USF announces second annual Pride Night

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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University of South Florida (USF) football will hold the second annual USF Pride Night Sept. 1.

The Bulls will face competitor Elon at Raymond James Stadium at 6 p.m. for the outing, with Pride Night seats on the 50 yard line. “It’s critically important right now, especially in the political arena that we’re in, that we do all we can to support all of our communities,” Director of Internal Operations for the Bulls Club Todd St. John-Fulton says. “I feel like our community is coming under attack constantly, so it’s incredibly important to raise visibility.”

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High Fidelity: Brunch Bubblies

By : Miguel Fuller
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I’m going to say something that may come off as a little harsh, a little mean. I believe it needs to be said: gay brunch needs to die.

Okay, let that sink in. Feel it a little bit. What exactly does it mean that gay brunch needs to die? I recently saw a funny meme that went around about gay brunch. It was a cartoon of several champagne flutes that had come to life and were blabbing about gay brunch stuff. The title of it was “If Your Gay Brunch Could Talk.”

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MBA Orlando’s 2018 Pride in Business Gala

By : Kathy Ruiz
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ORLANDO | The MBA Orlando LGBT Chamber of Commerce is hosting their annual Pride in Business Gala on Aug. 4 at the Hard Rock Live Orlando. Up to 350 LGBT & Allied business, civic and community leaders will be attending to celebrate diversity and inclusion in Central Florida.

This unique event will feature a red carpet entrance, six award categories and a VIP reception. According to the Pride in Business Awards Gala social media, awards will be presented by distinguished community leaders and and business professionals during a full course dinner. The Gala will also include a silent auction where all proceeds will go toward the non-profit Come Out With Pride, who hosts the Orlando Pride Parade every October.

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Delaware governor fails to issue Pride proclamation, triggering backlash

By : BLAKE CHAMBERS OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Delaware Gov. John Carney was criticized for failing to issue a Pride proclamation.

The administration of Delaware Gov. John Carney has been receiving criticism for its handling of LGBTQ issues as of late.

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Turkish police disperse LGBTI activists holding banned Pride march

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ISTANBUL (AP) – Turkey’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex activists gathered July 1 for an LGBTI pride march in Istanbul, moving from street to street for an hour as police tried to end an event the local government had banned for the fourth year in a row.

Hundreds of people chanted slogans and waved rainbow flags on side streets along Istiklal Avenue, Istanbul’s main pedestrian thoroughfare. The organizers released a statement saying the city’s ban would not deter them from marching peacefully.

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: Still McBitter

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St. Petersburg business owner Kevin McBride of the “high-end men’s resale shop” McB’s doesn’t have much Pride.

McBride first made waves with the local LGBTQ community with a series of homophobic attacks last year after Mayor Rick Kriseman’s re-election. He opted to do so again during St. Pete Pride June 24.

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Cuomo issues order against anti-trans discrimination in health care

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an order against anti-trans discrimination in health care. Washington Blade file photo by Michael K. Lavers.

As New York celebrated Pride, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday announced a series of actions to assure transgender people in the state have access to health care, including transition-related care such as gender reassignment surgery.

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Tiffany Trump celebrates Pride in NYC with friends

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Tiffany Trump celebrated Pride in New York City with friends over the weekend as chronicled in a series of Instagram posts.

Trump’s fashion designer friend Andrew Warren posted a photo of himself posing with the POTUS’ second oldest daughter outside of SoHo House captioned “Happy Pride Saturday.”

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Pride Rooftop Disco with Mystic Bill, Richard Vasquez, & Jesse Walker

By : Maia Monet
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Join us just blocks away from the St. Pete Pride Parade at one of the city’s hidden gems, Station House, for a Pride Rooftop Disco featuring Chicago and New York originals Mystic Bill and Richard Vasquez alongside Salt Lake City’s Jesse Walker and host Adriana Sparkle. These talents combined have worked with Paradise Garage’s Larry Levan, performed alongside Crystal Waters, held the booth at the legendary Studio 54, and even DJ’d a Winter Olympics. Local artists Melanie Posner and Jerry Cahill have curated a talented group of Tampa Bay’s brightest and most colorful visual artists to showcase their work. Over 15 LGTBQ+ artists and allies’ work will be open to the public on the 2nd floor, with other pieces displayed throughout the building. This daytime affair is the perfect pre-party for the parade. Afterwards, the night continues with dinner, drinks, and dancing at Ichicoro Ane.

Pride Rooftop Disco with Mystic Bill, Richard Vasquez, & Jesse Walker

By : Maia Monet
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Join us just blocks away from the St. Pete Pride Parade at one of the city’s hidden gems, Station House, for a Pride Rooftop Disco featuring Chicago and New York originals Mystic Bill and Richard Vasquez alongside Salt Lake City’s Jesse Walker and host Adriana Sparkle. These talents combined have worked with Paradise Garage’s Larry Levan, performed alongside Crystal Waters, held the booth at the legendary Studio 54, and even DJ’d a Winter Olympics. Local artists Melanie Posner and Jerry Cahill have curated a talented group of Tampa Bay’s brightest and most colorful visual artists to showcase their work. Over 15 LGTBQ+ artists and allies’ work will be open to the public on the 2nd floor, with other pieces displayed throughout the building. This daytime affair is the perfect pre-party for the parade. Afterwards, the night continues with dinner, drinks, and dancing at Ichicoro Ane.

Pride on Edge: A pop-up gay bar and nightclub experience

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Love is magic and we’ll be celebrating both as I Love the Burg St. Pete, Uniqorn, and OpenHouse ST. PETE welcome revelers to Pride on Edge, St. Pete’s first pop-up gay club experience for TWO NIGHTS ONLY.

This is not your typical pride party. The magical Uniqorn touch means an experience that’s never over the top, but hardly comfortable playing it safe.

We’ll be popping up on the fringes of downtown in one of its coolest up and coming neighborhoods, the Edge District. OPENHOUSE’s new and unique event space provides the perfect blank canvas for a weekend full of music, lights, dancing, drinks, DJs, and other colorful entertainment.

A portion of proceeds go to benefit Metro Wellness & Community Centers in support of their essential LGBTQ, transgender, and youth programs.

06.14.18 Tampa Bay Bureau Chief’s Desk

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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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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