PFLAG Tampa paves the way for love in Ybor

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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Watermark’s Most Remarkable People John and Nancy Desmond – community activists known for their work with Tampa Pride, PFLAG and more – have long shared their support for the LGBTQ community throughout Tampa Bay.

On most weekends, the duo can be seen on 7th Ave. in Ybor City proclaiming that support and love, pro-LGBTQ signs in hand across from religious protesters. Now, even if they can’t make it, the protesters will be greeted from below with a paver reading “I love my gay son, PFLAG.”

“This has been in the works for a while, and after one failed attempt, the city finally got it right!” Nancy shared via PFLAG Tampa’s social media account Jan. 18. “This is the corner where the street preachers spew their hate every weekend … We try to be there to provide another voice to LGBTQ+ people simply trying to have a night out in Ybor, but we can’t always show up. Now, we will always be there right in their space in another form.”

The paver was purchased as a part of Ybor’s Sidewalk Paver Program. Interested parties can purchase their own via the Ybor City Development Corporation, Inc. website.

You can check out PFLAG Tampa’s post and the paver below:

Posted by PFLAG Tampa on Friday, January 18, 2019

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