Tampa Bay’s Overheard: Marshall Madness

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ABOVE: Cheryl Hawkes and SuZie have been named Community Grand Marshals for St. Pete Pride. Image from Cheryl Hawkes Facebook.

St. Pete Pride has announced the Grand Marshals for this year’s St. Pete Pride Parade following open nominations and an online community vote.

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Metro Wellness, GLSEN hosts annual LGBTQ+ Youth Leadership and Empowerment Summit

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Tampa | Metro Wellness and Community Centers is partnering with the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) of Tampa Bay to hold its annual LGBTQ+ Youth Leadership and Empowerment Summit on Feb. 17.

“It is 2018, and our local and national leaders are looking to youth to rise up and create positive change!” Metro’s press release on the event reads. “The objective of the LGBTQ+ Youth Summit is to provide information on health, education and empowerment so that every attendee walks away knowing that they belong and have an important voice in the community.”

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Metro’s Celebrate 25 Gala raises $65,000 for LGBTQ youth, seniors and transgender services

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St. Petersburg | Metro Wellness & Community Centers has announced that its Celebrate 25 Gala, held this year on Nov. 11, raised just over $65,000 after expenses for programs and services for LGBTQ youth and seniors.

The event was hosted by comedian Christine O’Leary, nominated by Curve Magazine to be one of the “50 Funniest Lesbians in America,” with additional entertainment provided by local favorites Jennifer Real and DJ Bill Kody. It generated record attendance for the organization, which holds a gala annually to raise funds and celebrate the community, with over 500 attendees gathering to commemorate Metro’s 25th year.

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: Beckner’s next move and Pride Nights for all

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Many have been curious as to the next move of former Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner since he termed out of his seat last year. Hillsborough’s first openly gay commissioner ran unsuccessfully to be the next Clerk of Courts and since then has remained silent on whether he would pursue another run at an elected position or head back into the private sector.

Well, wonder no more. Beckner posted to his Facebook page April 20 that he has not one but two positions he will be filling: Executive Director of Hillsborough County’s Civil Service Agency and a position with human resource advisory and talent acquisition firm HR Trust.

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World AIDS Day reminds of what was and what can never be again

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Thom Bland, 54, sits across the table from me at a downtown eatery. His signature shovel beard and glasses speak very much to the currency of fashion – we’re all dialing our time machines backward these days – but his cadence is certainly rooted in the trauma that brought him here. There are tears.

“I knew Patient Zero,” he only half-jokes. Bland is HIV-positive and, though his numbers may read “undetectable,” he’s fallen into the gray area – even the blackest of holes – that has picked off his friends and much of his history indiscriminately. He once woke up from anesthesia while having his lungs scrubbed for Kaposi Sarcoma. He has seen the worst. Bland was diagnosed in 1991.

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Transgender and Proud: Metro Wellness’ trans community looks to celebrate and educate

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St. Petersburg – Metro Health, Wellness & Community Centers in St. Petersburg will again play host to Trans Pride, now in its third year, Nov. 5. The event originated not as a Pride celebration but as a way to honor a hero in the community.

“At that time in 2014, Dr. [Kathleen] Farrell was retiring from her psychology practice and we knew she wouldn’t let us give her a retirement party, but if we had a group event, we could celebrate the community and honor her there as well,” says Tristan Byrnes, a Tampa Bay area mental health counselor.

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Metro Gala honors Longstreth and others

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2ST. PETERSBURG – The replica high school gymnasium dance floor and metal bleachers were filled with what looked like cast members plucked from the set of Grease, as the 4th Annual Metro Wellness Gala kicked off Sept. 10. The Gala was a benefit to raise funding for programs at Metro and to recognize community partners.

Metro was established in 1993 with programs designed to meet the needs of and provide support to the LGBT community. Various programs are offered through Metro for seniors, youth, transgender and the LGBT community as a whole.

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Metro Wellness expanding St. Pete building after location purchase

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St. Petersburg, FL — Metro Wellness finalized the purchase of their St. Petersburg clinic and community center and now need the community’s help to make it the Tampa Bay hub for LGBT healthcare.

Metro Chief Executive Officer Lorraine Langlois spoke at an event held at the St. Pete clinic April 28 where she opened up about the legal battle Metro faced which led them to purchase the building.

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Issue 22.25: Riding Off The Metro

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Chris Rudisill takes the leap from Metro to Ft. Lauderdale’s Stonewall National Museum and Archives, How your local watering holes are changing with the times, Zebra Youth Council raises awareness, local news, celebrity interviews, and much, much more!

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Issue 22.25: Prevention = Complacence?

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Prevention = Complacence? As World AIDS Day approaches, philanthropic organizations adjust to changing times and perceptions in the world of HIV, gay history for kids, gay history for comedians, local news, celebrity interviews, and much, much more!

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One story at a time: Tampa Bay’s second Trans Pride expands along with community awareness

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In honor of Transgender Awareness Month, Metro Wellness is hosting the second annual Tampa Bay Trans Pride 2015 on Nov. 13-14.

The first trans pride event in Nov. 2014 sprouted from an idea between Tristan Byrnes, licensed mental health counselor, and Chris Rudisill, Metro Wellness director of LGBT community center services. Byrnes and Rudisill wanted to organize a reception honoring Dr. Kathleen Farrell’s retirement while recognizing Transgender Awareness Month. The event unexpectedly became Metro Wellness’ first Trans Pride.

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Community panel sparks transgender awareness and candid conversation

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Tampa – On August 31, 2015, Tampa Bay locals gathered at Metro Wellness for a community panel designed to provide an open discussion about transgender and gender queer issues.

The panel consisted of four members and moderator Tristan Byrnes, licensed mental health counselor. After panelists shared their individual stories, the floor was opened for questions and community information sharing.

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