PHOTOS: Tampa Pride gets wild for inaugural Pride-Zoo-La

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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TAMPA | Tampa Pride kicked off fundraising for its fifth year with the organization’s inaugural Pride-Zoo-La at ZooTampa at Lowry Park Nov. 17.

The evening began with a performance by the Tampa Bay Pride Band. Guests subsequently moved to an artists’ showcase highlighting local talent, participated in over 50 raffles and were given the opportunity to participate in a giraffe feeding with ZooTampa staff.

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Students march for their lives at the fourth annual Tampa Pride

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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The fight for LGBTQ equality was born when men and women spoke out, stood up and demanded change for a better tomorrow. It’s why we celebrate Pride: to remember our plight and assert that we’ll never be silent again.

Powerful movements often begin with conflict or tragedy, as witnessed more recently at the Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. In February, the school became the site of the country’s latest mass shooting, prompting student survivors to speak out, stand up and demand a change of their own.

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Tampa Bay Overheard: PRIDE-MINDED

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The fourth annual Tampa Pride is just around the corner, and the popular event has revealed this year’s theme: “Diversity Creates Community.”

In addition to the announcement, they’re also calling for all potential vendors, sponsors, and partners to get involved now—while they still can.

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Watermark’s Most Remarkable People 2017: John and Nancy Desmond, Members of Tampa Pride and PFLAG Tampa

By : Carrie West, President of Tampa Pride
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Carrie West

What a delight it was to have met John and Nancy Desmond at a GaYBOR District meeting in 2010.

They have been a super positive force that trumps a lot of gays and lesbians in their commitment to the LGBTQ community.

They are outgoing, funny, empathetic, stellar and confident. These two speak their minds and are great team players in all they participate in and volunteer to do. Organizations that I have personally had the great honor of working with them includes: GaYBOR Distinct Coalition, Hillsborough County Homeless and Tampa Pride.

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10 Worst Costumes

By : Scottie Campbell
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We asked 10 notable people in our readership what their worst Halloween costume was and why.

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: Thank you for being a friend

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In need of some Goode people

Tampa Bay performer Judy B. Goode isn’t having the best run of good luck over the last few weeks. The beloved singer and entertainer fell off a ladder June 30 and broke her leg. At around 7:30 in the morning Judy was tending to some bushes in the backyard of her home, when the ladder gave way and fell out from under her and she ended up in the hospital.

“Judy has a heart of gold,” says Tampa Pride president Carrie West. The 4 ft 5 in , 85 lb Judy is quite a force to be reckoned with, and has the fiery personality to boot. Her career extends across Florida, and the southeast United States where she performs at nightclubs with her sidekick “Piano Man” Dave Thomas. She was even selected as a finalist for Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee back in the day based on her signature act, “The 12 Faces of Judy” in which she does impersonations of famous personalities.

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: Hateful lawn signs and Honoring the 49 with action

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Get off my lawn

In front of a quaint green-and-white paneled house, adorning the freshly manicured green lawn on 27th Avenue in St. Petersburg’s Old Northeast neighborhood June 3, laid five derogatory signs. The first four calling for “No Jews,” “No Infidels,” “No Fags” and “No Retards”; a fifth sign read “…Great Again!”

The house – and the signs – are the property of St. Petersburg resident Roland Price. Price spoke with WFLA News Channel 8 and told them that the signs are self-explanatory. This isn’t the first time Price has stirred up controversy and frustration among his neighbors. According to neighbors, he has posted signs in the past displaying his political and social views ranging from Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama to Saddam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden. The Tampa Bay Times has also found out that since 2004, the police have been called out to the Price residence 44 different times for aggravated assault, noise complaints, criminal mischief, theft and domestic incidents.

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The Proud invade GaYbor for the third annual Tampa Pride celebration

By : Jeremy Williams
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TAMPA – The Ybor City Historic District will play host again to the third annual Tampa Pride celebration Saturday, March 25.

“Tampa Pride is in several parts this year,” says Carrie West, Tampa Pride’s president. “The Main Stage area, which is at the Hillsborough Community College –Ybor City Campus parking lot – will kick off first thing with the Tampa Pride Marching Band to introduce everybody and play some tunes to get everyone warmed up.”

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City of Tampa Signs On as Co-Sponsor of Tampa Pride

By : Greg Stemm
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Tampa – The City of Tampa has signed an agreement to provide $35,000 worth of in-kind city services to the new Tampa Pride celebration scheduled for March 28, 2015. The co-sponsorship is a real victory for Tampa Pride, Inc. not only because of the boon it will give the planning of the celebration, but because it’s the first sponsorship the city has given since a 2009 moratorium was placed on financially supporting new festivals.

Initially, the City denied Tampa Pride’s request for a co-sponsorship, but meetings with LGBT friendly mayor Bob Buckhorn made the support possible.

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Overheard in Tampa Bay: It’s a Tupperware party!

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Tampa Theatre offers unisex bathroom
We’re not sure if it was a coincidence or not, but did anyone else find it nice that the Tampa Theatre offered a unisex bathroom during the Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival’s opening weekend? The basement restroom that has served as the women’s room in previous years had a “Unisex” label taped to it on Oct. 3. The other restroom next door appeared to be closed, but there were no signs of maintenance. Those using the facilities barely blinked at the unisex set-up, but one woman did pause at the door when she saw a man inside and politely asked, “Is it okay if I come in?” Coincidence or not, we’re thrilled that the sign for transgender inclusion was prevalent at TIGLFF’s 25th anniversary.

Proud. Determined. United.
Nearly 200 people braved the driving rains of Tampa Bay to help Tampa Pride kick off its official fundraising program at The Honey Pot on Friday, Sept. 26. The celebration, titled “Out of the Storm,” gave the newly formed organization a chance to raise some money, share the excitement about the March 28 parade and festival in Ybor City—and a stage to announce the theme. Pride president Carrie West said the 2015 theme is “Proud. Determined. United.” To get the inaugural event off the ground, Tampa Pride must raise $70,000 by Feb. 1! A GoFundMe.com account has been set up and more fundraisers are in the works. The “Out of the Storm” title, by the way, officially had nothing to do with former Hillsborough County Commissioner Ronda Storms, who banned LGBT Pride in the county—wink, wink, nudge, nudge.

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