfortunately we were not able to stay for Bear Bust in Orlando this year, but I enjoyed your article on Bears very much, and especially Dennis Butlers cover photo. Thomas Schwartz Cologne, Germany STICKIN IT TO THE MAN Regarding Editors Desk in issue 9.20, it truly is a shame and a disgrace to our Constitution that gay people are not afforded the same rights as heterosexual people. I believe that a gay or lesbian couple should be able to go to their local courthouse, fill out the paperwork, pay the fee and be married just like any heterosexual couple can, with the same rights, privileges and responsibilities. Thanks to W atermark for continuing to challenge the status quo. Stephanie Bashein Emerson Sarasota A DIGNIFIED THANKS Thank you for including an article about Dignity of Sarasotas one year anniversary in W atermark [Spirituality News: Issue 9.21]. As it turns out the celebration was a major success. Bart Coyle Sarasota LIFE ALTERING CINEMA The Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival was spectacular. Those people that didnt attend missed a truly inspiring, educative, and life affirming opportunity. Special thanks go to Margaret Murray and the entire staff. Patrick A. Kranz, via e-mail

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Clones Clones W28 OCTOBER 24 NOVEMBER 6, 2002 ISSUE 9.22Cont inued P age 36 Cont inued P age 42 BUTCH IS BEAUTIFUL W eve heard it said that imitation is the highest form of flattery. Then again there is a fine line between mockery and homage.T ake for example the genre known as the tribute band. You know you have made it as a musical artist when there is a tribute band touring the globe playing your tunes and doing impersonations of you. KISS has had several. Elton John has had one. Phil Collins, Genesis, Alice in Chains, Van Halen, AC/DC, Guns n Roses, Alice Cooper, Pat Benatar, Blondie, Grateful Dead, Neil Diamond, Garth Brooks... you get the idea. For the most part it seems that the impersonated artists are indeed flattered and in some cases actually endorse their tribute band. To wit, ABBA tribute band Bjorn Again was given the super trooper seal ofAustralian band Bjorn Again pays a lighthearted tribute to Swedish supergroup ABBA. By Scottie Campbell approval by Benny Andersson, one of the founding members of the Swedish group.Fans had better make the most out of Bjorn Again because thats the closest they are going to get to seeing ABBA, Andersson said. ABBA will never reform!One senses that Anderssons statement probably speaks more to the bitter divorces of the two husband and wife duos that made up the ABBA quartet than actually complimenting Bjorn Again. But a quote is a quote and it really dresses up a press kit. Anyone who looks like me ought to have a successful career, proclaimed the other ABBA male, Bjorn Ulvaeus. A quick peek at photos of Ulvaeus reveals that he likely lives in a house with noWhos who? s Swedish supergroup ABBA is the source of inspiration for BJORN AGAIN (inset). Send in the Send in theDADE CITY From Nov. 1-3, the W ithlacoochee River will live up to its name as the Sawmill Camping Resort hosts the fourth annual Womens Music and Comedy Fest. W omen from all over Florida will make the journey into the depths of the wilderness. Hair will flow wildly in the wind. Naked feet will pound out exotic rhythms around blazing campfires. Mysterious tribal symbols will adorn the bodies of hundreds of women. And music will be heard long into the night. W ell... at least the music part is true. Its rather doubtful that with Sawmills cute little cabins, beautiful pool, and Cabana bar that there will be much need for women to rough it. Instead, the festival will be a celebration of women performers in a cozy and inviting atmosphere. The resort spans over 100 acres in Dade City. As the years have progressed, the festival has gotten bigger and better. Sawmills promotions manager, Shannon Woodrum, is confident in this years show. Guessing from the fact that the resort is already sold out for the weekend, thats a fair assumption. But dont worry if youre not one of the lucky ones with a cabin roof over your head. According to Woodrum,Sawmill Camping Resort is gearing up for the Fourth Annual Withlacoochee Womyns Music & Comedy Fest. By C. Byrne LOADED WITH LA COOCHEE LOADED WITH LA COOCHEE LOADED WITH LA COOCHEE LOADED WITH LA COOCHEE LOADED WITH LA COOCHEE LOADED WITH LA COOCHEE LOADED WITH LA COOCHEE LOADED WITH LA COOCHEE LOADED WITH LA COOCHEE LOADED WITH LA COOCHEENew York comedian MICHELE BALAN will headline the Withlacoochee W omyns Fest at Sawmill Camping Resort

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Clones Clones W28 OCTOBER 24 NOVEMBER 6, 2002 ISSUE 9.22Cont inued P age 36 Cont inued P age 42 BUTCH IS BEAUTIFUL W eve heard it said that imitation is the highest form of flattery. Then again there is a fine line between mockery and homage.T ake for example the genre known as the tribute band. You know you have made it as a musical artist when there is a tribute band touring the globe playing your tunes and doing impersonations of you. KISS has had several. Elton John has had one. Phil Collins, Genesis, Alice in Chains, Van Halen, AC/DC, Guns n Roses, Alice Cooper, Pat Benatar, Blondie, Grateful Dead, Neil Diamond, Garth Brooks... you get the idea. For the most part it seems that the impersonated artists are indeed flattered and in some cases actually endorse their tribute band. To wit, ABBA tribute band Bjorn Again was given the super trooper seal ofAustralian band Bjorn Again pays a lighthearted tribute to Swedish supergroup ABBA. By Scottie Campbell approval by Benny Andersson, one of the founding members of the Swedish group.Fans had better make the most out of Bjorn Again because thats the closest they are going to get to seeing ABBA, Andersson said. ABBA will never reform!One senses that Anderssons statement probably speaks more to the bitter divorces of the two husband and wife duos that made up the ABBA quartet than actually complimenting Bjorn Again. But a quote is a quote and it really dresses up a press kit. Anyone who looks like me ought to have a successful career, proclaimed the other ABBA male, Bjorn Ulvaeus. A quick peek at photos of Ulvaeus reveals that he likely lives in a house with noWhos who? s Swedish supergroup ABBA is the source of inspiration for BJORN AGAIN (inset). Send in the Send in theDADE CITY From Nov. 1-3, the W ithlacoochee River will live up to its name as the Sawmill Camping Resort hosts the fourth annual Womens Music and Comedy Fest. W omen from all over Florida will make the journey into the depths of the wilderness. Hair will flow wildly in the wind. Naked feet will pound out exotic rhythms around blazing campfires. Mysterious tribal symbols will adorn the bodies of hundreds of women. And music will be heard long into the night. W ell... at least the music part is true. Its rather doubtful that with Sawmills cute little cabins, beautiful pool, and Cabana bar that there will be much need for women to rough it. Instead, the festival will be a celebration of women performers in a cozy and inviting atmosphere. The resort spans over 100 acres in Dade City. As the years have progressed, the festival has gotten bigger and better. Sawmills promotions manager, Shannon Woodrum, is confident in this years show. Guessing from the fact that the resort is already sold out for the weekend, thats a fair assumption. But dont worry if youre not one of the lucky ones with a cabin roof over your head. According to Woodrum,Sawmill Camping Resort is gearing up for the Fourth Annual Withlacoochee Womyns Music & Comedy Fest. By C. Byrne LOADED WITH LA COOCHEE LOADED WITH LA COOCHEE LOADED WITH LA COOCHEE LOADED WITH LA COOCHEE LOADED WITH LA COOCHEE LOADED WITH LA COOCHEE LOADED WITH LA COOCHEE LOADED WITH LA COOCHEE LOADED WITH LA COOCHEE LOADED WITH LA COOCHEENew York comedian MICHELE BALAN will headline the Withlacoochee W omyns Fest at Sawmill Camping Resort

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W27 W30 WATERCRESSSHAVED CATS AND REPUBLICAN POODLESSalad by Jim CrescitelliNIGHT WALKERS David Almeida and I had a great dinner at Logans Bistro recently. Afterwards, there were still bags of time to rummage through so we drove over to tour the homes in a brandspanking new neighborhood which we will call Tasty Meadows. By the time we parked, the night was barely moonlit, but as there were no fences to bar our merry way we simply strolled in as if we were dropping in on the inhabitants of Manderley. There were quite a few houses to tour we discovered, and a lot of intact stairways and temporary banisters which the construction workers had thoughtfully provided for our comfort. We had a lot of fun figuring out the layouts of the different homes, the largest of which have been provided with maids rooms and back staircases. We said things like, They must be going to put a breakfast nook here, and, This must be the bathroom when we spied fixtures such as kitchen sinks and bathtubs. We peered into pitch-black corners and imagined where we would put a chifforobe, a dresser, or Grandma. Priding ourselves on our probable ability to translate blueprints, we tramped along the streets and up the sandy rises, chatting and catching up, not so much dissecting our friends as attempting to analyze their various personality flaws... and quite anxious to see the subdivision completed. Are we going to buy houses there? Probably not. But we would like to see how theyre built just in case. And what better way than to snoop around finding out for ourselves from the ground up? FLORIDA has more gay people per acre than anywhere else in the world, so much so that theyve had to turn over entire neighborhoods to us like Wilton Manors, South Beach, and Thornton Park. In fact, sometimes you can go an entire day without seeing any straight people at all, which can actually be very disconcerting like somethings missing. (Mom?) Occasionally, and especially in Miami, one of those thin, unusual, and perpetually-smoking married French women will show up to hang with the boys, but thats probably because shes doing some sort of vague research for the Gallic version of V ogue We must not forget, however, that for every rainbow flag that flutters proudly from the front porches of the gentrified central and southern parts of the state, north Florida is rife with the sort of people who would egg those very houses at the drop of a hat. In fact, its been said that if you dig down three inches anywhere above Ocala, youll find Alabama! But its a good life; Ive been here 24 years. I came down to Winter Park on a one-way bus ticket when I was eleven and I like it more with each passing year. Is that maybe because my last gay nerve was worked during the summer of 1982 and I just dont feel anything anymore? Whatever. I wouldnt live anywhere else, except maybe Tuscany. PLEASE COME TO BOSTON, the song says, and so we did last weekend to see John and Chris. They have a lovely old house in Lexington, complete with cannonballs embedded in the bedroom walls. We stayed at a guesthouse in Cambridge, however, so as to be farther from the action. Have you ever noticed how odd outof-town television is? I found Kirk watching a British show called V ets In Practice one afternoon when I woke up from a nap; lets just say there were a lot of cats being shaved and some horrifyingly-detailed scenes of breech lambs being forcibly born. Ewe! Oh, Rally I managed to attend the anti-discrimination rally on the steps of City Hall on Oct. 14, huffing and puffing my way down the avenue after closing up shop. It was so nice to see so many of you there... thanks for the phone calls encouraging my presence. I was happy to be in such good company, and I smiled when I found myself surrounded by representatives of all the major political parties. Who knew there were so many gay Republicans? As I stood there politely wearing my McBride sticker courtesy of Bill Pease a gentleman standing next to me instructed his poodle not to be nice once he ascertained my political affiliation. But little Fifi continued licking happily like I was a Milk Bone. Does this mean the Grand Old Party has gone to the dogs? I never said that! W rf r f n ttt NO T IN EQUALITY I participated in Orlandos Give Us The Vote rally on Oct. 15. I was shocked to find myself in a sea of trans-phobia. All I heard that night was that attempting to add gender identity or gender expression will kill our chances for adding sexual orientation to Orlandos anti-discrimination law. The T magically disappeared from the GLBT community. I do hope that the Orlando Anti-Discrimination Ordinance Committee (OADO) will start work on protecting me from discrimination as a trans-woman. Janice Josephine Carney Executive Director of FORGE A GRIZZLY COMPLIMENT I am the publisher of the German Bear magazine. Each year when I visit St. Petersburg or other cities in Florida I pick up W atermark Unfortunately we were not able to stay for Bear Bust in Orlando this year, but I enjoyed your article on Bears very much, and especially Dennis Butlers cover photo. Thomas Schwartz Cologne, Germany STICKIN IT TO THE MAN Regarding Editors Desk in issue 9.20, it truly is a shame and a disgrace to our Constitution that gay people are not afforded the same rights as heterosexual people. I believe that a gay or lesbian couple should be able to go to their local courthouse, fill out the paperwork, pay the fee and be married just like any heterosexual couple can, with the same rights, privileges and responsibilities. Thanks to W atermark for continuing to challenge the status quo. Stephanie Bashein Emerson Sarasota A DIGNIFIED THANKS Thank you for including an article about Dignity of Sarasotas one year anniversary in W atermark [Spirituality News: Issue 9.21]. As it turns out the celebration was a major success. Bart Coyle Sarasota LIFE ALTERING CINEMA The Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival was spectacular. Those people that didnt attend missed a truly inspiring, educative, and life affirming opportunity. Special thanks go to Margaret Murray and the entire staff. Patrick A. Kranz, via e-mail

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W31 W26 THE LIBERAL ARTS LESBIANTHE MYSTERIOUS WORLD OF GAY MALESSpeaking Out by Sarah Viren I didnt realize until this weekend that I am gay-male illiterate. I had thought because I have gay friends that I am familiar with gay male culture. But Im not at least not in the same way I am knowledgeable of heterosexual culture.The situation that precipitated this whole revelation was a weekend spent with not one but two gay boys, and two gay boys hooking up at that. It was just them and me all weekend long. Me, a girl who likes country music, has no flair for fashion, and knows little about theater. But I learned that one thing overcame our differences: sarcasm. We were all three sarcastic bitches and got along merrily. In our merry-making I got a chance to see and feel what its like to be the girl among a group of gay men. Before as I realized in retrospect it had always been me, a bunch of my dyke friends and one of our gay male buddies. I was in the majority. Or it was just little old me in a group of straight folks. Then I was in the minority, but I was also used to it. I had never really hung out with a group of gay men, let alone a gay male couple. It is hard for me to admit but I think I have fag-hagaphobia. I am scared of being labeled a fag hag. I dont want my identity dependent on other people, especially other men. I admit I was wrong and prejudiced. And I have suffered from this bias. Hanging out with this gay male couple last weekend I realized how most of my life experiences have been limited to straights and lesbians only. I know a lot about straight people. I have to see them day in and day out on TV, on the streets, in the grocery store. They are always kissing, grabbing each others asses and in general making a bad name for their sexuality. Lesbians I am with constantly as well. But I love them! They are a part of me: my culture, my friends, my past. To me the lesbian lifestyle is rich and textured. I revel in its intricacies. Gay male culture is totally a foreign world. I know gay guys, I hang out with them, but I have never truly had a good gay male friend. And I think that this is often the case for many gay men as well. My new gay buddy from this weekend was constantly surprised when I talked about hot women. I am so used to hanging out with other gay guys or straight girls, he said. I keep thinking youre straight. I cant get used to you talking about women. But now we are friends and learning about each other bit by bit. Its a wonderful change. It makes the word queer a rounder, deeper word to me. But it also causes me to question why. Why, if we are all queer, do gay men and lesbians keep separate so often? Our separateness stops us from knowing each other, from learning interesting tidbits like, Do gay men have as many categories for themselves as lesbians do? As dykes we have the lipstick lesbian, the butch, the sporty dyke, the chic dyke, the Chap-stick lesbian, the Birkenstock/granola lesbian, the mullet lesbian, the nun lesbian and on and on.So my deep but entirely superficial question of the day is, What are the categories for gay men? Is there a hippie fag, a theatre fag, a butch gay man, a flamer? And what do these categories mean? They may be superficial and totally unrealistic but they give culture and texture to this random group of people called queers. These classifications help us to read and understand ourselves. If I am forced, because of the reality of our society, to know so much about straight people, I might as well try to learn equally as much about gay boys. Theyre cuter and more interesting if you ask me. They are my sisters and my brothers. They and all other transsexuals, trangendered people, bisexuals and questioning people of the world are my family. Alone we are ostracized and stigmatized. But together we are colorful, powerful, wonderful and queer. rff n tfb b ffn WHAT WOULD GREG DO?GAY MARRIAGE: WHAT THE HELL?V iewpoint by Greg Triggs Do we anticipate anything more than meeting the person with whom we are going to spend the rest of our lives? We fantasize. We hope. We bargain with God, and then it happens. Love comes aknockin and we open the door and the real work begins. Y ou cant run to the store and buy Romance for Dummies Each relationship is unique and ultimately between the two people involved as Senator Mrs. Hillary Clinton reminded us. How do she and Bill endure each other and the scrutiny their marriage receives? Well, perhaps because it is not all that unusual. Theyre married. We do that to people who have said, I do. Some relationships survive cheating. Its true. I used to think I would walk the minute I knew my lover was sleeping with someone else. Now Im older. Please dont let it happen, but Im not certain what I would do.I am, however, not so wishy-washy when I look at the relationships of others. Everyone knows a particular couple and thinks, What the hell are they thinking? The relationship works for them but the world wonders why. And whether we realize it or not, we have all been part of the couple under scrutiny. Each of us has been looked at and someone thought, Thank God its not me. Why do they stay together?For the straights, it usually has to do with marriage and property rights. We all know a couple that stays together for the sake of the mortgage. They are bound to each other by law rather than by a choice they renew everyday. Thats one of the reasons I always get a little uncomfortable around people rallying for same sex marriage. Part of me says, Yeah! We deserve everything theyve got. Screw the hetero-hierarchy and their attempts to keep us down. And part of me thinks, Shut up! If we dont say anything, they wont realize we have it better than they do. I want the commitment because I choose to be committed, not because there is some piece of paper I signed a million years ago that says I am committed by penalty of losing half my stuff. And I want to know that my boyfriend is with me because he loves me not because hes scared that I will get the Saab and he will be stuck with the Neon. I want him to want to be stuck with me Thats probably what straight people want too. We all want to know that we have made the right choice. We want to know that we are where we are going to stay. Every once in a while I look at my boyfriend and wonder what the hell I am thinking. He stresses out about the same three things over and over again. He wont agree on the kind of puppy we are going to get. I cant get him to agree that Senor Ocho is the best dog name ever I cant get him to simply acknowledge that I know best and that if everyone just did as I said the world would be a much better place. The world is a better place because he is part of it. Thats what I know late at night, when we get to spend the night together. He usually falls asleep long before I do probably because he is much older than I am. Im in my thirties. Hes not. He is lying there on the left side of the bed surrounded by tissues that he will never pick up himself but desperately needs because hes allergic to the cat he lets sleep in bed next to us. I look at my left index finger where my Dads wedding ring can always be found and I know that someday I want it on his finger. I want to see that ring dirty with the clay that he works with everyday. But for some reason a big portion of the world has a problem with that. They want us to feel like we arent worthy. But we are. And we dont need their permission to know that. They may look at us and think, What the hell? but it just doesnt matter. W t f trbf b bt b t n

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W25 W32 The crowd cheered as speakers urged Mayor Hood to recognize gay and lesbian rights as human rightsthe ordinance were on hand displaying signs that read say no to special rights. Opponents of the measure say it is unnecessary, claiming that protections for Orlandos gay and lesbian citizens already exist under the constitution. Recently the Christian Coalition sent out a mailing to registered voters in Orlando claiming that the purpose of Chapter 57 is actually to legalize gay marriage. Maitland-based Rev. John Butler Book even went so far as to give the Orlando City Council a tape of a gay street party in California that showed some unflattering behavior. Book claimed that the same behavior would run rampant in Orlando if gay and lesbian citizens were protected. I would like to ask the heterosexual community, is Mardi Gras or the prostitution along Orange Blossom T rail indicative of the normal behavior for your community? Then stop judging mine by extremes, City Commissioner Patty Sheehan said to a cheering crowd. It should be our goal as civilized people to assure the fair and equal treatment of rf nt bn r Continued from Page 6 rfrntbrtnr rfrntbrtnr rfrntbrtnr rfrntbrtnr rfrntbrtnrNov. 8 9 at the Central Stage Theatre. Stars Lorenzo C. Robertson. A poignant look at one mans journey as he searches his soul on his quest for inner peace and his greater self. For more information call (813) 873-1888.ftrrf ftrrf ftrrf ftrrf ftrrfF irst Monday of each month at the IMPROV, located inside Centro Ybor. Just think of it as a bunch of friends gathering around the piano and entertaining each other with Broadway Show tunes. The Broadway Cafe Society is strongly committed to supporting the fight against AIDS and all door and collected donations go to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the PWA Coalition of Tampa Bay. For more information contact Michael Senesac at (800) 943-5592.nff nff nff nff nffThrough Dec. 2 at the Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota. This musical romp shamelessly spoofs the Greek myth of Amphitryon. For more information call (941) 366-9017.rtrbfr rtrbfr rtrbfr rtrbfr rtrbfrThrough Nov. 25 on the IMAX screen at Channelside Cinemas. Narrated by Anthony Hopkins, this film features the dynamic duo of illusions and their beastly companions. (813) 221-5882.rrnf rrnf rrnf rrnf rrnfNov. 7 at the King Center for the Performing Arts. Forty-two years ago in a Greenwich Village coffeehouse, three folk singers combined talents to harmonize their way into our hearts. F or more information call (321) 242-2219.tnnr tnnr tnnr tnnr tnnrNov. 1 at the Peabody Auditorium. Part of the Daytona Beach Symphony Societys International Series. Featuring David Jolley,CALENDAR CALENDARof Events of Events b nbr r r r rNov. 5 10 at the King Center for the Performing Arts. Its comedy to die for as Zombie Prom mixes together equal partsGrease, The Rocky Horror Show and Little Shop of Horrors. F or more information call (321) 242-2219 or visit .r r r r rThrough Oct. 27 at the Carr Performing Arts Center. The musical that took the world by storm is back. Come see and hear what all the hoopla was about. For ticket information call (407) 839-3900 or visit .trrn trrn trrn trrn trrnThrough Oct. 27 at the University of Central Florida, Orlando. Its the hot new musical stage version of the hit film; a bitters weet but ultimately inspiring story of a diverse group of students as they follow their hopes and dreams of artistic success. For more information call (407) 897-0265.rr rr rr rr rrNov. 3 at the Dvone Cafe and Wine Bar. This fun evening will include a classic who-dun-it murder mystery featuring the dvine family vineyards. The evening includes a delicious dining experience, prizes, an Italian sing-a-long and your first glass of wine. For more information call (407) 296-9690.rn rn rn rn rnOct. 26 and Nov. 2 at 8 PM at Parliament Houses Footlight Theater. Get ready for juggling, percussion, music, and physical comedy combined with high-tech special effects to crea te a mesmerizing spectacle thats as funny as it is aweinspiring. For more information call (407) 293-8978 or e-mail jugglermat@aol.com.r r r r rOct. 26 27 and Nov. 1 3. The Celebration Players will present Rodgers and Hammersteins classic at the Celebration Schools Black Box Theatre. For more information call (407) 528-3588.rrfr rrfr rrfr rrfr rrfrThrough Nov. 2 at Theatre Downtown. A play within a play, a young actor suspects his wife is having an affair with their director. For reservations or more information call (407) 8410083 or visit .fnn fnn fnn fnn fnnThrough Dec. 1 at The Mark Two Dinner Theatre. The quintessential Broadway musical is based on the stories and characters of Damon Runyon. For ticket information call (407) 8436275 or visit .rfr rfr rfr rfr rfrThrough Nov. 2. Presented at the Moonlight Warehouse in Clermont. See the play that spawned the cult-film and dance and sing along to The Time Warp. Reservations are required so call (352) 319-1116 or visit .rt rt rt rt rtThrough Oct. 27 at the Mad Cow Theatre. A musical by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt that is the longest running offBroadway show ever. For ticket information call (407) 2978788 or visit . bnr r r r rThrough Nov. 3 presented by Central Stage Theatre. A fiendishly funny musical revue by Scott Keys and Robert Hartmann. F or more information call (727) 327-PLAY or visit . h orn, and Maximiano Valdes, conductor. For more information call (386) 253-2901 or visit .n n n n nNov. 6 at the Hard Rock Live at Universal Orlando. Amy and Emily are back with an acoustic show that is sure to please their fans. For more information call (407) 351-LIVE.rtr rtr rtr rtr rtrThrough Nov. 2 in the Mad Cow Theatre at Avalon Island. Rick Stanley sings and Jason Wetzel plays the music of one of the last centurys greatest songwriters in this intimate look at romance. For more information call (407) 297-8788 or visit .trnnrr trnnrr trnnrr trnnrr trnnrrrr rr rr rr rrOct. 26 & 27 in the Knowles Chapel on the Rollins College campus. A treat for the senses with a 150-voice choir, orchestra, and visiting soloists. For more information call (407) 646-2182 or visit . Orlando-based, alt-glam band Zoa celebrates their first anniversary with a busy week of concerts. Catch them for an acoustic set at the Peacock Room on Oct. 29. On Oct. 30 they plug their instruments back in and blow the roof off of Wills Pub. On Halloween catch them as they open for the Genitorturers at Cairos Hellaween Ball. Later the same night they will be playing at The Social. For more information call (407) 925-1320.rr rr rr rr rrEvery other Saturday night at the Starbucks in Thornton Park. Signup starts at 7:30 PM with performances beginning at 8. Open to all poets, comics, musicians and hosted by Downtown Silas Brown. For more information call (407) 648-2591. bnn n n n nNov. 9 at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. Americas favorite lesbian musical duo returns with an acoustic show that will have the womyn at the edge of their seats and hungry for more. For more information call (813) 287-8844. everyone. We should be less concerned with whom we add to protective legislation than the character flaws in humanity that make this legislation necessary. Many local political candidates were on hand to show their support of the language change to Chapter 57 including Jose Fernandez (State House District 49), Patrick Howell (State House District 36), Jim Martin (State House District 38), Sheri McInvale (State House District 36), and Tim Shea (Orange County School Board District 2). The Orlando Gay Chorus and the Infinite Tribe Drum Corps also entertained the crowd. Orlando activist and rally organizer Debbie Simmons called the event a success, saying that the turnout really exceeded even her own expectations. Even though the turnout was good, there could have been more people out there, Simmons said after the rally. I understand though, many people didnt come because they are still fearful of being outed or seen on the news and then fired from their jobs. It just reinforces the whole idea that we need this kind of protection to begin with. W John Sullivan

