Metro Homecoming Gala

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Our annual fundraising gala to benefit LGBT Programing at Metro, including our LGBTQ Youth, SAGE Metro Tampa Bay Elder Programming and various Trans Programs offered in both St. Pete and Tampa on a weekly/ and or Biweekly basis. The funds raised through our gala allow us to continue to expand, adapt and add to our existing programming based on the needs and desires of the community here in Tampa Bay.

“Homecoming Gala”, a nod of celebration of purchasing our St. Pete building location! Think classic 1950’s homecoming dance, poodle skirts, letter jackets, the movie “Grease” as inspiration. The homecoming dance you wished you had! Sure to be a fantastic and fun night! The event kicks off with a special Sponsor’s Reception at 5:30pm for our event sponsors, followed by our gala at 7pm, Music, dancing, delicious food, beverage, entertainment, silent auction, raffle a night jam packed with good times for a great cause!

We have seen a dramatic increase in program participation over the past 4 years and look forward to what the future holds in store as we continue our work with the support of the community!

For more information or for Sposnsorship Opportunities please email JamesK@MetroTampaBay.org

Trans Parent Support Group (Tampa)

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A support group meeting for Trans individuals and their families to attend together.

This group is held in Tampa every 2nd and 4th Thursday and in St. Pete every 3rd Wednesday.

Trans Parent Support Group

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A support group meeting for Trans individuals and their families to attend together.

This group is held in Tampa every 2nd and 4th Thursday and in St. Pete every 3rd Wednesday.

Changes Coming to St. Pete Pride?

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The tumult in the community over big changes happening to the St. Petersburg Pride Festival and Parade can simmer down a bit: It appears St. Pete Pride isn’t going anywhere in 2016.

There is no doubt a shift on the horizon, with chatter that Pride is moving the parade and festival to Downtown or possibly the new pier once it is completed, which is estimated for fall 2018. And there’s a possibility St. Pete might be building to become a candidate to host World Pride in the near future, which will take a literal village (or city) to make happen.

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Metro purchases St. Pete location, solidifies permanent home

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Metro Wellness & Community Center, in partnership with Community AIDS Network (CAN), has purchased its St. Petersburg location after a seven-month legal battle.

The previous owner attempted to sell the building last summer out from underneath Metro, even attempting to have the clinic evicted. Metro was forced to file for an injunction and fight it out in court.

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Wedding Bells at Watermark: Stephen Gibson and Rob Johnson

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Rob Johnson and Stephen GibsonStephen Gibson, 45, who oversees vacation rentals and entertains as “Stephane Blair,” and Rob Johnson, 54, who is a graphic designer by trade, met online toward the end of 2007. Stephen noticed they had a lot in common,so he decided to message Rob.

“I got this message and email, and it said it was this guy from Florida,” Rob says. “And I was like ‘Oh my God, I don’t want to meet anybody from out of town.’ He and I started talking, and it got to the point where we would send messages back and forth online all the time, then we started talking on the phone and then we started talking on the phone every day.”

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Overheard in Tampa Bay: Is St. Pete Pride on the move?

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Tampa to host the NAGAAA Softball World Series
The North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance has named Tampa as the spot for the Softball World Series, well in 2018, so you have a few years to get ready for it. The NAGAAA is an international sports organization (that’s right, they play with Canadians!) that got its start back in 1977 as a way to provide opportunity and access for the LGBT community to participate in organized softball competition in a safe environment. The league is currently working with over 13,000 players from 43 cities, including Tampa. So let’s get out there and throw them balls and swing them bats and make sure that in 2018 Tampa gtes to say they won the whole damn thing in their own backyard.

Is St. Pete Pride moving?
Facebook was all asunder after several members of the community started to voice concerns about where and when St. Pete Pride would be holding the annual Pride celebration this coming summer. In the past, the parade route has started in the empty lot across from Georgie’s Alibi and would move through Kenwood and down Central Avenue through the Grand Central District where the festival would be, but with the closing of Georgie’s it has been speculated that the parade and festival may make a move to downtown. Officially nothing has been announced, and no final decisions have been made (St. Pete Pride’s website still shows last year’s route), but that didn’t stop the battle from waging as the fact that the lot across from where Georgie’s once was is not (and never was) owned by Georgie’s came to light. Many came to the defense of St. Pete Pride calling the other side “keyboard warriors” and stressing that everyone should wait and see before getting upset. An announcement should hopefully be coming soon from the St. Pete Pride camp and once we know, you will know.

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St. Pete mayor gives State of the City speech at The Palladium

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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman spoke of change and progress at the State of the City address at The Palladium Jan. 23.

“The state of St. Petersburg is strong and sunny,” Kriseman said reading a list of words posted to the city’s Facebook and Twitter accounts by people describing the city, even managing to get another dig at presidential hopeful Donald Trump.

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Diamond Awards set to launch a huge year for the TBGLCC

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Tampa – Get your formal attire to the cleaners because the Tampa Bay Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce are honoring the community once again at the second annual Diamond Awards at the Tampa Garden Club Jan. 16.

“It’s a celebration of the continued diversity in the Tampa Bay area, or the growing diversity as we call it,” says Ashley Brundage, TBGLCC President and nominee for Business Person of the Year. “This is where we will celebrate the best in business and the best in the community.”

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Watermark looks back: When marriage equality came to Florida

By : Jamie Hyman
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Happy anniversary! One year ago Jan. 6, same-sex couples around Florida legally, joyfully were married.

Watermark staffers spent the day hopping from mass wedding to mass wedding interviewing couples, taking photos, eating cake and shedding more than a few tears.

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Issue 22.27: Year in Review

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Our Big Gay Year: Watermark looks back on making the impossible possible, local news, celebrity interviews, and much, much more!

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Project No Labels launches return of One Love

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The Flamingo Resort will be the new home for Project No Labels’ One Love Party as they re-launch the Tampa Bay event Jan. 16.

One Love Party, which began at FreakiTiki in Clearwater Nov. 2014, was started by Project No Labels founder Claire Eli.

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