Publisher’s Perspective: Beads and beaming faces

By : Tom Dyer
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TomDyerHeadshotVictory is a new book by lawyer and feminist scholar Linda Hirshman that chronicles the triumphant gay revolution. Some might find the author’s bold proclamation premature, what with same-sex marriage banned in 38 states and LGBT teens subject to epidemic bullying. But Hirshman argues that our community’s relatively short 60-year journey from demonization to dignity is miraculous, nearly complete, and worthy of study by right and left, at home and abroad, as a model of successful social activism.

It sure felt that way last Saturday in St. Petersburg.

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Miami celebrates 2nd annual Pridefest

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An estimated 30,000 people showed up for this year’s Miami Beach Gay Pride on April 17th. Balconies and sidewalks along Ocean Drive were filled with onlookers and supporters as colorful marchers flourished banners, waved flags, squirted water pistols and tossed beads.

Parade Grand Marshals included Fisher Island resident Sharon Gless, the multiple Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actress best known for her roles in Cagney and Lacey and Queer as Folk. She was joined by 29-year-old U.S. Army Lt. Dan Choi, who has twice been arrested for chaining himself to a White House fence to protest “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Choi was discharged from the military after coming out on television.

Now in its second year, Miami Beach Gay Pride has grown. Last year’s turnout was an estimated 20,000 and next year’s Pride will be bigger and better than ever, organizers say.

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6.11.09 Editor’s Desk

By : Steve Blanchard
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SteveBlanchardHeadshotGBT Pride season is once again upon us and the June 27 St. Pete Pride celebration of LGBT history, equality and community is expected to bring even more people to the city than last year’s 75,000 estimated attendees. And somewhere among the throngs of dancing men, lesbian moms and rainbow flags, a wide-eyed person is experiencing the joy of Pride for the first time.

I went to my first Pride event in 2004, when I was 27. At the time, I didn’t understand the hype or the history surrounding the annual celebration, and I had never really had an opportunity to attend any Pride event before. Admittedly, my expectations weren’t high.

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