The 2019 WAVE Awards: Tampa Bay

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FAVORITE LOCAL POLITICIAN
First: Rick Kriseman, St. Petersburg Mayor
Second: Bob Buckhorn, Tampa Mayor
Third: Jennifer Webb, Florida House Representative – District 69

FAVORITE LOCAL ACTIVIST
First: Nadine Smith, Equality Florida
Second: Todd Richardson, Equality Florida
Third: Nancy Desmond, PFLAG

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St. Pete Pride offers latest, greatest Taste of Pride

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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St. Petersburg | Area foodies, beer connoisseurs and art enthusiasts will gather on March 3 at the Coliseum to celebrate St. Pete Pride’s annual Taste of Pride event.

The organization promises a wide variety of options to “overjoy your palate,” with a “unique culinary experience that offers something for everyone.” Attendees will be treated to live entertainment, with unforgettable drag performances and exhibits from area artists.

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Tampa Bay’s LGBTQ community gives back in Hurricane Irma’s wake

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TAMPA BAY | In preparation for Hurricane Irma, residents of Tampa Bay ransacked grocery stores, emptied gas pumps, boarded windows and exhausted the words “hunkered down.”

Bottled water became liquid gold before and after the storm passed through, carbs became a must-buy again, and following Irma’s destruction, residents found themselves tasked with extensive clean-up efforts and—in many cases—in the dark.

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Metro Gala honors Longstreth and others

By : Adam T. McLaughlin
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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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