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W33 W24 rfntbrrr rfntbrrr rfntbrrr rfntbrrr rfntbrrrrrfn rrfn rrfn rrfn rrfnOct. 30 at 7 PM in the Atlantic Center at Harris House Annex. Part of the Autumn Lecture Series: Celebration of V oices. Free and open to the public. For more information call (386) 423-1753.nfbnrt nfbnrt nfbnrt nfbnrt nfbnrtrfnnfn rfnnfn rfnnfn rfnnfn rfnnfnThrough Nov. 24 at the Museum of Arts and Sciences. Forty facsimile prints of Catesbys illustrations from the 1754 publication The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands from the Florida Atlantic University. For more information call (386) 255-0285 or visit .fnnbr fnnbr fnnbr fnnbr fnnbrOngoing exhibition at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in the Hester Merwin Ayers Gallery. Mitchell is well known for his photos of celebrities as well as dancers. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information call (386) 427-6975.nrr nrr nrr nrr nrrfbnnr fbnnr fbnnr fbnnr fbnnrThrough Nov. 3 at the Museum of Arts and Sciences, Daytona. Selections to complement the Micronesian folk art exhibition. (386) 255-0285 or .frrrnrnr frrrnrnr frrrnrnr frrrnrnr frrrnrnrThrough Sept. 28, 2003 at the Morse Museum of American Art. Twenty-two hats from the Morse collection, spanning some 70 years in time, tell a story of fashion tastes of bygone eras and of three women who enjoyed selecting styles that best suited their own views of themselves. For more information call (407) 645-5311.rrnfr rrnfr rrnfr rrnfr rrnfrOct. 26-Nov. 26 at the Art Bazaar. A mixture of art media and artist. Artists include Audrey Phillips, John McCarey, Brenda Hofreiter, Scott Haaland, Abe Fried, Jon Miller, Claudia Pandolfi, Teara Staples and many more. Paintings, photography, art furniture, sculptures, mosaics, and more. F or more information call (407) 898-8737.nnrfnfnfrnf nnrfnfnfrnf nnrfnfnfrnf nnrfnfnfrnf nnrfnfnfrnfThrough Nov. 8 at the Mount Dora Center for the Arts. The exhibit will feature original work by Central Florida artists from 11 counties. The media includes painting, drawing, pastels, photography, digital, sculpture, fiber, mixed media, and hand-thrown or hand-sculpted ceramics. For more information please call (352) 383-0880.nfr nfr nfr nfr nfrfnfbr fnfbr fnfbr fnfbr fnfbrThrough Nov. 3 at the Orlando Museum of Art. This exhibition takes visitors on a journey into one of the darkest periods of modern history through a series of works that include a tapestry, two stained glass pieces and 13 largescale tableaus. (407) 896-4231 or . rfrrff rrff rrff rrff rrffnbfrn nbfrn nbfrn nbfrn nbfrnThrough Nov. 16 at the Clayton Galleries on South MacDill Avenue. The show consists of oils and watercolors completed by the artist over the past two years while he resided in Sarasota and Portland, Maine. For further information call (813) 831-3753.frf frf frf frf frfrrfrfnfb rrfrfnfb rrfrfnfb rrfrfnfb rrfrfnfbThrough Jan. 5, 2003 at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. P ete. Features 130 prints and a number of threedimensional and large-scale works. Grooms is known for his installations of city scenes and taxis, buses, and subway-cars crammed with people. For more information call (727) 896-2667 or visit .f f f f fThrough Oct. 31 at the Lattitude Gallery in Sarasota. The best of steel, glass, and stone to turn a corner of your yard or patio into a focal point. For more information call (941) 373-0767.frnrnrnfbr frnrnrnfbr frnrnrnfbr frnrnrnfbr frnrnrnfbrNov. 4 at the Embassy Suites Downtown. Roger Butcher, internationally recognized real estate trainer and speaker will be conducting his highly effective three-hour training program. This presentation contains valuable information on using the Internet to benefit your career. Roger will also share his timetested methods regarding listing, selling, time-management and self-promotion. For more information call (800) 422-1462. rfnf nf nf nf nfThe internationally successful off-Broadway comedy by David Dillon, directed by Nic Arnzen, will be opening at the Suncaost Resort in November for an extended run. Needed are understudies and future replacements for all roles. Nudity is required for all roles. For more information please call (727) 867-1111 ext. 318 or e-mail NicArnzen@aol.com.ff ff ff ff ffAll talents, types, ages and interest needed. Casting everything from promo work to musicians and singers. Also needed are comedians, poets, bands and mimes. Fax resume to Peter at (813) 719-2617 or call (813) 719-2019.Calendar of Events is provided on a space available basis and events are listed at Wa termarks discretion. Press releases may be mailed to Wa termark, P .O. Box 533655, Orlando, FL 32853-3655; faxed to (407)481-2246; e-mailed to john@watermarkonline.com. Deadline for next issue: Oct. 27. fnn nt AMY RAY (L) and EMILY SALIERS, a.k.a. The Indigo Girls, return to Central Florida with an unplugged show that reflects the sounds of their latest album Become You. Circa 1920 Craftsman style bed and breakfast in the historic district. A pprox. 4,000 sq. ft, five guest rooms plus one two bedroom suite. All have private entrances & private baths. Oversized parking lot. Spacious o wners quarters w/ balcony. ST. AUGUSTINEASPIRING INNKEEPERS JEANETTE MOORE, BROKER( 877) 368-1497 JM Propertieswww.BnBs4Sale.com REAL ESTATE SHOWCASE REAL ESTATE SHOWCASETo Advertise Your Property Listing On This Page, Call 407-481-2243 Ext. 10 COLONIAL TOWN AUDUBON PARK One of Orlando's most sought after locations! 2 bed, 2 baths plus bonus room. Wood floors, backyard deck, brick street, circular drive. Walk to Lake Davis, Lake Cherokee and Delaney Park. Offered at $259,500 ORLANDODELANEY PARK TERRY DIEDERICH REALTOR( 407) 415-2315 Olde Town BrokersT erryDiederich@aol .comAdorable Key West style bungalow, completely remodeled 3/2, hardwood floors, crown moulding, French doors, brick pavers, new Berber carpet, lush landscaping. Call today for private showing. ORLANDOCOLLEGE PARKGINNY VINSON, REALTOR(407) 353-1405Coldwell Banker Real Estate, Inc.GVinson101@aol.com Beautiful 3 story, 2 bedroom, 2 bath townhomes. Located in the heart of downtown Orlando, close to shops, restaurants and parks.Experience the care free downtown life. Completion date spring 2003. Preconstruction prices starting at $189,900 ORLANDOPA TRICK JAMES, REALTOR( 407) 466-2779 Olde Town BrokersPa tricmj@aol .com Beautiful 4 bedroom 2.5 bath dream home. See it today! Vaulted ceilings, two fireplaces, patio, pool, separate work room could be office I can go on and on (you know that), it would be quicker to see it for yourself. Call now! Phone lines are open. DTWN. ORLANDODOWNTOWN ORLANDO PA TRICK JAMES, REALTOR( 407) 466-2779 Olde Town BrokersPa tricmj@aol.com2029 ILLINOIS STCharming 2/1 bungalow in Downtown Orlando. This cutie has hardwood floors, F rench doors and a bonus room. Updated kitchen and bath with vaulted ceilings. Beautiful screened patio with ceramic tile great for relaxing outdoors. This home is a Must See! $156,000DONNA ROGERS REALTOR( 407) 928-3988 R&F Properties of Central Florida, Inc.Adorable 2/1 bungalow with lots of charm and great curb appeal. Hardwood floors, fireplace, and a cozy porch. Updated kitchen and bath. W asher & dryer included. Newer roof. W onderful opportunity to buy or invest in downtown. $126,900DONNA ROGERS REALTOR( 407) 928-3988 R&F Properties of Central Florida, Inc. DOWNTOWN BUNGALOW NEW CONSTRUCTION ST. PETERSBURGThis 2 bd. 1 bath colonial revival classic features a very spacious floor plan. Many original features. Central heat and air, roof, less than 3 years old. Asking $115,000. To see this or other homes, contact:HISTORIC KENWOOD GREG BURTON REALTOR( 727) 823-8000 Realty Executiveswww.gregburton .com DTWN. ORLANDO50S Block bungalow with enchanted cottage charm. hardwood floors through-out; fireplace; large windows; and a screened enclosed porch overlooking Lake Emerald. Close to Dwntwn w/ Boone District. HOME W ARRANTY. $259,900DELANEY PARKDOUG PRINCE GRI ( 407) 448-6649 Olde Town Brokers, Inc.dougjprince@yahoo .comREDUCED REDUCED SUZY SANDERSON, REALTOR( 407) 701-9494 Jackie Sanderson Real Estate (407)-647-76763/3 2 Story, 3 Master Suites 2 up & 1 down, new Gourmay S&W Kitchen with corrian counters and stainless steel appliances The home features oak floors, fireplace, huge closets and storage.Oversized 2 car garage and masonry wall on 3 sides 8 feet high in rear. Lake access & Winter Park Schools Over 2400 Square Feet of Luxury. $399,900MERRITT PARKPRIVATE WARM ELEGANT 3/2/1 Solar heated pool home nestled under a canopy of oaks. Best that Oviedo has to offer. Over 2,500 sq. ft. w/ inside utility, private subdivision (Lafayette Forest), formal LR & DR. See a virtual tour of this beautiful home at www.TomSonger.com or call me today for a personal tour! OVIEDOWWW.TOMSONGER.COM TOM SONGER, REALTOR( 321) 277-9002Coldwell Banker Real Estate, Inc.T omSonger@TomSonger.com 2312 S Palmetto Ave Completely renovated 3 bd/1 ba bungalow Wood floors, gas fireplace, 2 car parking pad off alley Fantastic landscaping and must see Barn! $149,900. SANFORDBUNGALOW AND BARN BARBARA FERRELL, REALTOR( 407) 321-0100 Maria S. Shreve (407) 314-6607 Barbara Ferrell & AssociatesBEF1@ MSN.com SARASOTAUpdated 2 bd., 2 ba, 1,587 SF. Formal living and family rooms, office/den Open floor plan with golf course views New enhancements provide fresh look New paint, new carpet, new light fixtures Convenient location near beaches, shops $207,500FELIX POWER, REALTOR( 941) 586-8958Coldwell Banker Real Estate, Inc.www.SarasotaFLHomes .comDELIGHTFUL GOLF COURSE VIEWS COSTA RICAP ANORAMIC OCEAN VIEWS160-acre oceanfront property overlooking Pacific Beautiful building site with two beaches Area currently under corporate development Nearby airport being expanded.Located on Ochotal Peninsula NW Costa Rica $4,000,000 with terms availableFELIX POWER, REALTOR( 941) 586-8958Coldwell Banker Real Estate, Inc.www.SarasotaFLHomes .com

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W23 W34 PAST OUTWHATS SO QUEER ABOUT SONNY AND CHERGay and Lesbian History by Paula Martinac Perhaps no celebrity straight couple has found its career as deeply intertwined with gays and lesbians as Salvatore Bono and Cherilyn Sarkisian LaPierre better known as Sonny and Cher. The story that the two met in a lesbian bar is probably apocryphal, though Cher has acknowledged erotic relationships with women in her youth, liaisons that, she later recalled, werent something that kept my interest. What did keep the lanky, deep-voiced singers interest, though, was the short, charming, goofy crooner 11 years her senior who was initially her roommate, but soon became her lover and in 1964 her husband. Sonny and Cher each had found limited solo success, and their first attempt at working together (touring bowling alleys and skating rinks as Caesar and Cleo) brought little acclaim.But in 1965, Sonny wrote a simple tribute to s-style love, and with I Got Y ou Babe, Sonny and Cher made it big. For the next two years, they ruled the rock scene, with hits like Baby Dont Go and The Beat Goes On. But by the end of the decade, their music had lost its audience and two failed attempts at movie making left them deeply in debt. The duos romance frayed and their tensions played out onstage. But the audience loved it, so Chers put-downs and Sonnys bumbling became trademarks. Their act caught Hollywoods attention, and in January 1972 their own comedy-variety TV series debuted. The show was all camp from outrageous Bob Mackie costumes to sexualized banter. Sonny and Cher began recording again, and their music career was on the upswing just as their marriage could no longer hold itself together.One cause of their breakup was Chersaf fairs, including with record producer David Geffen (who came out as gay two decades later) and southern rock guitarist Greg Allman (whom she married five days after her 1975 split from Sonny). Chers solo variety show (which had something of a gay sensibility its debut featured Bette Midler and Elton John) overwhelmed her, and having failed in his own solo show, Sonny accepted his ex-wifes invitation to create a new Sonny and Cher series, which lasted two seasons. W ithout abandoning entertainment (he played a theme park owner in the 1988 campy cult film Hairspray ), post-Sonnyand-Cher Sonny made a bigger mark in the world of politics. A successful Palm Springs restaurateur, he was elected mayor of that city in 1988. Despite having campaigned as a friend of the resort citys visible gay community, the Republican was widely criticized for slighting gays and lesbians personally and legislatively as mayor. In the 1994 Republican landslide, he was elected to Congress, where he consistently voted against the gay communitys interests. He died in a skiing accident in 1998, and his wife, Mary, was elected to fill his seat.Meanwhile, Cher pursued her acting career, nominated for an Oscar for her lesbian role in 1983s Silkwood and winning one for Moonstruck four years later.Chers music career found new life with upbeat tunes like One By One and Believe that were embraced by audiences worldwide, but especially by gay men. Her icon status solidified as a VH-1 Diva, Cher regularly recognizes the fabulous gentlemen who flock to her concerts and have consistently boosted her career. Perhaps the queerest product of the Sonny and Cher partnership, though, was their lesbian daughter Chastity who was outed by the tabloids in 1990, but became a lesbian activist and writer after she came out on her own terms five years later. W Past Out has been exploring gay and lesbian history for more than six years. Comments can be sent to W atermark or POColumn@aol.com. SONNY BONO and CHER have captivated gay and lesbian audiences for decades. But why do they have such a long-lasting appeal?

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A DIFFERENT SHADE OF JADE W35 W22 chair of the local Christian Coalition. W atermark endorses Bruce Antone. STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 40: Andy Gardiner (R) v. John T. Conway (L). Neither candidate is appealing. Incumbent Gardiner toes the conservative Republican Party line, and Conway is a Hillsborough County libertarian who is inexplicably running for this Orange/Osceola County seat and has little chance of being elected. W atermark r ecommends that you be informed and choose wisely. STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 49: Jose Fernandez (D) v. John Quinones (R). Fernandez is one of the most exciting candidates to enter local politics in years. The story of his parents immigration from Nicaragua is moving, and so is his clear and heartfelt commitment to equality of opportunity for all people, including gays and lesbians. W atermark endorses Jose Fernandez. STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 50: Kai Rush (D) v Kim Berfield (R) v. Brian L. Gilbert (L). On the basis of his responses to the Equality Florida questionnaire, W atermark endorses Kai Rush. STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 52: Christopher Eaton (D) v. Frank Farkas (R) v. Alison Lipscomb (L). None of the candidates is supportive of our issues, nor do they make particularly appealing candidates on any other level. W atermark r ecommends that you be informed and choose wisely. STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 54: John Carassas (R) v. Kurt Gratzol (G). Gratzol, a candidate from the Green Party, has little chance of unseating Carassas, but he actively supports our community and has sought our votes. Carassas has done neither. Lets go Green with our votes in this district and send a message. W atermark endorses Kurt Gratzol. STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 55: Frank Peterman Jr. (D) v. Vincent K. Hopkins (R) v Thomas Kilmon (L). Hopkins has a seriously questionable legal record, including a recent arrest for non-payment of child support. He is patently unworthy of our trust in elective office. W atermark endorses Frank Peterman, Jr. STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 56: Sandra L. Murman (R) v. Mark Howard (L). Even though she represents a Tampa district with a high concentration of gays and lesbians, Murman has done nothing to advance gay and lesbian equality during her term in office and is undeserving of our support. Howard, one of just a handful of openly gay local candidates in this election, is running on a shoestring budget. But he is bright, likeable, and would be a riveting voice for gay equality. Send a message and send him your vote. W atermark endorses Mark Howard. STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 57: Scott Farrell (D) v. Faye Culp (R) v. T yson Richmond (L). Another intriguing local election, this one in what may be Tampas gayest state electoral district. Culp, a former state legislator, has a gay son and the steadfast support of Tampa Bays Log Cabin Republicans. With a wink and a nod, she professes her support fo r gay equality. But she calculatedly refused to answer Equality Floridas questionnaire for fear of alienating conservative voters. This begs the question of where her loyalties and priorities will lie if elected. Farrell, an attorney with an impressive record of volunteer activity, is a political newcomer. Charming and telegenic, he has been accused of being Candidate Lite. But he is likewise clear in supporting the Dignity for All Students Act, hate crimes legislation, domestic partnership and gay adoption. W atermark endorses Scott Farrell. STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 60: Sara Romeo (D) v. Ed Homan (R) v. Ryan C. Corley (L). W atermark endorses Sara Romeo.STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 61: Pat Burke (D) v Ken Littlefield (R) v. Joseph Frank Preta Jr.(L ). On the basis of her responses to the Equality Florida questionnaire, W atermark endorses Pat Burke.STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 68: Arlene Sweeting (D) v. Bill Galvano (R) v. James Donald Sallace (L). On the basis of her responses to the Equality Florida questionnaire, W atermark endorses Arlene Sweeting. STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 69: Ken Shelin (D) v. Donna Clarke (R) v. W illiam D. Van Allen Jr. (L). Shelin, another openly gay candidate, has lived in Sarasota with his partner for 20 years. He champions strategic growth for Sarasota that is less based on tourism, and a reevaluation of current education measures. He is invested in gay equality, while none of his opponents is even supportive. W atermark endorses Ken Shelin.LOCAL ELECTIONSHILLSBOROUGH COUNTY COMMISSION DISTRICT 1: Kathy Castor (D) v. Chris Hart (R). W atermark endorses Kathy Castor. HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY COMMISSION DISTRICT 2: Ron Dyser (D) v. Ken Hagan (R) (was Jim Norman-R ). W atermark endorses Ron Dyser. HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY COMMISSION DISTRICT 5: Susan V aldes (D) v. Jim Norman (R) (was Chris Hart-R). W atermark endorses Susan V aldes. HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY COMMISSION DISTRICT 7: Pat Frank (D) v. Brian Blair (R). An interesting race: the much-respected Frank a consistent supporter of gay equality is being challenged by former professional wrestler Brian Blair. In fact, he sounds like a wrestling commentator or Jesse Ventura. I have no strings attached I am only a puppet of the people. I am open-minded but not emptyheaded. Blair has courted gay votes, but has also accused Frank of being ultraliberal and has cited her support of the gay community as evidence. Frank is the strongest and most consistent voice for our community on an otherwise indifferent county commission. We need her back in office. W atermark endorses Pat Frank. HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD DISTRICT 4: Jennifer Faliero v. Larry Martin. W atermark endorses Jennifer Faliero. HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD DISTRICT 6: Caronly Bricklemyer v. Melissa Hernandez. W atermark endorses Melissa Hernandez. ORANGE COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD DISTRICT 1: Joie Cadle v. Barbara Trovillion Rushing. T rovillion-Rushing has been ineffective in this position, and supported her fathers infamously outrageous homophobic comments to a student lobbyist two years ago. Cadle has reached out to gay voters and is sensitive to the issues of gay students No child should be afraid to go to school. She would be a much-needed spark to the school board. W atermark endorses Joie Cadle. ORANGE COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD DISTRICT 2: T im Shea v. Ray Lord. Likeable Tim Shea has expressed his support of protection for glbt students and for nondiscrimination protections for gay teachers and school administrators. W atermark endorses Tim Shea. ORANGE COUNTY COMMISSION DISTRICT 4: Clarence Hoenstine v. Linda Stewart. Incumbent Hoenstine is ineffective, malignantly tethered to development interests, and indifferent to glbt constituents. Stewart has proved to be a quirky campaigner who is not cut from the usual political mold. She has expressed support for glbt issues. It will be interesting to see how she works with the good ol boy County Commission. W atermark endorses Linda Stewart. 9th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT: Jim Henson v. Mark Bender. W atermark endorses Mark Bender. PINELLAS COUNTY COMMISSION DISTRICT 6: David Buby (D) v. John Morroni (R). Buby, a retired oncologist and another openly gay candidate, has run before and is committed to improving the quality of life in Pinellas County. His priorities include health care, transportation, and community safety and he would be a persuasive voice for gay equality measures. W atermark endorses David Buby. PINELLAS COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD DISTRICT 4: Mary Brown v. Ti f fany Todd. W atermark r ecommends that you be informed and choose wisely. W W W W WState House District 69 candidate KEN SHELIN. State House District 57 candidates SCOTT FARRELL (left) and FA YE CULP (right).2002 Elections from Page 21 State House District 56 candidate MARK HOWARD. LAKE COUNTY Activist, fruit picker, plumber, bartender, security guard, Advocate cover person, journalist, and now published author, Jade Fairall has worn a lot of hats in her lifetime. And they have helped to make her the strong woman that she is today. With the recent publication of Riddle Maker her first book, Fairall finds herself in the spotlight, but not for the first time.Fairalls journey has not been an easy one. She spent her childhood and teen years in Freemont, Ohio, a less than accepting environment for a young woman coming to terms with her sexuality. Her parents divorced when she was six and she spent a lot of time with her older sister foraging for food in garbage cans when their alcoholic mother would go on a binge and lock them out of the house. As she got older, life in Ohio didnt get much better. She was outed in high school and was forced by the school to sit at a desk in the hallway where her peers would spit on her and call her names. At my graduation, when I walked up to receive my diploma I grabbed it, turned to face the crowd, and flipped them a double bird before blowing them a kiss. Fairall recalls with a laugh. I left and never looked back. Soon after, she decided that Freemont was not the ideal place for a young lesbian, so she packed her life into her van and headed south. Fairall barely made it to Floridas state line when her van threw a rod. She and her van crawled to Orlando where she didnt know a soul at about 40 miles per hour and ended up on Colonial Drive. After finding an ad for the Parliament House she went there to get a room and something to eat. I was broke and didnt know what I was going to do. Thats when Bill and Mike, who ran the P House back then, offered me a job, Fairall remembers.Her friends at Parliament House liked to tease her and say she looked like a little boy. They encouraged her to compete on a talent night as a male impersonator, something she had never done before. She entered the talent contest at the Palace Club, an after hours bottle club, and barely got a few steps into her act when the crowd swarmed the stage.Women and men were tipping me and that was it, recalls Fairall, I started doing shows at the Palace and at P house. Miss P taught my two left feet how to dance. Fairall continued to do male impersonation in clubs from Orlando to Houston and even won the Ms. Gay French Quarter New Orleans title in 1979. She was a big part of the gay and lesbian club scene in Orlando for almost two decades at P House, Faces, and the Key Largo Lounge. Her activism was something that she fell into when some friends heard her ranting and raving about gay rights. I was made co-chairman of GRAND, Gay Rights Amendments Never Die. I even went up against Governor Askew asking him at a press conference about gay rights, she remembers. W riting was something that Fairall always loved to do. As a child she would write skits for the neighborhood kids to perform. Then in high school she got into some trouble and her teacher told her she needed to write a ten-page fictional piece or she would fail the class. I went home and started writing and ended up with over twenty pages. I remember thinking, This is punishment? Fairall recalls. I passed her class and she told me that if I didnt pursue writing as a vocation then I was a fool. T wo decades later, when a back injury forced her out of manual labor, Fairall went back to school at LakeSumter Community College in Leesburg. It was three of the best years of my life. I did something that I never thought I could do, and that was to go back and get my education, says Fairall. She became the associate editor and then editor of the college paper and also freelanced for the Orlando Sentinel Lake County Edition .W ith Riddle Maker she decided to take a new approach by having the novel published through Iuniverse.com, a Web-based publisher that prints on demand.Fairalls says she always has sights on the future. She has completed her second book, Alone With Demons and has decided that her third book will most likely be autobiographical. For now, though, she is happy living a somewhat quiet life in Umatilla with Darcie, her girlfriend and public relations wizard. She enjoys her day job as an office manager for Robert Vincent Sims, a.k.a. the Garden Rebel. One thing Fairall isnt ruling out is the prospect of running for political office someday. I believe that the only way to change how we are viewed is to speak up and speak out, Fairall says, with more than a hint of determination in her voice. If we continue to whisper about ourselves we will never be heard the way we deserve to be heard. When asked, Fairall says she owes much of her success to her personal philosophy. Dream it, see it, do it, be it, says Fairall. Only you can change the course of events in your life. We are the only ones that change, that can break those chains. W Jade Fairall will conduct a book signing at Faces on Nov. 1 at 7 PM. for more information on Riddle Maker go to . rfnftbA DIFFERENT SHADE OF JADE rf rnn t btb rnn Local author JADE FAIRALL: If we continue to whisper about ourselves we will never be heard the way we deserve to be heard.

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W21 W36 mirrors. Suffice to say that ABBA was probably better off being popular at a time when videos were not prevalent with Ulvaeus puss prominently displayed. However, his words have rung true Bjorn Again has proved quite popular. Since forming in Melbourne, Australia in 1988, the facsimile has amassed more than 2,500 concerts during a career that has spanned 14 years longer than the original group was together. The doppelganger band has played to sold out audiences at Royal Albert Hall and has recorded several albums. One clever album, Erasure-ish supplies two covers of Erasure songs as a thank you for Erasures ABBA-esque on which they covered four ABBA songs. T ry to wrap your mind around that; the tribute band pays homage to the band that covered the tunes of their inspiration with covers of their songs. T oday Bjorn Again is something of a machine with at least two sets of groups touring the planet. With duplicates of the duplicates, Bjorn Again will be appearing at House of Blues Orlando on November 1... and in the United Kingdom on the same night. In fact from time to time the group holds auditions if you are musically inclined and look like a s Swede, then you too could be a copy of the doubles. Y ou might think that these ABBA clones treat their subject matter with complete reverence, perhaps keeping an alter with photographs and burning candles, but Bjorn Again does approach their job with a least a little tongue planted in their cheeks. The groups Web site tells the tragic tale of how the band members Agnetha Falstart, Frida Longstokin, Benny Anderwear and Bjorn Volvo-us helicopter collided with a giant glittery platform shoe. The accident rendered each of them amnesiac, except for these strange melodies running through their heads. To the delight of audiences, the four speak with bad Swedish accents. I am flattered by everything Bjorn Again do but the accents, weighs in Ulvaeus. I hope my accent isnt as lousy as his one. (His one?)Giving credit where credit is due, a tribute bands success is owed in large part to the affection afforded to the original band. A ccording to NorwichBulletin.com: Total U.S. sales of ABBA albums in 2001 were up 32 percent from 2000 sales. Continued Page 22 Thank you for the music. ABBA tribute band BJORN AGAIN will play House of Blues on Nov. 1. U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 24: Harry Jacobs (D) v. Tom Feeney (R). This district was crafted by the Republican State Legislature so that Feeney Floridas Speaker of the House could make the leap to national office. Jacobs is doing everything he can to prevent it, and we should join him in that effort. Feeney opposes ENDA and hate crimes legislation, and is arrogant about it. He once described an opponent as anti-family, pro-gay launching a full scale attack on decent values in America. Jacobs, who has an openly lesbian daughter, actively supports gay equality and would make an impressive legislator for North Central Florida. W atermark endorses Harry Jacobs.STATEWIDE ELECTIONSGOVERNOR: Bill MCBride (D) v. Jeb Bush (R). Recent polls place this race dead even, and it should be no surprise. Our first-term governor has the Bush political machine behind him, but there is clear evidence that Florida is in worse shape now than it was four years ago and voters have noticed. Bush has squandered budget surpluses with tax cuts for the wealthiest. In spite of an outcry regarding Floridas inadequate schools, he has fought increases to the states education budget. And hes indifferent to gays and lesbians, supporting the ban on gay adoptions and ignoring harassment of gay schoolchildren. Folksy Bill McBride isnt the most polished candidate, but hes a smart guy with an impressive record of integrity and achievement. Hes unequivocally supportive of gay and lesbian equality in every important context adoption, antidiscrimination, nonharassment, domestic partnership and named Tampas Ted Howard as his liaison to the glbt community. Vote Bush out, and McBride in. W atermark endorses Bill McBride. AT T ORNEY GENERAL: Buddy Dyer (D) v. Charlie Crist (R). Crist is the states current Education Commissioner nuff said? That office is being eliminated, so hes hoping to shift to another cabinet post. But it took Crist three attempts to pass the bar exam, and his undistinguished career makes him unqualified to be the states top legal authority and advocate. Dyer was editor of the Law Review at the University of Florida, made the highest score in the state on his bar exam, and had a distinguished career as an attorney and state senator. To make the decision even easier, Dyer has consistently reached out to the gay community and supports glbt equality. Crist hasnt and doesnt. W atermark endorses Buddy Dyer. STATE SENATE DISTRICT 19: Gary Siplin (D) v. Anthony (Tony) Suarez (R) v. Beulah Farquharson (I). Suarez, a former Democrat, supports the Dignity for All Students Act, hate crimes legislation, and ending the ban on gay adoption. Siplin, currently a State Rep. in District 39, has been largely silent on gay issues. W atermark endorses Anthony (Tony) Suarez. STATE SENATE DISTRICT 23: Lawrence P. Milford (D) v. Lisa Carlton (R). On the basis of his responses to the Equality Florida questionnaire, W atermark endorses Lawrence P. Milford. STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 35: Marni Berger (D) v. Jim Kallinger (R). Kallinger has been mostly ineffectual in representing the district that includes Maitland, W inter Park, and north Orlando. Berger supports the Dignity for All Students Act, hate crimes legislation, domestic partnership and gay adoption. She has reached out to the local gay community during her campaign and will be an energetic and forwardthinking representative for this district. W atermark endorses Marni Berger. STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 36: Sheri McInvale (D) v. Patrick Howell (R). For gays and lesbians, this race poses intriguing and defining choices. Both are charming, articulate candidates who openly support gay equality. Howells candidacy is particularly tantalizing, however, because if elected he would be the first openly gay man in Floridas legislature and a Republican to boot. But therein lies the rub. Howell needs Democratic votes to win in this downtown Orlando district, and it may be difficult for Democrats to vote for an unabashed advocate of Reaganist trickle down economics that many believe have seriously damaged our state and nation. Howell has proven to be an energetic, driven campaigner, and he would likely be an effective legislator. A boost for gays and lesbians in Tallahassee? Much would depend on his priorities, but his experience would be instructive and fascinating to monitor. More soft-spoken, McInvales intelligence, palpable integrity, and impressive record of service to her community would also make her a standout representative for District 36. W atermark recommends that you be informed, use this race as a tool with which to define your individual political priorities, and choose wisely. STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 38: Jim B. Martin (D) v. Fred Brummer (R). Brummer blocked voting on the Dignity for All Students Act during the last legislative session. Martin, on the other hand, supports gay equality in all contexts short of marriage and staterecognized civil unions. Hes reached out to local gays and lesbians during his campaign, and would make for an honest, affable representative for this West Orlando district. W atermark endorses Jim B. Martin STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 39: Bruce Antone (D) v. Janet Buckles (R). Antone was Buddy Dyers legislative aide for years, and shares the same liberal view on gay equality. Buckles is a formerState House District 36 candidates SHERI MCINVALE (left) and PATRICK HOWELL (right). U.S. House Dist. 24 candidate HARRY JACOBS. Florida gubernatorial candidate BILL MCBRIDE. State Attorney General candidate BUDDY DYER. Clones from Page 29

