The 2019 WAVE Awards: Tampa Bay

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FAVORITE LOCAL POLITICIAN
First: Rick Kriseman, St. Petersburg Mayor
Second: Bob Buckhorn, Tampa Mayor
Third: Jennifer Webb, Florida House Representative – District 69

FAVORITE LOCAL ACTIVIST
First: Nadine Smith, Equality Florida
Second: Todd Richardson, Equality Florida
Third: Nancy Desmond, PFLAG

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St. Pete Chamber of Commerce releases list of Good ‘Burger Awards finalists

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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The St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce has released its list of finalists for the sixth annual Good ‘Burger Awards, and multiple LGBTQ organizations and allies are vying for your vote.

A “Good ‘Burger” refers to a business, organization or individual in the greater St. Petersburg area that makes a positive impact in the community, the chamber advises. They further note that the awards are named in honor of a former mayor who referred to his citizens as “burgers,” as in “St. Petersburgers.”

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Many big restaurant chains give dirty money to right-wing, reactionary causes, We show you the places to eat hate-free!

By : Holly V. Kapherr
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Early last year, I found myself on a yacht off the coast of Isla Mujeres with a group of older adults far beyond my own socio-economic status.

The presidential primaries were ramping up and our evening was winding down – champagne had flowed freely and words came easier than they should have. One woman explained her voting strategy this way, no nuance, an open and shut case: “I vote with my wallet.”

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Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber event at Hollander Hotel continues on among Planned Parenthood controversy

By : Jeremy Williams
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ST. PETERSBURG – TheTampa Bay Diversity Chamber of Commerce is moving forward with an event Nov. 15 at the Hollander Hotel in St. Petersburg even with calls from some progressive groups to boycott the hotel after a scheduled Planned Parenthood event was cancelled.

“We realized that the Hollander has always shown support for the LGBTQ community and our chamber, so based on that we have decided to keep the event at the Hollander Hotel,” says Eric Mathis, the Diversity Chamber’s Vice President.

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