Come OUT St. Pete announces 2019 parade grand marshals

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ABOVE: (L-R) Come OUT St. Pete representatives and grand marshals Brian Longstreth, Claire Elisan, Jim Woodfield, Cole Foust, Jayson Clancey, Chris Jones, Bill Kody and Chuck Henson at Metro’s LGBTQ Welcome Center Sept. 17. Photo by Ryan Williams-Jent.

Representatives from Come OUT St. Pete (COSP) gathered at Metro’s LGBTQ Welcome Center Sept. 17 to announce their first ever grand marshals for the organization’s upcoming parade.

Three grand marshals were chosen for the celebration: Cole Foust, Metro Inclusive Health’s LGBTQ Division Manager; Claire Elisan, CEO of the nonprofit Project No Labels and Chuck Henson, longtime Spectrum News 9 traffic expert and news anchor. Each grand marshal is intrinsically tied to their support of Tampa Bay’s LGBTQ community.

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: Hey, bidder, bidder…

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Local community advocates will come together to raise funds for Metro Wellness & Community Centers’ “Auction for a Night Out with a Community Leader” on April 27.

Participants can bid on the auctionee of their choice and the “night out” experience, which may include dinner or tickets to a local show or museum.

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Tampa Bay Overheard: Down UndHER

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The social gathering group Tampa Bay Lesbians, in conjunction with Project No Labels, has announced a new happy hour at Subcentral in the Iberian Rooster geared toward empowering women.

UndHERground is every Wednesday with a three-month series of talent contests,” the group’s press release reads. “Join us in a below ground speakeasy style setting while spoken word artists speak their truths, burlesque performers twirl their pasties, singers and drag kings compete for prizes while local celebrity judges choose the winners and take part in spotlight performances – all in the name of celebrating and empowering women!”

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Watermark selects 10 of the most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes in the Central Florida and Tampa Bay areas

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Here we are, approaching that love-filled holiday known as Valentine’s Day: a day that brings butterflies to our stomach as we wonder what romantic surprises our significant other, or others, have prepared for us.

Will it be a fancy dinner, expensive gifts or a beautiful bouquet of long-stem roses? Will it be a night out on the town or a quiet evening at home together? Or, for you singles out there, will it be another terrible, not so good, horrible day that’s full of reminders that you still don’t have someone?

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Watermark’s Most Eligible – Tampa Bay: Claire Elisan

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Age: 34

Hometown: San Diego, California

How you identify: Lesbian

What’s your sign: Taurus

Claire Elisan’s dedication to the LGBTQ community is clear from the moment you meet her.

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Community panel sparks transgender awareness and candid conversation

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Tampa – On August 31, 2015, Tampa Bay locals gathered at Metro Wellness for a community panel designed to provide an open discussion about transgender and gender queer issues.

The panel consisted of four members and moderator Tristan Byrnes, licensed mental health counselor. After panelists shared their individual stories, the floor was opened for questions and community information sharing.

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