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W37 W20 Although this is an off-year election, the decisions we make on Nov. 5 may be seismic. On the national level, a shift of just one seat in the Senate and six seats in the House would change the parties in power and substantially impact the nations agenda for the future. Statewide, we face the prospect of electing a new Governor and Attorney General, and determining the makeup of a legislature that will soon consider gay adoptions and the Dignity for All Students Act. Locally, county commissions and school boards will determine whether those communities will embrace or reject gay equality. Meanwhile, gays and lesbians are increasingly important and apparent as a voting bloc. Four percent of voters identified themselves as gay in a national exit poll conducted in 2000, and few elections are won by that margin or more.Equality Florida asked most Florida candidates to respond to a number of questions pertinent to our community. The results of that questionnaire were considered in the voters guide below, and particularly in making endorsements. But we are mindful that GLBT issues will not always determine your votes, nor should they. The 2000 election in Florida vividly revealed the importance of each individual vote. Voting is one of the great privileges and responsibilities of being an American. We hope that the guide below will help you in reaching decisions, but we encourage you to investigate each candidate and reach your own informed voting decisions. WNATIONAL ELECTIONS* bold denotes incumbent. U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 3: Corrine Brown (D) v. Jennifer Carroll (R). Browns term in office has been diminished somewhat by personal troubles and ineffective staff, but she is developing into a good representative for this serpentine and largely African-American district that stretches from Orlando to Jacksonville. Brown supports ENDA, hate crimes legislation, and a domestic partner registry in Washington D.C. Her opponent favors none of these initiatives. W atermark endorses Corrine Brown. U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 4: Ander Crenshaw (R) v. Charles S. Knause (I). Although were not happy about it, conservative incumbent Crenshaw is sure to be re-elected. He opposes ENDA and every other pro-gay measure that ever saw the light of day. Knause is a write-in candidate start practicing your handwriting. W atermark endorses Charles S. Knause. U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 5: Karen Thurman (D) v. Ginny Brown-Waite (R). Thurman has represented this district for 10 years, but it was recently redrawn and Republicans smell blood. There will be about two dozen races that determine control of Congress, said the nonpartisan Cook Political Report And Floridas 5this absolutely in the mix. The district now stretches north from Pasco and Lake Counties, but no longer includes liberal Alachua County. It does, however, include Brown-Waites entire state senate district. Thurman supports ENDA, hate crimes legislation and a domestic partner registry. Her opponent does not, and is further aligned with the most conservative elements of the Republican Party. Re-elect Thurman to a sixth term. W atermark endorses Karen Thurman. U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 6: David E. Bruderly (D) v. Cliff B. Stearns (R ). Bruderly is mostly unknown, but incumbent Stearns is on record opposing ENDA and all other federal pro-gay initiatives. The office needs new blood. W atermark endorses David E. Bruderly. U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 7: W ayne Hogan (D) v. John L. Mica (R). Micas influence in the House increases with each re-election. Now in his fifth term, hes been a strong and effective advocate for solving Central Floridas traffic problems. He also enacted an antidiscrimination policy within his office that includes sexual orientation. But he opposes ENDA and other pro-active gay initiatives. His well-funded Democratic opponent who earned much of his money taking on tobacco companies has been mostly silent about gay issues, and trails by a wide margin in recent polls. W atermark recommends that you be informed and choose wisely. U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 8: Eddie Diaz (D) v. Ric Keller (R). First-termer Keller leads Diaz by a wide margin in the polls, and is expected to win. But the choice is clear. Dumpy and unimpressive (he and Mica have the worst toupees in Congress), Keller is aligned with the most conservative wing of his party. He will vote against us at every turn. Diaz, a former policeman who was shot while on duty, is a steadfast and increasingly articulate supporter of gay equality, and actively courted gay votes along the campaign trail. W atermark endorses Eddie Diaz. U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 9: Chuck Kalogianis (D) v. Michael Bilirakis (R). Incumbent Bilirakis is on record opposing ENDA, hate crimes legislation, and other gay equality measures. Newcomer Kalogianis supports both, and deserves our support. W atermark endorses Chuck Kalogianis. U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 13: Jan Schneider (D) v. Katherine Harris (R). As Floridas Secretary of State, Harris became one of the most recognizable and heavily made up figures in state politics when she supervised the presidential recount to ensure the election of George W. Bush. Shes now running for Congress, but against a surprisingly strong Democratic challenger. Schneider is a Yale Law School graduate whos as impressive as she is likeable. She demonstrates in her own life a commitment to inclusiveness and diversity, says Triangle Democratic Caucus president Jim Merritt. Schneider supports ENDA, hate crimes, and the other things that matter to us. Harris has been mostly unresponsive on issues relating to the gay community but her most influential supporters have not. If elected, Schneider could prove to be one of Congress brightest stars. Lets give her the chance. W atermark endorses Jan Schneider. U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 15: Jim Tso (D) v. Dave Weldon (R). W eldon cosponsored an unsuccessful bill that would eliminate domestic partner benefits within the District of Columbia. The four-term Congressman, who is reneging on a promise not to seek a fifth, is no friend to our community. Tso has not addressed glbt issues during his campaign, but hes intelligent, likeable, soft-spoken and cant be any worse. W atermark endorses Jim Tso.U.S. House District 8 candidate EDDIE DIAZ with supporters JEFF MILLER (left) and TED MAINES (right). After Abba and Ace of Base, Sweden brings forth Alcazar. The group has stormed the European charts with their debut album Casino. The record features an energetic blend of old-school disco, eurodance, and poppy drum n base combined with a heavy dose of camp and confidence. Lead singer Andreas Lundstedt does not seem reluctant to acknowledge his homosexuality, but he stresses that he is protective of his privacy. I am not making a secret of the fact that Im gay, but I dont want to make it a big deal either, explains the singer. I get a lot of fan mail from teenage girls though. They sent me teddy bears and letters. I have no idea if they know I am gay. Glitter galore, Alcazar has also become a huge smash with gay audiences throughout the world with their flamboyant and kitsch live act. The group headlined Sydneys Mardi Gras in March 2002, and also performed at several Pride events in Europe this year. The success is very much about our music, our attitude and our appearance, says Lundstedt. We dont mind dressing up provocative, outspoken and show some femininity. When it comes to openly showing off his male sexuality, Lundstedt says, I am very comfortable with that. Nothing too racy though, I am not a South Beach go-go boy. God no! Further evidence of ABBAs continuing popularity can be found in the success of Mamma Mia! a musical involving three love stories told through ABBA songs. The musical premiered in London in 1999 then moved to Broadway and is currently touring the United States. For going on four decades the unlikely chart-toppers have captivated us with their infectious pop arrangements and with the help of Bjorn Again we can say thanks for the music to this day. W Bjorn Again will appear at House of Blues Orlando on Friday, Nov. 1. To order tickets call (407) 934-BLUE. Tickets may also be purchased at any Ticketmaster. For further information visit .An openly gay singer fronts Swedens latest pop music sensation. By Arjan TimmermansABBA-ESQUE ALCAZAR Openly gay ANDREAS LUNDSTEDT is the lead singer for Alcazar, Swedens newest pop import. 2002 Elections VO TERS GUIDEBy Tom Dyer

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W19 W38 FLORIDAS FIRST GAY AND LESBIAN DAY CENTER TO OPEN IN 2003FT. LAUDERDALE State officials announced that the states first day center specializing in care for gay and lesbian elders will open in February 2003 in Ft. Lauderdale. The Area Agency on Aging, which funds eight senior day centers in Broward County, gave $200,000 in federal seed money this past spring to start the day center at the Sunshine Cathedral. We have a lot of gay people here who are entering their senior years, and we arent really doing anything for them, said Edith Lederberg, the area agencys executive director. About 15,000 gay and lesbian seniors live in Broward County, Lederberg said, and that number is growing. The board and foundation of the Sunshine Cathedral, a member of Metropolitan Community Church, approved the day center in January 2002. The day center will be open Mondays through Fridays, and it will provide activities, meals and support for seniors and their families and partners. I think gay and lesbian people will be more comfortable putting their family members in a situation like this where the whole family is respected, said Sunshine Cathedral Rev. Grant Lynn Ford. KANSAS CITY, Mo. The Applebees restaurant group, which drew fire from a conservative Christian organization for advertising on the Bravo reality miniseries Gay Weddings said on Oct. 1 that the ad ran by mistake. A spokeswoman for Applebees International said the company specifically asked the cable television channel not to run the spot during Gay Weddings As an advertiser, we like most companies prefer to stay with noncontroversial shows, Laurie Ellison said.APPLEBEES SAYS AD ON GAY WEDDINGS RAN BY MISTAKEThe ad ran once during the first episode of Gay Weddings on Sept. 2. The show ran for four nights, each time profiling a gay or lesbian couple preparing to exchange vows. Cathy Renna, a spokeswoman for the national Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, said she was disappointed with Applebees. This is a lost opportunity for Applebees, not to support a show that promotes understanding, she said. (AP) Sterling! Sterling! DAYTONA BEACH/SPACE COASTNetworking organization for gays and lesbians in Seminole and Volusia counties. (407)668-6112.rLesbian social group. (321)951-2172; .fntrttMember of HIV/AIDS Florida Community Planning Group. Meets at V olusia County Health Department. (904)238-4727.nfrfSocial group of bears, cubs and other friends who congregate, not hibernate. or e-mail at gntlbear@comcast.net.fSocial group that meets the 3rd Sun. of the month at 3 PM at Rumors on Nova Rd., Holly Hill. E-mail bears@funcoastbears.org or go to for more information.rGay, Lesbian, Bisexual Association. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University student group. (904) 226-7222 voice mail 3333000;.nbttP eer counseling and support group. Meets the last Mon. (407)777-9833.nrGuild of gay-friendly businesses. Meets every third Mon.; 7 PM. (386)322-8003; .ffHIV/AIDS service organization. Offers testing, counseling and support groups. (904)255-5569; .GLBT and supporters social group for those living in Volusia and Seminole counties. Meets second Fri. (407)400-2879; .trnP arents, Families, Friends of Lesbians and Gays. Meets third Tues.; 7 PM; Hope MCC in Daytona, 500 South Ridgewood Ave. (US1). (386)3224169; support@pflagdaytona.org; .tfSocial group for GLBT and supporters. Meets every other Thurs. (904)228-8187; rapunzel69@hotmail.com. tfrrT welve-step program. Meets each Sun.; 10 AM; GLBCC. (407)2288272; .frrSocial group for bears and their admirers. Meets second Sun.; 4 PM; Full Moon Saloon. (407)896-0239; .rfSocial group for black and white men all are welcome. Meets second Sat.; 2 PM; GLBCC. (407)228-8272; .fBig Mans Club of Orlando. Social club for big men and their admirers. Visit or call Ricky at (407)422-6040 or (407)310-7612.rAmerican Association of University Women social group for those who love to read and talk about books. Meets first Tues. (407)677-1186. ORLANDO fCentral Florida AIDS United Resources. Offers counseling, support groups, educational programs and HIV testing. Phone (407)849-1452. Hotline: (407)841-2437.fT welve-step program dealing with codependency. (407)228-8272; .frChildren of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere. A youth support group for a ges 13-20. (407)897-2266; BardMerlin@aol.com.fffLevi/leather social club. Meets first and third Sun.; 4:30 PM; Full Moon Saloon. (407)647-4604.rSupport group for transgender, transsexual and transvestite persons facilitated by a certified sex therapist. (407)228-8272; .nT welve-step program for overeaters. Meets second and fourth Mon.; 7:30 PM; GLBCC. (407)228-8272; .rGay and Lesbian Association. Valencia Community College student group. Meets each Thurs.; 1 PM; east campus. .rnSocial/support group for gay and lesbian youth and their straight friends. Call Mike McKee for meeting time. (407)282-9685; .tGay Asian Pride. Social/support group for GLBT Asians and Pacific Islanders and their friends. Meets first Mon.; 7:30 PM; GLBCC. (407)228-8272; .nRollerskating night for GLBT and straight people of all ages. First Mon.; 9 PM; Semoran Skateway.frrSocial club of big men and their admirers. Second and fourth Tues.; 7 PM; GLBCC. (407)228-8272; .rfffGay Lesbian Bisexual Community Center. Hosts various social groups and offers programs assisting the GLBT community. (407)228-8272; .rttArranges social events for GLBT parents and their children. Initial meetings GLBCC. (407)301-8070; mbwboyfl@aol.com.rftrA social group for same-gender couples. Various meeting times and monthly events such as potlucks, pool parties, museum trips, etc. Call (407) 644-4486 or visit .Orange County Center Against Domestic Violence. Crisis Line: (407)886-2856. Community Outreach: (407)895-6099. Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence Hotline: (800)500-1119.nGLBT motorcycle riding group. Meets fourth Mon.; 10 AM; GLBCC. (407)228-8272; .r ftGay and lesbian campers. Camping rallies once a month. (407)831-4926.r ffrrInclusive, diverse Republicans. Meets fourth Tues.; 6 PM. (407)9234000; LogCabinOrlando@iname.com.r nfrInternational friends social group for single men and couples of various ethnic backgrounds. (407)324-1846; ifoflor@aol.com.nT welve-step program and support group for recovering marijuana addicts. Meets Sun.; 11:30 AM; GLBCC. (407)228-8172; .ftSupport group for men 18 and over dealing with coming out. Meets W ed.; 7:30 PM; GLBCC. (407)228-8272; .trfGeneral meeting first Thurs. (407)420-2182.tfJewish gay and lesbian group. Meets at the Center Monday night, 7 PM. Please call 407-895-0706 or e-mail Mishpuchamail@yahoo.com for info.tP ansexual support group. Meets third Sat.; 11 AM; GLBCC. (407)2288272; .rnfCommunity chorus; welcomes everyone. Meets Wed.; John & Rita Lowndes building. (407)841-SING; .rfDiscussion group for gay men. Meet Thurs.; 7:30 PM; GLBCC. (407)228-8272; .rffO-QUAC. Social/resources group for GLBT academics and intellectuals. cschippe@mail.ucf.edu; tpugh@mail.ucf.edu.rfrfrA gay mens group to network with other professionals meets monthly at different establishments. Beach outings, parties, and community building activities. Go to for more.rSupport group for women over 40 and the people who love them. Last Thurs.; 7:30 PM; GLBCC. (407)228-8272; .trP arents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. Meets third Wed.; 7:30 PM; First United Methodist Church. (407)236-9177.trnfrF or the polyamorous, poly-curious, poly-friendly or those interested in the concept of loving more than one person. Meets once a month. .tEmotions Anonymous. Twelve-step program for ones individual progress and movement towards health and emotional recovery. Meets second and fourth Sat.; 9:20 AM; GLBCC. (407)228-8272; .Rights and Integration Now. Social/support group for any gender or orientation 18 and over. Meets Tue.; 6 PM; GLBCC. (407)228-8272; .fffrGLBT group of Democrats and Independents. Meest fourth Mon.; 6:30 PM; GLBCC. (407)228-8272; .T welve-step narcotics recovery program geared toward gay community. Meets Wed.; 8 PM; GLBCC. (407)228-8272; .tDiscussion group for gay and bisexual men about lifestyle choice and spiritual development. Meets at Center of Light Church & Spiritual Center. (407)228-0101.rfSocial/support group for men and women of any gender or orientation ages 20-30. Meets Wed.; 7:30 PM; GLBCC. (407)228-8272; .A Social Forum for Singles: Weekly Presentation, Discussion and Social Excercise. Make new friends, network with singles and participate in monthly outings. Alternating Tuesdays and Thursdays at GLBCC. $10 fee, $5 for students. Contact Joe Salg @ 407-716-7207 for information or visit ffrSupport group for lesbians of color. (407)443-6696; ; littleafrica77@hotmail.com.rrfSocial group for both hearing and non-hearing gays. (407)852-0515.ffnGroup of teens and young adults 13 and older who use theatre to educate others on HIV/AIDS. Meets Thurs.; 6:30 PM; GLBCC. (407)2288272; .rfrrLevi/leather/uniform social group. Meets first Sun.; 2 PM; GLBCC. (321)549-0713; .frUniversity of Central Florida Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Student Union. Meets Tue.; 8 PM; Student Union Building on Main Orlando Campus. ucfglbsu@ucf.edu.rrSocial group for women who live in Lake County. Meets second Sun.; Mt. Dora Chamber of Commerce. (352)383-2165.nfSocial/support group for all womyn of all orientations. Meets Thurs.; 7:30 PM; GLBCC. (407)228-8272; .trGroup formed to bring awareness to same sex parenting issues. Meets bimonthly; 7 PM; GLBCC. (407)228-8272; .fBay Area Men of All Colors Together is Tampa Bays local chapter of the National Organization of Black and White Men Together. We are a gay interracial group with a social, political and educational focus. Call (727)4612617 or visit for more information.tttSupport group for friends and family whove experienced a recent loss of a loved one. Meets second and fourth Thurs.; 7 PM; The Center of Tampa Bay. (813)871-2232.tDiscussion group that touches on issues that are germane to samegender-loving men of color. Meets the second Sun. of each month, 5 PM at the Equality Florida Offices, 3708 Swann Ave., Tampa. (813)236-8809. T AMPA BAY AREA THEATER COMPANY EXTENDS INVITATION TO PARTYThe new Suncoast Theatre is set to open in St. Petersburg in November and the first show will be Party The theatre is operated independently of the resort by DH Productions, a company formed by Party playwright David Dillon and director Nic Arnzen. DH Productions is inviting Tampa Bay Business Guild members and other businesses to join them in sponsoring the new theater and the production of Party Earlier this year, Party opened at Central Stage and the gay community embraced the show quickly and enthusiastically as evidenced by the run being consistently sold out. Party is reopening by popular demand and expects to run at the Suncoast Theatre indefinitely. To find out more about the benefits of sponsorship, contact Daniel Harris at (727) 867-1111 ext. 302 or e-mail SuncoastTheatre@yahoo.com.WINDOWS MEDIA SAYS FINANCES ARE STABLEDespite rumors indicating that its demise in inevitable, Window Media, the largest GLBT newspaper chain in the nation, insists it is financially sound and will continue to publish in a slow-moving economy. The status (of Window Media) is good, said William W aybourn, CEO of the company that publishes W ashington Blade and Southern Voice Were dealing with the same issues as everyone else in media. Waybourn said that the company has seen a 12 percent increase in advertising revenue during the last year, its overall circulation is growing and there are plans to acquire other papers in other cities.PLANS DROPPED TO OPEN GAY RETREAT IN TENNESSEEA North Carolina businessman has dropped plans to open a gay retreat in Grundy County because the site was vandalized on Oct. 10. This is a place Im asking friends and guests to come to, and theres no way I would do that without knowing they would be 100 percent safe, Allan Winkler said. Ive already received 10 death threats by e-mail. The security gate system was stolen, and the office building was demolished. Winkler said he called the ACLU and HRC about the vandalism.

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W39 W18 rLesbian, feminist chorus. Meets Sun.; 6:15 PM; MCC Tampa. (813)6797585; CrescendoSings@aol.com.fGLBT community center. Offers phone referrals, meeting space, resource center and more. Located next to Equality Florida, 3708 Swann Ave. (813)875-8116; .rntfntbtnnrMeets third Thurs.; 6:30 PM; 3708 W. Swann Ave.. (813)870-3735.rntfntbtnnMeets last Thurs.; 7 PM; Positive Expressions. (727)527-3197.rS.A.G.E. sponsored support group for GLBT persons who have experienced a recent death or loss. Meets second Sat.. (813)932-4359.f fttWriters workshop for PLWAs. Meets Thurs.; 6 PM. (727)327-2969fttrrMeets the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Tues., from 6:30 8 PM at 136 4th St., N., St. Petersburg. (727)895-4439.ftbtttrMeets the 1st and 3rd Friday of the month at 136 4th St., N., St. P etersburg. (727)895-4439.ffrrY outh group for GLBT and their supporters ages 14-21. Meets Sun.; 7 PM. (813)935-4101; Fce2FceYouth2aol.com.fttrMeets the first and third Friday of the month at 136 4th.St.N. St. Pete. F or info call (727)895-4439.ftntnrPlaying card variety. (813)832-2999.fntrrCentral Florida Region Lambda Car Club International. .fntrnfrnSocial group for same gender couples. (813)360-6852; (727)347-7412.ftnntrP asco Countys only AA meeting for GLBT individuals. Meets Sun.; 7 PM; Spirit of Life MCC. (727)849-6962.ftnrGay mens social club for non-alcoholic gatherings. (813)960-1664.frfNot-for-runners only club orientated to the gay and lesbian community. Meets Sat.; 9 AM; Old Hyde Park Village and Wed.; 6:45 PM; Fred Ball Park. (813)891-7098.trntrtrMeets Wed.; 7 PM; The Center of Tampa Bay. (813)875-8116.trnttrtrMeets Fri.; 10 AM; The Center of Tampa Bay. (813)875-8116.ntnntrMeets every evening; 8:15 PM; 3644-A Henderson Blvd.. (813)273-8741.frnrMovies, amusement parks, dinig out, water parks, beaches, picnics, etc. 18 and up. Contact Steve at (727)344-0512.tnGay Singles for Health and Monogamy. Social group for sober nonsmokers seeking a lifemate. (727)410-6687.T ue.; 9 PM; United Skates of America. (813)876-5826; .nSupport group for GLBT parents. Meets second Thurs.; Equality Florida. (813)831-8207; .nOrganization working to end anti-gay bias in Hillsborough County schools. Meets third Fri.. (813)872-6393; GLSENTB@aol.com.tMeets third Wed.. (813)960-3022.ttttrntrrSponsored by Works of Mercy, Catholic Coalition of People with AIDS. Meets Thurs.; 7 PM; Parish Center of Sacred Heart Church. (813)2373421.trMeets at UU Church of St. Petersburg. (727)898-3294.n tfF ree dinner on the first Tues. of the month. 140 4th St. N at the St. P etersburg Cathedral Parish Hall. (727)895-4439.ntGay & Lesbian Crisis/Service of Tampa Bay, Inc. Phone volunteers 711 PM; computerized system 11-7 PM. (727)586-4297.n trntfInclusive, diverse Republicans, dinner/coffee 2nd Tues., 7 PM at HoHos chinese/9 PM at Different Grind. Misc. social and political events. (813)7898212, , or LCRTampaBay@yahoo.com.nnLesbians On the Lookout Association. Social club for womyn. (813)9480659; pianolez@aol.com.ntttA community services organization offering HIV/AIDS case management, counseling services, referrals and thrift store. In Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. (727)321-3854. .trOpen meeting for gays and lesbians. Meets Thurs.; 8:15 PM; GALAA Club. ecg@tampabay.rr.com.rfntfAll proceeds benefit AIDS and breast cancer patients in St. Petersburg and Tampa Bay areas. Donations of clothing and household items are needed daily. Located at 631 4th St. North, St. Pete. (866)250-1959.rrnrGay, lesbian and bisexual friendly outdoor activity club. (813)962-8459.fnP arents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. Meets second T ue.; 7 PM; 5800 Nebraska. (813)831-8207; onecoolguy@hotmail.com.tftnntSt. Petersburg AIDS organization dedicated to the needs of the minority community. (727)822-2437; POCAS@aol.com.fntnnP arents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. Meets fourth Sat.; 10 AM; Piccadilly Cafeteria. (727)345-7688; (727)821-2140; PFLAG@tampabay.rr.com.ttffAlcohol-free social group for HIV+ people, their friends and family. Meets Sat.; 6 PM; Positive Expressions Gallery. (727)384-9305.tttNon-profit organization working to empower HIV+ individuals by developing and supporting their self-expression and educating the public through presentations of creative work. (727)384-9305; .tnftnrSupport group for anyone who has a realitive, friend, partner, coworker, etc., who has a drinking problem that is affecting their lives. Meets Fri.; 6:30 PM; King of Peace Church. (727)323-5857.tnntMeets second and fourth Thurs. during the summer; every Thurs. in fall; 8 PM; USF Marchall Center. (813)974-4297.tThe general meeting is held on the second Thursday of each month. (813)854-8160 or .ttfSocial group for mature gay and bisexual men and those younger men who admire them. (813)231-8817; .nttfAIDS service organization dedicated to disseminating updated and accurate information about HIV/AIDS. (813)238-2887; .tttnrInvestment club for the GLBT community. Meets monthly. (813)962-8459.tftntA series of GLBT films, 7 PM, 2nd Saturday of each month except Oct., in the social hall of the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater, FMI (727)531-7704.tDiscusses a new book each month. Meets second Mon.; 7:30 PM. (813)221-1423.trfftnrMonthly gay days in Tampa. Busch Gardens: fourth Sun.; Adventure Island: second Sat.; Brandon restaurant tour: second Sat. at 5:30 PM. carl813@hotmail.com; .tnnrFloridas largest gay and lesbian travel organization. (813)414-9933; (800)881-3600.ntrnA twelve-step program that helps hetero and homosexual men and women understand and recover from unhealthy compulsive sexual behavior. (727) 896-SLAA or .rrGay male non-sexual nudist group. Meets monthly. (813)237-2436. rftnnStarburst of Pinellas Park, support group for cross-dressing and transgendered persons, regardless of stage. Meetings at 7 PM on the third Saturday of every month. Call Georgia at (727)523-8760 for more information.rnnrLevi/leather social club. Meets second and fourth Fri.; 9:30 PM. Member SECC. (727)586-5847; Snctlthr@aol.com.rtMeets third T uesday, Waterside Lounge, P ort Richey. (727) 841-7900. Bears social club. Meets second Fr.; 7:30 PM; Suncoast Eagle Bar. . rtrtnMeets second Tue. (813)237-3751; . tnrMeets monthly in the Tampa Bay Area. For more information visit . rMeets Mon.; 7 PM; Old Springs Theatre. (727)865-9004. rtGay male non-sexual nudist group. (813)265-4005. tbn@tampabay.rr.com .tbrttttttttP asco and Hernandez chapters. Meet first Sun.; Oakhill Hospital. Citrus County chapter. Meets second Sun.; Cellar Pub. (727)863-6112.tntnntffP eriodic social gatherings for both hearing and non-hearing gays. (813)236-3123.rtOffers weekly support groups and recreational and social activities for young people dealing with issues concerning sexual orientation with gay, lesbian and straight advisors. (727)586-4297.fntnBear club. Meets first Sun.; DTs. (727)824-7810; info@westfloridagrowlers.com; .A diverse mix of womyn that do not support intra-community prejudice, separatism, or discrimination of any kind. Meets Sundays at 3 PM at Gulfport Beach. Check their Web site for activities, polls and other discussions .tAIDS service organization. Offers peer counseling, testing, activities, support groups and social events. (941)954-6011; aidsmanasota@prodigy.net; .nGLBT youth group. (941)252-2576; jbalso@aol.com; also.executivedirector@verizon.net.nttfntProvides information about local faith, social, support organizations and events to the GLBT community. (9941)923-INFO.rnfntnrInclusive, diverse Republicans. GulfCoastLogCabin@iname.com or jimbofla@yahoo.com.rnfrMeets Mon.; Universalist Unitarian Church, Sarasota. (941)377-9043; .fnP arents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. Meets third Tue.; 7:30 PM; Unitarian Church. (941)378-3536.ttSocial group for mature gay and bisexual men and those younger men who admire them. (941)359-8212; ptimes@tampabay.rr.com; .rfntrtrtnMeets third Mon.; 6 PM; Quay. (941)953-8419; .Wa termark publishes information regarding organizations as a service to the local GLBT community. We cannot guarantee the legitimacy of any organization, and in many cases have no knowledge of the organization. Requests for listings or changes to listing must be submitted in writi ng to Watermark. rnttrfntbftb rfntbftb rfntbftb rfntbftb rfntbftbHomestyle cooking better than moms! 104 Patricia Avenue, Dunedin. (727)736-6163bf bf bf bf bfDaytonas new place for innovative cuisine. Martini and piano lounge, live entertainment. 642 S. Atlantic Ave., Ormond Beach. (386) 6771006.rbftbf rbftbf rbftbf rbftbf rbftbfAn elegant restaurant featuring fine dining at the SunCoast Resort. 3000 34th St South, St. Pete. (727)867-1111fbfntr fbfntr fbfntr fbfntr fbfntrThis upbeat video bar and restaurant with huge windows and a streetfront patio draws patrons from Tampa and Sarasota. Dance floor, pool, darts, shows, and good food. 3100 3rd Ave. N., St. Pete. (727) 321-2112. .rft rft rft rft rftFamily friendly neighborhood cafe with extensive wine menu and outdoor dining in beautiful garden setting. 463 W. New England A ve., Winter Park. (407)629-1030tfrft tfrft tfrft tfrft tfrftMississippi-Delta inspired cuisine is featured in the restaurant next door to the world-famous concert hall in Downtown Disney. 1490 Lake Buena Vista Dr. (407)934-2583rnttb rnttb rnttb rnttb rnttbQuaint bistro dining just outside the Virginia/ Mills district. Happy hour 5:30 to 7:30. 802 Vi r ginia Dr., Orlando. (407)898-5688fr fr fr fr frThe perfect date restaurant where you cook you own four-course fondue meal. Clearwater 25822 US Hwy 19 North (727)797-4426 Longwood 145 Wekiva Springs Rd. #161 (407)862-8773 Maitland 500 E. Horatio Ave. (407)628-1134 Orlando 7549 W. Sand Lake Rd. (407)903-1100 Sarasota 1055 S. Tamiami Tr. #112 (941)265-2658 St Petersburg 2221 4th Street North (727)895-6358fr fr fr fr fr T ampa 13164 N. Dale Mabry (813)962-6936tffrf tffrf tffrf tffrf tffrfNeo American food and wine. Open for lunch and dinner. 442 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. (813)254-5373brftfbf brftfbf brftfbf brftfbf brftfbfBreakfast, lunch and dinner served in the comfortable cafe of this Orlando landmark. 410 N. Orange Blossom Tr. (407)425-7571bftb bftb bftb bftb bftbFormerly Cafe Allegre, located in the heart of College Park, this restaurant is truly a food, wine and art experience. 2401 Edgewater Dr., Orlando. (407)872-2332ffftfbb ffftfbb ffftfbb ffftfbb ffftfbbA great spot for lunch or for a cup of their specialty coffee and a pastry. 712 E. Washington St., Orlando. (407) 426-8989nt nt nt nt ntPopular deli style restaurant. Try the potato pancakes. Orlando locations Marketplace at Dr. Phillips (407)355-0340 Colonial Plaza (407)894-1718 W aterford Lakes Town Centre (407)249-9475 Altamonte Springs Palm Springs Shopping Center (407)830-1770 Lake Mary Lake Mary Centre (407)833-0848bt bt bt bt btPopular and upscale gay restaurant and lounge in Palma Ceia neighborhood of South Tampa. The food is great, and expect to see friends. Open 4 PM midnight. 2801 S. MacDill Ave., Ta mpa (813) 837-1836frf frf frf frf frfExperience the atmosphere, antiques and food that have made this cafe a dining institution for over 12 years. 1829 N. Orange Ave., Orlando. (407)895-9911 SARASOTA/BRADENTON AREAtt

