PHOTOS: Come OUT St. Pete celebrates second annual festival

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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ST. PETERSBURG | Come OUT St. Pete (COSP) held its second annual street festival in the Grand Central District following its inaugural parade Oct. 6.

Beginning at 12 p.m., vendors shared their goods and services with festival fans across the district. Entertainers also captivated audiences at The Garage, Pom Pom’s, Steep Station, Numex Chile, Right Around the Corner, The Queens Head, URBAN Comfort, Punky’s Bar and Grill, Dog Bar and Old Key West Bar & Grill.

At 1 p.m., community leaders and supporters joined together to celebrate the reopening of Metro Wellness and Community Centers’ LGBTQ Welcome Center. “It was our goal to create a safe place for those looking to build a network of friends or find access to LGBTQ-friendly resources,” Lorraine Langlois, CEO of Metro, shared ahead of the ceremony. “Whether someone is just coming out or in a new city looking to make friends, we want St. Petersburg to have a resource for all.”

Watermark was on hand to celebrate – you can check out some of our photos below.

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06.14.18 Tampa Bay Bureau Chief’s Desk

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We live in an age where it can be easy to forget your pride. The White House certainly does. Even with orange prominently displayed in our flag, the current administration declined to issue a proclamation acknowledging LGBTQ Americans for the second year in a row.

The Pentagon followed suit, opting for the first time since the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” to not formally acknowledge LGBTQ Pride Month. It was a bold reflection of the administration’s ever-looming transphobic military policies.

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: Not so broken pageant

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The fifth annual charity pageant Miss Broken Slut was held on Feb. 25 at Quench Lounge, raising a total of $1,828 for Metro Wellness and Community Centers after the Sawmill Camping Resort donated a generous $1,275.

Nine contestants vied for the 2018 title, with Veronica Vixen claiming the crown. The queens were judged on presentation, creative evening wear, question and answer and their chosen talent. Unlike most pageants, however, tips are factored into the equation—and those tips go right back to the community.

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St. Pete mayoral candidates tackle Pride, police and policies at LGBT debate

By : Greg Stemm
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Two of the three candidates for mayor of St. Petersburg participated in a debate July 9 at the Metro Wellness and Community Center before a standing room only crowd of mostly LGBT residents. Current Republican mayor Bill Foster and Democratic challenger Rick Kriseman were on hand, while candidate Kathleen Ford, also a Democrat, was notable in her absence.

StPeteMayorDebate2013CapFord had sent word through her staff to organizers that she had another appearance at a neighborhood association but would try and make the event. Despite organizers delaying the start time of the debate a half hour in attempt to accommodate her schedule, she failed to show entirely.

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