Council Chair Darden Rice announces she’ll undergoing breast cancer treatment

By : Jeremy Williams
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ST. PETERSBURG –St. Petersburg Council Chair Darden Rice announced in a press release Jan. 30 that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

“I’ve always championed transparency and have been straightforward with my friends, family, colleagues, and constituents. You have placed your trust in me – for that reason I am disclosing a deeply personal issue in my life: I have been recently diagnosed with breast cancer,” Rice begins in her press release.

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: A Proud Bay

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Friends in Good Places

In the fight for equality, the LGBTQ community has always appreciated the backing of our straight allies. One of those allies in St. Petersburg has always been Barclay Harless.

A scroll through your newsfeed on Facebook will find pictures of Harless celebrating a birthday with Hot 101.5’s Miguel Fuller or hanging out with St. Pete Pride’s Eric Skains or standing with the community at a Pride event or march or rally. That commitment to the community is now leading Harless to pursue a position that will let him do good for all of St. Pete.

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The gloves come off as the race for District 70 gets closer

By : Jeremy Williams
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ST. PETERSBURG – The candidates are upping their attacks as the Democratic primary for District 70 gets closer.

St. Petersburg business owner, and openly gay candidate, Dan Fiorini has called Tampa Bay area lawyer CJ Czaia out for hiring Theresa “Momma Tee” Lassiter as a campaign consultant.

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Jones tapped to emcee Kriseman ceremony

By : Steve Blanchard
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Bob Devin Jones

Bob Devin Jones

For years, Bob Devin Jones as nurtured and cultivated the arts first in Los Angeles and Oregon before landing at American’ Stage’s Shakespeare in the Park and then founding the Studio@620. But now the out theater veteran can add another title to his resume that of Emcee of St. Petersburg’s Mayoral Swearing-in Ceremony.

Incoming St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman asked Jones to serve as master of ceremonies on the steps of City Hall on Jan. 2. The celebration, which Kriseman said only cost the city about $150, marks the first time a challenger has defeated an incumbent mayor of the city in nearly three decades. Kriseman easily won November’s election over Mayor Bill Foster by more than five percentage points.

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Remarkable Trio: St. Pete’s 3 LGBT city council members are our Remarkable People for 2013

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St. Petersburg – The Sunshine City made history in 2013 when its residents elected two more openly gay candidates to sit on its City Council. Darden Rice and Amy Foster handily won their campaigns in November in districts 4 and 8, respectively, and join sitting district 5 councilmember Steve Kornell who won his campaign back in 2009 behind the dais.

Of course, there are five other members of the St. Petersburg City Council, and those five straight elected officials are allies to the LGBT community. But having three, openly gay, seated officials is monumental for the city, and for Florida.

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Amy Foster, Darden Rice win City Council seats; Kriseman unseats Mayor Bill Foster

By : Steve Blanchard
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St. Petersburg – And then there were three, as in three members of the LGBT community sitting on the St. Petersburg City Council. At least there will be, once Amy Foster and Darden Rice are sworn into their District 8 and District 4 seats, respectively.

The two women handily beat their opponents, with Rice getting nearly 55% of the vote to Carolyn Fries’ 45%. Fries and Rice were running to replace veteran Council member Leslie Curran, who is term-limited, in a district that includes the neighborhoods of Crescent Lake, Euclid Heights, Euclid-St. Paul’s and Meadowlawn.

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Eyeing History

By : Steve Blanchard
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St. Petersburg – On Tuesday, Aug. 27, voters in St. Petersburg could take the first steps toward adding two openly gay women to the City Council’s roster. Both Darden Rice and Amy Foster are seeking the District 4 and District 8 seats, respectively. If they survive the primary, both would go on to the general election in November.

If they win there, they could join Steve Kornell on the council. Kornell became Pinellas County’s first openly gay elected official when he won his first term in 2009.

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