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W17 W40 POTTERS HOUSE CELEBRATES ANNIVERSARYT ampas Potters House Fellowship, a spirit-filled ministry offering hope and the love of Christ for all people, is celebrating four years of outreach with a special service at 9:30 AM on Nov. 3. Pastor Robert Morgan welcomes Pastor Doug Clanton from Phoenix for a morning of music and ministering. For more information on the Homecoming Reunion call (813) 238-6330.P ASTORS GROUP PROTESTS ANNUAL NEW ORLEANS GAY FESTIVALChristian pastors are leading a protest campaign against an annual gay celebration in the French Quarter that they say features lewdness, nudity and public sex. The Rev. Grant E. Storms, who organized the campaign, was one of more than a dozen New Orleans-area pastors who spoke at a City Hall protest on Oct. 11, calling on Mayor Ray Nagin and the City Council to revoke Southern Decadences permits and ban the festival. City officials have not responded to the protests and did not come out of their offices during the demonstration. L YNCHBURG, Va. Anti-Muslim and anti-gay remarks made by Christian fundamentalist Reverend Jerry Falwell are the focus of protests and vigils to be held on Oct. 26 and 27 outside Falwells Thomas Road Baptist Church in L ynchburg, VA. Hundreds of GLBT and allied supporters of Soulforce will descend on Lynchburg that weekend to confront Falwell for his anti-gay and antiMuslim rhetoric. According to reports, statements made by Falwell on a CBS television last Sunday calling the founder of Islam a terrorist sparked rioting in India, which killed five people and injured 47 others Friday. Words have power to hurt and kill, and Jerry Falwell must repent for his words, said Rev. Mel White, co-founder of Soulforce. Falwell is notorious for his anti-gay statements. We have been saying for years that fundamentalist anti-gay rhetoric leads to suffering and death for GLBT people, and now we can say it also leads to death for Muslims. We must stand together against the fear-mongering tactics of the fundamentalists among us, whether the fundamentalists are Muslim or Christian for fundamentalism does not represent the loving spirit of either faith, White said at a joint press release issued by Soulforce and the gay Muslim organization Al-Fatiha. Rev. White and his partner Gary Nixon leased a home across the street from Falwells Thomas Road Baptist Church last month and have been attending services at the church, but Falwell has refused to meet with them since they became neighbors.VA TICAN PREPARING TO EXCLUDE GAY MEN FROM PRIESTHOODSOULFORCE CONFRONTS FA L WELLS ANTIGAY RHETORICThe Catholic News Service (CNS), the W ashington Post and other media outlets are reporting this week that the Vatican has drafted documents that will direct the church to prevent gay men from entering the seminary or becoming ordained. The document will formally reinforce a dont ask, dont tell situation within the priesthood. The CNS reports that the draft, which was penned by the Congregation for Catholic Education, is currently being distributed to church officials for review. According to sources, the church had been considering the issue for many years but the documents inception came on the heels of the Catholic sex abuse scandal that has shaken the American Catholic church. Some in the Vatican will use any excuse to further their agenda of repressing gay people, said Marianne Duddy, executive director of Dignity USA. Were deeply disappointed but not surprised. rfrntbbtb nbttrtr rf ntbbrt Open and welcoming congregation is located at 1124-FF Beville Rd., Daytona Beach. Contact Chris at (386)441-8431. All faiths are welcome at 500 S. Ridgewood Ave. Services are Sunday at 11 AM and Thursday at 7 PM. (904) 2540993. Rev. Jim Lynch, Pastor. W orship in a gay-friendly environment every Sunday morning at 10:30 AM. Downtown location at 1901 E. Robinson St. (407) 898-3621. Rev. Marni Harmony, Minister. Nondenominational support group open to anyone affected by HIV/AIDS. Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month at 7:30 PM at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 5900 Oleander Dr. (407) 277-3939. Monthly meetings for gay Episcopalians. Newcomers always welcome. Call Irv at (407)895-4749. All are welcome at worship services held each Sunday at 8:30 AM, 10 AM, 11:30 AM, and 7 PM at church building, 2351 S. F erncreek Ave. Taize meditation and prayer on Wednesday at 7 PM. (407) 894-1081 or . Rev. Carol T rissell, Senior Pastor. An affirming environment for gay men who wish to begin or continue their faith journey. Meets 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7 PM at First United Methodist Church, 142 E. Jackson St. (407) 895-5368. A spiritually-based transformation-oriented workshop for gay and bisexual men. Community activities include monthly meditations, pot luck dinners, brunches, pool parties, BBQs. Visit for more information or call Mike at (407) 859-8832 or Dan at (407) 895-1194 Everyone is welcome at Sunday Celebration, 10:30 AM at the Maitland Civic Center, 641 S. Maitland Ave. Bookstore, youth church, classes, counseling available. (407) 673-3030. Cath DePalma and John DePalma, ministers. A non-liturgical bible-based church for all, held at the GLBCC Center every Sunday at 6 PM. (407) 425-4527. Every Mon. from 7-9 PM at the Center. Non-denominational. P ersonal empowerment group thats fun and enriching. (407)484-8751. Religion for open minds. Sunday: religious education 9:30 AM, service 10:30 AM. 11648 McCulloch Rd., East Orlando. (407) 737-4018 or . Minority-focused spiritual ministry meets Sundays at 10:50 AM at the House of Power, 750 S. Orange Blossom Tr. Liberation discussion Tuesday at 8 PM. HIV counseling/testing W ednesday at 6 PM. (407) 839-5051 or email upcenter@bellsouth.net. Gay-affirming liturgical church meets for Sunday Mass at 10:30 AM, 7813 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa. (813) 238-6060. Growing reform congregation with special outreach to the gay and lesbian community. Sabbath services are every F riday at 8 PM, 719 Arlington Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 822-7503 or . An all-affirming and nondenominational ministry rooted in Christ and biblically based, pastored by Rev. J. Ricc Rollins, II. Service is at 10:30 AM. At the Doubletree Hotel, 4500 W est Cypress Street, Tampa Bay. (813) 873-1889. Mass for GLBT Catholics, their families and friends on Sundays at 6 PM at King of Peace MCC, 3150 5th Ave., St. P etersburg. A social follows. (813) 238-2868 or . All are welcome at this Christian church that offers a variety of ministries and counseling services. 1025 7th Ave. N., St. Petersburg. (727) 823-1806 or . Rev. Joyce Stone, Pastor. Part of the More Light Presbyterians seeking full participation of GLBT people of faith. Services are Sundays at 10:30 AM at 5 Pa tricia Ave., Dunedin. (727) 733-2956 or . Mass for the lesbian/gay community on Sundays at 7 PM at the Franciscan Center, 3010 Perry Ave., Tampa. (813)229-2695. A non-profit, interfaith day respite center for those affected by HIV/AIDS. (813) 237-3066 or . All are welcome at this support group for members of the GLBT community within the Episcopal church. Meets the 1st Sunday of each month at 6 PM at St. Catherines Episcopal Church in Temple Terrace. (813) 988-5283. Giving support to GLBT Unitarian Universalists and their heterosexual allies. (727) 531-7704. W orship services are at 10 AM each Sunday at 3150 5th Ave N., St. Petersburg. Prayer/Communion service is at 6:30 PM each Thursday, followed by dinner and bingo. (727) 323-5857. Liturgical and Evangelical Christianity. Worship services Sunday at 10:30 AM. Mid-week dinner on Wednesday at 6 PM, with worship at 7 PM. 408 E. Cayuga St. (813) 239-1951 or UFMCCTampa@aol.com. Rev. Glenna T. Shepherd, P astor. Spirit-filled ministry offering hope and the love of Christ for all people. Sunday services are at 10 AM at 2119 West Gray Street. (813) 238-6330 or or P oHoFellow@aol.com. W orship service at 10:30 AM each Sunday at 4133 Thys Rd., New Port Richey. Night services of prayer and praise on Wednesdays at 6:30 PM. (727) 849-6962 or or pastorandy@earthlink.net. Rev. Andy Sidden, Pastor. Evangelical Anglican Church a progressive gay-affirming church in the Anglican tradition. Call (813) 258-0750. Sunday mornings at 10:30 AM at the Pines Conference Center, 7029 Cedar Lane, Brooksville. Call (352) 796-4457 or rbkeim@gte.net. Chaplain Bob Keim. W orship services at 11 AM Sundays, 11400 Morris Bridge Rd. Open and welcoming congregation worships Sundays at 10:30 AM at 2470 Nursery Rd., Clearwater. (727) 531-7704. W orship services are at 11 AM each Sunday, 719 Arlington Ave. N. (727) 898-3294. Outreach by Unitarian Universalists to the local GLBT community. For more information call (727) 531-7704, ask for Rev. Abhi Janamanchi. Sunday meetings at 9:45 AM, service at 11 AM. 710 Crenshaw Lake Rd, Lutz. (813)909-9590 or visit . Rev. Bob and Ruth Fatur, ministers. Rev. Nancy Wilson leads traditional worship services at 9:15 AM, and a contemporary service at 11 AM. 7225 N. Lockwood Ridge Rd. (941)355-0847 or Trinity1srq@aol.com. Reform Judaism synagogue. Shabbat Evening Services are at 8 PM every Friday with Rabbi Shimon Moch. 3374 Keystone Road, T arpon Springs. (727) 938-9000 or . Mass for GLBT Catholics, their families and friends on Sundays at Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota, FL. (941)359-9504 or . An interfaith movement committed to ending spiritual violence perpetuated by religious policies and teachings against GLBT people. Meets the first Tuesday of each month at the ALSO drop in center, 1624 Ringling Blvd. Contact Luann Conaty at (941) 493-9036, e-mail Soulforce.swflorida@verizon.net, or visit . Meets at 11 AM on Sundays for Worship & Celebration with Rev. Dr. Sherry L. Kennedy. 3276 East Venice Avenue, Venice, FL (941)484-7068 or e-mail scmcc@mindspring.com. This welcoming congregation with an openly gay minister features worship services at 10:30 AM each Sunday, 3975 Fruitville Rd. (941) 371-4974. Rev. Don Beaudreault, Minister. *IMS HEALTH National Prescription Audit data for Protease Inhibitors, 7/01/01-12/31/01. VIRACEPT and Agouron are registered trademarks of Agouron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Copyright 002, Agouron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. All rights reserved. 1-V01135-CCBecause its strong and effective. K eep your viral load down with the #1 prescribed HIV medication of its kind.*VIRACEPT works with you to keep your life on track. Because its easy to live with. VIRACEPTs easy dosing schedule and manageable side effects have been helping all kinds of people continue to lead their lives on their own terms. Because it saves future options. Wh en choosing a treatment plan, its important to consider what options you will have in the future.Studies show taking VIRACEPT early on leaves you with choices in treatment for later. Ask your doctor about your future with VIRACEPT. VIRACEPT is indicated in combination with other antiretroviral agents for the treatment of HIV infection. The most common side effect of VIRACEPT is diarrhea, which can usually be controlled with over-the-counter treatments. Some prescription and non-prescription drugs and supplements should not be taken with VIRACEPT, so talk to your doctor first. For some people, protease inhibitors have been associated with the onset or worsening of diabetes mellitus and hyperglycemia, changes in body fat, and increased bleeding in hemophiliacs. H IV drugs do not cure HIV infection or prevent you from spreading the virus. Refer to the important information on the next page. For more information, call toll free 1-888-VIRACEPT or visit www.viracept.com. StayFocused. Plan Your Future With VIRACEPT.

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W41 W16 MY DOCUMENTSGAY.COM IS NOT EVERYONES FAVORITEQueer computing by Erin J. Chisman rI love the favorites features in the major Web browsers; a place for every user to house all the sites they travel to frequently and then go back to them whenever they want with the click of a mouse. Being the horrible typist that I am, if I put a site in my favorites once, then I dont have to worry about those pesky 404 errors telling me the page is not found. I cant seem to type in a Web address correctly to save my life. So it was interesting to hear from my editor that Gay.com was voted Best Web site by our readers in the annual WAVE A wards poll. Gay.com is not only not a member of my favorites folder, it doesnt even register in my drop-down history. I decided to see what all the fuss was about and find out why it came in first, ahead of online destinations like PlanetOut or LesbianNation offers news and information related to a wide variety of travel topics, including vacation travel, cruises, adventure travel and more. Navigaytion.com also offers gay travel vacation booking online, as well as a comprehensive directory of gay and gay-friendly accommodations and travel agents. The site is free for all to use.RAINBOW LAW OFFERS GLBT COMMUNITY POLITICAL RIGHTS SITEGAYducks.org is designed as a simple resource and referral site where gays and lesbians can easily access groups and organizations. The site lists information about laws and legislation affecting the GLBT community, voting records and contact information for local, state and national politicians and candidates, information about how gay and lesbian partners can protect their relationships and rights, a lawyer referral service, and links to local and national GLBT organizations. f rn rttt bn r tn rt b

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I CAN FIND YOUR DREAM HOME!Stan MadrayREALTOR407-928-7791T rampas Riggs407-415-2265HOME BUYING MADE EASY!I CAN MAKE YOUR DREAM LOAN! W15 W42 W omyns Fest from Page 29 they plan on adding a tent that will accommodate more campers. The only thing to worry about then is the 747s otherwise known as mosquitoes buzzing around. (Dont forget your Deep W oods Off and youll be fine.) W omen come out of the woodwork to experience the Withlacoochee festival. They make the road trip from all over Florida, although the majority of the participants are from Tampa Bay. Woodrum says he expects anywhere from 800 to 1,000 women this year. He also expects the age groups to round the spectrum. In the past, women anywhere from 18 to 78 have attended, with the majority in their 30s. Now thats a selection! Not only does Sawmills relaxed and comfortable environment set the mood, but the performers themselves bring an amazing energy and spirit to the festival. The music kicks off on Friday and doesnt stop until Sunday. Shannon considers the festival a launch pad for entertainers to show off their talent. The musical variety is also astounding, ranging from soulful jazz to country to folk and even to Christian music. W ithlacoochee is definitely a festival where up-andcoming artists can be enjoyed in an intimate setting. Kristen Hart is one of the performers people will be mesmerized by. Her chords seem to pour effortlessly from her acoustic guitar. She could easily be lumped into the category of folk, but her music is so much more than that. She combines haunting vocals with jazz, blues, and folk beats to create her own style. With the lack of meaningful lyrics in music today, she is a refreshing deviation from the norm. Hart has had quite a few gigs around Orlando recently, but if you havent had a chance to check her out yet, this is an opportunity not to be missed. Ruth King is another musician whose energy will take this festival to a whole other level. Although some might compare her to Melissa Etheridge, it isnt fair to compare her to anyone. Ruth King has formed her own style that starts with her soul and travels through her fingers to the strings of her guitar and finally erupts out of her voice. The result is truly magic. Ive had the pleasure of seeing her perform at the House of Blues where she literally stopped me in my tracks. A selftaught artist, the Orlando-based singer seems at home wherever she performs. On the comedy end of the festival, Michele Balan headlines the festival. Originally from New York, this comedian is edgy, witty, and full of attitude. She has performed all over the country and has appeared on many TV networks. Balan is the type of woman you want to invite over for dinner and drinks. Her humor is down to earth and relatable, but still absolutely hysterical. Her stand-up act touches on everything from gay bowling to her musical rendition of Celine Dion songs. To watch a New Yorker complete with accent try to put up a tent will be comedy enough. Have I mentioned the nudity yet? Oh yes, my personal favorite part: the clothing optional pool. As if we needed an excuse at a womens festival to take our clothes off. For the more shy, dont worry, you can wear as much or as little as you like. What could be better than live music? Live music and naked women. And for all of you aspiring drag kings out there, bring your tuxes and solutions for world peace. This year boasts the first ever Mr. Sawmill Drag King contest to find a king worthy of sitting on the throne next to Miss Sawmill. The pageant includes a question and answer portion and a formalwear competition. Be as conservative or flashy as you want, but dont forget to pack your bulge! T ickets to the Withlacoochee Womyns Music & Comedy Festival are still available, but get them quick. This year promises to be the most exciting show yet. Just $25 gets you all access to three days of live music and comedy performances. For tickets and information, call (352) 583-0664 or visit . W A self-taught singer and songwriter, the Orlando-based RUTH KING will bring her inspiring act to the Sawmill from Nov. 1 3. rfrntY ou Never Know What Youll Find.

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W43 W14 T AMPA Florida AIDS Action (FLAA) recently announced a series of proactive enhancements that are a result of the agencys strategic planning process intended to deal with the ever-changing face of AIDS and other healthcare issues now facing Florida and the nation. The past several months have been a period of growth and positive change. said Dr. Gene Copello, FLAA executive director. Florida AIDS Action opened an office in Washington, D.C. in August of this year. Presently, the Washington office is staffed by consultants. FLAA also maintains fulltime offices in Tallahassee and Miami as well as its administrative center in Tampa. Our goal is to be able to advocate for the 100,000 Floridians living with HIV/ AIDS, as well as the nearly one million Americans with HIV disease, explained FLAA Board President Valerie Mincey.MINNESOTA RESEARCHERS MAY HAVE UNLOCKED A KEY HIV MYSTERYUniversity of Minnesota researchers may have unlocked another key mystery surrounding HIV. The discovery appears to explain why a quarter of the patients infected with the AIDS virus respond poorly to the powerful drug cocktails while others show dramatic improvements. It still has to be confirmed by a larger study. If the initial findings turn out to be accurate, the discovery could be used to predict how well patients will respond to drug treatments. It also could lead to more effective therapies and potential cures for a disease that currently infects about 60 million people worldwide.OPTIMISM MAY HAVE A NEGATIVE IMPACT ON HIV PATIENTSA new study suggests that optimism often breeds bad decisions, especially within the HIV community. In a survey of 220 people infected with HIV, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania found that those with the most hopeful views of the future were most likely to skip doses of AIDS drugs and have unsafe sex. Researchers judged levels of pessimism and optimism by asking HIV-positive people to describe their feelings when first diagnosed, their feelings now and how long they expect to live. Members of minority groups, along with women and drug users, were most optimistic about their futures. White people, those with low levels of education and those with weaker immune systems, were more likely to be pessimistic.HEADDRESS WINDFALL COMES JUST IN TIME FOR HOPE & HELPORLANDO The Hope & Help Center of Central Florida netted a nifty sum as the beneficiary of the proceeds from the successful 2002 Headdress Ball. The HIV/AIDS organization said that they were awarded a check for $203,000 from the producers of this years annual event. The monies, it turns out, came just in time. On Sept. 10, Hope & Help and other area HIV/AIDS centers lost a significant amount of Ryan White Title I funding. In all, $1.2 million was cut by the Orlando EMA HIV Health Planning Council, effecting 20 agencies whose missions are to serve people with HIV disease. Hope & Help said that these cuts to their budget will affect all of the services they provide, including food pantry, transportation, case management, health education, and adherence counseling. In addition, Hope & Helps consumers drugs and co-pays may have to be cut and there is concern that HIV patients may have to be put on a waiting list for medications. Central Florida HIV/AIDS agencies are asking Orange County Chairman Richard Crotty to investigate the funding cuts and the actions of the Planning Council. Concerned citizens can also contact Crotty at (407) 836-7370 or by e-mailing chairman@ocfl.net. W Scott J. SmithFLORIDA AIDS ACTION EXPANDS TO MEET NEEDS OF HIV/AIDS COMMUNITIESAs well as opening the Washington office, FLAA also announced its affiliation with the University of South Florida (USF). Florida AIDS Action has launched a new Center for Public Policy Research and Ethics in partnership with the Division of Infectious and Tropical Diseases at the USF College of Medicine.In addition to the work with USF, FLAA has transformed its Southeastern HIV/AIDS Resource Exchange (SHARE) Program into a high-quality healthcare advocacy association that focuses on networking, training and technical assistance to communities throughout Florida and the United States. It is now referred to as the Institute of Healthcare Advocacy Training.To learn more about Florida AIDS Action, and for more information on how to become involved in AIDS advocacy work, call (813) 232-5886 or e-mail information@floridaaidsaction.org. ACCOUNTING Barber & LattoCertified Public Accountants639 Ramona Lane(West Colonial & Ramona)Orlando, FL 32805(407) 843-9582 ACCOUNTING A TTORNEY ATTORNEY ATTORNEY ATTORNEY AIR CONDITIONING & HEATING The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely on advertisements. Before you decide, ask us t o send you free written information about our qualifications and experience. APARTMENTS / PROP. MGT. ATTORNEY A TTORNEY

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W13 W44 The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely on advertisements. Before you decide, ask us t o send you free written information about our qualifications and experience. ATTORNEY CHIROPRACTOR ATTORNEY CLEANING SERVICE ATTORNEY ATTORNEY ATTORNEY COMMITMENT CEREMONIES CLEANING SERVICE CLEANING SERVICE SARASOTA This may well be the most important ballot initiative ever for our community, said Triangle Democratic Caucus president Rev. Jim Merritt. And we need to make sure it passes this time. Merritt was referring to the upcoming ballot referendum that would give Sarasota residents non-discrimination protections including discrimination based on sexual orientation for the first time in the citys history. The ballot initiative was unanimously approved by the Sarasota City Commission earlier this summer, and will be decided by voters on Nov. 5. If passed, discrimination on the basis of age, disability, gender, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation and veterans status would be prohibited in the areas of housing, employment and public accommodation. The Sarasota Equality Project is spearheading a drive to get out votes for the referendum. To volunteer, call (941) 928-2606V OTERS TO DECIDE ON NONDISCRIMINATIONBUSINESS GUILD, TRIANGLE DEMS HOST CANDIDATES FORUMThe Southwest Florida Business Guild and the Triangle Democratic Caucus will host a Candidates Forum for those seeking elective office in the Sarasota area. The forum begins at 7 PM on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at the Sudikoff Center at New College.OFF-WHITE PARTY BENEFITS UNITED CEREBRAL PALSYSarasotas gay and lesbian community is coming out in force to benefit the local chapter of United Cerebral Palsy. The Off-White Party beings at 9 PM on Friday, Nov. 8 at Michaels On East Ballroom. Tickets are $45 in advance, $55 at the door. Attire is limited only by creativity and it must be off-white.BRUNCH BY THE BAY BENEFITS ALSO, PFLAGA Nov. 10 brunch at beautiful Marina Jacks will benefit the Sarasota chapter of PFLAG as well as ALSO for Gay Youth. The cost is $40, and Harry May and Larry Thompson are sponsoring the fundraiser. Call (941) 365-4232 or (941) 252-2576 to make reservations by Oct. 25.VENUS With the success of the Sawmill Campground, northeast of Tampa, it was just a matter of time before more outdoor recreation facilities targeting gays and lesbians opened in Florida. Camp Mars, an hour east of Sarasota in the tiny hamlet of Venus, opened two weeks ago and already 200 campers have used the facility. The six owners, all frequent visitors to Sawmill, purposely placed their campground further south to take advantage of warmer winter weather and proximity to Sarasota, Ft. Myers,GAY CAMPGROUND OPENS NEAR SARASOTAPalm Beach and Fort Lauderdale. Memberships are $10 per year, and campsites then range from $10 (rustic) to $30 (motor homes) per night more for a two bedroom cottage and yurts or heavy-duty tents with skylights and a/c. There is a small spring-fed lake on the property, as well as a rustic rec hall. According to Simpson, a swimming pool and general store will be added soon. For more information, call (863) 6996277 or visit www.campmars.com.

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W45 W12 GRAPHIC DESIGN FLOORING DAY SPA ELECTRICIANS FINANCIAL PLANNERS HAIR COMPUTERS & ITERNET COUNSELING COUNSELING COUNSELING CLOSET ORGANIZERS rST. PETERSBURG Acclaimed author Eric Marcus will participate in the St Petersburg Times Festival of Reading on the campus of Eckerd College on Sunday, Nov. 3. Marcus has penned eight books, including What If Someone I Know Is Gay? The Male Couples Guide, and T ogether Forever as well as the bestselling Breaking the Surface which he cowrote with Olympic diver Greg Louganis. Marcus latest book is Making Gay History: The Half-Century Fight for r UNITY LEADERSHIP TAMPA BAY RECEIVES GILL FOUNDATION AWARDThe Gill Foundation has presented a $1,000 Local Community Organizing Leadership A ward to Unity Leadership Tampa Bay. The award was presented at the groups biannual meeting on Oct. 19 at the Doubletree Hotel on Cypress St. The Gill Foundation is a Colorado-based charitable organization that funds worthy glbt initiatives. Unity Leadership Tampa Bay is in its third year of gathering community leaders together to network and identify common goals.ROBERTSON PRESENTS AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL ONE-MAN SHOWT ampa author, poet and activist Lorenzo Robertson is staging his oneman play, Me, Myself & I: Searching for Solace at St. Petersburgs Central Stage Theatre at 8 PM on Friday, Nov. 8 and Saturday, Nov. 9. The challenging, uplifting show takes a poignant look at one mans journey as he seeks inner peace and his greater self. Tickets are $15, and can be reserved by calling (727) 327-7529. LORENZO ROBERTSON T AMPA After twelve days of films and more than 12,000 attendees, the Tampa International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival wrapped its thirteenth year at a Sunday, Oct. 13 Closing Night Party at Chambers nightclub. That day, hundreds listened to campaign speeches and milled about in front of the Tampa Theatre at the Equality Florida Street Fair and Candidates Forum. Afterward, they lined up around the block to gain admission to the all-but-sold-out closing night film, All the Queens Men starring Matt LeBlanc. One of the vendors at the Street Fair was Connie Kurtz, who was selling her art and promoting the documentary, Ruthie and Connie: Every Room in the House The film,FILM FAST ANNOUNCES AW ARD WINNERSwhich depicts the sacrifices and personal growth of two Jewish housewives who fell in love, won the festivals Audience Award. The first-ever Connoisseur Award went to the stunning Karmen Gei a musical based on Bizets opera Carmen that was confiscated by the Senegalese government and held in a vault for two years. On closing night, Film Fest board member Jim Harper asked audience members to help with the estimated $10,000 deficit from this years event. And W atermark and Stephanie Shippae presented a surprised festival director Margaret Murray with flowers for what all agreed was a job well done. W T om Dyer RUTHIE BERMAN (left) and CONNIE KURTZ (right) with Film Fest volunteer coordinator MAX MORRIS. Photo by Rex Maniscalco. STEPHANIE SHIPPAE drops to her knee to present MARGARET MURRAY with flowers and thanks. Photo by Rex Maniscalco. MAKING GAY HISTORY AUTHOR PART OF FESTIVAL OF READINGLesbian and Gay Equal Rights which features interviews with more than sixty people who have contributed to the transformation of gay men and women. Historian Studs Terkel hailed the book as one of the definitive works on gay life. The Times Festival of Reading, now in its tenth year, celebrates the spoken and written word. More than 30 authors, including two Pulitzer Prize winners, will participate this year. For more information, and to find out when Marcus will speak, visit www.festivalofreading.com.

