PHOTOS: Come OUT St. Pete steps out for inaugural parade

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

The parade began at 10 a.m., heading west on Central Ave. from 22nd St. to 31st St. “Bringing a parade back to Grand Central is definitely something the community has voiced for some time,” COSP Co-Chair Jimmy Biascan shared ahead of the event. “It’s really cool to be able to give them what they want.”

COSP did exactly that – and Watermark was on hand to help celebrate. Check out some of our photos below.

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Over 250,000 people celebrate Gay Pride at Tel Aviv parade

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TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Ripped men in white underwear, pink bunny ears and black bow ties gyrated through the streets of Tel Aviv along with drag queens and others to loud trance music for the annual Gay Pride Parade on Friday — the biggest event of its kind in the region and drawing people from around the world to party.

The Tel Aviv Municipality said 250,000 people celebrated June 8.

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11.16.17 Publisher’s Desk

By : Rick Claggett
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Thanksgiving has a long history of being my least favorite holiday. The reason is simple: turkey sucks! There, I said it. It’s ok to have a different opinion, but I’m right. No offense to my mother, but it’s always dry. It isn’t her fault. There isn’t enough water in the ocean to make turkey moist. My childhood memories of Thanksgiving involve two ounces of turkey swimming in four cups of gravy. Not even gravy could save Thanksgiving.

There is one exception to this rule and that is the Thanksgiving sandwich at PomPom’s Tea House and Sandwicheria. They have locations in both St. Pete and Orlando, so check it out. This is not a paid advertisement nor do I expect free sandwiches in return. It’s just that good and needs to be mentioned in any discussion I have about Thanksgiving. I digress.

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Orlando gathers downtown to celebrate Come Out With Pride

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Lake Eola Park, and it’s surrounding streets, were packed Oct. 14 for Orlando’s annual Come Out With Pride parade and festival.

The big, colorful floats and LGBTQIA+ marchers took their turns proudly around the lake as thousands of community members and supporters cheered.

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St. Pete Pride Executive Director Resigns

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St. Pete Pride announced this week that the organization’s Executive Director, Eric Skains, has resigned to “pursue new opportunities.”

In a press release, Skains said that his five years with the organization“have been extremely fulfilling and always challenging,” noting that “retooling and strengthening [the] organization tested [him] in ways [he] never expected.”

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Activists in violence-plagued Honduras city hold Pride parade

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Hundreds of people from across Honduras on Saturday participated in a Pride parade that took place in one of the world’s most dangerous cities.

Kendra Stefani Jordany, a transgender woman who is running for the Central American Parliament, is among the roughly 400 people who took part in the march in the Honduran city of San Pedro Sula.

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LGBTQ resource center excluded from Utah July 4 parade

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – A Utah LGBTQ resource center says it was excluded from participating in a July Fourth parade in the city of Provo because organizers decided the nonprofit was an advocacy group.

Stephenie Larsen, executive director of the Provo-based nonprofit Encircle, says organizers of the America’s Freedom Festival parade in Provo told her July 3 that her group could not participate.

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Hundreds of thousands at Brazil’s massive gay pride parade

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SAO PAULO (AP) – Hundreds of thousands of revelers gathered in Sao Paulo June 18 for one of the world’s largest gay pride parades with this year’s event focusing on the threat of religious fundamentalism to Brazil’s LGBT community.

Under a giant rainbow-colored flag, revelers of all ages, many wearing bright wigs, turned the city’s Paulista avenue into a multicolored sea of people filling more than 10 city blocks. Organizers said they expected 3 million people to participate in Sao Paulo’s 21st annual gay pride parade, though military police did not release a crowd estimate.

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LGBTQ rights parade held in conservative Poland

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WARSAW, Poland (AP) – Thousands of people marched and danced down the streets of central Warsaw June 3 to show their support for LGBTQ rights, calling for stronger defiance of discrimination and greater acceptance for same-sex unions and marriages.

The 17th annual “Equality Parade” took place with a deeply conservative government that opposes marriage rights or civil unions for same-sex couples ruling Poland.

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St. Patrick’s parade planners to reconsider gay veterans ban

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BOSTON (AP)- The organizers of Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade have scheduled an emergency meeting to reconsider their vote to bar a gay veterans group from participating.

The vote Tuesday to bar OutVets drew immediate condemnation from high-profile politicians.

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Gay veterans: We’ve been denied spot in St. Patrick’s parade

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BOSTON (AP)- Gay veterans who marched in Boston’s 2015 St. Patrick’s Day parade after decades of resistance from organizers say they have been denied a spot in this year’s event.

The veterans group, OutVets, said on their Facebook page that the reason for the denial is unclear, but “one can only assume it’s because we are LGBTQ.”

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St. Pete Pride to move parade downtown, keep street festival in Grand Central

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St. Pete Pride announced March 2 via Facebook that the annual parade will move to the downtown area, but will keep the street festival in the Grand Central District.

“Today the City of St. Petersburg, Florida USA City Council voted unanimously to approve a five-year agreement with St. Pete Pride,” the post reads. “The shopper friendly Street Festival will remain in Grand Central while the Pride Parade will run through Downtown St. Pete. Special thanks to [St. Petersburg Mayor] Rick Kriseman for his leadership in bringing everyone together. Beginning this year, we will celebrate diversity from Downtown St. Pete to Grand Central!”

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