St. Petersburg celebrates sixteen years of Pride

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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St. Pete Pride drew 220,000 people to St. Petersburg for its weekend-long celebration last year, around 40,000 short of the Sunshine City’s entire population.

As any event of its size would, particularly one so intrinsically tied to the community it serves, the organization’s 15th year faced its fair share of cheers and jeers. For the first time in its history, the St. Pete Pride parade was held in downtown St. Petersburg rather than in the city’s Grand Central District.

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Central Florida and Tampa Bay recognize World AIDS Day with events from coast to coast

By : Jeremy Williams
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World AIDS Day is the first ever global health day and has taken place every Dec. 1 since 1988. It is a day which the entire planet comes together to remember the nearly 40 million lives lost to the virus, but also to acknowledge those still living with the disease today and to celebrate the advances made in fighting HIV/AIDS.

From candlelight vigils to luncheons and HIV testing sights, several groups and organizations have events throughout Central Florida and the Tampa Bay area for you whether you want to pay your respects or know your status.

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Tampa Bay Overheard: Masquerade Ball, Metro grant and the Best of the Bay

By : Anonymous
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The heroes Tampa Bay deserves

After one of the most talked about parties last year, Balance Tampa Bay kicked it way up Saturday night, Aug. 6, for the second annual Masquerade Ball, presented by the AIDS Heathcare Foundation. This year’s Masquerade Ball had the theme “Rio,” and stepping into District 3 in downtown Tampa was like taking a step into Brazil’s Carnivàle. This year’s event benefited Francis House, a Tampa HIV supportive service charity serving about 450 clients each month, and early estimates have the event raising $30,000 for them. The “Masquerade Ball: Rio” was attended by more than 400 people and featured stilt walkers, scantily clad beauties and more feathers than the Olympics’ Opening Ceremony. Once the party cooled at District 3, Balance Tampa Bay took the dancing to Southern Nights in Ybor City for an after-party that went on into the wee hours of the night. But helping the community doesn’t allow for sleeping in, not even on the weekends. A dozen or so of those dedicated Balancers got up at 7 a.m. Sunday morning and took to Hyde Park United Methodist Church to help feed the homeless. Charitable actions all weekend long; the power of Christ compels you!

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Issue 21.25: The Leather Community

By : Jake Stevens
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Brotherhood Redefined: Florida’s Leather Community is multifaceted, ever-evolving, and probably not at all what you expected, Orlando’s MBA may pursue fraud charges against former president, St. Pete commemorates World AIDS Day, It’s time to be ‘Out at the Asolo’ in Sarasota, local news, celebrity interviews, and much, much more!

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St. Pete project to bring red awareness to World AIDS Day

By : Joseph Kissel
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St. Petersburg-– Is it art, activism or both?

It’s both on Dec. 1—World AIDS Day—when St. Pete will wake up to find Central Avenue lined with 170 trees transformed into columns of red muslin.

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Welcome Center will cater to Tampa Bay’s LGBT youth, travelers

By : Steve Blanchard
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St. Petersburg – The holidays are squarely upon us and Metro Wellness and Community Centers is ready to celebrate the season of giving back year-round. The organization announced this month plans to open its LGBT Welcome Center, which will also cater to LGBT youth in Tampa Bay.

Larry Biddle, director of center development, says he hopes the facility will be fully operational by St. Pete Pride in June.

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