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W11 W46 HAIR HAIR LANDSCAPING HOME THEATER SOLUTIONS HOME IMPROVEMENT HEALTH FOOD STORES INSURANCE JEWELRY & GEMSTONES MASSAGE MASSAGE ORLANDO Orlandos gay and lesbian community was shocked by an advertisement that ran in the Sunday, Oct. 20 edition of the Orlando Sentinel Opponents of the proposed amendment to add sexual orientation to Chapter 57 of the city antidiscrimination code placed a full-page ad denouncing the language change to the ordinance. Calling themselves People For A United Orlando (PFAUO), the group paid $14,000 for the ad that is signed by roughly 500 people including pastors, business people and local politicians. The ad claims that gays and lesbians in Orlando do not need to be protected from discrimination because it doesnt exist. Alan Chambers, spokesperson for PFAUO and executive director of the exgay ministry Exodus, says that the proposed amendment is nothing more than a launching pad for other pro-gay legislation and the legalization of pedophilia. I believe the gay community is a good group of people but with groups likeOrlando Mayor GLENDA HOOD: Our community does support lifestyle choices, but I do not see evidence to warrant this. PFAUO spokesperson ALAN CHAMBERS: I wouldnt rent to someone who is gay any more than I would rent to a person who is a practicing witch.ORLANDO Orlandos City Council held another workshop on Monday, Oct. 21 to decide the fate of the proposed amendment to Chapter 57 of the Orlando City code. This meeting was a follow up to the September presentation by the citys Human Relations Board in which the board unanimously suggested that the city add sexual orientation to the list of protected classes that are already a part of Orlandos antidiscrimination ordinance. In front of a crowd of over 250 people, Mayor Glenda Hood asked each of the city commissioners to weigh in on whether or not this should move forward through public hearings and an eventual vote. Commissioner Phil Diamond said that the issue was something that the council should definitely consider and vote on. Commissioner Betty Wyman suggested just the opposite, stating that this is not something that the city council should decide but that it should be voted on by the citizens of Orlando through a referendum. Commissioner Vicki Vargo, the councils most vocal opponent of the proposed ordinance, again claimed that there is a lack of evidence to show widespread discrimination. W e already are a progressive city, and I dont believe we need to divide our community, she said. There is a lack of evidence to show that there is broadbased discrimination by the marketplace against gays in the city of Orlando. Openly lesbian City Commissioner Patty Sheehan said that the amendment is not divisive as suggested by Vargo and W yman. It is divisive to allow discrimination against gays and lesbians, Sheehan said, speaking candidly of her fear that a city like Orlando would deny basic rights to the gay population. After seeing the anti-gay full-page ad in the Oct. 20 edition of the Orlando Sentinel Sheehan admitted that she was horrified to live in a town that feels that way. Sheehan said that she was fearful of one day returning to a workplace where gay people have no protections whatsoever. Sheehan also presented hundreds of postcards from the ordinances detractors. These are the people who wouldMAYOR SAYS THERES NO NEED TO CHANGE ANTIDISCRIMINATION LAWdeny me a job, Sheehan said. Commissioner Daisy Lynum joined Sheehan in voicing her support of the amendment The same arguments are now being made against gay people that I have heard about black people, Lynum said. She went on to point out to the church leaders in attendance at the meeting that she has her own personal relationship with God, and that nowhere in the New Testament of the Bible did Jesus say anything against gay people. She did point out, however, that Christ became angry with the church leaders for wrongdoing. This is a human rights issue, Lynum told them. And I will not be intimidated. The only commissioner who did not offer his opinion on the matter was Ernest Page, although he did say he supports a future vote on the issue by the council. Perhaps the biggest surprise of the day came when Mayor Hood actually ceased her waffling and stated that she is against adding sexual orientation to the citys anti-discrimination policy. As an elected official I have looked at this issue from a personal, legal, and community perspective. Our community does support lifestyle choices, said Hood. But I do not see evidence to warrant this, there is not a demonstrated need to change the law. The following day, the Orlando Sentinel s editorial board lambasted Hood for her statements. Mrs. Hood gave in to small-minded thinking when she formally expressed her opposition to a city ordinance to protect gay people from discrimination, the Sentinel board wrote. Hoods sentiments did not come as a surprise to many in the gay community. Hood is a Republican and a Bush supporter. She is also a member of the congregation of First Baptist Church of Orlando, and her own pastor has spoken about opposing the measure. The next meeting on Chapter 57 will take place on Nov. 18 at 2 PM when public comments will be taken. A second hearing and the vote are scheduled for Dec. 2. w John Sullivan ANTI-GAY AD IN THE SENTINEL SPARKS CONTROVERSY, QUESTIONSNAMBLA riding on their coattails, Chambers said. The ad also claims that this is a campaign being promoted from afar, by militant national gay and lesbian organizations. When Chambers was asked about the identity of the militant group he said that he had no idea, that was a question he thought the Liberty Council could answer. The Liberty Council, a branch of the Jerry Falwell ministries with offices in Leesburg, turned up nothing on the supposed militant national gay group. Not one person in their offices including two lawyers had any idea about the identity of the group. Chambers says that PFAUO is for discrimination in housing, jobs, or public service, except for where religious organizations are concerned. But as an owner of property in downtown Orlando, I wouldnt rent to someone who is gay any more than I would rent to a person who is a practicing witch, Chambers said. w John Sullivan

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A TTORNEY AT TORNEY A TTORNEY A TTORNEYThe hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely on advertisements. Before you decide, ask us to send you free written information about our qualifications and experience. COUNSELING CHIROPRACTOR CHURCHES CLEANING SERVICES CHIROPRACTOR COUNSELING FINANCIAL PLANNER HUNDREDS DEMONSTRATE AGAINST ANTI-GAY PROTESTERSFORT COLLINS, Colo. Hundreds of people demonstrated against a handful of antigay protesters marking the fourth anniversary of the death of Matthew Shepard. The Rev. Fred Phelps and eight others from the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., picketed outside Hughes Stadium Saturday during the Colorado State-Wyoming football game. Phelps held a sign with Shepards picture and the words Matt 4 years in hell. Weve got good police protection, there are a lot of people, the weathers pretty good, he said. Across the street, 300 to 400 attend a counterprotest organized by CSUs Gay Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Student Services. Some signs read Your Hate is Y our Hell and Stop Hate. (AP)REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE DROPS OUT OF MONTANA SENATE RACEHELENA, Mont. Republican Senate candidate Mike Taylor dropped out of the U.S. Senate race against incumbent Democratic Sen. Max Baucus on Oct. 10, saying a recent Democratic ad insinuated he is gay. T aylor called the ad slanderous and full of lies, and saying it had irreparably harmed his campaign. I simply never thought my opponent would run television ads that lied, assassinated my character and misled the citizens of Montana, Taylor said at a news conference. The ad, which the Democratic Party began airing last week includes videotape of T aylor from the 1980s in which he is wearing an open-front shirt and gold chains while massaging a mans face. The video was part of an infomerical Taylor had produced. A T aylor spokesman said the ad clearly was intended to imply Taylor was gay. (AP)TWO MEN ACCUSED OF HATE CRIMES IN BASEBALL-BAT ATTACKSLOS ANGELES Two men accused of separate baseball-bat attacks were charged on with committing a hate crime after prosecutors concluded the alleged attackers thought their victims were gay. The attacks occurred on Sunday, Oct. 13, just east of the city of West Hollywood, where a Sept. 1 attack on a gay actor is being prosecuted as a robbery and assault. The decision by county District Attorney Steve Cooley not to file hate-crime charges in that case has prompted picketing of Cooleys office and a petition drive to recall him. Ever Wilfredo Rivera and Selvin Orlando Campos, both 19 and from Los Angeles, were charged with two counts each of hate crime, robbery and assault with a deadly weapon by means likely to produce great bodily injury. The hate crime counts can add up to four years on any sentence. (AP) W9 W48 r MOTHER OF SLAIN SOLDIER OPPOSES GENERALS NOMINATIONPatricia Kutteles, mother of Private First Class Barry Winchell, appeared in Washington last week to oppose President Bushs nomination of Major General Robert T. Clark to Lieutenant General. Clark is former Commanding General of Fort Campbell, where Winchell was murdered in 1999 by fellow soldiers because he was believed to be gay. The Senate Armed Services Committee has scheduled a closed door session to consider the nomination.BRITISH LEGISLATORS NIX GAY ADOPTIONBritish government plans to let unmarried couples including gays adopt children were thrown out on Oct. 16 by the upper house of Parliament. Opposition Conservatives in the House of Lords and independents combined to defeat the government by 196 votes to 162. The bill now may bounce between the upper and lower houses of Parliament until a compromise is reached.P ARIS MAYOR LEAVES INTENSIVE CARE FOLLOWING STABBINGParis Mayor Bertrand Delanoe was transferred out of intensive care on Oct. 11, five days after being stabbed in the abdomen during an all-night public party at City Hall. The mayor underwent emergency surgery shortly after being attacked. The 52-year-old mayor suffered injuries to the stomach, the intestines and the major vein that brings blood from the lower body to the heart. Delanoe is expected to be released from the hospital in about five days but wont be back on the job for several weeks.

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W7 W50 T AMPA Twenty athletes from Tampa Bays gay and lesbian community will head to Sydney, Australia to participate in the 2002 Gay Games as a part of Team T ampa Bay. T eam Tampa Bay was founded in 1997 by the current president and competitive wrestler Lou Hidu. The team went to the 1998 Gay Games in Amsterdam with 35 athletes and came home with fourteen medals, two of which were gold. We have a number of past medal winners going to Sydney to represent us, and I think that we have some really strong competitors in other fields, says Hidu. I am confident that Team Tampa Bay will bring home a gold medal in wrestling this time. The Gay Games, which runs Nov. 2 9, is a quadrennial athletic and cultural event that brings gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered athletes together fromT AMPA BAY ATHLETES HEAD DOWN UNDERaround the world. Athletes compete in both traditional and non-traditional sporting events like bowling, aerobics, golf, wrestling, figure skating, swimming, and track and field competitions. Hidu says he will not be going to Sydney with his team this time due to the cost of the trip coupled with the fundraising difficulties that the team has faced in the last year. The goal of their fundraising has always been to provide financial aid to athletes who would not otherwise be able to go. A number of factors made fundraising particularly difficult during the last year, one of which was the events of Sept. 11. I think that so many people gave to charities after 9-11 that consequently many non-profits suffered later on down the road, Hidu explains. Its sort of like charity fatigue. Plus the economic down turn had an effect on a lot of people. One of their major sponsors for the 1998 Games came through a grant from the Sanderson Foundation, a local charitable organization that gives to gay and lesbian causes. The team applied for the same assistance this year but was told that the foundation would be unable to help this time. Hidu says that looking back hes a little disappointed that his group wasnt more proactive when it came to fundraising. With fundraising, in order to make money you need to spend money. And if you have no money to spend then its really difficult, says Hidu. Team members dug deep into our own pockets to keep the team going until we were able to raise funds. T eam Tampa Bay was able to raise enough funds for three scholarships, which they did through letter solicitations and actual presentations to groups within the community. Jim Garciga Travel came through for them in the form of a cruise that they raffled off, while additional sponsorship came from Georges Alibi, the Pharaohs, and Larry Fisher, CPA. Although the Gay Games, as visualized by the events founder Tom W addell, is an opportunity for any gay man or woman to strive for their personal best within the arena, there are many athletes who feel that the sports have taken a back seat to the culture and partying. This has been a real problem within the federation because there are people saying this is a sporting event while rfntbtnbfntttrnr rfntbtnbfntttrnr rfntbtnbfntttrnr rfntbtnbfntttrnr rfntbtnbfntttrnrAdult softball league open to both gay men and lesbians of all abilities. (407)893-4966.ttt ttt ttt ttt tttOrlandos fun bowling league. Bowls Saturdays, 7 PM at the BowlAmerica in Winter Park. (407)875-5045. Ask for Peter.nrtn nrtn nrtn nrtn nrtnNew gay bike group meets at Winter Garden Station of West Orange Trail, Sundays at 9 AM. For info write to GayBikeOrl@aol.com or call Mike at (407) 230-6798.ntrntnnfrrt ntrntnnfrrt ntrntnnfrrt ntrntnnfrrt ntrntnnfrrtOrlandos water ski headquarters for bi, gay, and lesbians. 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Contact them at .ntrnrb ntrnrb ntrnrb ntrnrb ntrnrbBowling league meets Monday nights at 7 PM at AMF Gulf Gate Lanes. For more info call Jim at (941)359-3236. n others are saying it is a cultural event, says Hidu. My personal feelings on this issue is I think we have enough circuit parties and we dont need another one. This is a chance for gay and lesbian athletes to meet and compete on a world class level, where they otherwise wouldnt have the opportunity. After six years at the helm of the team, Hidu has resigned his position as president effective Nov. 9, the same day as the closing ceremonies for this years games. Although he feels like he needs a break from the team, Hidu contends that he will always be there if anyone needs advice. His participation in the next Gay Games, scheduled for 2006 in Montreal, that is still up in the air. I dont know that in four years I will want to compete on the level that is demanded of someone competing in the Gay Games, Hidu says. The standards are very high as there are some incredible athletes in the gay community, but thats the excitement of the games, to be up there with world class athletes and to be able to be open about who you are. T eam Tampa Bays newly elected officers are: Alan Ross, president; Jerry Keeran, vice president; Bob Lorenzen, secretary; and Eric Siglin, treasurer. To learn more about Team Tampa Bay or to make a contribution to the organization, visit . W John Sullivan r NO MORE ORLANDO MIRACLE IN 2003The Orlando Miracle franchise will be relocated from Orlando next season to a city to be designated by the WNBA, WNBA President Val Ackerman announced on Oct. 21. San Antonio has applied for a WNBA franchise in 2003 and is nearing its goal of 6,000 season ticket deposits. The league is also in discussions with several potential owners in various cities who are interested in acquiring a WNBA team. We have had many expressions of interest from prospective WNBA team owners in both NBA and non-NBA cities, and we expect to make a decision concerning the new home for the Miracle in the coming months, said Val Ackerman.FIFTH ANNUAL MISS OBTA PAGEANT A HUGE SUCCESSOct. 17 saw the most successful Miss OBTA Pageant in the events five-year history. The female impersonation pageant comprised of contestants from within the Orange Blossom T ennis Association raised over $5,000 for St. Francis House Homeless Shelter and this was then matched by Maureen Musial in memory of her recently departed husband, Danny Sterle. The competition at Orlandos Parliament House was very close, but the 2002 court winners are: second runner-up Eureka Liquor; first runner-up Tequila Mockingbird; and Miss OBTA 2002, Wilma Dikfit.Members of Team Tampa Bay will compete in the 2002 Gay Games in Sydney from Nov. 2 9.

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W51 W6 ORLANDO Several hundred people gathered on the steps of Orlandos City Hall on Oct. 14 to rally in support of adding sexual orientation as a protected class to Chapter 57 of the Orlando city code. The protest was organized by the Orlando AntiDiscrimination Ordinance Committee (OADO), in an effort to persuade Mayor Glenda Hood to bring the proposal to a vote before the City Council. The wellbehaved crowd carried signs that ran the gamut from end workplace discrimination to hate is not a family value. Rainbow flags could be seen being waved everywhere, including some of the historic rainbow banners that were flown throughout downtown Orlando several years ago. More than twenty speakers addressed the crowd including members of the OADO Committee, Orange County Deputy Sheriff T om Woodard, Rollins College professor Lisa Tilman-Healy, mental health counselor Nancy Newbie, and openly lesbian City Commissioner Patty Sheehan. Equality cannot exist for anyone until it exists for everyone, said Larry Smith, an attorney and member of the OADO committee. Many supporters of the ordinance believe that Mayor Hood is stalling the vote until after the November elections. The mayor has repeatedly denied these allegations. According to an earlier memo from Mayor Hood to the city council, an Oct. 21 workshop will include an opportunity for council members to move toward a preliminary vote, which could be held Nov. 18. A final vote could then be held in December, the memo suggests. The delay has proved to be nothing more than expensive, needless, and divisive, says Smith. Her actions will speak louder than her words. Mayor Hood needs to lead, follow, or get out of the way. If approved, the antidiscrimination ordinance would prohibit employers from firingORLANDOS GAY COMMUNITY RALLIES FOR VOTEsomeone because they are gay. Property owners couldnt refuse to rent or sell to someone because they are gay. And public accommodations such as restaurants or hotels could not refuse service to someone just because they are lesbian or gay. T roy Newton, one of the speakers at the rally, said that he has experienced workplace discrimination firsthand. Newton spent six months as a fire fighter in Clermont before being fired for being gay. The fire chief told him, There is no room for females or faggots in the fire service. The harassment he endured while on the job went as far as having his protective fire gear tampered with by bigoted co-workers. We are not asking for special rights, says Newton. We are asking for the right to be who we are. A small handful of people protestingOADO member DEBBIE SIMMONS: Even though the turnout was good, there could have been more people out there. Photo by John Sullivan As many as 400 gays, lesbians, and supporters rallied outside Orlando City Hall, demanding that Mayor Glenda Hood schedule a vote on the proposed anti-discrimination ordinance. Photo by Tom Dyer Cont inued P age 25

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GAINESVILLESAT., OCT. 26One of the premiere performance artists in the world, LAURIE ANDERSON has consistently intrigued, entertained, and challenged audiences with her multimedia presentations. This time around she brings her new show, HAPPINESS, to the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Happiness is a distinct change from Andersons widely known technodriven sound of the last two decades. Although not entirely devoid of music, this solo piece is underscored by simple, mainly acoustic instruments. A preperformance discussion, free and open to the public, will precede the concert at 7 PM. Tickets are available by calling the box office at (352) 392-ARTS.ORLANDOMON., OCT. 28In case you missed it the first time around, Winter Parks GLAZE UNDER FIRE presents an encore of Diva Night, hosted by O-towns very own MS. SAMMY For those of you not in the know, Glaze Under Fire is a paintyour own pottery studio and their brand new theme night comes complete with your favorite drag queen comedian, gourmet munchies, all female diva music, and a chance to spin the wheel of prizes. Come dressed in proper diva attire to receive a discount. For more information call (407) 644-8088.ST PETERSBURGSAT., NOV. 2Shes zany! Shes sexy! Shes the allAmerican lesbian! SUZANNE WESTENHOEFER returns to the Bay area with her unique brand of comedy for one night only. Her all new Banned in Pittsburgh show has left them rolling in the aisles from one end of the country to the other. This special performance, at the PALLADIUM THEATER, is a benefit for the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses. So come out and laugh your ass off for a good cause. For ticket information call (727) 822-3590.NOV. 7Through DEC. 8. For the first time ever, CIRQUE DU SOLEIL will raise its big top, the blueand-yellow Grand Chapiteau, in the parking lot of Tropicana Field and present its live production of QUIDAM. Director Franco Dragone transforms an anonymous world into a place of hope and connection. With more than 50 performers from 10 countries, the production is a thrilling combination of acrobatic artistry, technical expertise, extravagant design and exceptional musical inspiration, woven into a seamless whole by an emotional dramatic thread. For tickets call (800) 678-5440. Strange angel LAURIE ANDERSON will bring a little Happiness to Gainesville on Oct. 26. W5 W52 Somebody tell Ellen DeGeneres to call off the toaster oven campaign! According to Gallup poll numbers r eleased on Oct. 7, much of the American public thinks that one in five people are gay or lesbian. Weve long known that the old standby 10 percent was steeped in assumptions. And we also know that anti-gay organizations love to distract from the real issues by debating how many of us there are as if being only two percent of the population means we dont deserve the same civil rights as the other 98 percent. The message that the community should be sending, now that these numbers are sure to be the hot topic, isnt how many gay people are there but how many of us are enough to deserve equal treatment? Once again, in the media, around the water cooler, and at happy hours from coast to coast, well witness another debate about how many gay and lesbian people really exist. What should matter most is that we are treated as equals, not percentages or numbers.rfnfHyperion Interactive Media (H.I.M.) r ecently announced the launch of their new retail site, , and their flagship item for the upcoming holidays: Dildoll. Described as a toy for naughty boys and naughty girls, Dildoll, the softest hard-on ever, is harmless and disturbing at the same time. The toy is handmade of only the finest materials, including sumptuous plush, luxurious fabrics, and the softest leather. Soft stuffing, anatomical details that feel real, heavy beanbag balls and a moveable foreskin make it loads of fun to play with. Every Dildoll comes with an individual number that is the owners entry code to the Dildoll Family Tree, where one can meet other Dildoll playmates. Dildoll is the heart-on of Markus & Markus of Zurich, who started making the phallic toys for the fun of it back in 1998. For more information and to see pictures of what will surely bring new meaning to Stuffed Toys check out LambdaShopping.com. Why do gays and lesbians want to marry? And why cant we? Seeking the freedom to marry in the U.S., twenty long-term (1055 years) same-sex couples from across the country agreed to give a rarely seen glimpse of their personal lives in the forthcoming documentary I Cant Marry You In the film the couples discuss the many obstacles that gays and lesbians face to substantiate the tremendous need for access to the over 1,000 rights, benefits, and protections that the institution of marriage provides. Betty DeGeneres, mother of Ellen DeGeneres and a gay rights activist in her own right, hosts the documentary. Documentary Filmmaker Catherine Gray says DeGeneres was the perfect choice and that she accepted the invitation to participate without hesitation, saying that she would be honored to host a documentary on this topic. The project is now in postproduction and will soon be scheduled for release at film festivals worldwide. For more information visit .ttb rrBETTY DEGENERES (R) hosts the documentary I Cant Marry Y ou, made by filmmaker CATHERINE GRAY. rfft bfr ADVICE-O-RAMAA POTENTIALLY FA T AL ENCOUNTERAdvice by Keith Baber, M.Ed. MOVING ON: The Gay & Lesbian Victory Funds executive director, Brian K. Bond, will leave his post in the early part of 2003. After six years at the helm of the organization, Bond will relocate to New York City to build a family and to continue his work in politics. HAPPY BIRTHDAY: clubkid ORKID (10/27), W atermark WAVE Award logo designer JOEY GOMEZ (11/8) CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS: composer LEONARD BERNSTEIN (10/25), prose writer EVELYN W AUGH (10/28) author STEPHEN CRANE (11/1), porn star CASEY DONOVAN (11/2), artist ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE (11/4), playwright TERRENCE McNALLY (11/3), famous Greek SOPHOCLES (11/6)Dear Keith, I recently met a guy online and after enough chat to feel secure that he wasnt a serial killer I agreed to meet him in person. We met at a local bar and after a few drinks and more conversation I went with him back to his place. We got naked and had a lot of sex and since he had already told me twice that he was HIV negative we did all of this without condoms. I am HIV negative and had planned on staying that way, but now I have found out via mutual acquaintances that this guy is HIV positive and he goes around telling guys that he isnt, only to have unsafe sex with them. Most of his playmates he meets online and I am sure he has infected or tried to infect a lot of people. I am afraid to get tested again and at the same time I am very angry that there are people out there who are doing this. This is the kind of thing that makes all of us look bad.I think that people need to know what this guy is doing. Are there any legal steps that can be taken in a case like this? Is it legal for me to go into a chat room where he is and warn the other people in there? What can we do about this?Signed, Positively Negative Dear Negative, There are people in our world that will make destructive decisions that significantly affect themselves and others. What is important to keep in mind is that we ultimately have zero control over the decisions that others make. However, what we do have control over is how we choose to interact or respond to their actions. It is illegal for an individual to knowingly attempt to infect another with the HIV virus. Your best course of action for preventing this perpetrator from attempting to infect others is to report his actions to law enforcement. A visit to a local HIV center for psycho-educational counseling would probably be in your best interest. The professionals at the center can talk with you about your behavior and make recommendations for any additional support services. The identification of safeguards that protect you from repeating this type of risky behavior in the future will assist you in the long run. The decision to have an HIV test is a personal one. It is my belief that it is best to know because of basic medical preventative strategies that can be implemented and overall peace of mind. So I do advocate for testing.LEONARD BERNSTEIN rr

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W3 W54 FILTHYES, BOBBY TRENDY IS REALLY LIKE THATCelebrity Gossip by Billy MastersBilly Masters: Falcon Exclusive. Not likely especially given the reception my anonymously submitted nudes received at Falcon (laughter is never a good sign). No, Billy isnt turning to a life of porn, but my appearance at Gay Day at Disneyland did bring up the question, since I was wearing a red Falcon muscle shirt courtesy of the video company. I say, Be a porn star, or just look like one. But I digress. Gay Day 2, 2002 was a huge success. Conservative estimates put the number of gay attendees at roughly 20,000. And 1,400 of those stuck around for Kingdom, the first-ever gay dance party held in Disneyland. Although Disney strictly enforces a rule that shirts must be worn in the park, this edict was quickly abandoned in the midst of the circuit-like atmosphere. Among the hot men dancing at Kingdom, I thought that I spotted ORYON The next day, I confirmed that the sexy singer was among the revelers. He let me know that his new CD, The Single Collection has just been released and is available on his Web site, . A quick perusal of his site will show you some hot pics of the stud, including some that can be purchased in poster size. Since I mentioned the words Falcon Exclusive, I should quickly report that Singer ORYON was spotted dancing shirtless with the rest of the boys at Gay Day 2 in Anaheim.MATTHEW RUSH has been named to a Falcon Lifetime Exclusive only the second person to receive this honor. I hasten to add that the first lifetime exclusive was T OM CHASE and hasnt his output been prolific ever since! In some theatre news, we just learned that our very own JOHN BARROWMAN will headline a West End revival of Anything Goes His big number will be If Im The Bottom, Youre The Top. Bada-bing! Im here all week, folks! And now, on to DEBBIE GIBSON Starting on Oct. 29, Debbie will be appearing in Chicago at the North Shore Music Theatre in Massachusetts. Its a long way from Beverly to Broadway, Debbie! Didya miss CHER s farewell tour this summer? If so, you can still catch it, since the Dark Lady is revisiting most of the same cities this fall. Why not? And if you miss the Living Proof tour altogether, have no fear NBC is planning to bring it directly into your living room in time for May sweeps. Yes, the Peacock Network is filming the Miami shows in November. PEPPER MASHAY Just typing those two words makes me want to take off my shirt and writhe around in a state of oblivion. Our diva of the dance tracks is working like a crazy woman. You can check out her burgeoning schedule at . Shell stop touring long enough to lend a video for her new song, I Cant Stop, and shes enlisted the expertise of porn directrix Chi Chi LaRue. Of course, it wouldnt be a LaRue video without some skin, which a little birdie tells me may be supplied by MATT SUMMERS (he of no gag reflex fame). On the down side, Im told that BOBBY TRENDY will make a cameo because one of his beds is being used in the video. Gee, wouldnt it be an awful tragedy if a light or some other heavy equipment fell on him during the shoot? Speaking of heavy equipment, many, many fans have been asking me about ANNA NICOLE SMITH Bobby Trendy, and the whole train wreck of a show. So, let me take this opportunity to answer a few of your questions. 1) Is Bobby that way in real life? Yes. 2) Is Anna that way in real life? Yes. 3) Is any of the show staged? Yes and no. You see, in everyday life, Anna basically eats, sleeps... and eats some more. Not much of a show there. Thats where the people at E! come in. They suggest things like, Anna, why dont you try out a few chefs? or, Anna, why dont you go to Magic Mountain? or, Anna, why dont you try to get out of a tub unassisted? Ah, the magic of television. Could it be that a certain porn pup has a little something going on with his own pup? So say witnesses at a local foreign eatery who swear that the diminutive devil is inseparable from his four-legged friend. (I believe that the dog is bigger than the boy eh, that could be a chihuahua). It was bad enough when he started fondling his dogs testicles at the table, stating, Theyre just like beautiful plums. Then it got downright creepy when he added, Ive had him since he was a baby, so I can do whatever I want to him. Talk about a wee-ho! Only in Hollywood, kids or San Diego, I suppose. When Barrowmans a bottom and Rush is a top, then weve definitely come to the end of yet another column. Have any questions for me? All you have to do is send an e-mail to Billy@filth2go.com and I promise to get back to you before Cher sings a full concert live! Until next time, remember, one mans filth is another mans bible. W PUBLISHER T om Dyer ........................................................... Ext. 40 EDITOR Scott J. Smith ..................................................... 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We reserve the right to edit or reject any material submitted for publication.WA TERMARK is not responsible for damages due to typographical errors, except for the cost of replacing ads created by WA TERMARK that have such errors.Orlando Office P TEL T ampa Bay Office TEL 813.655.9890 F www.watermarkonline.comCONTRIBUTING WRITERSScottie Campbell, John Sullivan, Diane Wilde, Jim Crescitelli, Rick Walen, Ken Kundis, Greg Triggs, Arturo Rojas, Billy Masters, Jayelle Wiggins, Paul Varnell, Kirk Hartlage, Shelley Craige, Enid Jackowitz, Syd Jackowitz, Sarah Viren, Paula Martinac, Logan Donahoo, Drew Westveer, Rena Guay, Michael Blake, Erin J. Chisman, David R. Guarino, Gregg ShapiroPHOTOGRAPHERS & ILLUSTRATORS Alison Bechdel, Eric Orner, Jill Porter, Algieri Pabon, Rex Maniscalco, Christine E. Reynolds, Dennis Butler, Francesca, Wheat Wurtzburger. PROOFREADING Drew Westveereditor@watermarkonline.com ffbfbffnfffffffffnfbnfffbfbnnnnbnbfnbb fffnbfnfnfnfbffffnbfnffnfbfbbfffnfbfbfnbf nnfbfnfbf fnnffffnffffnffnfnbbffbffb nffbffnrfffb fnfffnbbbff ff ff ffrfffbtfbfn nbnffffbfrffbbnf GLBT-friendly supporters joined in the Give Us The Vote rally at Orlando City Hall on Oct. 14.Do you know how hard it is to be so angry all the time? Its exhausting and ulcer-inducing. Why all the rage? Lets get started Im in a mood! Howell. McInvale. Howell. McInvale. Howell. McInvale... seems like six of one, half a dozen of the other if you ask me. I see McInvale as a conservative Democrat and Howell as a fairly liberal Republican. So, really, whats the difference? The best thing I can say for McInvale is that she doesnt embarrass me. I cant tell you how many times Ive groaned over Howells campaign tactics. I mean, come on. Putting a picture of John F. Kennedy a Democratic on his campaign mailer? Thats tacky. To be fair, though, I dont think Howell is necessarily a bad guy. I just think hes a little misguided. And lets talk about being misguided. Did you hear about the ad that ran in the Orlando Sentinel urging Orlandoans to rally against equal rights? It was a shameful display. In it, the People For A United Orlando asserted that militant national gay and lesbian organizations have targeted Orlando as a key conquest. What? There arent any militant gay groups hell, gays arent even allowed in the military. If we did have militant groups, I still doubt that we would be extremists like the Iranian cleric who called for Jerry Falwells death after the religious zealot made anti-Muslim statements. And guess what happened in that situation? A few days later Falwell apologized. I love that story. But calling for someones death is obviously wrong... funny but wrong. A co-worker suggested that the gay and lesbian community doesnt need militant leaders. Instead, we need our own version of Larry Flynt. In 1998, Flynt set up a hot line and offered to pay up to $1 million for true tales of adultery with politicians. Flynt succeed in chasing out of office a House Speaker, his heir apparent, and a popular chair of the House Budget Committee. Using Flynts controversial model, I will post all the names of the people who signed the disgraceful advertisement on WatermarkOnline. And while I cant offer a cool million for tidbits on these people who dont like to be referred to as homophobes or bigots Im certainly curious to see if our readers know anything about them that would shatter their holier-than-thou images. There is something funny about that frightening ad: the people pictured are not from Orlando. They used a stock photo. I wonder if the shiny, happy models know that their images were used to promote intolerance. Someone should tell them perhaps theyll sue for defamation of character. One day after the despicable ad ran, Orlando Mayor Glenda Hood finally weighed in with her opinion on adding sexual orientation to the citys antidiscrimination ordinance. I dont believe there is a need to change the law, she said. Her statement sent ripples though all of Orlando. And, thankfully, the Orlando Sentinel s editorial board was brave enough to challenge her. It takes real leadership with vision and courage, qualities that Mrs. Hood apparently lacks, to open minds and help a community face and resolve divisive issues, the board wrote. And speaking of ineffectual leadership, how about those Bush brothers? I hate to break it to you, Barbara, but Rosemary had a better baby than you ever did. Now do you see why Im miffed? Man, I just wore myself out. And now I dont have any room to tell you about this issue. In a nutshell, its our second annual WAVE Awards issue. Check out the pullout section to see who you voted as the best that the GLBT community has to offer. Also, we have a voters guide featuring endorsements and profiles (p. 20), an update on Orlandos Give Us The V ote rally at City Hall (p. 6), news about T ampas most successful gay and lesbian film festival to date (p. 12), and we take you inside Orlandos city council workshop where Mayor Hood finally scheduled a date to vote on the citys antidiscrimination ordinance (p. 11). There is so much packed into this edition. As always, we hope you enjoy reading this issue of W atermark as much as weve enjoyed putting it together for you. Let us hear from you. And dont forget to vote on Nov. 5.

