Halloween 2019 events in Central Florida and Tampa Bay

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Whether you are looking for a spooktacular family-friendly outing or scares intended for adults, we have got you covered.

We gathered LGBTQ community and friendly events throughout Central Florida and Tampa Bay. We also took the liberty of listing costume contests throughout each area for those of you who are crafty and looking to earn a little cold hard cash and/or a few Halloween prizes.

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AHF is bringing Out of the Closet to Mills 50

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Out of the Closet, a thrift store with a twist which benefits the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), is opening a new location in Orlando.

The Bungalower reports that AHF has purchased the corner lot at N. Mills Ave. and Virginia Dr. and plans to build its new 6,000 sq. ft. Out Of The Closet location where the Circle K currently sits.

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PHOTOS: AIDS Healthcare Foundation opens new St. Pete healthcare center

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ST. PETERSBURG | The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) opened its newest healthcare center June 25 in St. Petersburg to combat Florida’s growing HIV/AIDS epidemic.

AHF hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate their St. Petersburg expansion, where AHF Tampa Bay Medical Director Dr. Jeanette Cancel was joined at the podium by AHF President Michael Weinstein, Southern Bureau Chief Michael Kahane and other AHF leadership. St. Petersburg Police Department LGBT liaison Markus Hughee, city LGBTQ liaison Jim Nixon, Pinellas County Commissioner Kenneth T. Welch and other community leaders also spoke, thanking AHF for their commitment to St. Petersburg.

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AIDS Healthcare Foundation opens new St. Petersburg healthcare center

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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St. Petersburg | The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) opened its newest health care center June 25 in St. Petersburg to combat Florida’s growing HIV/AIDS epidemic.

The Los Angeles-based AHF is a global nonprofit organization and the nation’s largest provider of HIV/AIDS medical care. Its new healthcare center will provide services to patients regardless of their ability to pay and is located in the organization’s local flagship facility in the Skyway Marina District, first opened in May 2017. The facility also houses AHF’s pharmacy and their fundraising thrift store Out of the Closet, chosen as organization grand marshal for the 2018 St. Pete Pride parade.

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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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2018 WAVE Awards Spotlight: Out of the Closet

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TAMPA BAY’S FAVORITE NEW LGBTQ BUSINESS

It’s hard to miss Out of the Closet Thrift Store’s St. Pete location, with its sea foam-colored facade and bright pink exterior. But even more obvious than its paint job is the organization’s dedication to the community it serves.

Each of its 21 locations across the country offers gently used clothing and wares, but unlike some thrift shops, it serves a greater purpose—benefiting the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. Beside the shirt that catches your eye or the couch that’s perfect for your den is a pharmacy, and the location offers a safe space to get a free and private HIV test.

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Out of the Closet brings HIV/AIDS awareness and discount shopping together under one roof

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ST. PETERSBURG – Out of the Closet, a thrift store with a twist which benefits the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, is opening a new location in St. Petersburg with a big grand opening celebration May 13.

Out of the Closet St. Pete is located at 3400 26th Ave. South and offers up designer clothes, furniture and housewares at a fraction of the cost.

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