Volusia Pride brought rainbows and smiles to New Smyrna Beach’s Old Fort Park

By : Dillan Ramirez
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Volusia Pride was a delightful gathering on the east coast of Florida with the sun shining all day at Old Fort Park in New Smyrna Beach Oct. 21.

This quaint, pride-filled festival has continued to grow in numbers each year and the energy level of its attendees was uplifting and welcoming.

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Orlando gathers downtown to celebrate Come Out With Pride

By : Jeremy Williams
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Lake Eola Park, and it’s surrounding streets, were packed Oct. 14 for Orlando’s annual Come Out With Pride parade and festival.

The big, colorful floats and LGBTQIA+ marchers took their turns proudly around the lake as thousands of community members and supporters cheered.

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Come Out With Pride’s Launch Party kicks off a weekend of Pride

By : Danny Garcia
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Come Out with Pride’s Launch Party kicked off Orlando’s Pride festivities Oct. 12 with a full house at the Veranda in Thorton Park.

Cocktails were served by the staff of The Hammered Lamb and entertainment was provided by some talented local flavor. Emceed by Addison Taylor, the night saw performances from local drag entertainers April Fresh and Bridgette Galore; a musical act by the cast of the upcoming cast of “Debbie Does Dallas”; Gay Bar Star Janine Klein and a trippy dance by the one and only Weego.

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Melbourne celebrates 10 years of Space Coast Pride in style

By : KathleenHarper
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The 10th annual Space Coast Pride was held Saturday, Sept. 30 in the Eau Gallie Arts District in Melbourne.

The event kicked off at 3:00 p.m. with vendor booths inside the civic center and outside on Highland Ave.

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From coast-to-coast, Central Florida and Tampa Bay celebrate Pride in the fall

By : Jeremy Williams
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Many people think of the month of June when someone says Pride, but thanks to National Coming Out Day and the state’s cooler temperatures, October is fast becoming Florida’s big Pride month.

Whether you are looking to march through the streets or spend a few hours in the park with your friends, October has got a Pride for you.

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Come Out With Pride wants you to keep dancing, but also to keep involved

By : Jeremy Williams
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Pride is a word that once carried a negative connotation. One of the original seven deadly sins, it was seen as something shameful and immoral. In the years after the 1969 riots at the Stonewall Inn in New York City, the word Pride was taken up as sign of honor, respect and loyalty by the LGBTQ community.

Pride became how we stood up for ourselves and celebrated who we are. Nearly 20 years later we celebrated the first National Coming Out Day Oct. 11, 1988. Pride was applied to something everyone in the community had to do no matter which letter you identified with in the LGBTQ spectrum. The significance of that day was to mark the one year anniversary of the 1987 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.

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As St. Petersburg celebrates Coming Out and LGBTQ film, a new Pride emerges

By : Samuel Johnson
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Two Bay Area LGBTQ festivals are joining forces this October. The Tampa-based Tampa Bay International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is collaborating with the nascent St. Petersburg Come OUT St. Pete. The former has been a staple on the LGBTQ calendar for 28 years; and the latter is in its first year. Although 2017 marks the COSP inauguration, the apex of the celebration falls on Oct. 11: National Coming Out Day which honors the anniversary celebration of the National March on Washington D.C. for Lesbian and Gay Rights 29 years ago. For those of you wondering what gift is appropriate for each anniversary, here is the traditional gift suggestion: Orchids for 28 years and furniture for 29 years.

The partnership between the established TIGLFF and the newborn COSP is rooted in a palette of shared core values: celebration, reflection and education. But most of all it’s a good fit for the twin cities on the Bay.

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Come OUT St. Pete has something for everyone at their inaugural coming out

By : Jeremy Williams
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While the nation will celebrate National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11, Grand Central and the City of St. Petersburg are looking to celebrate for seven pride-filled days with a series of events for everyone across the LGBTQ spectrum.

Whether you are interested in LGBTQ film, food, festive drinks or just relaxing with friends, COSP has got you covered. All events are subject to change, and all films will be announced at a later date, so be sure to keep an eye on WatermarkOnline.com and ComeOutStPete.org for any updates.

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Madrid mayor: WorldPride is ‘more than a party’

By : MICHAEL K. LAVERS of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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MADRID — Madrid Mayor Manuela Carmena on Wednesday reaffirmed her administration’s support of LGBT and intersex rights.

“It is necessary that we reaffirm happiness, love, sexuality,” she said during her remarks at a WorldPride reception that took place at Cibeles Palace.

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Straight cop shares heartfelt Pride message to LGBT community

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A straight cop sent a message of solidarity with the LGBT community before he worked the Pridefest in New York City last weekend.

The ally, who goes under the name Huge Fat Loser on Facebook to chronicle his weight loss journey, shared a special photo of himself before the Pride festivities. He is seen wearing a T-shirt with the words “I may be straight but I don’t hate” with the word “hate” written in rainbow lettering.

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Sesame Street celebrates Pride with rainbow tweet

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Sesame Street showed its support for families of all types in a tweet that appears to be a nod to the LGBT rainbow flag.

“Sesame Street is proud to support families of all shapes, sizes and colors,” the show’s account tweeted along with a photo of some different colored characters standing next to each other. The picture seems to mimic the LGBT rainbow flag.

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Polk County shows its Pride in the Park

By : Jeremy Williams
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Rainbow flags and colorful outfits were out in droves for Polk Pride’s “Pride in the Park” celebration at Munn Park in Lakeland June 17.

Attendees had dozens of vendor tents and food trucks to visit while watching local singers, dancers and drag performers entertain.

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