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T ake Four Friends and Stir Sterling! Sterling! Cont inued P age 14 Cont inued P age 7 ISSUE 9.22 OCT. 24 NOV. 6, 2002ORLANDO Most people know how to make their favorite cocktail, but finding the recipe for a great cocktail lounge isnt always so easy. Fortunately, for the owners of Orlandos trendiest new drinking spot, the decision to open a bar together was as easy as popping the top off a Miller Lite. Its just as well: despite having a full-fledged liquor license, its about the only drink any of the owners know how to concoct.We met out by the pool one afternoon, ate pizza, got drunk, and said, Lets open a business, says Jeff Walton, 38, one of the owners of the Lava Lounge, recalling how the decision to go into business together was made. The poolside relaxationLounging by a swimming pool lead to a lounge of a different kind for (L-R) ALAN MILLER, KOKO GUEVARRA, JEFF WALTON, and KATHY Pete BARMA.fests were a weekly ritual for Jeff, Kathy Pete Barma, 36, Koko Guevarra, 42, and Alan Miller, 44. When Alans career in the health care industry was about to come to an end earlier this year, he convinced his pals to join him as he followed his life-long dream to open a bar. While the plan was never to make the business a strictly gay bar, the owners initial location-scouting found them in the V iMi area, home to several gay and gayfriendly businesses. And when the building that once housed Arts Cigar Bar became available and at an affordable price the foursome knew they had a found a perfect home for their venture. W ith the buildings outdoor patio area, lakefront view and trendy Orange Avenue Antique District address, the Lava Lounge was perfectly poised to become the premier chic hangout in Orlando. The crew spent about nine weeks refurbishing the bar. When a planned soft opening during Memorial Day weekend resulted in hordes of people pouring through the doors, the owners knew they had hit the ground running. But gone now are the weekly laid back get-togethers. Instead, the owners have moved their socializing to their new home next to the railroad tracks on Ivanhoe Row. And what a gathering spot it is.The owners of Lava Lounge blended their friendship into Orlandos hippest hangout... even if they cant make a cocktail to save their lives.By Kirk Hartlage LAVA LOUNGE:Orlando WAVE Award Winner for Best Happy Hour Friendliest Bar Staff Best Non-Gay Bar Best Bartender (Bobby) Best DJ (Sketchy) and Best Overall Gay Bar .URBAN BODY: T ampa Bay and Orlando WAVE Award Winner for Best Clothing Store.Scott Moore shared in three WA VE Awards this year two with business partner Brett Peeler for their trend setting Urban Body clothing stores, and one with life partner Sasha. By Tom DyerT AMPA Scott Moore isnt the only multiple winner in this years WAVE A wards Chambers, Tropics, Lava Lounge, Fort DeSoto Park, Nadine Smith and others can make the same claim. Thats mostly because theres some inevitable overlap in categories: Best Gay Bar/Best Dance Club or Local Hero/Favorite Activist for example. But Moores wins are different, and possibly even more enviable. Look at it this way a quality life is commonly thought of as a trifecta of sorts, comprised of a good home, a good job, and a good relationship. Most believe that if youre reasonably happy in twoTRIPLE STITCH TRIPLE STITCH T ampa Bays Most Dynamic Couple, SCOTT MOORE (right) and SASHA, at Urban Body in Tampa: We talk about everything. Photo by Tom Dyer.

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WHY DO WE WAVE? WA VE AWARDS 2002W WA VE AWARDS 2002rW Continued Page 4 Urban Body from Page 1 of three areas youve got nothing to complain about. Moore, however, was recognized as the very best in gay Tampa Bay in two of these distinct categories! Along with business partner Brett Peeler, his hip Urban Body clothing stores were named Best Clothing Store in both Tampa Bay and Orlando. And Moore and life partner Sasha were also chosen Tampa Bays Most Dynamic Couple. Were not even going to ask what kind of house they live in. COOL CLOTHING I havent stopped blushing since I found out, Moore says, but he is also quick to point out that each of the awards is shared. Urban Body is a joint business venture, he notes, and Brett is every bit as responsible for our success as I am.Moore and Peeler took a calculated but still enormous risk when they opened Urban Body in the now-burgeoning SoHo (South Howard Ave.) area of Tampa in March of 2000. They hatched the idea while living together in Atlanta, even though neither one had any direct retail experience. But their backgrounds meshed perfectly, otherwise. Peeler, a former insurance actuary, was the numbers guy; Moore, a marketing professional, would oversee promotions.We saw Tampa as an up-and-coming second tier city, Moore says, and we knew that there was nothing like the store we envisioned in the area. With a clean uptown atmosphere, an emphasis on customer satisfaction, and clothes that fit muscled young gay male bodies with unique precision, Urban Body changed local shopping habits from the start. We never order more than six of anything, Moore says, because we want people to know that theyre not going to see the same shirt on 10 other guys on the dance floor. But he notes that the shop is anything but slut wear for 20-year-old club kids. Urban Body stocks jeans, dress shirts and slacks, bathing suits, and a variety of shoes, belts and other accessories. Increasingly, the store also caters to more than just gay men. The percentage of straight customers has increased drastically since we opened, Moore observes. Weve never made any bones about who we are, so I think the fact that straight men are comfortable shopping here is a wonderful example of how our community has mainstreamed. Peeler moved to Orlando in 2001 to open a second Urban Body store in the exploding Thornton Park neighborhood. That store won a WAVE award in its first year. And Moore and Peeler also just opened a new W eb site www.urbanbody.com with popular clothing items shipped the day after being ordered. THE SUSHI TEST As often happens, Moore met his partner through an ex in this case one of Sashas. He pointed him out to me at Metro Flex and said, Thats the one that got away, Moore remembers. So Moore submitted him to the test. I like to go to a Japanese restaurant on the first date, Moore laughs, to see if he likes sushi, and if he can use chopsticks. Apparently Sasha passed with flying colors. That was two years ago, and the couple married in Vermont this past August. Afterward, they celebrated at a huge White W edding party at the St. Petersburg home of some friends. Best DJ Jeffrey J was in charge of music. We talk about everything, Moore says. I never knew a relationship could be so easy. W CENTRAL FLORIDALIVING THE GOOD LIFEBEST CLOTHING STORE1. URBAN BODY 2. REALM 3. OLD NAVYBEST MUSIC STOREOnce again, GLBT Orlandoans said that VIRGIN MEGASTORE at Downtown Disney was the best place to pick up the latest CDs. In fact, all of the winners in this category are exactly the same as last year. The monster media super store BEST BUY which earns a big ol goose egg on the Welcome to W atermarks second annual WAVE Awards edition. The WAVEs (which stands for W atermarkA ward for Variety and Excellence) are our version of a Best Of... issue in which readers tell us the people and places in our coverage area that exemplify the gay and lesbian community. But when every newspaper and magazine has a Best Of... issue, why should W atermark follow suit? The short answer is because its a lot of fun. Our polling system is far from scientific. Basically, we just post the ballot on our Web site for six weeks and let readers have at it. We really dont care if people wage campaigns to get their friends and family to vote for them, nor do we particularly mind a little ballot box stuffing. It really is all for fun and we certainly learn some things about our community along the way. W Human Rights Campaigns Corporate Equality Index took second place for a second year. In third again is P ARK AVE. CD proving you dont have to be gigantic in order to have an enthusiastic following.GAYEST GROCERY STOREWhat a surprise. The PUBLIX on Shine Ave. in downtown Orlando once again annihilated the competition to be crowned Gayest Grocery Store for the second year in a row. An unspecified ALBERTSONS location came in a very distant second and the elite specialty market WHOLE FOODS garnered enough votes to place third.BEST SHOPPING MALL1. THE FLORIDA MALL 2. FASHION SQUARE 3. ALTAMONTE MALLBEST FLORIST1. HOUSE OF FLOWERS 2. LEE JAMES FLORAL DESIGNS 3. ORLANDO FLORISTBEST SALON It pays to advertise or at the very least it pays to advertise that youll exchange sex for votes. Thats what first place winner GARDEN SALON did last year after they came in third. Whew, they must be tired. DAVID JAMES makes his first WA VE Awards appearance, coming in a very close second, and last years second banana, GARY LAMBERT places a not-so-distant third.BEST BOOKSTORE1. BARNES & NOBLE 2. BORDERS 3. URBAN THINK BEST PLACE TO PAMPER YOUR PETMICHAEL FRIED (L) and RICK MERRIFIELD owners of YUPPY PUPPY on Mills Ave., are accustomed to soothing the savage beast and making them look fabulous in the process. Thats why you made the animal grooming salon number one again this year. But when glam band ZOA your pick as Orlandos Best Musical Entertainer, wandered through the pet boutiques doors, the fur flew. Y ou chose PETSMART and POOKIES BOW WOW on Fairbanks A ve. as the second and third best pet pampering spots. Photo by Jeff Jones. SCOTT MOORE introduces a movie at the recent Tampa International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. Photo by Rex Maniscalco.

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BEST POLITICAL ORGANIZATION1. RAINBOW DEMOCRATIC CLUB 2. MBA 3. (tie) LOG CABIN REPUBLICANS and ORLANDO ANTIDISCRIMINATION ORDINANCE COMMITTEE (OADO)BEST GAY DAY EVENTBEACH BALL once again proved to be your favorite event during the 2002 Gay Days celebration. The six-yearold party has shown little signs of slowing down, and its nice to know that the local community supports it. The weekends core event, GAY DAY AT DISNEYS MAGIC KINGDOM came in a very close second. Two other circuit-style parties tied for third place, Jeffrey Sankers ONE MIGHTY PARTY and local promoter Mark Bakers COLISSEUM PARTY .MOST COMMITTED ACTIVISTDEBBIE SIMMONS is another woman fighting for truth, justice, and the American way. And she was your pick as Most Committed Activist for her tireless efforts to get Orlandos antidiscrimination ordinance to include sexual orientation. This year she also took on RDV Sports Pat Williams and his homophobic views by staging a protest at a Miracle game. Her strides for equality are not going unnoticed. PA TTY SHEEHAN came in second. Third place was split between CHRIS MANLEY WA VE AWARDS 2002rW WA VE AWARDS 2002 W WA VE Awards from Page 3BEST FURNITURE STORE1. STOREHOUSE 2. ROBB & STUCKY 3. NEW METROPOLISACTIVE COMMUNITYBEST COMMUNITY SERVICE ORGANIZATIONDespite the loss of executive director Cindi Black, some concerns about financial stability, and involvement then disassociation with this years PrideFest activities, the GAY, LESBIAN BISEXUAL COMMUNITY CENTER (GLBCC) came out on top for the second year in this category. Two HIV/AIDS organizations, HOPE & HELP CENTER OF CENTRAL FLORIDA and CENTRAL FLORIDA AIDS UNITED RESOURCES (CENTAUR) picked up second and third respectively.BEST GAY WEB SITE1. GAY.COM 2. WATERMARKONLINE.COM 3. GLBCC.ORGBEST PLACE TO PICK UPWA TERMARKThe winners in this category are almost completely different from last years champions. RAINBOW CITY on Mills A ve. which didnt even place in 2001 was the clear victor, knocking both Cactus Club and WatermarkOnline out of the running. But readers indicated that they liked the big pink newspaper box outside WA TERMARKS OFFICES as it came in second. GLBCC placed third.BEST HIV/AIDS ORGANIZATION1. CENTAUR 2. HOPE & HELP 3. INFECTIOUS DISEASE CONSULTANTSOne half of this years Most Dynamic Couple, LANI BRITO is always available to answer questions at GLBCC. Photo by John F. SullivanMARTY CHAPMAN DOUG WHITE and, incredibly, Orlandos very own MAYOR GLENDA HOOD .MOST DYNAMIC COUPLEGLBCC spitfire LANI BRITO and her partner JESS ABULESON have obviously affected a lot of people in a very positive way, and theyre who you chose as Most Dynamic Couple. Second place goes to PA TRICK HOWELL and SCOTT DUNKLE who cosmically received the precise number of votes that Howell netted for Local Hero. CHRIS & TOMMY MANLEY round out the category in third place.BEST ELECTED OFFICIAL1. PATTY SHEEHAN 2. MAYOR GLENDA HOOD 3. (tie) COUNTY COMMISSIONER RICH CROTTY and CITY COMMISSIONER DAISY LYNUMBEST GAY JOURNALIST(See Best Non-Gay Journalist) 1. SCOTTIE CAMPBELL 2. SCOTT JACKSON SMITH 3. JIM CRESCITELLIFA VORITE TV NEWS PERSONALITY1. WENDY CHIOJI 2. TODD JURKOWSKI 3. DOUG KAMMERER LOCAL HERO Y our local hero is not surprisingly PA TTY SHEEHAN or as we like to call her, openly lesbian Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan whom we serve and is gay. Her moniker seems to get longer and longer every time we print her name. In order to reflect our communitys admiration of this wonder woman, we asked your pick for Best Artist, CRAWFORD to wow us with his vision of the forthright politico. And boy-howdy did he deliver! Bam! Pow! Its the Orlando Avenger! PATRICK HOWELL who placed second, oddly enough got the exact same number of votes as the Log Cabin Republicans received in the Best Political Organization category. Third place this year goes to GLBCCs LANI BRITO .Orlandos most committed activist DEBBIE SIMMONS has taken on the city, the mayor, and even RDV Sports to fight for our rights. BEST THEME P ARK1. MAGIC KINGDOM 2. ISLANDS OF ADVENTURE 3. BUSCH GARDENS EPCOTBEST THEME P ARK A TTRACTION1. MONTU at BUSCH GARDENS 2. HULK at ISLANDS OF ADVENTURE 3. (tie) SPLASH MOUNTAIN at THE MAGIC KINGDOM and BEER GARDEN at BUSCH GARDENS BEST MOVIE THEATER Y our favorite movie houses were Tampas two new mega-multiplexes, both featuring stadium seating and state-of-the-art sound and projection systems that have become the standard for discerning gay and lesbian moviegoers. Best DJ Jeffrey J positions himself in front of beautiful CHANNELSIDE CINEMA home of Real Queer Cinema as well as the amazing IMAX theater. CENTRO YBOR MUVICO an alternative site for the recent Tampa Film Fest was second. And last years pick, the venerable T AMPA THEATRE came in third.Photo by Tom Dyer. Thanks to all of you who voted in this year's WAVE poll.

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WA VE AWARDS 2002W WA VE AWARDS 2002rW WE LOVE THE NIGHTLIFEBEST OVERALL RESTAURANTRESTAURANT K on Edgewater in the heart of College Park takes this years top honors. Formerly known as Cafe Allegre, the popular bistro serves a delectable melange of tasty treats to satisfy anyones appetite. Second place goes to trendy HUE on Summerlin, in the midst of Orlandos gayest neighborhood. HOUSE OF BLUES s laid back style and casual cuisine came in third.pizza is good enough to earn the chain a second place position, and NYPD rounds out the top three.BEST OUTDOOR DINING1. LAKE EOLA YACHT CLUB 2. HOT OLIVES 3. (tie) DEXTERS and HUEBEST GAY BAR(see story on p. 1) 1. LAVA LOUNGE 2. PARLIAMENT HOUSE 3. SOUTHERN NIGHTSBEST LESBIAN BARThis is one of the strangest categories we have considering that second-time champ F ACES on Edgewater is really the only womens bar in town. But our readers BEST NON-GAY JOURNALIST Orlando Sentinel columnist TYLER GREY scored a major coup this year by placing first in this category. Grey didnt even show up on the radar last year. When he learned that he was W atermark readers favorite columnist for a non-gay publication, his reaction was short but sweet. Wow! Grey said. Ive been following that one for a while now. Im happy to see I won! Happy, that is, until he learned that SCOTTIE CAMPBELL won as Best Gay Journalist. Here the two scribes try to decipher each others work as they leisurely take a swan-boat around your choice as Best Recreational Park, LAKE EOLA. Last years second-place man, the Sentinels MIKE THOMAS stayed in the same position. And former Orlando Weekly columnist LIZ LANGLEY who took top honors in 2001, fell to number three to tie with the W eeklys BILLY MANES and the Sentinels COMMANDER COCONUT Photo by Jeff Jones. BEST DATE RESTAURANT1. HUE 2. HOUSTONS 3. (tie) RESTAURANT K and MEL TING POTBEST SUNDAY BRUNCH HOUSE OF BLUESs Gospel Brunch nabbed the number-one spot for the second year. Second place is awarded to DEXTERS which, some may find surprising, does not carry W atermark And LAKE EOLA YACHT CLUB was your third choice.BEST LUNCH Hot, hot, hot. Thats what our readers had to say about HOT OLIVES on New England in Winter Park. Our readers pointed out that it wasnt only the food that they enjoyed, but the atmosphere, especially on pleasant days when the restaurant is completely open-air. Second place goes to DEXTERS on Washington in Thornton Park. BRIO at Winter Park V illage earned a third place slot.BEST LATE NIGHT RESTAURANT1. IHOP 2. DENNYS 3. HOUSE OF BLUESBEST PIZZAThis category got a little confusing last year. No one was quite sure if it was ANTHONYS or Lil Anthonys that made the best slice. Well this year, our readers clarified, and Anthonys on Summerlin Ave. came out the clear winner. Readers said that PA PA JOHNS BEST BARTENDER OK, heres the dilemma: how far would you go to humiliate a genuinely nice straight boy who came out on top as this years Best Bartender? Well, as BOBBY at LAVA LOUNGE found out, we were willing to go the full nine yards. Armed with costume fragments from your choice as Best Theatrical Production,Hedwig and the Angry Inch, we had Bobby don the famous locks and pout, scream, and strut his stuff. And he was good enough to do it without one word of complaint. Afterwards, though, when we finally coaxed him into giving the wig back, he said something that really took us by surprise: So, who is Hedwig anyway? Whacky straight boys! Coming in second this year and a very close second at that is BRET at LAVA LOUNGE. BRIAN at PARLIAMENT HOUSE takes home the bronze. Photo by Dennis Butler. FRIENDLIEST BAR STAFF GRAND CENTRAL STATION owners Kris Doubles and Jim Luscombe are justifiably proud of their popular bar staff they copped first place in this category. Here Kris mugs with bar manager Chris, who was also voted Favorite Bartender by our readers. The staff at TROPICS and the bartenders at CITY SIDE also received lots of votes for friendliness. Photo by Tom Dyer.off-key upstarts. Lots of bars received votes, but GRAND CENTRAL STATION came in second, and the WEDGEWOOD at SUNCOAST RESORT was third.BEST SEX/NOVELTY SHOP1. TRES EQUIS 2. TAMPA BAY LEATHER CO. 3. 2606RECREATIONFA VORITE VACATION SPOT1. KEY WEST 2. PROVINCETOWNFA VORITE ENTERTAINERSTEPHANIE SHIPPAE is as recognizable as the Eiffel Tower in Tampa Bay and almost as tall. Devoid of diva baggage, and always willing to help out for a good cause, Stephanie is beloved by area gays and lesbians. Equally generous with their talents are second place singing duo HALCYON and third place saxophonist ALAN DARCY .BEST KARAOKEThis was a surprisingly competitive category, but when the votes were tallied, CITY SIDE came out on top. The bars frequent karaoke nights attract a steady stream of talented regulars and endearingly3. (tie) MIAMI/SOUTH BEACH and SUNCOAST RESORTFA VORITE BEACHY our favorite beaches are all in Pinellas County... and why not? Theyre some of the most gorgeous beaches in the country. First pick was FORT DESOTO P ARK routinely ranked among the nations top ten beaches. Your second choices are neighbors: P ASSAGRILLE BEACH and just north of that, BEDROCKS/ST. PETE BEACH All three are known for attracting sunworshiping gays and lesbians from throughout the Bay Area.FA VORITE WEEKEND GETAWAYFlorida contains lots of attractive weekend getaways, and some of the most appealing are right here in Tampa Bay. Your first choice was a tie: ST. PETERSBURG has beaches, a thriving arts community, relaxed atmosphere and growing gay population... and its just twenty minutes from downtown Tampa. FORT LAUDERDALE a three-and-a-half hour drive but worth it also has beaches and an incredible array of bars and restaurants to choose from... and its getting gayer by the minute. You also ranked the SUNCOAST RESORT KEY WEST and MIAMI/SOUTH BEACH as alternatives.FA VORITE PARK1. FORT DESOTO PARK 2. SAWMILL CAMPGROUND 3. (tie) BUSCH GARDENS and DAVIS ISLAND DOG BREATH and LAKE SEMINOLE PARKBEST ATHLETIC GROUPThe SUNCOAST SOFTBALL LEAGUE which plays every Sunday at the Greco Softball Complex across from USF, was your favorite sports organization. They host a major regional tourney every year during Valentines Day weekend. Your second choice was FRONTRUNNERS TAMPA BAY who can be seen cruising through Hyde Park and along Bayshore Blvd. on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. T AMPA EAGLE WRESTLING was third and wish many of them luck as they head for the Gay Games in Sydney in just a few weeks.BEST THEATRICAL PRODUCTIONCentral Stage Theaters first production PARTY was a huge hit, and was extended for several weeks into September. With lots of laughs and lots of nudity it was also your favorite theatrical production of the year. Your second choice was Stageworks THE LARAMIE PROJECT produced last fall but still memorable. And third place went to the hilarious SHEAR MADNESS starring local favorite John McGivern at TBPAC.BEST ART GALLERY1. DALI MUSEUM 2. ADRIAN HOWARD GALLERIES 3. (tie) ST. PETE MUSEUM OF ART and LATTITUDEBEST LOCAL ARTIST1. PATRICK KRANZ 2. BARBEE BEELER 3 WILLIAM TRACYBEST CONCERT VENUE1. JANNUS LANDING 2. ICE PALACE 3. (tie) SUNCOAST RESORT and SKIPPERS SMOKEHOUSEBEST VIDEO STORE1. BLOCKBUSTER 2. PLANET MC at SUNCOAST 3. HOLLYWOOD VIDEO never fail to weigh in with their opinions on other bars as well. Coming in second this year is LAVA LOUNGE and devotees of Lesbo-A-Go-Go place SOUTHERN NIGHTS in third.BEST DANCE CLUBWhat a difference a year makes. The 2001 winner in this category was Empire Nightclub. Remember it? Out of sight, out of mind. The fall of Empire means that THE CLUB at FIRESTONE reigns as the new king of the disco scene. SOUTHERN NIGHTS came in a distant second and P ARLIAMENT HOUSE boogied its way into the number three position.BEST HAPPY HOUR1. LAVA LOUNGE 2. CACTUS CLUB 3. PEACOCK ROOM

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WA VE AWARDS 2002W WA VE AWARDS 2002 W BEST ALTERNATIVE TO THE BARS1. GLBCC 2. MIDNIGHT BOWLING 3. (tie) MOVIES and and RICKS HOUSE Whatever that means...BEST NON-GAY BAR1. LAVA LOUNGE 2. WILLS PUB 3. (tie) SKY 60 and PEACOCK ROOMBEST DJ1. SKETCHY 2. DJ DIANE 3. WALTER WINSTONFA VORITE DRAG QUEENOh, Sammy youre so fine, youre so fine you blow our minds. Hey Sammy! The ubiquitous MS. SAMMY clawed, scratched, and slept her way all the way from number three last year to the top of the heap this year. Its hardly surprising although completely deserved that the diva should reign supreme. She co-hosts Parliament Houses game shows, does charity work on the side, and she even had the guts to allow someone else to portray her in the semi-autobiographical musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch Sammy is undeniably an Orlando institution. NAZHONI retained her second-place position, and DARCELL STEVENS slipped from the top spot to number three.DRAG SHOW1. PARLIAMENT HOUSE 2. SOUTHERN NIGHTSBEST KARAOKE1. STUDZ 2. CIGARZ 3. CLICKSBEST SEX/NOVELTY SHOP1. FAIRVILLA 2. RAINBOW CITY 3. TWISTED PALMSRECREATIONFA VORITE VACATION SPOT1. KEY WEST 2. SOUTH BEACH 3. HAWAIIFA VORITE BEACH1. PLAYALINDA 2. NEW SMYRNA 3. SOUTH BEACHFA VORITE WEEKEND GETAWAY1. FT. LAUDERDALE 2. SOUTH BEACH 3. KEY WESTFA VORITE PARK( Also see p. 5) 1. LAKE EOLA 2. LAKE IVANHOE 3. WEKIVA MS. SAMMY was all dressed up for the first Beach Ball. She and the Gay Day event both took top honors in their respective categories. Good Day Tampa Bay reporter RUSSELL RHODES is your Favorite TV News Personality.BEST LATE NIGHT RESTAURANTWhere do you want to go on your way home from a night out? First choice was CEVICHE TAPAS BAR & RESTAURANT on Bayshore Blvd. Does berenjena parrilla, grilled eggplant baked with portobello mushrooms, tomato, olive oil and Manchego cheese sound better than drive-thru? GEORGIES ALIBI in St. Pete came in second, and easily wins in the convenience category. There was a tie for third place between hip St. Pete eatery GRAND FINALE and good ol VILLAGE INN .BEST PIZZA1. WESTSHORE PIZZA 2. SALLY ONEALS PIZZA 3. PIZZA HUTBEST OUTDOOR DININGY our favorite place for outdoor dining was the FLAMINGO at SUNCOAST where the patio provides a view of the resorts pool, cabana bar, and volleyball courts. The food is also top notch. The popular WINE EXCHANGE in Hyde Park came in second, and the nearby HYDE PARK CAFE tied for third with KOJACKS HOUSE OF RIBS on Gandy Blvd. in South Tampa.BEST GAY BARCHAMBERS has shaken up Tampas bar scene like a well-made martini, dominating weekend nights in Tampa with a high-energy mix of go-go boys, house music, video screens and shows hosted by Stephanie Shippae. It was your favorite gay bar, and won in other categories as well. Second place went to another new face on the local bar scene, GRAND CENTRAL STATION in St. Petersburg. With five different bars, the SUNCOAST RESORT was your third choice in this category.BEST LESBIAN BARThe gorgeous CHEROKEE CLUB in Ybor City remains your first choice in this category. Second place went to FLIRT, and a devoted crowd of regulars placed KIMS CLUB in third.BEST DANCE CLUBCHAMBERS repeats, with last years winner, F ACTORY a distant second this year. Newcomer GRAND CENTRAL STATION was a surprise third in this category.BEST HAPPY HOURThe cozy bar at TROPICS on S. MacDill Ave. fills up right after work most days, particularly Friday, and was the winner in this category. Second place went to alwayspopular CITY SIDE on S. Dale Mabry, where the crowd of friendly regulars and newcomers spills out onto the patio most days. THE JUNGLE a former winner in this category, tied for third with two St. Pete bars GEORGIES ALIBI and GRAND CENTRAL .BEST ALTERNATIVE TO THE BARS1. A DIFFERENT GRIND 2. STARBUCKS 3. (tie) SAWMILL CAMPGROUND and CLUB TAMPA and MOVIES and THE GYMBEST NON-GAY BAR1. AMPHITHEATER 2. SIDBERNS LOUNGE 3. (tie) SKIPPERS SMOKEHOUSE and CHILISBEST BARTENDER1. CHRIS at GRAND CENTRAL STATION 2. (tie) JAMES at TROPICS and LAUREL at SUNCOAST RESORT and PA TRICK at GRAND CENTRAL STATIONBEST DJW ith his willingness to mix things up with unexpected music and effects, JEFFREY J has quietly become one of the preeminent DJs in gay Tampa Bay. He now spins at The Jungle (Wed.), Grand Central Station (Fri.), and Chambers (Sat.). He also just released a dance CD called Just Jeff. Last years winner in this category, JOHN CARPENTER was a close second this year. CHAMBERS was named Best Gay Bar and Best Dance Club. Photo by Tom Dyer. BEST ATHLETIC GROUP1. CENTRAL FLORIDA SOFTBALL LEAGUE 2. GAY BOWLING LEAGUE 3. ORANGE BLOSSOM TENNIS ASSOCIATIONBEST THEATRICAL PRODUCTION(Also see p. 5) Ladies and gentlemen, whether you like it or not, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH blew the competition and many other things, were sure away. The raunchy rock n roll show about a botched sex-change operation wowed audiences at Parliament Houses Footlight Theater week after week. The show was eventually um extended and rumors continue to persist that the Inch may rise again. Your second choice was the ORLANDO GAY CHORUS concerts, followed by CIRQUE DU SOLEIL .BEST MOVIE THEATER1. WINTER PARK REGAL CINEMA 2. ENZIAN 3. AMC PLEASURE ISLAND FRIENDLIEST BAR STAFF People are lovin LAVA LOUNGE and Lavas owners and employees are ecstatic about it. Were like a family, says co-owner Alan Miller of the incredible staff Lava has amassed. Sure we sometimes have our differences, but we always work them out by the end of a shift. Lavas tireless staff of workers includes (back) BOBBY (who also is this years Best Bartender), BRENDA, (front) JEFF, KATHY, AMY, BRET, TAMMY, and ALAN. Watermark readers say that another friendly staff can be found at second-place P ARLIAMENT HOUSE and that the bartenders at STUDZ are also happy to be of service. Photo by Dennis Butler.

