St. Pete Pride Executive Director Resigns

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St. Pete Pride announced this week that the organization’s Executive Director, Eric Skains, has resigned to “pursue new opportunities.”

In a press release, Skains said that his five years with the organization“have been extremely fulfilling and always challenging,” noting that “retooling and strengthening [the] organization tested [him] in ways [he] never expected.”

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Pride Marches On: St. Pete Pride celebrates diversity in the ‘Burg with a year of firsts

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ST. PETERSBURG – After all the controversy over the changes St. Pete Pride brought this year, it all seemed to be put aside for Pride weekend as thousands gathered along Bayshore Drive for the city’s first Pride parade downtown.

The Pride parade, the largest in the state, began with the first ever TransPride March along the parade route. More than 500 participants walked, starting from the end of the official parade route at Albert Whitted Park to the parade’s starting point at Vinoy Park, as watchers waved trans flags and shouted support to those walking.

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St. Pete Pride is spreading its wings, so here are sparkling details of all the big events for the weekend

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It’s no secret that for the first time in its 15 years, the St. Pete Pride parade is moving from the Grand Central District and heading downtown, but that isn’t the only change to the schedule.

“There are always lots of events during Pride month and this is the first year that we actively went out to recruit events from all over Pinellas County,” St. Pete Pride Executive Director Eric Skains says. “We have an extensive list of events compiled from all this information we received, and they are all amazing events.”

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TransPride March joins St. Pete Pride

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ST. PETERSBURG – St. Pete Pride is making history again. Not only is it the largest LGBTQ Pride celebration in the state of Florida, but it is about to become the first Pride in the state to hold a TransPride March in conjunction with their annual parade.

The TransPride March will kick off St. Pete Pride’s parade and will consist of members of the transgender, gender-non-conforming, queer communities, their families, friends, allies and supporters.

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Downtown, down funds: St. Petersburg mayor Rick Kriseman pulls city funding from St. Pete Pride after relocation announcement

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ST. PETERSBURG -The St. Pete Pride board officially voted to relocate the Pride parade and festival from the Grand Central District to Vinoy Park downtown Jan. 17.

The board vote, which was unanimous with one abstention, was met with a wave of resistance on social media from Grand Central business owners and members of the community; however one criticism is leaving a deeper sting, that of St. Petersburg mayor Rick Kriseman.

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St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman threatens to remove funding for St. Pete Pride when it moves to downtown waterfront

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There are many grumbles coming out of the St. Petersburg Pride camp following the announcement of the relocation of the popular event to a waterfront route. According to the Tampa Bay Times, which broke the story on Wednesday after Kriseman posted a missive to his Facebook page –  the parade stands to lose $45,000.

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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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St. Pete Pride is moving the parade and festival for 2017

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St. Pete Pride is changing the location of the parade and festival in 2017, according to a press release sent Dec. 15.

“This has been a topic among the board for the last eight or nine years,” said St Pete Pride’s longest serving board member Stanley Solomons. “We were always familiar and comfortable with the Grand Central District. But regardless of my fondness with the current location, the time to move came when the logistics and security measures changed.”

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Full Exposure: Executive Director Eric Skains talks about transparency, relevancy and the future direction of St. Pete Pride

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St. Petersburg — St. Petersburg’s LGBT community has been overrun by questions, concerns and rumors ever since it was announced that Georgie’s Alibi was closing its doors. For 15 years, Georgie’s was a tent pole for the community, whether it involved charities and fundraisers or celebrations and events.

One such event that utilized Georgie’s Alibi and the surrounding areas was St. Pete Pride. St. Pete Pride is the largest Pride event in the state of Florida and routinely has more than 100,000 supporters line the streets for the parade, concerts and a street festival the last weekend of June.

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The messy closing of Georgie’s Alibi in St. Pete signals potential hard times for the LGBT community

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The $2 Long Island iced teas in Mason Jars. The disco floor jam-packed with all walks of LGBTQ life. The friendly bartenders who seemed to genuinely love their jobs. The delicious food. The meeting place before St. Petersburg Pride. The feeling of being both safe and accepted. These were the things that made Georgie’s Alibi the place that it was. It wasn’t just a bar. It was an institution, a queer-Cheers; a place where everybody knew your name … for better or worse.

Then came the Facebook message announcing the bar’s closure.

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St. Pete Pride announces Grand Marshal candidates

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St. Petersburg – It may only be early March, but the wheels are already spinning at St. Pete Pride, which released its list of nominees for the 2014 Grand Marshal positions.

Like last year, Pride will have three grand marshals—male-identified, female-identified and organization. Each category has three nominees, and the winners will be chosen by popular vote through StPetePride.com.

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