Stonewall 50: A Pacifist’s Protest

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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ST. PETERSBURG | 50 years after her funeral, the death of icon Judy Garland still brings tears to St. Petersburg resident Jay Chetney’s eyes. A true “Friend of Dorothy,” a decades-old euphemism utilized by gay men to safely share their sexual orientation, he attended her public funeral in June of 1969.

He wasn’t alone. The New York Times estimated that 20,000 fans gathered at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home to peer into Garland’s glass-enclosed coffin and say goodbye. “There were few tears and seats to spare,” they noted, something Garland’s film co-star James Mason shared.

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Metro Inclusive Health, The Dru Project to present ‘Stonewall to Pulse’

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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ST. PETERSBURG | Metro Inclusive Health and The Dru Project will present “Stonewall to Pulse: A Community Discussion” June 26, an inter-generational event featuring panelists who have experienced LGBTQ milestones firsthand.

The presentation “brings together individuals who experienced some of the most significant events, movements and moments in LGBTQ+ history,” the organizations announced June 1, “including the Stonewall Riots, Pulse Massacre, participation in ACT UP AIDS activism and the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard.”

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