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WA VE AWARDS 2002W WA VE AWARDS 2002rW LAVA from Page 1 B rushed steel walls and pillars complement suspended wooden back-bar shelves. A bright blue wave-shaped bar blends well with geometric lights. Throughout, televisions play a wide range of music videos that serve to compliment the modern architecture while not overpowering it. But a word of warning: dont ask any of the owners to make you a mixed drink. When this reporter requested a postinterview margarita, he was met with nothing but blank stares. Oh sure, opening up a bottled beer and pushing the right button on the soda gun comes easy enough for any of the foursome. But oddly enough, none of the four had ever worked in a bar prior to opening the lounge. Wed all sat in bars before, says Kathy a little sheepishly. It didnt seem that hard. Fear not, fellow cocktailers. The owners have hired a crackerjack crew of bartenders to mix up any type of blended libation, including the bars specialty drink, the Lavatini, the Lounges version of the classic martini. While Alan sees to the day-to-day operations of the bar, everything from ordering the stock to managing the books, the others have kept their day jobs. Jeff works in cost control for Lockheed Martin, Koko as a flight attendant for Continental Airlines and Kathy as a high school English teacher. Collectively, theyre one of the youngest looking, youngest acting and energetic group of baby boomers you may ever meet. Each of the owners bring valuable strengths to make the bar a success. The women excel at talking up and entertaining the customers; the men are better at making analytical decisions that affect the business and managing the paperwork that goes along with any venture. Decisions affecting the operation are taken to a group vote and majority wins. Considering the ownership is mixed, or, as Alan puts it, a mixed-up ownership, Lava Lounge is neither a gay bar nor a straight bar. A typical night involves a diverse crowd of straight and gay, old and young, and every color skin imaginable. Its been fun, says managing partner Alan, Its been like a party every night. Lava Lounge is located at 1235 N. Orange Ave. on Orlandos Ivanhoe Row across from Lake Ivanhoe. The bar is open from 5 PM to 2 AM Tuesday through Friday, 7 PM to 2 AM Saturday, and is closed on Sunday and Monday. For more information call (407) 8959790 or head to .BEST ART GALLERY1. MAITLAND ART CENTER 2. OVAL ON ORANGE 3. GALLERY AT THE AVALON ISLANDBEST LOCAL ARTIST(Also see p. 4) What? asked CRAWFORD your choice as this years Best Local Artist when he learned that he won. I didnt even know that many people knew who I was. Well, buddy, they do. The onename artists colorful, powerful images have really made an impression on our readers. Coming in second is the gay communitys favorite gypsy and fortuneteller JAMES JACOB PIERRI LANI BRITO placed third.BEST CONCERT VENUE1. HOUSE OF BLUES 2. HARD ROCK LIVE 3. (tie) WILLS PUB and THE SOCIALBEST MUSICAL PERFORMER(Also see p. 3) 1. ZOA 2. AMY STEINBERG 3. NAKED HEAD Were number one! Central Florida Softball League was voted as this years Best Athletic Group. Best Elected Official PAT FRANK, the Hillsborough County Commission Chair, addressed 2002 PrideFest at Raymond James Stadium. Photo by Tom Dyer.BEST GAY WEB SITE1. QUEERTAMPA.COM 2. TAMPA-FRIENDS.COM 3. (tie) BADPUPPY.COM and GAY.COM and WA TERMARKONLINE.COMBEST PLACE TO PICK UPWA TERMARK1. TOMES & TREASURES 2. URBAN BODY 3. SUNCOAST RESORTBEST HIV/AIDS ORGANIZATIONThe last year has been a rough one for T AMPA (BAY) AIDS NETWORK but they remain the most recognizable AIDS service organization in the area. A merger with much larger and better funded Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services in Pinellas County has kept TANs doors open. Other ASOs that you acknowledged were FRANCIS HOUSE and the FLORIDA AIDS ACTION COUNCIL .BEST POLITICAL ORGANIZATION1. EQUALITY FLORIDA 2. DEMOCRATIC PARTY 3. (tie) HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN and LOG CABIN REPUBLICANSLOCAL HERO Y our local hero is Equality Florida Dxecutive D irector NADINE SMITH No surprise there Smith founded the nationally respected organization and has been its calm, forcefully articulate rudder ever since. T omes & Treasure owner BILL KANOUFF came in second, and deserves it for involvements ranging from AIDS activism to overseeing the Pride Parade for years. Third place votes were split between activist attorney KAREN DOERING Equality Florida and Unity T ampa Bays TED HOWARD and W atermark publisher T OM DYER .FA VORITE ACTIVISTNADINE SMITH was also your favorite activist. But in a welcome gesture of support, Pride Tampa Bays DON BENTZ came in second; a surprise after this years much-criticized move to Raymond James Stadium, and the related admission charges and elimination of the parade. Third place went to attorney KAREN DOERING who is currently overseeing groundbreaking cases involving child custody for a transgendered man, and gender-limiting high school dress codes.MOST DYNAMIC COUPLEIn this new category, you picked Urban Body co-owner SCOTT MOORE and his partner, SASHA (see profile, p. 1). Second place went to MARK BIAS and CARRIE WEST the fun-loving owners of MC FILM FEST and PLANET MC at the Suncoast Resort.BEST ELECTED OFFICIALY our overwhelming choice was HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY COMMISSION CHAIR PAT FRANK who is currently running for re-election against former professional wrestler Brian Bosworth. Frank has been a consistent and outspoken proponent of gay and lesbian equality, and was the only county commissioner to attend last years PrideFest celebration. Second place went to T AMPA CITY COUNCIL MEMBER ROSE FERLITA another consistent friend of the gay community. CONGRESSMAN JIM DAVIS (DT ampa), a co-sponsor of federal hate crimes legislation and the Employment NonDiscrimination Act, was your third choice.BEST GAY JOURNALISTW ere proud, and not surprised, that all three of the top journalism vote getters write for W atermark Y our first choice was RICK WALEN whose very personal and sometimes very political commentary has been a favorite since he began writing for W atermark more than a year ago. Former W eekly Planet contributor STERLING POWELL one of the most recognizable figures in Tampa Bay, began writing his Art of Living column for W atermark last spring and was your second choice. Liberal Arts Lesbian writer SARAH VIREN whose bold and sexy columns are a favorite with female and male readers, came in third.BEST NON-GAY JOURNALIST1. NANCY ALEXANDER, WMTX-FM talk show host 2. BILL MAXWELL, St. Petersburg Times editorial columnist 3. WES ALLISON, St. PetersburgTimes staff writerFA VORITE TV NEWS PERSONALITY1. RUSSELL RHODES, Fox-13 Good Day Tampa Bay reporter 2. ANDY JOHNSON, Fox-13 weatherman 3. ROBIN GUESS, ABC/WFTS-28 investigative reporterWE LOVE THE NIGHTLIFEBEST OVERALL RESTAURANTTROPICS the elegantly festive Palma Ceia restaurant for gays and lesbians, remains the favorite in this competitive category. (The owners should be proud fickle gays chose Tropics in several more categories as well.) Second place went to trendy SIDEBERNS where the only thing more consistent then the attractive crowd and upbeat atmosphere is the wonderful food. Elegant MISE EN PLACE great for a calm lunch or a romantic dinner came in third.BEST DATE RESTAURANT1. TROPICS 2. SIDEBERNS 3. FLAMINGO at SUNCOAST RESORTBEST SUNDAY BRUNCH OYSTER CATCHERS at the Hyatt Westshore complex on Courtney Campbell Causeway, has an incredible Sunday buffet thats famous throughout T ampa Bay it was your first choice. Second place went to JACKSONS BISTRO and TROPICS was your third choice.BEST LUNCHSince they opened their restaurant earlier this year, GEORGIES ALIBI has earned a reputation for simple, good bar food salads, sandwiches, fries, onion rings and the like and attentive service, all served al fresco with a view of the eye candy entering and leaving the popular St. Pete gay bar. It was your surprise first place vote for favorite lunch restaurant. Second place went to the popular SAMBA ROOM on Swann Ave. in South Tampa. And there was a tie for third between the GRAND CENTRAL CAFE in St. Petes newest gay commercial district, and Victor Leons much-loved HO HOS on S. Howard Ave. in Tampa. 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T AMPA BAYLIVING THE GOOD LIFEBEST CLOTHING STOREThe hands-down winner in this category was innovative South Tampa mens clothier URBAN BODY (see profile, p. 1). Your clear second-place pick was Robert Gellers WHAT 2 WEAR which this year expanded its Suncoast Resort location and opened a second St. Petersburg store next to Georgies Alibi. Demonstrating that were interested in designer labels and bargains, third place was a tie between two chains at different ends of the priced spectrum: NORDSTROMS at International Plaza and T ARGET .BEST MUSIC STOREY our favorite place to shop for CDs was NEP-TUNE RECORDS on S. Dale Mabry next to City Side. But there may be changes ahead at Nep-tune, known for WA VE AWARDS 2002W WA VE AWARDS 2002r W good dance music, wellstocked bins and a knowledgeable staff the building housing the store was recently sold and is rumored to be ripe for development. The second place vote getter was BORDERS and there was a tie for third between MC FILM FEST at the Suncoast Resort and T OMES & TREASURES .GAYEST GROCERY STORETheres a gay migration south within T ampas city limits, and one indicator is that theres a new gayest grocery store this year. The PUBLIX on S. Dale Mabry across from City Side got just a few more votes than last years winner, the KASH-NKARRY on Swann Ave., midway between SoHo and Hyde Park. Third place went to the Hillsborough Ave. ALBERTSONS in Seminole Heights.BEST SHOPPING MALL1. INTERNATIONAL PLAZA 2. WESTSHORE PLAZA 3. SUNCOAST RESORT MALLBEST PLACE TO P AMPER YOUR PET1. JAKES CANINE CAFE 2. PETSMART 3.VETERINARY MEDICAL CLINICBEST FLORISTY our favorite florist was CARTERS on 22nd Ave. S. in St. Petersburg, but BOTANICA INTERNATIONAL FLORIST on Bay-to-Bay in South Tampa and HYDE P ARK FLORIST also received lots of votes.BEST SALON1. SALON SOUTH TAMPA 2. BELLA DONNA 3. (tie) STEVES HAIRCUTS and SALON @ SUNCOAST and PLUSHBEST BOOKSTOREOwner Bill Kanouff will be glad to hear that T OMES & TREASURES received almost three times as many votes as the second place winner, BORDERS Third place was a tie between womens bookseller BRIGIT BOOKS in St. Pete and BARNES & NOBLE Both Tomes and Brigit Books have let it be known throughout the community that theyre struggling to stay in business. If you liked them this much, go buy something.ACTIVE COMMUNITYBEST COMMUNITY SERVICE ORGANIZATIONOnce again, voters overwhelmingly chose EQUALITY FLORIDA in this category. The Tampa-based statewide organization spearheaded the successful drive for non-discrimination protections in St. Pete, lobbied for safe schools legislation in Tallahassee, and is currently mobilizing voters for the upcoming election. Second place went to PRIDE TAMPA BAY 2. T AMPAF R I E N D S C O M 3. B A D P U P P Y C O M GA Y .COM W A T E R M A R K O N L I N E C O MBEST PLACE TO PICK UPW A T E R M A R K1. T OMES BEST FURNITURE STORE With big windows displaying eye-catching modern furniture, you and Best Gay Journalist winner RICK WALEN are dazzled by DIAMOND FURNITURE GALLERY making it the clear winner in this category. Maddie and Roberto Diaz have stocked their St. Pete (on 34th St.) and Tampa (Kennedy and Armenia) stores with colorful, unexpected furniture that is both functional and artistic. Demonstrating a clear preference for modern, your second choice was SCAN DESIGN Third place went to mammoth EXOTIC FURNITURE with its own design studio specializing in modern sculpted furniture. Photo by Tom Dyer Y ou love Tomes & Treasures, but will you spend enough there to allow owner BILL KANOUFF to keep it open into 2003? Photo by Christine E. Reynolds. BEST PRIDE OR OTHER GAY EVENT Y our favorite gay event of the year was the just-completed T AMPA INTERNATIONAL GAY & LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL which this year saw more than 15,000 pass through the turnstiles at the Tampa Theatre, TECO Plaza and Centro Ybor Muvico. Favorite Entertainer STEPHANIE SHIPPAE kept large crowds entertained on closing night. Second was the WET PARTY which PrideFest organizers say may have outgrown its Florida Aquarium location. Third place went to a much-loved but much smaller PrideFest fundraiser, the annual ONE LAUREL PLACE pool party. Photo by Rex Maniscalco. sponsors of the annual July 4 weekend PrideFest celebration. The organization is regrouping after losses from this years event at Raymond James Stadium, and hoping that the upcoming Pillage & Plunder cruise in November will put them back on course. TRUE EXPRESSIONS youth group and the T AMPA BAY BUSINESS GUILD tied for third place.

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T AMPA BAYLIVING THE GOOD LIFEBEST CLOTHING STOREThe hands-down winner in this category was innovative South Tampa mens clothier URBAN BODY (see profile, p. 1). Your clear second-place pick was Robert Gellers WHAT 2 WEAR which this year expanded its Suncoast Resort location and opened a second St. Petersburg store next to Georgies Alibi. Demonstrating that were interested in designer labels and bargains, third place was a tie between two chains at different ends of the priced spectrum: NORDSTROMS at International Plaza and T ARGET .BEST MUSIC STOREY our favorite place to shop for CDs was NEP-TUNE RECORDS on S. Dale Mabry next to City Side. But there may be changes ahead at Nep-tune, known for WA VE AWARDS 2002W WA VE AWARDS 2002r W good dance music, wellstocked bins and a knowledgeable staff the building housing the store was recently sold and is rumored to be ripe for development. The second place vote getter was BORDERS and there was a tie for third between MC FILM FEST at the Suncoast Resort and T OMES & TREASURES .GAYEST GROCERY STORETheres a gay migration south within T ampas city limits, and one indicator is that theres a new gayest grocery store this year. The PUBLIX on S. Dale Mabry across from City Side got just a few more votes than last years winner, the KASH-NKARRY on Swann Ave., midway between SoHo and Hyde Park. Third place went to the Hillsborough Ave. ALBERTSONS in Seminole Heights.BEST SHOPPING MALL1. INTERNATIONAL PLAZA 2. WESTSHORE PLAZA 3. SUNCOAST RESORT MALLBEST PLACE TO P AMPER YOUR PET1. JAKES CANINE CAFE 2. PETSMART 3.VETERINARY MEDICAL CLINICBEST FLORISTY our favorite florist was CARTERS on 22nd Ave. S. in St. Petersburg, but BOTANICA INTERNATIONAL FLORIST on Bay-to-Bay in South Tampa and HYDE P ARK FLORIST also received lots of votes.BEST SALON1. SALON SOUTH TAMPA 2. BELLA DONNA 3. (tie) STEVES HAIRCUTS and SALON @ SUNCOAST and PLUSHBEST BOOKSTOREOwner Bill Kanouff will be glad to hear that T OMES & TREASURES received almost three times as many votes as the second place winner, BORDERS Third place was a tie between womens bookseller BRIGIT BOOKS in St. Pete and BARNES & NOBLE Both Tomes and Brigit Books have let it be known throughout the community that theyre struggling to stay in business. If you liked them this much, go buy something.ACTIVE COMMUNITYBEST COMMUNITY SERVICE ORGANIZATIONOnce again, voters overwhelmingly chose EQUALITY FLORIDA in this category. The Tampa-based statewide organization spearheaded the successful drive for non-discrimination protections in St. Pete, lobbied for safe schools legislation in Tallahassee, and is currently mobilizing voters for the upcoming election. Second place went to PRIDE TAMPA BAY 2. T AMPAF R I E N D S C O M 3. B A D P U P P Y C O M GA Y .COM W A T E R M A R K O N L I N E C O MBEST PLACE TO PICK UPW A T E R M A R K1. T OMES BEST FURNITURE STORE With big windows displaying eye-catching modern furniture, you and Best Gay Journalist winner RICK WALEN are dazzled by DIAMOND FURNITURE GALLERY making it the clear winner in this category. Maddie and Roberto Diaz have stocked their St. Pete (on 34th St.) and Tampa (Kennedy and Armenia) stores with colorful, unexpected furniture that is both functional and artistic. Demonstrating a clear preference for modern, your second choice was SCAN DESIGN Third place went to mammoth EXOTIC FURNITURE with its own design studio specializing in modern sculpted furniture. Photo by Tom Dyer Y ou love Tomes & Treasures, but will you spend enough there to allow owner BILL KANOUFF to keep it open into 2003? Photo by Christine E. Reynolds. BEST PRIDE OR OTHER GAY EVENT Y our favorite gay event of the year was the just-completed T AMPA INTERNATIONAL GAY & LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL which this year saw more than 15,000 pass through the turnstiles at the Tampa Theatre, TECO Plaza and Centro Ybor Muvico. Favorite Entertainer STEPHANIE SHIPPAE kept large crowds entertained on closing night. Second was the WET PARTY which PrideFest organizers say may have outgrown its Florida Aquarium location. Third place went to a much-loved but much smaller PrideFest fundraiser, the annual ONE LAUREL PLACE pool party. Photo by Rex Maniscalco. sponsors of the annual July 4 weekend PrideFest celebration. The organization is regrouping after losses from this years event at Raymond James Stadium, and hoping that the upcoming Pillage & Plunder cruise in November will put them back on course. TRUE EXPRESSIONS youth group and the T AMPA BAY BUSINESS GUILD tied for third place.

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WA VE AWARDS 2002W WA VE AWARDS 2002rW LAVA from Page 1 B rushed steel walls and pillars complement suspended wooden back-bar shelves. A bright blue wave-shaped bar blends well with geometric lights. Throughout, televisions play a wide range of music videos that serve to compliment the modern architecture while not overpowering it. But a word of warning: dont ask any of the owners to make you a mixed drink. When this reporter requested a postinterview margarita, he was met with nothing but blank stares. Oh sure, opening up a bottled beer and pushing the right button on the soda gun comes easy enough for any of the foursome. But oddly enough, none of the four had ever worked in a bar prior to opening the lounge. Wed all sat in bars before, says Kathy a little sheepishly. It didnt seem that hard. Fear not, fellow cocktailers. The owners have hired a crackerjack crew of bartenders to mix up any type of blended libation, including the bars specialty drink, the Lavatini, the Lounges version of the classic martini. While Alan sees to the day-to-day operations of the bar, everything from ordering the stock to managing the books, the others have kept their day jobs. Jeff works in cost control for Lockheed Martin, Koko as a flight attendant for Continental Airlines and Kathy as a high school English teacher. Collectively, theyre one of the youngest looking, youngest acting and energetic group of baby boomers you may ever meet. Each of the owners bring valuable strengths to make the bar a success. The women excel at talking up and entertaining the customers; the men are better at making analytical decisions that affect the business and managing the paperwork that goes along with any venture. Decisions affecting the operation are taken to a group vote and majority wins. Considering the ownership is mixed, or, as Alan puts it, a mixed-up ownership, Lava Lounge is neither a gay bar nor a straight bar. A typical night involves a diverse crowd of straight and gay, old and young, and every color skin imaginable. Its been fun, says managing partner Alan, Its been like a party every night. Lava Lounge is located at 1235 N. Orange Ave. on Orlandos Ivanhoe Row across from Lake Ivanhoe. The bar is open from 5 PM to 2 AM Tuesday through Friday, 7 PM to 2 AM Saturday, and is closed on Sunday and Monday. For more information call (407) 8959790 or head to .BEST ART GALLERY1. MAITLAND ART CENTER 2. OVAL ON ORANGE 3. GALLERY AT THE AVALON ISLANDBEST LOCAL ARTIST(Also see p. 4) What? asked CRAWFORD your choice as this years Best Local Artist when he learned that he won. I didnt even know that many people knew who I was. Well, buddy, they do. The onename artists colorful, powerful images have really made an impression on our readers. Coming in second is the gay communitys favorite gypsy and fortuneteller JAMES JACOB PIERRI LANI BRITO placed third.BEST CONCERT VENUE1. HOUSE OF BLUES 2. HARD ROCK LIVE 3. (tie) WILLS PUB and THE SOCIALBEST MUSICAL PERFORMER(Also see p. 3) 1. ZOA 2. AMY STEINBERG 3. NAKED HEAD Were number one! Central Florida Softball League was voted as this years Best Athletic Group. Best Elected Official PAT FRANK, the Hillsborough County Commission Chair, addressed 2002 PrideFest at Raymond James Stadium. Photo by Tom Dyer.BEST GAY WEB SITE1. QUEERTAMPA.COM 2. TAMPA-FRIENDS.COM 3. (tie) BADPUPPY.COM and GAY.COM and WA TERMARKONLINE.COMBEST PLACE TO PICK UPWA TERMARK1. TOMES & TREASURES 2. URBAN BODY 3. SUNCOAST RESORTBEST HIV/AIDS ORGANIZATIONThe last year has been a rough one for T AMPA (BAY) AIDS NETWORK but they remain the most recognizable AIDS service organization in the area. A merger with much larger and better funded Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services in Pinellas County has kept TANs doors open. Other ASOs that you acknowledged were FRANCIS HOUSE and the FLORIDA AIDS ACTION COUNCIL .BEST POLITICAL ORGANIZATION1. EQUALITY FLORIDA 2. DEMOCRATIC PARTY 3. (tie) HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN and LOG CABIN REPUBLICANSLOCAL HERO Y our local hero is Equality Florida Dxecutive D irector NADINE SMITH No surprise there Smith founded the nationally respected organization and has been its calm, forcefully articulate rudder ever since. T omes & Treasure owner BILL KANOUFF came in second, and deserves it for involvements ranging from AIDS activism to overseeing the Pride Parade for years. Third place votes were split between activist attorney KAREN DOERING Equality Florida and Unity T ampa Bays TED HOWARD and W atermark publisher T OM DYER .FA VORITE ACTIVISTNADINE SMITH was also your favorite activist. But in a welcome gesture of support, Pride Tampa Bays DON BENTZ came in second; a surprise after this years much-criticized move to Raymond James Stadium, and the related admission charges and elimination of the parade. Third place went to attorney KAREN DOERING who is currently overseeing groundbreaking cases involving child custody for a transgendered man, and gender-limiting high school dress codes.MOST DYNAMIC COUPLEIn this new category, you picked Urban Body co-owner SCOTT MOORE and his partner, SASHA (see profile, p. 1). Second place went to MARK BIAS and CARRIE WEST the fun-loving owners of MC FILM FEST and PLANET MC at the Suncoast Resort.BEST ELECTED OFFICIALY our overwhelming choice was HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY COMMISSION CHAIR PAT FRANK who is currently running for re-election against former professional wrestler Brian Bosworth. Frank has been a consistent and outspoken proponent of gay and lesbian equality, and was the only county commissioner to attend last years PrideFest celebration. Second place went to T AMPA CITY COUNCIL MEMBER ROSE FERLITA another consistent friend of the gay community. CONGRESSMAN JIM DAVIS (DT ampa), a co-sponsor of federal hate crimes legislation and the Employment NonDiscrimination Act, was your third choice.BEST GAY JOURNALISTW ere proud, and not surprised, that all three of the top journalism vote getters write for W atermark Y our first choice was RICK WALEN whose very personal and sometimes very political commentary has been a favorite since he began writing for W atermark more than a year ago. Former W eekly Planet contributor STERLING POWELL one of the most recognizable figures in Tampa Bay, began writing his Art of Living column for W atermark last spring and was your second choice. Liberal Arts Lesbian writer SARAH VIREN whose bold and sexy columns are a favorite with female and male readers, came in third.BEST NON-GAY JOURNALIST1. NANCY ALEXANDER, WMTX-FM talk show host 2. BILL MAXWELL, St. Petersburg Times editorial columnist 3. WES ALLISON, St. PetersburgTimes staff writerFA VORITE TV NEWS PERSONALITY1. RUSSELL RHODES, Fox-13 Good Day Tampa Bay reporter 2. ANDY JOHNSON, Fox-13 weatherman 3. ROBIN GUESS, ABC/WFTS-28 investigative reporterWE LOVE THE NIGHTLIFEBEST OVERALL RESTAURANTTROPICS the elegantly festive Palma Ceia restaurant for gays and lesbians, remains the favorite in this competitive category. (The owners should be proud fickle gays chose Tropics in several more categories as well.) Second place went to trendy SIDEBERNS where the only thing more consistent then the attractive crowd and upbeat atmosphere is the wonderful food. Elegant MISE EN PLACE great for a calm lunch or a romantic dinner came in third.BEST DATE RESTAURANT1. TROPICS 2. SIDEBERNS 3. FLAMINGO at SUNCOAST RESORTBEST SUNDAY BRUNCH OYSTER CATCHERS at the Hyatt Westshore complex on Courtney Campbell Causeway, has an incredible Sunday buffet thats famous throughout T ampa Bay it was your first choice. Second place went to JACKSONS BISTRO and TROPICS was your third choice.BEST LUNCHSince they opened their restaurant earlier this year, GEORGIES ALIBI has earned a reputation for simple, good bar food salads, sandwiches, fries, onion rings and the like and attentive service, all served al fresco with a view of the eye candy entering and leaving the popular St. Pete gay bar. It was your surprise first place vote for favorite lunch restaurant. Second place went to the popular SAMBA ROOM on Swann Ave. in South Tampa. And there was a tie for third between the GRAND CENTRAL CAFE in St. Petes newest gay commercial district, and Victor Leons much-loved HO HOS on S. Howard Ave. in Tampa. 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WA VE AWARDS 2002W WA VE AWARDS 2002 W BEST ALTERNATIVE TO THE BARS1. GLBCC 2. MIDNIGHT BOWLING 3. (tie) MOVIES and and RICKS HOUSE Whatever that means...BEST NON-GAY BAR1. LAVA LOUNGE 2. WILLS PUB 3. (tie) SKY 60 and PEACOCK ROOMBEST DJ1. SKETCHY 2. DJ DIANE 3. WALTER WINSTONFA VORITE DRAG QUEENOh, Sammy youre so fine, youre so fine you blow our minds. Hey Sammy! The ubiquitous MS. SAMMY clawed, scratched, and slept her way all the way from number three last year to the top of the heap this year. Its hardly surprising although completely deserved that the diva should reign supreme. She co-hosts Parliament Houses game shows, does charity work on the side, and she even had the guts to allow someone else to portray her in the semi-autobiographical musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch Sammy is undeniably an Orlando institution. NAZHONI retained her second-place position, and DARCELL STEVENS slipped from the top spot to number three.DRAG SHOW1. PARLIAMENT HOUSE 2. SOUTHERN NIGHTSBEST KARAOKE1. STUDZ 2. CIGARZ 3. CLICKSBEST SEX/NOVELTY SHOP1. FAIRVILLA 2. RAINBOW CITY 3. TWISTED PALMSRECREATIONFA VORITE VACATION SPOT1. KEY WEST 2. SOUTH BEACH 3. HAWAIIFA VORITE BEACH1. PLAYALINDA 2. NEW SMYRNA 3. SOUTH BEACHFA VORITE WEEKEND GETAWAY1. FT. LAUDERDALE 2. SOUTH BEACH 3. KEY WESTFA VORITE PARK( Also see p. 5) 1. LAKE EOLA 2. LAKE IVANHOE 3. WEKIVA MS. SAMMY was all dressed up for the first Beach Ball. She and the Gay Day event both took top honors in their respective categories. Good Day Tampa Bay reporter RUSSELL RHODES is your Favorite TV News Personality.BEST LATE NIGHT RESTAURANTWhere do you want to go on your way home from a night out? First choice was CEVICHE TAPAS BAR & RESTAURANT on Bayshore Blvd. Does berenjena parrilla, grilled eggplant baked with portobello mushrooms, tomato, olive oil and Manchego cheese sound better than drive-thru? GEORGIES ALIBI in St. Pete came in second, and easily wins in the convenience category. There was a tie for third place between hip St. Pete eatery GRAND FINALE and good ol VILLAGE INN .BEST PIZZA1. WESTSHORE PIZZA 2. SALLY ONEALS PIZZA 3. PIZZA HUTBEST OUTDOOR DININGY our favorite place for outdoor dining was the FLAMINGO at SUNCOAST where the patio provides a view of the resorts pool, cabana bar, and volleyball courts. The food is also top notch. The popular WINE EXCHANGE in Hyde Park came in second, and the nearby HYDE PARK CAFE tied for third with KOJACKS HOUSE OF RIBS on Gandy Blvd. in South Tampa.BEST GAY BARCHAMBERS has shaken up Tampas bar scene like a well-made martini, dominating weekend nights in Tampa with a high-energy mix of go-go boys, house music, video screens and shows hosted by Stephanie Shippae. It was your favorite gay bar, and won in other categories as well. Second place went to another new face on the local bar scene, GRAND CENTRAL STATION in St. Petersburg. With five different bars, the SUNCOAST RESORT was your third choice in this category.BEST LESBIAN BARThe gorgeous CHEROKEE CLUB in Ybor City remains your first choice in this category. Second place went to FLIRT, and a devoted crowd of regulars placed KIMS CLUB in third.BEST DANCE CLUBCHAMBERS repeats, with last years winner, F ACTORY a distant second this year. Newcomer GRAND CENTRAL STATION was a surprise third in this category.BEST HAPPY HOURThe cozy bar at TROPICS on S. MacDill Ave. fills up right after work most days, particularly Friday, and was the winner in this category. Second place went to alwayspopular CITY SIDE on S. Dale Mabry, where the crowd of friendly regulars and newcomers spills out onto the patio most days. THE JUNGLE a former winner in this category, tied for third with two St. Pete bars GEORGIES ALIBI and GRAND CENTRAL .BEST ALTERNATIVE TO THE BARS1. A DIFFERENT GRIND 2. STARBUCKS 3. (tie) SAWMILL CAMPGROUND and CLUB TAMPA and MOVIES and THE GYMBEST NON-GAY BAR1. AMPHITHEATER 2. SIDBERNS LOUNGE 3. (tie) SKIPPERS SMOKEHOUSE and CHILISBEST BARTENDER1. CHRIS at GRAND CENTRAL STATION 2. (tie) JAMES at TROPICS and LAUREL at SUNCOAST RESORT and PA TRICK at GRAND CENTRAL STATIONBEST DJW ith his willingness to mix things up with unexpected music and effects, JEFFREY J has quietly become one of the preeminent DJs in gay Tampa Bay. He now spins at The Jungle (Wed.), Grand Central Station (Fri.), and Chambers (Sat.). He also just released a dance CD called Just Jeff. Last years winner in this category, JOHN CARPENTER was a close second this year. CHAMBERS was named Best Gay Bar and Best Dance Club. Photo by Tom Dyer. BEST ATHLETIC GROUP1. CENTRAL FLORIDA SOFTBALL LEAGUE 2. GAY BOWLING LEAGUE 3. ORANGE BLOSSOM TENNIS ASSOCIATIONBEST THEATRICAL PRODUCTION(Also see p. 5) Ladies and gentlemen, whether you like it or not, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH blew the competition and many other things, were sure away. The raunchy rock n roll show about a botched sex-change operation wowed audiences at Parliament Houses Footlight Theater week after week. The show was eventually um extended and rumors continue to persist that the Inch may rise again. Your second choice was the ORLANDO GAY CHORUS concerts, followed by CIRQUE DU SOLEIL .BEST MOVIE THEATER1. WINTER PARK REGAL CINEMA 2. ENZIAN 3. AMC PLEASURE ISLAND FRIENDLIEST BAR STAFF People are lovin LAVA LOUNGE and Lavas owners and employees are ecstatic about it. Were like a family, says co-owner Alan Miller of the incredible staff Lava has amassed. Sure we sometimes have our differences, but we always work them out by the end of a shift. Lavas tireless staff of workers includes (back) BOBBY (who also is this years Best Bartender), BRENDA, (front) JEFF, KATHY, AMY, BRET, TAMMY, and ALAN. Watermark readers say that another friendly staff can be found at second-place P ARLIAMENT HOUSE and that the bartenders at STUDZ are also happy to be of service. Photo by Dennis Butler.

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WA VE AWARDS 2002W WA VE AWARDS 2002rW WE LOVE THE NIGHTLIFEBEST OVERALL RESTAURANTRESTAURANT K on Edgewater in the heart of College Park takes this years top honors. Formerly known as Cafe Allegre, the popular bistro serves a delectable melange of tasty treats to satisfy anyones appetite. Second place goes to trendy HUE on Summerlin, in the midst of Orlandos gayest neighborhood. HOUSE OF BLUES s laid back style and casual cuisine came in third.pizza is good enough to earn the chain a second place position, and NYPD rounds out the top three.BEST OUTDOOR DINING1. LAKE EOLA YACHT CLUB 2. HOT OLIVES 3. (tie) DEXTERS and HUEBEST GAY BAR(see story on p. 1) 1. LAVA LOUNGE 2. PARLIAMENT HOUSE 3. SOUTHERN NIGHTSBEST LESBIAN BARThis is one of the strangest categories we have considering that second-time champ F ACES on Edgewater is really the only womens bar in town. But our readers BEST NON-GAY JOURNALIST Orlando Sentinel columnist TYLER GREY scored a major coup this year by placing first in this category. Grey didnt even show up on the radar last year. When he learned that he was W atermark readers favorite columnist for a non-gay publication, his reaction was short but sweet. Wow! Grey said. Ive been following that one for a while now. Im happy to see I won! Happy, that is, until he learned that SCOTTIE CAMPBELL won as Best Gay Journalist. Here the two scribes try to decipher each others work as they leisurely take a swan-boat around your choice as Best Recreational Park, LAKE EOLA. Last years second-place man, the Sentinels MIKE THOMAS stayed in the same position. And former Orlando Weekly columnist LIZ LANGLEY who took top honors in 2001, fell to number three to tie with the W eeklys BILLY MANES and the Sentinels COMMANDER COCONUT Photo by Jeff Jones. BEST DATE RESTAURANT1. HUE 2. HOUSTONS 3. (tie) RESTAURANT K and MEL TING POTBEST SUNDAY BRUNCH HOUSE OF BLUESs Gospel Brunch nabbed the number-one spot for the second year. Second place is awarded to DEXTERS which, some may find surprising, does not carry W atermark And LAKE EOLA YACHT CLUB was your third choice.BEST LUNCH Hot, hot, hot. Thats what our readers had to say about HOT OLIVES on New England in Winter Park. Our readers pointed out that it wasnt only the food that they enjoyed, but the atmosphere, especially on pleasant days when the restaurant is completely open-air. Second place goes to DEXTERS on Washington in Thornton Park. BRIO at Winter Park V illage earned a third place slot.BEST LATE NIGHT RESTAURANT1. IHOP 2. DENNYS 3. HOUSE OF BLUESBEST PIZZAThis category got a little confusing last year. No one was quite sure if it was ANTHONYS or Lil Anthonys that made the best slice. Well this year, our readers clarified, and Anthonys on Summerlin Ave. came out the clear winner. Readers said that PA PA JOHNS BEST BARTENDER OK, heres the dilemma: how far would you go to humiliate a genuinely nice straight boy who came out on top as this years Best Bartender? Well, as BOBBY at LAVA LOUNGE found out, we were willing to go the full nine yards. Armed with costume fragments from your choice as Best Theatrical Production,Hedwig and the Angry Inch, we had Bobby don the famous locks and pout, scream, and strut his stuff. And he was good enough to do it without one word of complaint. Afterwards, though, when we finally coaxed him into giving the wig back, he said something that really took us by surprise: So, who is Hedwig anyway? Whacky straight boys! Coming in second this year and a very close second at that is BRET at LAVA LOUNGE. BRIAN at PARLIAMENT HOUSE takes home the bronze. Photo by Dennis Butler. FRIENDLIEST BAR STAFF GRAND CENTRAL STATION owners Kris Doubles and Jim Luscombe are justifiably proud of their popular bar staff they copped first place in this category. Here Kris mugs with bar manager Chris, who was also voted Favorite Bartender by our readers. The staff at TROPICS and the bartenders at CITY SIDE also received lots of votes for friendliness. Photo by Tom Dyer.off-key upstarts. Lots of bars received votes, but GRAND CENTRAL STATION came in second, and the WEDGEWOOD at SUNCOAST RESORT was third.BEST SEX/NOVELTY SHOP1. TRES EQUIS 2. TAMPA BAY LEATHER CO. 3. 2606RECREATIONFA VORITE VACATION SPOT1. KEY WEST 2. PROVINCETOWNFA VORITE ENTERTAINERSTEPHANIE SHIPPAE is as recognizable as the Eiffel Tower in Tampa Bay and almost as tall. Devoid of diva baggage, and always willing to help out for a good cause, Stephanie is beloved by area gays and lesbians. Equally generous with their talents are second place singing duo HALCYON and third place saxophonist ALAN DARCY .BEST KARAOKEThis was a surprisingly competitive category, but when the votes were tallied, CITY SIDE came out on top. The bars frequent karaoke nights attract a steady stream of talented regulars and endearingly3. (tie) MIAMI/SOUTH BEACH and SUNCOAST RESORTFA VORITE BEACHY our favorite beaches are all in Pinellas County... and why not? Theyre some of the most gorgeous beaches in the country. First pick was FORT DESOTO P ARK routinely ranked among the nations top ten beaches. Your second choices are neighbors: P ASSAGRILLE BEACH and just north of that, BEDROCKS/ST. PETE BEACH All three are known for attracting sunworshiping gays and lesbians from throughout the Bay Area.FA VORITE WEEKEND GETAWAYFlorida contains lots of attractive weekend getaways, and some of the most appealing are right here in Tampa Bay. Your first choice was a tie: ST. PETERSBURG has beaches, a thriving arts community, relaxed atmosphere and growing gay population... and its just twenty minutes from downtown Tampa. FORT LAUDERDALE a three-and-a-half hour drive but worth it also has beaches and an incredible array of bars and restaurants to choose from... and its getting gayer by the minute. You also ranked the SUNCOAST RESORT KEY WEST and MIAMI/SOUTH BEACH as alternatives.FA VORITE PARK1. FORT DESOTO PARK 2. SAWMILL CAMPGROUND 3. (tie) BUSCH GARDENS and DAVIS ISLAND DOG BREATH and LAKE SEMINOLE PARKBEST ATHLETIC GROUPThe SUNCOAST SOFTBALL LEAGUE which plays every Sunday at the Greco Softball Complex across from USF, was your favorite sports organization. They host a major regional tourney every year during Valentines Day weekend. Your second choice was FRONTRUNNERS TAMPA BAY who can be seen cruising through Hyde Park and along Bayshore Blvd. on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. T AMPA EAGLE WRESTLING was third and wish many of them luck as they head for the Gay Games in Sydney in just a few weeks.BEST THEATRICAL PRODUCTIONCentral Stage Theaters first production PARTY was a huge hit, and was extended for several weeks into September. With lots of laughs and lots of nudity it was also your favorite theatrical production of the year. Your second choice was Stageworks THE LARAMIE PROJECT produced last fall but still memorable. And third place went to the hilarious SHEAR MADNESS starring local favorite John McGivern at TBPAC.BEST ART GALLERY1. DALI MUSEUM 2. ADRIAN HOWARD GALLERIES 3. (tie) ST. PETE MUSEUM OF ART and LATTITUDEBEST LOCAL ARTIST1. PATRICK KRANZ 2. BARBEE BEELER 3 WILLIAM TRACYBEST CONCERT VENUE1. JANNUS LANDING 2. ICE PALACE 3. (tie) SUNCOAST RESORT and SKIPPERS SMOKEHOUSEBEST VIDEO STORE1. BLOCKBUSTER 2. PLANET MC at SUNCOAST 3. HOLLYWOOD VIDEO never fail to weigh in with their opinions on other bars as well. Coming in second this year is LAVA LOUNGE and devotees of Lesbo-A-Go-Go place SOUTHERN NIGHTS in third.BEST DANCE CLUBWhat a difference a year makes. The 2001 winner in this category was Empire Nightclub. Remember it? Out of sight, out of mind. The fall of Empire means that THE CLUB at FIRESTONE reigns as the new king of the disco scene. SOUTHERN NIGHTS came in a distant second and P ARLIAMENT HOUSE boogied its way into the number three position.BEST HAPPY HOUR1. LAVA LOUNGE 2. CACTUS CLUB 3. PEACOCK ROOM

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BEST POLITICAL ORGANIZATION1. RAINBOW DEMOCRATIC CLUB 2. MBA 3. (tie) LOG CABIN REPUBLICANS and ORLANDO ANTIDISCRIMINATION ORDINANCE COMMITTEE (OADO)BEST GAY DAY EVENTBEACH BALL once again proved to be your favorite event during the 2002 Gay Days celebration. The six-yearold party has shown little signs of slowing down, and its nice to know that the local community supports it. The weekends core event, GAY DAY AT DISNEYS MAGIC KINGDOM came in a very close second. Two other circuit-style parties tied for third place, Jeffrey Sankers ONE MIGHTY PARTY and local promoter Mark Bakers COLISSEUM PARTY .MOST COMMITTED ACTIVISTDEBBIE SIMMONS is another woman fighting for truth, justice, and the American way. And she was your pick as Most Committed Activist for her tireless efforts to get Orlandos antidiscrimination ordinance to include sexual orientation. This year she also took on RDV Sports Pat Williams and his homophobic views by staging a protest at a Miracle game. Her strides for equality are not going unnoticed. PA TTY SHEEHAN came in second. Third place was split between CHRIS MANLEY WA VE AWARDS 2002rW WA VE AWARDS 2002 W WA VE Awards from Page 3BEST FURNITURE STORE1. STOREHOUSE 2. ROBB & STUCKY 3. NEW METROPOLISACTIVE COMMUNITYBEST COMMUNITY SERVICE ORGANIZATIONDespite the loss of executive director Cindi Black, some concerns about financial stability, and involvement then disassociation with this years PrideFest activities, the GAY, LESBIAN BISEXUAL COMMUNITY CENTER (GLBCC) came out on top for the second year in this category. Two HIV/AIDS organizations, HOPE & HELP CENTER OF CENTRAL FLORIDA and CENTRAL FLORIDA AIDS UNITED RESOURCES (CENTAUR) picked up second and third respectively.BEST GAY WEB SITE1. GAY.COM 2. WATERMARKONLINE.COM 3. GLBCC.ORGBEST PLACE TO PICK UPWA TERMARKThe winners in this category are almost completely different from last years champions. RAINBOW CITY on Mills A ve. which didnt even place in 2001 was the clear victor, knocking both Cactus Club and WatermarkOnline out of the running. But readers indicated that they liked the big pink newspaper box outside WA TERMARKS OFFICES as it came in second. GLBCC placed third.BEST HIV/AIDS ORGANIZATION1. CENTAUR 2. HOPE & HELP 3. INFECTIOUS DISEASE CONSULTANTSOne half of this years Most Dynamic Couple, LANI BRITO is always available to answer questions at GLBCC. Photo by John F. SullivanMARTY CHAPMAN DOUG WHITE and, incredibly, Orlandos very own MAYOR GLENDA HOOD .MOST DYNAMIC COUPLEGLBCC spitfire LANI BRITO and her partner JESS ABULESON have obviously affected a lot of people in a very positive way, and theyre who you chose as Most Dynamic Couple. Second place goes to PA TRICK HOWELL and SCOTT DUNKLE who cosmically received the precise number of votes that Howell netted for Local Hero. CHRIS & TOMMY MANLEY round out the category in third place.BEST ELECTED OFFICIAL1. PATTY SHEEHAN 2. MAYOR GLENDA HOOD 3. (tie) COUNTY COMMISSIONER RICH CROTTY and CITY COMMISSIONER DAISY LYNUMBEST GAY JOURNALIST(See Best Non-Gay Journalist) 1. SCOTTIE CAMPBELL 2. SCOTT JACKSON SMITH 3. JIM CRESCITELLIFA VORITE TV NEWS PERSONALITY1. WENDY CHIOJI 2. TODD JURKOWSKI 3. DOUG KAMMERER LOCAL HERO Y our local hero is not surprisingly PA TTY SHEEHAN or as we like to call her, openly lesbian Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan whom we serve and is gay. Her moniker seems to get longer and longer every time we print her name. In order to reflect our communitys admiration of this wonder woman, we asked your pick for Best Artist, CRAWFORD to wow us with his vision of the forthright politico. And boy-howdy did he deliver! Bam! Pow! Its the Orlando Avenger! PATRICK HOWELL who placed second, oddly enough got the exact same number of votes as the Log Cabin Republicans received in the Best Political Organization category. Third place this year goes to GLBCCs LANI BRITO .Orlandos most committed activist DEBBIE SIMMONS has taken on the city, the mayor, and even RDV Sports to fight for our rights. BEST THEME P ARK1. MAGIC KINGDOM 2. ISLANDS OF ADVENTURE 3. BUSCH GARDENS EPCOTBEST THEME P ARK A TTRACTION1. MONTU at BUSCH GARDENS 2. HULK at ISLANDS OF ADVENTURE 3. (tie) SPLASH MOUNTAIN at THE MAGIC KINGDOM and BEER GARDEN at BUSCH GARDENS BEST MOVIE THEATER Y our favorite movie houses were Tampas two new mega-multiplexes, both featuring stadium seating and state-of-the-art sound and projection systems that have become the standard for discerning gay and lesbian moviegoers. Best DJ Jeffrey J positions himself in front of beautiful CHANNELSIDE CINEMA home of Real Queer Cinema as well as the amazing IMAX theater. CENTRO YBOR MUVICO an alternative site for the recent Tampa Film Fest was second. And last years pick, the venerable T AMPA THEATRE came in third.Photo by Tom Dyer. Thanks to all of you who voted in this year's WAVE poll.

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WHY DO WE WAVE? WA VE AWARDS 2002W WA VE AWARDS 2002rW Continued Page 4 Urban Body from Page 1 of three areas youve got nothing to complain about. Moore, however, was recognized as the very best in gay Tampa Bay in two of these distinct categories! Along with business partner Brett Peeler, his hip Urban Body clothing stores were named Best Clothing Store in both Tampa Bay and Orlando. And Moore and life partner Sasha were also chosen Tampa Bays Most Dynamic Couple. Were not even going to ask what kind of house they live in. COOL CLOTHING I havent stopped blushing since I found out, Moore says, but he is also quick to point out that each of the awards is shared. Urban Body is a joint business venture, he notes, and Brett is every bit as responsible for our success as I am.Moore and Peeler took a calculated but still enormous risk when they opened Urban Body in the now-burgeoning SoHo (South Howard Ave.) area of Tampa in March of 2000. They hatched the idea while living together in Atlanta, even though neither one had any direct retail experience. But their backgrounds meshed perfectly, otherwise. Peeler, a former insurance actuary, was the numbers guy; Moore, a marketing professional, would oversee promotions.We saw Tampa as an up-and-coming second tier city, Moore says, and we knew that there was nothing like the store we envisioned in the area. With a clean uptown atmosphere, an emphasis on customer satisfaction, and clothes that fit muscled young gay male bodies with unique precision, Urban Body changed local shopping habits from the start. We never order more than six of anything, Moore says, because we want people to know that theyre not going to see the same shirt on 10 other guys on the dance floor. But he notes that the shop is anything but slut wear for 20-year-old club kids. Urban Body stocks jeans, dress shirts and slacks, bathing suits, and a variety of shoes, belts and other accessories. Increasingly, the store also caters to more than just gay men. The percentage of straight customers has increased drastically since we opened, Moore observes. Weve never made any bones about who we are, so I think the fact that straight men are comfortable shopping here is a wonderful example of how our community has mainstreamed. Peeler moved to Orlando in 2001 to open a second Urban Body store in the exploding Thornton Park neighborhood. That store won a WAVE award in its first year. And Moore and Peeler also just opened a new W eb site www.urbanbody.com with popular clothing items shipped the day after being ordered. THE SUSHI TEST As often happens, Moore met his partner through an ex in this case one of Sashas. He pointed him out to me at Metro Flex and said, Thats the one that got away, Moore remembers. So Moore submitted him to the test. I like to go to a Japanese restaurant on the first date, Moore laughs, to see if he likes sushi, and if he can use chopsticks. Apparently Sasha passed with flying colors. That was two years ago, and the couple married in Vermont this past August. Afterward, they celebrated at a huge White W edding party at the St. Petersburg home of some friends. Best DJ Jeffrey J was in charge of music. We talk about everything, Moore says. I never knew a relationship could be so easy. W CENTRAL FLORIDALIVING THE GOOD LIFEBEST CLOTHING STORE1. URBAN BODY 2. REALM 3. OLD NAVYBEST MUSIC STOREOnce again, GLBT Orlandoans said that VIRGIN MEGASTORE at Downtown Disney was the best place to pick up the latest CDs. In fact, all of the winners in this category are exactly the same as last year. The monster media super store BEST BUY which earns a big ol goose egg on the Welcome to W atermarks second annual WAVE Awards edition. The WAVEs (which stands for W atermarkA ward for Variety and Excellence) are our version of a Best Of... issue in which readers tell us the people and places in our coverage area that exemplify the gay and lesbian community. But when every newspaper and magazine has a Best Of... issue, why should W atermark follow suit? The short answer is because its a lot of fun. Our polling system is far from scientific. Basically, we just post the ballot on our Web site for six weeks and let readers have at it. We really dont care if people wage campaigns to get their friends and family to vote for them, nor do we particularly mind a little ballot box stuffing. It really is all for fun and we certainly learn some things about our community along the way. W Human Rights Campaigns Corporate Equality Index took second place for a second year. In third again is P ARK AVE. CD proving you dont have to be gigantic in order to have an enthusiastic following.GAYEST GROCERY STOREWhat a surprise. The PUBLIX on Shine Ave. in downtown Orlando once again annihilated the competition to be crowned Gayest Grocery Store for the second year in a row. An unspecified ALBERTSONS location came in a very distant second and the elite specialty market WHOLE FOODS garnered enough votes to place third.BEST SHOPPING MALL1. THE FLORIDA MALL 2. FASHION SQUARE 3. ALTAMONTE MALLBEST FLORIST1. HOUSE OF FLOWERS 2. LEE JAMES FLORAL DESIGNS 3. ORLANDO FLORISTBEST SALON It pays to advertise or at the very least it pays to advertise that youll exchange sex for votes. Thats what first place winner GARDEN SALON did last year after they came in third. Whew, they must be tired. DAVID JAMES makes his first WA VE Awards appearance, coming in a very close second, and last years second banana, GARY LAMBERT places a not-so-distant third.BEST BOOKSTORE1. BARNES & NOBLE 2. BORDERS 3. URBAN THINK BEST PLACE TO PAMPER YOUR PETMICHAEL FRIED (L) and RICK MERRIFIELD owners of YUPPY PUPPY on Mills Ave., are accustomed to soothing the savage beast and making them look fabulous in the process. Thats why you made the animal grooming salon number one again this year. But when glam band ZOA your pick as Orlandos Best Musical Entertainer, wandered through the pet boutiques doors, the fur flew. Y ou chose PETSMART and POOKIES BOW WOW on Fairbanks A ve. as the second and third best pet pampering spots. Photo by Jeff Jones. SCOTT MOORE introduces a movie at the recent Tampa International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. Photo by Rex Maniscalco.

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T ake Four Friends and Stir Sterling! Sterling! Cont inued P age 14 Cont inued P age 7 ISSUE 9.22 OCT. 24 NOV. 6, 2002ORLANDO Most people know how to make their favorite cocktail, but finding the recipe for a great cocktail lounge isnt always so easy. Fortunately, for the owners of Orlandos trendiest new drinking spot, the decision to open a bar together was as easy as popping the top off a Miller Lite. Its just as well: despite having a full-fledged liquor license, its about the only drink any of the owners know how to concoct.We met out by the pool one afternoon, ate pizza, got drunk, and said, Lets open a business, says Jeff Walton, 38, one of the owners of the Lava Lounge, recalling how the decision to go into business together was made. The poolside relaxationLounging by a swimming pool lead to a lounge of a different kind for (L-R) ALAN MILLER, KOKO GUEVARRA, JEFF WALTON, and KATHY Pete BARMA.fests were a weekly ritual for Jeff, Kathy Pete Barma, 36, Koko Guevarra, 42, and Alan Miller, 44. When Alans career in the health care industry was about to come to an end earlier this year, he convinced his pals to join him as he followed his life-long dream to open a bar. While the plan was never to make the business a strictly gay bar, the owners initial location-scouting found them in the V iMi area, home to several gay and gayfriendly businesses. And when the building that once housed Arts Cigar Bar became available and at an affordable price the foursome knew they had a found a perfect home for their venture. W ith the buildings outdoor patio area, lakefront view and trendy Orange Avenue Antique District address, the Lava Lounge was perfectly poised to become the premier chic hangout in Orlando. The crew spent about nine weeks refurbishing the bar. When a planned soft opening during Memorial Day weekend resulted in hordes of people pouring through the doors, the owners knew they had hit the ground running. But gone now are the weekly laid back get-togethers. Instead, the owners have moved their socializing to their new home next to the railroad tracks on Ivanhoe Row. And what a gathering spot it is.The owners of Lava Lounge blended their friendship into Orlandos hippest hangout... even if they cant make a cocktail to save their lives.By Kirk Hartlage LAVA LOUNGE:Orlando WAVE Award Winner for Best Happy Hour Friendliest Bar Staff Best Non-Gay Bar Best Bartender (Bobby) Best DJ (Sketchy) and Best Overall Gay Bar .URBAN BODY: T ampa Bay and Orlando WAVE Award Winner for Best Clothing Store.Scott Moore shared in three WA VE Awards this year two with business partner Brett Peeler for their trend setting Urban Body clothing stores, and one with life partner Sasha. By Tom DyerT AMPA Scott Moore isnt the only multiple winner in this years WAVE A wards Chambers, Tropics, Lava Lounge, Fort DeSoto Park, Nadine Smith and others can make the same claim. Thats mostly because theres some inevitable overlap in categories: Best Gay Bar/Best Dance Club or Local Hero/Favorite Activist for example. But Moores wins are different, and possibly even more enviable. Look at it this way a quality life is commonly thought of as a trifecta of sorts, comprised of a good home, a good job, and a good relationship. Most believe that if youre reasonably happy in twoTRIPLE STITCH TRIPLE STITCH T ampa Bays Most Dynamic Couple, SCOTT MOORE (right) and SASHA, at Urban Body in Tampa: We talk about everything. Photo by Tom Dyer.